Homer Rantings

Every day gms come into their office and have scouts talking up the best NFL prospects around. So it’s never too early to predict what will happen on draft day. There should be a lot of juniors bypassing there last year of college to start their NFL careers, which will make this a draft for the ages

Before I get into the draft there’s some plays that you should know about

Ever hear of Chase Holbrook. We’ll after a great sophomore season he was poised to be a first rounder until his sub-par year last year when he threw for only 26 touchdowns and 18 picks. However he did complete over 70 percent of his passes, which is what scouts look for in a NFL qb. Chase is 6’5 and over 240 pounds, which only raises his draft stock since he can see over the pocket and has a better view when looking down field. Chase also has a cannon for an arm and can make all the throws, which are key in an NFL qb. It’s tough to find a player with a good deep ball and a Chad Pennington type short pass which is reason enough for him to be a second or third round pick with starting potential.

Nathan Brown is another qb from a small school that has what it takes to be a great NFL qb. Like Chase Brown is a good decision maker and rarely throws an int. He may not have a great long ball but still averages over eight yards per attempt since he has great zip on his ball and is the hardest thrower in the draft. Hes not the biggest qb and doesn’t play for a well know football school (Central Arkansas) but depending on Joe Flaccos success this year he may be a first round pick

Rashid Jennings is one of the few running backs from a non - division one program who has a future in the NFL. He started his college career at Pitt band as a freshman averaged 4.8 yards a carry but then transferred to a little known school in Liberty Virginia. Rahad has decent 40 speed (4.5) but looks way faster with pads on. He can run up the middle or to the outside and at 6’1. 230 pounds he has the size to be a full time back in the NFL

Big receivers are always a big hit in the NFL and if you can run a 4.6 while being over 6’6 and 220 pounds you’re bound to have a great NFL career. That being said if your from a small program with no other solid prospects your going to slip in the draft even if you have an amazing college career. At Cal Foly last year he had 57 receptions in only 11 games yet had over 1,400 yards, 18 tds and averaged over 25 yards per catch. Hes going to be the biggest steal in the NFL draft since most scouts don’t consider him a top 10 prospect at wide receiver and have him dropping to the late third or fourth round. Really who wouldn’t want a speedy receiver who is a great end zone threat and has the potential to break one every time you pass him the ball. The Future Hall Of Famers name is Ramses Barden

Now onto the draft

1. Kansas City – The Chiefs are in a rebuilding mode right now.  They had a great draft this year but still are a ways away from contending. If they don’t trade down KC has no other choice then to pick their qb of the future in Matt Stafford. Lets face it Huard was a one year wonder and Croyle hasn’t turned out so a qb is a must. Stafford is a good decision maker and has great big game experience. He brings along with him a cannon and a winning mentality, which is tough to find in qbs these days. Matt doesn’t get down no matter what, he always keeps his head up high. After throwing a pick against Florida last year he came back and threw for over 200 yards and three tds in a game which Georgia won 42-30. As long as Stafford bypasses his last year of college for the NFL there’s no reason why he wouldn’t be the first pick

2. St. Louis – How many good years does Orlando Pace have left in him. Last year St. Louis tried to jump up to select Jake Long and with tackle still being there biggest name why not select a 6’5, 318 pound beast in Michael Oher. Oher is the heart and sole of an Ole Miss offensive line which isn’t half bad and he has played against the best college football has to offer. This move makes perfect sense; Oher learns from the best and becomes the best, enough said

3. Oakland – You draft a qb, running back, and the next player you pick is a tackle. It’s what NFL teams are built on, a good tackle, qb, and back means playoffs and hopefully even a championship. Even though Robert Gallery hasn’t turned out the way the Raiders had hopped they have no other glaring needs and there offensive line is terrible. If McFadden is ever going to have an impact he needs a good tackle since hes more of an outside runner then a grinder. Russell never has enough time and is always being pressured which makes the third pick……..Eugene Monroe.

4. Miami – The Dolphins cant defend the pass, which is the reason why thill ends up getting this pick. Considering both their starters are over 30 and their backups have almost no experience there going to have to address that need sooner or later. Bills most likely going to trade down but if he doesn’t thill select Vontae Davis. Davis was a first team all big ten selection last year and is Bills type of corner. He can rush the qb, cover the greatest wide receivers and lay a lick on them that they will never forget which makes him the fourth pick in the 2009 NFL draft

5. San Francisco – Patrick Willis is one of the best outside linebackers in the NFL. The 49ers have lots of needs but at this pick there going to either trade down and get a receiver or draft the best player on the board in Rey Maualuga. This pick would make niner fans as happy as ever, their favorite college player going to their favorite team but teams don’t draft to make the fans happy. Since San Fran has no decent inside linebacker Rey would make perfect sense. Hes a ball hawk, last year Rey had six sacks and over ten tackles for loss along with one pick and 79 tackles. Imagine Maualuga and Willis playing together on the same front seven; it will come reality come April

Next up, the Lions, Bengals, Falcons, and Redskins along with much, much more


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