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ThePudge
02-24-2010, 03:15 PM
This thing took a while to put together completely. Big thank you goes to BoneKrusher who made all the graphics in this mock draft. He did an awesome job. I took the odds here and completed the bulk of the Second Round explanations because Shane has been busy at work. When a "(Lownes)" follows the explanation it just means it's a pick I wrote for, but a pick Shane made. It's two rounds, full explanations, well over 13000 words of analysis. Glad I could get it out by the Combine and hope you all enjoy....

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1. St. Louis Rams – Sam Bradford – QB – Oklahoma

- At the conclusion of the 2010 NFL regular season St. Louis’ starting QB, Keith Null a rookie from West Texas A&M, walked off the field to cap the teams eighth straight loss. The Rams are under new ownership, and it’ll be head coach Steve Spagnuolo’s second year at the helm. The last three years the team has finished in the bottom half of the league in passing yards, and last year the QB rotation in St. Louis put together a passer rating of 64.0 as a group and had a 12:21 TD:INT ratio. Can this early regime put off the need for a Franchise Quarterback?

The prototypical 6'4 225 Quarterback fits the team's West Coast offense, brings a fresh face and a winning attitude. Sam Bradford brings a well-liked, well-established college football star to St. Louis to turn around the Rams losing ways. He brings all the physical tools necessary to be a star QB, has the intangible qualities you look for, and would likely start from Day One in St. Louis. Last year before the Underclassmen deadline there was speculation the Rams could look to Bradford with the 2nd Overall Pick and the idea makes the same sense today. He goes to St. Louis as a try-hard guy with plenty of God given talent (like Jason Smith) and he brings a much-needed fresh face to the passing game. The injuries don't deter Spagnuolo as Bradford's had ample time to heal and has shown the ability to make any throw.

Other options include: Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh: the consensus #1 prospect in this years draft right now. Suh took home plenty of hardware this season, and proved to be the most dominant college Defensive Lineman in recent memory. Another interior DL, Oklahoma's Gerald McCoy, perhaps the most explosive lineman to come out in years, will challenge him for the top spot. If Suh is #1 then McCoy is #1B and there is a serious argument to be made which is a better prospect, and more importantly who fits better with what the Rams are trying to do. Quarterback Jimmy Clausen from Notre Dame surged to the top of some boards at his position after a strong Junior campaign. He projects as the freshest, most dramatic new face in St. Louis and is seen as one of this draft's two Top 10 QB prospects. But, with the 1st Overall Pick, the St. Louis Rams select Sam Bradford – Quarterback – Oklahoma.

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2. Detroit Lions – Ndamukong Suh – DT – Nebraska
- Though Detroit has many needs ranging from an elite LT to a RB to a Corner, a big body in the middle of the defense could really change this team for the better. They are ecstatic to see both top Tackles here and have a tough decision to make. They settle on the bigger name here and perhaps the draft’s consensus top player right now. Ndamukong Suh had to build a new trophy shelf after winning the Outland Trophy, Lombardi, Bednarik, and Nagurski Award. As he mauled interior linemen and wrestled Quarterbacks to the ground, Ndamukong Suh has vaulted his way to being a possible #1 pick in the NFL draft. One of the two top DTs is a near slam dunk for the Lions, so Gerald McCoy from Oklahoma is sure to be in the discussion here, though they could opt for one of the top Left Tackles in Anthony Davis or Russell Okung if their prime goal is to protect QB Matthew Stafford. But, with the 2nd Overall Pick, the Detroit Lions select Ndamukong Suh – Defensive Tackle – Nebraska.

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3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Gerald McCoy – DT – Oklahoma
- Come April, there’s sure to be plenty of talk about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers trading down. Here they stay put and land perhaps the #1 player on their board, Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy. Despite what some will have you believe, McCoy not only deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence with Ndamukong Suh, he should also be garnishing major attention with the first pick. Schematically, there is no doubt that McCoy steps right in and makes everything easier for the Bucs, playing the 4-3 UT spot. He steps in immediately in Tampa, taking over for Chris Hovan alongside Nose Tackles Ryan Sims/Roy Miller. If he’s available when the Buccaneers pick in April, expect the card to be in the Commissioner’s hand with 8 or 9 minutes remaining on the ten-minute clock.

He’s a rock on which a defense can be built, and a slam-dunk Top 3 pick. The top pass-rushing interior lineman in years brings life to Tampa’s cause, as the Bucs managed only 28 sacks a year ago. McCoy is well-built, he’s very athletic, and his explosiveness off the snap is rare. He’ll garner double teams, allow his teammates more one on one matchups, and he’ll disrupt the backfield in both the passing and running game. Gerald McCoy makes plays behind the line or scrimmage and would also excite the team’s fan base. A very rare prospect and arguably the best one in the draft.

Other options include: Oklahoma State Wide Receiver Dez Bryant, who has star potential and would give Josh Freeman a #1 receiver. He’d bring solid value at 3rd Overall, and may be the way Tampa goes if one of the top DTs don’t land here. Tennessee Safety Eric Berry is not likely to go Top 3, but he could garner plenty of interest from the Buccaneers as a top defensive playmaker. A dark-horse here would be South Florida Defensive End Jason Pierre-Paul who is a rare physical specimen and a player starting to come into his own. JPP is 6’6, but he appears more like 6’8 on the field because of his enormous wingspan and he’s an extremely good athlete with a strong motor. But, with the 3rd Overall Pick, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Gerald McCoy – Defensive Tackle – Oklahoma.

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4. Washington Redskins – Anthony Davis – OT – Rutgers
- A once proud franchise has slipped in recent years and now find themselves picking in the Top 10 with needs along the Defensive Line, Offensive Line, and in the backfield at both Running Back & Quarterback. Offensive Tackle is a big area that needs addressing after Chris Samuels injuries have caught up with him. There is a debate looming about who the best offensive tackle in this draft is, Anthony Davis or Oklahoma State’s Russell Okung. Okung is a bit worse in run protection and sometimes lacks the punch a LT needs, but Davis is a bit more raw with more upside. Teams will ultimately take Davis for his upside, and he would be an excellent fit in a place like Washington that is making a transition. Other options for the Skins could be Quarterback, where Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen looks like a possibility and along the defensive line which could cause the team to entertain some interest in South Florida’s hot prospect DE Jason Pierre-Paul. But, with the 4th Overall Pick, the Washington Redskins select Anthony Davis – Offensive Tackle – Rutgers.

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5. Kansas City Chiefs – Dez Bryant – WR – Oklahoma State
- While a receiver might not be at the top of the Chiefs list of needs, Bryant might produce the best reward of any player available here. The team may be looking for some interior OL help, and might also be in the market for one of the top OL prospects but the value and fit just isn’t here at 5th Overall. The same could be said of the ILB situation, which is a gaping hole with no appropriate value quite this high. So, the Chiefs look at their QB Matt Cassell and decide adding this prolific weapon could help their offense, and flourishing run-game, to reach the next level.

Dez Bryant is an elite receiver prospect that really possesses the total package on the field. He’s a big, well-built guy at (6’1 3/4e 215e) who uses a combination of suddenness, physicality, and acceleration to get separation. He makes plays in traffic and displays excellent body control in the air. He has long arm and attack the ball with his hands. With deep speed, surprisingly nimble feet, and an ability to run after catch, Bryant is a big-play threat at all times. There’s not a whole lot of game tape on him, as he was suspended for the 09’ season, and is somewhat raw as a route-runner. Still, he has the total package and adds a different dimension to the Kansas City offense. Is an incredible natural talent and a future star at Wide Receiver.

Other options include: Alabama ILB Rolando McClain who is sure to catch Scott Pioli’s eye as a guy with an impressive physical skill-set and a guy that fills perhaps the team’s biggest need. Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga is a guy I feel like people should watch out for as an option here, especially with a strong Combine. Bulaga is an imposing physical presence and a surprising athlete/physical specimen in the Jake Long mold, but has his inconsistencies. Tennessee DB Eric Berry would be sure to get some interest here from the Chiefs whether it be to play Safety or Cornerback. But, with the 5th Overall Pick, the Kansas City Chiefs select Dez Bryant – Wide Receiver – Oklahoma State.

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6. Seattle Seahawks – Russell Okung – OT – Oklahoma State
- With Walter Jones announcing his likely retirement, the Left Tackle position is in a state of emergency for the Seahawks. Even if Pete Carroll wanted to grab a young signal caller, it likely would not help without protection up front for him. There is a debate looming about who the best offensive tackle in this draft is, Anthony Davis or Oklahoma State’s Russell Okung. Okung is a bit worse in run protection and sometimes lacks the punch a LT needs, but he’s the pick here as the best OT value on the board. Okung could fit at left or right tackle and shows some excellent footwork as a pass protector. He could have been a Top 15 pick last year, but opted to come back for his senior season.The Seahawks could opt for Jimmy Clausen, a player Pete Carroll has gotten plenty of looks at when facing off against. But, with the 6th Overall Pick, the Seattle Seahawks select Russell Okung – Offensive Tackle – Oklahoma State.

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7. Cleveland Browns – Eric Berry – S/DB – Tennessee
- The Browns stay put this year and grab one of the top players on their draft board. The team is in need of both some stability at the position and a playmaking ball-hawk player in the defensive backfield. Eric Berry makes Eric Mangini’s job a whole lot easier and gives the franchise a Safety that may have the ability to compete with AFC North Rivals Steelers- Troy Polamalu and Ravens- Ed Reed. The fit seems to be there and the value couldn’t be better for Cleveland.

Eric Berry fits the definition of a play-making, ball-hawking Safety, whether it be in the passing game or against the run. He may not be the biggest guy, but Berry is a tremendous athlete, very solid tackler, and a big hitter. He plays with terrific range and is a sideline-to-sideline Free Safety. He has the hips & ball skills of a Cornerback, the range & instincts of a star FS, and hits like an in-the-box Safety. He’s durable and he’s a defensive leader. Another slam-dunk pick and perhaps the most promising DB prospect since the late Sean Taylor.

Other options include: Florida CB Joe Haden, who has the makings of the best man-to-man cover cornerback prospect in years. There is feeling that he’s the rare Top 10 value at Corner and he’ll be mentioned with the Browns until April. South Florida OLB Jason Pierre-Paul would get a look here, though he probably fits best staying at 4-3 DE. He’s extremely long, very athletic, and could be a monster if turned loose to rush the passer from an OLB spot in the 3-4. A sleeper would be a more local northern Mid-West guy in Michigan OLB/ILB Brandon Graham. Some may consider this a reach for a player that isn’t particularly gifted physically, but he’s dominated on every stage. Graham reminds some of LaMarr Woodley, but Graham may be the more explosive athlete and could start right away at ILB or OLB for the Browns. But, with the 7th Overall Pick, the Cleveland Browns select Eric Berry – Safety - Tennessee.

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8. Oakland Raiders – Jason Pierre-Paul – DE – South Florida
- Raiders fans always get angry when Mock Drafts cite Al Davis’ love for athleticism and speed. The fact of the matter is, we are trying to predict the NFL draft and have to look at a team’s history to do so. Despite this love by Mr. Davis, the Raiders rarely pick a position that isn’t a need. One big need this season is defensive end. Jason Pierre-Paul is a player sure to wow at the combine and convince teams he has Top Ten potential. JPP has only played one year of Division 1 football after he moved from Community College to USF this past season. With a gigantic wingspan, tons of speed pass rush moves, and a lot more potential, he could be the first pass rusher off the board. Seems like an ideal fit for the Raiders. I also wouldn’t be surprised if they take other elite athletic specimens like USC Safety Taylor Mays or Defensive End Everson Griffen. But, with the 8th Overall Pick, the Oakland Raiders select Jason Pierre-Paul – Defensive End – South Florida.

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9. Buffalo Bills – Jimmy Clausen – QB – Notre Dame
- Another team with a plethora of needs, but only one Top 10 pick. The Bills offense struggled yet again in 2009, and the passing game hasn’t finished among the Top 20 since 2002. Read that again; for seven years in a row Buffalo’s passing offense finished from 22-30 as a unit. Last year, they tied that low and finished 30th in the league. An unstable Offensive Line is largely to blame, but creating a passing game has to start at the Quarterback position. Here at 9th Overall, a potential Franchise signal-caller falls into their lap.

Jimmy Clausen is an NFL-ready passer that can make all the throws, provides a new face to the struggling franchise, and fits the team's offense & personnel well. The learning curve is not very steep for Clausen who would likely step in from Day One. He has experience in a pro-style offense, is mechanically sound, has top intangibles, and proved himself to be an efficient QB with star potential. His character issues are overblown; he’s a good leader, plays with guts & moxie, and should prove to be a likeable teammate. Buffalo’s in need of an offensive face and identity, they get one here.

Other options include: Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga, who should be in consideration if the top two OTs (Davis, Okung) are off the board. Bulaga would be built around as the team’s franchise Left Tackle and will attract more attention after the Combine. Another player that would catch the Bills’ eye as a future franchise Left Tackle is Maryland’s Bruce Campbell. He’s incredibly raw and has some shaky game film, but Buffalo could see this massive, long, athletic Tackle and take a shot early. With the uncertain future of Marshawn Lynch, a sleeper here could be versatile, home-run threat C.J. Spiller RB from Clemson. A pick that might anger Bills fans, and one that would shake up the top ten. Spiller could play a big role in the team’s offense as a Running Back, Slot Receiver and could handle return duties early in his career. But, with the 9th Overall Pick, the Buffalo Bills select Jimmy Clausen- Quarterback -Notre Dame.

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10. Jacksonville Jaguars – Derrick Morgan – DE – Georgia Tech
- The Jaguars aren’t going to take Tim Tebow at #10 overall. Even if they really want him, Jacksonville will trade back into the first or second round to nab him. The position that lacked the most production for Jacksonville was their pass rushers. 2008 draft picks of Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves haven’t made any impact, so it is time to move on. Derrick Morgan has been one of the most productive pass rushers in this draft who has shown a knack for getting to the QB. He uses a variety of power and speed rushing moves and has been cited by scouts as having Top 5 talent. It would be an excellent fit for the Jaguars and perhaps can help bolster their pass defense. The Jaguars could also look for an interior lineman like UCLA DT Brian Price or LB like Rolando McClain. But, with the 10th Overall Pick, the Jacksonville Jaguars select Derrick Morgan – Defensive End – Georgia Tech.

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11. Denver Broncos (f/CHI) – Rolando McClain – ILB – Alabama
- After a largely promising season, the Broncos have the luxury of having the Bears first round pick. Despite the loss of Defensive Coordinator, Mike Nolan, the team still is likely to focus on building up on the defensive side of the ball with this pick. Without a ton of Safety or Wide Receiver value here, Denver goes for a young Inside Linebacker and good value in McClain. Rolando McClain replaces the 31-year-old Andra Davis and brings a lot of length, athleticism, and strong instincts. He gives the Broncos a complete player and a young rock at Inside Linebacker.

McClain is arguably a Top 10 prospect at Inside Linebacker and possesses impressive physical tools and a diverse skill-set on the field. He was a highly decorated Butkus Award winner in 2009, a First Team All-American, and a National Champion. A rare playmaker at ILB with excellent length, the ability cover, impressive range, and instincts in both the run & pass game. There is some question about his straight-line speed but he’s a sideline to sideline Linebacker that appears plenty athletic on film. Along with Robert Ayers (2008), Josh McDaniels gets another Linebacker to build his defense around.

Other options include: Florida Cornerback Joe Haden, who is widely considered a Top 10 prospect. Haden would give Denver a shut-down corner alongside one of our generation’s best in Champ Bailey. Along with Alphonso Smith, the Broncos CB spots would be locked up for years. Tennesse Nose Tackle Dan Williams would surely help the Broncos get bigger and stronger in the middle. After a strong performance at the Senior Bowl, the draft’s most complete NT could go as high as the Top 15. Michigan’s Brandon Graham would be another strong pick for Denver, though it may be unlikely he goes this high. He fits at either Inside Linebacker or Outside Linebacker and would give the Broncos an explosive pass-rushing presence and potential Pro-Bowler down the line. But, with the 11th Overall pick, the Denver Broncos select Rolando McClain – Inside Linebacker - Alabama.

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12. Miami Dolphins – Sergio Kindle – OLB – Texas
- Joey Porter has been running his mouth and is likely to be cut. There is not much pass rush coming from the other side of the LB corp, so it is a definite need for the Miami Dolphins. A perfect fit for the Dolphins defense is pass rusher Sergio Kindle from the Texas Longhorns. Kindle had a super productive junior year then returned as a senior where he didn’t quite live up to the hype statistically. That being said, Kindle was still a monster pass rusher, getting into the backfield and hurrying opposing quarterbacks. He is the type of player Bill Parcells loves and should find a starting spot on the Fins D. Another possibility is an upgrade in NT as Coach Tony Sparano coached two great Nose Tackles in the Senior Bowl in Alabama’s Terrence Cody and Tennessee’s Dan Williams. But, with the 12th Overall Pick, the Miami Dolphins select Sergio Kindle – Outside Linebacker – Texas.

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13. San Francisco 49ers – Joe Haden – CB – Florida
- The 49ers wait patiently and watch perhaps the best cover corner in the last 3-5 drafts fall into their laps. Haden brings the team the first young stud they’ve had at corner for a long time and could start immediately. He has the potential to develop into a top #1 corner and would take pressure off everyone else in Mike Singletary’s defense. Though the team could look to land a pass-rushing Linebacker here or an Offensive Tackle, they’d surely go with the value Haden brings here at #13.

Joe Haden played an integral part for the nation’s top defense a year ago. In college, he displayed terrific hips, physicality, and ball-skills. He’s a top athlete at his position: fast, quick, & fluid, and possesses a strong build, though not too tall. There’s some that think he’ll be gone within the Top 7 picks and that very well could be the case. He’s a surprising talent who could start right away and develop into a star #1 Cornerback in years. Would be a mainstay at CB in San Francisco, who would be thrilled if he fell this far.

Other options include: Versatile Oklahoma OL Trent Williams who projects at Right Tackle, though could conceivably start anywhere along the Offensive Line in San Francisco. He’s a big, thick, experienced lineman who is surprisingly athletic, versatile, and overly criticized for a down year starting at Left Tackle. Once again, Michigan Linebacker Brandon Graham would get a look. He’s just the type of intense, instinctual, hard-working player that coach Mike Singletary loves and some see him as a pass rusher in the LaMarr Woodley mold. Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga also fits here in San Francisco as a blue-collar, physical lineman and potential Left or Right Tackle. But, with the 13th Overall Pick, the San Francisco 49ers select Joe Haden – Cornerback – Florida.

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14. Seattle Seahawks (f/DEN) – C.J. Spiller – RB – Clemson
- The Seahawks offense felt so bland last year with little to no playmakers and often disappearing for games at a time. One position Pete Carroll always seemed to have at USC was an electric playmaker at the RB position who had speed, hands, and could run away from defenses. This is the description of the top RB prospect in this draft, CJ Spiller. The team that drafts Spiller upgrades their team in two ways. First, they get an instant Top 5 NFL return man who could turn a team like Seattle (who has not had a Kick Return or Punt Return for a TD in two years,) and make them a top return team. Along with that, he can be an explosive runner who hits the edge, catches the ball, and can even run up the gut. Many scouts are citing CJ Spiller as a Top 5 prospect, but he may fall due to a lack of need at RB. Pete Carroll may also opt to take “his guy” in Safety Taylor Mays out of USC or perhaps another Southern Cal product in DE Everson Griffen. But, with the 14th Overall Pick, the Seattle Seahawks select C.J. Spiller – Running Back – Clemson.

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15. New York Giants – Dan Williams – DT – Tennessee
- The Giants aren’t a team with a whole lot of gaping holes right now, but they could use some help against the run. In the trenches the Giants have suffered from injuries and could afford to get thicker. The team is in need of a gap-controlling 4-3 NT and that’s exactly what the 329 pound Williams projects to at the next level. He’s stout, he’s powerful, and he’s exactly what the Giants need controlling gaps in the trenches. The team could opt for a Linebacker here, but the value isn’t right, and they get a good fit inside in the Tennessee product.

Dan Williams entered the season as an unknown outside of Knoxville, but played himself onto the scene by mid-season. At 6’2 329, he’s a stout, thick player who occupies space and has a surprising motor. In Mobile, Williams put himself in the Top 20 mix for April as a Nose Tackle in the 3-4 or 4-3 scheme. He’s regarded as one of this draft’s best run-stopper but also gives solid effort against the pass. For the Giants, he may be the best option they have here to stop the run.

Other options include: another DT UCLA’s Brian Price, a player who plays with tremendous leverage and is active against the run and pass. The team could also look at a big, versatile, athletic lineman like Oklahoma’s Trent Williams. It’s unsure what position he’d play in New York, but Williams has the potential to be a good LT, but more likely a very solid RT/OG. Another player sure to tempt the team would be Iowa’s OT Bryan Bulaga. He’d give the team a potential rock on the left or right side and would provide a good value here. But, with the 15th Overall Pick, the New York Giants select Dan Williams – Defensive Tackle – Tennessee.

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16. Tennessee Titans – Brian Price – DT – UCLA
- After Albert Haynesworth left Tennessee, the Titans saw their defensive line production go way down. The team has legitimate hole at both end and tackle, though right here they need to go with the top player on their board and an impact interior lineman that will make OL play at his pace. Price has a ton of pass rushing ability and often required a double team at the college level. With a mean streak a mile wide, Price would be a great fit in Tennessee. The guy plays with tremendous leverage and is active against the run and pass. Another solid option for the team would be DE Carlos Dunlap from Florida. A true boom-or-bust prospect, if Jeff Fisher can coach up Dunlap, he could lead the Titans to being Super Bowl contenders this year. The Titans may also go after a corner like Florida State’s Patrick Robinson, or upgrade their interior line with Idaho’s Mike Iupati. But, with the 16th Overall Pick, the Tennessee Titans select Brian Price – Defensive Tackle – UCLA.

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17. San Francisco 49ers (f/CAR) – Bryan Bulaga – OT – Iowa
- After striking gold in Florida’s Joe Haden earlier, the 49ers once again rejoice as a top OL prospect falls into their lap. The team’s OL situation is not the best right now, though they seem to have some talent with LT Joe Staley and Chilo Rachal. Whether Bryan Bulaga would be drafted to play Left Tackle or on the Right side all depends on what they want to do with Staley, because Bulaga has the ability to play either. He’s just the hard-nosed, blue collar, big-bodied Offensive Tackle head coach Mike Singletary wants in San Francisco and with proper coaching he has the upside to be a Pro Bowler.

Bulaga is a prospect many have compared to another Big Ten OT, Jake Long. The two are certainly similar in impressive size/build, surprising athleticism, physical strength, and on-field temperament. Still, where Long was the nation’s most consistent lineman during his career, Bryan Bulaga has his share of inconsistencies, struggling to live up to Top 15 billing. With strong coaching, this long-limbed, powerful prospect could be one of the NFC West’s premier linemen at Right or Left Tackle.

Other options include: Texas Safety Earl Thomas, a ball-hawking Safety that would complete the Niners on the back-end. They could also look toward a strong interior lineman like Idaho Guard Mike Iupati. He could step at either Guard spot or perhaps even Right Tackle on San Fran’s Offensive Line and would add a physical presence. Oklahoma OT Trent Williams and Michigan Linebacker Brandon Graham would surely still garner interest as well, as they have still not come off the board since the Niners last pick at 13. But, with the 17th Overall Pick, the San Francisco 49ers select Bryan Bulaga – Offensive Tackle – Iowa.

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18. Pittsburgh Steelers – Sean Weatherspoon – OLB – Missouri
- The Pittsburgh Steelers were quite the paradox this past year. They had a high flying offense but a downright horrendous defense. Contributing to this was a lack of depth at nearly every defensive position including safety, corner, and linebacker. Rumor has it that the Steelers have talked with Sean Weatherspoon and are very interested in bringing him in as the heir apparent to James Farrior at ILB. Weatherspoon plays like the type of player every team wants. He is good in pass coverage, tackles well, and has tremendous athleticism. Add on tremendous intangibles and you have a superb linebacker prospect. Weatherspoon can fit in the middle of a 3-4 defense or on the strongside of a 4-3. The Steelers could also look at USC safety Taylor Mays if they lose Ryan Clark to free agency. But, with the 18th Overall Pick, the Pittsburgh Steelers select Sean Weatherspoon – Linebacker – Missouri.

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19. Atlanta Falcons – Brandon Graham – DE/LB – Michigan
- There aren’t many aspects in which the Falcons aren’t a playoff caliber team, though they had more than their fair share of injuries a year ago. Cornerback is sure to be high on their wish-list this offseason, but another major concern is their pass-rush and situation as Defensive End. Brandon Graham is not particularly tall (6’1) or long (30.5” arms) but he’s an explosive athlete that makes plays behind the line of scrimmage and demonstrates excellent football character. He starts right away in Atlanta off the edge and should challenge for Defensive Rookie of the Year as a pass-rusher & playmaker.

Graham was buried, somewhat, by the coaching situation and losing ways his past two years at Michigan. He developed into a tremendous player there, proving to be one of the most dominant players in the nation at his position. He’s explosive off the snap, has outstanding core strength, uses his hands well, and plays at 110% every play. He’s a vocal leader that steps up on the big stage and doesn’t back down from anyone. At the Senior Bowl, Brandon Graham was one of the most (if not the most) dominant players in attendance demonstrating both power and speed. He may not go in the top ten, but the Falcons have a steal here if he drops to 19.

Other options include: Michigan teammate, Cornerback Donovan Warren, who possesses the size and skill-set to match up with any receiver at the next level. Though Warren isn’t as physical as alma-mater Leon Hall, he has fluid hips, impressive height, a good work ethic and could one day be a #1 corner. USC Defensive End Everson Griffen will likely look phenomenal in Indianapolis and get attention here from the Falcons. Anther guy that would get a look is Florida DE Carlos Dunlap, the draft’s most publicized and dramatic risk-reward player. Dunlap is a unique physical specimen, but will have to show the ability to use his hands and accelerate with one hand on the ground. But, with the 19th Overall Pick, the Atlanta Falcons select Brandon Graham – Defensive End – Michigan.

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20. Houston Texans – Taylor Mays – S – USC
- The Houston Texans finally made it over the .500 winning percentage hump for the first time since they were introduced to the league in 2002. With an explosive offense led by Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson, the Texans still need an upgrade on defense. One position that has always been subpar for Houston has been their safeties. Though play improved this year, the Texans needs to find a dominant player in the secondary. I imagine Houston would be ecstatic if a player like Taylor Mays fell to them at 19 or 20. Mays is known for being a massive safety in a linebackers body. He is fast, goes for the big hit, and he has all of the athletic tools you look for. At the Senior Bowl, Mays got some pro coaching and improved his ball skills as well. He may go much earlier than this if a team falls in love after the combine, but if not, it could be a steal for the Texans. Houston could also pick a big stout running back like Georgia Tech’s Jonathan Dwyer or a big defensive tackle like Tennessee’s Dan Williams. But, with the 20th Overall Pick, the Houston Texans select Taylor Mays – Safety – USC.

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21. Cincinnati Bengals – Jermaine Gresham – TE – Oklahoma
- In the 2009 NFL Draft, there may have been a shot for this Sooner Tight End to go among the Top 15 picks, but instead Gresham cam back and his season ended before it even started with torn cartilage in his right knee. Bengals owner Mike Brown typically doesn’t prefer to draft Tight Ends early, but the team is coming off sort of a dismal passing system, and this kind of value is rare to come by at the position. A year ago the team was ravaged by injuries their losing starter Reggie Kelly, backup Ben Utecht, and rookie Chase Coffman (who appears very one-dimensional.) Wide receiver or safety here are two prime options, but Cincinnati has a hard time passing on an elite pass-catching TE in Jermaine Gresham.

There have not been many prospects to come along at his position with his kind of size, body control, athleticism, and ability to run after the catch. Gresham displays soft hands, runs routes fluidly, and will go down as one of the most productive Tight Ends in Oklahoma Sooner history. A unique aspect he offers the Bengals is his ability as a red-zone target as he is tall, athletic, and will attack the ball at it’s highest point catching it cleanly & away from his body. He’ll need some work as a blocker, but he has the size & strength to be effective there in the NFL. He adds a different dimension to the Cincinnati offense as a TE capable of stretching the field and a redzone target, and paired with Carson Palmer, Jermaine Gresham might just have that upside to be a star.

Other options include: a playmaking Safety such as Texas’ Earl Thomas. The team right now lacks stability in the defensive backfield and has no one that attacks the ball in the air quite like Thomas, a Safety able to cover man-to-man in the slot if asked to. Illinois’ Arrelious Benn might be just the type of big, athletic receiver the Bengals need. Since the passing of the late Chris Henry the Bengals have had a need for a big, physical guy that can stretch the field vertically and in the seem deep, a role Benn seems to fit. With the uncertain future of UFA RG Bobbie Williams, the Offensive Line is an option yet again in 2010 with Idaho Guard Mike Iupati and Oklahoma’s Trent Williams still on the board. Iupati & Williams both possesses the experience, size, length, athleticism, and temperament to get serious looks from Cincinnati. But, with the 21st Overall Pick, the Cincinnati Bengals select Jermaine Gresham – Tight End – Oklahoma.

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22. New England Patriots – Jared Odrick – DE – Penn State
- The New England Patriots are known for being active and unpredictable on draft day and you can be sure the franchise will be in some type of trade negotiation on even the first day of the 2010 Draft. With four picks in the first two rounds, the team has some flexibility and will be looking for fits and value as well as trade opportunities. Odrick is a player moving up draft boards and may even go higher than this when April arrives. His forte has been pass rush up the middle while often getting thrown off the ball during running plays. He can fit in as a 3-4 DE and become a mainstay there for the Patriots franchise. Another route the team could go would be Jahvid Best, a first round value with his superb speed and vision. This would be an intriguing fit. If the Patriots get rid of Vince Wilfork, Tennessee’s Dan Williams would make sense if they don’t trust Ron Brace. But, with the 22nd Overall Pick, the New England Patriots select Jared Odrick – Defensive End – Penn State.

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23. Green Bay Packers – Everson Griffen – OLB/DE – USC
- A year ago, the team boosted their pass-rush and Linebacking core by taking a chance on Southern Cal’s Clay Matthews. That pick certainly worked out in the Packers favor, but they have been left once again with a void at Outside Linebacker and a need for a pass-rusher. While fellow Trojan Everson Griffen, a college DE, is not a typical Ted Thompson player/pick, he’ll be sure to attract attention with his blend of size, power, & natural athleticism. He may have never reached his potential as a USC Trojan, but Griffen will get a chance at Outside Linebacker at the next level and possesses a rare physical skill-set for the spot.

Everson Griffen was pegged as an underachiever in his time in college, but with his athleticism, strength, and foot quickness it’s looking like he’s due for a position switch in the NFL. He may look big, cut, and physically imposing, but don’t be fooled, this guy can run. Few players move the way Griffen can at over 270 pounds, and if he drops some weight (down to 265 or so) it’s thought he has the hips and straight-line speed to be a sideline-to-sideline player. He’s a good pass-rusher and closes well. He’s raw in coverage and must prove a strong work ethic in interviews if he wants to be considered here by Ted Thompson. He has rare ability and a physical skill-set that is tough to match at the Outside Linebacker position in a 3-4 scheme.

Other options include: Florida OL Maurkice Pouncey, a college Center who has the athleticism, feet, size, and versatility to play almost anywhere in a Zone Blocking Scheme. The Packers could use Pouncey to start at a number of positions, he’d add an athletic, young presence to the line. California Running Back Jahvid Best could be in the mix as well. Green Bay got good production from their running game this year, but could greatly benefit from a home-run threat like Best who could also conceivably line up in the slot as a WR at times. Another position that could be targeted is Cornerback where the team could use an injection of youth; an interesting fit here would be Donovan Warren from Michigan, though one to keep an eye on after the Combine is Florida State’s Patrick Robinson. But with the 23rd Overall Pick, the Green Bay Packers select Everson Griffen – Outside Linebacker – USC.

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24. Philadelphia Eagles – Earl Thomas – S – Texas
- If one weakness came out of the playoffs for the Eagles, it was the play of their safeties. Sean Jones has not been effective, and there just is not the depth there once was since Brian Dawkins left. Playing in the NFC East, safety is important to shut down opposing QBs and WRs. The Eagles also have the luxury to groom a first round rookie since there aren’t many pressing needs for this team. The best route would be to draft a raw Texas sophomore, Safety Earl Thomas. Thomas is excellent in coverage and has tremendous big play ability. He tracks balls very well and can play center field. Thomas struggles with the fundamentals of the position (tackling, hip movement, etc,) but he is a player that can be groomed in an excellent Philadelphia organization. The Eagles could also upgrade at the Defensive End and may opt for a player like Carlos Dunlap. But, with the 24th Overall Pick, the Philadelphia Eagles select Earl Thomas – Safety – Texas.

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25. Baltimore Ravens – Perrish Cox – CB – Oklahoma State
- A bit of a shocker here. Most expect the Ravens to go Wide Receiver and with only one (Dez Bryant) off the board so far, the value may be there. Still, Baltimore was held back more by the play of their Cornerbacks than their Receivers a year ago when they made a second consecutive playoff run. There’s an impressive young player there in LarDarius Webb, but Cox has the ability to be a #1 or elite #2 corner in the NFL. Nowadays it’s necessary to have three good corners to compete and I’m not sure Baltimore had one or two solid players there. Perrish Cox has a complete game, is big enough, athletic enough, and adds value as a Punt Returner as well. Where CB Chris Carr could be replaced.

Some think Cox is destined for the Second Round, but he could easily fall more in the 25-30 range than people think. A top player in college who displays loose hips, the speed to run with anyone, and who plays the run actively. He has very good feet and was a good Punt Returner this past season at Oklahoma State. An underrated cover corner and a bigger guy than what the Ravens currently have at 5’11 189. He was a very productive college player, and proved to be one of the elite cover corners at the Senior Bowl. In Mobile he cemented his status as a #1/top #2 future Corner in the NFL, and he will get looks in the late-first round.

Other options include: Illinois Wide Receiver Arrelious Benn who would bring size, athleticism, and ability to run after the catch to Harbaugh’s offense. Joe Flacco needs more big targets downfield and Benn fits the bill. TCU DE/OLB Jerry Hughes is another to watch as a very productive college player that could get a look here. The Ravens are in need of a pass-rusher and Hughes fits right into a veteran filled defense that could bring him up used at both Linebacker and Defensive End. Another player that could receive some attention with this pick is Florida Defensive End Carlos Dunlap. Despite never dominating in college like he should have, Dunlap is seen as a 1st Round Pick and one with unlimited upside. He’d need to be well-coached and probably brought along slowly in Baltimore. But, with the 25th Overall Pick, the Baltimore Ravens select Perrish Cox – Cornerback – Oklahoma State.

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26. Arizona Cardinals – Bruce Campbell – OT – Maryland
- The Arizona Cardinals found out how a good pass rush can dominate a mediocre offensive line when they lost to the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs. Kurt Warner got battered and bruised to the point of retirement, and next year will have Matt Leinart under center. The Cardinals have lacked an athletic tackle who can adjust to speed rushers for years. Even two years ago in the Super Bowl, Left Tackle Mike Gandy was abused. Bruce Campbell would be an excellent fit for the Cards. Campbell is a high upside type of player whose athleticism and first punch will be enamored by teams. He needs a lot of help to reach an elite status as a tackle, but all the tools are in place for it. With an amazing coach in Russ Grimm, there is little doubt Campbell could hit that potential and use his hands much better than he did as a college player. The Cardinals may also opt for a pass rusher like Clemson’s Ricky Sapp. But, with the 26th Overall Pick, the Arizona Cardinals select Bruce Campbell – Offensive Tackle – Maryland.

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27. Dallas Cowboys – Mike Iupati – OG – Idaho
- A tough pick to make for Jerry Jones here as pressure continues to build in Big D. An Offensive Guard may not be the sexiest pick, and for a team trying to really get to the next level, it might seem like a rather insignificant pick. Mike Iupati, however, would step in from day one and start over Kyle Koiser at the Left Guard spot. With the appearance of a Samoan Neanderthal he possesses good athleticism, and elite upper and lower body strength. A true tone-setter on the offensive line who will pull and creates great drive in the run game. A player the fans could really get behind in Dallas due to his importance on the line.

There are some sold that Mike Iupati could play anywhere along the Offensive Line. With his thickness, strength, natural athleticism, and length (35.5” arms) that may not be too far off with the right coaching. He projects as an elite Guard prospect though, with a great temperament for the position, experience, and natural ability. In Mobile, he had mostly a good week of practice (especially inside at LG), but he flashed some technical inconsistencies during the game. He could realistically make the Dallas offense better and more balanced as the team would look a whole lot more physical on that left side.

Other options include: Notre Dame Wide Receiver Golden Tate who would bring a versatile, do-everything aspect to the Cowboys offense. Early in his career, Tate could be used as a slot receiver, in the backfield, and on return teams; however, he has potential that some have likened to Steve Smith and has the talent to develop into an elite #2 receiver. Oklahoma’s Trent Williams certainly is an option once again here as a more local guy who could conceivably play Left Guard or Right Tackle for Dallas right away. They could also surprise some and go with Center/Guard Maurkice Pouncey from Florida. Pouncey would be an athletic, talented option at Left Guard. But, with the 27th Overall Pick, the Dallas Cowboys select Mike Iupati – Offensive Guard – Idaho.

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28. San Diego Chargers – Trent Williams – OT – Oklahoma
- San Diego has disappointed season after season in the playoffs, but are an absolute regular season powerhouse. As they let go of LaDanian Tomlinson, it seems rumors are emerging of trading or signing a runner instead of drafting one in the first round. One area of growing concern for the Chargers is the right tackle position, and something they definitely may address earlier rather than later. Trent Williams is a player whose draft stock varies depending on who you talk to. Some teams may consider him Top Ten, while others may not figure him to even crack the first round. The truth is, he was extremely inconsistent at left tackle, and his best fit is on the right side of a line. Most right tackles aren’t going to be high first round draft picks, and thus the fall to 28. Williams could step in Day 1 for a team as a rookie RT and make a big impact in both run and pass blocking. If the Chargers did want a running back, a guy like Fresno State’s Ryan Matthews or Georgia Tech’s Jonathan Dwyer makes the most sense. But, with the 28th Overall Pick, the San Diego Chargers select Trent Williams – Offensive Tackle – Oklahoma.

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29. New York Jets – Golden Tate – WR – Notre Dame
- Boos may shower down on Radio City Music Hall from Jets fans (again) if the team ignores a need for a #2 Corner and young pass-rusher. Golden Tate, a strong value here in the late first, is a do-everything player with the ability to contribute in the deep passing game and in the slot. He could be used on punt returns and could give the team a new dynamic in the backfield. The defense will be a priority as long as Rex Ryan is coach in New York, but the chance to add a versatile talent for his young QB Mark Sanchez long-term could be too tempting with the players on the board here.

Right now, the Jets have a good all-purpose WR in Brad Smith, but Tate offers the potential to be a #1 or top #2 receiver in the future. He’s not the tallest (5’11), nor is he the fastest (4.50e) but he has a good, athletic build, nimble feet, and knows how to get open. In the air he has impressive body control with his size, he’ll make plays downfield. Golden Tate offers a unique ability to create after the catch with the vision of a Running Back; he runs quick, explosive, and doesn’t go down easy. More so than many receivers his size, Tate’s willing to make the tough play in traffic and he shows good focus running routes & catching the ball away from his body. He has the potential to be a real weapon for Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez in New York and locks down a WR spot for years.

Other options include: a young pass-rusher at OLB and perhaps Rex Ryan could be attracted to a high-energy, productive player in Florida’s Brandon Spikes. Though many see Spikes strictly as an Inside Backer, he showed the ability to line up at a number of different spots for the Gators and may be best if turned loose to rush the passer in the Jets attacking 3-4 scheme. Another player sure to draw some attention here after the Combine is Florida State Cornerback Patrick Robinson. He’s a burner and should prove to be one of the most athletic players in the draft in Indy though somewhat raw & inconsistent on the field. Another corner that could start to tempt teams like the Jets here in the first round is Kareem Jackson from Alabama. A balanced player with good coverage skills would likely come in and get big playing time right away. But, with the 29th Overall Pick, the New York Jets select Golden Tate – Wide Receiver – Notre Dame.

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30. Minnesota Vikings – Vladimir Ducasse – OG – Massacusetts
- The one “Final Four” team that may still have some work to do on their roster is the Minnesota Vikings. They lack depth on the defensive line, may need a new QB, and are getting older throughout the secondary and O-Line. Therefore, Vikings GM Rick Spielman could opt for a BPA approach and just try to find great depth for this team. Here, the team reaches a bit for a huge, high upside lineman in Massachusetts’ Vladimir Ducasse. Big Vlad may be a bit behind his peers in his development, but he possesses a ridiculous frame and flashes power along with surprisingly nimble feet for his size. The Vikings could also add to Defensive Tackle depth or perhaps invest in a young, high-upside, cornerback such as Florida State’s Patrick Robinson. But, with the 30th Overall Pick, the Minnesota Vikings select Vladimir Ducasse – Guard – Massacusetts.

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31. Indianapolis Colts – Carlos Dunlap – DE – Florida
- A bit of a shocker here from the Colts, a pick far from their usual image at Defensive End. Potential takes over here as he has the size/raw athleticism to star at DE and could also contribute inside at DT on passing downs. If a certain somebody falls in love with Dunlap’s physical ability, he could conceivably go among the draft’s top ten picks. Despite all that, he will still be considered a high risk, bust-prone prospect as he hasn’t yet learned how to use all that athleticism and power. The Colts take a chance here and add a high upside player that wouldn’t typically fit the mold of an Indianapolis DE. The team (post-Dungy) has made efforts to get bigger along the defensive front and they get a guy here that gives them exactly that.

Carlos Dunlap has all the ability in him, somewhere, buried beneath a lack of explosiveness off the snap, questionable football instincts, and a lack of leverage & anchor strength against the run. Still, he’s a classic project with the height (6’5 e), speed (4.70e), and has weight-room strength and a strong build at 290 pounds. He’s a rare athlete, challenging USC’s Taylor Mays and USF’s Jason Pierre-Paul for the top freak status in the draft class. Dunlap will need to make huge strides to correct his leverage problems and will have to carry over workout explosiveness/power to the field. He had a fairly productive college career and stood out in his final game, the Sugar Bowl vs. Cincinnati. Still, his character will need to be closely evaluated as he was arrested on a DUI before the SEC Championship Game and figures to be a player that will need a strong work ethic to succeed in the NFL. A high-risk/high-reward grab here for the Indianapolis Colts.

Other options include: a defensive back, such as Boise State Cornerback Kyle Wilson, who proved to be a #1/#2 Corner prospect during his week at the Senior Bowl. There’s a chance, because the Colts’ Safeties inability to stay on the field, that the team looks for a player like LSU’s Chad Jones. Though raw, he’d add a big, athletic body to the back end capable of making big plays in the run game. Finally, Defensive Tackle could be a focus yet again on draft day and the team is trying to get bigger up the middle. A hot prospect, North Carolina’s Cam Thomas would be a reach, but is a big, powerful interior lineman that would fit perfectly bolster the middle of the Colts’ D. But, with the 31st Overall Pick, the Indianapolis Colts select Carlos Dunlap – Defensive End – Florida.

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32. New Orleans Saints - Jahvid Best – RB – California
- For a Super Bowl winner, there are still plenty of places the New Orleans Saints can upgrade their team. The Saints lack an elite center who can lead their offensive line, as well as an impact linebacker on the outside. The uncertain future of RB Reggie Bush could have the team looking for a young, explosive home-run hitter at Running Back. Though Best has struggled with pass catching, he is lightning quick and would give the Patriots another big time playmaker. Best is a first round pick with his superb speed and vision. One area the Saints should look eat early though is bringing in a nose tackle to improve their defense against the run. The Saints may also want to add to their corner depth with Florida State’s Patrick Robinson or Michigan’s Donovan Warren. But, with the 32nd Overall Pick, the New Orleans Saints select Jahvid Best – Running Back – California.


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- The Rams continue the overhaul on their passing game, by giving Sam Bradford a dynamic, physically gifted receiver in Benn. A big, athletic guy “Rejus” runs well after the catch and shields defenders with a big body. He could have easily gone in the first round, but slides here and gives St. Louis a value they can’t pass up as they try to revive their offensive identity. They could also look to get help along the interior defensive line, outside linebacker spots, and at cornerback. But, with the 33rd Pick, the St. Louis Rams select Arrelious Benn – Wide Receiver – Illinois.

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- After nabbing perhaps the draft’s top player in Ndamukong Suh, the Lions continue to add young talent to their defense. Robinson is a very similar prospect to former Florida State CB Antonio Cromartie. Robinson could post one of the fastest 40 times in this upcoming Combine, but lacks the awareness and tracking ability that a top CB needs. A guy who had an incredible junior year but took a step back as a senior, Robinson could develop into a top flight Corner with the right coaching. The team could also look to add an Offensive Tackle, a Wide Receiver, or a Defensive End. But, with the 34th Overall Pick, the Detroit Lions select Patrick Robinson – Cornerback - Florida State. (Lownes/Hallam)

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- After getting their man in Gerald McCoy at 3rd Overall, the Bucs address their need for a wideout here with the USC Trojan Damian Williams. Though not overly fast or big, Williams is a good athlete, possesses a high football IQ, has great hands, and a strong overall feel for the position. He runs good routes, has nimble feet, and has experience on Special Teams as a Punt Returner. Tampa Bay could also look to target a Safety, a pass-rushing Defensive End, or even perhaps a Running Back. But, with the 35th Overall Pick, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Damian Williams – Wide Receiver – USC.

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- In the first round the Chiefs targeted what many would consider a luxury position (Wide Receiver) but in the Second the team has to get it’s hands dirty and improve the front seven. The team needs an Inside Linebacker in the worst way and the Linebacking core is striving to get younger and more athletic. Though he may lack elite speed, Brandon Spikes does a lot well on the field and could come in right away and make an impact on defense. Spikes’ name was scattered across pre-season All-American teams and he may have been the most decorated Linebacker in the nation for the NCAA’s best defense. In his Senior season, Spikes’ play slipped a bit as he was affected by nagging injuries. He should fit inside for the Chiefs and provides an instinctual thumper capable of rushing the passer and dropping in zone coverage. The team could target the interior OL here, perhaps they could go after an OLB, and it’s also possible the team invests in a Nose Tackle for their relatively new 3-4 system. But, with the 36th Overall Pick, the Kansas City Chiefs select Brandon Spikes – Linebacker – Florida. (Lownes)

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- The Redskins offense is in dire need of a strong identity and everything starts with the running game. Basically, the Skins can choose to address mainly their passing game or mainly their running game with their draft in 2010. With massive OT Anthony Davis in the first and Dwyer, the draft’s most promising power back, in the second, Washington’s offense gets a whole lot more physical. Jonathan Dwyer is a big, powerful back capable of carrying the load and breaking the big run. His agility will surprise some and he finishes every run. The team could also look Quarterback, Defensive Tackle, or Offensive Guard here. But, with the 37th Overall Pick, the Washington Redskins select Jonathan Dwyer – Running Back – Georgia Tech.

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- The Browns got their man in Eric Berry in the first round and use this pick to fill what has been a gaping hole for years. Ricky Sapp fits in the typical mold of long pass rushers that played End in College but will be looking at a different position. Sapp was extremely productive at Clemson, racking up 17 sacks over his career. Most view him as a likely rush backer in a 3-4 scheme, but if he finds the right place (like Indianapolis,) to cement himself as a pass rushing threat in the league. The team could also look for help at Cornerback or Running Back here. But, with the 38th Overall Pick, the Cleveland Browns select Ricky Sapp – Outside Linebacker – Clemson. (Lownes/Hallam)

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- A surprise here, considering Warren may not run as fast as Al Davis tends to draft. Still, there is a gaping hole at Corner beside Nnamdi Asomugha and the Michigan product projects as perhaps the best man-to-man corner on the board. Though he’s still improving his physical play, he’s big enough and can turn & run with anybody. He has fluid hips and is a natural talent at the position, a great fit along an All-Pro player. The Silver & Black could look instead to take an Offensive Tackle, an interior OL, Defensive Tackle, or perhaps a Quarterback if one rises by April. But, with the 39th Overall Pick, the Oakland Raiders select Donovan Warren – Cornerback – Michigan.

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- After securing a top Left Tackle with their first round pick, Seattle looks to add a young Quarterback here to plug in behind Russell Okung. Colt McCoy is a confident, accurate passer with excellent intangibles, good mechanics, and scrambling ability. He may not have the strongest arm and he’s not throwing it 70 yards downfield, but his arm is more than adequate for the Seahawks personnel and he fits well in a West Coast Offense. McCoy is a personable young player with a tremendous passion for the game and plenty of intelligence, he may not be eye candy exactly for the team’s fan base but he offers a personality that fits well as the face of a franchise. Other directions the Seahawks could go here include Safety, where there is some value, and Defensive End. But, with the 40th Overall Pick, the Seattle Seahawks select Colt McCoy – Quarterback – Texas. (Lownes)

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- The Bills, still with a big hole at Left Tackle have a hard time on passing on a big, athletic, young target for new franchise Quarterback Jimmy Clausen. There’s a chance that Brandon LaFell finds himself among the first 32 pick in April, so if he dropped here I’m not sure Buffalo doesn’t pull the trigger. James Hardy has battled injuries in his first two years and doesn’t scream success as 2nd Round Draft Pick just two years ago. LaFell is a big, physical, sure-handed target that has enough athleticism & speed to be a threat downfield for the new young QB in town. Offensive Tackle still must be a priority for the Bills, and they could consider Defensive Tackle or Linebacker with this pick. But, with the 41st Overall Pick, the Buffalo Bills select Brandon LaFell – Wide Receiver – LSU.

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- With their third pick in the first two rounds Tampa Bay finds themselves with several holes still, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Though the team has a good young Safety in Tanard Jackson, a big, athletic thumper like LSU’s Chad Jones fits and could contribute immediately. An excellent natural athlete, also a standout in baseball, Jones possesses bulk, speed, and fluidity in coverage. After the NFL Combine there is a chance he boosts his stock into the First Round. He may not be completely there yet as a player, but should flourish in a couple years provided he gets the coaching he needs. They could still look to add help on the Offensive Line or perhaps they’ll target a pass-rusher at DE here. But, with the 42nd Overall Pick, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Chad Jones – Safety – LSU. (Lownes)

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- At some point perhaps the most unique player in the 2010 NFL Draft will be selected, and here Miami has the distinct honor of taking “Mount” Cody. An immovable two-gap wall that functions purely as run-stuffing Nose Tackle. Truly a mountain of a man, he weighed in at 370 pounds at the Senior Bowl. He will have to keep his weight down and improve his conditioning to be successful. There hasn’t been a prospect like him in the past decade or two, as a two-down, two-gap 3-4 NT. The Dolphins could also choose to target Wide Receiver, Safety, or an Inside Linebacker here. But, with the 43rd Overall Pick, the Miami Dolphins select Terrance “Mount” Cody – Nose Tackle – Alabama.

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- Once again, we see Bill Belichick connecting with his friend out west, Fresno State coach Pat Hill. This time the target is a balanced underclassman Running Back to add to the Patriots stable in Ryan Matthews. Though he may not be the draft’s most explosive athlete at the RB position, Matthews runs well between the tackles, he has a terrific body & work ethic, he displays good vision, and occasionally flashes breakaway speed in the open field. It shouldn’t take long for him to see the field and in just a couple years Ryan Matthews could be the primary back in New England. Besides Running Back, the Pats may choose to address Safety, Outside Linebacker, or Inside Linebacker. But, with the 44th Overall Pick, the New England Patriots select Ryan Matthews – Running Back – Fresno State. (Lownes)

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- The Broncos catch a good player falling here, as the former Gator may be one of the more athletic, versatile interior linemen to enter the draft in years. Pouncey has a shot to go in the First Round in April, and there is a lot to like. He’s a long OL with good feet, good strength and with experience at Center and Guard. He projects to either at the next level for Denver and will inject needed youth and athleticism to that unit. The Broncos could also look to add a Wide Receiver, a Defensive End, or an Outside Linebacker with this pick. But, with the 45th Overall Pick, the Denver Broncos select Maurkice Pouncey – Offensive Lineman – Florida.

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- The New York Giants once seemed like a defensive powerhouse as former Defensive Coordinator and current Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo rode a strong front seven to a Super Bowl Championship just three years ago. Now that team is an after-thought and the franchise must look to inject youth, athleticism, and run-stopping ability to their DL/LB cores. Daryl Washington may be this class’ most athletic Weakside or Inside Linebacker prospect and has incredible coverage skills for his position. Though he must add bulk, he packs quite a punch and is a strong hitter. After taking NT/DT Dan Williams in the first, Washington should get the ability to roam free whether he plays in the middle or outside. He has star potential and could go at the tail end of the first with a huge week in Indianapolis. The Giants could also continue to add talent to their offensive line or look at a pass rusher. But, with the 46th Overall Pick, the New York Giants select Daryl Washington – Linebacker – TCU. (Lownes)

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- Expect heavy media coverage to come along with this pick, perhaps the most notable choice of all Round Two. On paper the New England Patriots don’t have a glaring need at Quarterback, with three-time Super Bowl Champ Tom Brady still at the helm. Also, on paper, Tim Tebow doesn’t project all too well at QB in the NFL. Still, if we’ve learned anything over the past few years, it’s that the Quarterback position is by far the most important in the game and you’d better have a good backup. Also we’ve learned that there are few limits on Bill Belichick’s creativity and immediately that’s where you factor in the former Gator. Tebow may be criticized for his raw footwork, poor throwing mechanics, and background in Florida’s spread offense, but the Patriots can use his ability to run between the tackles and throw downfield right away while bringing him along slowly as a QB. It is, of course, New England so they could go anywhere with this pick, including Safety & Linebacker. But, with the 47th Overall Pick, the New England Patriots select Tim Tebow – Quarterback – Florida.

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- Once again the Carolina Panthers find themselves without a first round pick and the team is in the midst of a full-on crisis at Defensive End (Julius Peppers contract situation), Wide Receiver, and perhaps even Quarterback. Here the value and fit works best for Carolina is a big, vertical threat in Georgia Tech’s Demaryius Thomas. There was talk of Thomas in the first round before he broke his foot, but now it appears more likely that he’ll fall here even though he should be healthy by the start of camp. His run blocking ability can be utilized well by the Panthers as well as his ability to get downfield and to run after the catch. As earlier stated the team needs help at a couple areas like Defensive End, Quarterback, or potentially Defensive Tackle. But, with the 48th Overall Pick, the Carolina Panthers select Demaryius Thomas – Wide Receiver – Georgia Tech. (Lownes)

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- With Cornerback (Haden) & Offensive Tackle (Bulaga) already addressed in the first two rounds, the 49ers set their sights on a pass-rusher here. Hughes is a high-energy, high-productivity pass-rusher off the edge but will have to make a move to Outside Linebacker if he’s to land in a 3-4 scheme such as San Fran. He’s the biggest, longest, nor is he the most explosive of players but what he does well is rush the passer and if turned loose at OLB he has the chance to be a good pro. The team could absolutely use a pass-rusher to take pressure off Parys Haralson , and needs a more physical, aggressive player to replace former First Round Pick Manny Lawson. The team could also be looking to add bodies to their 3-4 front, so Defensive End is a possibility along with Safety and an interior Offensive Lineman. But, with the 49th Overall Pick, the San Francisco 49ers select Jerry Hughes – Linebacker – TCU.

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- After pushing the need for an Offensive Lineman to their third pick in the first two rounds, the Chiefs decide to grab the highest rated Tackle on their board here. Feeling is that this coming weekend in Indianapolis Charles Brown from USC will test as one of the quickest and most athletic offensive linemen in attendance. Scouts may fall in love with the potential he brings as a pass-blocking Left Tackle prospect, though there will be some that say he needs to play more physical in the run game. Still, Brown has great length, foot speed, and experience against a high level of competition in the Pac-10. The Chiefs still could be searching for a pass-rushing OLB, a Nose Tackle, or maybe a power RB to complement rising talent Jamaal Charles. But, with the 50th Overall Pick, the Kansas City Chiefs select Charles Brown – Offensive Tackle – USC. (Lownes)

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- Houston continues the overhaul of their secondary by putting the net out for an underrated Senior Corner, Boise State’s Kyle Wilson. Depending on the future status of CB Dunta Robinson, the Houston Texans may or may not have a gaping hole at the position. Wilson fits here as a very athletic, fluid, and experienced man-to-man corner. Though not the biggest guy, he uses his hands well and possesses tremendous ball skills. At the Senior Bowl, he proved he could play with anyone and is regarded as a future #1/#2 CB. He’s explosive with the ball in his hands and would also likely be looking at reps as a Punt Returner for the Texans. If the Robinson situation works out, the team could be in the market for a Defensive Tackle, Defensive End, or even Wide Receiver with this choice. But, with the 51st Overall Pick, the Houston Texans select Kyle Wilson – Cornerback – Boise State.

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- Last year we got a good look at just how important the Safety positions are for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the team would be wise add someone to play along-side Troy Polamalu. Here the team looks at a big, fluid Safety in South Florida’s Nate Allen. He had a very productive year in the Big East and gives the Steelers a bit more size in the defensive backfield and a potential starter in 2010 depending on if Ryan Clark stays. Pittsburgh continues to add to a defense that consistently ranks among the league’s Top 5 units. If the team decides against Safety in the first two rounds they may look to grab a young Nose Tackle, Offensive Tackle, or Guard. But, with the 52nd Overall Pick the Pittsburgh Steelers select Nate Allen – Safety – South Florida. (Lownes)

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- With their fourth pick of the first two rounds, the former dynasty grabs an outside backer with a lot of upside and athletic ability. Utah’s Koa Misi was a college Defensive End that looked more fluid than most everybody expected in Mobile. He has good size for the position, is capable of playing with good range, and has flashed the ability to drop in coverage and run with Backs & Tight Ends. Misi is still raw at the position and must be brought along slowly, but his athleticism, instincts, and strength translates better to the 3-4 OLB position in the NFL than 2009 Cleveland Second Round Pick David Veikune. Other ways New England could use this pick could be at Wide Receiver, Safety, or maybe a young Interior lineman. But, with the 53rd Overall Pick, the New England Patriots select Koa Misi – Outside Linebacker – Utah.

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- If the Cincinnati Bengals commit to a Tight End in the first round they’ll surely look to address the secondary here. After Roy Williams went out early in the season the team lost it’s thumper on the back end and they’ll be looking for a younger option in the draft. Larry Asante from Nebraska fits the bill as a thick, physical Safety that plays the run well and can cover Tight Ends & Running Backs out of the backfield. Cincinnati already expressed some interest in the Cornhusker during the Senior Bowl and he looks to be a good fit for the direction the defense is going. If Safety is not the pick in the Second Round the Bengals could look to add a big Wide Receiver, a Cornerback, or perhaps a an Offensive or Defensive Lineman. But, with the 54th Overall Pick, the Cincinnati Bengals select Larry Asante – Safety – Nebraska. (Lownes)

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- Without many pressing needs the Eagles turn to strong value pick here in a local product Navorro Bowman who projects at Weakside Linebacker. Though as a whole their defensive performance was admirable a year ago under a first-year Coordinator, the Linebacking unit suffered many injuries. Though they have a good number of players with game experience, Philly is in need of a true difference-maker that can stay on the field. He has some character questions, but Bowman is a very instinctive, adequately athletic backer that makes plays in the run game and in coverage. With this Second Round pick the Eagles could look to add an Offensive Lineman (Tackle or Guard), a power Running Back, or a Defensive End to add depth to the rotation. But, with the 55th Overall Pick, the Philadelphia Eagles select Navorro Bowman – Linebacker – Penn State.

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- In the Second Round the Packers could go a variety of routes and Ted Thompson usually prefers established, blue-collar prospects though again he decides to go this physical wonder route here. Dominique Franks adds youth, size, and plenty of athleticism to Green Bay’s defensive backfield. Expected to run a good 40 in Indy, Franks handled return duties in Oklahoma and may be able to do the same at the next level. The Packers could also look to add a Left Tackle or a Defensive End here as they need help protecting Aaron Rodgers and continue to build their 3-4 scheme. But with the 56th Overall Pick, the Green Bay Packers select Dominique Franks – Cornerback – Oklahoma. (Lownes)

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- A heartbreaker for any Cincinnati fan as the hometown product Marshawn “Mardy” Gilyard goes to an AFC North rival. The former Bearcat could very easily go earlier than this, even at the end of the first perhaps. He’s of this class’ smoothest receivers, a great route-runner who doesn’t lose speed in and out of his cuts. At 5’11 5/8 Gilyard isn’t the tallest guy, nor is he the thickest, but he beats the jam well and shows the ability to threaten both down the field and in the slot. In Baltimore, he provides a younger option to replace Derrick Mason and gives Joe Flacco a wideout to mold from the start of his NFL career. He displays excellent body control, solid hands, and brings value at both WR and Kick Returner. Other options for the Ravens here could include Defensive End, Linebacker, or even Tight End. But, with the 57th Overall Pick, the Baltimore Ravens select Mardy Gilyard – Wide Receiver – Cincinnati.

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- After taking a step back in 2009-10 the Arizona Cardinals will want to give 2006 Top 10 pick Matt Leinart a shot at a winning season. By taking a future Left Tackle in the first and a Tight End here in the second there’s a chance that the Cardinals passing game will pick up where it left off despite Kurt Warner’s retirement. Rob Gronkowski is a guy who played college ball locally at Arizona and had a productive career despite missing last season due to a back injury. Gronk is tall, athletic, and has terrific strength. He projects as a do-it-all Tight End here as a solid run-blocker and talented pass-catcher. If he lights Indianapolis on fire this week and checks out medically he could continue to rise up boards. The Cardinals could also be looking at an Inside/Outside Linebacker or Defensive End here. But, with the 58th Overall Pick, the Arizona Cardinals select Rob Gronkowski – Tight End – Arizona. (Lownes)

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- After Jerry Jones bit the bullet and addressed a need along the Offensive Line in Round One, he gets a ball-hawking playmaker for his defense here. A year ago Dallas got one interception from their Safeties on the back end and it’s clear they could use a guy like Morgan Burnett to make plays. In only three years of college ball Burnett managed 15 interceptions, displaying fantastic range and ball skills. He’s not the biggest or thickest guy, nor does he have elite straight-line speed, but he plays with instincts & has impressive read and react skills at Free Safety. The Cowboys could look to add a Linebacker instead, an Offensive Tackle, or a Wide Receiver in the Second Round. But, with the 59th Overall Pick, the Dallas Cowboys select Morgan Burnett – Safety – Georgia Tech.

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- The release of LaDanian Tomlinson, who was once sold as the best running back of all time, has been the face of the Chargers offseason. Running Back is a likelihood for the Bolts in the first two rounds and here they grab the most productive back in college football here. Stanford’s Toby Gerhart rushed for over 1800 yards and 27 Rushing Tds. He adds a much-needed power back to San Diego’s stable and complements Darren Sproles very well. Gerhart’s a decisive one-cut runner who displays exceptional vision, balance, and has a feel for the position. If the Chargers happen to pass on Gerhart here it’s possible they could be targeting other Running Backs in the first two rounds and potentially a Cornerback or Nose Tackle at some point. But, with the 60th Overall Pick, the San Diego Chargers select Toby Gerhart – Running Back – Stanford. (Lownes)

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- Earlier, the Jets passed on taking a Cornerback to play along-side All-Pro Darrelle Revis, instead surrounding young Mark Sanchez with an offensive talent in Golden Tate. Patience pays off as Alabama’s Kareem Jackson is considered by some to be the #2 Cornerback in the 2010 class. Jackson has a good blend of physicality, fluidity, and size. He had a successful college career and plays the run well for a corner. He’s shown willingness to cover anyone and proved athletic & loose enough in the hips. He’d come in and play right away for Rex Ryan’s defense and fill a hole left by the loss of Lito Sheppard. New York could also look to add a pass-rusher at Outside Linebacker, or perhaps a Defensive End or Nose Tackle for their 3-4 defensive scheme. But, with the 61st Overall Pick, the New York Jets select Kareem Jackson – Cornerback – Alabama.

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- The Minnesota Vikings are tough team to peg in the 2010 Draft because they don’t have a whole lot of holes as a team. Where they stand now, they are in no position to draft a franchise Quarterback which is more or less the only thing that could keep the team out of the playoffs. Here they reach a bit on a Safety as four have been taken in the last twenty picks and the Vikings must find a future at the position. Reshad Jones is big, plays the run and pass, and has interesting upside as a Strong Safety. Though he must time well at the Combine to warrant interest this early, Jones had a productive career at Georgia and has good height & a strong build. If the Vikings look elsewhere Quarterback remains an option as well as Cornerback. But, with the 62nd Overall Pick, the Minnesota Vikings select Reshad Jones – Safety – Georgia. (Lownes)

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- The Super Bowl runner-up Colts don’t have a whole lot of needs. The future is uncertain, however, at Cornerback with the status of Marlin Jackson being a big question. Offering a good blend of size & raw athleticism, Brandon Ghee could be brought along for the AFC South Champs. In this day and age in the NFL you can’t have enough good corners and after excelling during his week at the Senior Bowl, Ghee seems to fit the bill for Indy. They may prefer to add size inside at Defensive Tackle, perhaps Safety, or even look to draft a big, versatile Offensive lineman. But, with the 63rd Overall Pick, the Indianapolis Colts select Brandon Ghee – Cornerback – Wake Forest.

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- With the last pick of the Second Round the New Orleans Saints could go a variety of routes. Though the defense has gotten much tougher, more stout against the run and pass over the past few years, they could still use help along the DL, more specifically inside at Tackle. Cam Thomas was a player that may not jump out you on the stat sheet, but he's a huge guy, controls a lot of space, and made a name for himself at the Senior Bowl. The Saints may also choose to address their Secondary, Defensive End, or Weak-side Linebacker which remains a need. But, with the 64th Overall Pick, the New Orleans Saints select Cam Thomas - Defensive Tackle - North Carolina. (Lownes)


One more thank you to BoneKrusher for all the graphic work. Great job. Hope everyone enjoys the Mock.

DoWnThEfiElD
02-24-2010, 03:23 PM
Great graphics. I like Suh to the Lions, however I am not a Robinson fan. I would rather have Wilson or Warren. I agree that a corner could be the pick, it's just the player I personally am not a fan of.

CC.SD
02-24-2010, 03:25 PM
Nice work guys. Also extremely pretty. I can't say I am the biggest fan of Gerhart but as a 2nd rounder following Trent Williams in the first, it's clear the direction was the establishment of a power running game, clearly one of SD's big time weaknesses, so I must applaud.

PhysicalwithanF
02-24-2010, 03:29 PM
Haden, Baluga and Hughes is pretty nice for the Niners

Shane P. Hallam
02-24-2010, 03:30 PM
Big thanks to ThePudge, I fully should get some neg rep for not putting my all into this (my schedule is going to be tight the next weeks and has been since the big snow,) The Pudge went out of his way to write some of the descriptions for me for my picks, and I'll try to edit in some stuff as well here.

BoneKrusher's graphics are awesome, and I'll gladly discuss any of my picks in this thread. But send all positive rep to Pudge and BoneKrusher for the AWESOME work here.

prock
02-24-2010, 03:30 PM
This is a sick draft. I wouldn't hate this Vikings draft, but it definitely isn't ideal. But that being said, the lay out is sick.

Right now, I am in a stage of deep mental thought. I am completely rethinking the Vikings needs right now. I need another week or so to decide who I REALLY want for us. I need to meditate.

vidae
02-24-2010, 03:33 PM
Solid Chiefs draft and pretty layout!

TACKLE
02-24-2010, 03:40 PM
Wow! I've been looking forward to this for a while now. I had high expectations but this went above and beyond. Looks awesome so far. I'll give a more thorough analysis once I've read it through more closely.

Pudge one idea I had is for your next mock, as you keep putting out more and more scouting reports, incorperate them into the mocks. You could make a link on the players names and it go to another page where you have the scouting report. Just an idea of how to take this to another level, if that's even possible.

Shane P. Hallam
02-24-2010, 03:41 PM
This is a sick draft. I wouldn't hate this Vikings draft, but it definitely isn't ideal. But that being said, the lay out is sick.

Right now, I am in a stage of deep mental thought. I am completely rethinking the Vikings needs right now. I need another week or so to decide who I REALLY want for us. I need to meditate.

The Vikings are so difficult, they really could go BPA and be fine. Just seems like their needs won't fall to them, and they will be left with the scraps. The value on the board them is offensive weapon heavy, not what they need.

A sleeper pick I have for them is Jahvid Best though, especially if Chester goes elsewhere.

thenewfeature06
02-24-2010, 03:41 PM
Starting to warm up to JPP and if Davis and Okung are off the board im ok with that but we need to address the OL and I love warren but think I would rather have Pouncey.

prock
02-24-2010, 03:43 PM
The Vikings are so difficult, they really could go BPA and be fine. Just seems like their needs won't fall to them, and they will be left with the scraps. The value on the board them is offensive weapon heavy, not what they need.

A sleeper pick I have for them is Jahvid Best though, especially if Chester goes elsewhere.

Jahvid Best wouldn't be an awful pick. I would actually like that. I think... I don't even know what to think anymore. I feel as though I am not going to be 100% satisfied with anyone we can get there, unless Weatherspoon or Dan Williams falls to us.

RaiderNation
02-24-2010, 03:49 PM
Very good layout. Bonecrusher is the best

As for the draft Im very happy with JPP, but would much rather go on the lines in the 2nd too. Pouncey, Mount Cody, or Brown could work. Also wouldnt mind Daryl Washington. Fits the athletic LB Al likes to draft and with Morrison and Howards future in question he could be the replacement for one of them

Pat Sims 90
02-24-2010, 03:53 PM
I am still not sold on Gresham as a effective blocker and the 2 knee injuires worry me

Asante seems like he would fit well in Zimmers scheme

Very Nice Layout

FlyingElvis
02-24-2010, 03:54 PM
This thing better live up to all the hype!

k, off to read it . . .

brb

ThePudge
02-24-2010, 03:58 PM
I am still not sold on Gresham as a effective blocker and the 2 knee injuires worry me

Asante seems like he would fit well in Zimmers scheme

Very Nice Layout

Well after I made this pick Marvin had some good things to say about Chase Coffman and talked a bit about how the team is going to be able to use him and what a receiving threat he is. Until the foot injury Demaryius Thomas looked like he could be linked to the Bengals, but I'd say Earl Thomas would be my best bet right now. Still, I'd love to have Jermaine Gresham who I liked more in college than Kellen Winslow. He has star potential and is just such a big redzone target for Carson. Hopefully we get some futher information at the Combine.

RealityCheck
02-24-2010, 04:01 PM
Me love some Odrick, Mathews and Tebow.
Not sure about Misi though.

Pat Sims 90
02-24-2010, 04:07 PM
Well after I made this pick Marvin had some good things to say about Chase Coffman and talked a bit about how the team is going to be able to use him and what a receiving threat he is. Until the foot injury Demaryius Thomas looked like he could be linked to the Bengals, but I'd say Earl Thomas would be my best bet right now. Still, I'd love to have Jermaine Gresham who I liked more in college than Kellen Winslow. He has star potential and is just such a big redzone target for Carson. Hopefully we get some futher information at the Combine.

Yea i want to see how Gresham checks out medically at the combine before i make any real judgements on him. I think if Coffman shows something during offseason workout will determine if they take a TE high or not

ThePudge
02-24-2010, 04:10 PM
Wow! I've been looking forward to this for a while now. I had high expectations but this went above and beyond. Looks awesome so far. I'll give a more thorough analysis once I've read it through more closely.

Pudge one idea I had is for your next mock, as you keep putting out more and more scouting reports, incorperate them into the mocks. You could make a link on the players names and it go to another page where you have the scouting report. Just an idea of how to take this to another level, if that's even possible.

I'm actually working on a project that will make that possible. It will probably be two weeks or so before I can get that running. Hopefully by then I can get up to 20 more scouting reports. I hope to have full reports for the Top 10 at every position by Mid-Late April and a complete database to make than info easily accessible. Things are moving much more quickly for me this year, only taking 12 credit hours this winter at school. Got a complete Combine spreadsheet done recently.

Included is the players name, position, and school as well as open slots for their ht, wt, arm ", hand ", bench, 40, Short Shuttle, Long Shuttle, Vertical, Broad Jump, and 3-Cone. I also included my predictions for every player's height, weight, 40 time, bench press, and stock result. I have to admit I had to take some shots in the dark, but it'll be a good way for me to determine who exceeded or performed lower than my expectations. I just don't know how to transfer it here, I want to post it as downloadable file. +rep to anyone that can help me there

SloppyJoe
02-24-2010, 04:28 PM
Gerald McCoy, Damian Williams and Chad Jones .... i would really like that draft for the Bucs

FlyingElvis
02-24-2010, 04:39 PM
Awesome work on this. The notes, format, and overall presentation (BK's pics, too, of course) are excellent.


The Pats draft . . .
I'm an Odrick fan and have mentioned a few times that I think Odrick is a good posibility at 22 so I'm with you on that one.

Tebow . . . meh. I think it's a smokescreen, honestly. BB was happy enough with Hoyer last year to keep him as the only backup to Brady. That has to be considered when the Tebow talk comes up. Also, Bob Kraft has said outright that wildcat formations are no good for NE because it takes the ball out of Brady's hands.

Matthews and Misi are good fits. I like both.

Safety is not a need for the Patriots at all. Meriweather, Chung, Sanders and McGowan. All 4 played often and well in 2009. So the note listing safety as a possibility is not quite right.


Listed under the Saints 1st round pick:
"Though Best has struggled with pass catching, he is lightning quick and would give the Patriots another big time playmaker."
Oops . . . sounds like NE almost picked a RB in round one, eh? ;)


Got a complete Combine spreadsheet done recently.
. . .
I just don't know how to transfer it here, I want to post it as downloadable file. +rep to anyone that can help me there

I don't think V-Bulletin allows for attachment of anything other than images to be displayed within the posts. Perhaps screen shots of the spreadsheets that can be hosted & linked as images?

Babylon
02-24-2010, 04:42 PM
Seattle

I would have gone Bulaga,Mays and Gerhart but great work guys.

wicket
02-24-2010, 04:45 PM
not only does the saints first rounder make me sad. the other options you give make me even more sad

jCut
02-24-2010, 05:10 PM
Awesome Denver draft.

K Train
02-24-2010, 05:24 PM
weatherspoon and nate allen....nice

billsfootball15
02-24-2010, 05:39 PM
at least the sexy format makes up for the Bills going first 2 rounds without an OT or a NT

V.I.P
02-24-2010, 06:24 PM
Gerald McCoy, Damian Williams and Chad Jones .... i would really like that draft for the Bucs

Yeah what he said.

AkiliSmith
02-24-2010, 06:44 PM
Gresham is not going to happen

coordinator0
02-24-2010, 06:45 PM
I'm starting to warm up on the Perish Cox to Baltimore in the first wagon, but I STRONGLY disagree that our cornerback play held us back more than the receiver play did. The second half of the regular season and the postseason was pretty good for our secondary, and a lot of that goes to Foxworth stepping up his play and Washington getting hurt which allowed Webb to play more (strong words, but Fabian is a nickel corner). Our receiver play however was abysmal throughout the entire season. No separation, no physicalness, no size, hell not even any speed. The only guy with reliable hands was Mason, and he's not someone that's really a number one option.

But, I still like the picks. Gilyard would be nice to take over returner duties if/when Webb takes over full-time at corner and we'd have somebody at receiver that can actually get separation. Cox is exactly what we need at corner, and he's also another good return guy (which Harbaugh would LOVE).

twizbuck
02-24-2010, 06:45 PM
Well done. I hate how everyone keeps giving the Bengals the same two picks mock draft in and mock draft out. So boring, and it likely won't go that way anyway. Our division rivals have better drafts than our own, too.

AkiliSmith
02-24-2010, 06:48 PM
Well done. I hate how everyone keeps giving the Bengals the same two picks mock draft in and mock draft out. So boring, and it likely won't go that way anyway.
I'm confused. Gresham is the same pick in 90% of the mocks. How is that well done?

twizbuck
02-24-2010, 06:49 PM
I'm confused. Gresham is the same pick in 90% of the mocks. How is that well done?

I was referring to their overall mock. The layout and the effort put into it.

AkiliSmith
02-24-2010, 06:52 PM
I was referring to their overall mock. The layout and the effort put into it.
Ahhh I see yes it was very attractive but the same pick as always turned me off

twizbuck
02-24-2010, 06:53 PM
Ahhh I see yes it was very attractive but the same pick as always turned me off

Agreed. It's Gresham and Asante everywhere you look. Give me a break.

I'd be irritated if we took Asante over Reshad Jones or Burnett personally, and I really want us to go a different direction than TE in the first. WR, UT, even S or DE. Something.

akvikefan89
02-24-2010, 06:57 PM
I could live with Ducasse. I'd rather have Pouncey, as we're stronger at OT and weaker at C and OG.

Like the second round pick.

gpngc
02-24-2010, 06:59 PM
Ugh. I don't see the 49ers passing on Spiller.

I really hope they do though.

thule
02-24-2010, 07:08 PM
Good dallas draft.

Just to dive into your reasoning it was pretty sound. Something to ponder is will Jerry draft a guy to replace Koiser. Koiser is in the last year of his deal but Wade doesn't play young players over vets in most cases. Obviously I think Koiser is the weak-link on the line and has been in his tenor...however Dallas fans have been calling for an upgrade and we've stand pat with Cory Proctor as our backup for all three interior OL positions.

Using this logic I'm starting to come to the conclusion that Jerry will go with the versatile pick. Sure Iupati projects to multiple positions...but Trent Williams and Pouncey I think are the lesser risk picks that Jerry might lean. We were extremely high on Unger last year and just missed out on him. I think you might see Jerry go after a guy like Pouncey for one reason. He has proven he can play C and OG. Not every team can draft for backups...but if Dallas goes OL in the first that guy isn't going to be starting year one. I think versatility will be the bigger play and dallas will elect to go with Pouncey or Williams.

Williams is interesting to touch on because he would likely push Brewster inside which is where most draftniks projected him last year...however he saw snaps at RT in TC so thats also something to think about. I don't think Dallas has anything against moving Brewster inside...but they did move McQwisten inside to OG last year...so something to also think about.

ThePudge
02-24-2010, 07:26 PM
Ahhh I see yes it was very attractive but the same pick as always turned me off

You may think Gresham in not going to happen and that's fair enough considering we might have more pressing needs at Safety and Wide Receiver. Still, the best value here and the player that could help the Bengals most is Tight End Jermaine Gresham. Marvin has had high praise for Chase Coffman recently, but until he proves he can stay healthy and can contribute as a blocker in the run game I'm not against a clear upgrade. At 6'6 Gresham brings the build and athleticism of a power forward and gives Carson Palmer perhaps the best red-zone threat in this class. In no way is Chase Coffman superior in any way and with the uncertain future of Ben Utecht and Reggie Kelly it would certainly appear the team will be in the market for a Tight End.

Ultimately, I think Gresham, prior to his injury, was a Top 10 value and pretty much my favorite college Tight End of All-Time. He's huge, he's fluid, he runs well after the catch, has excellent hands, and has rare body control for his size. If he can stay healthy I think Jermaine Gresham is a star in the NFL and definitely fits the bill as a big, physical target downfield for the Bengals. They haven't been able to stretch the field vertically since Chris Henry broke his arm and I'm not sold that Coffman, Matt Jones, or Jerome Simpson is the answer. As far as draft value goes he's worlds ahead of the next big WR (Benn, LaFell) and also may be better here than Texas' Earl Thomas depending on what Zimmer and Lewis are looking to add. I'll say if Taylor Mays had lasted one more pick he'd have been a Bengal in this Mock.

zachsaints52
02-24-2010, 07:52 PM
not only does the saints first rounder make me sad. the other options you give make me even more sad

I guess we need a 4th corner or 4th RB with our First round pick? :/

Grizzlegom
02-24-2010, 07:58 PM
I don't necessarily agree with the value of all the players or the picks and such but you guys put a ton of work into this and the draft could easily fall this way. Love the Bradford #1 overall choice as i'm beginning to lean more and more towards that. Kindle + Mount Cody would make me :) :) :) as a Dolphins draft as well.

As always, a great read.

"You must spread reputation around before giving it to ThePudge again"
"You must spread reputation around before giving it to BoneKrusher again"

bluebonnet78
02-24-2010, 08:48 PM
Wow! great stuff...amazing layout and I appreciate the effort you put into making your explanations. As far as Dallas' picks, Iupati has become the obvious pick of course, but i'm glad you also mentioned the possibility of selecting Pouncey (who I'm big on). Burnett sounds promising at 59 if he's still on the board.

This deserves mucho rep

Brown Leader
02-24-2010, 09:29 PM
Absolutely on point but I'd expect nothing less.

Issues though-I see Bulaga going no further than Oakland. The Cable/Davis discussions had to be about the protection issue for JR and if Al remains supportive of him[no question] they have to take a OT. I think Bulaga should be in consideration as the top OT-might have a strong combine-and Mayock has his stock rising.

I'm not entirely familiar with Sapp but I'd say the Browns have bigger needs in the 2nd round than an OLB. That said, the pass rush is always a priority in a 34 and if Sapp is truly a 1st round talent then fine. If it was Hughes, whom i'm more familiar with, I'd probably be more ok with it but passing on one of those CBs [Wilson & co.] or a WR like Thomas or Lafell is questionable. Never mind the 2 WRs last draft-Robiskie did not step up and Holmgrem/Heckert will likely want their "guy" especially given the terrible depth on the Browns. I'd also consider John Jerry-a recent mock [WB] has him as a first round pick. Is his stock really on the move or just one guy's fantasy?

thebow305
02-24-2010, 09:52 PM
Damn that was a SEXY mock!! And even sexier Phins draft! That would be the perfect draft for me! Great job by everyone on this!

stl9erfan
02-24-2010, 10:34 PM
Really nice Niners draft, though I'd prefer Gilyard in the second. Having addressed the secondary and OL in the first, I just think that Gilyard would take care of a couple of big needs as a return man and offensive playmaker to keep D's on their toes.

NGSeiler
02-24-2010, 10:58 PM
Really appreciate the work that went into this one, and while the first round pick for the Rams is not my preferred direction, I'm certainly not going to throw a brick through my TV either because I can understand the logic behind the pick. I'm just not convinced about the value. But there are plenty of other places to debate that. Great, great work, guys!

Stranger
02-24-2010, 11:27 PM
Excellent work on the mock.

I would be pretty happy with that draft for the Cardinals, we would just need to go all defense for the next five rounds.

Abaddon
02-24-2010, 11:50 PM
Nice looking effort.

But, if Haden is there at 8, he'll be a Raider. No way around it.

BoneKrusher
02-25-2010, 12:03 AM
i'm good to go the KC picks.

Me Likey Rookies
02-25-2010, 02:11 AM
McCoy/DWilliams/Chad Jones works for me but I would LOVE to take Jerry Hughes in the 2nd as a RE. I also think DWilliam's value might not be 35ish?

I also know a lot on the Broncos and while McClain and Pouncey are great picks, they really need to start upgrading the DL (it might come down to McClain vs Dan Williams).

49erNation85
02-25-2010, 02:44 AM
great 9ers draft ! I would be happier if we took Tebow in the late second rounder tho to waste a pick, but that is just me he he .

Poz51
02-25-2010, 07:27 AM
The layout, and work put into this is truely stellar, nice job fellas :D

My thoughts on the Bills draft:
1 - Clausen is the right pick in this situation! With Davis, and Okung gone :( Clausen is clearly the best option, and value left on the board, in my book its a slam dunk no brainner. I am starting to feel that there is no way either Davis or Okung fall, which makes me very, very sad...
2 - I love Lafell, he has the size and skill that make him a good pick, despite having the occasional laps in concentration (drops - Eric Moulds anyone?), and opposite Lee Evans give Clausen a chance in the passing game that is unfortunately neutralized by the lack of a pass protecting left tackle, on the positive side, there are options still available in the third with your mock :) But this draft does have strength in the receiving core, that IMO will carry late into the draft...
Sooooo.... Having said that, I dont think that there is anyway they would pass on Mount Cody in this situation, at all, there is no nose on the team (Stroud isnt one IMO, and does not want to be one), and with it being arguably the most important piece of any 3-4, logically the Bills could not try to install a 3-4 and pass on the first or second rated nose in the draft.
Personally I would rather have the first or second rated QB and the first or second rated NT, than the first or second rated QB, and third, fourth or fifth rated receiver. Even if Cody only plays first and second down, he gives us what we had when we ran the 3-4 with Pat Williams, and that was a top five defense year in and year out (yeah there was a day when that actually happened and Buffalo could stop the run, LOL). Cody to me is an even better pick in terms of need, value, and overall priority.

Like I said before, excellent work overall, I'll rep you all, and you'll like it :D

AkiliSmith
02-25-2010, 07:48 AM
You may think Gresham in not going to happen and that's fair enough considering we might have more pressing needs at Safety and Wide Receiver. Still, the best value here and the player that could help the Bengals most is Tight End Jermaine Gresham. Marvin has had high praise for Chase Coffman recently, but until he proves he can stay healthy and can contribute as a blocker in the run game I'm not against a clear upgrade. At 6'6 Gresham brings the build and athleticism of a power forward and gives Carson Palmer perhaps the best red-zone threat in this class. In no way is Chase Coffman superior in any way and with the uncertain future of Ben Utecht and Reggie Kelly it would certainly appear the team will be in the market for a Tight End.

Ultimately, I think Gresham, prior to his injury, was a Top 10 value and pretty much my favorite college Tight End of All-Time. He's huge, he's fluid, he runs well after the catch, has excellent hands, and has rare body control for his size. If he can stay healthy I think Jermaine Gresham is a star in the NFL and definitely fits the bill as a big, physical target downfield for the Bengals. They haven't been able to stretch the field vertically since Chris Henry broke his arm and I'm not sold that Coffman, Matt Jones, or Jerome Simpson is the answer. As far as draft value goes he's worlds ahead of the next big WR (Benn, LaFell) and also may be better here than Texas' Earl Thomas depending on what Zimmer and Lewis are looking to add. I'll say if Taylor Mays had lasted one more pick he'd have been a Bengal in this Mock.
This is all well and good but I think you have forgotten the scheme the Bengals run on offense.

Since Brat has been OC they have never attempted to get a good tight end, Coffman being the 2nd highest selection ever at the position after Sean Brewer. So two 3rd round picks and a 7th invested in the position in 9 years. I know they attempted to trade for Martellus Bennett but that was only because he is a monster blocker.

The most receptions by a TE in Brat's tenure is Reggie Kelly with 31 in 2003. Most receiving yards was Schobel in 2003 with 332.

The TE in Brat's offense is basically an extra offensive lineman. They aren't asked to do much catching outside of an occasional short pass.

Now it appears as though they plan on using the TE as more of a receiver with Coffman's drafting. I just cannot see them spending another pick, ESPECIALLY a 1st round pick, on a receiving TE with one already on the roster. Not with their run first, TE's must block mentality.

I wouldn't mind Gronkowski or McCoy in round 2 or 3 because I feel they are much better blockers than Gresham and fit our offensive mentality. Most likely scenario I believe is they spend their 3rd round comp or 4th rounder on Hoomanawanui. He fits the offense perfectly.

FlyingElvis
02-25-2010, 09:54 AM
testing an image size. ignore/delete.

ElectricEye
02-25-2010, 10:33 AM
The presentation and the writing were great, so thank you guys for giving the forum that. You should do another one at some point, seriously awesome stuff.

But as far as the picks go, I must say I'm not a fan. Personally, I'm not a big Odrick fan. Think he's overrated and doesn't really project to the 3-4 all that well. I actually think Arthur Jones would make a better 3-4 DE than Odrick, and he's not even listed as being drafted in the first two rounds here so he would be a good value for us at the bottom of the second. Lot of people seem to disagree with me on Odrick, so I'll yield, but one thing to consider is that we might be going to more of a 4-3 next year. I'm not so big on that, but I really don't think Odrick offers much is we do make the move. Ty Warren and Vince Wilfork, assuming he's resigned, and Odrick would be the odd man out. Plus, our main problem on defense last year was our lack of a pass rush and coverage inconsistency. Odrick doesn't help with that.

Ryan Matthews, I really like. Think he's essentially a younger version of what we've been looking for in washed up free agent runningbacks for awhile now. He's big, he's strong, and he's fast. Not much more you can ask from a runner. Maroney is too much of a project at this point and even if he plays effective like he did at times this season, his time in New England might be over soon. Good pick here.

The Tim Tebow pick....well, I think very few people who end up with Tebow in mocks are happy with it. We might be the best fit for him out of anywhere, but by taking him we're still ignoring the fact that Jerry Hughes and Demaryius Thomas are right there and would be greater values at positions of need.

Misi, I really don't like. Just don't see the value for him in the second round. I saw him at the Senior Bowl and you did have to come away impressed with how he looked in space, but he isn't a very natural pass rusher and gets swallowed up by blocks fairly easily. He would be a nice pick to groom if we already had competent players at OLB, but we don't. We need an instant impact type OLB, an Everson Griffen or Jerry Hughes type. If we want to get further into the playoffs than we did last year we can't afford to wait to develop a pass rusher in a few years.

The overall mock was great, it just didn't net the Patriots a pass rusher. Other than that though, amazing job.

Hines
02-25-2010, 11:06 AM
Love the Steelers draft. It is basically what I want ideally. Who is lowness?


Also, if it's ok, can I take that Weatherspoon grafic or will that be too big for a sig?

gdamac
02-25-2010, 11:12 AM
Nice work, I would prefer McClain and Pouncey but your poicks are probably closer to what old Al will do.

BoneKrusher
02-25-2010, 01:48 PM
Love the Steelers draft. It is basically what I want ideally. Who is lowness?


Also, if it's ok, can I take that Weatherspoon grafic or will that be too big for a sig?

if its ok with ThePudge, you can have the Weatherspoon. i made it for him.

ThePudge
02-25-2010, 02:30 PM
if its ok with ThePudge, you can have the Weatherspoon. i made it for him.

Absolutely, I was going to tell him to PM you for permission. Yea go ahead and take it, it's all good.

Hines
02-25-2010, 02:41 PM
Absolutely, I was going to tell him to PM you for permission. Yea go ahead and take it, it's all good.

Thanks. Weatherspoon is my pick to the Steelers at 18. Shane got me on the bandwagon.

BaLLiN
02-25-2010, 04:52 PM
That would probably be the most ideal way to enter into a Tampa 2 scheme with Fewell, although im sure most know due to the amount of giants fans on here that it is not a confirmed fact.

Only problem i have is how we can possibly address safety in the third, and SLB. But either could be addressed in FA, which would then give us a chance to get to positions like DE, C/G, OT, CB, FB.

Paranoidmoonduck
02-25-2010, 05:27 PM
As always guys, you prove that between the two of you that there's little doubt who the two best draft posters on this site are. The attention paid to this mock shines through.

There were a few things that surprised me a little. I really don't think Denver would pass on Haden for McClain; I don't think Dunlap winds up sinking that low, but even if he did I'd be really surprised if Indy takes a shot; I would actually expect that Rams to target someone like Gronkowski (assuming he puts up the numbers at his pro day that have been suggested) to aid Bradford before taking a rougher wideout like Benn; I think that if you're sold on Oakland targeting a CB in the second round (very very likely), Kyle Wilson fits the bill better than Warren.

Beyond that, there's not much to nitpick. Is this the last joint effort we're going to see this year?

edit: Also, thanks to BoneKrusher's top notch graphics work, I'm going to feel really silly posting cropped photos for my next mock. Woo.

Me Likey Rookies
02-25-2010, 11:34 PM
and gosh, we also need to dramatically upgrade our ilbs and interior ol. i can't imagine passing on the best LB prospect for an iffy NT prospect, when the d-line can easily be addressed later in the draft.

Dan Williams has shown his senior season and at the senior bowl that there is nothing iffy about him, and he plays a more valuable position than McClain. And Andra Davis, while getting older, was great last season.

All prospect are iffy. McClain plays a position with a lower bust factor but Dan Williams could have the bigger impact on the defense.

thetedginnshow
02-26-2010, 12:19 AM
Spikes would be a terrible 3-4 OLB. But I don't know why they'd boo Tate. They might not like him, but I don't see why anyone would hate on going receiver. Of course, THE GREAT BASSETT thinks it's a terrible idea...

Jackson's good value and the right position, but I'm fairly sure he isn't what they're looking for in a corner.

ThePudge
02-26-2010, 01:52 AM
Spikes would be a terrible 3-4 OLB.

And why is that? Because he's big (at almost 6'3 255), has experience rushing the passer off the edge, has the ability to drop in zone coverage, and is at his best turned loose and moving straight upfield? Just because you've never seen him do it doesn't mean he can't and it certainly doesn't mean his skill-set couldn't indicate such a move.

OSUGiants17
02-26-2010, 06:00 PM
Great draft

fenikz
02-26-2010, 08:15 PM
bonekrusher fail, you really went back and found a old cardinals logo

good picks though

redbills
02-26-2010, 08:45 PM
No way we pass on Cody for a WR

LonghornsLegend
02-26-2010, 08:51 PM
I didn't see if anyone addressed Dallas' picks but great job guys.


You addressed needs, and two very good players. I'm one of the guys firmly stating Iupati would be a great 1st round pick as he's possibly our bpa on our board if available, and a huge upgrade at LG. While he has weaknesses, he fits right in with our huge mauling line and have no doubt he'll be a pro bowler at guard. His demeanor and mean streak fits right in with the rest of the guys.


Also like Burnett too, Safety needs addressed. Maybe we give Alan Ball a shot for cheap because he played virtually the same as Hamlin for cheap, so if we don't get an elite guy early we may just opt to pass, who knows. Corner and DE should get some consideration with both of those picks too, but if we finished with that haul it would be a good start.


I'd also give Kyle Wilson and Donovan Warren big consideration as the 1st round pick, Newman continually regresses and Jenkins is really our only pick, Scandrick could be a #2 but we would still need 3 solid guys. Our defense isn't the same without an abundance of man cover guys in the secondary.



Outside of us, Dunlap to Indy is interesting. Against the grain, but what other team to straighten him out and get the most out of his potential. Him and Freeney? Pretty sick tandem.


Also love what you guys did for Seattle, landing Okung, Spiller, and McCoy? Wow. What a haul. McCoy would have a good building block of talent around him already, a dome environment, a WCO where he should thrive, and if they didn't rush him into starting immediately he'd be a great fit. That's a fabolous job for them, I doubt they can do much better themselves.


Then in year 2 they can look for a dominant WR since I'm guessing they'll be picking top 10 again if Hass starts, and Colt would have a very favorable supporting cast in year 2 or 3, Carroll would have a great start if he can manage that.


Very nice work guys I appreciate the effort and the entire draft was a great read.

BoneKrusher
02-26-2010, 08:53 PM
bonekrusher fail, you really went back and found a old cardinals logo

good picks though
lol, i didnt even catch that, i think it was the only one i had saved.
Thanks tho.

vikes_28
02-26-2010, 10:04 PM
To be honest, I'm not a fan of the Vikings mock. But again, I'm with prock and I don't think that I'm going to be satisfied with anyone the vikings pick. But Ducasse is most def not BPA there.

I was watching combine coverage today, and the more I saw of Patrick Robinson, the more I wanted him to be a part of the Minnesota Vikings. I think he has a high ceiling, and would be a great eventual replacement for Winfield...Don't get me wrong, I still do not agree with CB in the first for the Vikings...

But if worst comes to worst, Patrick Robinson at 30 would be a solid pick for the Vikings.

MikeTeel
02-28-2010, 12:44 PM
Sexy, how long did this bad boy take?

If Clausen is on the board when Seattle picks, it would be hard to pass him up. But at the same time, if Okung did make it to 6 then he would be hard to pass on as well.

I do like how it turned out for Seattle, but if that's the way the board fell, I would want:
1. Jimmy Clausen
2. Spiller/Price/Williams
3. Charles Brown

zachsaints52
02-28-2010, 01:52 PM
Still didn't have a reason for Saints drafting a RB/CB in the 1st. We are keeping Bush and PT so basically we use a 1st on a 3rd RB who will never be on for 3rd downs, and your other options would be a nickel CB at best for the next couple of years. Saints need a WLB/NT/even a OT (I think Bushrod or Jamaal leaves) before those two positions you mentioned.

the decider13
03-02-2010, 12:55 AM
McClain and Pouncey is the best possible 1/2 combo. I would love the Broncos to end up with something that good. Haden is a strong possibility like you said, but I would love for them to be stuck with that choice.

ThePudge
03-02-2010, 02:35 AM
Sexy, how long did this bad boy take?

If Clausen is on the board when Seattle picks, it would be hard to pass him up. But at the same time, if Okung did make it to 6 then he would be hard to pass on as well.

I do like how it turned out for Seattle, but if that's the way the board fell, I would want:
1. Jimmy Clausen
2. Spiller/Price/Williams
3. Charles Brown

It took BK about two days to finish all the graphics though he really went to town and it took me three days to do all my explanations + put together the explanations for Shane's picks. After the Combine I like those Hawks picks he made. I wonder whether Seattle will gear their draft toward their run game or pass game (they need OL/RB/QB)... Washington is facing the same dilemma two picks ahead of you. If you want to track what your team is going to do on draft day I'd suggest paying some attention to the Skins because after 4, the decision could likely be made for 6.

TitanHope
03-02-2010, 04:25 AM
It's ranting time...

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16. Tennessee Titans – Brian Price – DT – UCLA
- After Albert Haynesworth left Tennessee, the Titans saw their defensive line production go way down. The team has legitimate hole at both end and tackle, though right here they need to go with the top player on their board and an impact interior lineman that will make OL play at his pace. Price has a ton of pass rushing ability and often required a double team at the college level. With a mean streak a mile wide, Price would be a great fit in Tennessee. The guy plays with tremendous leverage and is active against the run and pass. Another solid option for the team would be DE Carlos Dunlap from Florida. A true boom-or-bust prospect, if Jeff Fisher can coach up Dunlap, he could lead the Titans to being Super Bowl contenders this year. The Titans may also go after a corner like Florida State’s Patrick Robinson, or upgrade their interior line with Idaho’s Mike Iupati. But, with the 16th Overall Pick, the Tennessee Titans select Brian Price – Defensive Tackle – UCLA.


Don't really like the Brian Price pick, and I warn mock makers about slotting a DT for the Titans - It's a bigger trap than giving them a WR prior to last draft. If you don't know about the Titans and don't give a proper explanation, then this looks like the most blatantly lazy pick imaginable.

My question for JB, and any other mocker who gives the Titans a DT while attributing the selection to the loss of Haynesworth and subsequent downgrade at DL performance, is this: Is Price (or any other DT not named Suh or McCoy) going to fill the void Haynesworth left? If not, then the pick makes little sense at all, and mentioning AH in the explanation is irrelevant.

Price is without a doubt a very good player, and is criminally under-rated when the DT discussion gets brought up. He even fits the Titans' 1-Gap DL scheme. But, his addition is not going to raise the DL back up to the level it was when AH was anchoring it. Haynesworth was a 6'6, ~350 lbs. NT who could split out and play RE (and be able to beat the OT around the corner to boot). Unless the Titans throw the kitchen sink at the Lions or Tampa Bay so they can move up and draft Suh or McCoy, then there's no way on God's green earth that they'll be able to replace Haynesworth.

Ok, now that that's out of the way, one may think, "Well, even if he won't replce AH, they still need a better inside pass-rush. It's not going to match what AH provided, but it's still better than what they had so the addition of Price improves the team." That's all true, but look at the Titans' roster - especially at UT. They have Tony Brown, Jason Jones, SenDerrick Marks, and Jovan Haye - all are UT's. They're pretty well off. Tony Brown and Jason Jones (when he's healthy) are a pretty good DT tandem, and Marks is still developing and should contribute more next season. They've invested early picks on the position recently, and Tony Brown is actually one of the better DT's in the league. There's already talent, youth, and experience at the DT rotation. If anything, the Titans need a NT like Vince Oghobaase more than a UT like Price - and Big O can be had later.

Now look at DE: Kyle Vanden Bosch and Jevon Kearse are FA's. The Titans' starting DE's next season would be William Hayes and Jacob Ford. The hole is much bigger at DE than it is DT since there's less experience and talent at DE with Hayes and Ford starting (although, they're fine players in their own right). And no, the Titans aren't going to move Jason Jones to DE. He's around 290+ now, and his athletic ability that gives him an advantage on the inside wouldn't be so advantageous on the outside. So to take a DT that doesn't replace Haynesworth, that would be UT #6 on the roster, and neglect the massive hole at DE would be a huge mistake.

I realize the value isn't unanimously there at DE, but Price at #16 isn't exactly great value either. I'd much rather reach for a DE than a DT in that situation, or take Weatherspoon to be the future at one of the OLB spots with Bulluck being a FA and Thornton entering the last year of his contract.

The DL does need to be fixed, but it must be done by a committee. Haynesworth made the players around him better. Now that he's gone, those players have returned back to what their talent level actually reflects. To correct this, increase the talent at those positions. If you don't have the player that made the others better, then bring in players who don't require an All-Pro, freak of nature DT beside them in order to succeed. Upgrade the DE positions and allow the young DT's (Who are both 2nd RD picks, mind you. They've got talent) to develop, and the DL situation should get corrected.

DE needs to be addressed no matter what. Taking Price is just postponing the issue.

I'd say Everson Griffen or Sean Weatherspoon would be better picks than Price. Although, I'll be at home screaming, "TRADE DOWN REINFELDT!!! TRAAAAAAADE DOOOOOOOWN!!!" the entire time we're on the clock in that situation. :)

(I got carried away there, and may have [more like definitely did] put words in JB's mouth. This is more so pointed to everyone at NFLDC rather than JB, although I used his pick as the foundation of my argument.)

Matthew Jones
03-02-2010, 07:08 AM
I haven't seen a worse Patriots mock draft on here. I love you guys, but that's the truth. There wasn't a single time in that draft where New England took a guy who was a good value. Both of the defensive additions are reaches and projections to different positions, and I can't see either making a big impact here. You know you're making a leap when you justify a second round pick by saying "hey, he's better than a guy the Browns drafted around this area!" I can't imagine Odrick being much better than Jarvis Green. Ryan Matthews was the only player I think could really help the team out from this draft, but even he was overdrafted. What is Tim Tebow going to do? The explanation given in the mock doesn't really shed any light on that, aside from outlining all the reasons why he's a bad pick at that spot and then saying "but it could happen!" I think New England should be very happy with what we've seen from Brian Hoyer, and the bottom line is you just do not negotiate a long-term contract extension for the best player in franchise history (which will happen) and then spend a high draft pick on a big name at that same position. By all indications the Patriots are going to re-sign Brady to a four year deal or so, and he's mentioned wanting to play ten more years before last season. Tebow wouldn't even sniff the field. On top of that, New England had a chance to integrate the wildcat last year and chose not to, and why would they? Brady is their best player, and any time he's off the field the offense is going to suffer.

marshallb
03-02-2010, 11:13 AM
I'd be ok with that Vikings draft. Excellent 2nd round pick. First rounder not so much. Ducasse is ok, but he isn't bpa there, which is what I see us going.