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01.27.11 - First round

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    I decided to add comments to this mock. As usual, constructive criticism is more than welcome.

    1) Carolina Panthers: AJ Green, WR, Georgia
    Without a QB worthy of this pick the Panthers should just go BPA – in this case AJ Green. With him maybe Clausen can win a few more games.

    2) Denver Broncos: Marcel Dareus, DT, Alabama
    You could certainly make a case for Patrick Peterson here, especially with the uncertainty surrounding Champ Bailey. However, the Broncos really need help on the defensive line. He’s a safer pick than Fairley and has great upside.

    3) Buffalo Bills: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
    There are no QBs who are worthy of a first round selection imo. However, the Bills need a face of the franchise and a glimmer of hope. Gabbert has a lot of upside but is also very much a work in progress.

    4) Cincinnati Bengals: Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
    The Bengals only recorded 27 sacks this past season, and even though Carlos Dunlap showed a lot of promise they still need another pass rusher.

    5) Arizona Cardinals: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
    Both of their starting OLBs are old and past their prime. They do have O’Brien Schofield but they can’t afford to pass up on a pass rusher like Miller.

    6) Cleveland Browns: Cam Jordan, DE, Cal
    Rob Ryan got the most out of a defense with little or no talent in the front seven. Cam Jordan is dominating at the Senior Bowl and should help this defense going forward.

    7) San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
    Fits one of their biggest needs and BPA by a mile.

    8) Tennessee Titans: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
    Not the biggest need for the Titans, but a talent like Quinn would be tough to pass on here. QB would be a major reach here and Quinn is more or less a sure thing.

    9) Dallas Cowboys: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
    Prev.: Nick Fairley
    Very talented corner who should improve an underperforming defensive backfield

    10) Washington Redskins: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
    McNabb is on the way out and Grossman clearly isn’t the answer at QB. Once again, this is a reach but it’s worth it if you get your franchise quarterback.

    11) Houston Texans: Aldon Smith, OLB, Missouri
    They’re converting to the 3-4 but have no players who look the part of a 3-4 OLB. Smith doesn’t hold up well against the run, but he’s a big time talent and has the size and frame that you want in a 3-4 OLB. Oh yeah, and he can really get after the QB.

    12) Minnesota Vikings: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
    Prev.: Cam Newton
    Pat Williams is old and in order for this team to win games they need a good defense since the mess Chilly left behind at the quarterback position will take some time to sort out. Fairley has very, very good value at this point and should help that defense a lot going forward.

    13) Detroit Lions: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
    I know that many people pick Kerrigan here and that’s very likely to happen imo. But their DL played really well this past season and is likely to get even better next season. They have a huge hole at OLB and Ayers is a perfect fit. Not the most physical player, but a great athlete who offers a lot of versatility.

    14) St Louis Rams: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
    This might be too low for Jones. I wouldn’t be surprised if some teams have JJ ranked ahead of AJ since he’s a much better run blocker, but as a receiver he’s not at the level of AJ Green imo. He’s still a very good receiver though and will help Bradford a lot.

    15) Miami Dolphins: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
    Prev.: Jake Locker
    It clear that Miami doesn't have their QB of the future on the roster right now. Newton might not even be that guy but he's worth taking a chance on at this point.

    16) Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
    Jacksonville only recorded 26 sacks this past season and I think it’s safe to say that Derrick Harvey is a major bust. Kerrigan is the kind of player and person they want in Jacksonville and should improve their pass rush significantly.

    17) New England Patriots f/Oakland Raiders: Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia
    I admit this is a reach. However, the Patriots can’t afford to pass up on a pass rusher of Houston’s caliber. The Patriots are starting Rob Ninkovich at OLB which says a whole lot about the quality (or lack of quality) of the OLBs on the roster. Nate Solder, Anthony Castonzo and Derek Sherrod would all be good picks as well, but there’s no greater need than OLB for the Patriots.

    18) San Diego Chargers: JJ Watt, DE, Wisonsin
    The Chargers had the best defense in the NFL and lead the league in sacks. However, Jacques Cesaire is a weak point on the defensive line that can be upgraded. Watt has great upside as a 5-tech imo, but one could make the case for Cam Heyward as well.

    19) New York Giants: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
    They don’t have a lot of holes but they could need an upgrade at LT. Solder probably has more upside than any other tackle this year and he’s looking good at the Senior Bowl.

    20) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
    This is a little high for Clayborn imo, but the Bucs desperately need a DE.

    21) Kansas City Chiefs: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
    With no pass rushers available that wouldn’t be a huge reach they shore up the offensive line with Castonzo. RT has been a problem for the Chiefs and Castonzo looks like the solution.

    22) Indianapolis Colts: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi St.
    The Colts probably have the worst OL in the league. Personally I think they should grab Paea at this point, but that’s not likely to happen.

    23) Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami (Fl.)
    Besides Asante Samuel (who’s grossly overrated) the Eagles really don’t have much at CB. Harris had a great season and pretty much shut down opposing receivers.

    24) New Orleans Saints: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon St.
    Paea has been BPA for some time now. I know Heyward is picking up steam right now but for a 4-3 team Paea is a much better selection.

    25) Seattle Seahawks: Drake Nevis, DT, LSU
    Seattle can go in a number of direction here: CB, QB, OL and don’t rule out RB either with Ingram still on the board. But Nevis is such a disruptive player that would be a great player to have next to Mebane.

    26) Baltimore Ravens: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
    Gaither is likely done in Baltimore and their OL didn't look good this past season and while Smith is likely the better player the Ravens like to draft seniors.

    27) Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
    This is the pick I spend the most time on. Atlanta had a terrible defense against the pass, they have some pending FAs on the OL, Mark Ingram is BPA by a mile and their DL can’t get much pressure on opposing QBs. However, Rudolph is a big time talent at TE who’s been hurt by injuries two years in a row now. Gonzo isn’t getting any younger and with a year learning from Gonzo I think Rudolph could take over without the offense missing a beat.

    28) New England Patriots: Cam Heyward, DE, Ohio St.
    Even with Ty Warren coming back the Patriots have a big need at DE. They were forced to play Vince Wilfork at DE on several occasions simply because they didn’t have the players. Heyward played himself back into the first round with a great performance in the Sugar Bowl. He has the size and strength for playing DE in BBs system.

    29) Chicago Bears: Tyron Smith, OT, USC
    Fifty-six. That’s the number of sacks given up by the Chicago OL in the 2010 regular season. No QB can be successful while running to save their life.

    30) New York Jets: Corey Liuget, DE, Illinois
    The Jets have a lot of questions going into the offseason. They have some key free agents in Cromartie, Edwards and Holmes and a lot of aging players. Their DL played well down the stretch but they could need an improvement over Mike DeVito at RDE. Liuget might be a better fit in the 4-3 but I think he would fit in well in Rex Ryan’s aggressive 3-4 scheme as well.

    31) Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida
    This pick just makes too much sense not to happen. The Steelers could really need some help on the interior OL and pairing him with his brother in the middle would shore up the interior line for years to come.

    32) Green Bay Packers: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
    I’m going to catch hell for this pick… With no 3-4 OLBs available that wouldn’t be a reach I decided that Ingram is the best option here. Ted Thompson usually takes the best player available on his board. So while there are much bigger needs for the Packers I have a hard time seeing TT passing on Ingram despite having Starks and Grant. I thought about Aaron Williams and Stefen Wisniewski as well, but decided that Ingram would be the better pick.
    Last edited by Razor; 01-27-2011, 03:02 PM. Reason: Minimized epic failure.

    Originally posted by ElectricEye
    I'm a whiny little kunt. Feel sorry for me as I go masturbate to a picture of my mom dressed as a teletubby.

  • #2
    Nice mock for what would be almost worst case scenario for the Pats. Especially at #17 with the top WRs, OLBs and DEs all off the board.

    BoneKrusher killing it with the sig


    • #3
      ryan mallet is not only a reach but an awful fit in shanahans offense. he has the worst mobility of all the top quarterbacks and absolutely cannot throw accurately on the run. terrible pick for this franchise.


      • #4
        Great Bears Pick!!!


        • #5
          Gabbert... Not sure his pocket awareness, footwork or lack of mobility fit with Gailey's system, he would be given the needed time to develop. So if they deam him "franchise" material, I could live with it. Still think Newton is the best fit, with the most upside and would prefer to go in that direction if they go QB myself. But, alas they never ask me my opinion... I trust this administration more than any since Polian left.
          Quickly on Fairley, can you help me find the "off the field" problems, I can not find them, and am continually hearing about them.
          "It must be contract year!"

          Deion Sanders


          • #6
            Nice Phins pick

            Dolphins Dream Draft: 1. Jaylon Smith 2. Artie Burns 3. Landon Turner


            • #7
              I am a Bengals fan so maybe someone in Pittsburgh can correct me on this but isn't the Steelers real need on the o-line at tackle not guard? I can see them picking up the other Pouncy but I don't think it will happen.
              Who Dey & Go Bucks
              The Bengals are going to the Super Bowl.


              • #8
                My complaints:

                - Can't see that many teams passing on PP ... Broncos, Bills, Bengals(if they let Jonathan Joseph go), and Cards could all take him.

                - I still say absolutely no way Titans go DE. They will be re-signing Jason Babin(12.5 sacks I believe) to a huge contract and they just drafted Derrick Morgan in Round 1 last year. You cannot tie that much into one position.

                - Nick Fairley won't fall that far and he's not a great fit for a 3-4 defense. They have a good NT in Ratliff and moving Fairley into a 3-4 takes away his best asset, penetrating upfield and getting after the QB.

                - Pouncey is not a first rounder ... wish everyone would stop pairing him up next to his brother on the Steelers just because they're related. He's not nearly as good as his brother was coming out(and even his bro has struggled a bit).

                Interesting reads though.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by SRogers92 View Post
                  - Pouncey is not a first rounder ... wish everyone would stop pairing him up next to his brother on the Steelers just because they're related. He's not nearly as good as his brother was coming out(and even his bro has struggled a bit).
                  at center theres no comparison but at guard i think they are closer than youd think.


                  • #10
                    Solid Ravens pick. For how bad the Ravens line was this season it doesn't get much attention outside of the Baltimore fan-base, and it definitely needs to be addressed this off-season. Carimi could play either LT or RT for us and we would get better either way. I think we still keep Oher on the left side but Harbaugh didn't rule out moving him back to RT.


                    • #11
                      Newton was an okay pick for the Vikings, Locker would have been better. Solder would have been terrible.



                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Dirty Thirty View Post
                        at center theres no comparison but at guard i think they are closer than youd think.
                        He's not the top Guard ... maybe #3 or 4 at Guard ... he's definitely not a first rounder, IMO ... so the only reason he could be going there in this mock is because of his brother ... I seriously doubt the Steelers draft a guy because his brother plays for the team.


                        • #13
                          I can definitely dig Newton.


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


                          • #14
                            You nailed it for the Packers as in you're going to get hell for the pick. No way.


                            • #15
                              So Prince falls all the way to #32 and TT takes a RB? I don't think so.
                              bow ties are



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