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    I don't really like doing these. Hopefully, I don't get bashed too heavily.

    Round 1

    1. Carolina Panthers
    AJ Green, WR, Georgia
    Nick Fairley's hype train is certainly chuggin' with the most steam right now, but in the end, I think Carolina will draft AJ Green, an elite WR prospect who can further support the budding Jimmy Clausen, and avoid the character concerns that sure to show up in Fairley's evaluation.

    2. Denver Broncos
    Nick Fairley, DL, Auburn
    While the Broncos have a new coaching staff, the 3-4 defense isn't totally going away. A 34 DE remains a huge need, and Fairley fits the bill. However, even if they do decide to transition back to the 43, Fairley would not become a wasted pick. Rather, he may become even more valuable. If he can avoid being a bust, then the sky is the limit for this kid.

    3. Buffalo Bills
    Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
    The Bills are a different breed when it comes to drafting. They have their own mindset and don’t give a rats ass what anybody else thinks. …and that's why they still stink. Maybin is a bust, McKelvin is a #2 CB at best, Lynch is gone, Whitner and McCargo are how they spent their 2 1st rounders in '06, Roscoe Parrish, JP Losman, need I go on? But hey, I think a pick like this would finally start to get them in the right direction. I love Newton.

    4. Cincinnati Bengals
    Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
    The Bengals will draft Peterson if this is the way the board falls. They could take a look at Bowers, but injuries at CB derailed their season. Combine that with the fact that Jonathan Joseph is a FA who will probably be let go… and the fact that they like drafting "name brand" players... this is the way I foresee things going.

    5. Arizona Cardinals
    Jake Locker, QB, Washington
    There is projection in this pick that I fully admit to. While Gabbard may have all the hype right now, I think that his stock will drop once teams start giving his film a second look. Right now it's based off draft analysts who want to be the first to say, "I said it first!" in regards to Gabbard being talked about as the best QB prospect. Locker will get his supporters back after the Senior Bowl and post draft workouts.

    6. Cleveland Browns
    Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
    For Bowers to be here when many consider him a first overall pick candidate has to have the Browns thrilled. To finally have an elite OLB prospect for their 34… Oh wait… they're moving back to the 43… hahaha. Still Bowers can be a good pick for them if he can add some mass/power to be able to stuff the run, and hope that the added bulk doesn't reduce his pass rushing ability.

    7. San Francisco 49ers
    Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
    As much as QB is such a huge need for them, I don't see them going with any of those in the draft. I suspect trade or FA, even if it's just a 1 year stop gap, as they wait for Andrew Luck in '12. Meanwhile, expect them to shore up other needs, starting with CB with a guy like Amukamara who is a physical corner that can stick to WRs. My only concern is that he doesn't create enough turnovers.

    8. Tennessee Titans
    Marcell Dareus, DE, Alabama
    Tennessee is not a team that I foresee being willing to wait a year or two to develop a QB using their first round pick. Using a 2nd or 3rd round pick to develop a QB…fine. But there are too many question marks surrounding this year's QBs to pass on Dareus who is still on the board. Look at them to target a QB via trade or FA as a stop gap solution.

    9. Dallas Cowboys
    Von Miller, DE, Texas A&M
    Miller is a tenacious linebacker with penetrating skills, sideline to sideline range and the ability to drop back in zone. New Dallas DC Rob Ryan will have the luxury to move him all around the field at will to disguise where the blitz will come from. Having players with similar skills to Ware and Spencer will only further confuse QBs on where the rush will come from. Miller has the versatility to play ILB or OLB in Ryan's scheme.

    10. Washington Redskins
    Cameron Jordan, DE, California
    Already fluent in the tendencies of the 3-4 while playing at Cal, Jordan has the opportunity to expand his knowledge on a graduate level as he steps into the pros. He displays the ability to rush the passer and stuff the run from the 5 tech position, but if the Skins are looking for a space eater, they should look in another direction.

    11. Houston Texans
    Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
    Wade Phillips' arrival in Houston means a shift to the 34 for the Texans. Mario Williams may be a miscast, but Quinn surely isn't. If Williams can make the transition smoothly, then the Texans may not have to stress out about their weak secondary afterall.

    12. Minnesota Vikings
    Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
    While I don't buy the early hype surrounding Gabbert, I do think he'll still be taken in the first half of round 1. I honestly think he's benefitting from the success of former spread offense QB, Sam Bradford. I would be wary though. While Gabbert may have the size and arm you look for, he doesn't have the accuracy or gaudy stats that backed up Bradford's success.

    13. Detroit Lions
    JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin
    I think that Watt made the right decision by coming out this year and that he will be rewarded early for doing so. The Lions are starting to get better, so they can start to be picky about how to use this first rounder. They can pass on Julio Jones and avoid reaches like LB and CB would be here. But DE is a position that could still be upgraded. Suh helped Avril and McBride's sack numbers last year, but you can expect a bigger impact from Watt.

    14. St. Louis Rams
    Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri
    Steve Spagnulo is no longer a rookie coach for the St. Louis Rams, so he can't get by much longer for not producing a top attacking defense, for one of the main reasons which he got credited for in NY and ultimately got hired for. So I fully expect him to grab the best pass rushing specialist he can find. Kerrigan could get a look here, but I think the disappointment in Chris Long may sway him to look for a more athletic player.

    15. Miami Dolphins
    Anthony Costanzo, OT, Boston College
    Being a Dallas fan, I know all about Parcells, Sparano, and Ireland. They want big, smart, talented kids…and if they come from a good coaching background and happen to have a name that has a ring of someone the rough necks of Jersey, then that player will get double the attention. This may not appear to be the biggest need, but when has that ever stopped this group of decision makers? If Carey returns healthy, expect a move back inside to Guard.

    16. Jacksonville Jaguars
    Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
    Isn't it natural for the Jags to have a Jimmy Smith on the team? lol. I personally like Brandon Harris and Aaron Williams more, but I have a feeling scouts will disagree. Especially the Jags scouts who seem to operate on a mind of their own. Smith is a big corner, so when scouts see his measurables, they fall in love, but the dude doesn't play big or physical, so that's what shys me away. The Jags need help in their secondary, so good luck with this one.

    17. New England Patriots (OAK)
    Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
    Kerrigan seems to fit the mold of what the Patriots like to do. An incredibly heady player who was highly productive in the college ranks, Kerrigan should provide Belichick some pressure on opposing QBs. Some folks love him as a Top 10 prospect *cough Scout. inc cough*. I don't buy their baloney, but Kerrigan shouldn't go much lower than this.

    18. San Diego Chargers
    Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
    Clayborn had a disappointing statistical season and was often blamed for going invisible at times. I'm not shy about bashing players who go back to college and ruin their stock, so I fully fault Clayborn for falling this low. He started the season solidly in the Top 10, but has now seen guys like Fairley, Dareus and Jordan surpass him. The good thing for him though is that he gets situated with a team that is in need of competition at that position.

    19. New York Giants
    Cameron Heyward, DL, Ohio State
    The Giants are defined by their defensive line. It's what won them their SB in '08. The pressure they put on Brady changed the entire dynamics of the game. Since then Strahan has retired, injuries have taken their toll and Chris Canty was a bust signing. Insert Heyward in the middle of that line and you're back on the right track. When motivated, he is a load to handle, but there is a lot to like as he is far from a finished product.

    20. Tampa Bay Bucs
    Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
    Tampa is hoping that a quality DE is still on the board at this pick, but the pickin's are slim at this point. No sense in reaching, so the team finds a bargain here in Brandon Harris. Ronde Barber is no spring chicken and it's time to ease that concern before the panic button alarms.

    21. Kansas City Chiefs
    Tyron Smith, OL, USC
    The Chiefs will gladly reap the benefits of finding Smith available here. He might take a year or two to grow into a fully blossomed Pro Bowler, but the makings are there for him to be as great as he wants to be. Keeping Cassell on his feet is imperative for this team to get where it wants to be.

    22. Indianapolis Colts
    Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
    I hear Colts fans clamouring for Peyton to get some help. Well, help has arrived! For Ingram to still be available here is a God-send. Just hand that guy the rock and good things happen. The running game has been decimated by injury but the true reason for the downfall of the Colts has been the lack of an elite playmaker at the position since Edgerrin James left town. Peyton should now be able to get another ring before he calls it quits.

    23. Philadelphia Eagles
    Derek Sherrod, OT, Miss State
    It must have been painful for Andy Reid to watch Vick get hit over and over again, more than it was for Vick himself. Reid, a guy who heavily invests in OL help, watched his QB get beat like a drum all throughout the year. With their first pick, they are bound to go in this direction in order to get their offense hummin' like they did on that one huge Monday night when Vick was getting protection.

    24. New Orleans Saints
    Rahim Moore, S, UCLA
    While Moore's ballhawking numbers declined this past season, he built all the credit he needed last season. When New Orleans made their glamorous run to the SB, they did it with incredible play from their secondary in key moments. This past season, we saw a rapid decline in Darren Sharper's play and Roman Harper was a constant liability in coverage. Moore's value may not stack up with this draft position in regards to some other higher ranked prospects, but this year's safety class is weak, so his stock gets bumped a few spots up.

    25. Seattle Seahawks
    Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
    Coach Carroll is no stranger when it comes to understanding the value of a Polynesian heart on the football field. He's also no stranger to guys in the Pac-10 who have been wreaking havoc against his Trojans. There may be other pressing needs, but the value here is tremendous and Paea has a lot of scouts impressed.

    26. Baltimore Ravens
    Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
    Any rookie cornerback drafted here will have A LOT of pressure on their back to perform from Day 1 as the Ravens are desperately looking for help there. Williams is a smooth fluid corner who isn't afraid to come up and support the run. Something I was very impressed with. However, he… along with the entire Texas defense got lit up like a bright sky all season long, so his stock has taken a dip. I think ultimately that he'll be forgiven when teams look at what he did in 2010 with a much better supporting cast.

    27. Atlanta Falcons
    Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
    The Falcons were flying high heading into the playoffs until they got pummeled by the high octane offense of the Green Bay Packers. Finding ways to combat that, the Falcons could look to the high rising Torrey Smith, who's hype train would lead you to believe he'll be long gone before here. A comination of Torrey and Roddy will have the fans chanting TO-RO! TO-RO! lmao.

    28. New England Patriots
    Mike Pouncey, OL, Florida
    The trick to beat the Patriots has always been to put pressure on Brady. That happened once again. It all starts with his protection on the line. When he gets that it doesn't matter who lines up at WR. Belichick loves drafting Florida players, so this fit is like hand in glove. The need for a replacement at Center is now.

    29. Chicago Bears
    Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
    2012 will be the 3rd year of Jay Cutler in Chicago and he has yet to have a #1 WR. Baldwin would provide Cutler with a big target to compliment the speed Knox and Hester. I really like Baldwin here because he knows how to play at a high level even in rough snowy conditions, which will be an added benefit playing at Soldier field.

    30. Pittsburgh Steelers
    Ben Ijalana, OG, Villanova
    I know Nate Solder is on the board, but he's just way to finesse of a player for me to project for the Steelers. Now enter Ijalana. The small school product has big time game. He's as strong as an ox, but has nimble feet and good technique. He projects to guard, but also has the ability to play both tackle spots. The Steelers could benefit from that kind of versatility.

    31. New York Jets
    Allen Bailey, DL, Miami
    Rex is a guy with major swagger and likes players who would represent him. At the U, they preach swagger as a football skill. Bailey is a freak of an athlete who's best days are ahead. The defensive coaching at Miami is lacking, but Rex can take care of that. If they want to match strength for strength with the big dogs of the AFC, then adding a weight room champ is a good start.

    32. Green Bay Packers
    Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
    Talk to a medical professional. They'll tell you that 2 concussions in a row can kill you. Aaron Rodgers is not just lucky to be playing, but lucky to be alive. If Green Bay is smart, they'll protect their most important player. For Solder to still be available here is not very likely. No matter how much I dislike him as a prospect, his upside is what makes NFL scouts drool, so I expect him to go earlier.


    Round 2


    33. New England Patriots
    Muhammad Wilkerson, DL, Temple
    The Patriots have a way of shocking people with their picks and then when the player turns out better than anyone expects, everyone says… "That's why they're the Patriots."

    34. Buffalo Bills
    Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
    The Bills drafted Cam Newton, but can't believe Mallett is available here. Selecting him here is a luxury that could create some serious competition at the position. Quite a way to make sure you get the most out of each prospect and avoid a big bust.

    35. Cincinnati Bengals
    Drake Nevis, DT, LSU
    A lot of people like to put Nevis in Round 1, but I seem to find his value rather in the early part of Round 2.

    36. Denver Broncos
    Brandon Burton, CB, Utah
    Broncos have a lot of needs in the Secondary to address. Burton is not a guy flying under the radar anymore.

    37. Cleveland Browns
    Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia
    Houston is the kind of hired Hit Man that the Browns need to combat the Steelers and Ravens in the Division.

    38. Arizona Cardinals
    Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
    Giving Locker a big sure-handed target would be a good way to ease his transition to the NFL.

    39. Tennessee Titans
    Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
    Ayers is an overrated finesse player, but should find a nice niche in Tennessee.

    40. Dallas Cowboys
    Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
    Dowling will transition to Safety where Rob Ryan can utilize his good instincts against the pass and run.

    41. Washington Redskins
    Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois
    Leshoure is the type of workhorse back that Shanahan can't ignore.

    42. Houston Texans
    Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor
    Houston has no one on the roster that has the body type required of a 3-4 NT.

    43. Detroit Lions
    Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina
    ACL injury has pushed him down, otherwise he would get 1st round consideration.

    44. Minnesota Vikings
    Corey Liuget, DL, Illinois
    The Vikings have an aging interior DL. Liuget has great value at this pick.

    45. San Francisco 49ers
    Jeremy Beal, DE/OLB, Oklahoma
    Beal is an insane workout warrior who brings an intense pass rush off the edges.

    46. Denver Broncos (MIA)
    Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State
    Greg Jones reminds me of the old school Broncos Linebacker Ian Gold.

    47. Oakland Raiders
    Stefen Wisniewski, G/C, Penn State
    The Raiders haven't been satisfied with the play of Samson Satele.

    48. St. Louis Rams
    Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy
    Rams just broke a lot of hearts with this pick. Jernigan on turf is gonna be special.

    49. Jacksonville Jaguars
    Deandre McDaniel, S, Clemson
    Can't fault them for attempting to fix the Secondary. McDaniel had a down Senior season, but I think he'll be a much better pro.

    50. San Diego Chargers
    Marcus Cannon, OL, TCU
    AJ Smith is fond of big bodies along the offensive line. Marcus Cannon is all that and more. He is an instant upgrade over Clary.

    51. Tampa Bay Bucs
    Marvin Austin, DL, North Carolina
    Tampa gave LeGarrette Blount a chance and he worked out. Now they have guts to do it again.

    52. New York Giants
    Demarcus Love, OT, Arkansas
    The G-Men have to focus on improving their OL. Love is a guy that can play RT and both Guard positions.

    53. Kansas City Chiefs
    Rodney Hudson, OG, Florida State
    Tyron Smith and Rodney Hudson provide the type of athletic lineman needed for today's NFL.

    54. Indianapolis Colts
    Christian Ballard, DL, Iowa
    If Ballard pans out anything close to what some pundits call a possible first rounder, then the Colts will be happy.

    55. Philadelphia Eagles
    Mark Herzlich, OLB, Boston College
    The Eagles need a LB that can lead that defense. Herzlich an inspiration on and off the field.

    56. New Orleans Saints
    Quan Sturdivant, LB, North Carolina
    Sturdivant is a versatile LB who will give new life to the tired Saints defense.

    57. Seattle Seahawks
    Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville
    Patrick tipped his hands on a lot of passes this year. The Seahawks are in need of plenty more of that.

    58. Baltimore Ravens
    Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami
    TJ Housh was a flop signing and Derrick Mason was relied upon too much. Hankerson hails from the U… Baltimore's farm team.

    59. Atlanta Falcons
    Lance Kendricks, TE, Wisconsin
    Kendricks would do well as Tony G's understudy and future replacement.

    60. New England Patriots
    Titus Young, WR, Boise State
    The one thing NE missed when Moss left was their deep threat. Brandon Tate didn't deliver. Young is Super clutch.

    61. Chicago Bears
    Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech
    Williams has a rare combination of being a hard hitter and being a home run threat too.

    62. Pittsburgh Steelers
    Jerrell Powe, DT, Ole Miss
    Wouldn't be a bad time to start looking at Casey Hampton's replacement.

    63. San Diego Chargers (NYJ)
    Deunta Williams, S, North Carolina
    Eric Weddle is a FA and probably won't be back.

    64. Green Bay Packers
    Demarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma
    Ryan Grant is a question mark and Brandon Jackson is back up fodder.

  • #2
    2 Rounds and no Gabe Carimi? I like him more than Solder, though I'd take Justin Houston over both of them.

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    • #3
      I would prefer an OL or DB in the second round, but this is a fine Vikings mock.

      Bonekrusher.

      Originally posted by JordanTaber
      Football...it's rocket surgery now, folks.

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      • #4
        The Chiefs brass are looking for a more dynamic athletic line. Two years ago in the off season the starters lost about 150 lbs collectively during the conditioning part of TC. I just have a question, Hudson as the C or Asomoah as the C?

        I see the direction you are going, and I can see where KC could do a draft like that. Would I like it? Probably not but I would understand it.
        my scent?...like making love to a lumberjack
        <TACKLE> i will ngata give you a bj raji
        <+BOE> Scott, with Burfict's character concerns (whether legit or not) you think Pioli would draft him. :D
        <+ScottWright> Why not. Baldwin does need a sparring partner...
        Originally posted by Hermstheman83
        What's with the hate on Ricky Stanzi? Those youtube clips of him with the hulk hogan theme music instantly make him better than Luck.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by GB12 View Post
          2 Rounds and no Gabe Carimi? I like him more than Solder, though I'd take Justin Houston over both of them.
          FML. My mistake. I like him as a potential first rounder.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by bored of education View Post
            The Chiefs brass are looking for a more dynamic athletic line. Two years ago in the off season the starters lost about 150 lbs collectively during the conditioning part of TC. I just have a question, Hudson as the C or Asomoah as the C?

            I see the direction you are going, and I can see where KC could do a draft like that. Would I like it? Probably not but I would understand it.
            Are they really? I wasn't under the impression that they were down on Dorsey and Jackson. ...yet.

            As for Hudson... Center. Asomoah, LG.

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            • #7
              Pretty awful Bears mock... if we go the first two rounds without drafting o-line, I will blow my brains out.

              Also, RB is really, really low on our list of needs. A #1 WR is a need, but I doubt we draft one in round one (especially Baldwin)... maybe Hankerson if he falls in the second.

              OL/OL or OL/WR is ideal for us.

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              • #8
                Brandon Harris is a solid pick given who's available. Marvin Austin is a pretty terrible pick. Bucs drafted McCoy and Price last year, Miller two years ago and are pretty high on Al Woods and Frank Okam as 4th and 5th DTs. I would prefer Demarcus Love at OG or Ryan Williams tbh.


                Also the Bills taking Newton and Mallet is just stupid.

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                • #9
                  Yeah Brandon Harris would be abad pick in my opinion. Aqib has the #1 spot looked down and EJ Biggers looked great playing as the #2 this season. Not to mention Barber looks like he'll be back one more season and Myron Lewis looked very solid in his time as the nickel.

                  DT is a bad pick in the second round. Miller has NT locked down and McCoy and Price are the youth. Not to mention Al Woods and Frank Okam played great when they were given chances.

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                  • #10
                    Good 1st pick for the Vikings, but would prefer a guy like Wisniewski in the second.


                    www.minnesotavikingsnation.com

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by D-Unit View Post
                      Are they really? I wasn't under the impression that they were down on Dorsey and Jackson. ...yet.

                      As for Hudson... Center. Asomoah, LG.
                      No i dont think they are down on Dorsey, he was a top 5- 3-4 DE, jackson looked great in SD in week one then tweaked in ACL and sucked since. But they do need another DE and a Nose. But i like the direction in the draft for the o line. it needs help. and they want the athletic types more than the mauling types
                      my scent?...like making love to a lumberjack
                      <TACKLE> i will ngata give you a bj raji
                      <+BOE> Scott, with Burfict's character concerns (whether legit or not) you think Pioli would draft him. :D
                      <+ScottWright> Why not. Baldwin does need a sparring partner...
                      Originally posted by Hermstheman83
                      What's with the hate on Ricky Stanzi? Those youtube clips of him with the hulk hogan theme music instantly make him better than Luck.

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                      • #12
                        Nice Job, D !!

                        I would not be happy though if Jordan landed with Washington.


                        Also, would have liked Jernigan in the 2nd. But I know we have other needs. That guy is just flat out sick.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by D-Unit View Post
                          Are they really? I wasn't under the impression that they were down on Dorsey and Jackson. ...yet.

                          As for Hudson... Center. Asomoah, LG.
                          Asomoah would likely be the RG with Lilja sliding over to LG, if they decided to cut ties with Waters for whatever reason.
                          Currently on IR: Rip 2011 Jamaal Charles :(

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Chucky View Post
                            Brandon Harris is a solid pick given who's available. Marvin Austin is a pretty terrible pick. Bucs drafted McCoy and Price last year, Miller two years ago and are pretty high on Al Woods and Frank Okam as 4th and 5th DTs. I would prefer Demarcus Love at OG or Ryan Williams tbh.


                            Also the Bills taking Newton and Mallet is just stupid.
                            You're right. I don't know what I was thinking with Austin going to Tampa. Forgot about their needs.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by TonyGfortheTD View Post
                              Asomoah would likely be the RG with Lilja sliding over to LG, if they decided to cut ties with Waters for whatever reason.
                              Well, I guess I have to blame the ESPN Depth charts for putting Asomoah there at LG. Doesn't matter though. I had Hudson as the Chiefs Center.

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