Tag:NFL Draft
Posted on: February 23, 2010 1:35 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2010 1:36 pm
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Team Mocks: Seahawks, Falcons, Saints


 BleacherReport.com continues their series of team-by-team mock drafts, projecting the best-case, most realistic and worst-case scenarios for each team.  As we move forward we'll combine these mocks in to three-team packages for easier consumption.

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Seattle Seahawks


Coming off a hollow 5-11 season, and with a total of only nine wins in the last two seasons, the rebuilding starts now for the Seattle Seahawks.

The new regime in Seattle, GM John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll, have an infinite list of draft needs that must be filled with the team's seven picks. And the new management will have to start drafting wisely if the franchise wants to turn the corner and regain contender-status in the NFC West. That means starting on the offensive line and extending to almost every position imaginable.

An elite offensive lineman was a priority before last year's draft, but the team decided to take linebacker Aaron Curry with the fourth overall selection.

In 2010, Seattle holds the cards with two first-round picks… the No. 6 overall from its dogged 2009 campaign… and the 14th draft position from the Broncos.

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Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons finished the 2009 season ranked 21st overall in total defense… giving up an average of 20.3 points per game.

Now, that doesn’t seem too far over the league average, which was right around 20 points per game, but the Falcons were only able to muster up 22.7 points per contest. And quick match suggests that they could be 16-0 with that comparison, but as we all know, the average does not always tell the full story.

Though they gave up the same amount of points as they did last year, 325, they only scored 363 points, a drop of 28 from last season.

To the naked eye, 28 points, or less than two points per game, would not be that big of a difference. Yet it seemed to be enough to take the Falcons record from 11-5 to 9-7, a drop of two wins.

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New Orleans Saints

The Super Bowl champs usually don’t have many needs, and don’t look to the draft and free agency as crucial pieces to return to the playoffs.

But, with an aging defense and some lackluster performance by a variety of positions, the Saints need to take this draft class very seriously if they hope to continue their success for seasons to come.

We’ll take a look at the best case selections (guys who they’d be lucky to get), the worst case selections (guys who they’d have to deal with because of lack of value), and the most likely pick (guys that they are probably targeting, and should get from their current position.)

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Posted on: February 14, 2010 11:22 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2010 11:26 pm
 

NFL Mock: Moving already


There's no offseason for the crew at DraftSite.com . In our second mock draft posting, we're already beginning to see players jockeying for position within the Top 10. And, if that weren't enough, these guys go the full seven rounds for your enjoyment!

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Posted on: February 11, 2010 5:39 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2010 5:40 pm
 

Team Mocks: Redskins, Lions and Texans


BleacherReport.com continues their series of team-by-team mock drafts, projecting the best-case, most realistic and worst-case scenarios for each team.  As we move forward we'll combine these mocks in to three-team packages for easier consumption.

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Washington Redskins

It has been a decade filled with highs and lows, sadness and hope, and anger and disbelief under Daniel Snyder's ownership.

Always the fan, Snyder has run the Redskins his way… and the foundation of the billion-dollar franchise was starting to crumble.

Now, in an effort to maintain the franchise's elite financial status, it appears Snyder has decided to allow football personnel to run and manage the team. He wisely hired salary cap guru Bruce Allen as the GM, and two-time Super Bowl champion Coach Mike Shanahan.

In need of a major overhaul, the Redskins can rebuild quickly with two strong football minds, a cap-less season, and the fourth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

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Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions have plenty of needs heading into the offseason. Included among those are two positions most fans will bemoan spending any perceived early pick on… since the follies of the Matt Millen era are still fresh in their minds.

Fortunately for them, it appears as if the new leadership infrastructure is in place, and might just be a functional unit starting with GM Martin Mayhew and Coach Jim Schwartz.

Heading into the 2010 draft, Mayhew will try to build on last year’s successful draft, which included a franchise quarterback, tight end Brandon Pettigrew, and two playmaking defensive cornerstones in Louis Delmas and DeAndre Levy.

His late-round selections also appear to be extremely insightful. And grabbing special teams assassin and Zack Follett in the last round may prove to be one of his better picks of the entire draft.

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Houston Texans

The Houston Texans have historically been a good drafting team.

Consider 2006.

Most people probably remember the debate over Mario Williams, Reggie Bush, and Vince Young. But, what many don't remember, is that the same draft also produced Pro Bowlers DeMeco Ryans and Owen Daniels, as well as right guard Eric Winston and steady receiver David Anderson.

The Texans could easily go another ten years and never have another draft class as good as that one.
Then again… they might do better this year. That's what makes the draft so fun!

So let's take a look at some possibilities for each round and see who might be the best, worst, and most likely scenarios.

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Posted on: February 8, 2010 3:20 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2010 3:25 pm
 

Texas vs. the Nation: Star power


By Chad Reuter , The Sports Xchange/NFLDraftScout.com


College football all-star games are known as much for sloppy play as big plays. The goal for players in Saturday's Texas vs. the Nation Challenge was to take advantage of a golden opportunity to make a positive impression on scouts.

Overall, quarterback play was average at best. Rusty Smith (Florida Atlantic) made some nice throws on the day but had a mental meltdown when he ran out of the back of the end zone for a safety. Tennessee's Jonathan Crompton threw the most consistently but was only 9 for 20 for the game.
      
  Former LSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux (Jacksonville State) made the best throw of the day, loading up and throwing for 67 yards to Newberry's Kelton Tindal, who can run like no one else -- he's expected to run his 40-yard dash in the 4.2s at his pro day. Although Tindal didn't score, he made a nice adjustment to the ball in the air after using his elite separation speed, overcoming an up-and-down week of practices in terms of catching the ball. If he runs the blazing time most expect, look for Raiders' owner Al Davis to grab Tindal late in the draft.

Crompton's favorite target was Southern's Juamorris Stewart. Stewart failed to get his head around on a route for Crompton's throws early in the game, as he did in last week's practices. He came back strong, making multiple catches, including an outstanding catch on the sideline when coming back to help Crompton. The former Volunteer found Stewart again late in the third quarter -- behind Fresno State corner A.J. Jefferson -- to score from 36 yards out.

On the Texas side, the game was mostly about LSU speedster Trindon Holliday. He showed great balance, quickness and elusiveness with the ball in his hands playing running back, receiver and returner. He connected with Perriloux on another 67-yard play for a touchdown, going up to trap the ball against his chest near the sideline and getting downfield quickly for the score.

He consistently flipped field position on punts and kicks with quick decisions and pure speed. The return success might be viewed as a mirage by scouts, who know most of players covering kicks in this game are inexperienced on special teams, and Virginia Tech's Brent Bowden was very inconsistent putting air under the ball.

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Posted on: February 4, 2010 2:00 am
 

Team Mocks: Rams, 49ers and Chiefs


BleacherReport.com
continues their series of team-by-team mock drafts, projecting the best-case, most realistic and worst-case scenarios for each team.  As we move forward we'll combine these mocks in to three-team packages for easier consumption.

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St. Louis Rams

The St. Louis Rams have a lot of holes to fill.

They need about as much help as a blind quadriplegic calling a suicide hotline.

They can address some of their needs via free agency—a big new wide receiver here, an offensive lineman there, maybe even a veteran quarterback to groom the star of the future.

Aah, the future.

The Rams were the third youngest team in the NFL last season, and look to remain young in 2010 because the majority of their needs will be met during April’s draft.

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San Francisco 49ers

Even when you have eight picks - two in the first round no less - each selection must count.

While an emerging team like the 49ers can always stand to improve just about anywhere, some needs are far more important to fill than others.

The offensive and defensive line, the secondary and a dynamic kick/punt returner on special teams - all are areas the team needs to solidify prior to the beginning of the 2010 season.

The offensive line allowed too much pressure and too many hits on the quarterback, while conversely the defensive line generated too little pressure on opposing signal callers.

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Kansas City Chiefs

Truth be told, GM Scott Pioli could pick just about anyone with the fifth overall selection, and that pick almost certainly would be an upgrade over the player who played that position in 2009.

What fans need to understand however, is that the draft isn't solely about who a team can grab with their first-round pick. The draft is about leveraging each and every pick against the available talent pool, and acquiring guys in each round that can help your football team.

In this mock draft, I've put together a group of players that should all be available when the Chiefs' pick comes up in each round. Even better, six or seven of these guys could very well start for this team next season.

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Posted on: February 1, 2010 1:45 am
 

Sleeper central


By Chad Reuter , NFLDraftScout.com


The Texas vs. the Nation Challenge can become an afterthought on the postseason all-star game circuit, primarily because it is held in El Paso the week after the heralded Senior Bowl.

The success of recent participants has helped raise interest in the game among scouts and administrators.

     
Twenty-five players who participated in the Challenge last season were drafted in April, including immediate NFL contributors such as Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox (Abilene Christian), Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang (Eastern Michigan), Bengals running back Bernard Scott (Abilene Christian) and Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb (Nicholls State). Alumni from the 2008 game include left tackle Demetrius Bell (Bills/Northwestern State), wide receiver Pierre Garcon (Colts/Mount Union) and running back Tim Hightower (Cardinals/Richmond).

The 2010 rosters -- no longer fully tied to geographical boundaries -- are filled with small-school stars and solid players from major programs not invited to the East-West or Senior Bowl.


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Posted on: January 29, 2010 6:33 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2010 6:35 pm
 

Top of the Mocks


While most of the sports world has been focused on other things... cough, cough... Super Bowl... cough... NFLDraftSite.com has been busy slating all seven rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft. We'll be checking in from time to time to see which players are rising, which are falling, and which players your favorite team is lined up to pick.

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Posted on: January 27, 2010 5:43 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2010 11:28 am
 

Mock Madness! Bills, Steelers and Raiders

BleacherReport.com continues their series of team-by-team mock drafts, projecting the best-case, most realistic and worst-case scenarios for each team.  As we move forward we'll combine these mocks in to three-team packages for easier consumption.

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Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills 2010 Draft… So many holes to fill, and so few picks to do it.

In conducting research for this article, it was clear that one individual player can be found being projected as many as six rounds above or below another draft expert.

To show you how crazy the mocks are: one site had four of their six writers predicting that the Bills would use their first pick on an offensive tackle. That’s fine, but then you realize that none of the four writers could agree on who the tackle was, because they each identified someone different. And that was for the No. 9 pick!

So, needless to say, don't fall off your chair if my results and your results vary. Expect it. Since no crystal ball was used in this exercise, nor were any card readers hired, I have no idea what round the Bills will draft their future quarterback, linebacker, running back, offensive line help, defensive line help, etc.

You’ll see these positions addressed in multiple rounds.

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Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers’ offensive line play in 2009 was abysmal, to say the least. While Ben Roethlisberger can be accused of holding on to the ball too long, he hasn’t exactly had the time he needs to pass from the pocket.

 

In a best-case scenario, the Steelers are looking to address the offensive line with a big-time prospect, and Maryland’s Bruce Campbell would still be on the board when they are picking at No. 18.

Campbell is a physical specimen at the left tackle position. Standing at 6'7", he has the length and reach that NFL teams salivate over.

And, if Campbell has scouts salivating over his height and length, then he has them drooling over the fact that he is abnormally fit for a man of his size and football position. Weighing in at only 310 pounds, the junior has the agility and quickness of a much smaller player. (He has been timed running a sub 4.9 in the 40).

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Oakland Raiders

The Raiders have many needs, and could go in several different directions. Free agent signees and availability will go a long way in determining the pick.

 

In round one, the best case scenario for the Raiders is to draft Rolando McClain. He’s simply the best football player available, and no one can convince me otherwise.

Worst case scenario… Al drafts the best athlete available. That athlete is Taylor Mays.

In reality, however, McClain could be gone and the Raiders do need help on the offensive line. Should that be the case, Bruce Campbell may have the most upside of any left tackle available, and does fill the need.

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