Posted on: November 19, 2009 2:17 pm

2010 NFL Mock Draft- Top 12

One week later and we are ready to continue on in the journey towards the NFL draft.  Some of this will definitely be rehashed from the last blog, but there has been some movement on my big board and in the standings. 

Wait, I don't have a big board, well there are some mistakes I made, which is what the "experts" mean when they say there has been movement on their boards.

So who is going where now and what has changed? 

Let's get started.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  They are playing with heart and fight, they just lack talent right now.  I was not a fan of the Raheem Morris hiring or the drafting of Josh Freeman, but both seem to have this team on the right track.

They still need help at numerous places, but to me the key to the Bucs success has always been having a great defense.  That is why I am sticking with my first pick for them.

With the first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Ndamukong Suh, DT Nebraska


2. St. Louis Rams:  Nothing has changed to me and they need to get Steven Jackson help.  Marc Bulger is not the problem, but he is also not the answer and the Rams need to begin looking forward into what they can become.

Adding a potential franchise quarterback will hopefully keep Jackson around when his contract ends, and keep the franchises hopes alive with it.  That is why I am sticking with my first pick.

With the second pick in the 2010 NFL Draft:  Jimmy Clausen, QB Notre Dame


3.  Detroit Lions:  The team at the number three pick may have changed, but the pick will not.  The Lions need an OL help, and with the best one on the board, they can protect their $120 million investment.

With the third pick in the 2010 NFL Draft:  Russell Okung, OT Oklahoma State


4.  Cleveland Browns:  After the last couple of games, I would not be shocked to see them go with a new quarterback, as it does not appear either Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson is the future.

I am not going to jump on that bandwagon just yet, as I see more pressing needs on the team, especially in the secondary.  That, and you cannot pass on a player like this guy, who does it all and can be the corner stone on which you build your defense for years to come.

With the fourth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft:Eric Berry, SS Tennessee

5.  Oakland Raiders: As usual, the wild card team of the bunch.  Which way will Al Davis lean?  I have no idea, neither does anyone in the organization.  I say they take the local product and big hitter, but hey, you never know.

With the fifth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Taylor Mays, FS USC


6.  Kansas City Chiefs:  Well in the famous words of Herm Edwards, "You play to win the game." Even if that means giving up draft position.  The Chiefs have played... ok in the wake of fiery new coach Todd Haley.

What they need is help along the OL.  Is there an OL worth taking this high?  I am not sure, so I would look for them  to take a Richard Seymour type DE. 

With the sixth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Carlos Dunlap, DE Florida


7.  Washington Redskins:  They won again, and the more they win, the more the pick will be flip flopped.  That being said, i see no reason at this point to change the pick right now and I keep them with the most intriguing QB prospect in the draft.

With the seventh pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Jake Locker, QB Washington

Note:  They could be looking at a RB depending on what happens in free agency this off season, as I see them going hard after Ronnie Brown and Pierre Thomas.


8.  Tennessee Titans:  They are playing great right now and seem to be on the right path back to the top.  In the scenario I have created, they get that big presence back in the middle of their defensive line.

With the eighth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Gerald McCoy, DT Oklahoma


9.  Seattle Seahawks:  The Hawks would be ecstatic to see a solid OL prospect still on the board here.  They have had at least four, and maybe even five left tackles this year. 

With the ninth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft:  Trent Williams, OT Oklahoma


10.  Buffalo Bills:  Could this be the spot for what was supposed to be the number one pick in this years draft?  Is this still too high for someone coming off of major surgery on their shoulder?  I say yes, but I don't see how the Bills pass on this opportunity.

With the tenth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Sam Bradford, QB Oklahoma

Note:  You would think with three potential top 10 picks that the Sooners would be having a better season.  Shows you how important their QB was.

11.  San Francisco 49ers:  Again, nothing has changed in my mind with this pick.  The 49ers need help along the offensive line, but they also need a pass rusher.  So do they reach for an OL prospect, or do they stick with someone I think will be an elite pass rusher in the game.  Well for now it is my mock draft so.

With the eleventh pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Sergio Kindle, OLB/DE Texas


12.  New York Jets:  Well they looked great early, but have struggled mightily of late.  What can be done to help?  Getting Mark Sanchez some weapons.  No RB or WR has been taken yet in my draft, but that ends here, with a big threat over the middle being added to the Jets repertoire.

With the twelfth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Dez Bryant, WR Oklahoma State


Come back next week as we continue to preview the draft and delve a little deeper into the needs of each team as well.

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 8, 2009 6:21 pm

AFC North and East Preview Plus Playoff Preview

I like to think of this division as the black and blue division of the NFL.  Well, two of the four teams represent that, and those are the only two teams that I can see doing anything this year. 

AFC North-
4.  Cleveland Browns:
    Has Eric Mangini gone off of the deep end or is he showing his true colors of being a Bill Belichick disciple?  I am not sure, but what I do know is that the Browns season is going to be an interesting one.  Some Browns fans are already chirping about how Mangini is running the team.  There is some talent on offense, but the defense, well they are another story altogether.

    Who to Watch For- ? No, that is a joke, sort of.  The man to watch this year is the quarterback; unfortunately we just do not know which person it will be.  Brady Quinn will probably start game one against the Minnesota Vikings, but that doesn’t mean he will get all the snaps for the season.  In fact, unless Quinn gets off to a hot start, Anderson will probably get some playing time and sooner than most Quinn fans would want. 

Final Outlook and Analysis-
    The Browns are such a weird team to me.  They have players on offense, but the quarterback position seems to be one of the biggest questions, if not the biggest question on the offense.  I am excited to see what the running back situation ends up looking like, as I like both Jerome Harrison and James Davis behind Jamal Lewis.  The defense needs to find a way to get to the quarterback, as I don’t see where the pass rush is going to come from.  One thing you can count on from an Eric Mangini coached team is, there will be no shortage
of drama throughout the year.

3.  Cincinnati Bengals:
    The Bengals have already had a rough start to the season.  Between the injuries to Carson Palmer, the holdout of first round pick Andre Smith, and then the subsequent injury to Smith, the season has not gotten off to the best start.  On the bright side, all reports out of Bengals camp is Chad Ochocinco is going to have a stellar comeback year and the defense has steadily improved.  Can they get back into contention and make a push for the playoffs?  Can they save Marvin Lewis’ job?

    Who to Watch For- Carson Palmer was emerging as one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL, until injury and ineffectiveness set in.  Now he needs to get back to that level for the Bengals to have any chance of getting back to the playoffs again.  With a motivated Ochocinco and a running game that showed some life last year, the offense has the weapons to get the job done, but they will only go as far as Palmer takes them.

Final Outlook and Analysis-

    Bengals fans still have to pulling their hair out of what could have been.  The Bengals seemed primed to make a move and stay at or near the top of the AFC North, until that fateful day against the Steelers.  Now, they seem to be regressing instead of progressing.  Marvin Lewis has the defense playing better, but can he get enough out of them to keep his job?  I like the roster, I just don’t know with the schedule and in the division they play in if they can get into the playoffs. 

2.  Baltimore Ravens:

    Few expected Joe Flacco to be the steadying force on offense that the Ravens had lacked since the Trent Dilfer era.  With Flacco at the helm and Le’Ron McClain running the ball well, the Ravens made it deep into the playoffs.  The defense, well they are always good, and while they may be slowing down a little bit; there are maybe only two or three other defenses as good as theirs.  The question really is, can Flacco stay consistent, or will he suffer a sophomore slump?

    Who to Watch For- Willis McGahee and Ray Rice have to step up this year.  With McClain going back to fullback and not being identified as a primary ball carrier that means that McGahee and Rice will get the bulk of the carries.  They both have the ability to form a nice 1-2 punch in the running game, and with the ball control style offense the coach Harbaugh wants to run, these two have to be able to get chunks of yards at a time on first down and set up the offense for Joe Flacco.  If they can do that, they will have another successful season, because their defense will keep them in most games.  If the running game struggles, well it could be a long season.

Final Outlook and Analysis-

    The defense is so good, that they will be in games all year long.  That means the offense needs to produce just enough to keep Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and company on the sidelines to get some rest, and put up around 17 points a game.  Ball control is the name of the game for Baltimore, and if they win the battle for ball control, well most weeks that will mean they win the game.  Baltimore is headed in the right direction and with a couple more moves on the offensive side of the ball; they could be contender in the AFC for years to come.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers:

 More than anything, I think the Steelers want to prove that they can be a competitive team again after they win the Super Bowl, because I have to believe 2006 was one of the worst seasons in Bill Cowher’s career, just from the standpoint of missing the playoffs.  Now, it is Mike Tomlin’s turn to prepare his troops for the upcoming season as the reigning champs.  I see no reason, if for pride reasons only, that the Steelers don’t come out and win the AFC North and make another run in the playoffs.  Is a Super Bowl in their future?  Well we are not there yet, but I will let you know soon enough.

    Who to Watch For- Ben Roethlisberger has had another interesting offseason, to say the least.  From an outsiders view, Big Ben seems to be one of those guys that gets on the field and puts his personal life out of sight and out of mind for 4 hours a week.  Can he improve on his pedestrian regular season numbers from last year?  Does it matter?  Ben seems to rise to the occasion, and already has a career worth of post season wins to prove that all of those mediocre regular season numbers mean nothing.  But, can he make the jump and get the respect of the casual fan, and not just hardcore football fans and Steelers fan?  Again, does it really matter?

Final Outlook and Analysis-

    The Madden Curse is the only thing I see stopping the Steelers from repeating as AFC North Champs and making another nice playoff run.  They have a nice balance on offense, and still have the best defense in the NFL.  This season is about nothing more than pride for the Steelers, as they do not want another let down after a Super Bowl win.  With Troy Polamalu, James Harrison and the rest of the Steelers defense back and healthy they are in for another nice season, at least.

AFC East-

I don’t have many days left before the kick off of the Titans-Steelers matchup, so I am going to continue our trek through the AFC and give you my thoughts on the Patriots division, I mean AFC East, as well as my playoff predictions, AFC MVP, AFC Defensive Player of the Year, AFC Rookie of the Year and AFC Coach of the Year.

4. Buffalo Bills:

    A tough season in a tough division is not what Dick Jauron needed.  The Bills coach has seemingly been on the hot seat, for what seems like forever.   They made the bold move of adding Terrell Owens to a offense that is pretty good in the first place. The main concern, as we will see in a little bit has to be the offensive line and the defense seems to always have injury issues that hamper what should be a top 12 unit in the league.

    Who to Watch For- The offensive line has to come together for the Bills to have any chance this season.  They are starting rookies at both guard positions, and traded away their Pro Bowl left tackle, even though he has struggled in the preseason for the Eagles.  They will be without their best running back for their first four games of the season, and their back up Fred Jackson is banged up.  The offensive line must find some cohesiveness and fast, or this could be a long and painful season for the Bills backfield.

Final Outlook and Analysis- 

    I had some slight hope for the Bills when they brought in another weapon for Trent Edwards in the off season, but the struggles of the offensive line in the preseason now outweighs any good feelings I had for this team.  I really like what they have on the defensive side of the ball, I just don’t know if they will get enough rest in order to stay healthy and productive through the season.  I am marking it down right now, Dick Jauron is the first coach fired in the 2009 NFL season.

3. New York Jets   

    Call me crazy, but I love the Jets this season for some unfathomable reason.  I really had to talk myself into putting them at three in the AFC East, since I can confidently say I see them getting to 10-6 and making a run at the playoffs this year.  All of that said, I went with my head instead of my gut, since I have no rooting interest for the Jets and put them as the third place team in the East.  The only reason why is because I want to see Rex Ryan coach a game or two before I put them in the playoffs.

    Who to Watch For- I hope Mark Sanchez has Eli Manning’s phone number and can give Eli a call and ask about the pressure’s of playing in a rabid city like New York.  Sanchez is the key piece to the Jets playoff hopes, as we saw last year with this team, they were a quarterback away from getting into the playoffs.  Now, they think believe they have a quarterback who can not only get them into the playoffs, but can be the face of the franchise for years to come.  Pretty heavy stuff for a kid who started one year in college football, and has had injury concerns throughout his playing career.  But, for some reason, I believe in him and think he will be a good one for years to come.

Final Outlook and Analysis-

    As I said earlier, I went with my head and put this team third in the division, but I would not be shocked to see them finish in second and push for a Wild Card berth.  Of course I am having this faith without their quarterback or head coach having done anything yet in the NFL.  I guess it is the fact that between their offensive line, running backs, including Shonne Greene, and potentially dominant defense I just like the makeup of their team.  We will see, but I would not be shocked if they went 10-6 or 6-10, that is the kind of year Jets fans have to look forward too. 

2.  Miami Dolphins:

    Last years out of nowhere team is getting a lot of love this season and I even am buying in a little bit.  I love the way that Bill Parcells has constructed this team, and Chad Pennington has proven to be a winner in his career.  Add in one of the better 1-2 punches in the league at running back and I could see this team again making a run to the playoffs. 

    Who to Watch For- The wide receivers for the Miami Dolphins flat out scare me.  You have a return specialist trying to find out how to be a receiver in the NFL in Ted Ginn Jr. and an undrafted free agent who is somehow not only on a roster, but will be starting for a playoff contender.  I love the offensive line and running back situation in Miami, but those guys at wide receiver scare me, but hey it worked out ok last year.

Final Outlook and Analysis-

    This is a team that overachieves, but does so because their coach and General Manager know how to play to their strengths and hide their weaknesses.  The defense is solid and the offense has the ability to move the ball up and down the field effectively.  Do they have enough at wide receiver to open up the running lanes for Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams?  Does Chad Pennington have another solid year left in him?  I think so, and I expect this team to battle for a playoff spot till the end of the year.

1.    New England Patriots

Not much needs to be said.  Quite simply they are one of, if not the best teams in the league.  They have their franchise quarterback healthy and ready to go.  They have added a little more to the running game as well as another good receiver in Joey Galloway.  The season seems to be a formality if everyone stays healthy and I see no reason other than another major injury, that they will not win this division and make the playoffs.

    Who to Watch For-  While everyone wants to see if Tom Brady is back and healthy, I really could care less.  I want to see if this defense can stop anyone from scoring.  If they can’t here is a friendly tip, always bet the over in the Patriots games this year.  The trading of Richard Seymour makes these concerns even more magnified to me, but I don’t see it being a problem in the regular season.
Final Outlook and Analysis-

    This team is stacked on offense, and while I don’t see record setting numbers like they had two years ago, I see no reason that this team does not roll through the regular season and into the playoffs with one of the top seeds in the AFC.

AFC Playoff Predictions:

Division Winners

1.    New England Patriots
2.    San Diego Chargers
3.    Pittsburgh Steelers
4.    Indianapolis Colts

Wild Cards

Tennessee Titans
Baltimore Ravens

Playoffs Week 1 Games:

Pittsburgh over Tennessee

Indy over Baltimore

2nd Round

New England over Indianapolis

Pittsburgh over San Diego

AFC Championship Game

New England over Pittsburgh

AFC MVP - Tom Brady

AFC Defensive Player of the Year - Mario Williams

AFC Rookie of the Year - Mark Sanchez

AFC Coach of the Year - John Harbaugh

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 8, 2009 1:44 am

AFC South Preview

AFC South Preview

New season same results…  At least that is what I see coming out of the AFC South this year.  The top two teams remain the same.  The bottom two teams follow suit from last year, and it may just cost their coaches their jobs.

AFC South-

4.  Jacksonville Jaguars:
            The Jack Del Rio era is coming to an end sooner rather than later.  Unless the Jaguars put together an amazing run and go at least to the second round of the playoffs, this should be the last year under JDR.  On the bright side, the Jaguars have put together some nice pieces on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball, the problem being there are not enough pieces to get into the playoffs this year.

            Who to Watch For- This is an easy one here, Maurice Jones-Drew has a lot to prove.  He has been a great 1 or 2 in the Fred Taylor MJD 1-2 punch over the last couple of years.  He is electric and took advantage of all the touches he got.  Now he has all the touches to himself and will have to prove that he can stay healthy for the entire season while still producing.

Final Outlook and Analysis- 7-9
          David Garrard has been nothing spectacular, but has definitely been effective.  He is a great ball control, game managing quarterback, but he will not win you many games.  MJD is a bolt of lightning, and can score from anywhere on the field.  Yet both of those players have more questions right now than answers.  Can MJD and Garrard answer the questions on offense and save Del Rio’s job?  Can the defense get any pressure on the quarterback?  So many questions, so little answers, right now.

3.  Houston Texans:
            Every year the “experts” proclaim this is the year the Texans make the playoffs.  Every year, they come up short.  I see no reason this season will be any different.  They have one of the top three receivers in football.  They possess an effective running game.  The defense has shown flashes of being dominant.  Yet, they never seem to put it all together, whether that is because of injuries, ineffectiveness or drafting another defensive lineman that doesn’t pan out this year will be no different from the Texans.

            Who to Watch For- You could go with the old standby answer of Matt Schaub, but I think the defense is more important for the success of the Texans than Schaub is.  Can they stop the Colts passing attack?  Can they stop the Titans running game?  That is why Antonio Smith is the player to watch this season.  He signed a big deal to move over to Houston to play alongside the best defensive end in the game in Mario Williams.  Now will that be the help Super Mario needs in order to lead his team to the playoffs?  Can Smith build on his strong playoff performance from a year ago, and become an impact player?

Final Outlook and Analysis- 8-8

          Will this be the year that the Texans finally put it all together?  I don’t know, simply because of the division they play in.  Having to face the Colts, Titans and even the Jags twice a year is a tough task.  Add in that they have New England and Seattle at home, and go on the road to Miami and Arizona and they have a tough road to get to where they want to be, over .500 and even more, in the playoffs.

2.  Tennessee Titans:

            A year ago at this time, no one was picking the Titans to have the great season that they ended up having.  Now, they are looked at as one of the top teams in all of the AFC.  Personally, I see them somewhere in the middle.  Are they a good team?  Of course, but are they one of the top teams in the AFC, I don’t buy that.  They lack some of the key components necessary to win, and even though Chris Johnson, LenDale White, and Nate Washington are all great weapons to complement the savvy Kerry Collins, I worry about something else.

            Who to Watch For- This is easy, Tony Brown, Jason Jones, Jovan Haye, Kevin Vickerson, Sen’Derrick Marks and any other DT trying to replace the monster in the middle Albert Haynesworth.  This is the key to the season for the Titans, if they can get consistent play out of the DT spot, meaning clogging up running lanes, keeping the O-Line off of the linebackers, and getting a decent pass rush up the middle, then they can not only be contenders, they can be real players.  If they are unable to get anything out of these guys, it could be a tough season.

            Final Outlook and Analysis- 11-5

            The Titans have a great roster, and a more than capable offense to compete.  The problem, they may not be completely reloaded on the defensive side of the ball, especially against the run.  I expect big years from Johnson and White, and the passing game should get a boost with the addition of Washington, but will they be able to compete with the balanced offenses in the AFC?  Will they be able to continue to dominate on defense?

1.      Indianapolis Colts:

This is not always a popular team to pick as number one.  The Colts get a lot of
crap for being regular season wonders and never taking it into the playoffs.  Unfortunately for the haters, they still have Peyton Manning, and he still knows how to win, during the regular season.  Will they be able to continue to win without Tony Dungy?  Is Peyton Manning the real key to the Colts success?

            Who to Watch For- Another coach makes the list here.  The Colts have had a ton of success under the guidance of Tony Dungy, few can argue that fact.  What is now the question is, was it Dungy, or was it Manning.  That will be easily answered this season.  If Jim Caldwell is able to come in and continue the Colts winning ways, then you have to believe it was more Manning than Dungy.  If the Colts struggle and are unable to continue their run of regular season success, then we know who the real mastermind was.

            Final Outlook and Analysis- 12-4

This is a huge year for the Colts and their fans, as it is the first year without Dungy in a while, and the first look into the future.  Will the offense continue to flourish?  Will the defense step up and drive the Colts to long playoff run?  Can Joseph Addai stay healthy, or will Donald Brown take over?  Can Anthony Gonzalez be the next great Colts receiver?  So many questions, yet when it all comes down to it, the Colts season will go as Manning goes.  Or so we may think.

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 4, 2009 6:54 pm

AFC West Preview

Well as the preseason comes to an end and the season begins I will be breaking down each division and have my picks in for the playoffs, NFC and AFC Championship Games, as well as the 2010 Super Bowl Champion.

First though, we need to take a look through each division and that, well that, may be all done tonight, or over the next couple of days.

Here we go:

AFC West-

I figure I should start with the worst division in football, as it should take the shortest amount of time to pick the winner.

4.  Kansas City Chiefs:
    I hope I am wrong here, for more than one reason. I love Todd Haley as a coach, and think he has a bright future as a head coach in the NFL.  Secondly, I would like to see Matt Cassel be successful and earn that money that they paid him.  I just don’t see that happening this year, especially with the schedule they have.
Who to Watch For- Has to be Matt Cassel.  This team will only go as far as their new franchise quarterback takes them.  The offensive line is rebuilding, and has some nice pieces, especially on the left side, but they must stay healthy and turn into a cohesive unit to keep Cassel upright for the entire season.

Final Outlook and Analysis- 3-13 
           How does a team that went 2-14 end up with such a hard schedule?  I know it is the AFC West’s year to play the NFC East and AFC North, but come on.  They have some pieces on the offense with Cassel, Dwayne Bowe and Larry Johnson looking for one more payday.  The defense is transitioning to a 3-4, and they have some nice pieces for that defense, but it will be a work in progress.

3. Denver Broncos:
    Well, I am sure this is not what Josh McDaniels envisioned when he took over a Broncos team that was one win away from the playoffs last year.  Factor in the injuries that are already piling up and the questionable decision making by a rookie head coach and you have a recipe for disaster.

    Who to Watch For- Knowshon Moreno, Kyle Orton, when and where will Brandon Marshall end up playing?  Those are all intriguing questions, but Josh McDaniels is who I am interested in following this year.  Is he truly a Belichick disciple, or is he just a hot shot that ran off the team’s future at quarterback?  Truly will be an intriguing season in the Mile High City.

Final Outlook and Analysis- 5-11
    This is definitely a different Broncos team from past years.  They have a new head coach for the first time in 14 seasons, and he has already put his stamp, good or bad on this team.  They made some… interesting draft picks, but Moreno could be a star.  Can McDaniels turn Orton into the next great quarterback?  Will they find anyone to help Champ Bailey, Brian Dawkins and D.J Williams on defense?  So many questions for a team that was so close last year.

2. Oakland Raiders:

    Call me crazy, but I think the Raiders finish the season in second place in this division.  Now, that being said, they will in no way challenge for a playoff spot, or anything like that, but I expect them to continue to move forward.  I love their running backs, I love the way they are piecing their defense together, but I do not like their quarterback situation with Russell in there, in fact I think they could play a little better with Garcia.

    Who to Watch For- JaMarcus Russell is entering his third season, and second full season as the starter.  He has to show improvements this year and continue to grow as a quarterback.  If he does that then the Raiders future might be a little brighter than even they expected. 

Final Outlook and Analysis- 5-11

    The Raiders have a nice nucleus of players, but I worry about Russell going forward.  Can he truly lead a team and be a franchise quarterback?  I haven’t seen that yet and that makes me hesitate.  Look for Darren McFadden to have a big year both running and catching, as the Raiders still lack a true number one receiver.  Zack Miller should also continue his ascent to becoming one of the better tight ends in the NFL.  Hopefully Nnamdi Asomugha can get back and healthy, as he is truly a joy to watch play CB, unless he is playing your team.

1.San Diego Chargers:

           The best player, the best quarterback, the best defense in the division.  Oh and maybe the worst coach in all of football.  Honestly, how Norv Turner continues to be employed is amazing, and is truly the only reason I would be worried about the season if I was a Chargers fan.  Sure LaDainian Tomlinson is another year older, but he is still one of the best ever at the position.  Can the Chargers overcome their biggest hindrance and make a deep playoff run?

Who to Watch For-  LT has a lot of questions to answer and a lot of doubters to prove wrong, but he is not the key to the season, as the Chargers proved they can win even if he is not the LT of old, but rather an old LT.  No, what matter is the defense.  Can the defensive unit as a whole get back to the defense that used to terrorize the league and was one of the best units in football?  Can the addition of a healthy Shawne Merriman put this team over the top?  That is what is the most important part of the season for the Chargers really is.

Final Outlook and Analysis- 11-5

    The Chargers have one of the most talented rosters top to bottom in the entire NFL.  Can they finally put it all together, and get healthy and productive seasons from LT, Rivers, Merriman and Gates all in the same season?  Can they finally shed the label of regular season wonders and make a run to the Super Bowl in the ultra competitive AFC?

Category: NFL
Posted on: April 29, 2009 3:41 pm

I Love a Good Draft

Drafts are the best, I like all kinds:

  • Miller Light and Miller High Life for your cheaper American beers.
  • I enjoy Corona, Dos XX, and Pacifico for Mexican beers
  • And of course, the greats like Stella Artois, Kilt Lifter, and any Chimay.

But, that is not the draft I am talking about; of course I am talking about the NFL Draft that occurred this last Saturday and Sunday. Now I am no draft expert, I do research and try to know about players that have a chance going in the first three rounds. That being said, I will give you my draft review, but not a letter grade, because let's be honest, we will not know for three or four years about the players that were picked and how they will do. So here we go, if you don't agree with me that is fine, let me know, I love me some comments, just make sure that you take your homer glasses off first.


A Great Draft to Me (Like a Chimay)

Arizona Cardinals- Ha, I say to not be homer and I my first listing is my favorite team. I love hypocrisy. Anyways, I think the Cardinals had a great draft; they did not reach for any of their picks, and really followed the Patriots, Steelers and Colts drafting philosophy of best available player, regardless of position. I think Rashad Johnson will be a good player, and really helps them on special teams now. And for those of you who don't know, you can see the groundwork being laid for a transition to a more Steelers like game plan with the picks of Herman Johnson and Trevor Canfield, two big maulers who should develop into possible starters in the next couple of years.

Cincinnati Bengals- After the gift of Rey Maualuga and the ultimate boom or bust pick in Andre Smith, they continued to do well. Michael Johnson is a first round talent, with a seventh round brain. I loved the Chase Coffman pick, getting Carson Palmer a nice safety net, in the Chris Cooley mold of H-back/Tight ends. All of that said, they also picked up a very good punter in Kevin Huber, who can really change the field position battle.

Cleveland Browns- Well, Eric Mangini definitely went to the Patriots school of drafting, trading down multiple times in order to increase the number of draft picks they had. Alex Mack is a ten year starter in the waiting and picking up Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi to team up with Braylon Edwards, for whomever the quarterback will be. They picked up two linebackers in the next couple of rounds, but the pick I like the most, is the one of James Davis in the sixth round. Davis was probably going to be a top three round pick if he came out after his junior year, but he had a horrible senior year and now fell all the way to the bottom part.

Green Bay Packers- I personally believe this team had the best draft. Picking up B.J. Raji was a no brainer, but I loved the move of trading back into the first round to grab Clay Matthews, who will excel at any backer position in the 3-4 the Pack are going too. They drafted two linemen with great versatility, which fit in their offensive schemes. The pick that I really believe will pay huge dividends was that of Quinn Johnson, the human bowling ball, at fullback. Think Lorenzo Neal that is the type of lead blocker he can be.

Houston Texans- While Brian Cushing will get all the pub, I think that Connor Barwin will end up having the longer more productive career. I liked the pickup of Antoine Caldwell, and think he can be a very helpful swing guy on that line. My favorite pick though is that of James Casey, who is so multi faceted that he will have a chance to be a star in Houston.

New England Patriots- I won't talk much about it, because I do not like this team, but you have to respect what they continue to do each and every year. That is all you get from me Patriots fans.

Philadelphia Eagles- I like the pick of Jeremy Maclin, and think he will end up being a Reggie Wayne type receiver in three or four years. LeSean McCoy is a nice back and can become a number one eventually. With the later round picks, they decided to go the route of productive college players, that don't have as high of a ceiling, but should be good pros in Cornelius Ingram and Victor Harris. The last 4 picks were people they hope will turn in to productive role players and backups. There draft will hinge on picks one and two filling needs that they have on offense.

Baltimore Ravens- How Michael Oher fell to them is beyond me. I think this kid is going to be a solid OT for years to come. The pick of their draft to me is Paul Kruger, who is still raw, but will work harder than anyone else on their team in order to succeed. They drafted two defensive players in the middle rounds, who will play special teams and get some plays in the rotation this year.

San Francisco 49ers- Got a steal of Michael Crabtree at #10. I don't know why people think he is a diva, I have seen this kid work hard to get where he is, and think he is going to be great. The pick of Glen Coffee in the third is a Mike Singeltary pick, a tough, downhill runner who likes to hit people. To me the two most intriguing picks were those of Nate Davis, and Ricky Jean-Francois. Two players who could turn into starters in this league.

Seattle Seahawks- Other than the gift of Aaron Curry, I loved the pickup of Max Unger, a great swing man type guard who should have a long career in Seattle. I was not as high on the Deon Butler pick, but the pickup of Mike Teel to develop is a nice one.

Washington Redskins- I likes the Skins draft for two reasons, one, they didn't give up the farm for Mark Sanchez, neither did the Jets but Daniel Snyder has a habit of overpaying for things. And 2, they picked up the best pure pass rusher in the draft to pair with Albert Haynesworth. Their entire draft hangs on what Orakpo does and if he can take some of the pressure off of Haynesworth, they will have a successful draft.

A Nice Draft (Corona, Dos XX)

Detroit Lions- They had a nice draft, no doubt about it. I am not crazy about the Matt Stafford pick, and think Jason Smith was the better option, especially with the dearth of good QB's coming out next year, but I can't fault a team for trying. The Brandon Pettigrew pick, also a nice pick, but I would have preferred Michael Oher there for them, because then you have your LT of the future protecting your QB of the future. The Louis Delmas pick was a nice one, to be the QB of the defense and has Bob Sanders potential, but will also need to get stronger to stay healthy. I really liked the pick of Derrick Williams, a nice deep threat receiver and a good return man. Zack Follett will work hard and should make the team and contribute on special teams. Detroit fans will love him because of his work ethic.

St. Louis Rams- Loved the Jason Smith pick, was a little less enthusiastic about the James Laurinaitis pick, even though I understand why they picked him over Maualuga. I did not like the third and fourth round picks, with the needs they still had, but admittedly, I do not know as much about these guys as others that were picked in the third and fourth round and they may be good solid pros.

Pittsburgh Steelers- They had a good draft, but I thought they went a little safe with their first round pick. I was hoping to see them take Max Unger, because he would have been a great fit on their line, but Evander Hood will be a good player, I just don't know if he is strong enough to play nose or quick enough to play DE. The later round picks were all Steelers type picks, good solid guys that are not flashy, but are good players who work hard to get the job done. I like Hood, and think he will be good, I just think Unger could have been your new Alan Faneca.

Indianapolis Colts- I liked the pick of Donald Brown, and think he will do well in a couple of years as the feature back in the Colts offense when they inevitably let Joseph Addai go. The pick of Fili Moala fits a huge need, and will free up their linebackers to make plays, and should draw some attention away from Freeney and Mathis. My favorite pick is Austin Collie, who will get the Colts a nice third option and probably become the next Brandon Stokely in that offense. The pickup of Pat McAfee is a big one, because the Colts lost their punter, who granted did not get a lot of work, but was able to change the field for their defense and offense when he was called upon.

Carolina Panthers- Everette Brown will be a steal, especially if they are able to keep Julius Peppers for the next year. Sherrod Martin fills a need at safety and should be a productive, if not spectacular pro. The pick of the draft for them may be Tony Fiammetta, a nice fullback who will open up more running room for Williams and Stewart and will be a nice safety valve for the $45 million dollar man Jake Delholmme. And if Duke Robinson is motivated, he will be a nice player and really help the running game be even more productive.

Tennessee Titans- Kenny Britt will be a nice weapon for Kerry Collins and should develop into a number 2 receiver at the least. Sen'Derrick Marks will have some big shoulder pads to fill, and I am afraid he may flop trying to be Albert Haynesworth, instead of using his strengths, his quickness and penetration skills. Javon Ringer will be a nice compliment to Chris Johnson in a couple of years when LenDale White is gone, but Jason McCourty is my sleeper in this group. Jeff Fisher is great at coaching up CB's and with McCourty's raw physical talent; he could be a very good player.

New York Giants- Hakeem Nicks is the only player that really matters in this draft, because he will be the key to the future success of not only Eli Manning, but the Giants. If he can have half of the effect of Plaxico Burress, then this will have been a nice pick up. Clint Sintim is a nice pass rush option, who will be groomed to replace Mathius Kiwanuka in a couple years when the Giants let him leave. Andre Brown is the person I am most interested in seeing. He has the potential to be in the rotation for the Giants at RB and could be a steal in the fourth.

Buffalo Bills- Needed an OT and that is the only reason I did not love their draft. Aaron Maybin is going to be a nice addition to the pass rush, and Eric Wood will give them a center they have not had since the mid 90's. But, with William Beatty sitting there, I thought that just made too much sense. The pick of Nic Harris in the fifth round is my favorite. Some guys are just football players, and I think he is one of them that can turn into an Adrian Wilson like safety/linebacker hybrid if used correctly.

Atlanta Falcons- They needed help on defense and they got it. I love the Peria Jerry pick and think he can be like Darnell Dockett, with a better motor. William Moore is a nice pick, but I think there were better players still available at that point that could have helped a little more. Lawrence Sidbury will be a player, and I think the Falcons really did well here to get him. I was close to putting this in the love tier, but something just felt off.

San Diego Chargers- Larry English makes sense, because the Chargers are not afraid to let anyone go. But I thought there were more important positions they could have addressed there, especially with some nice offensive and defensive lineman still on the board. Picking up two guards in the third and fourth rounds makes sense and I like the prospect of Louis Vasquez replacing Mike Goff. Demetrius Byrd is the wild card for me, because he has the potential to be a nice player if he is able to heal from his car accident injuries.

New Orleans Saints- Only four picks and every one of them was a defensive player which is what I thought they would do. I like Malcolm Jenkins and think he will be a nice player, but he reminds me of Antrel Rolle in that he may not have the speed to play corner and may need to move to safety. That is why I put them here, because they then took a safety next round, but Chip Vaughn will probably be a strong safety and we will see. The only real problem I had was not finding a RB or any offensive line help, but with the limited picks, I like what they did.

New York Jets- I liked the Sanchez trade, and thought that they gave up only one viable player in the deal in the Elam kid. I like Shonn Greene, but they probably could have got him in their original position, and I just thought with only three picks, they should have tried and got a receiver for Sanchez to throw to. It is nitpicking and just a personal thing, but that is why I only liked their draft.

Jacksonville Jaguars- I liked them taking Eugene Monroe in the first round, and I am a fan of Eben Britton and what he can do on the field, I just don't know if I love them taking two OT's with your first two. I really liked the late round receivers they picked up in Jarett Dillard and Tiquan Underwood, but I am not a Mike Thomas fan, and think there was better value at the pick.

Hey it's Still a Draft (Cheap American Beer)

Miami Dolphins- I am not a Vontae Davis fan and think that a WR like Hakeem Nicks or Kenny Britt would have fit nicely. I loved the pick of Sean Smith and think he will be a better pro than Davis will. The picks of Patrick Turner and Brian Hartline show the need for receivers, and I like both guys, but neither one will be a number one receiver, which is what they still need. John Nalbone is a nice Bill Parcells type tight end who I think will start in a couple of years. I just wish they would have taken a WR instead of Davis, but that is why I am writing this and not making decisions.

Minnesota Vikings- I am not a huge fan of Percy Harvin, and think he will be a little to injury prone for my liking. I also am not a fan of Phil Loadholt, unless they put him at guard, because he has no quickness out of his stance. That being said, I really like the pickups of Asher Allen and Jasper Brinkley, both players who will bring a swagger to the Vikings defense.

Denver Broncos- Drafting Knowshon Moreno is never a bad thing, because he has the potential to be a great back, but I do not understand why they ignored the defense with Brian Orakpo and Brian Cushing on the board. I like Robert Ayers, but I am not a huge Alphonso Smith fan, and think Darius Butler would have been a better pick. Then, trading up to draft a blocking tight end in Richard Quinn was a little puzzling, but that is why I don't give draft grades, because we don't know how any of these guys will turn out.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Josh Freeman is this draft, and it isn't so much the pick of Freeman I didn't like, it was trading up two spots to get him. It shows desperation to find a franchise QB in a QB weak draft. I think they would have been better served waiting till next year to pick up a QB.

Oakland Raiders- It isn't really the players they drafted; it is where they drafted them. If they wanted DHB so bad, they should have tried to trade down to 10 or 13. I just don't like all the developmental talent they drafted, because DHB, Mike Mitchell and Matt Shaughnessy are all developmental.

Kansas City Chiefs- I find it hard to believe they could not get the Jets to trade with them. I like Tyson Jackson and think he will be a solid pro, but drafting a solid guy over guys with the potential to be spectacular is puzzling. The other reason I am having a hard time with their draft is because they needed help at LB and there was a lot of good ones in this draft.

Chicago Bears- Trading away their second rounder did not make sense to me and they have a lot of boom or bust prospects here in Jarron Gilbert and Henry Melton. They both have great talent; it is just a matter of developing that talent. I like the Juaquin Iglesias pick, and think he will be a good possession receiver, but I just did not understand trading away their second round pick.

Dallas Cowboys- I think they just were not prepared when their pick came up. I have a feeling they wanted a certain player in the second round, and he was drafted right before their pick and they did not know until they called in to pick him and the guy on the other end said, "He was just picked." They made a ton of picks, but the only one I really liked was Stephen McGee in the fourth round. I don't know why they drafted a kicker when they have a very good one, but again, they will be another wait and see team.

I don't give letter grades because I don't know what will happen in the future. I just analyze what the teams did and if I thought they filled needs without reaching I put them in the great section. If they filled needs, but reached or missed someone I feel was a better prospect, I put them in the like section. If they made a pick that I don't understand, I just think to myself, man I love the draft in spite of this. Because let's face it, any type of draft is a good type.

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Posted on: April 22, 2009 3:12 pm

Final Mock Draft

Well, it has been awhile, but with baseball season starting, and waiting to see what trades were made, I have been holding off as long as possible to make this last mock draft. There will be less analysis, but I will still show you what I would do first, then what they will do second. Enjoy…


Detroit Lions:

Who would I take… Jason Smith, OT Baylor. I know they need a lot of things, and I also would like Aaron Curry here, but I think a starting left tackle for the next 7-10 years would be too great to pass up.


Who will they take… Matthew Stafford, QB Georgia. Out of all the options for the first pick, I like this one the least, but everything I have heard and read is that they are trying to get a deal done with Stafford so there is no surprise first pick.


St. Louis Rams:

Who would I take… Eugene Monroe, OT Virginia. Fits a great need, and will start immediately for the Rams, and probably for years to come.


Who will they take… Jason Smith. They get their OT they need, and I think they get the better one.


Kansas City Chiefs:

Who would I take… Michael Crabtree, WR Texas Tech. The idea that they could have a dominating offense early on would be too much for me to pass up. That is why I am not the GM though.


Who will they take… Aaron Curry, OLB Wake Forest. Well, they either get the best offensive prospect in the draft or best defensive prospect in the draft, and Curry will be the pick.


Seattle Seahawks:

Who would I take… Aaron Curry. They need defense, and he is the best defensive player. Immediately helps this team.


Who will they take… Mark Sanchez, QB USC. I hope they do this as a Cardinals fan. They have a lot of needs, and too take a prospect that most likely won't play a snap for two years would be helpful to other teams in their division.


Cleveland Browns:

Who would I take…BJ Raji, DT Boston College. They need help on defense, and I think they would be fortunate to get a possibly dominate nose tackle here.


Who will they take… Michael Crabtree. They follow my philosophy of creating one side that is dominate, because this offense has that potential. This is also good, because if they end up trading Braylon Edwards, they have his replacement ready.


Cincinnati Bengals:

Who would I take…Andre Smith, OT Alabama. Probably the most intriguing of the 4 big OT prospects, but he also has the most red flags.


Who will they take… Eugene Monroe. If Monroe is here, there will be dancing in the offices of the Bengals.


Oakland Raiders:

Who would I take… Jeremy Maclin, WR Missouri. They need a WR, and Maclin is the best one on the board. Don't be surprised if they take Brian Orakpo here either.


Who will they take… Jeremy Maclin.


Jacksonville Jaguars:

Who would I take… Matt Stafford. They need a QB of the future, and don't have quite as many needs, that it would hurt them to draft long term.


Who will they take… Andre Smith. If Smith or Monroe happen to fall this far, they would most likely pull the trigger.


Green Bay Packers:

Who would I take… Brian Orakpo, DE Texas. They need help along the defensive side of the ball, and Orakpo would be a nice 3-4 hybrid, as they make the switch. Don't be surprised to see Tyson Jackson up here either, because he is the best 3-4 DE in the draft.


Who will they take… BJ Raji. They are switching to a 3-4, and a dominate nose tackle would be a great fit.


San Francisco 49ers

Who would I take… Michael Oher, OT Ole Miss. They need help along the o-line, and Oher is the best one left.


Who will they take… Brian Orakpo. They missed on Manny Lawson, but will take another chance on a good hybrid defensive prospect.


Buffalo Bills

Who would I take… Aaron Maybin, DE Penn State. Has really risen up the draft charts, and looks to be in the Jason Taylor mold of defensive end.

Who will they take… Aaron Maybin.


Denver Broncos

Who would I take… Tyson Jackson, DE LSU. Don't be surprised if Jackson is off the board earlier, with many teams switching to a 3-4, he is the best DE for that scheme.

Who will they take… Tyson Jackson.


Washington Redskins

Who would I take… Mark Sanchez. They are preparing for their next QB, to take over for Jason Campbell. There is talk that they are trying to trade up in order to get Sanchez that is how much they like him.

Who will they take… Michael Oher. They need a right tackle, and now. They get their guy if things fall this way.


New Orleans Saints

Who would I take… Malcolm Jenkins, DB The Ohio State. Well, some people like Chris Wells here. I just don't see a team with 2 running backs already, taking a third. Plus, Jenkins has the ability to fill the need of either a corner or safety, depending on what they do later in the draft.


Who will they take… Chris Wells, RB Ohio State. I think it will be safe to say, they will take a Buckeye. The offense that was great in the first place, gets even better with an inside running threat.


Houston Texans

Who would I take… Brian Cushing, OLB USC. They need linebacker help, and Cushing is one of the best available.


Who will they take… Clay Matthews, OLB USC. They have ties to the Matthews family, and they like his work ethic and football smarts.


San Diego Chargers

Who would I take… Rey Maualuga, LB USC. They need a heart and soul type in the middle. This will be their guy.

Who will they take… Rey Maualuga.


New York Jets

Who would I take… Chris Wells. They need a bigger back to help carry the load for Thomas Jones.


Who will they take… Josh Freeman, QB Kansas State. They will take a chance on the big, athletic QB.


Denver Broncos

Who would I take… Josh Freeman. They might be comfortable with Kyle Orton, but Josh McDaniels will want his own QB to groom if Orton flops.


Who will they take… Brian Cushing. They will go lots of defense, because that is what they need.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Who would I take… Darrius Heyward-Bay, WR Maryland. They need help in the receiving core, and with the guy they want, Josh Freeman, off the board, I would take the best WR prospect left.


Who will they take… Everette Brown, DE Florida State. Gaines Adams has not produced the way they had hoped, and getting a pass rusher like Brown this low would be a great coup.


Detroit Lions

Who would I take… Robert Ayers, DE Tennessee. They need help on defense, all over their defense, and Ayers will be a player for years to come.


Who will they take… Evander Hood, DT Missouri. I think they go the DT here, and wait to see if a guy like Michael Johnson falls to them in the second round.


Philadelphia Eagles

Who would I take… Everette Brown. Add another pass rusher to an already great defense and that is just scary.


Who will they take… Knowshon Moreno, RB Georgia. It will be very interesting to pair Moreno with Westbrook.


Minnesota Vikings

Who would I take… Eben Britton, OT University of Arizona. Would have been in the top 10 most likely next year. They get a Jon Runyan type lineman, who will give you everything he has every Sunday.


Who will they take… Eben Britton.


New England Patriots

Who would I take… Clay Matthews. Has the look and demeanor of a Patriot coming out of college.


Who will they take… Vontae Davis, CB Illinois. This is the Patriots, they draft by best available player, and this is the best player available.


Atlanta Falcons

Who would I take… Evander Hood. Defense is what this team needs, and Hood would fill a huge need.


Who will they take… Larry English, DE Northern Illinois. They need someone to take some pressure off of John Abraham, and English can do that.


Miami Dolphins

Who would I take… Larry English. They would be getting a great prospect here, with some ability to rush the passer.


Who will they take… Darrius Heyward-Bay. They need a wide receiver for Chad Pennington and Chad Henne to throw too.


Baltimore Ravens

Who would I take… Percy Harvin, WR Florida. The idea of putting a dynamo like Harvin with Joe Flacco is awesome, and something that I hope happens.


Who will they take…Kenny Britt, WR Rutgers. I think with Harvin being a little smallish and having concerns over his durability, they will draft Britt, who has less big play ability, but will probably be a better every down WR.


Indianapolis Colts

Who would I take… Peria Jerry, DL Ole Miss. They need defensive help, I feel like we always say that, and Jerry is there type of DT.


Who will they take… Peria Jerry.


Buffalo Bills

Who would I take… Brandon Pettigrew, TE Oklahoma State. I had him going to them at 11 in my early mock, and with him falling, they would be ecstatic to get him here.


Who will they take… William Beatty, OT UConn. They traded Jason Peters and need to replace him. Beatty is the only viable option left on the board.


New York Giants

Who would I take… Hakeem Nicks, WR North Carolina. They need a WR, and they get him here.


Who will they take…Hakeem Nicks.


Tennessee Titans

Who would I take… James Laurinaitis, LB Ohio State. They would love to get a great MLB prospect to pair with Keith Bullock finally.


Who will they take… Darius Butler, DB UConn. They may need offensive help, but Jeff Fisher believes in defense first and Butler would compete right away.


Arizona Cardinals

Who would I take… Knowshon Moreno. If he is here, they would be ecstatic.

Who will they take… Robert Ayers. Ayers is what this defense needs, and I think the Cardinals would try to get a running back in the latter rounds.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Who would I take… Max Unger, C Oregon. They need depth and competition on the O-Line and Unger will provide that, and most likely win a spot.


Who will they take... Max Unger.


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Tags: Mock Draft
Posted on: March 12, 2009 4:55 am

Mock Draft V1.0 Part 3

So, in my final addition of V1.0 of my mock draft, I will analyze the final 12 picks, and again, these picks are first my opinion on who I would take and then who I think the team will select. Love it or hate it, let me know.

21.     Philadelphia Eagles- Needs DB,RB,WR/TE

Who would I take… Alphonso Smith, CB Wake Forest. I know you have plenty of corners, but I think Smith is a good enough athlete to pull off a switch to free safety. He has good speed and quickness, with an exceptionally quick burst to the ball. He also knows what to do with the ball in his hands, and could also make a good impact as a return man. With the loss of 2 safeties, I think it is imperative to get a new, young DB in the fold, to make some plays.

Who will they take… Brandon Pettigrew. They need some weapons for Mcnabb and Pettigrew would be it.

22.    Minnesota Vikings-Needs OL,DL,DB

Who would I take… Eben Britton. This would be a great pick up for the Vikings and a chance to improve their O-line right away. Britton would move right in at Right Tackle.

Who will they take… Alphonso Smith. Smith would fit nicely next to Antoine Winfield, and would give the Vikings some good depth at the position also.

23.    New England Patriots-Needs DB,OL,LB

Who would I take… James Laurinitas, LB Ohio State University. This is a New England Patriot if I have ever seen one. He is a heady, smart, field general. He is a younger Tedy Bruschi and has a motor that won't quit. He can be over aggressive in his reads, and not physical enough at the point of attack. He will get better, especially playing under a great coach like Belichick and would fit a need the Patriots have, without being thrust into a starting role with no talent around him. Would have been a top 10 pick if he had come out last year, and that has given teams more time to nitpick.

Who will they take… Clint Sintim. Fixes a great need, and would make an immediate impact at the point of attack on the defensive side of the ball for the Patriots.

24.    Atlanta Falcons-Needs Defense

Who would I take… Peria Jerry, DT Ole Miss. The Falcons had a chance to take Glenn Dorsey last year, and while Dorsey had a good season, Matt Ryan led them to an unexpected playoff berth. This year, they get a chance to add to their playoff team in taking Jerry. He has great quickness off the ball and never quits. He does lack a little size and doesn't seem to have the ability to get a whole lot bigger. He will get stronger as he gets into the league and will eventually be able to hold up at the point of attack when his quickness lets him down.

Who will they take… Michael Johnson, DE Georgia Tech. Hometown boy, who has gained some momentum with his workouts and will fit into the defense nicely. Freakish size and speed, but is a little light and not overly powerful. Will get bullied sometimes, but with his massive frame will be able to add strength, and learn from one of the better DE's in the game in John Abraham.

25.    Miami Dolphins-Needs WR,LB,DB

Who would I take… Percy Harvin, WR Florida. Another hometown selection, and a playmaker. Has blazing speed and great hands and vision to go with it. Small and will sometimes get pushed around by physical DB's. Will make a name for himself as a player in the NFL. Will not necessarily fit in with Chad Pennington at QB, because Pennington will not be able to get the ball vertical enough to use him as a deep threat. Doesn't matter, the Dolphins need a playmaker at WR and this will be a great addition to this team.

Who will they take… Percy Harvin. To me this just makes too much sense, and because this kid is a hard worker, he will fit in under the Bill Parcells regime.

26.    Baltimore Ravens-Needs WR,LB,DL

Who would I take…Larry English, DE Northern Illinois. This is an Ozzie Newsome type player. He is probably the best available right now and fits a need at LB or DE. He does not have elite speed and needs to add some strength to his great repertoire of pass rushing moves, but he will be playing with great players all around him and that will help. The need for an outside rusher for the Ravens is a big one, because they need someone to line up at both OLB positions and DE positions.

Who will they take…Hakeem Nicks, WR North Carolina. Nicks fills a need at WR and he also is a great prospect. He has good size and with that size, possesses good speed. Needs to refine route running and become a little more physical at his breaks in order to make up for the lack of speed. This would be a great weapon to pair with young QB Joe Flacco and would make a one dimensional Ravens offense, that much more dangerous.

27.    Indianapolis Colts-Needs WR,DL,DB

Who would I take… Hakeem Nicks. With the release of Marvin Harrison, the need for another WR has become great. While defense always seems to be a need for the Colts, I think they will go after a WR to replace Harrison.

Who will they take… Peria Jerry. The need for a DL is too great to pass up a very good prospect. He will start immediately and make an impact for the Colts.

28.    Philadelphia Eagles-

Who would I take… Knoshon Moreno. Luckily for the Eagles he would fall into their lap. He would be a nice pairing with Brian Westbrook

Who will they take… Chris Wells. He is a better prospect than Moreno, and has more potential to be a star in the league, but durability concerns and a slow times so far have him falling a little. Either way, with the second pick in the first round, I think the Eagles will use it more as a luxury and take another weapon for Mcnabb.

29.    New York Giants- Needs WR/TE,DB,DL

Who would I take…DJ Moore, CB Vanderbilt. With a need at safety and corner, Moore would fit a need at either position. He is a little undersized, but has great athletic ability. He plays bigger than his frame and has great vision and anticipation. Lacks the size to cover big WR's, but would also be able to shift over to safety when and if needed. The Giants need help in the secondary, and with only depth needed at the rest of the defensive positions, the only question is, do they risk taking a WR.

Who will they take… Larry English. As I said, they need some depth and the ability to get back to the all out style they used to win the SB.

30.    Tennessee Titans-Needs DL,LB,WR

Who would I take…Darry Beckwith, MLB LSU. Beckwith is a leader in the middle and would fit nicely into one of the best defenses in the NFL. He is a smart and athletic LB and with great aggressiveness. Does lack a little size and strength, and can be bullied around at times. He also has some issues with injury and may slip because of these concerns, but he has the ability to be a big time contributor to a top defensive unit.

Who will they take… DJ Moore. The local boy stays home and makes and impact with a defense that needs to get a little younger and more athletic and this guy has it in spades.

31.    Arizona Cardinals-Needs DE,RB,OL

Who would I take… LeSean McCoy, RB Pittsburgh. The Cardinals need a running back and that is a fact. McCoy is probably the third best back in the draft, and has some good tools to work with. He has a great burst for his size and good field vision. Needs to get a little stronger and learn to avoid taking big hits on his runs. Will be a good back in the league, but there are questions as to whether he can be a feature back.

Who will they take…LeSean McCoy. The need is to great to pass it up and I don't see it happening.

32.    Pittsburgh Steelers-Needs DB,DL,WR

Who would I take… I am a bitter Cardinals fan, I don't care who they take. No, I am just kidding, the defending Super Bowl Champs select…Aaron Maybin, DE Penn State. Maybin would fit into this defense perfectly, and be a key piece in a great defense. Good size and strength. Lacks elite speed, but plays with a great motor and will always work hard. With all the Steelers DL's in their 30's, this pick would just make too much sense to pass up.

Who will they take…Darius Butler, CB Connecticut. Great athlete, with the ability to lock down opposing WR's, and make plays on the ball. Is a little undersized, but makes up for it with his great physical ability. With the loss of Bryant McFadden, I believe that a corner is a need and Butler is not a reach.



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Tags: Mock Draft
Posted on: March 8, 2009 3:11 am

Mock Draft V1.0 Part 2

So here is part 2 of the 3 part mock draft I am going through. I hope you enjoyed or hated part 1 as long as there is some feedback.

    11.    Buffalo Bills-Needs OL,DL,TE

    Who would I take…Brandon Pettigrew, TE Oklahoma State. This is a need position, and with the signing of TO, it makes this offense even better, with a safety valve like Pettigrew for Trent Edwards to have to check down too. He is a massive target at almost 6-6 and 280+ lbs. He is not a burner, but has a great field presence with an ability to catch anything around him, but will not break away after the catch. The biggest upside about Pettigrew is that he is a phenomenal blocker, especially for the run. He will complete this offense completely.

    Who will they take… Everette Brown. The Bills need a new DE, and it is a big pick up for them if Brown is available.

    12.    Denver Broncos-Needs Defense, Defense, Defense

    Who would I take… Brian Cushing, LB USC. Cushing is a workout freak, with the ability to match those workouts on the field. He has great speed, strength, and field vision. He can get a little reckless and over pursue and doesn't always diagnose plays quickly but his natural athletic ability will allow him to make up any problems he gets into on the field. With the Broncos switching to the 3-4 I think Cushing will be a great addition to the defense, especially at the LB spot which is very weak spot on the defense.

    Who will they take… BJ Raji, DT Boston College. If you were to build an ideal nose tackle for the 3-4 defenses, Raji would be your man. Short and powerfully built, he is a bull in the middle. With a great initial burst that allows him to shoot the gap when called too, and amazing strength to go along with his low center of gravity, he is what you want in a nose tackle. Tends to get lazy, and that is the only reason he is not a top 5 prospect. He will anchor the new 3-4 defense the Broncos will run, and improve them greatly. Man, I think I might have talked myself into picking him.

    13.    Washington Redskins-Needs OL,LB,DB

    Who would I take… Michael Oher, OT Ole Miss. Oher is the last of the 4 great tackle prospects in the draft, and probably will go higher than this. He has great size and the prototypical build of a left tackle. Good to great quickness, with the ability to gain weight to become stronger. Lacks great technique, and will require a bit of work. This is why he will be great as a pickup for the Redskins, with the ability not only to learn behind Jon Jansen and Chris Samuels. He will also push both of them which can only help.

    Who will they take… Brian Cushing. More of a need than OT and will be an upgrade over anybody they have on their roster.

    14.    New Orleans Saints-Needs Defense, Defense, and oh Defense

    Who would I take… Clay Matthews, LB USC. They need linebackers, and this will be either of the USC OLB's or Clint Sintim. Matthews is a better linebacker than Cushing, but is not quite the athletic freak. He is more of a heady player that is always in position and will not hurt you. He has great ability but can be a little robotic sometimes and will be stiff and not make the spectacular play.

    Who will they take… Clay Matthews, with both Curry and Cushing off the board, I don't see them passing up a starter at the OLB spot for a riskier pick in a DB or Safety.

    15.    Houston Texans- Needs DB,DL,LB

    Who would I take… BJ Raji. With Raji still on the board, the Texans would jump at the chance to put a DL rotation out there of Raji and Travis Johnson.

    Who will they take…Vontae Davis, CB Illinois. Davis is probably the best pure athlete in the draft, and without a safety that is definite first round material, the Texans will take a chance on Davis. He has great speed, and is able to catch up to any WR out there, even if he is out of position, which is quite often. He lacks great technique, but with his athletic ability, he will be able to make that up easily, and should be able to learn the techniques needed.

    16.    San Diego Chargers- Needs OL,DL,LB

    Who would I take… Tyson Jackson, DE LSU. With the loss of Igor Olshansky, he will step right in and take his spot. He is a perfect run stopping DE in the 3-4 scheme. He has great strength and good quickness than you would expect from someone his size. He will not be a sack machine, but in this defense, he will not have to be. He will occupy blockers and leave room for the OLB's to work. He does have questions about his work ethic and will need to continue to work on his laziness on the field.

    Who will they take… Tyson Jackson. I was already to make this Rey Maualuga, but with Igor gone, I think they will be looking for a replacement.

    17.    New York Jets-Needs QB,DB,WR

    Who would I take… Mark Sanchez. Is Kellen Clemens really the answer? Probably not and Sanchez would be great in the Big Apple. He would do well under Rex Ryan and the new offense the Jets will most likely run.

    Who will they take… Knowshon Moreno, RB Georgia. With Thomas Jones turning 30, the ability to draft a feature back and make him the back of the future, while he shares carries with the back of the present. Moreno is similar to Jones in that he has great vision, running and cut back ability, but not break away straight line speed. He is definitely faster in pads and will be able to do well in a shared role for a year or two. Moreno does need to work on blitz pick up and people will be a little hesitant because he does lack speed.

    18.    Chicago Bears-Needs WR,OL,DE

    Who would I take… Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR Maryland. The Bears need a wide out to complement Devin Hester in the worst way. Heyward-Bay is just as fast as Hester, but he is a better overall WR. He needs to improve in route running and become more technically developed in order to take the next step to elite, but the tools are there and there are not better WR prospects in the draft.

    Who will they take… Max Unger, C/G Oregon. Unger is just what the Bears need on their o-line which is really getting into trouble on the inside. He has the ability to play any of the 3 inside positions and has great speed and quickness. Better than adequate strength and a good football IQ. It is not a sexy pick, but it is a smart, Chicago Bears like pick that will be able to walk in and start at multiple positions for years to come.

    19.    Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Needs LB,WR,DB

    Who would I take… Clint Sintim, OLB Virginia. This is what the Bucs will look for after their mass cuts they made. He will fit into Raheem Morris' new defensive schemes. Sintim is a prototypical outside linebacker, with more upside than Clay Matthews, but is not as consistent. He has a great motor and is sometimes a little too aggressive because of his great athletic ability. Good against the run and the pass, with the ability to be a blitzing linebacker off the edge also. Will play well under Morris.

    Who will they take… Darrius Heyward-Bay. While I think that Sintim would fit perfectly, with all the cuts made, I think they will look for a young wideout to help with the offense.

    20.    Detroit Lions

    Who would I take… Rey Maualuga, LB USC. With Maualuga still on the board, and the Lions needing help all over the place, I think that he would be the perfect fit to help this team recover from the debacle of last year. I almost went Josh Freeman, but I think Maualuga would warrant the pick with his ability to call the defense for years to come. Rey has great instincts and is strong at the point of attack. Reads and reacts very well, but sometimes his lack of speed can get him in trouble because he will try and compensate and that will put him out of position.

    Who will they take… Eben Britton, OT Arizona. With the Lions taking the franchise QB #1 overall, they will take the player to protect him for years to come. While there is talk that Britton is not athletic enough to play left tackle, I see him as a heady player, with great instincts that will always keep himself in position. Very tall and with room to add weight to help with his strength. Will continue to have questions about his ability to play the blindside, but I think he will answer those questions and more.



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