Doodle's Blog http://www.fannation.com/blogs/show/31925 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:46:10 GMT No description Detroit Lions Draft Plan http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/1510566 <p>Normally I publish a couple mock drafts by this time but I just haven't had time this year! So instead I'm going to switch things up and lay a basic game plan for my team: the Detroit Lions. Below you will see what I believe should be the Lions plan of attack with each pick heading into the draft. Clearly each pick after the first round depends on what was done with the preceding picks but you'll get the point. </p><p>Round 1: Pick #5 </p><p>Option 1: Trade Back. </p><p>I just don't see a true difference maker here and if some other team does, let them have it. Perfect scenario would be to swap 1st Round picks with Miami (#12 overall) or the Jets (#13 overall) while adding a pick at the top of the 2nd Round (#39 overall -&nbsp;NYJ or #42 overall&nbsp;- MIA). This would allow the Lions to let the chips fall a bit and perhaps find some value just outside the top 10. </p><p>Option 1a: Jarvis Jones&nbsp;- OLB </p><p> If they are able to trade back to #12 or #13, I really believe they should target Jarvis Jones from Georgia. Here's a guy who was being talked about as the #1 player in this draft based on his on the field performance and the film. Now all of a sudden he runs a 4.9 in shorts and he can't play football?! I don't buy it. Jones would be a perfect fit as a hybrid 4-3 OLB/DE; much in the same way Von Miller is used for Denver. He could play the OLB position on early downs and more than hold his own in coverage there and then he could put his hand in the ground as a speed rusher from the DE position on passing downs. I've thought from the beginning of this offseason that he would be an ideal fit for Detroit and in a way he fills two needs with best player available IMO. </p><p>Option 2: Ezekiel Ansah -&nbsp;DE </p><p>I've debated which order to put my next two options. But if there's one player being valued in the top that would be worth the #5 pick on the defensive side of the ball, I believe it's Ansah. He's a physical freak who showed really well on tape. And unlike just about anyone else in this draft, he's just learning how to play football. With a little coaching to match his physical talents and you could have the next Jason Pierre-Paul. You put this guy on the line next to Suh and Fairley (both of whom will be eating up double-teams) and he has a chance to be a double-digit sack guy for a long time. Ansah is the one difference maker on this side of the ball I'm most rooting for the Lions to grab; fills need with best player available. </p><p>Option 3: Luke Joeckel/Eric Fisher&nbsp;- OT's </p><p>&nbsp;I'm not sold that it???d be beneficial for the Lions to use this top pick on an OT. I really think if they are going to stay in this spot, a defensive difference maker (see option #2) is a must. However, in terms of drafting philosophy of best player available these two fit that bill. In most people's opinion (mine included) they are the two best players in the draft and if they Lions can grab one of them at #5 it would provide some value for such a high pick. As things are shaking out, it doesn't look like either of these two will be available at #5 anyways. </p><p>Option 4: Jarvis Jones. </p><p>Would be a bit of a reach at #5 but see option 1a as to the impact I believe he could have. </p><p>Round 2&nbsp;- Pick #4 (36th Overall) </p><p>Option 1: Bjoern Werner -&nbsp;DE </p><p>If the Lions don't take a true DE with their first round pick and one of these two fall into the top of the 2nd Round they should grab them quickly. I'm a huge fan of Werner for the Lions. So much so that I believe he's a great fit even if the Lions take Ansah in the first round. Ansah has unlimited potential but he's also a little raw in terms of football IQ; Werner is the opposite. He's a high-motor, high IQ player who has a high floor type as a prospect. He may never be a top 10 DE in the league but could start for 10 years on your line. Actually reminds me a lot of Vanden-Bosch in terms of how his game translates. A defensive line of Ansah, Suh, Fairley, and Werner with Jones and Young rotating in becomes formidable overnight. The big question here is whether he will be available in this spot and would he be worth giving up next year's 2nd Round pick to jump up 8 or so spots to grab him. </p><p>Option 2: Trade Back. </p><p>If no one falls to the Lions here who they in love with they may be able to sneak a 2014 1st Round pick or a 2014 2nd Rounder along with a 3rd Rounder this year. </p><p>Option 2a: Barrett Jones&nbsp;- OC/OG/OT </p><p>There may not be a player in this draft that fits the Lions needs more than Jones. He has Detroit written all over him. They need help everywhere on the offensive line. They have 1 maybe 2 positions that they currently have a good idea who will be starting Game 1. Jones gives them all sorts of options. He was an All-American at Left Tackle and Center going against the best D-Lines college football has to offer in the SEC. He also played some guard while at Alabama. Injuries may be a concern but he's the type of guy who could be your starting center for the next 12 years or he could be you starting Left Tackle for the next 12 years. The knock on him is that he's more of a technician than a mauler; I personally don't see that as a negative in a lineman these days. Lions aren't exactly looking to ground and pound so I'd rather have someone like Jones. </p><p>Option 3: DJ Hayden/Jamar Taylor/Blidi Wreh-Wilson/Xavier Rhodes&nbsp;- CB </p><p>The Lions need some depth and talent at CB although maybe not as big of a need as some think. Personally, I believe the Lions should target one of the veterans still available right now (Chris Gamble on a 2 or 3 year deal would be perfect). However, adding a talented young CB to the mix is always a good idea these days in the pass-happy NFL. </p><p>Round 3&nbsp;- Pick #3 (65th Overall) </p><p>Option 1: Barrett Jones&nbsp;- OC/OG/OT </p><p>See Round 2 - Option 2a. He would be a perfect fit with this group of offensive lineman. </p><p>Option 2: Marcus Lattimore&nbsp;- RB </p><p>It may be way too early to take a guy who possibly won't see the field until the 2014 season but how often does a top ten talent fall this far? He absolutely shredded his knee but if history tells us anything, it is more likely than unlikely than he'll return to form. If the Lions have to wait one year for that to happen, they should do it gladly. Marcus Lattimore at 100% in 2014 with Reggie Bush as a hybrid back/receiver gives the Lions run game instant credibility. </p><p>Option 3: Sio Moore&nbsp;- OLB </p><p>If the Lions don't grab an OLB by this point, they're going to have to take a serious look at Moore. Moore isn't going to blow you away with his measurables but his production has been high and he is good in coverage which Lions LB's struggle haven't struggled with recently. </p><p> Option 4: Same Montgomery/Damontre Moore/Alex Okafor&nbsp;- DE </p><p>Depth at the DE position is a major concern and unless they grab 2 of them early, picking up a DE that has slid a bit is good value. Any one of the three guys mentioned above would be great value here.</p><p> Later Round Possibilities: </p><p>Zac Dysert&nbsp;- QB. Could parlay a 4th or 5th Round pick into a future 2nd Rounder (ala Matt Flynn). Good Value in 5th Round. </p><p>Knile Davis&nbsp;- RB. Would be good insurance for Leshoure. More explosive than Bell and good value in 5th or 6th.</p><p> Denard Robinson -&nbsp;WR. If he's available in the 6th Round they should give a look. He doesn't have a true position but as a return guy/slot receiver/wildcat QB may be worth a shot. </p><p>T.J. Knowles&nbsp;- TE. If he can get the physical tools to translate he would be a steal. 6'7 and runs a 4.7. </p><p> Reid Fragel&nbsp;- OT. Extremely raw prospect. Has the measurable (6'8&nbsp;- 308 lbs.) but he's still learning the position; only played one season of OT after moving over from TE. He would be a nice 5th Round pick. </p><p>Joe Kruger&nbsp;- DE. Good pedigree and work ethic. Ceiling not real high but floor is high. Could be solid rotation guy on defensive line. </p><p>Greg Reid&nbsp;- CB. If not for off-the-field issues he'd be a first round pick. Kicked off the team at Florida State before this season. A dynamic return man and an above average cover corner. At some point the reward outweighs the risk. 6th or 7th Round maybe? </p><p>TJ McDonald&nbsp;- S. Get downgraded on a lot of boards and could provide outstanding value in the 4th or 5th round. Safety isn't a need but this guy would be great insurance for the injury-prone Delmas. </p><p>My Dream Draft (for the Lions): </p><p>Round 1: Ezekiel Ansah&nbsp;- DE </p><p>Round 2: Bjoern Werner&nbsp;- DE </p><p>Round 3: Barrett Jones -&nbsp;OC/OT </p><p>Round 4: TJ McDonald&nbsp;- S </p><p>Round 5: Knile Davis&nbsp;- RB </p><p>Round 6: Greg Reid&nbsp;- CB </p><p> Round 7: Denard Robinson&nbsp;- WR </p><p>Round 7: T.J. Knowles&nbsp;- TE </p><p> This draft would provide 2 starters at DE, Jones would find his way onto that starting offensive line unit by Game 1, McDonald gives the Lions a very talented 3rd safety as insurance to Delmas, Davis is a more explosive backup than Bell, and the last 3 picks are all extremely talented players. And it's my belief that one of the three final picks (not sure which one) will end up being an absoltue steal and the other two won't have sustained careers in the NFL. </p><p>It's as easy as that....</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:46:10 GMT http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/1510566 Doodle24 Lakers Must Act NOW http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/1483707 <p>Let me start this by saying I was COMPLETELY wrong on my Dwight Howard predictions when the trade was completed this summer. I thought they would find a way to make it work with two centers and it was mostly because of the presence of Steve Nash. However, when they made the switch to D'Antoni, I became very critical of the direction of the Lakers. How was a guy who prefers almost zero low post presence supposed to maximize the abilities of two of the best?! </p><p>Fast forward to the present and clearly this situation isn't working. If I'm the Lakers, I blow it up in a big way. The only way Kobe and Nash get a title together in LA is if the front office admits their mistakes and fixes them ASAP! So how do they do that? In my opinion, it can be done if these two moves are made now. </p><br><p>1.&nbsp;<strong>Trade Dwight Howard.</strong> To who? For who? Well take a look at the 4 team trade I have<br>put together. If you look at it from each team's perspective, I would say that<br>all 4 improve greatly.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;BROOKLYN NETS receive Dwight Howard</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; b.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;LOS ANGELES LAKERS receive Josh Smith, Gerald Wallace, and Marshon Brooks</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; c.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;ATLANTA HAWKS receive Nicolas Batum</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; d.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS receive Brook Lopez</p><p>If you're wondering about contracts, etc. I double checked it with ESPN's "trade machine" and according to it, the money would work.</p><br><p><strong>Brooklyn Nets</strong>: Here's a team that has put itself on the map for the first time since the Jason Kidd lead Nets went to the Finals. However, despite all of their dealings, they are still in that "second tier" of teams behind the Heat and Thunder even at their best. From&nbsp;a basketball perspective you get the best big man in the game to play alongside a top 5 PG and a top 10 wing scorer. Howard's game meshes very well with Williams and Johnson. Both of those guys can stretch the floor for Howard which will give him more room to operate in the low post. One could argue that in terms of ranking the "big 3's" these 3 would complement each other much better than the Heat or Thunder. From a non-basketball perspective, it would give the Nets a superstar and face of the franchise they've been craving. Williams as the #2 and Johnson as the #3 fits their personalities perfectly and it gives Howard what he's been craving all along and that's the attention of an entire city and organization. Lastly, it would FINALLY make Howard happy which could translate into a much better performance than what we've seen from him the past 2 seasons when he's been seemingly unhappy. Yes he's a diva and a baby but he's also a<br>top 5 player in the league when he's on his game and the Nets will bet on that.</p><p><strong></strong>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Los Angeles Lakers</strong>: As mentioned before the current situation isn't working and the problem they are running into is that they are trying to win now at the end of Kobe and Nash's careers while also keeping the future face of the franchise happy in the meantime. Well it's not going to happen and they need to make a decision: do whatever they can to win now or keep Howard happy until Kobe retires and then retool for a run then with Howard as the centerpiece. You obviously can't have both. </p><p>So the question becomes what/who can they get in return to help them win now? Well in this scenario they would obtain Josh Smith, a versatile, do-it-all 3/4 man that brings MUCH needed athleticism and scoring punch. His ability to play almost any position from 3-5 gives them an upgraded version of Lamar Odom from their championship runs. The other major piece of this for the Lakers is the acquisition of Gerald Wallace. Similar to Smith, Wallace brings versatility and athleticism to the wing which they desperately need. &nbsp;Wallace also gives them a lock down perimeter defender to take some of the defensive pressure off of Kobe. Smith and Wallace are also perfect fits with Nash because they can run the floor and play some of their best basketball in the open floor. Brooks is more than a throw in for the Lakers; he can provide some scoring pop off the bench which is something else that is much needed. He has seen his minutes diminished this year but on that Lakers bench he could be the scoring option that second unit desperately needs.</p><p>Put it all together for the Lakers and you're starting 5 and bench would consist of the following:</p><p>PG: Steve Nash</p><p>SG: Kobe Bryant</p><p>SF: Gerald Wallace</p><p>PF: Josh Smith</p><p>C: Pau Gasol</p><p>6<sup>th</sup> Man: Metta World Peace</p><p>7<sup>th</sup> Man: MarShon Brooks</p><p>8<sup>th</sup> Man: Earl Clark</p><p>9<sup>th</sup> Man: Steve Blake/Chris Duhon</p><p>10<sup>th</sup> Man: Jordan Hill</p><p>Bench: Meeks, Morris, Jamison &nbsp;</p><p>All of a sudden your bench has some pop to it with World Peace, Brooks, and Clark. And it gives you the potential to put a defensive lineup on the floor that consists of Bryant, Wallace, Smith, World Peace, and one other player; that's an outstanding defensive unit.</p><p>That's a roster that can compete for a title right now. The pieces complement each other about as well as one could hope. Wallace and Smith don't need plays ran for them to be a major impact on the game offensively; the offense can rely on Nash/Gasol pick and rolls and Kobe Isolation plays with Smith and Wallace getting theirs off of that. It also gives the Lakers a second unit that can use Brooks perimeter scoring matched with World Peace's scoring versatility to provide a spark. </p><br><p><strong>Atlanta Hawks</strong>: What would an NBA season be without a few Josh Smith trade rumors? Well Atlanta has a chance to finally pull the trigger on Smith and get comparable talent in return. Batum was a sought after restricted free agent this offseason and has been very good for the Blazers. He gives the Hawks a legit perimeter scorer to match with Horford in the low post. He's a better fit for Horford than Smith because of that ability to stretch the floor and knock down shots as opposed to Smith who relies more on slashing. Batum is also 24 years old and when you match him with 26 year old Horford (both of whom are under contract for 4 more years) along with 24 year old Jeff Teague you have a very solid young nucleus that could be a player away from seriously contending.</p><br><p><strong>Portland Trailblazers</strong>: The last team in this 4 team blockbuster is the Blazers and some may be asking why get rid of Batum who they fought so hard to keep this offseason? The answer to that would be the emergence of Lillard. He gives them a tremendous scoring punch from the PG position and with Matthews already on the wing, it makes Batum expendable. And if they can get a legitimate center that can rebound and score the ball, they become even more dangerous. With Aldridge at the PF position and Lopez at Center, the Blazers become a matchup nightmare for most teams. Lillard, Matthews, Aldridge, and Lopez give the Blazers a real chance of competing in the West in the coming years. This would put them an athletic wing defender away from talking championship.</p><br><p><strong>END RESULT: </strong>The Lakers and Nets become threats for an NBA title right now (which is what they both want) and the Blazers and Hawks set themselves up with a young nucleus that is one player away from becoming serious contenders in the near future (which is what they both want). </p><br><br><br><br><p><strong>2.&nbsp;</strong><strong>Fire Mike D'Antoni. Hire Jerry Sloan.</strong></p><p>The first part of this equation has to happen. D'Antoni has officially crossed into the realm of old crazy,egotistical coach. Think about this: he has basically said my system with mediocre players is better than any other system with great players.<em> </em>Huh?! On what planet is that true in the game of basketball. Superstars and great players win in this league; plain and simple. </p><p>The second part of the equation is just something I'd love to see. Everything about the hire makes sense to me. First of all, him and Kobe are cut from the same cloth in terms of basketball mentality. They have an old-school toughness about each of them and I'd love to see that dynamic play out in the coach/player relationship that would develop. Second, here's a guy who spent 19 years coaching the greatest pick and roll duo of all-time. He made an art out of putting them in the best possible situation to be effective in the pick and roll and now you could give him arguably the best PG in the league at using the screen and the most skilled big in the<br>league.<em> </em>Oh and by the way that's Kobe Bryant standing over there not Byron Russell. Lastly, he would demand the most immediate results from the supporting cast which is exactly what Kobe and Nash need. However, the only way this works in time this year is if they do it now. </p><p>Now if I could just get the Buss family to read this blog...</p><br><br><br> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:57:29 GMT http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/1483707 Doodle24 Detroit Tigers Midseason Moves http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/1383346 <p>As we head into the All-Star break, it's a good time for organizations and their fan bases to sit back and evaluate their first half of the season. It's also important for them to decide what moves, if any, they need to make before that magical July 31 trade deadline. As a Tiger's fan, we have gone from loveable losers to respectable to contenders to a team viewed with similar hatred as teams like the Yankees and Red Sox in the past 10 years. However, the team has underperformed in the first half and some glaring holes have emerged. Some will correct themselves and others require attention. </p><p>So below I have listed 5 moves I would like to see the Tiger's pull off with #1 being the move I would love to see them make the most.<br></p><p><strong>#5 Trade Drew Smyly, Aaron Westlake, and a mid-level prospect for Cole Hammels. </strong>This is my lowest ranked move for one simple reason: it's a rental. I'm not a big fan of<br>giving up a ton for a player who is almost a guarantee to be around for only 4<br>months. For the Tiger's I'm 100% against a rental move that would include<br>Castellanos; he's too valuable and too good of a prospect right now to include<br>in a deal for a rental. However, I'd be OK with the move for Smyly. You<br>basically replace Smyly with Hammels for 4 months (HUGE upgrade in the<br>rotation). Then next year when Hammels moves on you replace that rotation spot<br>with Jacob Turner. In the short-term you develop the top 1-2 punch on the mound in baseball and in the long-term you have a young replacement for that 5<sup>th</sup><br>spot already waiting in the wings. The only problem with this is that I can't<br>see the Phillies making this move without Castellanos being the centerpiece. As<br>for Westlake he's a first baseman that hits for power but not much average;<br>good prospect but not when you have a log-jam at 1B for the next 10 years.<br></p><p><strong>#4 Trade Andy Oliver and a couple mid-level prospects for Matt Garza. </strong>If the Tigers are<br>going to go after someone other than Hammels, I would love it to be Garza; mostly<br>because they would have him this year and next. He is more than just a rental<br>player and could actually be a candidate for an extension at a reasonable rate<br>in comparison to Hammels. He would be a very solid fit as the #2 in the Detroit<br>rotation and would give them options with guys like Porcello and Smyly. <br></p><p><strong>SIDE NOTE: </strong>I'm one of the few who don't feel it's a huge need for Detroit to acquire more<br>starting pitching right now. I especially don't want to see them give up the<br>farm to bring in anyone for the rotation (unless they are named Felix Hernandez).<br>Porcello, Scherzer, and Fister will find their stride in the second half; none<br>of them may be the dominant #2 Detroit feels they need behind Verlander but<br>they'll be good enough. Porcello is the one we need to be especially patient<br>with; remember not that long ago (2008), Justin Verlander had an ERA of 4.84<br>with just 160 strikeouts despite pitching 200+ innings. That following year<br>(2009) was his first truly dominant year on the mound and that was his fourth<br>full year in the majors and he was 26 years old. This is Porcello's fourth full<br>year in the majors but he's only 23 years old! He has the chance to be a very<br>good major league pitcher and I see it happening as early as the second half of<br>this year or 2013 at the latest. In my opinion, Scherzer (27 years old also in<br>the fourth full year in majors) is the one who needs to be taking the heat not<br>Porcello.<br></p><p><strong>#3 Trade Aaron Westlake and Adam Wilk along with several mid-level prospects for a RH and LH power arm out of the bullpen. </strong>If we learned anything from last year's Texas Rangers, the best way to make up for a lack of starting pitching in the playoffs is to<br>stockpile your bullpen. Unless Verlander is pitching, this move would allow<br>them to carry enough quality arms out there to ask only 5 solid innings out of<br>the other 2 or 3 playoff starters. That's reasonable to ask and a lot less<br>pressure for guys like Porcello, Scherzer, and Fister. Then turn it over to RH<br>power arm, LH power arm, Benoit, and Valverde with Coke able to fill in the<br>gaps where necessary. That formula makes more sense to me than giving up a ton<br>for another starter.<br></p><p><strong>#2 Trade Ryan Raburn, James McCann, and a lower-level prospect for an everyday second baseman. </strong>I'm not asking the world here out of this deal, just a guy who can<br>hit .260, bat ninth, and play a high-end 2B. That really isn't asking a whole<br>lot and can be done with several different guys. The first target that appeals<br>to me is a familiar one: Placido Polanco. I know that he's old (he'll be 38 in<br>October) but he can still hit enough (hitting .266 right now) and would give<br>them a veteran presence who has been in a WS with Detroit. However, anyone who<br>fits the bill of an everyday second baseman would provide a much needed jolt to<br>a position that has been dreadful to this point for the Tigers. Raburn needs a<br>fresh start and between Don Kelly and Ramon Santiago they can back-up just<br>about every position other than catcher for Detroit.<br></p><p><strong>#1 Trade Brennan Boesch, Nick Castellanos, and Drew Smyly for Justin Upton. </strong>HERE WE GO!! Now this is a move that I'd be willing to give up the farm to make. The<br>Diamondbacks have made it known that while they aren't actively shopping Upton,<br>they are willing to listen. The Tigers would be wise to offer up a package that<br>includes a Major League outfielder, the hottest position prospect in baseball,<br>and a young arm with MLB experience to grab a guy who was runner-up for MVP<br>just last year in the National League. Plus, he's under control through 2015<br>for under $50 million which isn't too bad considering he's still only 24 years<br>old. The Tigers would have to either make another move to fill the rotation or<br>call up Turner but it'd be worth it! Imagine this lineup:</p><p>Jackson - CF</p><p>Berry - LF</p><p>Cabrera - 3B</p><p>Fielder - 1B</p><p>Upton - RF</p><p>Young - DH</p><p>Avila - C</p><p>Peralta - SS </p><p>Polanco - 2B<br></p><p>This move also allows them to let Delmon Young walk in Free Agency next year when Victor Martinez comes back. What an incredible lineup this would be and perhaps the only move I can see that makes sense for Castellanos to be included in. </p><p>Obviously, they can't make all of these moves but grabbing Polanco and Upton would put them in a position to hide some deficiencies if the staff is unable to turn it around. </p><br> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 19:47:55 GMT http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/1383346 Doodle24 Detroit Pistons' Offseason http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/1372186 As a Pistons fan, I'm finding Detroit at a very crucial offseason here in 2012. They are at a point right now where they are set up to be a back-end lottery team for the foreseeable future (as currently constructed). They are not so bad that they'll end up in the top 3 picks where you can potentially grab a franchise changer and not good enough to compete for anything but an 8 seed even on a good year; this is known as no man's land in the NBA. Joe D has put the Pistons in this position with a combination of bad signings and hanging on to players too long.&nbsp; So let's examine where it went wrong before we talk about what needs to happen now. <p>The list below is the string of bad front office decisions that have led to being in their current position:</p> <ul> <li>First and foremost the Gordon/Villanueva signings in the same offseason have proven disastrous and most could have predicted it at the time. Gordon was coming off three straight very productive scoring seasons so there was hope with him at the beginning but Villanueva had never shown he was worth the money the Pistons offered. </li> <li>One of the most overlooked bonehead moves made by Joe D was trading Aaron Afflalo to Denver for Walter Sharpe and a 2011 second pick. Seriously?! Afflalo has turned into one of the core players of a young nucleus for an up and coming Denver team. He's a 6'5 wing who is a lock down perimeter defender while averaging 15 points a game and shooting 40% from 3pt. Think Detroit could use him on the wing?</li> <li>The 2009 NBA Draft is one that has always bothered me. I just never saw what others saw in Austin Daye. I saw length but no real desirable skill set; wasn't a great athlete, not a great shooter, horrible defender, and IMO not a very high ceiling even if he did develop. Meanwhile, PG's like Jrue Holliday and Ty Lawson were passed over because it wasn't a need. Learn your lesson Joe, drafting for team need results in bad players. Find the best talent on the board and make it work. Having Holiday or Lawson in place would have allowed them to go with a guy like Klay Thompson or Kawhi Leonard last year rather than having to use that pick on Knight (I like Knight but taking Daye pushed the PG need back a couple years).</li> <li>Holding on to Tayshaun Prince for far too long and passing over other talented wings in the draft because of his presence.</li></ul> <p>Those are just the major moves that come to mind; there have been others dating all the way back to the 2003 NBA or as I like to call it, the great mistake. </p> <p>That being said, the Pistons have had some recent draft success and appear to have a few young pieces that could help lay the foundation for years of future success. Knight and Monroe will never be good enough to be able to be the #1 guy on a championship contending team but they can certainly be the #2 and #3 guys if they develop properly. Jerebko is the perfect role player type that you'd love to keep around for a long time especially since he's only 24 years old.&nbsp; As I go through this I'm basically assuming Knight and Monroe are untouchable (unless a blockbuster occurs for a superstar which I just can't see). Jerebko is also very unlikely to be moved. Everyone else is in play...and I mean EVERYONE.</p> <p>So with that being said I have put together a list of possibilities for the Pistons during the upcoming offseason that will put them in a better position to contend going forward.</p> <p>This is a list of moves that I believe they should do and it appears they have a realistic shot at accomplishing:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><strong>Trade Ben Gordon to the Chicago Bulls for Omer Asik and 2013 First-Round Pick.</strong> Ben Gordon is in the physical prime of his career at age 29 but he needs to play in a system that utilizes his talents correctly. Playing alongside Rose would take Gordon back up to the 18 point per game mark and give Rose a sharpshooting backcourt mate for the next 4 or 5 years. It would also allow the Bulls to use Hamilton strictly as a scorer with the 2<sup>nd</sup> unit which would better fit his skill set at this point in his career. As for the Pistons it will finally end the experiment that was Ben Gordon who wasn't horrible but never lived up to expectations (or the contract). And if they are able to land a true center who is only 25 years old they should be thrilled. Asik would only be asked to control the paint defensively and rebound (the two things he does best). He averaged 5 rebounds per game in just 15 minutes of action. He'd be the perfect complement to Monroe. It's a win-win for both teams. Plus the Pistons could add an additional first round pick next year (which will more than likely be a better pick than this year's #29 slot).</li> <li><strong>Use the #9 pick on Jeremy Lamb, Harrison Barnes, Perry Jones III, or Terrence Ross. </strong>Almost everywhere you look, the "experts" have the Pistons taking a shot-blocking project to pair with Monroe. This is falling back into the drafting for need strategy and if they are able to land Asik the need is much smaller. Plus I don't think reaching for Henson, Zeller, or Moutrie gets them much better defensively or on the glass for at least a couple years. Where the Pistons are selecting they are going to have their pick of a number of high risk/high reward wings and it's time they roll the dice. I really like all 4 of the guys mentioned above for one simple reason: they all know how to score the basketball! Something the Pistons have been lacking out of a wing since Hamilton during their championship years. They all have different levels of risk associated with them and my preference would be for someone who could play both the SF and SG positions but I'd be happy with any of the above. In 3 years it wouldn't surprise me to see 3 of these 4 guys develop into 15+ point per game wing scorers with one of those three being a 23-25 point per game guy. Don't ask me which is which but I'm willing to chance it with whichever one of the four the scouting department thinks has the best chance to be the 23-25 point per game guy.</li> <li><strong>Trade Tayshaun Prince and the #39 pick to Dallas for the #17 pick. </strong>We all know the Mavericks are looking to make big moves this offseason (Deron Williams and Dwight Howard would be a nice start). Part of convincing Williams to sign is going to be bringing in a roster around Nowitzki that shows D-Will they can compete for a championship immediately. Drafting a project player at #17 that may develop in 2-3 years isn't going to impress Williams in the least. So if they are able to grab a veteran defensive stopper like Prince (who just happens to be a good matchup against Durant) who can also knock down shots may go a long way. No idea how they'd get Howard but not sure they have a shot anyways. As for the Pistons, it's finally time to say goodbye to Prince. He's been good for Detroit on the court but he's also forced them to turn down chances at other wings that would have been good fits. With the moves mentioned above they'd be able to use this pick on truly the best player available and take a guy that has a high upside. If Dallas wasn't a willing trade partner there are other Western Conference teams in that mid-teens area that may be willing to deal (Houston and Minnesota).</li> <li><strong>Take best player available with the #17 pick. </strong>Depending on how the draft shakes out this could be any number of different players that play a multitude of positions and it will also depend on who they select with that #9 pick. The list should include guys like John Henson, Tyler Zeller, Arnett Moultrie, Terrance Jones, Austin Rivers, Meyers Leonard, Moe Harkless, Fab Melo, and Quincy Miller. Out of all those guys I would be very happy with Terrance Jones, Myers Leonard, or Moe Harkless. Jones and Harkless are multi-dimensional and have high upside while Leonard is a raw post who has the chance to develop into an impactful starting center in 2-3 years. However, any of the guys listed wouldn't be expected to play a huge role as a rookie and would be allowed to develop over the next couple of years. </li> <li><strong>Sign Jordan Hill (unless they use second first round pick on a center). </strong>I know he's not the dominating player that you would expect out of a lottery pick just a few years ago but I think he found his game a little during the Lakers playoff run. Not to mention he's relatively young and has a chance to continue to develop. He's a bit undersized at the center position but he plays big and his high energy and athleticism would be a great complement to Asik. </li></ul> <p>Those five moves may seem a little aggressive and too reliant on this year's draft class but Detroit needs to make some drastic moves ASAP. The results of these moves would be mean their key contributors would be Knight, Monroe, Stuckey, Asik, Hill, Jerebko, Bynum, and 2 rookies (along with a few leftovers from the current roster). Not to mention they would end up with an additional first round pick next year. A 4-man rotation of Monroe, Jerebko, Asik, and Hill at the 4 and 5 positions would drastically improve their ability to score in and defend the paint. The perimeter will depend largely on who they take with their draft picks (Perry Jones III and Terrence Ross would be the absolute perfect combination IMO). However, I'll take that roster in hopes the 2 rookies develop nicely over the next two years (along with Knight and Monroe) and ultimately produce a young and talented roster that is able to compete in the Eastern Conference. </p> <p>Pay Attention Joe D!!!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 20:06:58 GMT http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/1372186 Doodle24 2012 NFL Mock Draft - Final Version (3 Rounds) http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/1357387 Here I go with my final mock draft of the year! One of the few where you will see anticipated trades. This is the best combination of what I think will happen and what should happen that I could come up with. Let me know what you think of your team's draft. Let's go! <p><strong></strong>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ROUND 1</strong></p> <p><strong>1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford</strong></p> <p>This pick isn't even worth discussing at this point. The Colts have their man for the next 10 years. The key for them is going to be what they do with their picks at the top of the 2<sup>nd</sup> and 3<sup>rd</sup> Rounds. They lost a lot more than just Peyton Manning this past offseason and this was a team that showed how bad they were outside of just the QB position last season. This pick is done but those other picks will be huge in determining how quickly they return to prominence.</p> <p><strong></strong>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Washington Redskins - Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor</strong></p> <p>This is a pick that comes with a certain level of added pressure to a young QB. Not only is he the #2 pick in the draft but he's going to a big market in Washington where he is expected to step in from day one and be the guy. Also, they won't be adding any high-level pieces via the draft in the next two drafts after this one. The trading of those picks makes their scouting and evaluating all that much more important over the coming years. They will be forced to grab impact players without the use of a first rounder for two years and without a second rounder this year. That's a lot of pressure on a young man.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Minnesota Vikings - Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU</strong></p> <p>Every mock draft you see has the top 6 going the same way. Well that tells me it will go completely different than what people think. It was widely assumed that this draft would really begin at pick #4 with Cleveland but now it's being thought that the Vikings are split between 3 prospects. Now this most certainly could be nothing but a smokescreen to try and generate trade interest in the #3 pick to move back, pick up additional picks, and still get a guy they want. However, I have to believe Minnesota looks at the other 3 teams in the division and realizes they need someone to cover these guys. Some would argue that CB's aren't worth top 5 picks no matter how good; I completely disagree with that premise. A true man-to-man shut down corner can be invaluable to a defense. It allows coverage to shade the opposite side of the field and frees up your safeties to make plays elsewhere. Claiborne is a top-tier talent who makes a huge impact on that defense. Also, playing into this decision is the depth at the WR position in this draft.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Cleveland Browns - Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama</strong></p> <p>The Browns are in desperate need for playmakers on the offensive side of the football and Richardson has the ability to make the biggest impact early in his career. He is an every down back who has the ability to lead your team in carries and catches (similar to Ray Rice). Much like the Vikings before them, the Browns also see a number of talented WR's being available when they pick at #22.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Jacksonville Jaguars </strong>(Tampa Bay trades pick #5 to the Jaguars for picks #7, #38, and #101) <strong>Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State</strong></p> <p>Let me start with Tampa Bay. They end up losing out on the two players they are targeting if things are to play out this way. I don't think they care whether they get Claiborne or Richardson, so long as they get one of them. Since both are gone and without a real need at OT or WR they shop the pick for someone who wants Blackmon. If they can move back just two spots and pick up an additional 2<sup>nd</sup> and 4<sup>th</sup> this move makes a lot of sense.</p> <p>As for the Jaguars, the rumors are flying that they are looking desperately to trade down to get some additional picks and more value out of their pick than they feel they can get at #7. However, when the opportunity presents itself to trade up for Blackmon the Jaguars pull the trigger. They still desperately need a #1 WR even with the signing of Robinson. Blackmon gives Gabbert a true #1 WR and fills perhaps their biggest need. Also, they don't have to use any of their future picks to move up and get him which keeps them in line to be involved with Barkley next year if Gabbert is a disaster again.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>St. Louis Rams </strong>(from Redskins) <strong>Matt Kalil, OT, USC</strong></p> <p>Call me crazy but I actually think this may be the best thing that could happen to the Rams. They miss out on Blackmon who they desperately need but the reality is they gave up 55 sacks last year.&nbsp; In his first two seasons, Bradford has paid the price for a lack of an offensive line. Kalil steps in from day one at LT and protects Bradford's blindside. He allows the Rams to slide Saffold inside to guard and keep Smith at RT (or vice versa). Along with Dahl and Wells, their line would actually have the potential to be very good and would certainly be better than the 55 sacks of last year. Plus, if Smith doesn't pan out or gets hurt again, Saffold now has the versatility to move to RT and they can plug in a guard. I know it's not the sexy pick but I actually think the Rams should be very happy if Kalil falls to them at the #6 spot. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>7.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Tampa Bay Buccaneers </strong>(from Jaguars) <strong>Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College</strong></p> <p>The key with teams trading back is finding value with those additional picks rather than reaching. Tampa Bay has a need at the CB position but I just don't see another CB who wouldn't be a reach at this point. So they match the highest rated player on the board with one of their other top needs. This team is in desperate need of a leader on defense that can take the reins from Ronde Barber and they also need a middle linebacker who can make plays sideline-to-sideline. Kuechly fits both of those roles and happens to be the highest rated player on a lot of boards at this point. The only thing holding Kuechly back is his position; he's far and away the best linebacker in this draft.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>8.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Miami Dolphins - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&amp;M</strong></p> <p>The only question on draft day is whether the Dolphins feel they need to move up to grab Tannehill. At the end of the day, I just don't see anyone else desperate enough for a QB to pay the price to jump into the top 10. So the Dolphins are able to sit tight and grab their guy here at #8. Let me make it clear, this is not a pick that I agree with at this point. I believe the Dolphins would be better off with Matt Moore at QB and grabbing an impact DE or WR here. However, this day in age guys like Tannehill go almost a full round of where they probably should. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>9.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Carolina Panthers - Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State</strong></p> <p>Rumors are flying on Cox and his value has skyrocketed over the past month and especially in the past week. The Panthers would be thrilled to grab him here with the #9 pick. They would get a true impact DT who has the ability to penetrate not just plug. With this selection, Carolina now has the ability to rotate the other two youngsters alongside Cox to form a very impactful defensive line. They will consider Ingram here if Cox is gone.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Buffalo Bills - Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame</strong></p> <p>The Bills are sitting in a great position here at #10. They will have their choice of two players who fit their biggest needs (WR and OT). In the end, the decision comes down to highest impact from day one and highest rated player on the board. While an OT is a need, they have made it clear they are comfortable going to battle with the O-Line they currently have. They certainly need to bring in an OT with one of their first two picks but grabbing Floyd was too tempting to pass up. Floyd has a real chance to become a pro-bowl caliber WR in his career; matching him with Johnson gives the Bills a pair of dynamic weapons for Fitzpatrick. The Bills may jump ahead of both the Jets and Dolphins in the division with their active offseason.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>11.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Kansas City Chiefs - David DeCastro, G, Stanford</strong></p> <p>The Chiefs will be very tempted by Dontari Poe but I'm not sure he fits best as a 3-4 NT which is what the Chiefs need. On the other hand, DeCastro fits a huge need and is the perfect fit for what the Chiefs are trying to do. With the addition of Winston at RT and now adding DeCastro to the interior of that line, you've got one of the better lines in the league. Charles and Hillis should have a ton of success running behind this guy for years to come.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Seattle Seahawks - Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina</strong></p> <p>The Seahawks will not spend much time getting this pick to podium if Ingram falls them to here at #12. They need a 3-down DE who they can pair with Clemons to put pressure on the QB without sending extra defenders. Ingram is probably the best player available at this point in the draft and fills one of the team's biggest needs.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>13.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Arizona Cardinals - Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa</strong></p> <p>The Cardinals are another team that will spend little time getting this pick to the podium if the draft shakes out this way. They must protect Kolb if they expect him to have any sort of success next year. Reiff is a very solid prospect who is probably a reach in the top 10 but a good fit here at #13. Not really sure the Cardinals would consider anyone else here if Reiff is available; maybe Floyd.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>14.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Dallas Cowboys - Mark Barron, S, Alabama</strong></p> <p>Dallas is going to be torn when it comes their turn to pick. Barron makes the most sense here and gives that defensive backfield another major upgrade. I personally think he is a top 10 talent and we've seen the value of safeties increase in recent years with the emergence of the hybrid TE. They are going to be very tempted to grab Poe here but it's hard to see them passing on a chance to upgrade one of their biggest weaknesses. Barron and Carr give them two legitimate playmakers in the defensive backfield that they lacked last year. Barron has a chance to be the next great safety in this league and the Cowboys would be wise to grab him here.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>15.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New England Patriots </strong>(Philadelphia trades pick #15 to the Patriots for picks #27 and #31)<strong> - Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis</strong></p> <p>Let's start with Philadelphia. They don't have any glaring needs in this draft where they need to find an immediate starter other than maybe OLB so they are going to be open to discussing a trade here at #15. They end up getting two late first round picks this year.</p> <p>The Patriots have two first round picks this year and as a result you can anticipate them being active. They have a desperate need for playmakers in that front seven and Poe is exactly the type of guy that Bellechik loves to utilize. He can be a disruptive force (especially when paired with Wilfork) on that defensive line in both a 3-4 and a 4-3. Poe instantly upgrades a defensive line that was horrible last year. With 4 picks in the top 2 rounds, the Patriots can afford to package some picks to move up and grab an impact guy in the top half of the round.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>16.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Detroit Lions </strong>(New York Jets trade pick #16 to Detroit for pick #23, #54, and #117) <strong>Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina</strong></p> <p>The Jets have a need for a pass-rusher at OLB but they also have a number of needs that have to be addressed and moving down 7 spots for an additional 2<sup>nd</sup> Round and 4<sup>th</sup> Round pick. The Jets will still have a number of different pass-rushing OLB's to choose from at #23.</p> <p>The Lions can continue to pretend they are going to stay pat and take the best player available but the reality is they need a CB and if they don't trade up both of the CB's with first round grades will be gone. Gilmore is a plug and go CB. He steps in and starts opposite of Houston from Day One. It allows Lacey and Berry to play the Nickel position and replaces the one starter they lost with an upgrade. The Lions would be smart to move up for an impact guy. Also, keep an eye on Cliff Avril. There are rumblings that the Lions may be willing to shop him to move up in the draft. More than a few teams would be interested in a 25 year-old pass rusher on the upswing of his career.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>17.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Cincinnati Bengals </strong>(from Raiders) <strong>Cordy Glenn, OT/G, Georgia</strong></p> <p>The Bengals have brought in a number of different CB's this offseason in hopes one of them steps up opposite of Hall. Those additions move down the need for CB and push OG as the biggest need. Glenn is a hot prospect right now because of his versatility. The Bengals will use him at guard but he also provides value because he can slide outside and play both tackle positions as well. That versatility pushes him to the top of the list for the Bengals.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>18.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Pittsburgh Steelers </strong>(San Diego trades pick #18 to the Steelers for picks #24 and #56)<strong> - Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama</strong></p> <p>The Chargers have a lot of holes to fill and the guys they are targeting here will still be available at #24. If Cordy Glenn is available here they would stay and that would be the pick. However, with him gone they will look to trade back.</p> <p>As for the Steelers, they want Hightower and he fits about as well into that scheme as any player that has come along in the past 3 or 4 years. He steps in and replaces Farrior instantly and brings that LB corps another nasty addition for years to come. Moving up 6 spots and giving up their second round pick is well worth it for this guy in this system.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>19.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Chicago Bears - Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina</strong></p> <p>I really think the Bears have put themselves into the discussions as a favorite to win the Super Bowl this next season. They have finally acquired the top-flight WR that they've been missing for years and if they can make Forte happy, they are going to be tough. Coples is a player that is sliding right now due to character concerns but the Bears are willing to chance it here at #19. With former UNC defensive end Julius Peppers on the roster and a number of veteran leaders in place, Coples will be forced to get with the program. And when he does, he becomes a disruptive DE who they can pair with Peppers to form a dynamic duo off the edge to make life tough on Stafford and Rodgers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>20.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Tennessee Titans - Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama</strong></p> <p>The Titans could go a number of different ways here with this pick including grabbing an offensive lineman but they decide to replace Finnegan with a CB who most believe is ready to start from day one. Coming from Alabama gives him a leg up when it comes to his adjustment to the NFL. If Glenn or DeCastro happen to fall this far, the Titans won't hesitate to grab one of them here.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>21.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Cincinnati Bengals - Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor</strong></p> <p>The Bengals are sitting in a good position with these two mid-round picks and in this scenario they are able to fill two of their biggest needs with two of the best players available at the time. Wright would make the perfect complement to AJ Green. He lacks the ideal size for a #1 WR but seems to be a great fit as a #2 WR with his ability to go across the middle and run after the catch.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>22.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Cleveland Browns </strong>(from Falcons) <strong>- Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech</strong></p> <p>The Browns have been rumored to be interested in Brandon Weeden here at this spot but I believe they would essentially be wasting the pick they acquired by moving back last year.&nbsp; If anything they need to use their high second round pick to take him but no higher. With this pick they continue adding playmakers. Hill is extremely raw but he has the physical tools to become a dominant #1 WR. The Browns are in need of hitting a homerun at WR and this guy could be that if developed properly.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>23.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New York Jets </strong>(from Lions) - <strong>Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama</strong></p> <p>The Jets end up grabbing a guy here at #23 that they were strongly considering at #16. The Jets need to upgrade their pass rush in this draft and Upshaw seems to be a great fit for the Jets scheme. He can get after the quarterback off the edge opposite of Pace and is a very good value here. If they are able to move back, grab 2 extra picks, and still get there guy here at #23 they should be very happy. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>24.&nbsp; </strong><strong>San Diego Chargers </strong>(from Steelers) <strong>- Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford</strong></p> <p>The Chargers move back and much like the Jets still get their guy here at #24. San Diego took a big step back last year on the offensive side of the football and a large reason was the lack of protection. Rivers is one of the top QB's in the NFL and he needs a reasonable amount of time in the pocket to prove that once again. Martin has slid some since this process started but I believe he is good value here and fits a big need for Chargers. Martin's strength is in pass blocking and we know how much the Chargers like to do that.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>25.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Denver Broncos - Michael Brockers, DT, LSU</strong></p> <p>Broncos have been looking for an impact DT for years now and they may finally get one here in a deep defensive tackle class. Brockers is still a bit raw but he showed an explosive, penetrating style that will upgrade the position for Denver. Putting pressure on the middle of opposing offensive lines will help Von Miller be even more effective on the outside.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>26.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Houston Texans - Chandler Jones, DE/OLB, Syracuse</strong></p> <p>Here is one of the few times in this first round where I will ignore one of the team's top needs and take best player available. The Texans got good production off the edge last year when Williams went down (one of the reasons they didn't fall over themselves to re-sign him). However, Jones is a perfect fit in that 3-4 OLB/Nickel DE role that Williams fit into and he's the best player available on the board. The Texans have a very talented roster and Jones will provide a lot of heat on opposing QB's.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>27.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Philadelphia Eagles (</strong>from Patriots through Saints) <strong>Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame</strong></p> <p>The Eagles traded back from #15 to grab a guy in Smith who realistically could start in their first game. He'll compete with Coleman for that starting job and more than likely, he'll win it. Smith could give the Eagles the impact safety they have been missing since the newly retired Brian Dawkins left.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>28.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Green Bay Packers - Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State</strong></p> <p>The Packers have made it pretty clear that they need an impact edge rusher to put opposite of Matthews and McClellin seems to be the perfect choice. He may not have the high ceiling of a Perry or Branch but his floor is also a lot higher. He's a hard worker who will be productive in his "secondary" edge rusher role.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>29.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Baltimore Ravens - Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin</strong></p> <p>The Ravens need help in both the short-term and long-term on the offensive line. Konz can come in a fill the guard spot for a year and then eventually take over for Birk at the center position. I actually think Konz is a pretty good value here. Some would consider this a reach but I've mocked him all the way up at 20 to Tennessee. Linemen from Wisconsin rarely fail in the NFL and Konz will be an above average starter for 10+ years for the Ravens.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>30.&nbsp; </strong><strong>San Francisco 49ers - Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin</strong></p> <p>The 49ers take what I consider is the first reach of the round (other than Tannehill). However, they have done such a nice job in Free Agency that they can afford to reach for a need. Zeitler is very similar to fellow Badger Konz who went the pick before. He is going to be an above average starter on this line for 10+ years. Guard is really the only glaring hole on this team and if they aren't able to trade back, they'll take Zeitler and plug him in to a starting spot.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>31.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Philadelphia Eagles </strong>(from Patriots) <strong>- Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska</strong></p> <p>The Eagles have a very talented roster and can afford to take best player available no matter what pick they end up with; however, David is a guy who will start from day one. The scouts are in love with this undersized former safety. Other than his less than average measurables (6'0 - 230 lbs.), he has everything else you'd want in a playmaking linebacker. The Eagles come away with two potential starters on what is an already talented team.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>32.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New York Giants - Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State</strong></p> <p>The Giants are the benefactors of Adams falling to this point. They have a need on the offensive line and Adams has the potential to become a starting LT in this league for a long time. He needs a swift kick in the pants to motivate and that just happens to be Tom Coughlin's specialty. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Round 2</strong></p> <p><strong>33.&nbsp; </strong><strong>St. Louis Rams - Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State</strong></p> <p>The Rams are in a great position here with two picks toward the top of the second round. There's going to be a handful of players available here with first round grades. St. Louis would be smart to take the one that fits their biggest need. Worthy is a DT who has a solid first round grade and he fits a need area for them. He probably starts opposite of Langford by game one.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>34.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Indianapolis Colts - Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford</strong></p> <p>This is a pick that makes a whole lot of sense if he's available at this point. The Colts have a glaring need at TE, Fleener is one of the top players available at this point, and there's not a better way to make your new franchise QB more comfortable than to bring in his favorite target.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>35.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Minnesota Vikings - Bobby Massie, OT, Mississippi</strong></p> <p>The Vikings shocked everyone and passed on Kalil in the first round to take Claiborne. Here in the second round they grab an OT who has a chance to compete for a starting spot in his rookie year. He may not be Kalil but he certainly gives the line a much needed upgrade.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>36.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Doug Martin, RB, Boise State</strong></p> <p>The Buccaneers have a major need at the running back position and it's not a question of if they take one, it's when. With two picks here at the top of the second round, they use one on a RB who can at minimum split carries with Blount but more than likely he becomes the feature back with Blount being situational.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>37.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Cleveland Browns - Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State</strong></p> <p>It's highly unlikely that the Browns, who have 3 picks in the top 37, don't use one of them on a QB. For their sake, I hope it's this one. Weeden will be available here and RB and WR are much bigger needs. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>38.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Tampa Bay Buccaneers </strong>(from Jaguars) <strong>Josh Robinson, CB, UCF</strong></p> <p>The Bucs need a CB mostly because of the uncertainty surrounding Talib's off-the-field issues. Robinson is an intriguing prospect and has a chance to become a very effective starter in the NFL. At the very least, he'll be serviceable, along with Wright, for a year while Talib deals with his problems and then compete for the opening that will be left when Barber is gone.&nbsp; </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>39.&nbsp; </strong><strong>St. Louis Rams </strong>(from Redskins) <strong>Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama</strong></p> <p>At some point, the reward has to outweigh the risk, and for Jenkins that point comes early in the second round. The Rams don't have as big of a need at CB anymore with the addition of Finnegan but Jenkins has the talent to give the Rams two shut down CB's if he keeps his nose clean. Jeff Fisher dealt with Pacman Jones in Tennessee and isn't afraid of taking that type of risk; especially with veteran Finnegan already in place.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>40.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Carolina Panthers - Andre Branch, DE, Clemson</strong></p> <p>What a draft the Panthers would have going if they were able to land Cox and Branch with their first two picks. The best way to improve a struggling defense is to increase the amount of pressure you put on QB's. These first two picks do exactly that. Branch has a legitimate chance to start opposite of Johnson and at the very least he becomes part of a talented DE rotation. Branch also happens to be the best player available at this point.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>41.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Buffalo Bills - Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State</strong></p> <p>The Bills say that they are comfortable with their current offensive line situation and maybe they truly are. However, they must at least bring in some depth and talent that can push the starters. The Florida State OT has experience at both tackle positions, he's a smart kid, and has the potential to turn into an above average starter within a few years.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>42.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Miami Dolphins - Rueben Randle, WR, LSU</strong></p> <p>Here is where the Dolphins reaching for Tannehill hurts them. If they were able to grab a guy like Michael Floyd in the first round, they could focus on another need here. However, they will settle for Randle here. Randle is a solid prospect but I see him as an above average #2 WR at best. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>43.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Seattle Seahawks - Mychal Kendricks, ILB, California</strong></p> <p>Seattle lost a big part of their defense when Hawthorne left. Kendricks is a talented middle linebacker who probably starts immediately.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>44.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Kansas City Chiefs - Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington</strong></p> <p>The Chiefs solidified their O-Line in round one and here they do the same with their defensive line. Ta'amu is a big bodied NT who will eat up blockers on the inside which is something the Chiefs desperately need.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>45.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Dallas Cowboys - Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC</strong></p> <p>The Cowboys would jump for joy if Perry was still available here at #45. Perry is a borderline first-round talent who can make an immediate impact for the Cowboys opposite of Ware. Barron and Perry would make an already improved defense that much better. Cowboys would be draft winners if they landed these two guys.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>46.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Philadelphia Eagles - Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut</strong></p> <p>The Eagles continue their stockpiling of defensive talent with the addition of Reyes. He will certainly make his way into the defensive line rotation and has the chance to make an impact early. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>47.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New York Jets - Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina</strong></p> <p>The Jets would be getting an incredible value here with Jeffery at #47. A lot of people are down on him. However, when he had solid QB play two years ago he was considered the best WR in the country. He has the big body of a guy like Plaxico Burress in his prime and the Jets desperately need a top target. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>48.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New England Patriots </strong>(from Raiders) <strong>- Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois</strong></p> <p>The Patriots continue to rebuild that defensive front with Mercilus. At this point in the draft the defensive end out of Illinois is a steal. He slides because of the "one-year wonder" fear but he's a great value here. What a huge impact Poe and Mercilus could have on a defensive front that struggled last season.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>49.&nbsp; </strong><strong>San Diego Chargers - Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern State</strong></p> <p>The Chargers would be wise to spend their first two picks in this draft on upgrading their O-Line. They were devastated last year by injuries and now they are in need of two new starters if they are serious about keeping Rivers upright. Silatolu is a hot prospect right now and could be a steal here if he develops into what many feel he can.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>50.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Chicago Bears - Devon Still, DT, Penn State</strong></p> <p>I can hear the Bears fans now screaming about how they need O-Line and I completely agree with them. However, reaching to fill the need is only smart when you have one specific position you are looking for and a prospect fits that bill. Where they are picking, the value is going to be in the defensive line. Adding Coples and Still will inject much needed talent and youth into that front.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>51.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Philadelphia Eagles </strong>(from Cardinals) <strong>Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State</strong></p> <p>In this scenario the Eagles end up with 4 picks between 27 and 51. With the first three picks they grab guys who are going to have an immediate impact. Now with their 4<sup>th</sup> of these picks they take a developmental QB in Osweiler who has a tremendous upside. He will be able to sit for a few years while he develops into what they hope will be a top QB. And if he doesn't, they spent their 4<sup>th</sup> of 4 picks in a single draft; not a huge loss.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>52.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Tennessee Titans - Kelechi Osemele, OG, Iowa State</strong></p> <p>The Titans don't have a glaring need at this point with the signing of Hutchinson but they could use a versatile lineman who can compete at several positions. Osemele is a guard but he can also play tackle which gives the team the depth they are looking for while also adding a potential starter.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>53.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Cincinnati Bengals - Dwight Bentley, CB, Louisiana-Lafayette</strong></p> <p>The Bengals have reduced their need for a defensive back with one of their first two picks. However, they still have a need to bring in some young talent. Bentley is a talented CB who will push some of those veterans early in his career and has the potential to make a very solid #2 behind Leon Hall.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>54.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New York Jets </strong>(from Lions) <strong>- Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati</strong></p> <p>The Jets have addressed several of their biggest needs through their first two picks. Here they simply take the best player available in Wolfe. He is a versatile defensive lineman who Ryan will use in his rotation effectively.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>55.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Atlanta Falcons - Jeff Allen, OG, Illinois</strong></p> <p>With their first selection in this year's draft the Falcons nab a guy who is a versatile guard who can help to solidify the interior of this offensive line. Allen is a good value here for Atlanta.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>56.&nbsp; </strong><strong>San Diego Chargers </strong>(from Steelers) <strong>- Brandon Taylor, S, LSU</strong></p> <p>Under this scenario, the Chargers massively upgrade their O-Line with their first two picks and here they grab a guy in Taylor who can compete for a spot from day one.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>57.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Denver Broncos - LeMichael James, RB, Oregon</strong></p> <p>After grabbing an impact defender in round one, the Broncos give Manning a new toy out of the backfield. James will never be a feature back but he can be one hell of a complementary back with a similar career to Darren Sproles.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>58.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Houston Texans - Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State</strong></p> <p>The Texans must begin looking for a true #2 WR opposite of Andre Johnson. Walters and Jones are decent but Quick has a chance to be a very good complement to Johnson. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>59.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Green Bay Packers - Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana</strong></p> <p>Johnson is a prospect that I like a lot and I actually think he'll probably end up going higher than this but if he lasts this long the Packers would gladly take him. He won't be asked to start in his rookie year and he can learn from Charles Woodson. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>60.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Baltimore Ravens - A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois</strong></p> <p>The Ravens don't have a ton of needs (outside of offensive line) so they can afford to grab best available without the expectation of grabbing guys who can start from day one. Jenkins would be a very nice complement to their current receiving corps.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>61.&nbsp; </strong><strong>San Francisco 49ers - Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson</strong></p> <p>Harbaugh loves to utilize the TE position and he already has a stud in Davis. Allen can come in and be that #2 TE from day one. If he improves his blocking, he can make a real impact on this offense early in his career. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>62.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New England Patriots - Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska</strong></p> <p>The Patriots continue their defensive upgrades by bringing in a guy who can be compete for time and add some much needed talent and depth to that defensive backfield. He may end up translating into a safety allowing McCourty to play at CB exclusively.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>63.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New York Giants - Lamar Miller, RB, Miami</strong></p> <p>The Giants need a RB after the departure of Jacobs and Miller is listed as many as the second best back in this draft. However, Martin and James go ahead of him and the Giants reap the benefits.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ROUND 3</strong></p> <p><strong>64.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Indianapolis Colts - Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson</strong></p> <p><strong>65.&nbsp; </strong><strong>St. Louis Rams - Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers</strong></p> <p><strong>66.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Minnesota Vikings - Marvin Mcnutt, WR, Iowa</strong></p> <p><strong>67.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Cleveland Browns - Mitchell Schwartz, OT, California</strong></p> <p><strong>68.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Orson Charles, TE, Georgia</strong></p> <p><strong>69.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Washington Redskins - Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami (OH)</strong></p> <p><strong>70.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Jacksonville Jaguars - Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall</strong></p> <p><strong>71.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Buffalo Bills - Ronnell Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma</strong></p> <p><strong>72.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Miami Dolphins - Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina</strong></p> <p><strong>73.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Miami Dolphins </strong>(from Carolina through Chicago) <strong>- Donald Stephenson, OT, Oklahoma</strong></p> <p><strong>74.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Kansas City Chiefs - Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State</strong></p> <p><strong>75.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Seattle Seahawks - Nick Foles, QB, Arizona</strong></p> <p><strong>76.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Houston Texans </strong>(from Philadelphia) <strong>- James Brown, OG, Troy</strong></p> <p><strong>77.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New York Jets - David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech</strong></p> <p><strong>78.&nbsp; </strong><strong>San Diego Chargers - Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech</strong></p> <p><strong>79.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Chicago Bears - Joe Looney, OG, Wake Forest</strong></p> <p><strong>80.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Arizona Cardinals - Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin</strong></p> <p><strong>81.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Dallas Cowboys - Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia</strong></p> <p><strong>82.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Tennessee Titans - Tyrone Crawford, DE, Boise State</strong></p> <p><strong>83.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Cincinnati Bengals - Oliver Vernon, DE, Miami</strong></p> <p><strong>84.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Atlanta Falcons - Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas</strong></p> <p><strong>85.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Detroit Lions - Ben Jones, C/G, Georgia</strong></p> <p><strong>86.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Pittsburgh Steelers - Tony Bergstrom, OG, Utah</strong></p> <p><strong>87.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Denver Broncos - Josh Norman, CB, Coastal Carolina</strong></p> <p><strong>88.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Philadelphia Eagles </strong>(from Houston) <strong>- Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri</strong></p> <p><strong>89.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New Orleans Saints - Jared Crick, DE, Nebraska</strong></p> <p><strong>90.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Green Bay Packers - Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati </strong></p> <p><strong>91.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Baltimore Ravens - Chris Polk, RB, Washington</strong></p> <p><strong>92.&nbsp; </strong><strong>San Francisco 49ers - Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia</strong></p> <p><strong>93.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New England Patriots - Antonio Allen, S, South Carolina</strong></p> <p><strong>94.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New York Giants - Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt</strong></p> <p><strong>95.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Oakland Raiders </strong>(compensatory) <strong>- Bruce Irvin, OLB, West Virginia</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There you have it! What do you think?</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:30:25 GMT http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/1357387 Doodle24 2012 NFL Mock Draft - Version 2.0 (3 Rounds) http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/1341028 &nbsp; Here we go with Version 2.0! Couple things on this mock: <ul> <li>I wanted to get one out before free agency. Obviously in the next week and half we are going to know a lot more about team needs.</li> <li>I love getting feedback from fans of these teams. Interested to know how you would feel if your draft went this way.</li> <li>My next mock will come out about a week or two after free agency has started.</li> <li>ENJOY!</li></ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ROUND 1</strong></p> <p><strong>1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford</strong></p> <p>As we move further along in the process, Peyton Manning is no longer a Colt. I really think Luck has been talked about for so long that people are starting to take for granted how good he really is. I'm hearing Luck vs. Griffin debates and talk about how he's not great at this or that: STOP IT NOW.&nbsp; He is that good! Just because we've known it forever doesn't change the fact that this guy is going to lead the franchise as a high-end QB for the next 12+ years. There really are no other options here.</p> <p>I'll also take this minute to state that I believe the Colts are making a mistake by letting Manning walk as a FA. I believe they should pay the roster bonus and trade Manning to Miami or Washington for their top 10 pick, a 3<sup>rd</sup> rounder this year, and a 2<sup>nd</sup> rounder next year.&nbsp; They should also include some cash in that trade to help offset the money paid to Manning. Granted it's not my money and $28 million is a hefty bonus to pay, but he still holds significant value and the return they would receive for him (in terms of building block type of draft picks) would more than offset the money paid in my opinion. However, this won't happen and as a result the Colts only get a money savings in return for his departure. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Cleveland Browns</strong> (Rams trade the #2 pick in the draft to Browns for the #4 pick, #22 pick, #36 pick, #68 pick and 2013 2<sup>nd</sup> Rounder) <strong>- Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor</strong></p> <p>This is another move that has is becoming a popular opinion among other draft analysts. In fact, I'm actually starting to see projected trades in mock drafts that normally don't do any type of draft projections (just remember where you saw the trades first).</p> <p>First from the Rams perspective, I believe they will think long and hard about taking Kalil at this spot. However, when the Browns come calling with the #22 pick and only having to slide down 2 slots along with additional early round selections, it's too much for the Rams to pass up. They have too many holes on the team (and one QB isn't one of them) that can be plugged with quality picks to not make this move.</p> <p>As for the Browns, they have to do something to create a buzz about their football team. At the end of the day, franchises are run with two goals in mind: win football games and make money. This pick makes sense in achieving both of those goals. If you read my first mock draft you understand how pathetic I believe Cleveland has become on the offensive side of the football. And now that Hillis is almost certainly gone, it's only going to get worse. Griffin steps in from day one and becomes the face of a franchise that desperately needs a marquee name. Word out there now is that Browns don't want to give up both of their first round picks to move up; well in my opinion if they are able to land Griffin without giving up a future first round pick they should do it.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Minnesota Vikings - Matt Kalil, OT, USC</strong></p> <p>If Luck and Griffin III go 1-2, this becomes another no-brainer pick for the Vikings. They have the best RB in the game and a young QB who they feel is their franchise guy; the next step is putting together an O-Line in front of them. Kalil has potential to be a cornerstone guy for a long time to come and the Vikings know that.&nbsp; If the Rams decide to keep the pick and Kalil is off the board at this point, the Vikings will look to trade the pick to the highest bidder and move back in the draft. They would consider Claiborne here as well but I don't see any scenario in which they wouldn't take Kalil or trade the pick to someone looking to land RG3.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Chicago Bears</strong> (Rams trade the #4 pick to the Bears for #19 pick, #51 pick, #72 pick, and 2013 1<sup>st</sup> Round Pick) <strong>- Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State</strong></p> <p>WHAMMY! The Rams continue their New England Patriots impersonation with this move. I really believe you are going to see a significant increase in trades at the top of the draft beginning with this year. Teams don't have to commit as much guaranteed money to these rookies so franchises are more willing to take a chance to move up and grab their guy.</p> <p>I'll start with the Rams again.&nbsp; They are going to be in a position to grab their biggest need at #2 (OT Kalil) and their second biggest need at #4 (WR Blackmon) so most would ask why give up the opportunity to take one of them? Because they end up with following as a result: #19 pick, #22 pick, #36 pick, #51 pick, #68, and #72 pick this year and an addition first and second rounder in 2013, all for the #2 pick! Add in their original #34 pick and #66 pick and with good sound drafting you have the recipe to go from pretender to contender quickly. That's worth giving up Kalil or Blackmon!</p> <p>As for the Bears, they are giving up a lot no question but they are so close to being a Super Bowl favorite that this move could easily put them over the top. Giving up next year's first round pick (likely in the mid to late 20's) along with their first three picks of this year also frees up some cash that can be spent on locking up Forte long-term (which needs to be a priority). The final piece that convinced me this is going to happen is the fact that a new GM could score HUGE bonus points with Bears fans if he was able to do the one thing the previous regime couldn't: land a legitimate #1 receiving threat. The addition of Blackmon allows the Bears to slot their receivers exactly where they belong (Blackmon #1, Knox #2, Bennett #3) and Hester can play a flex position similar that of Percy Harvin with Vikings. It gives Cutler a stud #1 to compliment his safety blanket in Bennett. Also, the Bears have an additional third round pick this year as a result of the Greg Olsen trade so they would still have a pick in the third round. On a side note, it may be a better bet for the Bears to give up their first round pick and make an offer to Mike Wallace of the Steelers. Gives the Bears that same #1 WR that they get here but without giving up more than a single first round pick this year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU</strong></p> <p>For all the shakeup in the top 5 to this point, there are 3 things I've very sure of and 2 things I'm perhaps reaching a little on. The two trades are a bit of a stretch but Luck to Colts, Kalil to Vikings, and Claiborne to Bucs are the 3 that I'm convinced are all but set in stone. Talib could be in jail and his career in jeopardy due to his off the field issues and Ronde Barber can only play CB for so long.&nbsp; Insert Claiborne and he instantly becomes your #1 CB and has the ability to become a top 10 corner in the NFL in his rookie season. Tampa Bay may not be as good as their 10 wins two years ago but they also aren't as bad as their 4 wins this year.&nbsp; Claiborne would go a long way in shoring up a defense that was dead last in the NFL surrendering 30.9 points per game.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Washington Redskins - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&amp;M</strong></p> <p>This is by far my biggest change since my last mock draft. It is becoming increasing clear that the Redskins and Dolphins are going to do something about their QB situations.&nbsp; Since Manning is going to have his choice on where to go, I can't see him wanting to go a franchise (and an owner) that is as unstable as the Redskins. That leaves them with three realistic options: stay put at QB, sign Matt Flynn, or draft one. I'll talk about where I think Flynn is going shortly but it's not to Washington. And since Grossman/Beck combo can't possibly be relied on another year, Snyder and the Redskins decide to reach a bit and take Tannehill.&nbsp; This is the new trend in football. It happened last year with Ponder, Gabbert, and Locker and it will happen again this year.&nbsp; I personally don't believe Tannehill is even a first round talent, let alone worthy of a top 6 pick but recent history tells us that teams will reach for a QB and the Skins do exactly that. He'll get the keys to the kingdom from day one and Snyder will hope he's rewarded for his risky decision.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>7.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Jacksonville Jaguars - Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina</strong></p> <p>The Jaguars showed some fight towards the end of last season and their defense was the main reason for the wins they did get.&nbsp; With this pick they add the best defender left on the board and get themselves an impact rusher that will command double teams. It will also allow them to either let Mincey walk in free agency or re-sign him and have a very nice 3 man rotation of Mincey, Coples, and Roth.&nbsp; The Jags will also strongly consider a WR here and if Blackmon would somehow slip this far, he would be the pick.&nbsp; However, I don't believe any of the other three or four potential first round picks are worthy of the #7 pick: Although, Michael Floyd is making a strong case to be taken here.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>8.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Miami Dolphins - Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa</strong></p> <p>I believe the Dolphins will solve their QB issue by bringing in Matt Flynn to reunite with this OC. While I'm not 100% sold on Flynn, he certainly has a higher upside than Moore. With the new QB in place and a defense that performed admirably throughout the entire season, the Dolphins have reason to believe they can become competitive again. </p> <p>Bring in Reiff to play on the right side of the line and you have arguably the best offensive line in football.&nbsp; That means more time for Flynn to throw and any quarterback with time can look very good.&nbsp; With Marshall on the outside to throw to, the emergence of Reggie Bush, a new QB, and a rock solid O-Line, the Dolphins offense could have some real punch.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>9.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Carolina Panthers - Michael Brockers, DT, LSU</strong></p> <p>Carolina hit a homerun last year in drafting Newton with the number one overall pick. He transformed that offense into one of the league's best. Now they must turn their attention to the defensive side of the football where they ranked 28<sup>th</sup> in yards per game and 27<sup>th</sup> in scoring defense. Brockers is the perfect fit. They need a penetrating DT that will push the pocket from the middle. They have one very good DE and another solid one but they are easily double-teamed and chipped because of a lack of middle rush. This pick eliminates the ability for teams to double-team Johnson on the outside all the time. They would also consider Coples and Blackmon if they fell but they prefer Brockers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Buffalo Bills - Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame</strong></p> <p>Obviously when you do a mock draft before free agency you have to make some assumptions.&nbsp; One assumption that I made that was wrong was about Stevie Johnson and being back with the team. I was wrong on this one, I thought they'd let him walk. But nonetheless they still have a need for a WR opposite of Johnson. Insert Michael Floyd who would become the team's #1a WR from the first day of camp. I believe he has a chance to be in the same class as Blackmon when all said and done. Throw in the fact that he went to a cold weather school in Notre Dame and you have a perfect fit. Floyd's performance at the combine only increased his draft stock and will make him more attractive to a team in the top 10 picks. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>11.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Kansas City Chiefs - David Decastro, OG, Stanford</strong></p> <p>As this process began, I really didn't think Bowe would be back in KC. However, he is being franchised and therefore eliminates the need to take a WR this high. So now the focus becomes on need vs. best available: and fortunately for the Chiefs there are two picks here that make sense to me. Both of the picks are on the offensive line and both are offensive linemen that play for Stanford. Conventional wisdom would say take the offensive tackle in this spot. However, with Albert at the LT position and a need to upgrade the interior line if they want to be a run-first type of offense, they end up going with the guard. I think Decastro becomes a top 5 interior linemen within two years in the league. He has all the tools you would want and showed flashes of a mean streak that you can't teach. The Chiefs would be wise to grab him here and look for a RT early in the second round.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Cincinnati Bengals</strong> (Seattle trades the #12 pick to Bengals for the #17 pick, #53 pick, and 2013 2<sup>nd</sup> Round Pick) <strong>- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama</strong></p> <p>The problem for Trent Richardson isn't the lack of talent because he has that or the amount of depth at the RB position because I don't see much depth this year, it's simply bad circumstance.&nbsp; A combination of the way teams look at the RB position now, a lack of need in the top 10, and the fact that GM's think they can get quality in later rounds pushes him down to #12 where the Bengals decide to give up two second round picks to jump up 5 spots and grab him.&nbsp; Cincinnati was another team that had a dynamite draft last year. They acquired their franchise QB and a legitimate #1 receiving threat. This year they acquire a dynamic playmaker at the RB position that is the complete package: between the tackles, homerun threat, and pass catcher. If they are able to move up to get him without having to surrender both of their first round picks they should do it.</p> <p>As for Seattle, they gain two second picks and only have to move back 5 spots. I'm assuming they will re-sign Lynch which eliminates their need for a running back; if they wouldn't re-sign Lynch, they would take Richardson themselves. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>13.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Arizona Cardinals - Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford</strong></p> <p>Let me first say that I believe this is where Peyton Manning is going to end up. This was a team that was among the NFL's elite just a few short years ago with Kurt Warner at the helm. If their front office is able to live with an expensive backup in Kolb, trade him, or find a relatively inexpensive way to release him, the Manning/Arizona match makes a lot of sense for both parties.&nbsp; This isn't to say that Kolb isn't going to be a good NFL QB; but one thing I know for certain he's going to be nowhere near what a healthy Peyton Manning would be even at age 36.</p> <p>Even if the Cardinals don't land Manning, they need to keep their quarterback on his feet if they want to improve on the offensive side of the football. They gave up 54 sacks last year which was second worst in the NFL. Martin protected the blind side of the #1 pick of this draft and did an outstanding job at it. I see him sliding down draft boards but I personally see him as a better LT prospect than Reiff. And if the Cardinals are able to grab him here at #13 they should be thrilled.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>14.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Dallas Cowboys - Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama</strong></p> <p>The Cowboys secondary was horrible this past season. They were exposed time and time again and it made their entire defense look inadequate when in reality their front seven is pretty good. Who knows what is going to happen with their current CB's. I assume Newman will be gone as he was one of the worst starting CB's in the NFL last year.&nbsp; Michael Jenkins still has potential to be a solid #2 or a tremendous nickel back but he can't be relied upon as their #1.&nbsp; Enter Janoris Jenkins who everyone knows has the talent to be a true #1 CB at the NFL level. Dre Kirkpatrick will also be strongly considered here but my guess is the Cowboys sign a CB in Free Agency and will be willing to take a chance on a guy like Jenkins even with his baggage. If they can land a guy like Brandon Carr, draft Janoris Jenkins to be the #2, and slide Michael Jenkins to the Nickel back, their secondary becomes a strength as opposed to a weakness.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>15.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Philadelphia Eagles - Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College</strong></p> <p>The Eagles selection here is easiest pick since the #5 spot.&nbsp; If Kuechly is available at #15, the Eagles will spend about 20 seconds getting their pick in.&nbsp; The BC linebacker is one of the best available players at this point and it fits the Eagles biggest need.&nbsp; The logic here is simple: the Eagles weakest defensive position was MLB and it hurt their defense tremendously. Kuechly will step in from day one and become the leader of that defense; something that has been missing since Brian Dawkins left.&nbsp; Their offense is stacked, their secondary is stacked, and with the addition of Kuechly to their front seven, they can have realistic talks about winning a Super Bowl</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>16.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New York Jets - Courtney Upshaw, OLB/Edge Rusher, Alabama</strong></p> <p>This pick is going to be spent on someone who can rush the passer.&nbsp; Under this scenario they end up getting the guy they were targeting all along. Much like the Eagles before them, they will spend all of 30 seconds getting this pick to the podium.&nbsp; Unlike failed experiments in the past (Vernon Gholston), Upshaw has the film evidence to back up his physical talents.&nbsp; Much like Kirkpatrick before him, playing in a Nick Saban defense is a huge bonus for this young man.&nbsp; The Jets can get back to their menacing ways lining Upshaw opposite of Calvin Pace; that's a formidable duo on the edge.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>17.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Seattle Seahawks</strong> (from Bengals who got it from Raiders) <strong>Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina</strong></p> <p>Seattle lands in a great position as the guy they would have taken at #12 slides down to them at #17.&nbsp; The Seahawks ranked 20<sup>th</sup> in the league last year in sacks and despite Chris Clemons being an above average pass-rusher, they have had trouble finding someone to play opposite of him. Insert Ingram and you have a very potent D-Line that is able to put pressure on the QB from both end positions as well as a push up the middle. I believe without a franchise QB worth the pick here, Pete Carroll will continue to build his defense with the best available player. It's very possible that Ingram won't be here at #17 but the way this scenario has unfolded he slides a bit.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>18.&nbsp; </strong><strong>San Diego Chargers - Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia</strong></p> <p>This is a tough pick for me. It seems there's a real debate that starts after the top 15 or so guys are off the board.&nbsp; This is the point where teams start to reach 10 or spots for guys that fill needs. And that's exactly what is going to happen here. With the retirement of Dielman, the unknown with Mcneil, and the less than impressive performance of Clary, the Chargers need help on the offensive line.&nbsp; If they want Rivers to return to form, the answer is pretty simple: keep him on his feet. &nbsp;The key is going to be identifying exactly where that help is going to be needed. The reason Glenn is such a perfect for the Chargers is because of his size. While he's a natural guard, he's also 6'5 346 lbs. with good feet.&nbsp; That size and mobility gives him the ability to potentially play RT for this team on a temporary basis or slide right in for Dielman at the guard position. That versatility makes the slight reach (probably 10 spots) well worth it.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>19.&nbsp; </strong><strong>St. Louis Rams (from Bears) - Mark Barron, S, Alabama</strong></p> <p>With all the trading back the Rams have done, they end up in a position to take a number of players here that would fit their needs. Their biggest needs heading into the draft are going to be: OT, WR, CB, SS, and OLB. I truly believe there is a player at each of those positions that would make sense for the Rams.&nbsp; However, in the end they must lean towards best player available first and then look to need second. In this case, the safety position isn't as big of a need as OT, WR, or CB but Barron is easily the best player available and he does fit a position of lesser need with the Rams.&nbsp; </p> <p>St. Louis would be making a huge mistake if they pull off all of these trades, acquire a war chest of picks, and then begin reaching for players that fit needs. They have plenty of picks in the first three rounds of this draft where they can address needs. These first 2 or 3 picks should be made on best available player. Barron has a chance to become a major impact defender in the back end of the defense. Plus, as mentioned with other Alabama defenders, playing for Nick Saban's defense makes him as NFL ready as any other player in this draft.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>20.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Detroit Lions (Lions trade pick #23 and pick #87 to the Titans for pick #20) - Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama </strong></p> <p>The Lions have two glaring needs heading into this offseason: OT and CB. And they have spent the past 3 drafts building their team with the best player available strategy. That won't change this year. However, they have also shown they are willing to jump up to take guys they feel will make an impact. In this instance the Titans know they can get their guy at #22 so this is a no brainer for them. For the Lions, they must jump in front of the Bengals if they want a shot at Kirkpatrick so giving up a 3<sup>rd</sup> Rounder for him is not a huge price to pay.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Fitzpatrick is sliding down draft boards due mostly to his "measurables" and not necessarily for his film. Kirkpatrick looks like an NFL ready CB on film but his arms are a little short and he lacks top end speed.&nbsp; Anyone who takes him in the 15+ range is getting great value. The Lions cornerback situation is in desperate need of an overhaul and Fitzpatrick would be a great place to start.&nbsp; Much like the Cowboys, I can see the Lions signing a top defensive back (perhaps Finnegan reuniting with Schwartz) and drafting another.&nbsp; A defensive backfield with Finnegan as the #1, Fitzpatrick as the #2, and Houston as the Nickel would make a DRASTIC difference for a pathetic pass defense.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>21.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New England Patriots (Bengals trade pick #21 to the Patriots for pick #31 and pick #49) - Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis</strong></p> <p>The Patriots have shown an aptitude to move on draft day, we're just used to them moving back to stockpile picks. This year they decide to move up 10 spots by trading 2 of their picks in the top 50. The Bengals don't have a player they feel comfortable with at this spot, so they slide back 10 picks and add a 2<sup>nd</sup> rounder.</p> <p>Let me first say that I don't like combine warriors either! Guys that go from 3<sup>rd</sup> round picks to first round picks based on their combine performance (Darius Heyward-Bey) almost never work out.&nbsp; However, there are a couple factors that make this guy different:&nbsp; One, this is a guy who has always been a second round guy so it's like he was a late round grade heading to the combine. And two, when a man that big runs that fast and shows that much agility, you pay attention. The knock on him was he didn't always dominate and consistent effort was a question.&nbsp; Well you've pretty much described every dominate DT in the NFL; including his new teammate Vince Wilfork.&nbsp; I think they will move back to a more traditional 3-4 defense and Poe gives them the versatility and flexibility on the defensive line.&nbsp; Right now their personnel favors a 4-3 defense. However, if you are able to acquire Poe you can now slide Wilfork out to the 3-4 DE position at times or slide Poe out to the 3-4 DE position at times while the other plays NT.&nbsp; </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>22.&nbsp; </strong><strong>St. Louis Rams</strong> (from Browns who got it from Falcons) <strong>Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor</strong></p> <p>It's becoming increasingly clear that Brandon Lloyd will not be back with the team which would propel the wide receiver position to the top of the wish list for the Rams.&nbsp; But it also may be likely that one of the top Free Agent receivers would love to play indoors in St. Louis with a good young QB in Bradford. Either way, receiver is going to be a need; how big of a need is dependent on how free agency goes.&nbsp; Kendall Wright is an upgrade over anyone they currently have on their roster and would finally give Bradford a legitimate weapon outside of the numbers. If the Rams were able to land one of the big name FA wide receivers, like a Vincent Jackson, and draft a guy like Kendall Wright, their WR core would instantly go from weakness to strength.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>23.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Tennessee Titans </strong>(from Detroit)<strong> - Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin </strong></p> <p>After sliding back a few spots and picking up an extra 3<sup>rd</sup> Round pick, the Titans end up with a pick that hasn't changed since my original mock and with good reason. You have a pricey running back that underperformed greatly this season and a head coach that mostly blames the offensive line for the shortcoming. Konz would be a major upgrade on that interior line and give that O-Line a leader for years to come. Coming from a Wisconsin program that has a history of producing productive O-Lineman, you can expect the Titans to start him from day one.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>24.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Pittsburg Steelers - Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama</strong></p> <p>Hightower just looks and plays like a Pittsburgh Steeler football player. He was the leader on Alabama's defense that is full of NFL talent and did it by example. Saban will tell you that this two-time captain is a hard worker who also happens to possess the physical tools it requires to be successful. This pick would be huge for that Steelers defense. Pairing him alongside Timmons would give the middle of that defense a nasty duo of linebackers.&nbsp; They may also take a look at Adams at this spot but in the end they take an impact defender.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>25.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Denver Broncos - Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State</strong></p> <p>The Broncos have a lot of needs on both sides of the football heading into the offseason. However, it's so hard to determine what type of offensive needs they have because of their unique offense and subsequent quarterback situation. He requires different types of offensive personnel and a suffocating defense. In order to ensure a repeat performance by their defense, they must get an impact defensive tackle. Fortunately for them, this area of the draft is going to have plenty of them available. Cox starts from day one with whoever they decide to re-sign or put next to him.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>26.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Houston Texans - Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina</strong></p> <p>The Texans could really use a #2 receiving threat behind Andre Johnson that would allow Walter to play the slot and use Jones in a hybrid role. Jeffery was once thought of as a top 10 WR but his stock has fallen significantly. In fact, some have him going in the mid-second round. I personally think he's a great value for the Texans here at #26. When Jeffery has solid QB play in 2010, he was widely considered a better receiver than Blackmon and Floyd. Then last year rolls around and the starting QB is booted and he's left with an unproductive replacement. The Texans getting him in this spot gives them one of the best sets of weapons in all of the NFL: Johnson, Foster, Jeffery, and Daniels would be a very good foursome of weapons for Schaub.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>27.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New England Patriots - Devon Still, DT/DE, Penn State</strong></p> <p>The Patriots would be wise to keep their two late first round picks and spend them both upgrading their defensive front seven. What was once a strength for the team when they began their run of Super Bowls, has now become a weakness and a talent infusion is needed.&nbsp; A switch to the 3-4 defense would allow for Wilfork, Poe, and Still to start on the line with Carter, Mayo, Spikes, and Ninkovich at the LB position.&nbsp; All of a sudden that front seven is looking pretty good once again. The only question marks in this scenario would be whether Carter and Ninkovich could provide enough heat off the corners; the middle would be on lock down.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>28.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Green Bay Packers - Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC</strong></p> <p>The Packers seem to have their organization primed to make a number of super bowl runs over the next few years.&nbsp; However, they must restore the pass-rush that led them to the Super Bowl 2 years ago.&nbsp; We all know how dominant Clay Matthews has become; but without a legitimate threat opposite of him teams have been able to constantly chip and double-team his side of the field.&nbsp; Perry would give them another edge rusher opposite of Matthews to disrupt plays in the backfield.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>29.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Baltimore Ravens - Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois</strong></p> <p>The Ravens are going to need an OLB/Edge Rusher who they can pair with Suggs to wreak havoc from both sides of their defense. Mercilus is the perfect fit for this defense. He's a former college DE who is big enough to help in the run but really will be asked to get after the QB and play RB's and TE's in space.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>30.&nbsp; </strong><strong>San Francisco 49ers - Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers</strong></p> <p>This guy had a ton of production in college and did it without a top-flight quarterback throwing him the ball. He caught 115 balls in 2011 and that kind of production is hard to ignore. San Francisco has a dominating defense and a ball-control offense but the addition of Sanu would give the 49ers 3 legitimate weapons in the passing game: Crabtree as the #1, Sanu as the #2, and Davis at TE. Williams could be the third receiver with Ginn playing a hybrid role. Sanu is the reliable #2 wide receiver that the 49ers have been looking for since they drafted Crabtree.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>31.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Cincinnati Bengals </strong>(from Patriots)<strong> - Alfonzo Denard, CB, Nebraska</strong></p> <p>The Bengals were left in a tough spot at #21. After getting the best RB by far in this draft with their pick, they would love to have a shot at two guys with their second pick in the first round: Janoris Jenkins or Cordy Glenn. Well as you can see in this scenario they missed out on both. So now it becomes a debate in that war room over reaching to fill need versus best player available. In the end they trade down and grab a CB that has good value here at the end of the first round but would have been a bit of a reach if they took him at #21.&nbsp; Denard can be a very good #2 CB. You can slowly work Denard into the mix next season at the Nickel position and at some point slide him in beside Hall to form a very good cornerback tandem. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>32.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New York Giants - Lamar Miller, RB, Miami</strong></p> <p>The Giants made their way to the Super Bowl behind the arm of Eli Manning and the receiving ability of Victor Cruz. Their ground game was almost non-existent during their Super Bowl run and it worked out just fine. However, Coughlin wants to establish a consistent ground game and with Bradshaw's injury history and Jacobs rocky relationship with Coughlin along with him having to take a major pay cut, it's time to bring in a third capable back.&nbsp; And Miller is a solid prospect that at the very least can be a 5-8 carry alternative to Bradshaw and at best can split carries evenly with Bradshaw.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ROUND 2</strong></p> <p><strong>33.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Indianapolis Colts - Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State</strong></p> <p>The Colts are going to have their choice of a number of solid value picks here at the top of the 2<sup>nd</sup> Round. Most of the value left at this spot resides in the defensive line.&nbsp; The Colts have several defensive tackles as well as a defensive end that would upgrade the defense. In the end, the Colts take the DT I have rated highest at this point. Thompson and Jones will be considered but in the end, Worthy is the pick.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>34.&nbsp; </strong><strong>St. Louis Rams (from Browns) - Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State</strong></p> <p>With the Rams crafty dealings they end up with 4 picks in the top 36 and they are able to take best player available in the first three spots while filling needs. The OT class goes in three distinct tiers as far as guys with grades that put them in the first 3 rounds: The big 3 (Kalil, Reiff, Martin), the high upside/yet to reach potential 1 (Adams) and then everyone else. The Rams know that and they take a guy here that has a realistic shot of starting at LT in their first game next year. If he works out as the LT and Smith settles in at RT, Bradford has a much better chance to have a bounce back season.&nbsp; At this point in the draft the Rams have taken 3 probable starters that all fill a significant need all while sticking very closely to the best player available strategy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>35.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Minnesota Vikings - Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina</strong></p> <p>The Vikings shored up their biggest need in Round One and that allows them to focus on best player available that fits their lesser needs. Brown needs to bulk up a bit but he is a speedster on the outside that will give this Vikings defense a much needed speed infusion.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>36.&nbsp; </strong><strong>St. Louis Rams - Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson</strong></p> <p>The Rams continue their best player available strategy here with Thompson. Thompson is a borderline first round talent that showed good strength and athletic ability at the combine; and that performance gives him the nod here over Reyes as the next DT off the board. If you take out the RB and TE positions, Thompson is certainly in the three best available category.&nbsp; The Rams were 31<sup>st</sup> against the run last year giving up over 152 yards a game. Obviously, they need some help in the middle of that D-Line. Thompson will at minimum be in the rotation at DT and more than likely becomes a full-time starter from day one.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>37.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame</strong></p> <p>Tampa Bay was able to land the top cover corner in this year's draft class with their first pick.&nbsp; With their second pick they snag a hard hitting safety in the John Lynch mode that can help in run support and not be a liability in coverage.&nbsp; With the addition of Claiborne and Smith, Tampa Bay gets a lot younger and more talented at the back end of that defense. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>38.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Washington Redskins - Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech</strong></p> <p>You know someone is going to fall in love with his combination of size and speed. The guy is 6'4, 210 lbs. and ran a sub 4.4 at the combine; that's impressive. What's not impressive is his game film because there is very little of it.&nbsp; He played in an option system so the tape that's out there isn't even against traditional defense so it's impossible to tell how he'll translate into the NFL. However, the Redskins are banking on the fact that you can't teach height or speed and he has both. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>39.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Jacksonville Jaguars - Rueben Randle, WR, LSU</strong></p> <p>The Jaguars need a WR is the worst way. If they expect Gabbert to have any chance at all, they need to get him a WR or two they can team up with Thomas.&nbsp; They will think long and hard in the first round about taking Floyd at the #7 spot but in the end they bolster D in first round, grab very solid #2 type of receiver in Randle here in the second round.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>40.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Miami Dolphins - Andre Branch, DE, Clemson</strong></p> <p>The Dolphins are likely to switch to a 4-3 defense and they are going to need to find personnel that fits that defensive scheme. Branch has the size that makes him a great fit for the 4-3 DE position. However, even if they decide to stick to the 3-4, he has the versatility to play the OLB/Edge Rusher position. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>41.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Carolina Panthers - Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana</strong></p> <p>Carolina should spend the majority of this draft upgrading their defense. In round one they shore up the middle of that defensive line and here they take a very intriguing CB prospect who I feel has a very good chance of becoming an above-average #2 CB in the NFL. He has the size at 6'2 to defend some of the taller receivers in the league.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>42.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Buffalo Bills - Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse</strong></p> <p>The Bills are in desperate need of a pass rush regardless of whether they play a 3-4 or 4-3.&nbsp; I believe in the 4-3 defense, Jones would make a nice fit off the edge for the Bills and they must address this need early.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>43.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Kansas City Chiefs - Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford</strong></p> <p>The Chiefs are going to be conflicted here. They have some needs they could be addressed here but in the end they lean towards best player available and get good value in Fleener here. Moeaki is coming off injury and Pope/Becht are less than impressive as backups. Fleener and Moeaki would allow them to go to two TE's with Baldwin and Bowe on the outside for more of a power look. Fleener's draft stock is going to hinge on how he runs at his pro day. At worst he's a mid-second pick and at best he vaults himself into the late first round conversation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>44.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Seattle Seahawks - Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State</strong></p> <p>The Seahawks understand that they are not going to get Griffin or Luck in this draft but they can take an intriguing prospect like Osweiler as a backup to Jackson.&nbsp; In his first year, they will get a good look at him to decide if he has franchise QB type of skills. As long as they feel there's a chance he can become a franchise type of guy, they have to take him here.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>45.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Philadelphia Eagles</strong> (from Arizona) <strong>- Ronnell Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma</strong></p> <p>The Eagles spend their second pick of this draft on another LB that will step in from day one and start. Bringing in 2 or 3 talented linebackers that can compete for starting roles is a must for the Eagles. These first 2 picks fit that bill; and there will be little competition, they will start.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>46.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Dallas Cowboys - Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin</strong></p> <p>This is not a flashy pick by Cowboys standards but it's a necessary one. They need some talent on the interior of that offensive line and Zeitler is one of those guys who may never be a top 5 guard in the NFL but he will be a solid starter for 10+ years. He comes from an offensive linemen factory in Wisconsin and can help that line immediately.&nbsp; </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>47.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Philadelphia Eagles - Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska</strong></p> <p>Now this may seem a little far-fetched: three linebackers with their first three picks? Absolutely! They have absolutely no starting-caliber LB's on their roster right now.&nbsp; If they are able to land these three guys with their first three picks, they would potentially have three. David is an undersized former safety but his film is impressive and he showed well at the combine. The strength of Kuechly and Lewis's game is stopping the run while Lewis (with his safety skills) is impressive playing in space; they would make for a dynamic corps of LB's. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>48.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New York Jets - Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin</strong></p> <p>I still really like this pick for the Jets.&nbsp; They absolutely have a need at the WR position and this kid would step in from the first day of camp and be the #2 WR behind Holmes. Also, Holmes could learn a little bit from this kid whose dad happened to also be a Wisconsin receiver that played for the Jets.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>49.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Cincinnati Bengals</strong> (from Patriots who got it from Raiders) - <strong>Kelechi Osemele, OG, Iowa State</strong></p> <p>The Bengals have traded up once in this draft and traded down once in this draft; the end result is the same amount of picks this year but they gain an impact RB and two other potential starters including Osemele here.&nbsp; The Bengals offensive line played fairly well this past season but the interior line could see/use some change. Osemele is a mammouth OG in the mold of Carl Nicks (6'6 333lbs.) and he moves well for his size. He also has the versatility to play tackle so he also provides great depth for the line.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>50.&nbsp; </strong><strong>San Diego Chargers - Vinny Curry, OLB/Edge Rusher, Marshall</strong></p> <p>The Chargers have lacked a legit playmaker off the edge since Merriman left. They must consider taking a pass rusher with one of their first two picks. Since the retirement of Dielman greatly increased the urgency for an offensive lineman, they went that direction in round one. Here in round two they must focus in on pass rushers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>51.&nbsp; </strong><strong>St. Louis Rams</strong> (from Chicago) - <strong>Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina</strong></p> <p>The Rams continue their outstanding draft by taking one of the best available players who happens to again fit a significant need for the team. Gilmore may not be as close to NFL ready starter as the first four picks but he will certainly be in the mix (depending on free agency) for that #2 CB spot and at the very least be a very good Nickel back option. Has the chance to develop into a very good #2 CB within a season or two.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>52.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Tennessee Titans - Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa State</strong></p> <p>The Titans should focus their draft on two main areas: interior offensive line and defensive backfield. If one of the second round grade interior linemen would fall down here (Zeitler or Osemele), they may lean that direction to really shore up that interior line. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>53.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Seattle Seahawks</strong> (from Bengals) <strong>- Lamichael James, RB, Oregon</strong></p> <p>This pick is more of a hunch than anything else.&nbsp; With Lynch now firmly entrenched as the starting RB for the next few years, backup RB's Forsett and Washington have yet to prove they can be the compliment to Lynch that is needed. Enter James who is an explosive scat-back that would make a perfect match with Lynch's downhill, bruising style. Not to mention he was a college superstar in the Northwest at Oregon and comes from the Pac-12 where Pete Carroll has people telling him how explosive James can be.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>54.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Atlanta Falcons - Orson Charles, TE, Georgia</strong></p> <p>After trading away their first round pick to move up last year to take Julio Jones, the Falcons make their first pick of this draft here at #54. They are going to be in a tough position because their biggest needs don't match best available. In the end, I believe they lean towards the top player on their board (happens to be a Georgia Bulldog) and draft a guy that can be groomed by Gonzalez into his eventual replacement. And can form a very solid 1-2 pass catching duo at TE for the Falcons.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>55.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Detroit Lions - Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State</strong></p> <p>The Lions keep their focus on their two areas of concern heading into the draft: defensive backfield and offensive line. I'm operating under the assumption that the Lions bring back Stephen Tulloch and Jeff Backus (obviously Avril is coming back after being tagged). Even with Backus coming back the Lions need to bring in some young talent on that offensive line and begin thinking of who can take over in the near future. Sanders can easily turn himself into a starting caliber offensive lineman in a relatively short amount of time.<strong> </strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>56.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Pittsburg Steelers - Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington</strong></p> <p>The Steelers are about to have a lot of money tied up on the offensive side of the football and as a result they must find younger, cheaper options on the defensive side of the football. Ta'amu has the ability to start from day one at NT if necessary. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>57.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Denver Broncos - David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech</strong></p> <p>Wilson is another RB who slides down to the late second round not because of a lack of talent but rather the breaks of the position these days in the NFL. Regardless, the Broncos get themselves great value with Wilson at the end of the second round.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>58.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Houston Texans - Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia</strong></p> <p>The Texans did an unbelievable job of turning around a defense that 2 years ago was awful. They were a disruptive, stifling defense at times and they did without their best player for half of the season. I'm going to assume they will find a way to bring back Mario Williams. As a result of that, they are able to focus on adding talent and depth to the defensive backfield. Minnifield is the son of a former NFL CB and has the potential to become a very solid starting CB.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>59.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New Orleans Saints - Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut</strong></p> <p>Who knows if the Saints will even be allowed to keep this pick once the Commissioner makes his ruling. Nonetheless, I will operate under the assumption that they will make this pick and spend it on the best available defensive lineman. That player at this point is Reyes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>60.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Green Bay Packers - Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia</strong></p> <p>The Packers got exposed a little bit on the defensive side of the football towards the end of last year. They must spend the top of their draft upgrading several positions. And I believe that's exactly what they'll do.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>61.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Baltimore Ravens - Doug Martin, RB, Boise State</strong></p> <p>With no more Ricky Williams backing up Ray Rice, the Ravens must find a cheaper backup alternative that will help offset the money being used to keep Rice in town. Martin is good value here.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>62.&nbsp; </strong><strong>San Francisco 49ers - James Brown, OG, Troy</strong></p> <p>San Francisco is a team that absolutely must be able to run the football consistently and the offensive line is the number one factor in determining the success of their ground game. Adding some youth and talent to the interior line would go a long way towards ensuring continued success.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>63.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New England Patriots - Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech </strong></p> <p>The Patriots continue their defensive haul by adding more talent to the defensive backfield. After upgrading their front seven significantly with their first 2 picks, they add a talented CB to the mix in the back four.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>64.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New York Giants - Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson</strong></p> <p>The Giants end up getting some great value here at the end of the second round. Allen has the potential to be a high-caliber TE in the NFL and certainly become a big-time red zone option. However, a sub-par performance at the combine pushes him down the boards.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ROUND 3</strong></p> <p><strong>65.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Indianapolis Colts - Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest</strong></p> <p><strong>66.&nbsp; </strong><strong>St. Louis Rams - Sean Spence, OLB, Miami</strong></p> <p><strong>67.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Minnesota Vikings - Bobby Wagner, ILB, Utah State</strong></p> <p><strong>68.&nbsp; </strong><strong>St. Louis Rams (from Cleveland) - Ben Jones, G/C, Georgia</strong></p> <p><strong>69.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati</strong></p> <p><strong>70.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Washington Redskins - Bobby Massie, OT, Mississippi</strong></p> <p><strong>71.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Jacksonville Jaguars - Dwight Bentley, CB, Louisiana-Lafayette</strong></p> <p><strong>72.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Miami Dolphins - Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas</strong></p> <p><strong>73.&nbsp; </strong><strong>St. Louis Rams</strong> (from Chicago who got it from Carolina) <strong>- Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State</strong></p> <p><strong>74.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Buffalo Bills - Jonathan Massaquoi, OLB/Edge Rusher, Troy</strong></p> <p><strong>75.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Kansas City Chiefs - Mitchell Schwartz, OT, California</strong></p> <p><strong>76.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Seattle Seahawks - Mychal Kendricks, ILB, California</strong></p> <p><strong>77.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Arizona Cardinals - Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern State</strong></p> <p><strong>78.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Dallas Cowboys - Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma State</strong></p> <p><strong>79.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Philadelphia Eagles - Brandon Taylor, S, LSU</strong></p> <p><strong>80.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New York Jets - Nick Foles, QB, Arizona</strong></p> <p><strong>81.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Oakland Raiders (pick used on Pryor)</strong></p> <p><strong>82.&nbsp; </strong><strong>San Diego Chargers - Jared Crick, DE, Nebraska</strong></p> <p><strong>83.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Chicago Bears - Jeff Allen, OG, Illinois</strong></p> <p><strong>84.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Tennessee Titans - Tyrone Crawford, DE, Boise State</strong></p> <p><strong>85.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Cincinnati Bengals - Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas</strong></p> <p><strong>86.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Atlanta Falcons - Cam Johnson, DE, Virginia</strong></p> <p><strong>87.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Tennessee Titans (from Lions) - Ron Brooks, CB, LSU</strong></p> <p><strong>88.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Pittsburg Steelers - Josh Norman, CB, Coastal Carolina</strong></p> <p><strong>89.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Denver Broncos - Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State</strong></p> <p><strong>90.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Houston Texans - Billy Winn, DE/DT, Boise State</strong></p> <p><strong>91.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New Orleans Saints - Nigel Bradham, OLB, Florida State</strong></p> <p><strong>92.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Green Bay Packers - Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin </strong></p> <p><strong>93.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Baltimore Ravens - Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona State</strong></p> <p>What a perfect fit this would be. Burfict has been the center of a great deal of controversy at the combine because of character questions, anger issues, and immaturity problems; does that sound like anyone else early in their career? Ray Lewis fought similar demons early in his career.&nbsp; However, he has seemingly overcome those issues to become one of the most productive linebackers in NFL history as well as one of the greatest leaders of men this league has ever seen.&nbsp; Whether you personally like him or not, he has an uncanny ability to inspire others.&nbsp; What better person to help this young man channel his aggression and talent into a long, productive career than a man who has been through the same situation.&nbsp; Besides, if Burfict gets out of line Ray Lewis still has the ability to put the fear of God into any human being he wishes. If there's one locker room in the NFL that can straighten out Burfict it is Baltimore.</p> <p><strong>94.&nbsp; </strong><strong>San Francisco 49ers - Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt</strong></p> <p><strong>95.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New England Patriots - Bruce Irvin, OLB/Edge Rusher, West Virginia</strong></p> <p><strong>96.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New York Giants - Brandon Mosley, OT, Auburn </strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 19:32:19 GMT http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/1341028 Doodle24 2012 NFL Mock Draft - Early Version (2 Rounds) http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/1300728 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I haven't done this in a few years but I figured it's about time I get back to it. Couple things you should know about my mock draft.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>1. This mock draft is going to be one of the few you will find where I will project trades. With the new CBA, the trading of draft picks (most notably high picks) is going to become the norm more than the exception.</li> <li>2. For these early mocks, I'm going to project more towards what I feel would be the best fit/pick/trade for the team considering what's available. As the process goes along I will begin leaning more towards who I feel the actual pick is going to be and not who I think it should be.</li> <li>3. I'm going to try to talk about team needs in the pick descriptions. However, some teams ignore need for the best available player. So the pick and the needs may not always match.</li> <li>4. I will add rounds as the process goes along but without knowing right now who is going to be in the draft, who is going back to school, etc. it's difficult to project two rounds let alone four.</li> <li>5. Feel free to comment!</li></ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>HERE WE GO! </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ROUND 1</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford</strong></p> <p>I'm really not seeing any other options for the Colts. Now that both Polians are gone, the franchise appears ready to move into a new era and I don't believe that era includes Manning. From a football standpoint it makes sense to grab your quarterback for potentially the next 12 years. And as a bonus, from a PR perspective it makes all the sense in the world as well. You are not going to get a more golden opportunity to move past Manning than this. Luck is as close to a can't miss prospect as we've seen in a long-time, so even if he doesn't end up being on Manning's level, you can't really blame the franchise for making the move when every football guy around can agree this kid is special. If you don't make the move to Luck now, then when do you move on from Peyton? What if Manning slowly tapers off over the next 5 years? How/when do you make the decision to move past him if not now at age 36, coming off an injury, and with a GOLDEN opportunity to replace him with a draft pick. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This situation is similar to what happened to the Spurs in the 1996-97 season. The Spurs had been a consistent winner after drafting David Robinson in 1989. 55-60 wins in nearly every season. Then in 1996 Robinson went down for year. They land the #1 pick, take Tim Duncan, and enjoy 15 more years of success and championships. The Colts are in a situation to perpetuate the success of the franchise for 15 more years with this pick and they'd be foolish to do ANYTHING but take Luck. Unlike the Spurs situation, Manning and Luck can't and shouldn't co-exist. I'll get to that shortly. There really shouldn't be any other considerations here but if they decide Manning is their guy they'd be wise to trade this pick to the highest bidder (probably worth at least 2 first round picks, 2 second round picks, and a high level starter) rather than taking the next best player on the board.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Cleveland Browns (trade pick #4 and pick #25 to St. Louis for #2 pick): Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor</strong></p> <p>Neither the Rams nor the Vikings are in the market for a QB so they will no doubt be entertaining calls from franchises who are (Browns, Jaguars, Redskins, Dolphins, etc.). The Browns with their extra first round pick and the Rams only having to drop only two spots make this a no brainer for them.&nbsp; The Browns make this move because they feel if they don't make the move up to #2, someone else will.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As for the Browns pick, if there was any doubt that the McCoy/Cleveland love affair is coming to an end, "concussion-gate" sealed its fate. The Browns offense is hard to watch. It's almost as if they believe that if they gain 7 yards in 3 downs somehow they'll get a first down out of it. They need playmakers and it starts with the QB position. Griffin has rocketed up the draft boards and some GM's envision a Cam Newton type of an impact on an offense. The Browns desperately need a playmaker and are willing to give up their extra first rounder for the chance to move up. Some McCoy believers will want the Browns to take a RB/WR combo with the two picks they have to give McCoy more weapons. I for one don't think he's a franchise QB. I see him as having a Trent Dilfer type of career: above-average backup, extra mediocre starter.&nbsp; If they keep the picks they have, they have to go with a RB and WR. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC</strong></p> <p>The Vikings are in a great position to upgrade one of their two major need areas with one of the two or three best players available. They should be looking at three prospects with this pick: Matt Kalil or Jonathan Martin at OT and Morris Claiborne at CB. I really want to put Claiborne here because they play in a division with Rodgers, Stafford, and Cutler and their pass defense is terrible. However, with that being said, at the end of the day they will lean towards a franchise left tackle to protect their young franchise QB.&nbsp; I believe the Vikings will be very tempted to take the DB here but will follow conventional wisdom that tells them you don't pass over a franchise LT for a franchise CB. Kalil as a prospect has the chance to step in from day one and become one of the best LT's in the game.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>St. Louis Rams (from Cleveland): Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford</strong></p> <p>St. Louis lucks out in this scenario. By landing the #2 pick and with Barkley going back to school, Robert Griffin III becomes a very hot commodity. They will be getting a ton of phone calls but none more tempting that Cleveland's phone call. With this trade they acquire the 25<sup>th</sup> pick in this draft and by only sliding 2 spots they are still able to grab one of the two franchise LT prospects available. Bradford has started his career similar to that of Stafford in Detroit. Can't stay upright therefore can't stay on the field. I wouldn't say that he's injury-prone (yet) he's just been injured. The Rams need an anchor on that line. They still have Jason Smith at offensive tackle.&nbsp; And although he has been a huge disappointment thus far, Martin would become the anchor and take some of the pressure off of a guy that probably wasn't worthy of the #2 pick in the first place. If Smith could reach his potential on that right side, the Rams become instantly 4-5 games better just by keeping Bradford on his feet. Other consideration may be given to a true #1 WR target for Bradford.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU</strong></p> <p>This is an easy one with the way things have shaken out. Claiborne would fill a huge need for Tampa Bay considering Talib's issues and Barbers age and at this point he's the best player available. I believe the Bucs will give some consideration to Richardson at the RB spot. However, smart money says they go DB here and grab a scat-back type of RB in the 2<sup>nd</sup>/3<sup>rd</sup> round to share carries with the bruiser Blount. Claiborne is a very good CB, the lockdown type, who will be a starter for Tampa from day one. He upgrades the secondary considerably and if Talib can return to the field it would give them a dynamic pass covering duo for years to come and allow Barber to bow out gracefully after next season. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Indianapolis Colts (trade Peyton Manning to Redskins for #6 pick, 3<sup>rd</sup> Round Pick, and 2012 Second Round Pick): Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama</strong></p> <p>WHAMMY! I mentioned previously that Manning will not be in a Colts uniform if they take Andrew Luck. Instead, Daniel Snyder (as only he can do) makes a huge splash in acquiring the veteran QB who still has 3-4 years of top-level football left in him if the neck heals properly. First, for the Redskins they don't just get a QB, they get what I call a talent magnifier. He takes average players and makes them good, good players and makes them great, and great players and makes them elite.&nbsp; The Redskins have more talent on their roster than the Colts, they just lack consistency and a true difference maker. Snyder likes flashy moves and this one actually may work out. Manning is not going to get the two first round picks that Palmer got because of his age, the unknown of his injury, and it's not the Raiders. However, the Colts should be happy if they can land a top 10 pick this year along with an additional 3<sup>rd</sup> this year and a 2<sup>nd</sup> next year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Now as for the Colts end of things. What better way to move on from a Manning-centered franchise than to take arguably the two best college football players in the country this past year at the two most glamorous positions.&nbsp; With Manning gone and Luck in, the Colts have a chance to move away from the pass-only, finesse offense they've become accustomed to over the last 14 years and establish a respectable ground game. The best part about Richardson is that he's not just a ground and pound guy, he's a legitimate receiving threat out of the backfield: allowing the Colts to balance their offensive production a bit. A core of young guys Luck, Richardson, and Garcon mixed with veterans Wayne, Clark, and Saturday would make for a MUCH improved offensive attack going forward. They would also consider upgrading the OL or taking best defensive player available here. But Luck/Richardson potential will help fans grieve the loss of Manning.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>7.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Chicago Bears (trade pick #19, 3<sup>rd</sup> Round Pick, and 2012 First Round Pick to Jaguars for Pick #7): Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State</strong></p> <p>OK, OK, OK, everyone calm down and hear me out here. Jacksonville was the ultimate loser when Barkley decided to go back to school. If he comes out, they would have had a chance to grab Griffin or Barkley here. Instead they have 3 options: Keep pick and take top WR on board (Blackmon) to fill one glaring need, Drastically reach for the third best QB (Jones, Tannenhill, etc.), or trade back for more picks to create depth, and make a run at Barkley next year (he would look good in a Los Angeles Jaguar uniform). If I'm them, I trade back for depth this year to have more talent in place and give the Gabbert experiment one more year to flame out. Blackmon would be huge upgrade for them but it wouldn't translate to wins with Gabbert throwing the ball. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As for the Bears, this makes PERFECT sense for them. They were rolling before Cutler and Forte went down. They must sign Forte to long-term deal first and foremost. Cutler was a stud early in his career with a big-time WR to throw to (Brandon Marshall). Blackmon's performance in the Fiesta Bowl only solidified his position as the top receiving threat in this year's class. The addition of Blackmon allows the Bears to slot their receivers exactly where they belong (Blackmon #1, Knox #2, Bennett #3) and Hester can play a flex position similar that of Percy Harvin with Vikings. It gives Cutler a stud #1 to compliment his safety blanket in Bennett. Cutler, Forte, and Blackmon along with that defense instantly put the Bears amongst the NFC elite for the next few years. The Bears also have needs at OL but the line was playing much better before Cutler went down and they can address that need through FA or with 2<sup>nd</sup>/4<sup>th</sup> Round picks. I really see teams who feel they are close (like the Bears) making these types of moves to acquire a guy they feel can put them over the top. Plus, a new GM could come in and do what the previous regime couldn't, acquire a true #1 receiving threat.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>8.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Carolina Panthers: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina</strong></p> <p>Everyone take a deep breath after that flurry that took place in the first seven picks of the draft. Carolina restores some normalcy by selecting the best available player on the board in Coples. The Panthers hit a home run with Newton last year. He took that offense from pathetic to top 10 in the league in a single year. Now it's time for the Panthers to upgrade a defense that has been pathetic. They ranked 28<sup>th</sup> in overall defense and 25<sup>th</sup> in sacks this past season. They have struggled to rush the passer since the departure of Peppers. Charles Johnson has been good but he's alone in his effort to get to the QB and constantly faces double teams. Coples has the chance to be a double digit sack guy early in his career. And if this league has shown us anything, it's that a potent pass rush can mask a lot of other defensive deficiencies. Coples and Johnson could become a pass rushing duo on par with Freeney and Mathis in their glory years. Hardy isn't terrible but he would make a better back-up. They may also look to OL help or perhaps even a big WR target for Newton opposite of Steve Smith. However, if he's there, Carolina would be wise to snatch him up.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>9.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Miami Dolphins: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa</strong></p> <p>The Dolphins have put themselves in a very tough spot.&nbsp; They won just enough to miss out on the top-tier impact players in this draft and are unable to land a franchise QB. So the Dolphins decide to shore up the right tackle position which has been dreadful this year by taking a guy that will start opposite of Long for as long they can re-sign both of them. With Long and Reiff as bookend tackles, Pouncey at Center, and Incognito at Guard the Dolphins will be well-equipped to protect the QB for years to come. Now the next step will be acquiring a QB worth protecting. Would consider adding secondary help or a pass rush if the right player fell down. Their secondary has struggled but they've actually been very good against the run.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>10.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Detroit Lions (trade pick #25, 5<sup>th</sup> Round Pick, and 2012 First Round Pick to Buffalo for pick #10): Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama</strong></p> <p>The Bills have their eye on several prospects here at the #10 spot but when the Lions come calling and dangle their 2012 first round pick, it's hard to ignore. The Bills actually can salvage something out of their terrible finish: the emergence of Spiller as a very reliable scat back. They need a second WR option next to Johnson and that could be addressed here if they stay. However, adding an additional first-round pick next year and sliding down 15 spots takes precedent.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As for the Lions, they have two glaring needs remaining on this team: defensive backfield and offensive line. The offensive line needs addressed but without Martin, Kalil, or Reiff available, they turn their focus towards trading up for one of the two shut down CB's in this draft. Their corner backs have been dreadful this year. The offense is constantly forced to win shoot-outs and the play of the defensive backfield is the main reason why.&nbsp; Kirkpatrick steps in from day one and becomes the team's best CB. This would allow the Lions to let Houston, Smith, and Wright battle it out for the #2 CB and Nickel back position or perhaps even add another CB via Free Agency. With Kirkpatrick and Luis Delmas, who is returning from injury, in the defensive backfield, the Lions secondary would be much improved over this year. Also, with the Lions needing to sign Megatron long-term as well as several other key young pieces in the next couple of years, getting rid of the 2012 first-round pick and the financial burden (although not as severe under new CBA) makes the decision to trade up a lot easier.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>11.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Kansas City Chiefs: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina</strong></p> <p>My gut tells me that Dwayne Bowe will not be in a Chiefs uniform next year. As a result, they draft Bowe's replacement. I really don't think Dwayne Bowe is happy in Kansas City and it appears they are undergoing yet another rebuilding process with a new coach so I believe he'll bolt for bigger and better. That leaves Kansas City with a gaping hole at that #1 receiver slot. Baldwin is a good young WR and could form a solid 1-2 punch with Jeffery while keeping Breaston in his natural position as slot receiver. Actually once Charles and Moeaki return, the Chiefs have a solid nucleus of talent on the offensive side of the football. That's if they can get better play out of their QB position. They will look for help on the OL but with Kalil, Reiff, and Martin off the board they don't reach.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina</strong></p> <p>This is a tough one for me. Seattle needs a franchise QB to build around. Their defense has played above expectations this year and their offense has been bad. All these signs point to them taking a QB at this position. But I'm going to operate under the assumption that Landry Jones goes back to school because that's what I truly believe he will do. That leaves a guy like Ryan Tannehill as the best QB option. Pete Carroll isn't ready to give up on Jackson quite yet; especially not for Tannehill. So in the end they take the best player available on the board. Ingram will give upgrade a defensive unit that has played well but is ranked 20<sup>th</sup> in the NFL in sacks this season. You can never have enough talented linemen and this is one guy that has pro-bowl ability as a pass rusher and they are able to snag him at the #12 spot.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>13.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Arizona Cardinals: Andre Branch, DE, Clemson&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> <p>Arizona is an odd team to figure out. They are essentially middle of the road in all statistical categories with a "franchise" QB that has started 16 games in his 5 year NFL career and one of the top-5 WR in the game. They have talent all over this roster it has just yet to translate into wins in the post-Warner era. At this spot they will give consideration to a WR that can complement Fitz the way Boldin did or an OT to replace the disappointing Brown. However, in the end they decide to upgrade the under-performing OLB/Edge Rusher position. In any 3-4 defense you must have impact rushers on the edge and I just don't see that from Arizona. &nbsp;Insert Branch who is a great value here and you have a college DE who knows how to get into the backfield.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>14.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Dallas Cowboys: Devon Still, DE/DT, Penn State </strong></p> <p>The Cowboys have the necessary weapons they need on the offensive side of the football, especially after the emergence of Murray (assuming he can return to form next season). They have a secondary that has performed horribly under Rob Ryan (mostly Terrance Newman) and upgrades are thought to be needed there. However, the highest ranked player on the board is a perfect fit as a 3-4 DE and is too good to pass up. As this process goes on I think Still will end up going higher than this but at this point if he makes it to #14, the Cowboys will pounce on him. The addition of Still would give the Cowboys perhaps the best front seven in football when you consider he'd be playing alongside guys like DeMarcus Ware and Sean Lee.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>15.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College </strong></p> <p>This guy is the Eagles #1 target heading into this draft. This position is overwhelmingly their largest need going into the offseason (assuming they retain Jackson or find his replacement...Bowe). Because teams are hesitant to take linebackers (especially inside linebackers) in the first round, the Eagles get their guy at #15. This pick is simple for the Eagles: insert Kuechly from day one and defense gets better. Their offense will be just fine next season, their success will depend on how much they upgrade that defense.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>16.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New York Jets: Courtney Upshaw. OLB, Alabama</strong></p> <p>This pick is going to be spent on someone who can apply pressure to opposing QB's. More than likely they will target the best OLB/Edge Rusher on the board and that is Upshaw. Upshaw can step in from day one opposite of Calvin Pace and give Rex Ryan a dynamic 1-2 punch off the edge. The Jets may also look into a DE and if Devon Still would fall this far they would take a serious look in that direction but in the end Upshaw makes the most sense and gives Ryan another toy to make Brady's life miserable.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>17.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Cincinnati Bengals (From Oakland): Mark Barron, S, Alabama</strong></p> <p>With their first of two first round picks the Bengals pick up a guy who isn't flashy but is going to be a long-term starter for this franchise. He provides an immediate upgrade in the secondary and becomes another playmaker in that defensive backfield along with Leon Hall. Barron has the ability to be a pro-bowl type of player within a few short years and the Bengals should be happy if he falls to them at #17.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>18.&nbsp; </strong><strong>San Diego Chargers: David Decastro, G, Stanford</strong></p> <p>This pick has to be an offensive lineman if you're the Chargers. Their line was destroyed by injuries and Rivers paid the price. The problem with those injuries is that two of them are career threatening. They must re-sign Hardwick and draft both an OT and an interior lineman that can step in from day one and start. They get one of the better OG prospects to come along in years. He will start from day one of camp and help to bring some stability to an O-Line that has been a big reason in the team's regression this year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>19.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Jacksonville Jaguars (from Chicago Bears): Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame</strong></p> <p>The Jaguars end up in a great position with the Bears #19 selection. They pick up an extra 4<sup>th</sup> round pick this year, a first round pick next year (that they can use to package something together to move up for Barkley if necessary), and still end up getting a true #1 WR. Floyd is a prospect that is rated as high as 10<sup>th</sup> overall on some boards. He may not be quite on the same level as Blackmon but I believe he's going to be a #1 receiving threat for someone in this league. The Jags give Gabbert a big-time target and when he has a terrible year at QB they can move on from that failed first round pick and focus on next year's QB class with two first round picks to play with.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>20.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Tennessee Titans: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin</strong></p> <p>This one may be the easiest pick so far. Here's a head coach that has come out and blasted the play of his offensive line for not helping out Chris Johnson. So if he's serious about blaming the O-Line, this franchise better put its money where its mouth is and draft the best available OL at #20. Fortunately for the Titans there's a lineman here worth the selection. While he's not a tackle which is typically the type of player you see going this high, he's worth the selection. Konz comes from school known for producing good offensive lineman and he will become captain of this offensive line early in his career. They will consider a pass rusher at this spot but in the end they plug a huge hole on the O-Line.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>21.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Denver Broncos: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska</strong></p> <p>The Broncos have a lot of different need areas on the offensive side of the football.&nbsp; They could use an impact receiver, a running back that can take over the rushing duties from McGahee, and offensive line help. They have been good defensively but they could also use a defensive tackle and a young corner. In the end they decide to grab the best player available on their board and take Dennard. He can play opposite of Bailey from the start and help to improve a defense that's going to need to carry this team regardless of who is taking snaps next year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>22.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New York Giants: Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State</strong></p> <p>The Giants on paper have one of the most talented rosters in all of football. They have talent everywhere on both sides of the ball which is rare in the NFL. They could go several different directions with this pick: offensive line, linebacker, or wide receiver. Since I don't see an offensive lineman worthy of this pick this pick comes down to three players. Kendall Wright would be a great fit at this spot. I don't see them re-signing Manningham and they were ranked 21<sup>st</sup> in kick returns this year. Wright would be an ideal 3<sup>rd</sup> WR and returner. However, the Giants can't ignore their 28<sup>th</sup> ranked defense and decide an upgrade at MLB is more of a priority. This brings the decision down to Burfict and Hightower. Both players would be upgrades for the Giants but I give the edge to Burfict because he's slightly faster (Hightower is slightly bigger). </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>23.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Cincinnati Bengals: Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia</strong></p> <p>With the way the Bengals have played this year and the emergence of Daulton and AJ Green, they are in a tremendous position to upgrade their weaknesses with their two first round picks. The first thing they decided to do is add a playmaker to the defensive backfield. Next, they decide to upgrade an already solid O-Line. Glenn can step in from day one at LG and turn this line into one of the tops in the NFL. They have four linemen who have played well this year and one that has not. Upgrading the one weak link makes Daulton's job a lot easier knowing he has a line that's going to give him time to throw the football. That's a HUGE deal when you play in the same division as the Steelers and Ravens.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>24.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Buffalo Bills (from Detroit): Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia</strong></p> <p>Here's a team that went from sure fire bottom-5 team in the league before the season started, to one of the hottest teams in the NFL through the first few weeks who signed their QB long-term, back to picking near the top of the draft this season. They have two glaring needs in my opinion: a pass rush and a WR.&nbsp; While I believe the Bills will think long and hard about adding a WR at #10, the re-signing of Stevie Johnson will push them towards impact defender. And with the additional first round pick next year they are still able to upgrade their pass rush at #24. Jones will provide some speed off the edge and along with Marcell Dareus, give the Bills a huge upgrade in their front seven in the past two years. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>25.&nbsp; </strong><strong>St. Louis Rams (from Cleveland who got it from Atlanta): Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor</strong></p> <p>The Rams will waste little time getting this pick to the podium. The offense has been the worst in the NFL this year and the receiving corps is a large reason why (along with Bradford's health). Putting Wright alongside Lloyd gives the Rams some solid receiving options. It will also allow them to play Amendola in the slot. The bonus of this pick is that Wright can also help to improve the 23<sup>rd</sup> ranked kick return unit in the NFL. Picking up Martin and Wright in the first round shores up their two biggest need areas with two of the best available players at the time; that would make the Rams franchise very happy. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>26.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Houston Texans: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers </strong></p> <p>This is more of a hunch pick than anything else. The Texans could go a number of different ways with this pick. They could take an interior lineman to replace Smith at guard, they could look for someone to compete with/replace/compliment Cody at nose tackle, or they could add a true #2 receiver. I believe that they will look to take some of the pressure off Johnson and snag Sanu. This pick allows the Texans to keep Walters in the slot and use Jones in a Percy Harvin type of hybrid role which is becoming more popular with teams. This pick completely changes if they are unable to resign center Chris Meyers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>27.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Pittsburgh Steelers: Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama</strong></p> <p>The Steelers don't draft for need very often. They definitely don't reach to fill a need. At this spot they could look to upgrade the offensive line but none of the available players fit. If Cordy Glenn would fall this far, they won't waste much time in selecting him. The offensive tackle position needs help as well but I don't see them reaching at this point for anyone; especially if Hightower is available. He's exactly the type of player that fits the Steelers D and has the attitude needed to be a Steeler. Farrior is getting old and he has been a vital part of that D for years but Hightower would bring a refreshing youthfulness to the position alongside Timmons.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>28.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Baltimore Ravens: Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC </strong></p> <p>Jarrett Johnson is going to command a healthy contract to return and with Sergio Kindle as a back-up plan, they let them him go. They then turn around a draft a potential stud to play opposite of Suggs. Perry is a great fit for the Ravens and his quickness off the edge would be a nightmare when paired with Suggs. Provided he performs well at the combine, the Ravens will gladly snag him and allow Kindle to continue to play the role of backup. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>29.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New England Patriots (From New Orleans): Fletcher Cox, DE/DT, Mississippi State</strong></p> <p>Who knows what the Patriots will do with these two picks. They SHOULD keep them and upgrade a pathetic defense with both picks. However, they may end up trading back/up several times since they have 4 picks in the first two rounds to play with. If they keep this pick they should count their blessings and take the best player available on the board. It looks as if they may go back to a 3-4 approach to defense next season, grabbing D-Linemen that fit the profile becomes a priority. Cox is a top 20 prospect that may be gone by this point come draft day but if he falls the Patriots would be wise to grab him here. Defensive back help and possibly receiver are the only two other areas they may look to with this pick.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>30.&nbsp; </strong><strong>San Francisco 49ers: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama</strong></p> <p>If there's a coach in the NFL that can straighten Jenkins out, it's Jim Harbaugh. The 49ers have turned into a no non-sense type of football team that has turned around Vernon Davis and Alex Smith's careers. Granted their issues were on the field problems while Jenkins problems come off the field. On the field he's a defensive back talent in the same class as Dre Kirkpatrick and Morris Claiborne. If the 49ers and Harbaugh can get through to him and keep him on the right path, this is a steal. Playing opposite of Rogers would give the 49ers an outstanding pair of CB on a defense that is already one of the best in the NFL. They have a need for a receiver but Harbaugh can't pass on this talent.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>31.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New England Patriots: Jerel Worthy, DE/DT, Michigan State</strong></p> <p>If they switch to the 3-4 defense, Wilfork will become the NT again and Andre Carter would be moved to OLB/Edge Rusher, which means they are left without any decent options at DE. Cox and Worthy could start from day one and turn a weak front seven into one of the team's strengths. With Cox, Worthy, Wilfork, Carter, and Mayo the Patriots would have a chance to become a formidable front once again.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>32.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Green Bay Packers: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami</strong></p> <p>What do you get the kid who has everything for Christmas? In this scenario, you upgrade what has been an injury-ridden weak spot for the Packers. The Packers have very few holes on this team, especially on the offensive side of the football. However, they could use a dynamic playmaker at the RB position, who can also pound the football between the tackles in the 4<sup>th</sup> quarter of those games when they're up 14 with 8 minutes to go. There is some debate as to who the 2<sup>nd</sup> best RB in this draft is behind Richardson. Some say Miller, others David Wilson, some LeMichael James, and others Montee Ball. I believe it is Miller and by drafting him the Packers could add another dimension to an already potent offense.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>ROUND 2</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>33.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Indianapolis Colts: Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State</strong></p> <p>Having the first pick of the second round you are going to be left with a handful of guys to choose from that are first round talents. Sanders could be a first round pick (perhaps to Steelers) but if he falls to the Colts they will gladly snatch him up. The offensive line needs upgraded with new franchise QB Luck taking snaps and Richardson toting the rock. Sanders fills a need and is best player available at this point.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>34.&nbsp; </strong><strong>St. Louis Rams: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson</strong></p> <p>The Rams have a ton of serviceable tight ends on their roster; but no difference makers. While Lance Kendrick (last year's second round pick) has shown flashes that he could be a good NFL tight end, his best game this year was 4 catches for 71 yards. If Allen somehow falls this far, the Rams will gladly give Bradford his third massive upgrade on the offensive side of the ball in this draft and take him here. Allen is far and away the best TE of this draft and the only true difference maker at this position which tells me he will probably move up in future mocks.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>35.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Minnesota Vikings: Chase Minnifield, CB/KR, Virginia</strong></p> <p>After the Vikings filled their biggest need with the best player available in round one, they go with a need pick here and take the best CB on the board. Minnifield will be an early to mid-second round pick and the Vikings have a glaring need here.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>36.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Cleveland Browns: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech</strong></p> <p>With Hillis likely out the door, running back becomes a priority need for the Browns. Griffin and Wilson instantly become the two best offensive playmakers on the roster. They will consider a receiver here as well if they feel one is worth of the pick.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>37.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina</strong></p> <p>The Bucs fill a need here with one of the best players available. Brown is an upgrade over what the Bucs currently trot out at outside linebacker. Good value with both Tampa Bay picks to this point.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>38.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Washington Redskins: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State</strong></p> <p>If the Redskins are able to acquire Manning, they will need to patch up the injury ravaged O-Line. Adams on the right side would look awfully good when paired with Williams on the left. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>39.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Jacksonville Jaguars: Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech</strong></p> <p>The Jags have a lot of needs and they filled a huge one in round one. They will spend their second round pick on a needs pick as well. They need to add a CB in the middle rounds and decide Hosley is worth the pick here.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>40.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Carolina Panthers: Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson</strong></p> <p>If we've learned anything in the NFL, it's that you can never have enough defensive linemen. Having depth on the line is a key to defensive success. Thompson probably starts at DT from day one and gives this team a potent front four. This type of defensive line could really mask some other deficiencies on that side of the ball. By the way, he's the best player on the board.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>41.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&amp;M</strong></p> <p>Matt Moore is not the long-term answer at quarterback. Tannehill has the chance to develop into a very solid starter and he's worth the pick here in the second round. However, once draft day comes he may end up going higher on potential alone.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>42.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Buffalo Bills: Whitney Mercilius, OLB/DE, Illinois</strong></p> <p>I'll say it again, this league is about getting a franchise QB, protecting that QB, and rushing the other team's QB. The Bills spend this draft acquiring an extra first round pick next year and two edge rushers who can turn a weakness into a potential strength. Good value here and he's probably the best player on the board.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>43.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Kansas City Chiefs: Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State</strong></p> <p>The Chiefs need a serious upgrade at the OT position. Datko is an upgrade at the position and will have a realistic chance to start from day one.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>44.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Seattle Seahawks: LeMichael James, RB, Oregon</strong></p> <p>James is a high level NFL talent if used in the correct way. He's not going to pound it between the tackles 20 times a game. He needs to go to a situation where he's the complimentary back catching passes out of the backfield and being used in the hybrid Percy Harvin position. Seattle is a perfect fit. Lynch gives them the Punch and James provides the flash to an offense that needs it.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>45.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Philadelphia Eagles (From Arizona): Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska</strong></p> <p>The Eagles need help at LB and using their top two picks improving the situation would be a wise decision. David is extremely undersized being a former safety but he's a true playmaker. He'll need to add some weight to be physical enough in run defense but David and Kuechly give the Eagles two playmaking LB's that they lacked before.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>46.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Dallas Cowboys: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina</strong></p> <p>This pick needs to be used on a defensive back. I really don't think Newman will be back and after upgrading the front seven in the first round, the Cowboys look to fill a need here in the second round. Gilmore is the best CB left on the board.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>47.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Philadelphia Eagles: Kelechi Osemele, OG/OT, Iowa State</strong></p> <p>The Eagles have had some issues on the offensive line this year. Osemele could start at four different positions on the line and he would likely finding a starting role somewhere along that line in his rookie year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>48.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New York Jets: Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin</strong></p> <p>I really like this pick for the Jets for a couple of reasons. Toon will come in and be a professional from day one as he has learned from an NFL father (also a Jet). It's something Santanio Holmes could learn from. He is going to make a great #2 or #3 option at WR in this offense. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>49.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New England (From Oakland): Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma State</strong></p> <p>After a dramatic upgrade in their front seven with their two first round picks, the Patriots grab an upgrade in the secondary here in the second round. Martin is an instant upgrade over either safety.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>50.&nbsp; </strong><strong>San Diego Chargers: Brandon Jenkins, DE/OLB, Florida State</strong></p> <p>The Chargers have two need areas heading into the offseason: O-Line which they began to address in the first round and OLB/Edge Rusher. They address the latter here in the second round. Jenkins helps out a defense that has struggled all season to pressure opposing QB's.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>51.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Chicago Bears: Michael Brewster, C, Ohio State</strong></p> <p>The Bears addressed by far their biggest need by grabbing Blackmon in Round One. With this pick they take Brewster with the intention of playing him at guard early in his career while eventually possibly taking over at center. He will compete for a spot on that line from day one.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>52.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Tennessee Titans: Brandon Washington, OG, Miami</strong></p> <p>The Titans continue their overhaul of the offensive line. Munchak is going to everything he can to build this team the way he wants; from the inside-out.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>53.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Denver Broncos: Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina</strong></p> <p>The Broncos need more weapons on the offensive side of the football. A talent infusion at the WR position is needed in the early to mid-rounds for Denver.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>54.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New York Giants: Reuben Randle, WR, LSU</strong></p> <p>With the emergence of Victor Cruz, the Giants will part ways with Manningham. This creates a need for a third wide receiver. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>55.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Cincinnati Bengals: Chris Polk, RB, Washington</strong></p> <p>The Bengals continue their outstanding draft and get a talented running back that has the potential to play alongside Benson in the short term and to replace him in the long-term. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>56.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Detroit Lions: Nate Potter, OT, Boise State</strong></p> <p>The Lions traded up in the first round to fill their biggest need with the best player available. Here they address their second biggest need and draft a potential replacement to Jeff Backus. Potter is a true LT whose strength is pass blocking which makes him a great fit for Detroit.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>57.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Atlanta Falcons: Billy Winn, DE, Boise State</strong></p> <p>Without a first round pick this year the Falcons must narrow their focus with this second round selection. They decide to go need over best available and take Winn.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>58.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Houston Texans: Alameda Ta'amu, NT, Washington</strong></p> <p>Here is a case where one of the best available players fills a need for the Texans. They will consider an interior offensive lineman here as well but Ta'amu could be a force at NT and they get great value at pick #58. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>59.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Jones, C, Georgia</strong></p> <p>The Steelers need to continue to upgrade their offensive line. The thought here would be to move him to guard and allow him to compete for starting spot from day one.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>60.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Baltimore Ravens: Levy Adcock, OT, Oklahoma State</strong></p> <p>The Ravens need a talent infusion on the offensive line. Adcock struggled at times for OSU but he has flashed talent worthy of a second round pick.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>61.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New Orleans Saints: Ronnell Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma</strong></p> <p>This is again where need meets value. Lewis is a talented outside linebacker that has a real chance to start from day one for the Saints.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>62.&nbsp; </strong><strong>San Francisco 49ers: Devier Posey, WR, Ohio State</strong></p> <p>Here's a guy that will drop because he missed most of his senior season due to suspension. When he came back he blew the top off the defense against Michigan and could be a great value here for the 49ers opposite of Crabtree.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>63.&nbsp; </strong><strong>New England Patriots: Vinny Curry, DE/OLB, Marshall</strong></p> <p>With two linemen in the first round who will start at ends in the new 3-4 and a safety that will start from day one, the Patriots get an OLB/Edge Rusher who can compete for the starting spot opposite of Carter and get to the QB. Mayo would move back inside in a 3-4. What an improvement their defense would show with these four picks.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>64.&nbsp; </strong><strong>Green Bay Packers: Nick Foles, QB, Arizona</strong></p> <p>Flynn is leaving via free agency and after his performance again the Lions, he is going to get paid. So unless they believe Graham Harrell is that guy, they need another young QB who they can begin to groom behind Rodgers. Foles would make a nice backup and at this point in the draft he's one of the top players on the board.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Jan 2012 17:52:32 GMT http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/1300728 Doodle24 2008 NFL Mock Draft - Final Version (3 Rounds) http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/180276 &nbsp; <p><strong>2008 NFL Mock Draft - Final Edition</strong></p><p>We are closely closing in on the big day. The one time of the year when teams like Miami, Atlanta, and Oakland actually have some hope. When the &quot;Who the hell is this guy?&quot; turns into Terrell Davis and Tom Brady. When the &quot;This guy is going to save our franchise!&quot; turns into Tim Couch and Akili Smith. No matter which team you call your own, you have to love the NFL Draft.</p><p>Couple things before I get started...</p><p>1. I get a mulligan on the #1 pick if Bill Parcells signs someone different before the draft gets started.</p><p>2. Chad Johnson will be traded. And I see him going to the Eagles. The only time Philly has been to the Super Bowl with McNabb was when he had a big-time WR target. Chad Johnson is mouthy but he&#39;s a great player and doesn&#39;t have &quot;off-field&quot; issues.</p><p>2. I really think the defining picks of this draft lie at picks 3-5. They will shape the rest of the top 10 and determine whether or not we see a lot of trade activity come draft day.</p><p>3. Considering Al Davis has one of those 3 critical picks, ANYTHING can happen.</p><p>That being said...here are&nbsp;my selections.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Round 1</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>1) <strong>Miami</strong><strong> Dolphins - Jake Long</strong>. All signs point towards Parcells selecting the mammoth OT with the first overall selection. And it would appear to make sense if he&#39;s able to get him signed before draft day. On the field Jake Long helps to shore up a porous offensive line. This is a team full of needs at numerous positions but OT has got to be #1. This position is too important to pass up a potential franchise guy. </p><p>2) <strong>St. Louis</strong><strong> Rams - Chris Long</strong>. I really think the first two picks will be Long&#39;s...regardless of what order they are selected. Chris Long doesn&#39;t have the unlimited ceiling of Gholston or Dorsey but you know what you&#39;re getting and his basement isn&#39;t as low. He&#39;s going to be a talented and relentless pass rusher who won&#39;t take a play off. Not often you should ever throw around the term &quot;can&#39;t miss&quot; but this kid is as close to that as it gets. At worst he&#39;s a 12 year pro that ends his career with 70-80 sacks. At best he&#39;s a Hall of Famer.</p><p>3) <strong>Atlanta</strong><strong> Falcons - Matt Ryan</strong>. I find it very hard to believe that Atlanta isn&#39;t going to select the top QB in this draft. After the Vick debacle this organization needs a &quot;face of the franchise&quot; who is seen as a reputable individual. That guy is Matt Ryan. He&#39;s smart, poised, experienced, and doesn&#39;t get rattled...plus he&#39;s a good guy (something Atlanta needs desperately). It&#39;s almost clich&eacute; to say anymore but Matt Ryan has that indefinable &quot;It&quot; quality and the Falcons will be sorry if they don&#39;t take him with this pick.</p><p>4) <strong>Oakland</strong><strong> Raiders - Glenn Dorsey</strong>. This is the ultimate decision between best available player and biggest need position. If they drafted the best player available they would take McFadden. But RB is the least of their concerns. They have Fargas who they just re-signed, they still have both Rhodes and Jordan on the roster, and they took Michael Bush last year in hopes he will return to his pre-injury form. It&#39;s hard for me to imagine taking a guy like McFadden and adding him to that mix. Rather they need to take Dorsey. This instantly upgrades their run defense which ranked #31 last year. With Hall added to the secondary and now Dorsey to the D-Line they have themselves a formidable defense. And what better way to help a young QB develop that to give him a top-flight defense that will at least keep games close. </p><p>5) Kansas City Chiefs - (Trade the #5 to the Cincinnati Bengals for the #9, 2009 2nd Rounder, and #112) <strong>Cincinnati</strong><strong> Bengals - Sedrick Ellis.</strong> Now some of you are saying why would they need to trade up? None of the other teams ahead of them are really looking too hard at a DT. That&#39;s true but with NE sitting at #7 and looking to trade back, someone with a DT need (Saints, Panthers, and Broncos) may jump them to snag Ellis. Also factor in that the Chiefs know they can still get Ryan Clady at #9. Sedrick Ellis is the perfect fit for the Bengals. He gives them exactly what they needed this offseason, a disruptive and athletic defensive tackle. He will help to shore up a terrible run defense. Don&#39;t let the Bengals fool you, this is their guy and they will do what it takes to get him.</p><p>6) <strong>New York</strong><strong> Jets - Darren McFadden</strong>. For all the times we&#39;ve heard the Jets fans boo on draft day, here&#39;s one pick where we will here nothing but cheers. They think about Gholston but then realize they could snag the best player in the draft and for the first time in a long time give the offense a dynamic playmaker. This pick just makes sense. They have Thomas Jones, who is a solid NFL running back. But he becomes above average when he&#39;s part of a duo. McFadden can be used as RB, WR, and maybe even a 2 headed monster in the return game with Leon Washington. Congrats Jets on drafting best available instead of need.</p><p>7) <strong>New England Patriots - Vernon Gholston</strong>. Perfect fit for the Patriots. With former Buckeye Mike Vrabel there to mentor him, Gholston falls into a perfect situation. He won&#39;t be asked to do much more than be a disruptive force during his rookie season, which will give him time to adjust to playing in space. New England decides against a couple trade offers when they realize Gholston has fallen to them.</p><p>8) <strong>Baltimore</strong><strong> Ravens - Leodis McKelvin</strong>. With Ryan gone, the focus turns to getting a CB. The big question becomes which one of the cornerbacks do the Ravens have listed highest on their board. There are 3, maybe 4, possibilities. McKelvin, Talib, Rodgers-Cromartie, and Jenkins...Talib would be the safest pick but McKelvin has the highest upside. When their corners were hurt the defense really suffered. This pick eliminates that worry. He&#39;s going to be a very solid NFL corner.</p><p>9) Cincinnati Bengals - Traded Pick. <strong>Kansas City</strong><strong> Chiefs - Ryan Clady</strong>. The plan works out perfectly for the Chiefs. They pick up an early 4<sup>th</sup> Round selection, a 2009&nbsp;2nd Round pick, move down, and still get their guy. Clady becomes an instant starter on that depleted OL of the Chiefs. (<em>Even after trading Allen and needing a DE, I don&#39;t think they are sold on Gholston as a 4-3 DE. So they stick with their plan to trade the #5 to the highest bidder and get Clady here at #9. Then address the DE position at #17.)</em></p><p>10) <strong>New Orleans</strong><strong> Saints - Keith Rivers</strong>. After going out and signing Vilma and Morgan, the immediate need for a LB isn&#39;t quite as pressing but they could still use a talented outside LB. Rivers is the best player available at this point and will start immediately alongside Vilma. Picking up another CB here is also an option but without a clear cut CB they go with Rivers.</p><p>11) <strong>Buffalo</strong><strong> Bills - Devin Thomas</strong>. I&#39;m 95% sure this pick is going to a WR. They desperately need someone opposite Evans who can take some pressure off...Thomas can be that guy. He&#39;s rocketed up draft boards since the end of the season and jumped over Sweed and Kelly to become the first WR taken. Secondary help is also an option at this pick.</p><p>12) <strong>Denver</strong><strong> Broncos - Chris Williams</strong>. The next 3 teams are all looking at OT as their #1 priority. Luckily for the Broncos they have the first of the three picks and are able to get their guy. Williams is a hard worker who is also very intelligent. Will be a very good fit for the Broncos.</p><p>13) <strong>Carolina</strong><strong> Panthers - Jeff Otah</strong>. With the Jordan Gross situation up in the air and the RT position in desperate need of help this is a good fit for the Panthers. Otah can come in and start immediately. Also, if Gross decides to leave or they want to move Gross back to right side, Otah will be able to step into that LT position as early as his second season.</p><p>14) <strong>Chicago</strong><strong> Bears - Branden Albert</strong>. The Bears get their man here. They wanted Albert because his versatility. Their situation is a little different in that they could use help over the entire OL. Albert comes in as an OG/OT, giving the Bears an enormous amount of flexibility on the line. Albert can start at OT and then move to OG if necessary...or vice versa.</p><p>15) <strong>Detroit</strong><strong> Lions - Derrick Harvey</strong>. This is a tough selection here. Let me first say that I&#39;m a Lions fan...this is my home town pick. I know the pressing need for a RB but there is tremendous depth at that position in this draft. Getting a speedy DE would really go a long way towards shoring up that defense. It&#39;s amazing what you can do when you put a little pressure on the QB (see the Super Bowl). Harvey reminds me of Freeney coming out of college...a little undersized but blazing off the corner. And with Marinelli (a D-Line guy), I hope he snags Harvey if he falls to them.</p><p>16) <strong>Arizona</strong><strong> Cardinals - Rashard Mendenhall</strong>. Arizona sits back and is able to snag the 2<sup>nd</sup> best back in the draft. Mendenhall would make a great #2 back behind James during his rookie year and in a year or two could become a top-flight NFL back. </p><p>17) <strong>Kansas City </strong><strong>- Phillip Merling</strong>. The pick here has to be a DE...the question is which one do you take. It has to come down to Merling or Calais Campbell. They decide to go with Merling because of possible question marks about Campbell&#39;s effort. Merling will compete for a starting spot from Day 1. (<em>After trading Jared Allen I made a slight change...same player is taken here but he goes to KC and not Minnesota)</em></p><p>18) <strong>Houston</strong><strong> Texans - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie</strong>. Secondary help is priority #1 heading into this draft and taking Rodgers-Cromartie is a definite step in the right direction. He will come in and compete with Reeves for the #2 CB spot alongside Dunta Robinson. This pick comes down to what CB they have rated highest on their board.</p><p>19) <strong>Philadelphia</strong><strong> Eagles - Kenny Phillips</strong>. Not sure what the reaction will be from Eagles faithful on this one but it should be a joyous one. Phillips was a stud in his first two years at Miami and then had a disappointing junior season. However, playing alongside Brian Dawkins and learning from him would give the Eagles 2 hard-hitting playmakers at the safety position. This would be a significant upgrade for the Eagles and a great pick.</p><p>20) <strong>Tampa</strong><strong> Bay</strong><strong> Buccaneers - Mike Jenkins</strong>. They think about taking a WR in this spot but decide to go with a CB to replace Brian Kelly instead. Jenkins will compete with Buchanon for a spot alongside Ronde Barber. </p><p>21) <strong>Washington</strong><strong> Redskins - Calais Campbell</strong>. For year&#39;s they have talked about snagging an impact DE in the first round and never have. This year they do...sort of. Campbell is one of those all or nothing picks. While it seems you shouldn&#39;t gamble like that in the first round, this guy is worth the risk. His upside is so high that if he realized his potential he could be one of the top 3 players to come out of this draft. Sounds like just the kind of risk Daniel Snyder and Company are willing to take.</p><p>22) <strong>Dallas</strong><strong> Cowboys - Felix Jones</strong>. These two picks are going to be spent on a running back and a WR...especially if Pacman comes over from Tennessee. While Jerry Jones doesn&#39;t make the brash move into the top 5 to snag his Arkansas boy McFadden, he does get the &quot;other&quot; Razorback here at pick 22. Felix Jones will be a nice compliment to Barber and will also help in that return game if necessary.</p><p>23) <strong>Pittsburgh</strong><strong> Steelers - Gosder Cherilus</strong>. The Steelers would love to somehow get their hands on Brenden Albert but his stock is rising and more than likely won&#39;t be around when it&#39;s their turn to pick. So they take Cherilus instead. He&#39;s a very solid prospect who can be shaped and molded by their veteran&#39;s.</p><p>24) <strong>Tennessee</strong><strong> Titans - Limas Sweed</strong>. Vince Young should be waiving his arms and pleading with the Titans to take his former college teammate. It gives the Titans a true #1 and also gives VY his security blanket...someone he feels comfortable with. If he falls this far, he has to be the Titans pick.</p><p>25) <strong>Seattle</strong><strong> Seahawks - Fred Davis</strong>. I&#39;m very high on Davis and think he can be a huge weapon for Hasselbeck and the offense. He can stretch the middle of the field with his speed and has fantastic hands. Seattle would wise to satisfy their biggest need with the top TE prospect here at pick #25.</p><p>26) <strong>Jacksonville</strong><strong> Jaguars - Lawrence Jackson</strong>. That defensive line, which was an absolute strength of that defense, is quickly becoming a thin position for the Jags. They need some youth, depth, and talent at both positions. Jackson gives them all of that. He&#39;s a versatile player with a very good upside. Good value and good fit here at #26.</p><p>27) <strong>San Diego</strong><strong> Chargers - Aqib Talib</strong>. They already have two very good CB in place but they lack depth after those two. Talib gives them a talented #3 CB who can be brought along slowly and eventually thrown into a starting role. Another good value pick here by the Chargers. </p><p>28) <strong>Dallas</strong><strong> Cowboys - Malcolm Kelly</strong>. After snagging their RB with the #22 pick they get their WR here at #28. Kelly was projected as the top WR for a long time before his debacle at pro day. He still has a chance to be the best of the bunch and could be a home run pick here at the end of the first round.</p><p>29) <strong>San Francisco</strong><strong> 49ers - Quentin Groves</strong>. If he falls down this far it has to be a no-brainer for San Francisco. He is exactly what they need. An OLB/hybrid type that will be able to put pressure on the QB. A little consolation after trading away the #7 pick in the draft.</p><p>30) <strong>Green Bay</strong><strong> Packers - Antoine Cason</strong>. I really think Cason is going to a solid NFL cornerback. Some have guys like Brandon Flowers ranked ahead of him but I give the edge to Cason. The Packers need youth at CB and someone who can step in and play when Woodson and Harris can&#39;t anymore. Cason is most definitely up for that challenge.</p><p>31) <strong>New York</strong><strong> Giants - Reggie Smith</strong>. Well this pick makes sense for the Giants because it fills two needs...cornerback and safety. Smith has experience at both and has the ability to play both in the NFL. The Giants could go from a weak secondary at the beginning of last year that slowly improved by Super Bowl Sunday to a very good secondary by the end of this upcoming season. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Round 2</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>32) <strong>Miami</strong><strong> Dolphins - Jerod Mayo</strong>. If Mayo falls out of the first round look for the Dolphins to snag him with the first pick of the 2<sup>nd</sup> round. After the departure of Thomas, Mayo can step in and start from day 1. Good fit for either defensive scheme they decide to run.</p><p>33) <strong>St. Louis</strong><strong> Rams - Desean Jackson</strong>. After the departure of Isaac Bruce the Rams need a #3 WR to make some plays. They have the big physical guy already in Bennett to play in the #2 WR role but after that the cupboard is barren. Jackson gives them a big-time playmaker and can help in the return game where Hall has been somewhat of a disappointment.</p><p>34) <strong>Atlanta</strong><strong> Falcons - Sam Baker</strong>. At this point in the draft this would be a very good value pick for the Falcons. They snagged their franchise QB in the first round and here in the 2<sup>nd</sup> they get a guy who can start on the O-Line from day 1.</p><p>35) <strong>Kansas City</strong><strong> Chiefs - James Hardy</strong>. After hitting on Bowe in last year&#39;s draft at the WR position they take a guy who can be his running-mate for years. Hardy is a big-physical receiver who runs very well for his size. Having this guy in the red-zone will help whoever they decide to put behind center.</p><p>36) <strong>New York</strong><strong> Jets - Mario Maningham</strong>. They still need help at that WR position. Maningham gives them a playmaker to help in the development of their young quarterback.</p><p>37) <strong>Atlanta</strong><strong> Falcons - Kentwaan Balmer</strong>. What a luxury it is to have these three 2<sup>nd</sup> Round selections. They get great value here for Balmer who has a real chance of going in the first round. He can come in and start immediately...he&#39;s that good. Atlanta does well to grab 3 guys who could potentially start early and be around for 10+ years.</p><p>38) <strong>Baltimore</strong><strong> Ravens - Anthony Collins</strong>. With the Ogden situation it would be very wise to pick up an OT here in the 2<sup>nd</sup> Round. Collins has the kind of ability to start come Game 1. </p><p>39) <strong>San Francisco</strong><strong> 49ers - Pat Sims</strong>. The 49ers need help at that DT position and Sims is a guy who can play the DT position in either the 4-3 or 3-4. Only question may be character issues. Versatility too hard to pass up...guys who can play DT in both a 3-4 and 4-3 are rare.</p><p>40) <strong>New Orleans</strong><strong> Saints - Tracy Porter</strong>. After taking Rivers in the first they turn to their 2<sup>nd</sup> biggest need here. Comes down to which CB they have ranked the highest. Porter is the safe pick. He can turn into a solid #2.</p><p>41) <strong>Buffalo</strong><strong> Bills - Justin King</strong>. The opposite of Porter. He&#39;s the ultimate boom or bust guy. Very good upside...but was inconsistent in college. Could turn into a lock-down corner if he realizes his potential.</p><p>42) <strong>Denver</strong><strong> Broncos - Marcus Harrison</strong>. Has good size and athletic ability and will push for time on that weak defensive line. Defensive tackle might be their biggest need position along with OT...they address both in the first 2 rounds.</p><p>43) <strong>Carolina</strong><strong> Panthers - Jonathan Stewart</strong>. Lingering injuries cause a drop from the first round to here in the middle of the second. The Panther&#39;s won&#39;t hesitate to take this guy. Great pick for the Panthers. Don&#39;t have to rush him with Williams already in place.</p><p>44) <strong>Chicago</strong><strong> Bears - Brian Brohm. </strong>He falls into the Bear&#39;s lap. Great pick here. Could take over the offense in a year or two. Brohm was the clear cut #1 QB before the 2007 college football season and now he goes in the 2<sup>nd</sup> Round. The Panther&#39;s will think long and hard about taking Brohm as well. If Carolina takes Brohm expect the Bears to take Stewart.</p><p>45) <strong>Detroit</strong><strong> Lions - Curtis Lofton</strong>. This might just be wishful thinking from a Lions fan that Lofton will fall to the Lions here in the 2<sup>nd</sup> Round but if he does I sure hope they take him. He would be a great fit in the middle of that defense playing alongside Ernie Sims.</p><p>46) <strong>Cincinnati</strong><strong> Bengals - Andre Caldwell</strong>. After losing Chris Henry and Chad Johnson complaining like it&#39;s his job and likely to be traded, they need a WR. Caldwell would be a solid fit. Not flashy but has a good chance to be the #2 or #3 WR along with T.J. and Chatman. Could be a better pro than college guy. </p><p>47) <strong>Minnesota</strong><strong> Vikings - Carl Nicks</strong>. Consider this an insurance policy plus a future starter. He could push for time early but more importantly he provides a backup plan for their currently troubled offensive lineman. He has the kind of ability to make an immediate impact.</p><p>48) <strong>Atlanta</strong><strong> Falcons - Patrick Lee</strong>. With the departure of Hall they need a CB who can play early. Lee is experienced and talented. They thought about taking Flowers who is the most talented CB left on the board but they haven&#39;t had the best luck with players from Virginia Tech lately. If he beats out their CB&#39;s for a starting position they will have acquired 4 starters in the first 2 Rounds...that&#39;s how you turn around a franchise.</p><p>49) Philadelphia Eagles<strong> - (</strong>Trade #49, #115, and 2009 2<sup>nd</sup> Round Pick to Cincinnati for Chad Johnson)<strong> Cincinnati Bengals - Jason Jones</strong>. Cincinnati will look to try and get one of the Cowboys first round selections in this year&#39;s draft for Chad Johnson. However, with the Cowboys more than likely already trading for Pacman Jones, I can&#39;t see them making a second blockbuster trade this offseason. Especially a trade for another dynamic personality. So the Bengals settle for the next best thing. They pick up two 2<sup>nd</sup> Round picks (one this year and one next year) along with a 4<sup>th</sup> Round selection from the Eagles. As for the selection they make here at #49, Jason Jones is a big DE that gives them some needed size, talent, and youth at the DE position. </p><p>50) <strong>Arizona</strong><strong> Cardinals - Brandon Flowers</strong>. After addressing the RB position in Round One they snag a CB with big upside. Some character issues though.</p><p>51) <strong>Washington</strong><strong> Redskins - Chilo Rachal</strong>. Both of their guards are getting up their in age. This gives them a future 10 year starter they can groom for a year. </p><p>52) <strong>Tampa</strong><strong> Bay</strong><strong> Buccaneers</strong> <strong>-</strong> <strong>Early Doucet</strong>. They need some youth at WR and Doucet could become a very solid #2 WR for the Bucs.</p><p>53) <strong>Pittsburgh</strong><strong> Steelers - Charles Godfrey</strong>. Will push for time and eventually become a solid NFL starter. They are looking for guys who can lock up on receivers so they can free up Polamalu to do his thing.</p><p>54) <strong>Tennessee</strong><strong> Titans - Trevor Laws</strong>. Good motor who never quits on a play. Gives them needed depth at DT. He can also shift over to DE if necessary which gives them needed depth there as well.</p><p>55) <strong>Seattle</strong><strong> Seahawks - Dre Moore</strong>. Depth and talent needed on the D-Line. Adding a talented defensive tackle will go a long way. </p><p>56) <strong>Green Bay</strong><strong> Packers - Dustin Keller</strong>. They could use a TE opposite of Donald Lee. Good value here towards the end of the 2<sup>nd</sup> round. </p><p>57) <strong>Miami</strong><strong> Dolphins - Kendall Langford</strong>. Versatile defensive end who can play in either a 3-4 or 4-3 at the defensive end position. Gives them a younger option with talent.</p><p>58) <strong>Jacksonville</strong><strong> Jaguars</strong> <strong>- Terrell Thomas</strong>. Another USC guy here in the 2<sup>nd</sup> Round that will provide another solid option at DB. Could give them the option to move one of their CB to safety to fill that need.</p><p>59) <strong>Indianapolis</strong><strong> Colts - Dan Connor</strong>. Linebacker is the top need for the Colts and Connor slips all the way to the end of the 2<sup>nd</sup> Round. Good value. Connor is an Indy kind of guy.</p><p>60) <strong>Green Bay</strong><strong> Packers - Oniel Cousins</strong>. This pick adds depth to the OT position and gives them a future starter to groom.</p><p>61) <strong>Dallas</strong><strong> Cowboys - Red Bryant</strong>. If they can pick up a good DT they could move Ratliff to DE (his best position) and then slide Tank Johnson to starting DT with Bryant backing him up. That would improve their D-Line greatly.</p><p>62) <strong>New England</strong><strong> Patriots - Dwight Lowery</strong>. CB is a need position and this small school kid could be another hidden gem for the Pats.</p><p>63) <strong>New York</strong><strong> Giants</strong> <strong>- Erin Henderson</strong>. With the loss of Mitchell they need a replacement. Henderson has good genes and is a talented player.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Round 3</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>64) <strong>Miami</strong><strong> Dolphins</strong> - <strong>Joe Flacco</strong>. With Beck and McCown already there they can afford to take a QB here that they can develop.</p><p>65) <strong>St. Louis</strong><strong> Rams</strong> - <strong>Tyrell Johnson</strong>. The Rams need a safety and Johnson is rising up draft boards. He may not be here in the 3<sup>rd</sup> Round.</p><p>66) <strong>Kansas City</strong><strong> Chiefs</strong> - <strong>DeJuan Tribble</strong>. With their CB&#39;s getting old and winding down their careers, they need to find a replacement to groom.</p><p>67) <strong>Carolina</strong><strong> Panthers</strong> - <strong>DeMario Presley</strong>. After losing Jenkins they need someone who can compete for a spot.</p><p>68) <strong>Atlanta</strong><strong> Falcons</strong> - <strong>Xavier Adibi</strong>. They break down and take a VT guy. This one has potential to start at LB.</p><p>69) <strong>New England</strong><strong> Patriots</strong> - <strong>Roy Schuening</strong>. They don&#39;t have much depth at the OG position and Schuening is a potential down the road starter they can bring along slowly.</p><p>70) <strong>Chicago</strong><strong> Bears</strong> - <strong>Chris Johnson</strong>. The Bears already have a grind it out (they think) in Benson. Benson is also a low yards per carry guy. They need the homerun hitter. Enter Chris Johnson. 4.2 speed translates to homerun hitter.</p><p>71) <strong>Jacksonville</strong><strong> Jaguars - Kirk Barton</strong>. Don&#39;t need a true starter right now but could use a OT they can develop.</p><p>72) <strong>Buffalo</strong><strong> Bills - John Carlson</strong>. They could use youth and talent at the TE position. Carlson is good value in the third round.</p><p>73) <strong>Kansas City </strong><strong>- Chad Henne</strong>. Gives the&nbsp;Chiefs another young QB to put some pressure on&nbsp;Broyle to perform. After the Allen deal they may use these 3rd Rounders to move up and take Henne. He will go higher than 3rd Round.</p><p>74) <strong>Carolina</strong><strong> Panthers - Andre Woodson</strong>. Once thought of as the best QB in the class, he has fallen down to a 3<sup>rd</sup> Round selection. Has a big arm and can make all the throws. Good value here.</p><p><strong>75)&nbsp; </strong><strong>San Francisco</strong><strong> 49ers - Lavelle Hawkins. </strong>They still need some offensive playmakers. Hawkins is a California kid who can push for time.<strong> </strong></p><p>76) <strong>Detroit</strong><strong> Lions - Jamaal Charles</strong>. With the depth in this class they can afford to wait to the middle of the 3<sup>rd</sup> Round and still get a very good RB. I think Jamal Charles will be a top 15 back in the NFL within a couple years. If they need to they may trade up to grab a RB.</p><p>77) <strong>Cincinnati</strong><strong> Bengals - Martin Rucker</strong>. They need defense but after losing Johnson and Henry you need to give Palmer more weapons helps to tie up safeties in the middle of the field.</p><p>78) <strong>New Orleans</strong><strong> Saints - Andre Fluellen</strong>. They still need a defensive tackle to give them depth and talent in the front 7. Fluellen was once considered a top prospect and then he plummeted. Boom or bust pick here. </p><p>79) <strong>Houston</strong><strong> Texans - Ray Rice</strong>. Without a lot of teams jumping on the running backs, Rice falls to the Texans who get their workhorse type back for the first time in franchise history.</p><p>80) <strong>Philadelphia</strong><strong> Eagles - Brian Johnston. </strong>They need some youth and talent on the defensive line. This guy has a motor that doesn&#39;t quit and has decent size.</p><p>81) <strong>Arizona</strong><strong> Cardinals - Cliff Avril</strong>. Goodbye Calvin Pace. Hello Cliff Avril. Great pickup here that can step in and replace Pace.</p><p>82)&nbsp;<strong>Kansas City</strong><strong>&nbsp;- Martellus Bennett</strong>. OK so I&#39;m cheating again by keeping the pick the same but Gonzalez realizes after the trade of Allen that the Chiefs are rebuilding and he&#39;s going to want out.</p><p>83) <strong>Tampa</strong><strong> Bay</strong><strong> Buccaneers - Kevin Smith</strong>. With all the question marks surrounding Cadillac, it would be smart to pick up another talented RB.</p><p>84) <strong>Washington</strong><strong> Redskins - Adarius Bowman</strong>. Once thought of as a first round pick, his stock has fallen. Boom or Bust pick here. </p><p>85) <strong>Tennessee</strong><strong> Titans - Matt Forte</strong>. They need some depth at RB. Who knows what&#39;s going on with Lendale White.</p><p>86) <strong>Seattle</strong><strong> Seahawks - Donnie Avery</strong>. Could push for some time. Gives them another weapon on the outside.</p><p>87) <strong>Detroit</strong><strong> Lions - Barry Richardson</strong>. If he can find someone to motivate him and teach him some technique this guy can be a stud. But he may end up being a big softy.</p><p>88) <strong>Pittsburgh</strong><strong> Steelers - Chris Ellis</strong>. Good motor. They could use some youth and depth at DE and Ellis gives them that.</p><p>89) <strong>Jacksonville</strong><strong> Jaguars - Tavares Gooden</strong>. Not a lot of holes. Could push for time and add depth to LB position.</p><p>90) <strong>Chicago</strong><strong> Bears - DaJuan Morgan</strong>. They need help and depth at safety. Morgan will give them a much needed body back there.</p><p>91) <strong>Green Bay</strong><strong> Packers - John David Booty</strong>. Tough to go from Southern California weather to Green Bay, Wisconsin weather.</p><p>92) <strong>Dallas</strong><strong> Cowboys - Jamie Silva</strong>. Tough to draft a guy for strictly special teams but this guy just looks like he was built for special teams play in the NFL. Gives them a little depth at safety as well.</p><p>93) <strong>Indianapolis</strong><strong> Colts - Jeremy Zuttah</strong>. Could potentially play all 3 OL positions in the NFL. Gives them exactly what they need...a talented and versatile lineman.</p><p>94) <strong>New England</strong><strong> Patriots - J Lehman</strong>. They have Gholston as their OLB of the future and now this guy could be their ILB of the future. Plays like a Zach Thomas.</p><p>95) <strong>New York</strong><strong> Giants - Duane Brown</strong>. They could use an OT that they can groom into a future starter.</p><p>96) <strong>Washington</strong><strong> Redskins - Antwuan Molden</strong>. CB is becoming somewhat of an issue when it comes to depth and youth.</p><p>97) <strong>Cincinnati</strong><strong> Bengals - Ali Highsmith.</strong> They need depth at the LB position. They played a game last year with 1 active LB.</p><p>98) <strong>Atlanta</strong><strong> Falcons - Jermichael Finley</strong>. With Crumpler gone they need to find someone who can push for time with Hartsock and play opposite of him in 2 TE sets.</p><p>99) <strong>Baltimore</strong><strong> Ravens - Eric Ainge. </strong>With McNair now retired they need to seriously consider their options at QB. And it wouldn&#39;t hurt to bring in another young arm.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>There you have it! Let the criticism begin!! </p> Thu, 17 Apr 2008 16:33:03 GMT http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/180276 Doodle24 2008 NFL Mock Draft (3 Rounds) Version 5.0 http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/156464 &nbsp; <p>I admit my last mock draft left a little to be desired. So now I have come back with my first mock since the draft order has been finalized (kind of) and all the players who could declare have done so. And it&#39;s my best one yet. As usual let me explain a few things before I start.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li>- This draft relies heavily on Bill Parcells and Jerry Jones...which means ANYTHING could happen.</li><li>- I really think the Eagles are going to be large players in this NFL off-season. Let me explain why. If they are smart they will realize they can&#39;t compete in the loaded NFC East with the current team they have. And Brian Westbrook is the biggest waste of talent in the NFL right now. So they have 2 basic options in Philly. First, they make a play for Chad Johnson and get McNabb and Westbrook the playmaker they need. If they land Chad Johnson they become one of the favorites in the NFC. Or the other option (and I believe more likely) they trade McNabb for picks. Upgrade a lot of positions with this year&#39;s draft and go through the growing pains of Kevin Kolb for a year.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>With that being said...here&#39;s my 5<sup>th</sup> Mock Draft of the year.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Round 1</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><ol><li>Dolphins (Trade #1 overall pick to Dallas for the #22, #28, #92, and Roy Williams) <strong>Cowboys</strong> - <strong>Darren McFadden</strong>. This scenario is like a perfect storm. Miami is more than one impact player away from being a contender. They have more holes than Swiss cheese. The Cowboys on the other hand have already proven they have enough to compete in the NFC, they just need a little something to put them over the top. Enter Darren McFadden. He gives them a dynamic playmaker out the backfield that defenses must game plan around. As long as Garret gives him touches he very well could take them to the next level. In return the Dolphins get 3 potential starters (provided they draft quality with their added picks) and 1 playmaking safety that could help revitalize that defense. </li><li><strong>Rams - Chris Long</strong>. Interesting spot the Rams are in here. They have several need areas and there seems to be a player at the top of this draft to fill each of them. In the end it&#39;s too hard to pass up a guy that not only has potential but you KNOW he has the work ethic and discipline to realize that potential. </li><li><strong>Falcons </strong>- <strong>Matt Ryan. </strong>Word has it the Falcons don&#39;t think there is a QB in this draft worthy of the #3 pick. I don&#39;t buy that. It&#39;s their biggest need area and they may be able to pick up a decent QB in later rounds. But why not get the best one in this year&#39;s class with this selection. Ryan has gotten a bad rap because of a bad game or two. In the end he has what you&#39;re looking for in a franchise guy. The only way they don&#39;t take a QB is if McFadden is still available. They may select him instead.</li><li><strong>Raiders </strong>- <strong>Glenn Dorsey. </strong>Another no-brainer to anyone looking from the outside but this is Al Davis so who knows. Their biggest need is a DT and Dorsey is arguably the best player in this draft when healthy. If Dorsey and McFadden are both gone at this point they would turn to Sedrick Ellis.</li><li><strong>Chiefs </strong>- <strong>Jake Long</strong>. No-brainer number 2 of the draft. Biggest need by far is offensive line and the best prospect by far is Jake Long. He&#39;s a massive franchise left tackle that will open up holes for LJ. Unless he&#39;s taken earlier he&#39;ll be gone at this spot.</li><li><strong>Jets </strong>- <strong>Vernon</strong><strong> Gholston</strong>. No one&#39;s stock rose more in one week than Gholston&#39;s did after the Michigan game. He is a fast, strong athlete who can be a difference maker on a team in desperate need of a pass rush.</li><li>Patriots (Trade the #7 pick to the Bengals for the #9, #108, and next year&#39;s 2<sup>nd</sup> round pick) <strong>Bengals - Sedrick Ellis</strong>. With fear of the Ravens coveting Ellis the Bengals know they must move up to get him. Most feel he&#39;s the last player in the &quot;elite&quot; prospect class this year and the Bengals feel he can help turn around their defense. The Patriots have their eyes on 2 corners anyways so even if the Ravens take one of them the other will be there.</li><li><strong>Ravens - Mike Jenkins</strong>. Once Malcolm Jenkins decided to return to school it became a wide-open race for the top CB in this year&#39;s class. Jenkins wins the race by the narrowest of margins. The Ravens fill a big need area with a high potential guy.</li><li><strong>Patriots </strong>- <strong>Leodis McKlevin</strong>. If he went to LSU, Ohio State, or Oklahoma he would be hands down the top corner in this year&#39;s class. But he didn&#39;t...so he has to settle for second best CB in his class and being drafted in the top 10 by a team that went 18-1. Real tough break...</li><li><strong>Saints </strong>- <strong>Antoine Cason</strong>. The run of CB&#39;s continues. The Saints pass defense was horrible for that first Thursday night game where Manning shredded them all the way through to week 17. They need help at CB and Cason gives him a solid guy. He may not have the extreme upside of Jenkins and McKlevin but he&#39;s reliable and you know he can start for you for the next 8 seasons.</li><li><strong>Bills </strong>- <strong>Dan Connor</strong>. This is one pick that I have had in most of the mock drafts I have made. It just seems like too good of a fit for them not to make this move. They could have one of the best young LB groups in the league if they can stay healthy. The 2 Penn State boys made that defense tough against the run and will look to do the same in Buffalo.</li><li><strong>Broncos </strong>- <strong>Curtis Lofton</strong>. Most of their picks need to focus on stopping the run. This pick helps to address that situation by drafting a guy who can replace the void left by Al Wilson. Lofton is a solid looking prospect that comes from a great program.</li><li><strong>Panthers </strong>- <strong>Brian Brohm</strong>. Once thought to be the run-away #1 pick of this year&#39;s class Brohm has slipped significantly. No doubt he has all the physical tools to be a star. Now it&#39;s whether he can put all of that together with the mental aspects that will determine if this was a good pick or not. If he puts it all together it&#39;s a steal because he will become an All-Pro. If he doesn&#39;t he&#39;ll become a lifetime backup.</li><li>Bears (Trade the #14 pick, #44, #90 Acquired from SD, and 2<sup>nd</sup> Rounder next year to Philadelphia for Donovan McNabb) <strong>Eagles </strong>- <strong>Kenny Phillips</strong>. Blockbusters like this just don&#39;t get done very often in the NFL but Chicago gave the Eagles an offer they couldn&#39;t refuse and they jumped at it. It works for both teams. Chicago becomes an instant contender. With a healthy defense this year and McNabb at QB they have all the ingredients to make a title run. While it may seem by doing this Philly is scrapping the season and rebuilding, you&#39;re wrong. While they may struggle some with Kolb in the first year, if he develops and the players they draft this year develop. They can be right back in the thick of the wild card race at the end of this upcoming season. Phillips is a playmaking safety that fills a need. As you&#39;ll see with the rest of Philly&#39;s draft, they will end up with several starters from these added picks.</li><li><strong>Detroit</strong><strong> - Ryan Clady</strong>. Detroit has made noise the past few years by taking receivers. The only year they didn&#39;t was their best draft year...they got Ernie Sims. They need a similar draft this year. Nothing too extreme...just get a couple of nice prospects and improve your team. Clady is a huge upgrade on the offensive line and will start from Day one. This team is a couple free agents and a good draft away from contending. The defense and O-Line are need areas. You can check off the O-Line need after this pick and one FA acquisition.</li><li><strong>Cardinals </strong>- <strong>Derrick Harvey</strong>. They need an edge rusher who can be a disruptive force in the 3-4 system. Harvey fits the mold perfectly. He will be an impact player in this league from day one.</li><li><strong>Vikings </strong>- <strong>DeSean Jackson</strong>. They need to get some playmakers other than AP on that offense. Sidney Rice looks like he can be something special but he can&#39;t do it alone. Jackson gives them a homerun guy who also significantly upgrades their return game.</li><li><strong>Texans </strong>- <strong>Reshard Mendenhall</strong>. It&#39;s not secret that the Texans need a RB. The only question that remains is when in this draft will they take one. Since their 2<sup>nd</sup> round pick belongs to the Falcons as compensation in the Schaub deal, the next pick after this one isn&#39;t until the 18<sup>th</sup> pick of the 3<sup>rd</sup> round. That might be too long to wait. They pull the trigger on a guy who could be their franchise back for the next 8-10 years. Depending on how the combine goes they will also be looking at Stewart at RB here.</li><li><strong>Eagles </strong>- <strong>Calais</strong><strong> Campbell</strong>. They continue to upgrade their defense with an infusion of youth and talent. Campbell was once thought to be a top 5 pick in the draft whenever he decided to come out. However, significant questions about his work ethic and taking plays off have dropped him down draft boards. Good pick here for the Eagles though. Their DE&#39;s haven&#39;t been producing and this guy has the chance to be a star.</li><li><strong>Buccaneers </strong>- <strong>Malcolm Kelly</strong>. Joey Galloway is old and Clayton has never lived up to the hype. They need a playmaker on the outside. Someone who can develop into a #1 receiver and stretch the field. Kelly can definitely be that guy.</li><li><strong>Redskins </strong>- <strong>Phillip Merling</strong>. Another late bloomer in the draft class. Washington has needed a pass-rushing end for a long time now. But it seems each year they find a player they just can&#39;t pass up so they pass on a defensive end. Not this year. They pick up a guy in Merling that has good upside and can compete for a spot early.</li><li><strong>Dolphins </strong>- <strong>Chris Williams</strong>. Time to rebuild. Instead of one potential star they go for 4 solid contributors with good upside. Williams is exactly that. He might not be Jonathan Ogden but he could start for them at LT for the next 10 years and give some stability to that line. They need help just about everywhere so they can afford to take best available player. </li><li><strong>Steelers </strong>- <strong>Jeff Otah</strong>. This pick just makes a lot of sense. Otah is a versatile lineman who will help them deal with the loss of Faneca by giving them youth and flexibility at OL. Doesn&#39;t hurt that he went to school at the University of Pittsburgh.</li><li><strong>Titans </strong>- <strong>Limas Sweed</strong>. I really like this pick for the Titans. Vince Young has gotten criticism for not developing in the passing game as much as the organization was hoping for. I attribute it to two main things...First of all his receivers just flat out aren&#39;t very good...Second and more importantly, he hasn&#39;t had a receiver he felt comfortable with. Sweed is a former college teammate that he developed a good rapport with while at Texas. Will really help Young.</li><li><strong>Seahawks </strong>- <strong>Jonathan Stewart</strong>. If Stewart is available when Seattle is on the clock it will take them somewhere around 15 seconds to make this selection. It makes all the sense in the world. They need a RB, he&#39;s a Northwest guy, and he&#39;s a freak of an athlete. Great value if they can get him at #26.</li><li><strong>Jaguars </strong>- <strong>Lawrence</strong><strong> Jackson</strong>. Jaguars are a team that doesn&#39;t have a lot of pressing needs. One area they want to add some depth and talent is defensive line. Jackson is a good fit here. He&#39;s versatile and came on at the end of last season. </li><li><strong>Chargers </strong>- <strong>Jarod Mayo</strong>. Another team that really doesn&#39;t have any holes. They are talented at every position on the football field. Even with the loss of Turner they remain strong at RB with Sproles. One possible area that could be upgraded is ILB. Mayo is a solid LB who could push for playing time.</li><li><strong>Dolphins </strong>- <strong>Aqib Talib</strong>. Once again they can afford to take the best player available and at this point it&#39;s hard to argue against Talib as being that guy. He&#39;s very similar to Williams in that he probably won&#39;t turn into the best CB in the NFL but he could be their starter for the next 10 years and help solidify that defensive backfield. These are the types of guys you begin to build a franchise with and the Tuna knows that.</li><li><strong>49ers </strong>- <strong>Mario Maningham</strong>. Talk about a hard guy to figure out. Maningham looked at times like the best receiving prospect in this class and at other times looked like a butterfingers WR that would be lucky to get drafted. Fortunately for him their were more of the first scenario than the second. The 49ers get a guy who could quickly become their best receiver and who will help in the development of Alex Smith. Plus you&#39;re going to need receivers in Martz&#39;s system.</li><li><strong>Packers </strong>- <strong>Keith Rivers</strong>. They don&#39;t have a ton of pressing needs but this is one of them. Two LB spots are locked down for the next 10 seasons (provided they re-sign them). With the addition of Rivers the Packers are hoping you can make that all three. This pick would give them one of the best young LB groups in the NFL. And in a year or two could be far and away the best.</li><li><strong>Giants - Sam Baker</strong>. Their line played very solid throughout their run to the Championship. However, the bottom line is they need to get better. Baker does that for them. He was once considered a top 10 pick but has dropped. With a decent workout and solid combine he can get back into the first round.</li></ol><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Round 2</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><ol><li><strong>Dolphins - Kentwaan Balmer</strong>. Balmer becomes a steal at this point in the draft. Balmer falls out of the first round more because of team needs than lack of potential. He could go as high as top 15 but I have him sliding down and falling into the Dolphins lap at the top of the 2<sup>nd</sup> round. I&#39;m about to get repetitive. He&#39;s a solid player. He has the potential to start at DT for the next 10 years. Tuna continues to lay the foundation during his first draft. And stay tuned because he will continue to impress.</li><li><strong>Rams - Gosder Cherilus</strong>. After debating and coming close to taking Jake Long with the second overall pick they get a pretty good OT here in the 2<sup>nd</sup> round. Cherilus has also fallen off of some people&#39;s radars but not the Ram&#39;s. He gives them youth, flexibility, and much needed depth on the offensive line.</li><li><strong>Falcons - Felix Jones</strong>. After missing the boat on McFadden in the first round (Those damn Cowboys) they take the guy who played in D-Mac&#39;s shadow his whole career. Jones is a versatile, homerun hitting running back. Also upgrades the return game.</li><li><strong>Raiders - Carl Nicks</strong>. Is it possible that Al Davis and the Raiders organization make two sensible picks in the first two rounds?? Nicks solidifies the O-Line and gives needed protection for a developing Russell.</li><li><strong>Chiefs </strong>- <strong>Chilo Rachal</strong>. After taking Jake Long to shore up the OT position they take Rachal to shore up the OG position. These two picks will go a long way towards getting the Chiefs back into contention. Not flashy but smart picks.</li><li><strong>Jets </strong>- <strong>Quentin Groves</strong>. Is it possible that they take 2 OLB&#39;s in the same draft?? Absolutely. They need to create pressure on the QB and these two guys will do that. This gives them tremendous flexibility. They can rotate both of these guys in at DE or OLB in all kinds of blitz packages. </li><li><strong>49ers </strong>- <strong>Chris Ellis</strong>. Perhaps a little high for Ellis but it&#39;s going to be hard to find an impact defensive lineman at this point in the draft. Ellis has the potential to be just that. Tommy Blake could move himself up here with a great showing at the combine and in his psychological evaluations.</li><li><strong>Ravens </strong>- <strong>Andre Woodson</strong>. Baltimore needs hope on offense. With Troy Smith and Andre Woodson battling they may finally have at least a glimmer. Maybe.</li><li><strong>Bengals - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie</strong>. The Cincinnati defense needs a total makeover. It started with trading up for Ellis and continues with the selection of Rodgers-Cromartie. Will push for time very early.</li><li><strong>Saints </strong>- <strong>Xavier Adibi</strong>. LB has been a position they haven&#39;t gotten much playmaking from in the recent past. With Adibi pushing for time that could quickly change.</li><li><strong>Bills </strong>- <strong>Adarius Bowman</strong>. They may consider a WR in round one but I don&#39;t see any worthy of a top 12 pick. Bowman would be an outstanding selection in this spot. He&#39;s a big physical receiver who could finally take some pressure off of Lee Evans.</li><li><strong>Broncos - Pat Sims</strong>. High potential guy here for the Broncos. Their run defense was in a word pitiful last year. Sims could come in and help to plug some of those holes. Then hopefully Lofton will come in behind and clean up.</li><li><strong>Panthers </strong>- Fred Davis. Steve Smith is a stud. The Panthers next best receiver is garbage. Davis would start from day one and would instantly open things up for Smith on the outside. He&#39;s a big, fast TE who will command a lot of attention over the middle. In my opinion he&#39;s a steal here. He has top 15 talent.</li><li><strong>Eagles </strong>- <strong>Early Doucett</strong>. What a surprise WR position is an area of need for the Eagles. Doucett gives them another solid option.</li><li><strong>Lions </strong>- <strong>Reggie Smith</strong>. Any of you who watched the Lions on Thanksgiving know how much sense this pick makes. He&#39;s a versatile DB who can play at CB or S. I think he would make a great fit as a CB in the Lions defensive system.</li><li><strong>Cardinals </strong>- <strong>Kevin Smith</strong>. It&#39;s time to start grooming a replacement for Edgerin James. Smith not only can be his replacement in the future but he can take some of the pressure off instantly by playing the all important 2<sup>nd</sup> RB role.</li><li><strong>Vikings </strong>- <strong>Tracy Porter</strong>. Pretty simple logic here. The Vikings need a CB who can push for time early and Porter is the best CB left on the board.</li><li><strong>Falcons - Anthony Collins</strong>. They potentially picked up their franchise QB and RB with their first two picks. Now they get a guy with great upside. Could develop into 10 year starter at OT. Not a bad draft. Of course they could all 3 be flops too. That&#39;s the beauty of the NFL draft.</li><li><strong>Eagles - Oniel Cousins</strong>. The Eagles continue to draft need areas in hopes they develop quickly and Philly can return to the top of the NFC in just a year or two. They pick up a solid O-Lineman here.</li><li><strong>Buccaneers - Chris Johnson</strong>. With the status of Cadillac Williams largely uncertain the RB position becomes a need area for Tampa Bay. Johnson is a homerun hitting back who could compliment Williams, Graham, or whoever the starter may be.</li><li><strong>Redskins </strong>- <strong>James Hardy</strong>. The Redskins get the two things in the draft that they&#39;ve been missing for years...a pass rushing defensive end and a big WR who can go across the middle. </li><li><strong>Browns </strong>- <strong>Red Bryant</strong>. It&#39;s pretty simple for the Browns. They need defensive lineman in every way imaginable. They don&#39;t have a first round pick (Brady Quinn) so their 2<sup>nd</sup> and 3<sup>rd</sup> round selections should both be D-Linemen.</li><li><strong>Steelers - Brenden Albert</strong>. Two offensive linemen in the first two rounds really solidifies the offensive line. After losing Faneca they thought it may be a weak spot but with these two additions in becomes a strength again.</li><li><strong>Titans </strong>- <strong>Charles Godfrey</strong>. He might not quite have the same skill set as Pacman Jones on the field but hopefully he won&#39;t make it rain off the field.</li><li><strong>Seahawks </strong>- <strong>Martellus Bennett</strong>. Seattle would love to nab Fred Davis somehow but if they can&#39;t they will settle for Bennett. A solid TE who will push to be the starter by opening week.</li><li><strong>Jaguars </strong>- <strong>Terrell Thomas</strong>. They can afford to draft depth and youth at positions in preparation for the future. Thomas may push for time but will ultimately be groomed to start in a couple years.</li><li><strong>Dolphins </strong>- <strong>Jonathan Goff</strong>. After releasing Zach Thomas they become even thinner at the LB position. Goff gives them 3 things they need at the position...youth, talent, and depth. Solid draft continues. 5 starters and counting...</li><li><strong>Cowboys - Justin King</strong>. Fortunately for the Cowboys they don&#39;t need a guy who has to step in right away. Just someone who will push Henry to stop being out of position all the time. King is very talented and if he works at it could replace Henry by the end of his rookie campaign.</li><li><strong>Colts - Ali Highsmith</strong>. Great value pick here for the Colts. They need some LB help and Ali is the best one available.</li><li><strong>Packers </strong>- <strong>Patrick Lee</strong>. Pretty easy decision here. They need to take the best available CB and I believe that&#39;s Lee. Obviously Woodson and Harris are studs but they are also old. Lee can be groomed to take over.</li><li><strong>Patriots </strong>- <strong>J. Lehman</strong>. This pick could change if they decide to sign Zach Thomas. Lehman is Zach Thomas Jr. </li><li><strong>Giants </strong>- <strong>Erin Henderson</strong>. They need some depth at the LB position and Henderson gives them that. He could possibly crack the rotation.</li></ol><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Round 3</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><ol><li><strong>Dolphins - Roy Schuenning</strong>. An offensive guard to who will compete for a starting spot.</li><li><strong>Rams - Phillip Wheeler</strong>. They need defensive help...especially at LB. Wheeler could play early for St. Louis.</li><li><strong>Falcons - Demario Presley</strong>. After addressing offense with their first 3 picks they add a defensive player who has solid upside.</li><li><strong>Patriots - Drew Radovich</strong>. Offensive line depth added here.</li><li><strong>Chiefs - Chad Henne</strong>. Brody Croyle may or may not be the answer at QB. If he&#39;s not Henne could be in a couple of years.</li><li><strong>Jets - Ray Rice</strong>. In a deep class of RB the Jets are able to wait until the 3<sup>rd</sup> Round to take a RB. They get a guy who can split carries with Jones and give them a fairly dynamic ground attack.</li><li><strong>49ers - Bruce Davis</strong>. They need a pass rushing OLB. Bruce Davis is the perfect combo player that can provide that for them.</li><li><strong>Bills - Jermichael Finley</strong>. Royal and Gaines aren&#39;t terrible options at TE but Finley can develop into a real threat in the middle of the field. The addition of Bowman and Finley will really help out the Edwards and Evans.</li><li><strong>Bengals - Martin Rucker</strong>. LB might be the better option here but the chance to take a guy like Rucker who will give Palmer yet another weapon is too tempting to pass up.</li><li><strong>Saints - Dre Moore</strong>. They continue their defensive makeover. They take a DB, LB, and DL in the first three rounds. Smart selections that upgrades entire defense.</li><li><strong>Bills - DeJuan Tribble</strong>. They could use a CB that has potential. Tribble was once thought of as a first round pick. Good value here in the 3<sup>rd</sup> round.</li><li><strong>Vikings - Thomas DeCoud</strong>. Darren Sharper can&#39;t play forever and Mike Doss hasn&#39;t lived up to the hype. DeCoud is a playmaker.</li><li><strong>Panthers - DeJuan Morgan</strong>. They need a safety in the worst way. If they don&#39;t nab Phillips in the first round they&#39;ll have to get one in rounds 2 or 3.</li><li><strong>Bears - Mike Hart</strong>. Good fit for the Bears. He can take some pressure off of Benson and has that Chicago hard-hat mentality.</li><li><strong>Lions - Steve Slaton</strong>. Kevin Jones hasn&#39;t played a 16 game season yet in his career. His rookie campaign he played in 15. Slaton is an upgrade over Duckett, Bell, and Calhoun. And in a year or two he may be the feature back. He can also return kicks.</li><li><strong>Cardinals - Tony Richardson</strong>. An Offensive Line coach at heart can only wait so long to take one of his own.</li><li><strong>Vikings - Erik Ainge</strong>. Even if they still have confidence that Jackson can be the man, it wouldn&#39;t hurt to have a guy like Ainge waiting in the wings.</li><li><strong>Texans - Heath Benedict</strong>. Gives the line some needed depth. He&#39;s a versatile lineman who can play either the tackle or guard spot.</li><li><strong>Eagles - Vince Hall</strong>. Solid draft class continues with a guy who may be able to start early at LB.</li><li><strong>Bucs - Colt Brennan</strong>. Why not take another QB?? Other than Garcia I&#39;m not sure any of the others can be a potential long-term starter. Brennan could be.</li><li><strong>Redskins - Mike McGlynn</strong>. Great value if they can get him here. Adds depth and talent to the offensive line. </li><li><strong>Browns - Kendall Langford</strong>. Real good fit in the 3-4 system at DE. Two much needed linemen added.</li><li><strong>Steelers - Dwight Lowrey</strong>. They could use another defensive back who can push for time at the Nickel position.</li><li><strong>Titans - John Carlson</strong>. Another weapon added for VY. Will open up the middle of the field.</li><li><strong>Seahawks - Tony Hills.</strong> They can afford to take an OT that needs some polishing. He will have a pretty good mentor to take notes from.</li><li><strong>Jaguars - Devin Thomas</strong>. One position they still lack a difference maker at is wide receiver. Thomas has the potential to crack their top 3.</li><li><strong>Eagles - Brandon Flowers</strong>. A good looking Cornerback prospect with a high upside. Trading McNabb ends up netting them a starting safety, starting WR, a CB who will push for time early, and a 2<sup>nd</sup> round pick next year. Pretty decent trade off. Will pay off dividends not this season but the following.</li><li><strong>Dolphins - Andre Caldwell</strong>. Miami simply doesn&#39;t have enough talented receivers. Throwing Caldwell into the mix helps fix that.</li><li><strong>Colts - Trevor Laws</strong>. Good defensive tackle fit for Indy. Small, quick DT.</li><li><strong>Packers - Jamar Adams</strong>. Depth at safety is worthy of the pick here.</li><li><strong>Patriots - Cliff Avril</strong>. Perfect fit in that Patriots system. Can play that hybrid role at OLB.</li><li><strong>Giants - Ahtyba Rubin</strong>. Good time to add some more defensive line depth.</li></ol><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2008 15:07:55 GMT http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/156464 Doodle24 2008 NFL Mock Draft Version 4.0 http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/100835 &nbsp; <p>Finally!! It took me forever but here&#39;s my 4<sup>th</sup> mock draft of the season. This version has a few added surprises and one major trade....</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Round 1</strong></p><ol><li>Dolphins - Glenn Dorsey. There&#39;s no doubt that Parcell&#39;s would love to trade out of this pick and get a couple extra 2<sup>nd</sup> or 3<sup>rd</sup> round picks but I just can&#39;t see a lot of interest in trading up. Everyone knows the Dolphins and Rams aren&#39;t going to snag McFadden so I would look for that #3 slot as being the key to this first round. If the Dolphins stay, Dorsey is their choice. When healthy he was the most dominant player in college football last year and he instantly upgrades that defense. With Dorsey tying up the lineman the linebackers will be free to roam.</li><li>Rams - Jake Long. They had a fluke of a season IMO. The offense is loaded when everyone is healthy. And the main health concerns are with the offensive line. With Long in the picture most of those concerns are put at ease. Say what you want about Long but he only gave up 1 sack this year and that was to fellow first round pick Vernon Gholston. </li><li>Raiders - Darren McFadden. Here&#39;s where the draft starts to get very interesting. A lot of teams would love to jump up to this spot to snag one of the two best prospects to come along at his position in the past decade (AP being the other). However, I think Al Davis jumps at the chance to add a weapon like McFadden to an offense that is in need of a playmaker. This means they&#39;ll let Fargas leave in Free Agency. And they will also cut either Rhodes or Jordan. Leaving them with a very solid one-two punch. </li><li>Chiefs - Sam Baker. A reach at the #4 pick but this is classic case of need over talent. The Chiefs O-Line needs major help and after Jake Long the next best is Baker. He won&#39;t mull anyone but he has the technical skills and smarts to be a very productive tackle in this league for years. </li><li>Falcons - Matt Ryan. Tough call here for the Falcons. They need a franchise QB in the worst way. However, this year more than any that I can remember featured a number of college QB&#39;s who continuously hurt their draft stock as the year went on. At the end of the day I believe Ryan will grade out as the best and the Falcons will take a chance here. It&#39;s going to be a long road back and they&#39;re hoping Ryan can lead them there.</li><li>Jets - Chris Long. The Jets get an absolute steal here by taking Long with the #6. Some would argue that he&#39;s the best player in this draft and it&#39;d be hard to dispute that. He provides much needed playmaking ability on the defensive line. He will make the entire defense better by providing consistent pressure on opposing QB&#39;s. No matter what type of defense they decide to play.</li><li>Ravens - Malcolm Jenkins. Another tough call here. This pick will ultimately hinge on whether or not the Ravens feel they have a QB on the roster they feel comfortable with going into the 2008 season. McNair is old, Boller has had his chances, and Smith showed flashes but only played in 3 games. Starting just 1. If they don&#39;t take a QB they snag the best CB available. No doubt that&#39;s Jenkins. If he declares he&#39;s a lock for a top 10 selection. The Ravens get younger and better on defense with this selection.</li><li>Patriots - Rey Maualuga. Not fair. They will do their best to trade down for future picks or mid-round picks that they don&#39;t have to pay as much for. What they do with the pick depends squarely on whether Asante Samuel leaves or stays. If he stays and they keep the pick, they will surprise a few people by taking Maualuga as the first LB off the board. He reminds a lot of people of a young Junior Seau. So who better to mentor him that the original Junior Seau. He&#39;s a vicious hitter who had a big game in the Rose Bowl to raise his draft stock. Good fit and makes a good defense that much better.</li><li>Eagles (from Chicago) - Kenny Phillips. In the biggest news of the draft the Eagles trade Donovan McNabb to the Chicago Bears for their 1<sup>st</sup> and 4<sup>th</sup> round picks in this year&#39;s draft. The Bear&#39;s feel the #9 pick is worth FINALLY settling their quarterback situation (and I would have to agree). Especially since I think McNabb has at least 6 or 7 good years left in him. With a healthy defense and McNabb at the controls this team becomes an instant contender again.</li><li>Lions - James Laurinitis. I personally think he&#39;s the best linebacker in the draft (if he declares) and if the Lions can grab him with the #10 pick they would be more than thrilled. He could be paired with Ernie Sims to provide the Lions with one of the best young LB groups in the NFL. Now if the rest of that defense could be just as good...</li><li>Saints - Antoine Cason. The Saints #1 concern going into this off-season is their secondary. They thought Jason David was the answer...they were wrong. Cason was a 4-year starter at Arizona and will be an instant upgrade over David. Really improved his draft stock with that big Thursday Night game against Oregon.</li><li>Broncos - Keith Rivers. Their run defense has been dreadful this year and part of the reason is the loss of Al Wilson. Rivers would be a great replacement for Wilson and will help to shore up that porous defensive front seven.</li><li>Bengals - Sederick Ellis. No one has improved their draft stock more than Ellis. Some have even talked about him being a top 5 pick. I&#39;m not quite that high on him but he&#39;s a great value here at #13 for the Bengals. He will give the Bengals a solid presence in the middle that will tie up the O-Line and allow the LB&#39;s to roam. Similar to the way Dorsey will for the Dolphins but on a slightly smaller scale.</li><li>Bills - Dan Connor. Bills will be tempted to snag a WR here but in the end the temptation to pair Connor with college teammate Posluszny is too great. These two former teammates are tackling machines with a nose for the ball. This pick and the return of Posluszny from injury will improve the defense greatly.</li><li>Panthers - Brian Brohm. At one time it was a foregone conclusion that Brian Brohm would be the #1 pick of the 2008 draft no matter who was picking because he was that good of a prospect. However, after a disappointing senior season he has fallen off the map. The Panthers hope for the best here. They feel it&#39;s worth the 16<sup>th</sup> pick for a guy who could be a stud QB for the next 12 years.</li><li>Texans - Jamaal Charles. Could their be a better fit in this draft?? He&#39;s a stud running back from the Longhorn state going to a team from the longhorn state in desperate need of their running back of the future. IMO this one&#39;s a no-brainer.</li><li>Eagles - Vernon Gholston. If he comes out this would be a great value pick here for the Eagles. Kearse and Howard just aren&#39;t as explosive as they once were. With the additions of Phillips and Gholston the defense should show immediate improvement.</li><li>Cardinals - Derrick Harvey. A perfect fit in the hybrid OLB/DE role in the 3-4. Team him up with Wilson and Dansby and you are looking at a young, fast, and talented defense.</li><li>Vikings - DeSean Jackson. With Jackson showing signs of improvement towards the end of the season Minnesota looks to add the best playmaker at WR available. Jackson is a homerun threat in the return game and gives the Vikings a receiver who is more dangerous after the catch than before.</li><li>Cowboys - Reggie Smith. Some aren&#39;t as high on Smith but I think the Cowboys will be in love with his versatility. He has played both corner and safety in college and will provide depth and talent into a shaky secondary.</li><li>Redskins - Calais Campbell. If he declares he will be disappointed with where he is drafted. Has the physical tools and ability to be the best player in this draft. However, the question becomes does he have the drive and passion to get the most out of that ability. Worth the risk at #21. </li><li>Buccaneers - Kentwaan Balmer. Quickly shooting up draft boards. Gruden knows that his defense is getting old and if they want to continue to be as good as they were this year they must get younger. Balmer fills a need position and has great potential. With him and Adams the D-Line seems to be in good hands for years to come.</li><li>Titans - Limas Sweed. They need a playmaker on the outside. Vince Young has never had a WR that he&#39;s felt comfortable with while he&#39;s been in Tennessee. Adding his former college teammate and probably the best all-around Wide Receiver in the draft will go a long way towards not only Vince&#39;s development but also the development of that entire team.</li><li>Giants - Steve Slaton. They have found a very good running back in Brandon Jacobs. However, they could still use that homerun threat in the ground game. Slaton could be used in a one-two combo with Jacobs to form a potent ground game as well as split out as a third receiving option for Manning.</li><li>Steelers - Michael Oher. With Faneca on his way out of Pittsburgh, Oher should be able to step right in and take over. Some are projecting him as a tackle in the NFL but he has enough versatility to play either.</li><li>Seahawks - Jonathan Stewart. Very similar to Jamaal Charles and the Texans. Went to school in the Northwest at Oregon, Seattle plays football in the Northwest and they need a RB to replace the over-the-hill Shaun Alexander. Another no-brainer here.</li><li>Jaguars - Lawrence Jackson. The Jaguars have turned themselves into a very dangerous team because of defense and running the football. Jackson improves an already impressive D-Line and makes it one of the best in football.</li><li>Chargers - Quentin Groves. The Chargers on paper don&#39;t have a lot of holes and can afford to take the best player available. Enter Groves. Very similar to Merriman in style of play and could become a force quickly for the Bolts.</li><li>Cowboys - Malcolm Kelly. With two first round picks they may look to package something together and move up for a Kenny Phillips. If they stay look for them to take best player available after snagging a DB with the first of the two picks. That would be Kelly. Glenn is getting up there so why not take a shot on a guy that could easily beat out Crayton and Herd.</li><li>49ers - Ryan Clady. He may not slide this far down the draft but if he does fall the 49ers would be more than happy to take this stud OL. Paired with Staley they could actually have a decent offensive line. Great value.</li><li>Packers - Aqib Talib. Woodson and Harris are good but they&#39;re old. Talib has enough talent to step in for either if they were to become ineffective. Good value pick here.</li><li>Pats - Forfeit.</li></ol><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Round 2</strong></p><ol><li>Dolphins - Chris Williams. Might be gone by this time come draft day. His stock is rising and with a good pro day he could be a top 20 pick. At this point the Dolphins would be thrilled to have snagged two guys who could anchor each of their lines. </li><li>Rams - Ali Highsmith. Great pick here. Their linebackers need a talent injection and Highsmith has played at a very high level on an elite college football team. </li><li>Raiders - Jefferey Otah. Their O-Line is still in need of help and Otah would be a welcomed addition. Could help open holes for D-Mac.</li><li>Chiefs - Mike Jenkins. Similar to the Packers in that their CB&#39;s have been very good but they are old. Jenkins could be groomed for a year as a nickel back and then take over for whoever feels the oldest.</li><li>Falcons - Chris Johnson. Atlanta needs to bring some excitement back to its football team and what better way than with this little guy. Showed his skills in the bowl game and would be a great replacement for an aging Warrick Dunn.</li><li>Jets - Xavier Adibi. They need an OLB. Adibi and Long give them speed and talent on a defense that needs it.</li><li>Ravens - Andre Woodson. You talk about your draft stock plummeting...wow. This guy was being thrown out there as a top 3 pick heading into the season. Now look at him. The Ravens passed on a QB in the first round. But they can&#39;t pass on Woodson at this point. Smith, Boller, and Woodson will battle for the starting spot.</li><li>49ers - Chris Ellis. Defensive line is a huge off-season project for the 49ers. Ellis provides them with a very good start. Will probably start from day 1.</li><li>Bears - Gosder Cherilus. After picking up McNabb in a trade they are all smiles in Chicago. Now that they have their QB they need to protect him. That O-Line is old and Cherilus will push for time as a rookie and be ready to take over by year 2.</li><li>Lions - Tracy Porter. Simply put, the Lions secondary is the worst in the NFL. And that&#39;s coming from a Lions fan. If you don&#39;t believe me, watch the Thanksgiving Day game against Green Bay. Porter is an instant upgrade at corner over Wilson or Fisher. I see him starting from Day 1.</li><li>Saints - Frank Okam. They need an interior D-Line presence that can disrupt things in the backfield and tie up lineman. Okam has the potential to be exactly that.</li><li>Broncos - Dre Moore. The worst run defense in the NFL needs all the help it can get. Getting a defensive tackle here will help that.</li><li>Bengals - Erin Henderson. The first 5 rounds of this draft need to be spent on defense for this team. Henderson is a solid LB with a good bloodline who can help solidify a shaky defense.</li><li>Bills - Adarius Bowman. They need a big target opposite of Lee Evans who can go across the middle and make the tough catch in the red zone. That guy is Bowman.</li><li>Panthers - Jonathan Hefney. Some people aren&#39;t real high on Hefney. But I think he&#39;ll be a very solid NFL safety. Couple that with the Panthers need for a safety and there you have it.</li><li>Falcons - Carl Nicks. Good, Solid tackle that could possibly start from day 1. But do you think they&#39;d rather have Carl Nicks or Matt Schaub right about now?? Tough call.......</li><li>Eagles - Early Doucett. I have never really been too high on Doucett but with the Eagles desperately needing a WR (what else is new) he&#39;s probably their best option at this point. And at this point I think it&#39;s probably the right selection.</li><li>Cardinals - Terrell Thomas. The secondary could use an upgrade at corner and Thomas gives them just that. He was a solid defender at USC and will be a solid pro as well.</li><li>Vikings - Barry Richardson. Mixed reviews on this guy. Some think he&#39;s overrated and others underrated. I think this is a good spot for him. The Vikings aren&#39;t in desperate need of a lineman but Richardson would provide depth and possible upgrade at tackle (depending on who you talk to).</li><li>Browns - Kendall Langford. All defensive lineman for the Browns in this draft. Langford is a very good fit in their 3-4 scheme. </li><li>Redskins - Marcus Griffin. After the tragic death of Taylor they&#39;ll be looking for a safety at some point. Griffin has a good bloodline and could push for time.</li><li>Buccaneers - Mario Maningham. One of the hardest prospects for me to figure out. Looks like a top 20 pick at times. Other times looks like he&#39;s in the wrong sport. Good value pick here for Tampa Bay.</li><li>Titans - Darrell Robertson. They need some depth on that D-line. Robertson has a high upside.</li><li>Giants - DeJuan Tribble. Despite using last year&#39;s #1 pick on a DB they still need secondary help. Tribble is a good, solid CB that will help that defensive backfield.</li><li>Steelers - Eric Young. Two offensive lineman?? Yep. Eric Young is a true guard. He and Oher could anchor that line for years.</li><li>Seahawks - Fred Davis. Steal of the draft IMO. This guy will develop into one of the top 5 TE&#39;s in the NFL within a few years in the league. Has all the tools and ability you could ask for with an NFL body to match. If Seattle didn&#39;t need a RB so bad I would have him going in the 1<sup>st</sup> Round. </li><li>Jaguars - Dwight Lowery. Provides depth at DB and could step in as the Nickel back if he plays well early.</li><li>Dolphins - Martellus Bennett. Miami would love to get Davis but with Seattle picking just ahead of them they settle for the second best TE in Bennett. Dolphins new GM knows the importance of a good TE (Jason Witten).</li><li>Cowboys - Kirk Barton. Not a lot of needs so they add some depth on the offensive line.</li><li>Colts - Marcus Harrison. The Colts need depth and a long-term answer at the defensive tackle position. Harrison gives them both.</li><li>Packers - Shawn Crable. Speedy linebacker who would have a chance to team up with Hawk and Bennett to form the best group of young LB&#39;s in the NFL.</li><li>Pats - Bruce Davis. They got their hard hitting linebacker in the first round. Now they grab their speedy hybrid OLB/DE in the second. Great fit in the Patriots system.</li></ol><p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Jan 2008 13:33:34 GMT http://www.fannation.com/blogs/post/100835 Doodle24