Category:NFL
Posted on: April 25, 2009 6:03 pm
 

Cleveland trades again, TB moves up for Freeman

The Bucs moved up and got the player Tampa coach probably knows best in this draft -- QB Josh Freeman.

The Broncos are on the clock and could be looking at the pass rushers and linebackers here necessary for making the transition to the 3-4. Watch out for a pair of Trojans, ILB Rey Maualuga or OLB Brian Cushing.
Category: NFL
Posted on: April 25, 2009 5:56 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2009 5:59 pm
 

Houston takes Cushing, SD surprises, Cleveland Up

The Texans chose a USC linebacker as had been long projected. Cushing gives the club immediate flexibility, and more importantly, size at the outside linebacker position.

The Chargers, as they have consistently done to me, made the first pick of players I did not project in the first round. English has good burst off the snap as a defensive end, but will obviously be making the transition to the 3-4 rush linebacker position for the Chargers.

English was impressive at the Senior Bowl, but was never placed back in space while in Mobile, something I would have liked to have seen...

The Cleveland Browns are now on the clock and I believe are going to take WR Jeremy Maclin with this pick. RB Beanie Wells and OT Michael Oher makes sense, as well, but Maclin is the best player available and has the speed to compliment (or replace) Braylon Edwards.

Posted on: April 25, 2009 5:44 pm
 

Saints take Jenkins, Texans up

I like this pick for the Saints. Jenkins can play the cornerback position. Like Moreno a few picks before, I don't care what he runs in shorts, the kid can flat play football. I like the move for the Saints in particular, because Jenkins has the ability to play free safety, as well. Had he been graded strictly as a free safety, he would have been universally viewed as a 1st round pick and the elite prospect at that position.

The Texans are now up. They have clear needs at linebacker and have long been rumored to like both Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews... Each makes sense here, with Cushing being the safer pick.
Posted on: April 25, 2009 5:38 pm
 

Back to back quick picks

As it turns out, Brian Orakpo's final team visit was the one that mattered most, as he ends up with the Redskins. A good move for a club looking to add a pass rusher next to free agent signee Albert Haynesworth.

The Denver pick was the bigger surprise. Funny, months ago I was told that the Broncos liked Moreno, but really thought that they'd address their running back needs later in the draft. That said, I love Moreno and thought that he was among the more underrated prospects in this draft. Forget the 40 time on Moreno. He's a star and if he had a decent QB behind him, I'd already proclaim him to be the favorite to be the offensive rookie of the year. I'm that sold on him...

The New Orleans Saints are on the clock.

They could use help on the defensive side of the ball and will also consider a RB in Beanie Wells.

I see the possibilities as:

A. Brian Cushing, OLB, USC
B. Malcolm Jenkins, CB/FS, Ohio State
C. Clay Matthews, OLB, USC
D. Beanie Wells, RB, Ohio State

I've consistently projected Brian Cushing here because I thinkthe Saints are higher on him, but if it was me making the pick, I'd take Malcolm Jenkins.
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 5:19 pm
 

GB takes Raji, 49ers up

The Packers get their nose guard in Raji and that leaves the 49ers with two receivers who could provide immediate help, as well as a tackle that makes sense. Pass rushers, while a need, are not being graded as highly by most clubs and thus, aren't likely to be the choice with Crabtree, Maclin and Oher available.

Ultimately, Michael Crabtree is just too much of a talent to go any lower than this... Expect the 49ers to take him here or consider trading down slightly if they get the right offer... The phone will be ringing for teams intrigued with Crabtree's upside...
Posted on: April 25, 2009 5:11 pm
 

Jaguars Take Eugene Monroe, GB on the clock

The Jaguars stand pat at #8 and get a talent in Eugene Monroe that deserved consideration much eariler. The free agent adidtion of Tra Thomas made this more of a value selection for the Jaguars, than addressing a huge need, but the Jags are better now.

The Green Bay Packers are now on the clock and are presented with an interesting dilemma.

Michael Crabtree is a terrific talent, but there may not be a stronger position for the Packers than wide receiver. They'd love to get their nose guard here with BJ Raji. The team also wants an offensive tackle and Michael Oher is as talented as any of the other 3 OTs that were selected ahead of him.

The options:

A. Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
B. BJ Raji, NG, Boston College
C. Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
D. Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas

Ultimately, to win with the 3-4 defense, the Packers need to acquire a nose guard. Expect Raji to be the pick.
Posted on: April 25, 2009 5:04 pm
 

Bengals take Andre Smith, Oakland on the clock

I've been hearing for weeks that the Bengals' offensive line coach Paul Alexander absolutely loved Andre Smith's physicality and that the Bengals would take Smith over any other tackle available.

The Raiders are now on the clock. They have needs at OT, DT, and certainly at WR.

Possible picks include:

A. Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
B. Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
C. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
D. BJ Raji, DT, Boston College
E. Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland

I have sources who claim that the Raiders have locked on to Heyward-Bey, just as the Bengals had locked on with Andre Smith. I, personally, feel that Heyward-Bey is a significant reach, at this point, though there is no denying his potential to track down deep passes from JaMarcus Russell, especially with opposing safeties crowding the line of scrimmage to slow the Raiders' developing ground game. 

The idea that any receiver is drafted ahead of Crabtree is crazy, but ultimately, that's my best guess...

Sorry... had to run and do a radio spot. Rather than erase everything I wrote, you can see my thoughts... It isn't just hindsight with these comments either, as I picked Heyward-Bey to the Raiders in my final mock, as well.
 
 
 
 
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