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Grizzlegom
03-17-2011, 06:56 PM
So I should preface this by telling you that I've been contributing on another site for a while and I was tasked with making a 'legitimate' mock draft that had five first round QBs. At first I was resistant as I really only have 2 guys as definitive first rounders but it turned out...interesting...here are the results:

First Round
1. Carolina Panthers - Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri, JR - Jimmy Clausen showed next to nothing last year in his stint as starter and since Ron Rivera has arrived, the Panthers have been linked to just about every top QB in the draft. He came out and said Andrew Luck would be the pick but after Luck went back to school, many other players have been linked here. Rivera has been quoted saying he likes big, strong QBs and praises guys like Big Ben and Rivers. The Panthers have already seen Newton on multiple occasions (combine, pro day, private workout) and they have Gabbert lined up fro a private workout in addition to his pro day. At the end of the day, this pick comes down to those two players and at this point, the favorite appears to be Gabbert.

2. Denver Broncos - Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama, JR - Denver's defense has been in terrible shape for the last decade save for an 8-game run two years ago. After two offensive-minded head coaches, they decided to bring in John Fox, who will bring a switch back to the 4-3 just two years after shifting to a 3-4. The Broncos have a few players that project well at DE but they have zero starters at the DT position. Dareus has said that his ideal fit in the NFL is in a Warren Sapp-esque role in a 4-3. Dareus' versatility to play both fronts would allow the Broncos to slowly bring along the transition from 3-4 to 4-3.

3. Buffalo Bills - Cam Newton, QB, Auburn, JR - Chan Gailey is an offensive mastermind and he loves taking raw, talented players and transforming them into elite weapons. Fitzpatrick's success last year allows Gailey to bring Newton along slowly, working him into packages here and there. This would be crucial to Newton's success as he has a long way to go, both mechanically and mentally, before he will be a successful full-time NFL QB.

4. Cincinnati Bengals - A.J. Green, WR, Georgia, JR - After missing out on the top two QBs, Cincinnati has two main routes they can pursue, pass rush help or WR. Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson are two young DEs that came on strong down the stretch that the Bengals are really high on. Terrell Owens will not be returning and there is a good chance Ochocinco will be traded once a new CBA is reached and if not, this is his last season as a Bengal. Jordan Shipley is a pure slot receiver and Andre Caldwell is the only other WR on the roster that has shown any signs of potentially becoming a starter but he's still a number two at best. Green provides the best value at this point in time at a position of need.

5. Arizona Cardinals - Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU, JR - Arizona was in the bottom half of the league in terms of pass defense and sacks last season. There are two major ways to solve this problem, better coverage or better pass rush. In Patrick Peterson, the Cardinals are getting the player widely considered the best in this draft class. DRC had a poor year and Toler showed he's nothing more than a nickel back so adding Peterson would go a long way towards improving their defense.

6. Cleveland Browns - Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson, JR - Cleveland is another team making a change on defense, this time going from the 3-4 to the 4-3. The only starter they have on their defensive line is Ahtyba Rubin. The Browns couldn't be any happier in this scenario as the top defensive end in the draft falls right into their laps. Bowers is coming off a monstrous 16-sack junior year. The one concern about Bowers is a knee injury that has prevented him from working out. If it lingers, he could be in line for a fall come draft day but as long as its healthy, he's a top five value.

7. San Francisco 49ers - Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M, SR - San Francisco is another team with a QB need but Harbaugh fancies himself a bit of a guru and he won't reach for a QB and is more likely to select someone in the middle rounds. Similar to Arizona, San Francisco had a porous pass defense last year, struggling to get to the quarterback and covering on the back end. That leaves two players in the mix here, Miller and Prince Amukamara. Von Miller is the higher-ranked player of the two and would be a perfect compliment to Manny Lawson.

8. Tennessee Titans - Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas, JR - Tennessee has arguably one of the worst QB situations in the league as Vince Young will be handed his walking papers (via trade or release), Kerry Collins is an over the hill free agent, and Rusty Smith was completely overmatched last year in spot duty. All of that, plus a new QB, leads to desperation. Ryan Mallett has, by far, looked like the best QB in postseason workouts, putting on a show at the combine and stealing all of the Pro Day buzz despite having his pro day on the same day as Cam Newton. The biggest question with him is the off-field stuff and from everything I've heard, he's owned up to past mistakes and aced interviews.

9. Dallas Cowboys - Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska, SR - This is the first spot where I would expect to see a trade down. Jerry Jones has a history of trading down and with the biggest need this year being along the offensive line, I'd expect them to look to trade down into the mid-teens in order to target someone like Smith or Castonzo. However, if they were unable to trade down, instead of reaching for one of those OTs, they instead grab Prince Amukamara. Terence Newman has lost a step and Mike Jenkins took a huge step back last year. Prince brings versatility, physicality, and intensity that new DC Rob Ryan loves in his players.

10. Washington Redskins - Cameron Jordan, DE, California, SR - Washington has two major needs, defensive front seven and QB. Shanahan fancies himself a bit of a QB expert and while he has been heavily linked to Locker, I've been hearing there's another guy he fancies even more. As a result, the Redskins instead address the front seven here, grabbing Cal DE Cameron Jordan. Jordan played 34DE in college and has been outright dominant this post-season. Jordan would be good value here and would definitely be an upgrade over the rotation of veterans they used opposite Adam Carriker last year.

11. Houston Texans - J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin, JR - Houston is making the switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4 and currently don't have a ton of personnel to make the switch. Antonio Smith has experience at one 34DE spot but Mario Williams would be miscast opposite him. From everything I'm hearing, Williams is going to be moved all over the field and there is going to be a rotation all along the DL. J.J. Watt is the best 34DE prospect since the 34 has made its resurgence and grabbing someone of his caliber would only make the transition smoother.

12. Minnesota Vikings - Jake Locker, QB, Washington, SR - After missing out on three QBs already, Minnesota jumps into the foray and grabs the next best QB available in Jake Locker. Favre is finally retired and Tavaris Jackson is walking which leaves the Vikings with Joe Webb atop the QB depth chart, a player drafted as a WR convert a year ago. The Vikings need to find a veteran plus draft a rookie with starting potential. Locker would have been a top five pick last year but decided to return to school and an inconsistent season and Senior Bowl has dropped his stock. He began to salvage it with a strong combine and looks to be moving in the right direction as the draft approaches.

13. Detroit Lions - Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina, JR - Detroit's biggest needs are definitely at CB and OLB, unfortunately for them, there is absolutely no value here. This is another team that will likely look to trade down. If they stay put, Detroit will likely look to go BPA and while there are multiple players that could fill that, Fairley and Julio Jones play the same position as the Lions two best players to they add Robert Quinn to the mix. KVB is getting up in age and Cliff Avril hasn't shown enough to be an every down player. Quinn would have gone much higher had he played this season but rust at the combine + a brain tumor in high school has his stock slipping some.

14. St. Louis Rams - Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn, JR - St. Louis would have an extremely difficult decision to make in this situation. Nick Fairley is a great value at a position of a major need here as is WR Julio Jones. At the end of the day, I leaned Fairley because I'm not huge on Jones' fit in McDaniels' offense plus Spagnuolo will push very hard for Fairley after missing out on Suh last year.

15. Miami Dolphins - Julio Jones, WR, Alabama, JR - While a number of teams ahead of the Dolphins would likely be open to trading down, this is the first spot where the team will be DESPERATE to trade down. Jeff Ireland is desperate to recoup the 2nd round pick traded away in the Brandon Marshall trade. If I were a betting man, I'd put money on Miami not selecting at 15. One of Miami's biggest needs is a WR that can stretch the field. Jones has shown, when healthy, that he can do just that. The combination of Jones and Marshall, with Bess in the slot and Hartline as a number four deep threat would be just unfair.

16. Jacksonville Jaguars - Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri, SO - Jacksonville got only 26 sacks last year, with their leading sacker being 3rd down situational pass rusher Jeremy Mincey. Jacksonville has tried multiple routes to fill their DE need, signing high-profile FAs, drafting high, drafting low. If at first you don't succeed try, try again, Aldon Smith has the most upside of all the defensive ends in this draft.

17. New England Patriots (from Oakland) - Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College, SR - The first of New England's ridiculous amount of picks, they start out with a local kid. New England's offensive line was easily its biggest downfall this year. Age and ineffectiveness has finally caught up to them and they really only have one starter on the roster in Sebastian Vollmer. Castonzo could start out playing OG until they realize that Matt Light isn't close to being pro bowl caliber despite making it to the Pro Bowl this year and would position them well for the future with interchangeable bookends. Other options would be DE or OLB as their pass rush was non-existent last season.

18. San Diego Chargers - Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple, JR - The Chargers DE play has dropped considerably the past few years and Castillo's play has fallen to the point where he's merely a borderline starter while the rotation opposite him is nothing special. Wilkerson has been shooting up draft boards and appears to have solidified himself as a first round pick. He has prototypical 34DE size and would inject some youth and talent into that Chargers d-line. Some other options include RT and ILB here.

19. New York Giants - Tyron Smith, OT, USC, JR - Similar to the Patriots, poor offensive line play really derailed the Giants season. Kareem McKenzie is over the hill and it seems like it is time to move Diehl inside permanently. Beatty is a decent player but adding another young stud to pair with him will allow the Giants to have flexibility all along the line to figure out which player is best suited for which position. Other options include linebacker, DT, or RB.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Justin Houston, DE, Georgia, JR - Tampa upgraded the interior line in last seasons draft but they still got zero production from their defensive ends. DE is by far the biggest need. They currently have players that can play on first and second down but are in desperate need of a pass rush. Cue Justin Houston. If there's one thing Houston can do, its get after the QB. Houston had 18 tackles for loss and 10 sacks last year in the SEC and has prototypical Tampa 2 size.

21. Kansas City Chiefs - Ryan Kerrigan, OLB, Purdue, SR - The Chiefs could go a number of directions on draft day but one of their biggest needs is at OLB. Tamba Hali had a MONSTER year and he will be back for at least one year but Vrabel is over the hill and the cupboard behind them is pretty barren. Kerrigan is similar to Vrabel in a lot of ways. Both are Big Ten DPOY defensive ends that many said could be too light for traditional 4-3 and not athletic enough to play OLB. His size and versatility fits right in with what Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel like in their players and he would be the perfect fit opposite Tamba.

22. Indianapolis Colts - Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State, SR - For years Peyton Manning has led his teams deep into the playoffs with a mediocre team around him. This past season was nothing short of a miracle but many of his valuable running mates of the past have either moved on or hit the end of the road, particularly the offensive line. The starting LT last, Charlie Johnson is being allowed to walk and RT Ryan Diem is nearing the end. Sherrod is often over-looked when discussing this crop of OTs because he probably has the lowest ceiling, but on the flip side, he has the highest floor. He is ready to step in right away and help protect Manning's blind-side and would bring a nastiness to the run game that Indy has been sorely lacking.

23. Philadelphia Eagles - Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin, SR - If there's one thing Andy Reid loves, its linemen. Reid has been straying from drafting offensive linemen early the past few years and he now finds himself with some pretty big holes to fill as the Andrews brothers have both been shipped out of town, Winston Justice has regressed, Jamaal Jackson has been perennially injured...Needless to say if the Eagles have a need along the DL or OL, you can pretty much book it that they will select someone to fill that need early. Reid has shown a propensity to pick Big Ten players and Gabe Carimi has the size and nastiness about him that Reid absolutely loves.

24. New Orleans Saints - Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa, SR - New Orleans is pretty solid all around and don't have any major, pressing needs but the DE position could use an upgrade. Their leading sacker last year was Sedrick Ellis, a DT with 6. Will Smith, widely considered their top sack guy, amassed only 5.5 sacks last year and Alex Brown opposite him only managed two. Clayborn would be an instant upgrade to Alex Brown and would be a great fit for the Saints scheme, where they tend to like bigger, stronger DEs that can play the run and rotate inside and out on obvious passing downs.

25. Seattle Seahawks - Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State, SR - After missing out on the top four QBs, Seattle would be placed in a bit of a bind here. There is some good value on players at a position of need (Liuget being the top example) but at the same time, after informing Hasselbeck he will not be returning, they are placing a whole lot of eggs into Charlie Whitehurst's basket with no backup plan. In order to secure a competent QB, the 'Hawks would be forced to grab Ponder here. Ponder is a good fit in the west coast offense that Seattle likes to run and he would, at the very least, be stiff competition for Whitehurst and would allow the Seahawks to have some flexibility at the QB position.

26. Baltimore Ravens - Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado, SR - Baltimore has a major need in the secondary as Ed Reed is wavering on the brink of retirement and their corners are all either coming off injury or entering free agency. Word is they are looking to add some size at the corner position and Jimmy Smith has plenty of that. Smith was regarded so highly among Big 12 coaches that he was only thrown at 16 times in the last two years. He has some off-field and maturity issues but Baltimore has shown in the past that they are willing to take those types of players because Ray Lewis and Ed Reed whip them into shape.

27. Atlanta Falcons - Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame, JR - Atlanta is another team without any glaring needs, with a lack of value at the DE position here, they grab the top TE in the draft to groom him to take over for Tony Gonzalez. Rudolph would probably go much higher had he not suffered a season-ending hamstring injury. Like Gresham last year, his injury shouldn't hurt his stock too much, as long as he is able to workout prior to the draft, he'll restore his stock to the point where he will hear his name either late day one or early day 2.

28. New England Patriots - Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama, JR - After grabbing Castonzo with the first pic, the Patriots come back here and grab the steal of the draft to this point with Mark Ingram. A player Belichick would be familiar with due to his ties to Nick Saban, Ingram is excellent value at this point. Ingram is the type of RB that is very well rounded but what separates him from the other backs in this draft is his elite balance and vision. He won't kill you with breakaway speed nor will he overpower you but the comparisons to Emmitt Smith are legit. New England found some good players in the Law Firm and Danny Woodhead last year but Ingram would take the talent in the backfield to a whole nother level.

29. Chicago Bears - Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois, JR - After cutting Tommie Harris, the Bears opened up a hole right in the center of their defense. Corey Liuget is the prototypical 3 technique and he would be the perfect replacement for Harris. Liuget is coming off a strong season where he amassed 12.5 TFL and 4.5 sacks from the DT position on a defense where he didn't have much around him. He had a strong combine and had a pro day that many scouts believe has solidified him as the number three DT and could go as high as St. Louis (if both WRs and DTs are already gone). In this scenario he falls all the way to Chicago who would be thrilled to get this local kid to provide pressure from the middle.

30. New York Jets - Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State, SR - The Jets have two major needs, DL and OLB. In this case, they also have three solid players to choose from in Cameron Heyward, Phil Taylor, and Brooks Reed. Teams were not afraid to run at the Jets once Kris Jenkins went down last year and although many point to the drop off at the NT position, it was really the DEs that suffered more. Pouha filled in admirably last year but ends Shaun Ellis and Trevor Pryce wore down quickly. Getting some youth at the position is critical. Heyward is arguably the best run defender in this draft, certainly the best from the DE position.

31. Pittsburgh Steelers - Brandon Harris, CB, Miami (FL), JR - Pittsburgh's secondary was, for lack of a better term, EXPOSED in the Super Bowl. Upgrading the CB position has to be priority number one this offseason as their best CB, Ike Taylor, is a free agent and wasn't overly productive anyway. Harris' best fit is in a zone coverage scheme where his size cannot be used against him and that's exactly what the Steelers employ. If basing evaluations solely on the combine, Harris would be on top of just about any board as he was easily the most fluid in DB drills. Deion Sanders came away praising him as the best corner he's seen at the combine in years.

32. Green Bay Packers - Brooks Reed, OLB, Arizona, SR - Green Bay is a team with few needs as all of their big free agents have either someone behind them ready to step in should they leave or have someone returning from injury. The one place that they could use an upgrade is at OLB opposite Clay Matthews. Brooks Reed had an OUTSTANDING senior campaign followed by a strong offseason. He looked fluid and natural at the combine and I'm hearing many scouts have been jumping his grade up into the first round. If you want to see him put on a show, watch the bowl game where he absolutely dominated the Iowa offensive line en route to a 2.5 sack performance where he pressured/hit Ricky Stanzi five times, three when the game was on the line.

Second Round
33. New England Patriots (from Carolina) - Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn State, SR - New England continues to improve its offensive line, grabbing the top center in the draft.

34. Buffalo Bills - Christian Ballard, DE, Iowa, SR - Buffalo adds a versatile player that can get after the QB and fits in well with their hybrid scheme.

35. Cincinnati Bengals - Mikel LeShoure, RB, Illinois, JR - Its unclear whether Cedric Benson will be brought back or not and LeShoure would be a perfect fit for the Bengals offense.

36. Denver Broncos - Martez Wilson, ILB, Illinois, JR - After grabbing a DT in the first, Denver continues to help out the defense grabbing the versatile Wilson. He can play any LB position so it gives them flexibility while they figure out where to play D.J. Williams.

37. Cleveland Browns - Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor, SR - Continuing the overhaul of their defensive front seven, the Browns select Phil Taylor to give them two massive run-stuffing DTs hoping to slow down Mendenhall and Rice.

38. Arizona Cardinals - Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor, SR - Arizona grabs the top OG in the draft here as Faneca is over the hill and they've been trying to replace Lutui for the past two years.

39. Tennessee Titans - Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State, SR - After reaching for a QB in the first round, the Titans get good value here at a position of need. They struggled stopping the run last year and Paea is a mammoth.

40. Dallas Cowboys - Nate Solder, OT, Colorado, SR - Grabbing Prince in the first upgraded one weak spot, Solder would upgrade their other. Jerry Jones would love to get this athletic big man to protect Romo.

41. Washington Redskins - Andy Dalton, QB, Texas Christian, SR - As I alluded to in the first, there are lots of rumors swirling that Shanahan's new man-crush is not on Jake Locker but instead Andy Dalton. A winner that fits best in a WCO, he fits all of Shanahan's major criteria, accurate, athletic, top-notch intangibles and a strong enough arm.

42. Houston Texans - Aaron Williams, CB, Texas, JR - Despite using multiple draft picks on the secondary the last few years, the Texans still can't cover anyone. Williams has tons of upside and could step in and compete for one of the starting jobs.

43. Minnesota Vikings - Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina, SR - The Williams wall appears to be nearing its end as Pat is nearing retirement. Austin is best suited for a 4-3 and could play NT or UT depending on what the team needed.

44. Detroit Lions - Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA, JR - Detroit gets some value hear in Akeem Ayers. OLB was a major weakness for them and he would be a big upgrade over the aged, departing Julian Peterson.

45. San Francisco 49ers - Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami (FL), SR - San Francisco grabs a value pick here with Hankerson. Crabtree has yet to live up to his draft status and the cupboard is pretty bare aside from him.

46. Denver Broncos (from Miami) - Davon House, CB, New Mexico State, SR - Denver continues overhauling the defense, grabbing a young corner to add to their aged secondary.

47. St. Louis Rams - Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland, JR - Rams grab a deep threat weapon for Sam Bradford.

48. Oakland Raiders - Rodney Hudson, C, Florida State, SR - Oakland grabs a perfect ZBS C/OG to either upgrade over Satele or replace Gallery.

49. Jacksonville Jaguars - Marcus Cannon, OG, Texas Christian, SR - Jacksonville grabs a massive OG as insurance/to replace Vince Manuwai.

50. San Diego Chargers - Orlando Franklin, OT, Miami (FL), SR - The Chargers could use an upgrade at the RT position and Franklin is versatile enough to compete for the job or be a top backup at OG and OT.

51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Ben Ijalana, OG, Villanova, SR - Bucs grab some insurance for Joseph/Trueblood with Ijalana who could compete for the LG job.

52. New York Giants - Mason Foster, OLB, Washington, SR - Giants get an upgrade at OLB where quantity has not translated into quality.

53. Indianapolis Colts - Drake Nevis, DT, LSU, SR - After beefing up the offensive line, the Colts come right back and add some new blood to the defensive line.

54. Philadelphia Eagles - Curtis Brown, CB, Texas, SR - Ellis Hobbs' career is likely over and Samuel can only cover one guy at a time.

55. Kansas City Chiefs - Titus Young, WR, Boise State, SR - Chiefs need to add some speed to their offense, something Young has lots of.

56. New Orleans Saints - Quan Sturdivant, OLB, North Carolina, SR - Sturdivant would make the move to WLB where the Saints could use an upgrade over Danny Clark.

57. Seattle Seahawks - Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh, SR - Seahawks grab a DE that fits their scheme perfectly and is good value.

58. Baltimore Ravens - Sam Acho, OLB, Texas, SR - For the second year in a row, Baltimore grabs a Texas pass-rusher in the second round, let's hope this one works out a little better.

59. Atlanta Falcons - Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut, JR - Falcons could use a new third down back to spell Turner and Todman is just the man they're looking for.

60. New England Patriots - Allen Bailey, DE, Miami (FL), SR - New England likes versatile players and Bailey could play DE, DT, or OLB depending on which front they are running.

61. San Diego Chargers (from New York Jets) - Kelvin Sheppard, ILB, LSU, SR - Chargers could use an upgrade inside and Sheppard has prototypical measurements for the 3-4 ILB.

62. Chicago Bears - Marcus Gilbert, OT, Florida, SR - Bears grab a versatile OT that could push for playing time outside.

63. Pittsburgh Steelers - Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida, SR - Steelers reunite the Pouncey brothers and put Mike back at OG where he belongs.

64. Green Bay Packers - Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech, SO - Green Bay can't resist Williams' value hear and he'll compete with Starks (and Grant?) for playing time.

Third Round
65. Carolina Panthers - Kenrick Ellis, DT, Hampton, SR - Carolina fills arguably its biggest need with a mammoth of a man.

66. Cincinnati Bengals - Brandon Burton, CB, Utah, JR - Cincinnati grabs insurance for Joseph's potential departure.

67. Denver Broncos - Luke Stocker, TE, Tennessee, SR - Denver replaces Daniel Graham with a quality all-around TE that Fox tends to covet.

68. Buffalo Bills - Dontay Moch, OLB, Nevada, SR - Buffalo has stressed a need to upgrade the front seven and they grab another speedy pass rusher that can fit both fronts.

69. Arizona Cardinals - Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada, SR - Arizona finally grabs a QB with this tall, lanky, athletic passer.

70. Cleveland Browns - Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh, JR - Cleveland ends Baldwin's fall and hopes they get the dominant version.

71. Dallas Cowboys - Jarvis Jenkins, DE, Clemson, SR - Cowboys grab a big, strong DT that converts nicely to the 34.

72. New Orleans Saints (from Washington) - Jurrell Casey, DT, USC, JR - New Orleans signed Rogers to a short-term contract but still could use some depth and long-term help.

73. Houston Texans - Jerrell Powe, DT, Mississippi, SR - Houston grabs a NT to add to the mix for their new 34 front.

74. New England Patriots (from Minnesota) - Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky, JR - Patriots grab another versatile player in Randall Cobb who can line up at PR/KR/RB/WR/Wildcat QB.

75. Detroit Lions - Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville, SR - Detroit finally addresses its biggest need with Patrick, who would be long-gone by now if there weren't off-field ?'s.

76. San Francisco 49ers - Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia, SR - San Francisco grabs Ras-I to upgrade the secondary where they could use help at CB and FS.

77. Tennessee Titans - Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina, SR - Tennessee takes another value player with Carter, who will miss some of the season with a knee injury.

78. St. Louis Rams - Mark Herzlich, OLB, Boston College, SR - Herzlich just seems like a Spagnuolo type of player and the Rams have major needs at OLB.

79. Miami Dolphins - Shane Vereen, RB, California, JR - Miami grabs the speedy but powerful Vereen who has the breakaway speed they are looking for.

80. Jacksonville Jaguars - Austin Pettis, WR, Boise State, SR - Jaguars grab a replacement for MSW as Pettis is one of the top possession receivers in the draft.

81. Oakland Raiders - DeMarcus Van Dyke, CB, Miami (FL), SR - Oakland has a need at corner and DVD ran the fastest forty at the combine.

82. San Diego Chargers - Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State, SR - Chargers find a replacement for Sproles who looks to be on his way out.

83. New York Giants - Donald Thomas, RB, Kansas State, SR - Giants grab a replacement for Jacobs who appears to be on his way out.

84. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Greg Jones, ILB, Michigan State, SR - Bucs grab Greg Jones to add competition to their LB corps which vastly underperformed last year.

85. Philadelphia Eagles - Will Rackley, OG, Lehigh, SR - Eagles grab a local kid to continue upgrading the offensive line.

86. Kansas City Chiefs - Brandon Fusco, C, Slippery Rock, SR - Chiefs grab Fusco as Weigmann's eventual replacement.

87. Indianapolis Colts - DeAndre McDaniel, SS, Clemson, SR - Colts grab Bob Sanders' replacement.

88. New Orleans Saints - Tyler Sash, SS, Iowa, JR - New Orleans current SS Roman Harper was EXPOSED in the playoffs so they bring in Sash to compete.

89. San Diego Chargers (from Seattle) - Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA, JR - Chargers appear poised to lose Weddle in FA so they grab Moore as a replacement.

90. Baltimore Ravens - Terrence Tolliver, WR, LSU, SR - Baltimore is looking for size and speed at the WR position and Tolliver provides both of those.

91. Atlanta Falcons - Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana, SR - Falcons are looking for a possession receiver to replace Jenkins and Doss is one of the top guys nobody talks about.

92. New England Patriots - Marcus Gilchrist, CB, Clemson, SR - Gilchrist is a versatile player for NE to add to the secondary who can help at CB and FS.

93. Chicago Bears - Quinton Carter, FS, Oklahoma, SR - Major Wright appears to be the future at SS but Chris Harris could be upgraded at FS.

94. New York Jets - Chris Carter, OLB, Fresno State, SR - After adding a DE in the first, the Jets grab a pass rushing OLB here.

95. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jaiquawn Jarrett, FS, Temple, SR - Ryan Clark is an okay starter but they need better depth at safety with Polamalu constantly missing a few games each season.

96. Green Bay Packers - Shareece Wright, CB, USC, SR - Tramon Williams and Sam Shields emerged last season but C-Wood is nearing the end and they still lack depth.

DiG
03-17-2011, 07:16 PM
i like the cam jordan pick but the skins have much more than 2 major needs. in fact, i wouldnt even list qb as one of our top 3 needs even. wr, olb, and interior oline are all MAJOR needs as well as cb probably considering it is unlikely we resign carlos rogers unless he cuts down his asking price a ton. i think dalton in the early 2nd round is very unlikely. i am strongly against taking qbs in the second round. theres too much value at other positions where guys can contribute and have more of an impact right away. i can defintely see the skins trading down in the first or second and maybe looking to take dalton with an extra pick that they pick up in the late 3rd or 4th and i think that is the much more likely scenario.

Babylon
03-17-2011, 07:18 PM
Seattle

I have no complaints really, Ponder isnt Locker but fans around here i think will be pleased, he's a safe pick and might not be a star but he's an upgrade over what they have, Sheard could be a good one when surrounded with some talent.

hawkeye123
03-17-2011, 07:23 PM
Would be a perfect 49er mock if you swap Leonard Hankerson with any QB.

ChazMonk
03-17-2011, 07:26 PM
If the Browns draft actually fell that way I would be very happy.

T-RICH49
03-17-2011, 07:30 PM
TBH never heard of Fusco but nailed the 3 major needs

619
03-17-2011, 07:33 PM
The Raiders are moving towards a power-blocking scheme, btw. The Van Dyke selection is interesting, though. I could see it, and not just for his forty time.

Coombser
03-17-2011, 07:37 PM
Nice mock...from a GB perspective I'd be pleased with that - even though I'm not at all sold on Reed as an OLB. Wright I have as a 3rd round sleeper and would be very pleased to get him even at the bottom of the 2nd

Del1sle
03-17-2011, 08:33 PM
I'm not a Solder fan, but in the second he's pretty valuable. Overall pretty good mock for the 'Boys and also good job making the QB's fit.

coordinator0
03-17-2011, 08:36 PM
That wouldn't be a bad Ravens draft. Smith will always be a good pick in the first. Acho is a good addition to the unit, as long as he's careful around stairs he should work our better than Kindle :D. I'm not a fan of Tolliver in the third though, seems a bit high.

thebow305
03-17-2011, 08:36 PM
I love the enthusiasm, but there's about a 0% chance Julio falls to Miami at 15. Especially with STL sitting right in front of us and would be foaming from the mouth if he fell into their laps. I do agree though that there's also very little chance Miami actually stays put and makes a pick at 15.

Starting to think we may actually take one of the QB's like Mallett, Locker or even Ponder over Ingram, but any of them would make sense there. As would Aldon Smith.

And I'd very much prefer Kendall Hunter to Shane Vereen in the 3rd. He's just better. That is all.

49erNation85
03-17-2011, 08:48 PM
Yup I agree with Hawkee here.Overall nice draft.I wouldn't hate WR pick would rather have a QB there.Nice job tho.

rawdawg
03-17-2011, 08:53 PM
Pouncey would never get past Chicago, Philly, and Indy twice...not to mention NE 4 times to make it to 63. Seriously? The 5th guard on the board to go? Could make that 7th if you throw in Wisnewski and Franklin.

xpmar9x
03-17-2011, 09:00 PM
Decent Titans draft.

Personally, I'm a big Mallett fan, but I think it's a bit of a reach at 8 for him. Love the 2nd round pick and 3rd round pick.

derza222
03-17-2011, 09:06 PM
Rock solid Jets draft.

Diehard
03-17-2011, 09:41 PM
2. Denver Broncos - Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama, JR

Solid pick.

36. Denver Broncos - Martez Wilson, ILB, Illinois, JR - After grabbing a DT in the first, Denver continues to help out the defense grabbing the versatile Wilson. He can play any LB position so it gives them flexibility while they figure out where to play D.J. Williams.

He can play any LB position... badly. He's stiff as **** and his technique sucks. Someone is going to overdraft him because he's a physical specimen. Hate the pick.

46. Denver Broncos (from Miami) - Davon House, CB, New Mexico State, SR

Fills a need. Not particularly excited about the player - I've got him as a late 3rd.

67. Denver Broncos - Luke Stocker, TE, Tennessee, SR

Fine pick.

kalbears13
03-17-2011, 11:41 PM
Muy sexioso! I like!

proshoota25
03-18-2011, 12:32 AM
patriots dont address OLB? wow thats terrible

Scotty D
03-18-2011, 06:28 AM
Love the Lions draft. Looks very solid. Good job.

Poz51
03-18-2011, 08:14 AM
3. Buffalo Bills - Cam Newton, QB, Auburn, JR
34. Buffalo Bills - Christian Ballard, DE, Iowa,
61. San Diego Chargers (from New York Jets) - Kelvin Sheppard, ILB, LSU
68. Buffalo Bills - Dontay Moch, OLB, Nevada

As it is, that is a very good mock for Buffalo, nice job.

Side note: I would love to see the Bills trade up and land Sheppard, I think he is exactly what they need next to Poz, and fits what they want similarly to your explination relating to the Chargers, a 5th round pick would be an acceptable move to secure the services of Mr. Sheppard ;) IMO, of coarse...
Sheppard and Ballard would also be able to contribute short and long term, making developing Newton a little more acceptable.

Grizzlegom
03-18-2011, 08:23 AM
i like the cam jordan pick but the skins have much more than 2 major needs. in fact, i wouldnt even list qb as one of our top 3 needs even. wr, olb, and interior oline are all MAJOR needs as well as cb probably considering it is unlikely we resign carlos rogers unless he cuts down his asking price a ton. i think dalton in the early 2nd round is very unlikely. i am strongly against taking qbs in the second round. theres too much value at other positions where guys can contribute and have more of an impact right away. i can defintely see the skins trading down in the first or second and maybe looking to take dalton with an extra pick that they pick up in the late 3rd or 4th and i think that is the much more likely scenario.

I'll admit that living in DC and listening to the local talk radio might have biased me here. All they ever talk about is needing a QB because McNabb won't be back and they hate Sexy Rexy and then on defense they constantly talk about a lack of defensive front seven. I agree with you on Dalton that I think he's more of a 3rd/4th round value at best but his buzz certainly makes him look like a 2nd rounder and with the other five gone already, I continued to 'reach' for QBs.

Would be a perfect 49er mock if you swap Leonard Hankerson with any QB.

Who would you want there? Kaepernick is the only one left and I don't really like his fit with Harbaugh, am I wrong with that thinking?

The Raiders are moving towards a power-blocking scheme, btw. The Van Dyke selection is interesting, though. I could see it, and not just for his forty time.

The Raiders have been 'switching to a power-blocking scheme' for about three years now. Maybe they'll finally do it since Cable is gone.

I love the enthusiasm, but there's about a 0% chance Julio falls to Miami at 15. Especially with STL sitting right in front of us and would be foaming from the mouth if he fell into their laps. I do agree though that there's also very little chance Miami actually stays put and makes a pick at 15.

Starting to think we may actually take one of the QB's like Mallett, Locker or even Ponder over Ingram, but any of them would make sense there. As would Aldon Smith.

And I'd very much prefer Kendall Hunter to Shane Vereen in the 3rd. He's just better. That is all.

You think St. Louis would still take Julio over Fairley? I know they are enamored with Julio but Spags wanted Suh over Bradford last year so I'd be surprised if they would pass up on Fairley as well. All the QBs but Ponder were gone too and I don't really like his fit in our offense but idk how much it will change with the new OC. As for Hunter/Vereen, to each his own, I don't like Hunter as anything more than a 3rd down back while I think Vereen can be an every down guy.

Pouncey would never get past Chicago, Philly, and Indy twice...not to mention NE 4 times to make it to 63. Seriously? The 5th guard on the board to go? Could make that 7th if you throw in Wisnewski and Franklin.

We clearly have very different views on Pouncey's value. I think he's the most over-rated player in this draft and have him as a third down value.

patriots dont address OLB? wow thats terrible

Yea, that's one of the biggest complaints I had when I went back and looked. At every pick I went looking to give them an OLB and then I just didn't like the value or the players that were available didn't match up with BB's traditional size requirements. Bailey actually said he wants to play OLB in a 34 and looked pretty decent in space at the combine (which means I should have given them another 34DE). On the flip side, OLB has been a pretty big need for the Pats pretty much since McGinest left and they've continually addressed it with mid-late picks and free agents. After investing a high pick on Cunningham last year, I wouldn't be surprised to see BB continue to use the Ninkovich's and Banta-Cain's of the world opposite him.

prock
03-18-2011, 09:59 AM
Not a Marvin Austin fan, but Locker is nice.

brat316
03-18-2011, 10:26 AM
Steelers have bigger needs at RT and NT then safety. They could go that route, but they have other guys to rotate in. Other than that it looks good.

thebow305
03-18-2011, 10:50 AM
You think St. Louis would still take Julio over Fairley? I know they are enamored with Julio but Spags wanted Suh over Bradford last year so I'd be surprised if they would pass up on Fairley as well. All the QBs but Ponder were gone too and I don't really like his fit in our offense but idk how much it will change with the new OC. As for Hunter/Vereen, to each his own, I don't like Hunter as anything more than a 3rd down back while I think Vereen can be an every down guy.

It would be a very interesting situation to say the least. But I think it's more important to help out the young QB Bradford and give him a true #1 to throw to. I think that will help tremendously in his development in his second year. But you do make a good point with the Suh/Bradford argument. Hey FWIW, I'l be rooting for them to go with Fairley!

TACKLE
03-18-2011, 11:26 AM
I like Jimmy Smith a lot so no complaints there.

I was disappointed that Sheard went the pick before ours but Acho makes sense.

In the 3rd, I'm all for WR but there are numerous guys I'd rather have over Tolliver.

Brothgar
03-18-2011, 01:17 PM
I see the Lions draft and it makes me

http://www.gifbin.com/bin/042009/1239788892_jizz-in-my-pants.gif

JIZZ IN MY PANTS!

Tom Servo
03-19-2011, 10:56 AM
I freakin love this Brown's draft

Seasonticketholder
03-19-2011, 07:55 PM
So let me get this straight. The Saints pass on a safe pick in Mark Ingram for Adrian Clayborn who could be hit or miss.

Then, in the second, we take Quan Sturdivant, an ILB, even though we have a probowler in Jonathan Vilma. Yet we pass Kenrick Ellis who could emerge as an eventual starter and would immediately contribute in the rotation behind Shaun Rogers.

In the third, we take Jurrell Casey over Bruce Carter?! Doesn't make sense.

Finally, we take Tyler Sash over the higher rated Rahim Moore?! NO!

1. Mark Ingram
2. Kenrick Ellis
3a. Bruce Carter
3b. Rahim Moore

Bengals78
03-19-2011, 08:57 PM
If we lose Joseph we will take Peterson.
If we keep him, I doubt we go CB at all.
If it's up in the air, we have Pacman and Brandon Ghee, a 3rd round pick last year.

Abaddon
03-20-2011, 03:04 AM
48. Oakland Raiders - Rodney Hudson, C, Florida State, SR - Oakland grabs a perfect ZBS C/OG to either upgrade over Satele or replace Gallery.

Al despises zone blocking. With Cable out, you can write off the undersized OLs. Cannon and Pouncey are more in Al's mold of OLs.

wicket
03-20-2011, 04:19 AM
So let me get this straight. The Saints pass on a safe pick in Mark Ingram for Adrian Clayborn who could be hit or miss.

Then, in the second, we take Quan Sturdivant, an ILB, even though we have a probowler in Jonathan Vilma. Yet we pass Kenrick Ellis who could emerge as an eventual starter and would immediately contribute in the rotation behind Shaun Rogers.

In the third, we take Jurrell Casey over Bruce Carter?! Doesn't make sense.

Finally, we take Tyler Sash over the higher rated Rahim Moore?! NO!

1. Mark Ingram
2. Kenrick Ellis
3a. Bruce Carter
3b. Rahim Moore

dont listen to this man (well outside of the sash comment perhaps)

Change Clayborne to Heyward (who I at least have rated higher and has some bloodlines to the saints), Quan projects just fine as a wlb although Id prefer Ellis and Carter over Casey and Quan im fine with either combination. Its not like Quan is a ILB only, hell play just fine on the weakside in a 4-3.

I really would like to add another outside backer with the second of the third round picks given that the projected starters are shanle and casillas at this moment and I have way more trust in Harper to play well than either of those.

Also, if would want to draft a running back thats a bad idea regardless but the only way it can be warranted is if its a player similar to bush and PT who is able to step in when one of em goes down. Please dont listen to quoted poster with regards to ingram, he has some weird fascination in spoiling ingrams career by putting him into an offense where he has no chance to become more than a situational and rather mediocre player.

Pat Sims 90
03-20-2011, 04:19 AM
Not a Fan of the Bengals draft at all.
Green is fine but would rather see Peterson at that Point.
The Bengals dont need to take a RB that high when they no OL for any RB to run behind.
Bengals dont need to take CB that high unless it is a shutdown one because they have a lot of decent to solid CBs behind Joseph in Adam Jones and Morgan Trent they also drafted Brandon Ghee last year.

txparkes49x
03-20-2011, 11:35 AM
Honestly I love this draft if and only if we addressed QB in FA or draft one with the next pick we have.

phlysac
03-22-2011, 08:23 AM
45. San Francisco 49ers - Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami (FL), SR - San Francisco grabs a value pick here with Hankerson. Crabtree has yet to live up to his draft status and the cupboard is pretty bare aside from him.
I'm not wholly against the Hankerson pick and agree with the responses to it. However, I beg to differ with your initial rationale. Crabtree has actually done decent for being in such a terrible offense. If he solidifies his handsand tightens up his routes, things could change in a hurry.


Besides the occasional outlier (see Moss, Randy), it often takes wide receivers — even the best ones — a few seasons to fully transition to the NFL (see White, Roddy). Consider that Crabtree has played 27 NFL games and has more catches (103) than Detroit’s Calvin Johnson (101), Green Bay’s Greg Jennings (98) and Miami’s Brandon Marshall (85) did at the same stage in their careers.

It remains to be seen if Crabtree joins the NFL’s elite. He certainly won’t make the breakthrough due to breakaway speed. But it’s worth remembering his route running and inconsistency aren’t unusual for a 23-year-old wide receiver. Below is a look at how Crabtree compares to the NFL’s top wide receivers at the 27-game stage in their careers:

RECEPTIONS

1. Larry Fitzgerald, 132
2. Dwayne Bowe, 128
3. Andre Johnson, 127
4. DeSean Jackson, 106
5. Michael Crabtree, 103
6. Calvin Johnson, 101
7. Greg Jennings, 98
8. Brandon Marshall, 85
9. Reggie Wayne, 67
10. Brandon Lloyd, 51
11. Roddy White, 49


YARDS

1. Andre Johnson, 1,869
2. Larry Fitzgerald, 1,779
3. Calvin Johnson, 1,727
4. Dwayne Bowe, 1,719
5. DeSean Jackson, 1,681
6. Greg Jennings, 1,552
7. Michael Crabtree, 1,366
8. Brandon Marshall, 1,223
9. Reggie Wayne, 928
10. Brandon Lloyd, 701
11. Roddy White, 669


TOUCHDOWNS

T1. Larry Fitzgerald, 15
T1. Greg Jennings, 15
3. Calvin Johnson, 12
4. Dwayne Bowe, 11
5. Andre Johnson, 9
T6. Michael Crabtree, 8
T6. DeSean Jackson, 8
8. Brandon Lloyd, 7
9. Brandon Marshall, 6
10. Roddy White, 3
11. Reggie Wayne, 2
http://49ers.pressdemocrat.com/2011/03/inside-the-49ers/like-many-nfl-wrs-crabtree-could-catch-on-later/

defensiveback23
03-22-2011, 03:22 PM
I like the Wilkerson pick, bit would consider Heyward as well. I also like Moore at the end of the 3rd, but the Chargers are not poised to lose Weddle. They want to re-sign him, he wants back and they have a history of rewarding their players.

They need another pass rusher and there is little chance they end the 2nd round, let alone the 3rd, without adding one. Sheppard is a fantastic pick.

Seasonticketholder
03-22-2011, 05:23 PM
I am okay with Clayborn in round 1. But Sturdivant in round 2 does not make sense. First, Danny Clark was a SLB for us, not a WLB. Second, the Saints are very high on Jonathan Casillas and envision him as the WLB for the present and future.

I would keep Clayborn, take Kenrick Ellis, Bruce Carter and Quinton Carter.

Seasonticketholder
03-22-2011, 05:25 PM
I'm not wholly against the Hankerson pick and agree with the responses to it. However, I beg to differ with your initial rationale. Crabtree has actually done decent for being in such a terrible offense. If he solidifies his handsand tightens up his routes, things could change in a hurry.



http://49ers.pressdemocrat.com/2011/03/inside-the-49ers/like-many-nfl-wrs-crabtree-could-catch-on-later/

Where's Marques Colston on that list? More catches than any WR in NFL history in his first two seasons.