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Posted on: April 28, 2011 12:46 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 12:47 pm
 

Late rumblings: Fairley in play for Broncos?

While there is plenty of attention in Denver to the fact the Broncos will transition back to a 4-3 alignment under new coach John Fox, the club is perhaps even more concerned with identifying a defender who can make what one club executive termed "a really big difference" on third down.

As reported late Wednesday by ESPN, the Broncos still have four players under consideration for the No. 2 overall choice - defensive linemen Marcell Dareus and Nick Fairley, linebacker Von Miller and cornerback Patrick Peterson - and not surprisingly all four are guys who can influence a game on third down. The Broncos remain somewhat puzzled by how they could best utilize Miller, the best pass-rusher in the draft, but Fox has said he will not hesitate use former 3-4 linebackers Elvis Dumervil and Robert Ayers at end in his 4-3, so perhaps size doesn't matter as much as upfield burst to him.

Don't discount Fairley, who some Denver scouts feel is a better third-down defender than is Dareus.

Hot-lanta: It's not in the intrinsic DNA of Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff to make a huge jump in the first round - although his New England background has prepared him well for wheeling and dealing - but there definitely is something to the rumor instigated by Peter King of S.I. that the Falcons are thinking about a major deal for a shot at wide receivers A.J. Green or Julio Jones.

While the rationale of some who saw the Falcons dismantled by Green Bay in the playoffs is that Atlanta must address its defense - either with a left end, linebacker or a cornerback - the game equally demonstrated to team officials the need for a more explosive receiver than Michael Jenkins to pair with Roddy White. Despite a faster 40-yard time, the feeling around the NFL is that Jones isn't quite the playmaker that Green is.

Not that this has any bearing on the Atlanta draft, but locals have been very vocal that the Falcons need to make an effort to somehow land Green, whose exploits at Georgia are well known to Falcons patrons.

No deal: Old buddy Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wasted little time on Wednesday dismissing a rumor that the Steelers were trying hard to trade up in the first round for Florida guard Mike Pouncey, and reunite him with twin brother Maurkice Pouncey, the club's Pro Bowl center. Bouchette termed the rumor, "a fantasy," and after talking with a couple team officials, we couldn't agree more. The draft stock of "the other" Pouncey is ascending, and while it's true the Steelers love him, they can't deal high enough to land him without undermining a lottery in which the club has to address several needs. Given the draft value points chart that many franchises use, Pittsburgh would probably have to surrender first-, second-, and third-round choices for a shot at Pouncey, who could go off the board right around the middle of the first round, and that historically isn't how the Steelers do business.

Trade mart
: We're still uncertain if all the smoke about trading up or down in the first round will amount to much fire, but expect a lot of later deals, team officials and player agents have suggested. If the league still has a moratorium against signing undrafted free agents, teams will be looking to land additional sixth- and seventh-round choices, and select players that might otherwise have been considered as priority free agents instead of gambling they'll be able to sign them.

Punts
: If Miller is not available at the fifth overall pick, it will still be a bit of an upset if Arizona chooses a quarterback with the choice. Some people feel that, in such a scenario, the Cardinals will try hard to bail out of the pick, while others have suggested the club will opt for a wide receiver to complement Larry Fitzgerald. ... The No. 5 and No. 6 picks (Cleveland) definitely are in play if the prospects the two teams have targeted are off the board. ... A lot of people in the league feel the Cardinals already have an understanding with pending free agent quarterback Marc Bulger. The Cardinals would have liked to sign Bulger last year, and coach Ken Whisenhunt lobbied for a deal, but Arizona had already agreed with Derek Anderson and management didn't see a way to bring in two veterans. ... Statistical oddity I: Dimitroff, who along with coach Mike Smith has resurrected the Falcons in three years, has exercised 26 draft choices, but has never taken a Big 10 player. In fact, the last Big 10 player chosen by Atlanta was Ohio State center Doug Datish, a sixth-rounder in 2007, when current team president Rich McKay was still running the Falcons' drafts. ... Statistical oddity II: Dallas has now gone 29 straight drafts without choosing an offensive lineman in the first round. The Cowboys selected Missouri tackle Howard Richards with their top pick in 1981. ... There aren't likely to be many players who "jump" a round - who move up from, say, the second to the first stanza, but there are a few guys who seem to have picked up some steam in the last day or two, and could go perhaps a half-round sooner than expected. Two such players, among others, are wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan (Troy) and corner Marcus Gilchrist (Clemson). 

--Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange 

 

Posted on: January 3, 2011 12:32 pm
 

NFL releases 2011 draft order

The following is the official release from the NFL.

CAROLINA HOLDS FIRST PICK IN 2011 NFL DRAFT

The Carolina Panthers own the No. 1 pick of the 2011 National Football League Draft, which will be held on April 28-30 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

The order of the first round of the 2011 Draft was announced today by the NFL.

The NFL Draft will kick off in primetime for the second consecutive year.  The first round will be held on Thursday, April 28.  The second and third rounds are set for Friday, April 29.  Rounds 4-7 will be held on Saturday, April 30.  

The Panthers’ choice will be followed by the Denver Broncos picking second and the Buffalo Bills third.  

Below is the tentative order of the first round of the 2011 Draft, subject to the results of the playoffs.  The draft order is determined by the following procedures:

(A)       The winner of the Super Bowl will select last and the other Super Bowl participant next-to-last, regardless of their regular-season record.

(B)       The Championship Game participants not advancing to the Super Bowl will select 29th and 30th, according to the reverse order of their standing.

(C)       The Divisional Playoff participants not advancing to the Championship Games will select 25th through 28th, according to the reverse order of their standing.

(D)       The Wild Card participants not advancing to the Divisional Playoffs will select 21st through 24th, according to the reverse order of their standing.

(E)       Non-playoff clubs will select first through 20th, according to the reverse order of their standing.

If ties exist in any grouping except (A) above, they will be broken by strength of schedule (i.e., figuring the aggregate won-lost-tied percentage of each involved club’s regular-season opponents and awarding preferential selection order to the club which faced the schedule of teams with the lowest aggregate won-lost-tied percentage).

If ties still exist after applying the strength of schedule tiebreaker, the divisional or conference tiebreakers are applied, if applicable.  If the divisional or conference tiebreakers are not applicable, ties will be broken by a coin flip.

2011 FIRST ROUND DRAFT ORDER

 

#

Team

Win

Loss

Tie

Winning Percentage

Strength of

Schedule

Opp Win

Opp Loss

Opp Tie

1.

Carolina Panthers

2

14

0

.125

.574

147

109

0

 

         

 

     

2.

Denver Broncos

4

12

0

.250

.516

132

124

0

3.

Buffalo Bills

4

12

0

.250

.578

148

108

0

4.

Cincinnati Bengals

4

12

0

.250

.582

149

107

0

 

         

 

     

5.

Arizona Cardinals

5

11

0

.313

.465

119

137

0

6.

Cleveland Browns

5

11

0

.313

.570

146

110

0

 

         

 

     

7.

San Francisco 49ers

6

10

0

.375

.488

125

131

0

8.

Tennessee Titans

6

10

0

.375

.508

130

126

0

9.

Dallas Cowboys

6

10

0

.375

.512

131

125

0

10.

Washington Redskins

6

10

0

.375

.516

132

124

0

11.

Houston Texans

6

10

0

.375

.523

134

122

0

12.

Minnesota Vikings

6

10

0

.375

.539

138

118

0

13.

Detroit Lions

6

10

0

.375

.543

139

117

0

 

         

 

     

14.

St. Louis Rams

7

9

0

.438

.449

115

141

0

15.

Miami Dolphins

7

9

0

.438

.539

138

118

0

 

 

       

 

     

16.

Jacksonville Jaguars

8

8

0

.500

.453

116

140

0

17.

Oakland Raiders

8

8

0

.500

.469

120

136

0

 

 

       

 

     

18.

San Diego Chargers

9

7

0

.563

.457

117

139

0

 

 

       

 

     

19.

New York Giants

10

6

0

.625

.453

116

140

0

20.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

10

6

0

.625

.477

122

134

0

 

 

       

 

     

21.

Seattle Seahawks*

7

9

0

.438

.484

124

132

0

 

 

       

 

     

22.

Kansas City Chiefs*

10

6

0

.625

.414

106

150

0

23.

Indianapolis Colts*

10

6

0

.625

.473

121

135

0

24.

Philadelphia Eagles*

10

6

0

.625

.492

126

130

0

25.

Green Bay Packers*

10

6

0

.625

.520

133

123

0

 

 

       

 

     

26.

New Orleans Saints*

11

5

0

.688

.469

120

136

0

27.

Chicago Bears*

11

5

0

.688

.473

121

135

0

28.

New York Jets*

11

5

0

.688

.492

126

130

0

 

 

       

 

     

29.

Baltimore Ravens*

12

4

0

.750

.484

124

132

0

30.

Pittsburgh Steelers*

12

4

0

.750

.500

128

128

0

 

 

       

 

     

31.

Atlanta Falcons*

13

3

0

.813

.484

124

132

0

 

 

       

 

     

32.

New England Patriots*

14

2

0

.875

.504

129

127

0

*- Subject to Playoffs



Posted on: April 25, 2009 5:32 pm
 

49ers take Crabtree, Bills on the clock

The 49ers got the player I've had countless scouts tell me may be the best player in the draft 3 years from now at the #10 spot, so the value of the pick is spectacular. Crabtree's size, hands and physicality is a perfect compliment to the power running they have with Frank Gore.

The Bills are now on the clock and took Penn State DE/OLB Aaron Maybin. I had hoped to mention Maybin, as well as Michael Oher and Brian Orakpo for this pick but the Bills jumped up to make their pick surprisingly fast.

The Broncos are now on the clock.

They could be looking at Orakpo, the QB Josh Freeman, OLB Brian Cushing or some have even suggested one of the running backs - Beanie Wells or Knowshon Moreno.

Ultimately, I think the pick will be one of the pass rushers (Orakpo or Cushing) or a trade down. Orakpo is a bit stiff for my taste as a 3-4 rush linebacker and I have concerns about Cushing's durability.

Still, ultimately, I'd take Cushing, considering the Broncos' needs on defense.
Posted on: April 25, 2009 4:30 pm
 

KC takes Tyson Jackson, Seattle on the clock

Some will characterize Jackson as a surprise to the Chiefs, but Jackson, the preeminent 5-technique of this draft, makes sense as the Chiefs transition from a 4-3 to 3-4 scheme.

The Seahawks are now on the clock. They are considering the following 4 players with this pick.

A. Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
B. Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
C. Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
D. Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia

The Seahawks, like every other team this high, is hoping to trade out of the pick. Denver is a possibility. The Broncos and Redskins are possibilities.

Ultimately, if Seattle is unable to trade out, they'll likely take Curry, the safest combination of athleticism and character of this draft. Curry also fills a clear need given the trade of Julian Peterson to the Lions and the fact that current franchise-tagged linebacker Leroy Hill has yet to sign his tender with the Seahawks.
 
 
 
 
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