Posted on: April 25, 2009 7:18 pm
For one of the few times in recent memory, the Giants took a player than filled an immediate need in UNC receiver Hakeem Nicks. Though I had him slipping into the 2nd round in my mock draft, I'm quite high on Nicks, who I believe has the hands, toughness and and body control to make an immediate impact.
The Titans, who also could use help at receiver, are up. Rather than take a receiver, however, don't be surprised if they address their depth concerns on the defensive side of the ball.
A. Ziggy Hood, DT, Missouri
B. James Laurinaitis, OLB, Ohio State
C. Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC
D. Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut
E. Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers
F. Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech
The best player on the board is Maualuga, but he's slipping due to character concerns. I rationalized that the Titans may take Percy Harvin in my mock draft because they've been more willing than most clubs to overlook character concerns.
Posted on: April 25, 2009 7:02 pm
Ted Thompson is known for trading back, but in moving up to get the OLB who may end up being the best at the position (from this draft) a few years from now, he is showing a more aggressive side. The addition of nose guard Raji and OLB Clay Matthews, Jr. gives Green Bay some of the players necessary in making their transition from the 4-3 defense to the 3-4.
The Patriots, perhaps not surprisingly, trade out of the first round. They may end up trading back in, as the first round has had a staggering number of trades so far.
The Colts, with needs at every level of defense are now on the clock. Wide receiver and running back also could be surprise considerations, considering how Bill Polian has consistently used first round picks to supplement his offensive attack.
WR Brian Robiskie, DT Ziggy Hood, CB Darius Butler, and LB James Laurinaitis make the most sense, though the RBs could be a surprise too.
Posted on: April 25, 2009 6:40 pm
The Falcons are on the clock and word I've heard is that they're split on CB Darius Butler and DTs Ziggy Hood and Peria Jerry.
I believe the pick will be Hood, whose size and work ethic impressed the Falcons' staff.
Posted on: March 8, 2009 1:18 pm
With receiver Jeremy Maclin and tight end Chase Coffman not working out until Missouri's second Pro Day, March 19th, scouts attention centered on defenders Evander "Ziggy" Hood and William Moore.
Hood helped his cause by improving on virtually every drill he had performed at the Combine. He elected not to run the 40-yard dash, but improved his efforts in the bench press (35 reps), vertical (34 1/2), broad (9'08"), 20-yard shuttle (4.45) and 3 cone drill (7.32).
The real story, however, was Moore, who not only improved his Combine numbers, but showed the fluidity and explosiveness in position drills to reassure scouts that he can remain at safety. Moore was "officially" timed at a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash, but some scouts on hand had his times closer to the early to mid 4.4s. His 6.94 second 3-cone drill showed his ability to change directions quickly and his 37 1/2" vertical showed explosiveness. There remain some concern about Moore's ability to play free safety, but as a strong safety, he likely solidified his stock as a 2nd round prospect. The New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins seemed especially intrigued.
Posted on: February 27, 2009 11:18 pm
Strong performances at the Senior Bowl and Combine already had the stocks of defensive tackles B.J. Raji, Peria Jerry and Ziggy Hood on the rise, but the monstrous contract given to Albert Haynesworth by the Washington Redskins just provides another example of the value of the position.
Raji could stand to make the most out of the deal. Scouts across the league had consistently been ranking him as a top 15 player due to his bulk and strength, but he was considered too slow-footed to make a real impact as a 4-3 under tackle, the premium tackle position in the defensive scheme preferred by most NFL teams. However, after scouts clocked him in the 5.05-5.15 range at 6-2, 334 pounds at the Combine, scouts no are wondering if he does, indeed, have the agility to handle this position. The ability to play inside in both the 3-4 and 4-3 could lead to Raji's stock to soar. I have him at #7 in my current mock draft and there are some who believe he'll end up in the top five by draft day.
Hood has enjoyed a similar jump up the board in recent weeks. While not as dominant as Raji, Hood is among the more consistent defensive linemen in the draft. He is earning late first round marks from several teams.