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Okay just when I have the first 5 picks all figured out: 1. Stafford, 2. Jason Smith, 3. Curry, 4. Monroe, and 5. Orakpo, the trade rumors start. So if Detroit picks First, and St. Louis picks Second, and and KC pick Third, and Seattle pick Forth, and Cleveland picks Fifth, than I think I have to order down pat. After that is Cincinnati and Oakland. Good luck figuring out what those two horrible Franchises are trying to do. If they have no clue how can you. I have been saying for two months that Al Davis wants to take the FAA- the Fastest Athlete Available, but can he really take Derrius Heyward-Bey at 7? Know all the so called experts are jumping on this pick? I don't think Davis will take Maclin, so that leaves me with DHB as well. Just when crazy couldn't get any crazier, it gets crazier. And like I always say the worst the talent the crazier the Draft. DHB could go 7 to the Raiders, or fall all the way down to Miami at 25, and I don't think either would a surprise. Hold onto your sit Draft fans, it's going to be a long bumpy ride.     

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1.

Lions

*Mathew Stafford-

QB Georgia

6-2 1/4, 225, 4.6, 30.5"

Ownership, President, GM, QB, DEFENSE, O-Line, ... 

F.A. Signings:

Bryant Johnson WR

Anthony Henry CB

Eric King CB

Maurice Morris RB

Grady Jackson DT

Julian Peterson LB (5th)

Key F.A.  Loses:

Jon Kitna QB

Cory Redding DT

Leigh Bodden CB

Brain Kelly CB

Dwight Smith CB

The Team: This team is locked into the top pick and locked into Stafford. I personally don't believe the rumors that they are planning to skip the pick. The same stupid rumors where started by the same stupid websites last year, when the same stupid people said, "Hey, what if Miami passes on the pick?" Any alleged reporter who would report such an obvious "what if?" rumor should never be a part of the Press again. On the other hand, if Detroit is so immersed in the "Culture of Losing" that would actually do such a thing, than they should have the Franchise taken away from them, period. Here is Why the Lions will take Stafford.   

The Player: On the positive for Stafford, he did come in and start as a true Freshman. So questions on whether he has the mental capabilities to be a Pro QB have to be tempered. You have to be smart, and have a excellent football smarts to play QB as a true Freshman. I also liked his performance in the Capital One Bowl. He was absolutely terrible in the first half, missing every throw he could miss. In fact, I was wondering why I ever thought I liked the way he throws the ball. However, in the second half he dominated. His throws were all suddenly decisive and accurate. He threw 2 TDs in the 3rd quarter, and lofted a perfect 20 TD pass to Moreno that was a thing of beauty. I like to judge QBs by what they do when everything they do is a disaster. How do they react to that adversity. In the NFL, QBs face constant difficulty, and have to overcome adversity every week. The great ones are the ones who can mentally prepare for the game each week, and mentally overcome adversity. I liked how he overcame adversity in that game.

The Reason: A complete reboot of a franchise doesn't start until the Franchise QB does.   

Second Choice: Jason Smith OT 

2.

Rams

*Jason Smith

OLT Baylor

6-4 302

OLT, WR, LB, TE, WR, LB, S, CB, OL

Key F.A. Signings:

Jason Brown OC 

Brain St. Pierre QB

Kyle Boller QB

Mike Karney FB

Key F.A.  Loses:

Tory Holt WR

Anthony Becht TE

Orlando Pace OT

Brett Romberg OC

The Team: The team officially announced that they are trying to trade out of this pick. No kidding! I have been saying for two months now that this is the worst draft I have seen in over ten years. They will take an OLT prospect. So who do they like. If they like Oher, they should be able to trade down as low as 9 (If B.J Raji is not on the board I think the Packers take Oher). If they like Britton, they could trade down to 12 (Broncos- Stafford) or 21 (Eagles- Smith). Here is Why the Rams will take Smith.  

The Player: Smith is a former TE, who converted to LT at Baylor. I love LT prospects who are converted T-Ends, they almost always have the best feet and athleticism for the position in the Draft. He may be the most athletic of the OLT prospects. Another Left Tackle prospect who is hard to figure out, because he never puts his hand down on the ground. In Baylor’s offense he always lines up in a two-point stance, so how do you judge how well he run blocks. But, he is such a phenomenal athlete he should not be discounted, and like Monroe, he just never seems to get beat in pass protection. I think I was just spoiled watching Long and Clady last year, who seem to be technically perfect and super athletes. Baylor ran a screwy shot-gun offense which sometimes made him look bad. He was almost always abandoned on the edge. Football is very important to him, and he has the reputation for being the hardest worker on his team. Very smart. He graduated as a Junior and took Graduate classes as a Senior. He can get outside on an outside run a little in the running game, but can struggle to get to the sideline on sweeps and reverses sometimes. For more on Smith check out my March 1st Blog.

The Reason: The Rams have to get a new starting OLT. The release of Pace may or may not have been necessary, I'm going with may not, but now they have no viable option at OLT. 

Second Choice: Brian Orakpo DE/OLB

3.

Chiefs

Aaron Curry- 

LB Wake Forest

6-2, 242

LB, DE/PassR, WR, OL, CB  S, WR, OT,  RB, OC,  DB

Key F.A. Signings:

Matt Cassel QB

Mike Goff OG

Bobby Engram WR

Make Vrabel LB

Travis Daniels CB

Jon McGraw S

Darrell Robertson LB

Key F.A.  Loses:

Ty Law CB

The Team: Word out of KC is that they are going to take Tyson Jackson here. What they want to do is trade down, and take Jackson later in the top ten, but nobody is going to trade up to 3 for any player in this Draft. So the question is can they sit here and take Jackson. I don't think so. Jackson has been compared to Richard Seymour, but he is not Seymour. What scares me is that rumors started two days ago the BB was trying to trade up into the top ten, and I started thinking what player would BB trade up into the top ten for? And the answer I came up with Jackson. I actually believed that rumor, because I have been saying all along that if BB doesn't think he can sign Seymour he will have to find a replacement for him in this Draft. Jackson is the closest player to a sure thing as a 3-4 D-End in this Draft. And if BB willing to trade up into the top ten for him, and then you here Pioli wants this player, you have to think that the Chiefs will sit here and take Jackson. Of course, putting Jackson here screws up my whole Mock Draft;-) I just can't bring myself to put him here, but don't be surprised is Jackson goes here.

I have been trying to figure out what Pioli will do in the Draft for years. The reason I am his biggest fan is that he never does what everyone predicts he will do, and I have not been able to correctly guess who he will pick. Everybody, and I mean everybody has them taking Curry, so how can it happen? To me, I think a good comparison between the two is: Curry reminds me of Mayo, Orakpo reminds me of McGinest. So the question is who do you like more, Mayo or McGinest. Traditionally, the OLB/PR is the money position in the 3-4. So when I try and project what Pioli will do I keep coming back to Orakpo. However, there are some flags with Orakpo, certainly far more than with Curry. First, there are the constant Steroid rumors, unsubstantiated, but obviously when you look at him he has a steroid body. Second, he has trouble staying healthy, which is also a sign of steroid use. Curry on the other hand is clean as a whistle. He was a non-highly recruit out of high school, who spent the past 5 years building his body and his brain into a perfect football weapon. He may not have the highest upside in the Draft, but he clearly has the lowest floor. I have been comparing him to Mayo all along, and I think in this crappy Draft that if he turns out as good as Mayo Pioli will be happy.  

The Chiefs have the best GM in the game, period. However Chief fans figuring out what Pioli is going to do in the Draft is like trying to figure out why all politicians love to lie. So here are a few options, Why KC might take Crabtree. I also have the reason Why KC might take Orakpo.  

The Player: Curry is the type of player that the more you watch him the more you like him. Great Junior season has seen him overtake all the Linebackers in this years draft. A football player who is also a Workout Warrior. Could run a clinic on how to Stack and Shed. Drops fluidly in coverage and does a get job of eyeing the QB. Comes off the edge like a truck mowing down a raccoon. Smart, loves football. Can play LB position in 3-4 or 4-3, because he is so smart, fast, strong, and tough. Looks like best bet for Defensive Rookie of the Year. Compares favorable to Mayo. I think he is a little stronger and more explosive, while Mayo was more of an inside guy and a little faster. Great at playing off blockers. Always aware on the field, and you can tell he studies enough film to read what offense is trying to do before they do it. He can hustle all the way across the field with great speed and still get in the play. Excellent hand fighter, who knows how to chop and use his hands to keep O-Linemen off his body. Read and reacts extremely quickly. Great at working through trash and traffic to find the ball-carrier. Watches QB intently. Very physical tackler, and when he has a straight line to the ball-carrier he will just crush him. Great hitter, who every game seems to make stand up and say "Wow!" with a vicious hit. For more on Curry check out my March 1st Blog.       

The Reason: The Chiefs cannot continue to rush the passer with unheard of ineptitude. Aaron Curry is a better all around player, who will add character, intelligence, work ethic, and tough to the middle of this terrible defense. Curry not only is the closest thing to a sure thing in this Draft, he is an outstanding football player.

Second Choice: Tyson Jackson DE 

4.

Seahawks

*Mark Sanchez -

QB USC

6-2 225

OL, LB, RB, DB, DE, OL,

Key F.A. Signings:

T.J. Houshmandzadeh WR

Colin Cole DT

Cory Redding DT

Key F.A.  Loses:

Maurice Morris RB

Floyd Womack OG

Rocky Bernard DL

Howard Green DT

Julian Peterson LB

The Team: Word out of Seattle is that they won't take a QB here. That they want an instant impact player. I think it is a smoke screen and they are worried that someone will trade up infront of them for Sanchez

Word out of Seattle is that Jim Mora has fallen for Michael Crabtree, and really wants to draft him here. However, they have three WR how have signed 40+ million dollar contracts, and they really sign another 40 million dollar WR? I think it's a smoke screen. It is just to perfect a fit. It would benefit Sanchez tremendously, and he would give Seattle aging Hasselbeck insurance.  

Word out of Seattle is that they are going to take Mark Sanchez. I find this idea to be preposterous, on the surface. However, it really puts the top ten picks in an order that finally makes sense to me. This is a very bad reason to make a pick, because is makes the preceding picks make sense. However, in the long term scheme of things, it does make sense. Hasselbeck is a 33 year old QB, with a bad back. In one year he will be a 34 year old QB, with a bad back, and a Free Agent. This season is the last the last year of his contract, and he makes 9.5 million. So the question is how much can you give a 34 year old QB with a bad back? How many years? If you have Sanchez, a year wiser with a year of experience in your system, than you have the leverage you need, to just say no.          

The Player: I don't see a big difference between Sanchez and Stafford. In fact, I think Sanchez has more of the unmeasurables than Safford. Sanchez is not as natural a thrower as Stafford, but when he steps into his throws and really snaps his arm he can match his velocity. He is also a much better athlete, and can do thing athletically that most QBs cannot do. He can make all the throws. He throws with terrific accuracy. He can place the ball on the WR hands while they are running at full speed in full stride. He can check down and throw to third or forth option. He steps up and has played his best game in USC's Bowl games. However, he played with a lot of talent around him, and had a excellent O-Line. He doesn't have the starting experience that precludes success in the NFL. I love how everybody jumped all over Pete Carroll for simply relaying the facts- QBs with starting experience fail to make the transition to the NFL a ton more then they have succeeded. Starting experience as a QB in college matters. However, Sanchez has some advantages over a lot of those QBs who failed. He played a USC, which has been the most talented program over the past 7 years or so. Carroll runs legendary pro practices, and stresses competition at every turn. They compete for the back up QB every week. He also has played/practiced in a pro offense for the past 4 years. Just playing in the USC system is a huge advantage for this kid. For more on Sanchez check out my March 1st Blog.

The Reason: Hasselbeck and his bad back will be 34 next season and they will have to sign him to big money, or let him go. Sanchez is not only a viable option to replace Hasselbeck after this season, he would also give them leverage to broker a better deal with Hasselbeck, or to just say no. This pick is just as much about contracts situations and salary cap implications, as it is about finding a replacement for Hasselbeck.  

Second Choice: Michael Crabtree WR 

5.

Browns

*Michael Crabtree

WR Texas Tech   

6-1 3/8, 220

WR?, CB, WR, OC, DB, RB, LB, DL, DB, DL

F.A. Signings:

David Patten WR

Robert Royal TE

Floyd Womack OG

John St. Clair OL

Hank Poteat CB

Corey Ivy CB

Eric Barton LB

C.J. Mosley DT

Key F.A.  Loses:

Kellen Winslow TE (2nd)

Joe Jurevicius WR

Kevin Shaffer ORT

C.J. Mosley DL

Travis Daniels CB

Sean Jones S

The Team: Word out of Cleveland is that they want Raji. I have a taken Raji off their board because of Shaun Rogers, and because their D-Line is their most solid unit. However, if Manginia can find a way to screw things up he certainly will. 

This could be an interesting pick, right now it boils down to Crabtree and Orakpo. Some say Manginia will be to afraid to take Orakpo after the Gholston debacle. But I don't think that is so. However, with Joe Jarivicius gone, Stallworth most likely gone to jail, and Braylon Edwards attempting to be gone, they may have to take Crabtree here. However right now, the talk of Edwards leaving has left the Browns facility, and Willie is gone. Plus they really can't go into next season with Wimbley on one side and Shantee Orr on the other? If they want their 3-4 defense to work, Manginia really needs to have two good rushers at OLB. Plus, I believe Orakpo can play a Justin Tuck type role as an inside rusher on obvious passing downs. However, who could have guessed a few months ago that the Browns would need a WR? First, they release Jurevicius, then they trade Winslow, then Stallworth kills a pedestrian in a drunk driving accident (it is not alleged because he admitted he did it, and I don't live in a courtroom), and now for some bizarre reason Manginia is trying to trade his best offensive player, Braylon Edwards, to the Giants for a 1st and a 3rd. How bizarre is that? This selection is a perfect example of why I call the draft a four dimensional puzzle (the 4th dimension being time). Right now Cleveland's biggest strength coming into the off season is not their biggest need. They most likely will take Crabtree here, and if they trade Edwards they will have no other recourse but to take Crabtree here, period.    

Another team that needs some good charma more than anything else. Plus, believe it or not, they may actually have worse starting Corners than the Pats. Ouch! Right now it looks like a race between Curry and Jenkins. Curry is the better player, but Jenkins is a bigger need. It will probably come down to who they like in the 2nd Round, which talent they like more LB or CB. Curry exploded at the Combine, and Jenkins looked terrible. Plus, all four of the1st Round CBs ran disappointing times, and Alphonso Smith and D.J. Moore look like they are destined for the 2nd Round.   

The Player: Wow! What a disaster. Doctors discover a stress fracture in Crabtree's foot at the Combine. And he won't recover until after the Draft. He could fall out of the top ten. 

The best player in the draft. Reminds me of Larry Fitzgerald. Smart player who understands the game. Plays the game with great strength and balance on his feet. Knows how to twist and turn CBs, and make them look foolish. Doesn't have top end speed, but knows how to get open deep, and doesn't get catch from behind. Super athletic WR who has amazing lateral quickness. Knows how to run patterns and set up CBs. Has great hands. Can catch the ball with DBs climbing all over him. Can catch the ball will fighting off CBs with his hands. Sells his cuts with subtle fakes. Comes back to the ball to help his QB when he needs to. Is big, tall, and has big hands. Great blocker. The part of his game I like the most is that he will really sells out to block for teammates. Excellent runner after the catch. He is super strong with the ball in his hands, and just doesn't want to go down. Clutch player who makes the big catch when his team needs it the most. Fantastic route runner, who just knows how to separate even though he received attention from the secondary like he was a pregnant fiancée.      

The Reason: If Curry is still somehow on the board, Cleveland will have to take him. Plus, it looks like either D.J Moore or Alphonso Smith will fall to them in the 2nd Round. I have been comparing Orakpo to Willie McGinest for a while now, and I think he can step in and give the Brown a lot of versatility on defense. And just for the record, I think comparing Orakpo to Vernon Gholston is ridiculous. Gholston was more of a track athlete, strong but very straight-lineish, and he isn't the brightest firefly the forest. Orakpo isn't as fast or as strong as Gholston, but he is much more of football player, and has tremendous lateral quickness that Gholston just can't touch. The only question left is can the pass on Crabtree?     

Second Choice: B.J Raji NT 

6. 

Bengals

Andre Smith

OL Alabama

6-5, 330

DE, DT, OC, OT, WR, LB, DB, OL, TE

Key F.A. Signings: 

Laveranues Coles WR

Tank Johnson DT

Chris Crocker S

Key F.A.  Loses:

Stacy Andrews ORT

T.J. Houshmandzadeh WR

The Team: The Bengals have lost starting Right Tackle Stacy Andrews to the Eagles. Plus, they hate Levi Jones, and want to get rid of him like he was lice. Plus, a lot of their offensive woes can be blamed on the decline of their offensive line. I don't think they can get rid of him this season. They need an immediate replacement for Andrews, and a young OLT prospect they can groom behind Jones so they can get rid of him. Smith fills both these needs. Plus, if a team thought Smith was the best O-Lineman in the Draft before the Combine, they will make excuses for his psychotic behavior, and still think he is the top O-Lineman in the Draft. Word out of Cincinnati is that the O-Line coach and the O-Coordinator love Smith and think he is the best O-Tackle in the Draft. Marvin the fraud Lewis said talking to him in personal was "a positive", and that he is "very impressive in person". The good news is that I figured out his problem. We all know people who are afraid of dogs, you know a dog phobia. I have a friend, who is a pretty normal guy, but when he was a kid he was bitten by a dog. So now he is afraid of dogs. He seems mostly normal, and then a little puppy comes comes along and he goes psychotic, and can literally start shaking in fear. I always have to console him in my kind hearted way, by telling him to, "grow the F#*% up!" Well, apparently when Smith was kid he was bitten by an agent, and when he is around an agent he goes crazy and starts shaking in fear;-)   

The Player: The scariest part of Smith is that all his troubles from his being thrown off the Alabama football team, too all his problems in the off season, stem from or have been blamed on, acquiring an agent. Once he signed on with his agent everything finally calmed down. He started working out again and doing all the right things again. Then a week before the Draft, his mental illness showed up again and he fired his agent. I don't trust this player and I wouldn't Draft him. Here is my profile of André Smith.  

The Reason: The reason is simple, lowest rated character at highest need position. 

Second Choice: B.J Raji OL  

7.

Raiders

Eugene Monroe-  

OT Virginia

6-5, 311, 5.11, 

23 Reps

WR, OLT, DT/NT, DE, OL, WR,  

F.A. Signings:

Jess Garcia QB

Kalif Barnes OT

Cooper Carlisle OG

Samson Satele OC

Key F.A.  Loses:

Gibril Wilson S

Jake Grove OC

Kwame Harris OT

The Team: Trying to figure out what the Raiders are going to do is like trying to figure out why a serial killer does what he does. No matter how much logic you apply, there really is no reason in the madness. I don't think Jeremy Maclin is a top ten pick. I really don't think he is a top twenty pick. Taking him here, just because he runs a faster 40 time than Crabtree is crazy even for AL. Remember Maclin ran a 4.43, not a Sub 4.3. I think there is a better chance of Al taking DH-B than Maclin. The goods, or the Bad news, is that Monroe has a knee issue. He has been taken off the board by more than one team because of concerns over his knee. Teams in the top five have become afraid to take him. I think he will be sitting right here for Al, and he will save Al from himself. 

The Player: Here is my profile of Monroe, and why the Raiders need an OLT. 

The Reason: Taking Eugene Monroe here probably makes too much sense to happen.  

Second Choice: Darius Heyward-Bey WR  

8.

Jaguars

B.J. Raji- 

DT/NT B.C.

6-1.5, 325, 31 Reps

WR, DT, RB, CB, OL, QB, SS, LB

Key F.A. Signings:

Tory Holt WR

Tra Thomas OLT

Sean Considine S

Scott Starks CB

Key F.A.  Loses:

Matt Jones WR

Jerry Porter WR

Reggie Williams WR

Kalif Barnes OT

Paul Spicer DE

Mike Peterson LB

Drayton Florence CB

Gerald Sensabaugh S

Pierson Prioleau S

The Team: I really like the Tory Holt signing, and I'm not sure how much he has left. He garnered 796 yards and 3 TDs on 64 receptions last season, and with the crappy play at QB he had once Marc Bugler got injured that is not bad. However, what I really like about this deal is that it opens up all sorts of options here for the Jags. They no longer have to take the top WR available at this spot. I just don't see Jeremy Maclin as a top ten WR, even in this Draft. He doesn't play strong on his feet, he did nothing at Missouri that resemble an NFL route tree, and he doesn't have the best hands and often double clutches the ball. He is a dynamic KR/PR, and is great with the ball in his hands, but getting the ball in his hands in an NFL offense is going to take a year or two for him to learn how to run patterns in the NFL. The reason why so  many WR are bust in the 1st round, they look at the athleticism and not at the WR skills. Brain Robiskie is the most NFL ready WR in this Draft (except for maybe Crabtree. He is the most prepared mentally, has the NFL WR skills of nay WR in this Draft, and he has the best hands (except for maybe Crabtree). Maclin and Percy Harvin are super versatile and super exciting, but they have done nothing in college to show they can play WR in the NFL except show great speed and elusiveness with the ball already in their hands. Anyway, Holt allows the Jags the option of not taking Maclin here. It also opens the ability to trade down and pick up extra picks, if Sanchez and Raji are still on the board. Or, it allows they to sit here and address their next biggest need D-Tackle. Jacksonville made their run in at the Play Offs when they had the two big D-Tackles crushing the middle of the line of scrimmage. It is amazing how have two great D-Tackle dominating the LOS can make a coach look like a genius. I think taking an attacking D-Tackle here would be a big help for this defense, and might make Del Rio look like a genius again. This team bruised its way to the top with Henderson and Stroud bashing everyone they put in front of them. With Shroud missing the defense doesn't seem to bruise as smoothly. 

Well my fellow Draftnic this like it is going to be the furthest spot Mark Sanchez can fall. It looks like the Broncos, Washington, and the Jets will be biding for this pick. I believe the Jags can trade all the way down to 17 and still get Maclin at 17, and pick up a 2nd Round pick (the Jets own number 52, which is interesting because I have them taking Shonn Greene RB Iowa, who would be a great compliment to Thomas Jones or Maurice Jones-Drew). The Jags trading down out of this pick makes too much sense not to happen. I would say there is a 75% chance of the Jags trading down, and in this crazy Draft it is impossible to be more sure than that. I hate projecting trades, but everyone in this Draft wants to trade down, the problem is that no one wants to trade up. If Sanchez falls to them here, they will have three teams interested in trading up, and they still will be able to get the Maclin at 12, 13, and most likely even 17. They should just take a 3rd from Denver or Washington and trade back, easy. Than they will get the WR they need and pay him less and pick up an extra player.

The Player: B.J Raji did not test positive again! Here is my profile of B.j Raji 

The Reason: They made their play off runs when they had two great DTs in the middle. Plus, it look like Robiskie, Nicks, or Britt will fall to them in the 2nd Round, and all three are more NFL ready than Maclin. Plus, as it stands now the only player a team would trade up for is B.J Raji, Denver, Jets, San Diego, and maybe even San Fran could all use NT. And is Seattle takes Michael Crabtree, and word out of Seattle is that Jim Mora has fallen in love with Crabtree, there will also be three ot four teams fight over themselves to get Sanchez.    

Second Choice: Mark Sanchez, and then trade down and take Jeremy Maclin WR 

9.

Packers

Michael Oher- OT Mississippi

6-6, 333

NT, ORT, OLB/DE, OT, DB, RB, LB, WR, OL

Key F.A. Signings:

Duke Preston OL

Anthony Smith S 

Key F.A.  Loses:

Colin Cole DT

The Team: The Packers top two needs are and big NT and a ORT. What makes Smith or Oher so enticing is that they also need a young OLT prospect to groom behind Chad Clifton. Smith and Oher can fill both those needs, and maybe even step in a Left Tackle next season and move Clifton over to Right Tackle. If either Oher or Smith fall to them they will take them over any player not named Raji. 

The Packers top need is to find player to fit into their new 3-4 defense. Packers who have traditionally need help in the Secondary, had one of the best secondary in the league. They somehow garnered 22 INTs, which I think the most for a secondary last year. Woodson looked like he was in his 20s again, and some guy named Nick Collin tied with Woodson with 7 INTs on the season. I didn't see that coming. What is even more impressive with what their DBs did was how bad their passrusher was! The lost of Corey Williams DT and Cullen Jenkins was somehow more than this D-Line could take. I didn't see that coming. Adding a big D-Tackle and a Passrusher seems imperative for this defense. I think they are praying Raji falls to them. If not look for them to go for the best Passrusher on the board. Unless, they see a O-Tackle they like. I have been André Smith's number one critic, but if he drops to this spot I'm not sure this team could pass on him. However, both their old starting O-Tackles played okay, at best. Getting a young guy to push them would not hurt. I have long thought that Chad Clifton was an O-Guard anyway, and moving him inside would not be the worst thing to happen to this O-Line. I think Michael Oher has the potential of any O-Linemen in this Draft, but his inconsistency on the field is maddening. Getting him to sit behind and learn from a great player like Clifton could be a career saving move. If Raji and Orakpo are off the board, Redshirting a player like Oher could pay huge dividends for both the team and Michael for 10 to 15 years.   

The Player: Oher has really cost himself a lot of money because of his inconsistency. However, when he is on and focused he is the best athlete of the four OLT prospects, as I wrote about in my Feb. 25th blog.

Oher plays with excellent form and perfect technique in the First Quarter. My top rated OLT. When he is focused, and keeps his hands up in front of him in Pass Protection, he is a force. However, sometimes he drops his hands, which is the first sign he is losing his perfect form. I don't know if he gets lazy, tired, unfocused, or cocky, but when he drops his hands, he loses technique, and he starts to flap his arms around like chicken wings. He tries to push up into the D-Ends body , and starts getting beat, and he gives up the big play. His troubles all start when his hands start to drop. However, He has the most natural kick-step of all the O-Tackles in this draft. When his hands are up, and forming a perfect diamond right in front of his chest, he already is an NFL Pass Blocker. He has good size, long arms, and is an amazing athlete for a bear his size. He is the only LT prospect who compares favorable to last years great draft class, when his hands are up. He can set quickly and redirect instantly in reaction to passrushers moves. Excellent at dancing and shadowing the DE with great foot quickness. Does a good jump for reacquiring his target on stunts and twists, and even when he over commits to a D-End stunting inside, he can still redirect again, and get his big paws on the D-Tackle suddenly flashing outside. He can be explosive in the run game. He can completely dominate his man in the running game, especially when he is pissed. He plays his best when he is pissed. He can seal-block so quickly that he doesn't even touch the D-End until the D-end realizes it is to late, he is trapped. He can be an explosive drive-blocker when he gets low and extends his arms, and just smashes his man back.   

The Reason: If Raji is here, the Pack can't pass on him. Otherwise it will have to address the loss of ORT Tauscher, and grab Smith or Oher whichever is still on the board. Smith lacks only consistence base in reality, but should a good O-Lineman for a long time is can can straighten that out. I still see him more as an O-Guard than a, O-Tackle, but if could step in and play ORT for a year or two it could do him a lot of good. The Packers need passrushers, and I have Orakpo rated in the top 5 players, so if he is still here, he could be a nice pick as well.

Second Choice: B.J Raji NT/DT 

10.

49ers

Brian Orakpo

DE/OLB Texas

6-4, 255, 

4.70, 31 Reps

OB, FS, OLB/PR, WR, DB, WR, OL

F.A. Signings:

Brandon Jones WR

Moran Norris FB

Marvel Smith ORT

Allen Rossum KR/CB

Takeo Spikes LB

Key F.A.  Loses:

Bryant Johnson WR

Jonas Jennings OT

Donald Strickland CB

The Team: Well, it looks like 49er fans are going to get their wish, word out of San Fran is that Singletary meet with Sanchez and that the meeting didn't go well. The most important aspect of the draft process that we Draftnics have have no information on is the interview. When word leaks that things didn't go well, I take that seriously. Plus, right now teams are negotiating with Jacksonville to trade up to 8 to take Sanchez. I really like Malcolm Jenkins here. But the Safety prospects go into the 3rd round, and if Orakpo somehow slips this far, how can they pass on him? He is a Julius Peppers-type D-End.    

I got an interesting email from a 49ers fan who doesn't think they'll draft Sanchez. I just can't see San Fran passing on Sanchez, I can't get past that. Here is his reason why San Fran won't take Sanchez       

The Player: This probably sounds crazy, but Orakpo may have become underrated. To me, he is one of two or three players who really have a chance to be a real star. Here is my profile of Orakpo.

The Reason: 49ers need to help their offense. If Sanchez drops, there is no other option. However, if Orakpo drops, they have no choice. If Sanchez, Raji, and Orakpo are all gone, I really like Malcolm Jenkins here.  

Second Choice: Malcolm Jenkins FS/CB  

11.

Bills

*Aaron Maybin-

OLB/DE Penn ST

6-3 3/4, 250, 4.6, 

22 Reps, 40", 10'10"

TE, DE, OC, OL, RB, TE, LB, OL, CB

F.A. Signings:

Geoff Hangartner OG

Ryan Fitzpatrick QB

Terrell Owen WR

Drayton Florence CB

Key F.A.  Loses:

Robert Royal TE

Derrick Dockery OG

Duke Preston OC

Melvin Fowler OG

Jabari Greer CB

The Team They needed a Tight End before they lost Royal, now the need is desperate. Now that they are building their offense around the infamous Marshawn Lynch and the insane Terrell Owens, what do you think they'll do if the incompetent André Smith falls to them? I see this as the furthest Smith can fall. However, they have two excellent D-Ends in Chris Kelsey and Aaron Schobel who both seemed to have gotten together and decided to stop producing any sort of passrush? Back up DE Ryan Denney for some unexplainable reason led the team in Sacks with a measly four. Yikes! When they are sitting here on the clock, they have to be praying that Sanchez is still on the board, then they can trade down and still pick up one the three or four players that fit their top two needs who should all still be on the board. If Smith is off the board, and Sanchez or Stafford is still on the board look for Buffalo to trade down. One or two of the four players I mentioned above will still be on the board at 17, 19, 20, and 22, but Sanchez will never make it past 12. 

The Player: A lot of people have Maybin going to San Fran at 10, but I just can't see San Fran passing on Sanchez or Orakpo. Here is my profile of Maybin

The Reason: The Bills don't have a lot of needs, and TE and DE seems to be their biggest needs. Maybin showed he still had his phenomenal athleticism and burst at 250 pounds during his Proday work outs. He may not make it out of the top ten. Plus, it likes they could get the second best T-End in the Draft, in the 2nd Round.  

Second Choice: Everette Brown DE

12.

Broncos

Tyson Jackson-

DE/DT LSU

6-5, 295, 5.0, 

20 Reps

ILB, OLB, ORT, QB, 

F.A. Signings:

Kyle Orton QB

Jabar Gaffney WR

David Anderson WR

LaMont Jordan RB

Correll Buckhalter RB

J.J. Arrington RB

Kenny Peterson DL

J'Vonnie Parker DL

Darrell Reid DT

Ronald Fields DT

Andra Davis LB

Renaldo Hill DB

Andre' Goodman DB

Brain Dawkins S

Renaldo Hill S

Lonnie Paxton LS

Key F.A.  Loses:

Jay Cutler QB

Karl Paymah CB

Dre' Bly CB

Dewayne Robertson DT

Jamie Winborn LB

Marquand Manuel S

John Engelberger DE

Niko Koutouvides LB

The Team: I don't like this pick at all. The Broncos have 3 or 4 D-Linemen returning from last season, and they signed 3 or 4 FA D-Linemen who fit the system better. However, word out of Denver is that they like Jackson, and I have to admit that for a 3-4 team there is a lot to like. I just think they have a much greater need for Linebackers. However, McDaniels is a Belichick disciple, and I must admit Belichick would probably take the 3-4 D-End. So it is what it is;-)  

The Players: Tyson Jackson is giant of a D-End who returned for his senior season in order to work on his passrushing moves. Which is did accomplish, sort of. He is a better passrusher technically: he has more moves, he uses his hands better, and attacks the outside better, but he added so much more weight and size that he lost some of the speed and burst he played with as a Junior. He is great athlete for a player his size. However, he keeps adding to his size and may grow out of his athleticism. He looks like a perfect Ty Warren-type 5-technique D-End, but if he keeps acquiring mass like he did between his junior and senior season he could be 320 pound Nose Tackle in a couple of years. He no longer looks like he can be 4-3 D-End. He will either be a 3-4 D-End or an interior passrusher in a 4-3. In his four years at LSU he garnered 122 Tackles, 27 TFL, and 19.5 Sacks.  

The Reason: The loss of Cutler make QB look like their number one need. However, word out of Denver is that of all the offers on the table McDaniels thought Orton was the best QB in the package. He believe Orton fits his system perfectly. I also don't think Freeman really fit what McDaniel likes to do. I think LB and NT are much bigger needs. However, if they can't trade up for Raji or Sanchez it looks like it's going to be Jackson.  

Second Choice: Everette Brown OLB/DE 

13.

Redskins

Robert Ayers

DE Tennessee

6-3, 273, 4.9

DE, OL, RB, LB, OL

F.A. Signings:

Derrick Dockery OG

Albert Haynesworth DT 

Renaldo Wynn DE

Key F.A.  Loses:

Shawn Springs CB

Jason Taylor DE

The Team: The Skins need Pass Rushers like geeks need glasses. The Skins garnered a total of 19 Sacks last season. They could use a little help on the O-Line as well. However, word out of Washington is that they are going to address their ever increasing need on their ever ageing O-Line in this Draft. They want to replace Jon Jenson, who no longer seems to be able to pass block. Chris Samuels is good, but not great OLT. Getting a young guy they can stick in the rotation makes a lot of sense. However, with Oher and Smith gone it looks like they will have to take the top D-End left over.     

The Player: Ayers is a One Hit Wonder, who finally put it all together after almost washing out of the Tennessee program. He reminds of of LaMarr Woodley. Really developed his character, and developed an excellent work ethic as a Junior and Senior. Developed a great motor, and is always hustling. Very physical for such a pure athlete. Much stronger than you would think. Plays and stays low. Plays with good lean and an excellent lower base. Can burst pass the O-Lineman inside, like Bull or use inside move more than outside moves. Excellent hand fighter. Very proficient stack and shed DE, and protect the outside and set the edge. Got much stronger and much tougher over the past year and has really worked himself into a legit 1st Round talent. He became an excellent player as a Senior, his coaches say, as he matured, and finally figured out what a work ethic means. His question is why did he suck so much for his first 3 seasons at Tennessee? Why was his work ethic so bad for three seasons, and then suddenly so great, that he played so well his Senior year, and look like the best D-End in the country at the Senior Bowl. Explosive off the edge. Jacked-up super athlete. Some scouts think he has the strength to be an interior rusher on passing downs like Justin Tuck. Has multiple moves. Can get around the edge with great speed and power. Has the strength and nastiness to set the edge. In the last year, he played with pride and prejudice. Great spin move, keeps his arms up and uses his elbows like war hammers. Uses his arms and hands with great violence and technique.

The Reason: I just don't like their D-Line, and their O-Line is not far behind. It looks like getting a young OLT prospect to groom is a priority.      

Second Choice: Everette Brown DE

14.

Saints

Beanie Wells- 

RB Ohio ST

6-1, 235, 4.38, 10'8"

RB, DB, DL, OL

F.A. Signings:

Heath Evans FB

Paul Spicer DE

Rod Coleman DT

Jabari Greer CB

Darren Sharper S

Pierson Prioleau S

Key F.A.  Loses:

Deuce McAllister RB

Mike Karney FB

Mike McKenzie CB

Josh Bullocks S

The Team: Greetings Saints fans, I just Blogged the reason why I think the Pats have a 50-50 chance of trading up in this Draft with NO to acquire Rey "My main man" Maualaga in my April 4th Blog

Their offense was one of the tops in the league, at least their passing offense, but it seems their defense let them down again. The good news is that they had a great Draft last year. They had 3 rookies start, and 2 more who looked like they could play before they got hurt. Unfortunately Tracy Porter, who earned a starting job in the preseason got injured as well. So even though their defense failed them, the defense might not be so bad. It's easy to say oh DBs and LBs, that is the Saints top needs. However, their Linebackers suffered terrific improvement last season, and all three starters garnered over 100 Tackles. If Gay and Porter can stay healthy, which is a big if, they don't need any other help ay CB. However, their Safeties can't cover me, and that's as insulting as it gets! They need at least one Safety who can actually cover. So what is their top need? They have to get a RB. Their biggest problem last season was they lost every game decided by 3 points or less. They could not close out a game. McAllister was injured, and Bush had Microfracture surgery on his left knee in January. Some guy named Pierre Thomas was their leading rusher? They need a big back who can gain yards in the 4th quarter and "Finish".  

The Player: Wells is a freakish RB. Is looks like the typical Big Ten big pounding backs, who put up big yards in college, but won't in the NFL. However, what separates him from a Back like Ron Dayne is speed. He just runs faster than a man his size should be able to. I can't remember the last time I saw a RB with combination of size, speed, power, and athleticism. Has great balance. He can get hit low and get jarred off his feet, than jam his hand into the ground, somehow regain his feet and keep on Chooglin' I saw him do that twice against Illinois alone. Show really explode at Combine. However, you have to concerned about his ability to stay healthy.  

The Reason: The Saints need the most help on their Pass Defense, or they a closer. A big RB who can close out a games for them. If they think Beanie Wells is that that guy then they have to take him.    

Second Choice: Malcolm Jenkins FS/CB

15.

Texans

Brain Cushing-   

LB USC

6-3, 249, 4.68, 

30 Reps

DE/PR, WR, CB, RB, DB, TE, LB

Key F.A. Signings:

Dan Orlovsky QB

Eugene Wilson CB/S

Cato June LB

Buster Davis LB

Antonio Smith DE

Shaun Cody DT

Key F.A.  Loses:

 

The Team: Word out of Houston is that they want defense, and they really like the USC Linebackers. They ranked 22nd in defense last season, and purged their defensive coaches. Firing not only their D-Coordinator, but heir Secondary coach and their D-Line coach. They are planning to rebuild their defense. However, what they really need is a Passrusher opposite Mario Williams. Robert Ayers stock has up beyond anything anyone thought possible just 3 months ago. If he somehow makes it past the Bills, Broncos, and Redskins, he will not make it past the Texans. Word out of Houston is that they really like Clay Mathews and could take him here. Mathews is another example of how crazy this Draft really is, he could go as early as here at 15, or fall all the way down to the Texans in the 2nd Round. This is one of the most difficult drafts to forecast I have ever seen.

Their secondary actually wasn't to bad, once Eugene Wilson was inserted into the starting lineup. However, I just don't trust Jacques Reeves. I liked rookie CB Antwaun Molden in last years Draft, but they are taking it real slow with him and he never got on the field in defensive situations, but he was a special teams maven by the end of the season. I'm so used to saying the Texans need an OLT and a CB that I never even thought about it. However, their secondary has a solid if unspectacular starting four, and their O-Line was more than solid last season, if Duane Brown can continue to develop they actually have a very good starting five. I really believe they are looking for a starting D-End/Passrusher right here. With Everette Brown and Aaron Maybin being the prime targets. However, if Malcolm Jenkins is still somehow on the board, they cannot pass on him.  

The Player: Cushing is a super athlete who was overrated as a football early in his career. However, he developed into a better football player a little bit each year. He had an excellent Senior season, and really looked good at the Senior Bowl. An excellent competitor, who is driven to get better. great hitter who can just crush people. Played some Rush-End early in his career. Showed better awareness last season, it looked like he understood what was happening on the field much better. A pumped up athlete, who is a weight room prisoner, and lifts weights like he fighting for his freedom. Has a high ceiling, as he learns to diagnose and read the defense better each year. Can read the screen to the opposite side and has the speed to get all the way across the field and make the tackle. When he "sees it" he is exceptional, and he "sees" more now than he did last season. Has really worked on his skills, and is actually very adept in pass coverage, something I couldn't say with confidence last year. he can really stay with the RB after he swings out of the backfield.         

The Reason: Word out of Houston is that they really like Mathews, but if Ayers or Cushing is still on the board, can they pass on him? Especially when you consider Mathews should be a 2nd Round pick, and with the steroid allegations has a good chance of still being on the board when Houston picks in the 2nd Round.  

Second Choice: Clay Mathews OLB/Passrusher 

16.

Chargers

*Vontae Davis

CB/FS Illinois  

5-11 1/8, 203, 4.40

DE, ORT, ORG, NT, RB, DB, ORG, WR, RB

Key F.A. Signings:

Kevin Burnett ST/LB

Key F.A.  Loses:

Mike Goff OG

Igor Olshamsky DE 

The Team: Smith has a history of taking Corners in the 1st round. Davis is the most physical and physically gifted CB/FS in this Draft. However, he is  a locker room liability and will have to go to a team who doesn't care about slightly troubled players. 

The Chargers really need to rebuild thee right side of the O-Line. If André Smith drops this far down don't be surprised if the classless A.J. Smith. The question might be is this to early for Eben Britton, who started more games at Right Tackle than Left Tackle in college. However, I keep coming back to Tyson Jackson. Jamal Williams was old last season, and he really started to show it. He was no longer a fulltime player last season, and I can't see it getting any better. The problem is that it is way to early for Ron Brace, who is looking more and more like the second best Nose Tackle prospect every week. but I keep think Tyson Jackson was made to play in a 3-4. Darren Sproles is a tiny fellah, geared more for a Kevin Faulk role than a Michael Turner role. Plus, the classless LaDainian Tomlinson can no longer be counted on when his team needs him most. He is an old workhorse who has taken an ungodly beating over the past eight years, and is sprinting to the end faster than should make anyone comfortable. e needs a big Michael Turner-type back to take some weight off his old injured legs, someone like Beanie Wells? of course Wouldn't it be convenient to have Tyson Jackson slide into Igor's vacated spot? Although word out of San Diego is that they are very happy with there two Back up D-Ends Jacques Cesaire and Ryan Bingham. So maybe Eben Britton is the pick, still?        

The Player: Davis has really fallen, further than most draftnic's think. He showed flaws in his transition out of his backpedal. Taking an extra step when he has to turn and run. Displayed the bad hands and bad ball skills he showed at Illinois. And, to make things worst, he showed a bad attitude towards the coaches on the field, ignoring them and flashing disdainful looks, which had been rumored was his bailiwick at Illinois. It was rumored that was the main reason he was suspended last season, bad attitude, being disrespectful to coaches, and laziness.      

In his 3 years in college, he garnered 206 Tackles, 13.5 TL, 22 PBU, 3 FF, and 7INTs. 

Wow! Vontae Davis showed up at the Combine and looked horrible. His hips looked stiff. He looked like a Safety trying to play CB. He didn't run as well as expected, and he exhibited the distain for coaches that has been rumored about him for a few years. Personally I think his Combine was nearly as disastrous André Smiths. I would not Draft him. He looks destined to break the heart of any GM who takes him, and I can guarantee Belichick has taken him off his board. His problem is that what really separated him from the rest of the CBs was his wondrous athleticism, and that was just missing at the Combine.    

He is probably the best pure athlete in the draft, and should be a top ten pick. He is not only a super-freak, he can cover. Has the best size speed ratio of any DB in the Draft. Not just triangle-number athlete, he is a legit CB. He has fluid hips which he can snap in transition out of his backpedal. His ceiling is only limited by his ability to understand the Pro game, the mental part of the game, because he has the hips, feet, and speed to be an All-Pro CB. So far he has shown he is willing to learn on the field, but still trying to learn off the field. He looks more and more like a football player each year. He can shadow a WR with terrific strength and speed. He is a terrific tackler, who plays the run like a Safety. He is a freak, and I believe in the freak factor. However, he still plays the WR more than the ball/ Doesn't have great ball-skills, and sometimes looks like he'd rather jar the ball lose with a great hit than Intercept the ball. I just wish he'd make a few more plays on the ball. The more I study the Draft, the more I wonder how he can get past the Raiders at 7.

The Reason: If Jackson is off the board, it likes they will be choosing between Wells, Davis, and Jenkins, and so will the Chargers.    

Second Choice: Eben Britton OL  

17.

Jets

 *Jeremy Maclin-

WR/RB/KR 

Missouri 

6', 200, 4.41

QB, WR, RB, WR,  LB, DB

Key F.A. Signings:

Brandon Moore OG

Marques Douglas DE

Howard Green DT

Bart Scott LB

Lito Sheppard CB

Donald Strickland CB

Jim Leonhard S

Key F.A.  Loses:

Laveranues Coles WR

C.J. Mosley DT

Eric Barton LB

Hank Poteat CB

The Team: Word out of NY is that they are desperately trying to trade up for Sanchez, which tells me they don't like Josh Freemen. Freemen is a very polarizing QB, either you love him or you hate him. I think the Jets hate him, and won't take him.   

The Jets have been working behind the scenes in a logical effort to trade up and take Sanchez. This shows that minimally the Jets management understands that they cannot go through next season with Kellen Clemens at QB. This, unfortunately, is a good sign for Jets fans. Remember also that Rex Ryan was coaching in Baltimore during their torturous search for a starting QB, and witnessed first had the difference a real starting QB can make. Freemen is not the Joe Flacco, but there are a lot of similarities. Ryan will have the years form management to take a QB and groom him for a year or two. Clemons will be the starter next season, but he won't be able to keep that job for long. In three years Josh Freemen could be a very good QB in the NFL.  

I hate to admit this, but I like what Ryan is doing with the Jets, Damn! In a great display of Parcelian philosophy, he is grabbing as many of "his guys" as he can get from his old team, to help with the transition into his defense and teach the young player what he expects on and off the field. however, there is one deficiency to his signings, offense. This is what separates great Head Coaches from great coordinators. He needs to address his offense with the same passion he addresses his defense. So far he has not. This pick will give a large indication of how successful he will be as a Head Coach. he needs to address the offense with this pick. I am not the biggest fan of Josh Freeman, but with a QB depth chart of Kellen Clemons (oops), Erik Ainge (who actually impressed me at Senior Bowl last year), and Brett Favre, I mean Brett Ratliff (who?), Josh Freeman looks like an All-pro compared to these bums. 

The Player: Maclin is a hard player to place in this Draft. Ironically, the player he reminds me of is Laveranues Coles, the WR he would be replacing on the Jets. 

Maclin is speed on a stick. He is strong and very well built. Of the three super-fast specialist, I believe he has the best chance to develop into a legit NFL WR. He is still more super-athlete than WR. In fact, he reminds me of Irving Fryar. When he first joined the Pats he was the best athlete in the league, but had almost no WR skills. He was 6' 200 pounds, and ran a sub 4.3 at the Combine (and some say a 4.29). It took him a few years to develop into a skilled receiver. Plus, I'm not sold on his hands, I think he is a bit of a double-catcher. 

The Reason: Lack of speed at WR didn't help last season, but their QBs may be the worst in the NFL, and fortunately for the Pats all signs point to the Jets not liking Freemen. I think Maclin falls out of the top ten, and then I have trouble finding a landing spot. If Maclin is still on the board the Jets cannot pass on him.

Second Choice: Knowshon Moreno RB 

18.

Broncos

Malcolm Jenkins-

CB Ohio ST

6' 3/8, 194, 4.54

 

Tyson Jackson-

DE/DT LSU

ILB, DE, NT, QB, OLB, WR, ORT, 

F.A. Signings:

Kyle Orton QB

Jabar Gaffney WR

David Anderson WR

LaMont Jordan RB

Correll Buckhalter RB

J.J. Arrington RB

Kenny Peterson DL

J'Vonnie Parker DL

Darrell Reid DT

Ronald Fields DT

Andra Davis LB

Andre' Goodman DB

Brain Dawkins S

Renaldo Hill S

Lonnie Paxton LS

Key F.A.  Loses:

Jay Cutler QB

Karl Paymah CB

Dre' Bly CB

Dewayne Robertson DT

Jamie Winborn LB

Marquand Manuel S

John Engelberger DE

Niko Koutouvides LB

The Team: They addressed their terrible D-Line and Secondary in free agency. However, they barely addressed their Linebackers. Getting Maualaga at 18 would be a godsend to this terrible defense. By the end of last season, team rushed right up at he middle on the Broncos heartless defense. Their number one need is run stuffers: a D-End who can stop the run, a Nose Tackle, and a big tough run-stuffing ILB. 

The DBs really need defense, defense, defense. However, a HC who comes from an offensive background usually takes an offensive player in the 1st round. Josh McDaniels is an offensive coach, and he is going to enticed by offensive players. I like the idea of Malcolm Jenkins here. However, they have all but rebuilt their D-Line and Secondary, and if they take Maualaga or Everette Brown at 12 to help their LB situation, they could afford an Offensive player here. They have some nice weapons, but there is trouble in paradise. Tony Schaffler apparently wants out.

The Players: Jenkins is a player who just keeps getting better. Here is why the Pats will draft Malcolm Jenkins, with my profile of him and other tidbits about him inside. 

The Reason: Getting Maualaga at 18 will be a godsend for this defense. However, if Malcolm Jenkins somehow falls to them, and I just can't seem to find a spot for him, he would step in and fight it out with Hill at Safety next to Dawkins, and maybe even fight it out with Goodman to start at CB. Minimally, he is a starting Nickel Corner from day one. 

Second Choice: Rey Maualaga ILB    

19.

Buccaneers

*Josh Freeman-

QB Kansas St

6-5 7/8, 250

 

QB, DT, DE, RB, LB, WR, DT, CB, DT

F.A. Signings:

Kellen Winslow TE

Derrick Ward RB

Angelo Crowell LB

Key F.A.  Loses:

Derrick Brooks LB

Cato June LB

Joey Galloway WR

Ike Hilliard WR

Warrick Dunn RB

The Team: If Freemen is still on the board the Bucc's will not pass on him. 

The team completely fell apart last season, after starting off nine and three, and I still haven't seen an explanation why? It looks to me like it was a failing at QB and the D-Line. They stopped getting a passrush in the final four games. Garnering only 4 sacks, and they allowed over 30 points a game over that stretch. Then to make life fun the run defense collapsed and gave up an average of almost 170 yards rushing per game over the final four games. So they immediately addressed the issue, by firing Head Coach and offensive  wunderkind Gruden, and hired Defensive Coordinator Raheem Morris? The man whose coaching just decimated the defense? Good luck with that Tampa. I wish I could give more insight, but with this pick is looks to me like they will be choosing between Peria Jerry and Everette Brown, or the top DT or passrusher they have on their board. On the good news side they have been dispiritingly searching for a QB to trade for and or sign, and have failed at every turn. Is that a sign of things to come?   

The Player: Freeman is still more athlete than QB. He struggle with decision making and accuracy, the two worst things a QB can struggle with. However, he has a cannon of an arm and can run like a FB. He has started 32 consecutive games, including his last 8 games as a Freshman. Has a 3/4 delivery. Trust his arm too much, and still tries to force it into spots he shouldn't. Struggled against better competition, but played on a crappy team that couldn't help him much against better players. Has all the physical tools you want in a QB, but hasn't proven he has is all mentally yet. Completed 63.3% of his pass for 3,353 yards as Sophomore, and only 58.6% of his passes for 2,945 yards as a Junior. However, he lost Jordy Nelson to last years Draft, and he was the best player he played with in college, and he throw for more TDs (18-20) and less INTs (11-8) last season. As a Junior he combined for 34 TDs, running for 14 TDs.   

The Reason:  

Second Choice: Josh Freeman QB  

20.

Lions

Peria Jerry-  

DT Mississippi

6-1 3/4, 299, 4.93,

 

*Mathew Stafford-

QB Georgia

Ownership, GM, QB, DEFENSE, CB, 

F.A. Signings:

Bryant Johnson WR

Anthony Henry CB

Eric King CB

Maurice Morris RB

Grady Jackson DT

Julian Peterson LB (5th)

Key F.A.  Loses:

Jon Kitna QB

Cory Redding DT

Leigh Bodden CB

Brain Kelly CB

Dwight Smith CB

The Team: First they a QB, and than they need everything. The have to get player who can stop the run right up the middle. 

The Player: Dominated the Senior Bowl like Sed Ellis did last seasonEvery time I watch him he dominates whoever they put in front of him. He gets off the ball low with extreme prejudice and explosion. Uses his arms well to keep blockers off his body. Has a good swim move. When he is double and triple  teamed, which is often, he can split the blockers and still harass the QB. Excellent push-pull move, which he uses to diagnose run or pass, and than shrugs aside the O-Lineman and arrives on the ball quickly. Great athlete, with amazing quickness. He can blast off the line like a rocket in heat, and is the Prototype 3-Technique D-Tackle. By the end of last season he was double and triple teamed on almost every play. Texas Tech doubled him on over 90% of the plays in Bowl game. He can be fooled by the Draw sometimes when he over-passrushes. Also has a great pull rush, and can get under the OG pads and drive him back into the QB. Excellent hand fighter who rarely allows O-Linemen to get their big mitts on him. Great Stunter, who knows how to push the O-Lineman back and allow teammate a free lane to the QB. Great at play off initial impact and scooting around the OG. Great hand fighter. Has great hand placement. Uses a vicious punch to stun O-Lineman, and then uses his great quickness to take every advantage of the slight separation. Great power. Can sometimes look like he can disengage any O-Lineman at will. Better passrusher as a Senior. He is a 3-Technique Under Tackle who is ready to start in the NFL.      

The Reason: Lions need not only Linebackers, but size at the linebacker position. I don't think that's a mystery. They have the lightest defense in the league, and Cushing will certainly help with that. Top rated player at top need position. They could easily draft 2 or 3 D-Lineman with their top three picks. The top Under-Tackles are dropping in the draft, Peria Jerry (who is fighting Maualaga as the most underrated defender in the Draft), Sen'Derrick Marks, and Ziggy Hood, all look like they may be doomed to the 2nd Round. Peria Jerry really fits their Defense, and he was the best Under-Tackle I saw play this year. Plus, he not be the biggest D-Tackle in this Draft, but he is good against the run, and Detroit need run stuffers first and foremost. 

Second Choice: Rey Maualaga MLB 

21.

Eagles

*Knowshon Moreno- RB Georgia

5-10, 205, 4.55 

OLT, TE, RB, DB, DB, WR, S, OT, TE, DB, LB, DL

F.A. Signings :

Stacy Andrews ORT

Sean Jones S

Rashard Baker S

Key F.A.  Loses:

Tra Thomas OLT

Greg Lewis WR

Jerry Porter WR

Correll Buckhalter RB

L.J. Smith TE

Lito Sheppard CB

Drayton Florence CB

Brain Dawkins S

Sean Considine S

Paul Spicer DE 

The Team: Wow! What a great trade. I have been saying for 3 years that Jason Peters is the best player in the NFL that nobody has heard of. He is a great OLT, and he is still in his twenties. Four years ago the Bills threw a 2nd year 270 pound Tight End in at ORT, because of a rash of injuries left them with one O-Tackle on the roster. Since then, with amazing effort and persistence he has worked his into one of the top three OLT in the NFL. This is a blue collar story that should have been celebrated for decades in Buffalo, instead they turned this wonder story into a mockery of mismanagement and a parable of what not to do. You do not give 6.5 million to the biggest jackass in the league, and persecute the player who should exemplify what hard work and perseverance in the NFL should mean. Philly fans you just robbed the Bills of the best player on their roster for the 27th pick in the Draft, you should first arrest Andy Reid for Burglary, and then build a statue of him in front of your stadium.       

This teams needs some playmakers on Offense, and some help for the aging O-Line.     

The Player: Speed guy. Has amazing instincts. Reminds me of Cadillac Williams, only doesn't have the injury history. Super quick shimmy-shimmy shake feet. Has the power to run between the Tackles, but what makes him special is the flash and dash when he is flushed to the outside, or has a set run and gets to the corner. Good receiver, he is such a good athlete that he makes everything look smooth and easy. He can chip on the D-End and still get out in the flat and make the catch. Good pass blocker, I like who he continues to hit and fight after initial contact. He is very effective going low on the blitzer's legs, but sometimes ducks his head which will hurt him more in the NFL. He needs to keep his head up consistently in pass protection.   

The Reason: Is this the year they finally give McNabb some serious offensive weapons.    

Second Choice: William Beatty OLT  

The Team: This teams needs some playmakers on Offense. Getting a RB to help take some of the pressure off of Westbrook has to be a priority. However, they may have to take a O-Tackle prospect.   

Second Choice: Brain Robiskie WR 

22.

Vikings

*Percy Harvin

RB/WR/PR Florida 

5-11, 200, 4.41, 

20 Reps 

OT, QB, S, WR, TE,  DB, DT, OL, WR

Key F.A. Signings:

Sage Rosenfels

Karl Paymah CB

Key Loses:

Maurice Hicks RB

Matt Birk OC

Darren Sharper S

The Team: If you can't get a good QB, you better have a lot of options around your average QB. Word out of Minnesota is that they love Harvin and will not pass on him. Personally I wouldn't have believed is the GM hadn't been chasing Sage for over 2 years.

The Vikings have a lot of needs on offense, but really does it matter? They also have a few select needs on defense. Both of their starting Corners will be Free Agents after next season. Plus, Antoine Winfield is really getting up their in age, and this season will be his 11th. And  Nickel Corner Marcus McCauley seems to get worse every year. 

Sage Rosenfels?!? What a joke. Is this the same Sage Rosenfels who has thrown 22 INTs as a part time player in the past two seasons? A QB, A QB, my kingdom for a QB! If they had a good QB they would have won their first Play Off game, and who knows where they'd be. In that game, the running game was dominate, the defense was dominate, and the QB stunk and lost them that game. If this team doesn't offer this pick for Matt Cassel, than the fans should riot. They cannot continue with Tavris Jackson as their QB, I wrote about it on my February 28th Blog and my Feb 21st Blog

The Player: I was gonna go to the Combine, but then I got high. I was gonna be a 1st Round pick, but than I got high. I was gonna make myself some millions, but than I got high.  

Percy Harvin is a locker room liability. He was a maniac in high school. He got in fights on the field, was thrown out of game for attacking a referee. Plus, he played basketball for his high school and cause such a giant riot/brawl in a game his senior year that the referee ended the game with time still remaining on the clock for fear of the life and limbs of the players. His mother then forbid him from playing basketball because she feared for his life, which was irrelevant, because “(he) was (then) barred from athletic competition by the Virginia High School League.” How much of a maniac do you have to be, to be disavowed from competing in the entire State of Virginia ? The goods news is that the incident did wake him up a little. He did act like a maniac on the field at Florida, but his mentla illness did show in the locker room, and reporters who covered the tema called it "Percy-land", because if his odd behavior in the locker room.  Plus, he is a Wr prospect, who really didn’t played WR in college, and can’t play RB in the NFL. Plus, he not a smart player. In fact, testing positive for weed at the Combine is one of the top signs of  a stupid player there is. He is the new Webster Dictionary definition for a buyer-beware player.  

Harvin is more RB than WR. He plays the WR position like a converted RB. My problem with his is that he plays more like Reggie Bush, than Derrick Mason (or name your WR). He is a good slot receiver, but the further outside he lines up the less comfortable he looks. He cannot play RB in the NFL, but he makes most of his big plays when lined up at RB more than at WR. I think he is going to have a hard time finding a position in the NFL, or rather he has to play WR, and I don't see those skills in him yet. He is one those players who has relied on their extraordinary athletic abilities and has not had to cultivate the skills of a position. He can no longer simply rely on his great speed and quickness, because in the NFL Physical freak are on every team. However, he has that explosive speed that makes D-Coordinators sweat, and can make big plays all over the field, and his Special Team skills are unquestioned. Likes to shimmy-shimmy-shakes before he makes his break on pass patterns. Has amazing quickness out of his cuts, and gains separation with his machinegun feet like a divorce lawyer. Explosive, and is at his best when he running after the catch. Tough, and plays with great heart. Played injured all season and still found ways to contribute.   

The Reason: They really need to load up on offensive play makers if they expect to win with their QBs.   

Second choice: Eben Britton OL   

23.

Patriots

Rey Maualaga- 

ILB USC

6-3, 248, 4.7, 

31 Reps,

 

ILB, ORT, S, OLB, NT, TE, RB, DE,

Key F.A. Signings:

Tully Banta-Cain OLB

Shawn Springs CB

Leigh Bodden CB

Fred Taylor RB

Chris Baker TE

Joey Galloway WR

Greg Lewis WR (5th)

Brad Listorti TE

Al Johnson OC/OG

Nathan Hodel LS

Key F.A.  Loses:

Matt Cassel QB

LaMont Jordan RB

Heath Evans FB

C.J. Jones WR

Darrell Robertson LB

Mike Vrabel LB

Lonnie Paxton LS

The Team: Sorry Pats fans, I did the cardinal sin, I tried to find a way for the player I think the Pats would help the Pats the most next season fall to them. In truth, I can't see the broncos passing on Maualaga at 18, and if they do Detroit can't pass on him at 20. However, stranger things have happened, and if his still on the board at 16-20, it won't cost much to move up and grab him. The Pats traded with the Chargers in last years Draft, and they might take a 3rd to switch places, and then they could still take Davis here. I still believe there is more of a chance of the Pats take Barwin or English here. But there is a lot of talk of the Pats trading up. If Tyson Jackson or André Smith are still on the board at 9 or 10 you could see the Pats trade for one of them. Otherwise you could also see the Pats trade up to 14, 16, 19, 19, or 20 and take Maualaga. With trade up with New Orleans, San Diego, and Tampa the most likely. They traded with NO and SD in last years Draft. However, I think NO is happy to stay put and take Beanie Wells, and they might want a 2nd to go that far. SD doesn't have a pure need, except maybe ORT, and trading down to 23 would give them an extra 3rd and allow them to take Eben Britton or Vernon Davis here. As for Tampa, if Freemen is still on the board at 19 he will still be on the board at 23. It's always a risk to trade down when the player you need the most is still on the board, but is there anyway  Detroit, Philly, or Minny take a QB? No. Of course, Denver would have to pass on Maualaga at 18, and I really just don't see that happening. However, I believe the player that will help the Patriots on the field the most next season is Rey Maualaga. Putting him in the middle next to Mayo would be a dynamic duo that would go down in the annals of Patriots history. rey is the most physical Inside Linebacker I have seen some out since, hell since Ray Lewis. He sometimes plays out of control, but when he is out of control he is charging forward and smashing in O-Linemen and knocking them down. He hurts offensive players. Draftnics have been saying he is not a three down LB. First, I disagree with that, and second, who cares. Jerod Mayo will be the Linebacker on the field on 3rd down and in passing situation, and if it's 3rd and short you are not going to take Maualaga out to put in a Nickel Back! I dare you to disagree with that statement;-) Plus, the most difficult aspect of this pick is that rumors are coming out that Jason Taylor will sign with the Pats, which mean they already have a hush-hush secret verbal deal worked out. If that is true they will not take Barwin or English. I the more I think about them trying to trade up into the top ten tells me that Jason Taylor is on the way to this team. I just don't think Taylor wants to sign until July or August and take the 10+ year veteran break from training camp. If they don't take Barwin or English or another OLB/Passrusher early, then they have a deal worked out with Taylor.          

Greetings Patsfans, I just Blogged the reason why I think the Pats have a 50-50 chance of trading up in this Draft to acquire Rey "My main man" Maualaga, in my April 4th Blog. I also have explained the reasons I think the Pats are looking at 6 players who I think one or more will drop to them: Rey Maualaga, Why I think the Pats will draft Brandon Pettigrew, Everette Brown, Pats will draft Malcolm Jenkins, James Laurinaitis, and  Why I think the Pats will draft Eben Britton.                

The Player: Rey Maualaga is the least athletic and worst of the three USC LB, working out in shorts. However, put the pads on and put them on the field and he is the best. This is the number one Player in the Draft who can come in and start for the Pats next season. Here is my profile of Rey

The Reason:  

Second Choice: Conner Barwin OLB 

Third Choice: Larry English OLB     

For more Info on Pats, check out my: Patriots Draft Blog.

Forth Choice: James Laurinaitis ILB  

24.

Falcons

Clay Mathews-

LB/PassR USC 

6-3, 250, 4.57,

23 Reps

DT, LB, CB, LB, OT, S, WR, DB, DE

F.A. Signings

Brett Romberg OC

Key F.A.  Loses:

Grady Jackson DT

Michael Boley LB

Keith Brookings LB

Domonique Foxworth CB 

The Team: The trade for Tony Gonzalez frees the Falcons up from any consideration for a TE, and allows them to focus on their defense. I think this was a good trade for both teams. 

The Falcons have to do a lot of work at the Linebacker position. The loss of Boley and Brookings leaves two big holes. Both players didn't really fit in the new system. They both struggled last season and needed to be replaced in different situations. Smith likes big powerful Linebackers, like Belichick. If there is no top D-Tackle on the board, look for them to one of the USC Linebackers if they are still on the board. When looking at the Falcons, you have to think they will be addressing their defense early and often. They have to acquire a D-Tackle or two, and they have to acquire a LB or two. Plus, getting a CB and a Safety wouldn't hurt.     

The Player: Clay Mathews is a tough player to evaluate. He looked great at the Senior Bowl. He dropped back into coverage like he had been doing it his whole life. He took to coaching well, and was able to change what he was doing on the field. He looked great in the drills. He showed he could play at his ever increasing weight, and he proved he could not only hold the weight, but looked more and more athletic the bigger he got. He is a great hand fighter, and really showed he has learned all the tricks for his dad. He plays all-out all the time. However, he has done virtually nothing statistically at 'SC. He has a great story, showing up at USC in 2004 as 166 pound non-scholarship athlete. Whether he was on the team or not, I don't know? Do you really need to Redshirt a walk-on? But, I do know he wouldn't have been there if not for his dad. However, you have to give him max credit for working his ass off. He has gained almost 100 pounds of muscle in the past 5 years. He worked his way onto the field, and in 2005 and 2006 he garnered 0 starts, 23 TKL, 1.5 TFL, and 1 Sack. But he showed a work ethic and all-out hustle that coaches crave in their players. in 2007 seven he managed 2 starts, and garnered 17 TKL, 3 TFL, and 0 Sacks. But he found a role as the Elephant pass rusher, and Right OLB in USC's hybrid 3-4. That's 4 years at 'SC and 1 Sack. He started all 10 games last season. Displaying a vast untapped potential as a speed rusher. However, the production still wasn't present. He flew all over the field, a gold and maroon blur, but garnered only 56 TKL, 9 TFL, and 5.5 Sacks. Not bad, but not what you are looking for in your Right Outside Passrusher. So when you are discussing Mathews you have to talk in terms of potential. However, you also have to use terms like work ethic, playing speed, hustle, relentless, energy player, bloodlines, and versatility. He is a great athlete, but he is still learning how to play. So where do you draft him? On what he did at USC not very high. But hen he goes to Senior Bowl and is as impressive as Maualaga and Cushing. So you raise him, then he goes to the Combine, and he tested out as the second most athletic LB at the Combine, behind Curry. And you think, he sure looks like a 1st Round pick to me, but were was the production in college. Okay, so Mathews is a late bloomer, who is still learning the game, but he is a top athlete who played at the top football school in college. So you have to decide, did he get lost in the shuffle at 'SC, or does he lack what it takes upstairs.   

Got lost in the greatness in the greatness of the Linebackers at USC. He had to mostly play the Elephant at USC, a rush D-End. Where he locked up against bigger O-Tackles game in and game out, and he never back down and never surrendered. Not only that, but he flash amazing pass rushing skills and moves. As I was watching the other talents at USC, all of sudden he would flash across the screen and kill the QB. Showed he had the skills to be a Linebacker at the Senior Bowl, and then showed he was one of the most athletic Linebackers at the Combine. I can tell you one thing for sure, PAC 10 O-Tackles did not enjoy facing this guy.

The Reason: I think they would like a D-Tackle here. However, with the loss of two of their start Linebackers, grabbing a LB is just as important. Mathews is a guy who fit Smith system, and he has everything you want in a LB, except production. Mathews is a tough guy to figure out, but if you could compare him to any one in the NFL  I would say he reminds me of Karlos Dansby. Mathews had a great Senior Bowl, Combine, and Proday. It is not a big surprise that he tested as the best and smoothest athlete at LB at USC's Proday. He is the worst football player of the 3 USC Linebackers, but he is the best pure athlete. So the question with him is how much of a football player he is, and how much of just an athlete he is? In the end Brown is just too good to pass up. If all of the USC Linebackers are gone, I see them taking a CB.    

Second Choice: Darius Butler CB

25.

Miami

Darius Butler

CB Connecticut 

5-10, 184, 4.38

CB, WR,  NT, ILB, TE, DB, WR, RB, OL, CB, S

F.A. Signings:

Jake Grove OC

Gibril Wilson S

Eric Green CB

Key F.A.  Loses:

Samson Satele OC

Al Johnson OC/OG

Vonnie Holiday DE

Renaldo Hill DB

Andre' Goodman DB

The Team: The Miami secondary has taken a couple of big hits. Losing their best CB and their starting FS. 

I'm thinking defense or WR. Parcells really got lucky when he got Pennington. However, as great as he can be in the Regular season, he chokes in the play offs. It will be interesting to see where they go from here. Can Beck or Henne step up. I really liked their Draft last year, and I'm not talking about Long or Henne. I had both Merling and Langford pegged as 3-4 D-Ends, and seeing Parcells agreed with me was a good day for a Draftnic. 

The Player: Butler is a terrific cover Corner. Has great feet. Transitions out of backpedal better than any CB in this Draft. Looks smooth and natural in backpedal. Can plant his foot and explode in any direction. He has the snap in hips his that make defensive coaches drool. Butler has terrific ball skills and played WR for a few downs every game last season. Has great experience and started 42 games as a four year starter at Connecticut. He has great intangibles and was voted Team Captain twice. Has the best combination of hips, feet, and speed in the Draft. Stepped up and ran 4.38 at his Proday, which caused him to hop over Alphonso Smith, Vontae Davis, and DJ Moore.  

The Reason: With this coach and GM they have to be thinking defense. And I can't see them getting by another season with their Corners. However, if DHB falls to they, can they really pass on him?

Second Choice: Percy Harvin WR

26.

Ravens

Brandon Pettigrew-

TE Oklahoma ST

 6-5 3/8, 256, 4.83, 

22 Reps, 33", 9'10"

WR, CB, OC, DB, LB, DT, DE, WR, DB

Key F.A. Signings:

L.J. Smith TE

Matt Birk OC

Chris Carr CB

Domonique Foxworth CB 

Key F.A.  Loses:

Jason Brown OC 

Marques Douglas DE

Bart Scott LB

Chris McAllister CB

Samari Rolle CB

Corey Ivy CB

Jim Leonhard S

The Team: The Ravens will try to sign their LBs. All three LBs are FA. They have Tagged Suggs They may have to a LB. Otherwise look for them to take a player to help their young QB. The great Ozzy Newsom likes to take players who fall. It looks like Todd Heap may have reached the end, and Pettigrew could take care of the blocking chores while Heap plays more on passing downs, with Smith a good blend of both.    

The Player: Pettigrew is an old school type TE. Brandon Pettigrew Profile

The Reason: TE is not a top need right now, but in a year or two Pettigrew will be the starter, and it could add some time to Heaps tired legs. Besides, who likes old school Tight Ends more then the great Ozzy Newsome;-)  

Second Choice: DH-B WR

27.

Colts

Ziggy Hood

DT Missouri

6-3, 298, 

4.9, 37 Reps, 

DT, WR, DT, OT, CB, DT, DE, WR, DB

Key F.A. Signings:

Adam Seward LB 

Key F.A.  Loses:

Jeff Saturday OC

Daerrell Reid ST/DT

The Team: The Colts could go just about anyway, but keeping Manning happy might trump the defense. However, they really need not one but two D-Tackles in this Draft.

The Player: Hood is a physical inside Thumper. He is also a better athlete than given credit for. Has good initial quickness, and a nice burst that can fool O-Lineman. Has the strength to play NT in a 3-4. He loves the Spin move, it is his signature move. He uses his elbows like hammers when his spinning around. Can spin both inside and outside. He is overly reliant on this move, but it is so unexpected and effective for a player with his size and strength that you can't blame him. Has some shake and bake in his passrush. Good hand placement. Showed he has very good quickness and a nice burst at the Senior Bowl. Smart and very aware player. Likes to peek at the QB. Shows a lot of aptitude to be a read and react D-Lineman. Might be able to move out to a 5-technique D-End, though I have been scouting him as a NT. Plays a lot of One-Gap, and will hold a lot of value for 3-4 teams looking for a 3-Techque Under-Tackle. Has a lot of versatility, maybe it's just me. The more I watch him the more I like him. When he plays with good lean and extends his arms he is a monster Interior-Lineman. has good lateral quickness once he is past the O-Lineman and can adjust to the QB or RB, when he is staying and playing low. He is exceedingly strong in the upper body, and when he gets under an O-Lineman he cannot be blocked high.     Brace in a pure bull in a china shop D-Tackle, who make a lot of money if he could add even a hint of finesse. Right now it's hard to see him as more than a 2 down Nose Tackle. Has enough quickness to fool an O-Lineman. If he could just add a move or two to his arsenal of push-pull and a bullrush. However his game is power, and that is why he will be drafted early. He can extend his arms and push any O-Linemen into the backfield with enough consistency to make him dangerous. Good hand placement. 

The Reason: Harrison may have reached the end of the road, and that road may lead to prison. Robiskie works out with Anthony Gonzalez. However, Robiskie is falling down the charts and Hakeem Nicks has bloated up to 226 pound, adding 10 or so pounds of banquet to his belly. He has scared off a lot of teams and may have eaten himself out of the 1st Round. The Colts lost two D-Tackles last season, and I think they have zeroed in on Hood.

Second Choice: Brian Robiskie WR

28.

Bills

*Eben Britton-

OLT Arizona

6-6, 309, 5.16

24 Reps

 

*Aaron Maybin-

OLB/DE Penn ST

TE, DE, OC, OL, RB, TE, LB, OL, CB

F.A. Signings:

Geoff Hangartner OG

Ryan Fitzpatrick QB

Terrell Owen WR

Drayton Florence CB

Key F.A.  Loses:

Robert Royal TE

Derrick Dockery OG

Duke Preston OC

Melvin Fowler OG

Jabari Greer CB

The Team: Well, Bill's fans it's official the Bill's great and wonderful Mismanagement, oops, I mean Management, yeah management, have decided to try and play the 2009 NFL season without an Offensive Line, yeah! Terrell Owens is so awesome that they have decided not to bother playing with an O-Line and save millions of dollars;-) They now have released or traded 4 of their 5 starting O-Linemen from last season, Yeah! More good news for Pat's fans. Buffalo just traded their best offensive player and the best OLT in the AFC East for the 27th pick in the Draft. Can you say stupid. You do not trade a Pro Bowl Offensive Left Tackle who is still in his twenties, period. Good news however for Bill's fans, the Bill's Mismanagement believe that ORT Langston Walker is going to step over to Left Tackle and play as well as Peters. I hope they are right Bill's fans. However, they are the same Mismanagement that decided they don't need four of their starting five O-Linemen, can so can you really trust anything they say?    

The Player: Here is the reason I think the Bills will Draft Britton, with my profile inside. 

The Reason: They will need to replace both their starting O-Tackles. They intend to replace Peters with Walker, so they will need a replacement for ORT Walker. However, getting a T-End who can help in the passing game and running game is a priority for this team.

Second Choice: William Beatty OLT       

29.

Giants

*Derrius Heyward-Bey

WR Maryland

6-1 5/8, 210, 4.3, 38.5", 10'6"

WR, LB, WR, RB, CB, LB, TE

Key F.A. Signings:

Michael Boley LB

Rocky Bernard DL

Chris Canty DL

Key F.A.  Loses:

Derrick Ward RB

Plaxico Burress WR

The Team: Word out of NY is that are trying to trade up for DH-B.

Jerry Reese is just the type of GM who has the security to draft guys everyone wants on their team because of toughness and size, but might be lacking in speed. Brandon Pettigrew is the player everybody wants on their team, but no one wants to draft because of his slow forty at the Combine. Everette Brown is the player everybody wants on their D-Line, but no one wants to draft, because of his inconsistent play and the two inches in height he lost at the Combine. Aaron Maybin is the speedy passrusher everybody wants rushing QBs on their defense, but no one wants to draft, because he ran a 4.8 and looked like a different person at the Combine. Then of course their is Michael Johnson who no one wants to see playing on their defense, but everyone wants to draft, because of his amazing measurables and physical gifts he put on display at the Combine. 

The Player: Like I have been saying all along he is fast. He ran the fastest official time of any WR at the Combine, 4.30. He should be the third WR taken behind Crabtree and Maclin, and could be the second. He could go as high as 7 the the Raiders. However, I think that is slim chance. 

Heyward-Bey is a triangle numbers guy. His size, speed, and weight is unmatched in this Draft. He is a track guy, who is still learning to play football.  He is a speed receiver and plays like a speed receiver. Though he is tall, he does not play like a big receiver. He is NOT Michael Irvin He reminds me of DeSean Jackson, who the Eagles took in last years Draft. When he was on the field the California offense just played better, just like when Heyward-Bey was on the field at Maryland. He doesn't always dominate the game, but the defense has to do so many adjustments to account for his speed, that it opens up so much of the field for his teammates. The Offense just looks smoother and runs better when he is on the field. His game is speed. He has inconsistent hands. He doesn't do as well in traffic. he doesn't look natural when he has to jump up and grab the ball. That is when he has most of his drops, when there is a DB on his body, or he has to jump for the ball. He is a much smoother catcher when he is all alone, because he is still more a track guy than a WR.. What makes him special is that when the ball is in his hands he plays to his 4.3 speed. 

The Reason: My highest rated player still on the board at a need position. Kevin Boss is a nice player, but I think they need a better compliment than Michael Mathews. Plus he is just too much value to pass on.   

Second Choice: LeSean McCoy RB

 30.

Titans

*Kenny Britt

WR Rutgers

6-2 7/8, 218, 4.43

WR, DE, S, CB, DL, WR, OL, DL

F.A. Signings:

Patrick Ramsey QB

Nate Washington WR

DeMarcus Faggins CB

Key F.A.  Loses:

Albert Haynesworth DT

Brandon Jones WR

The Team: Titans have a huge hole at WR.  

The Player: Britt is a tall well built receiver who has had two season of excellent production. In the past two seasons he has garnered 2,603 yards and 15 TDs, on 149 reception. That is terrific production. He also has a prima-donna reputation, but once he ran a 4.43 at his Proday, I had to put him in the 1st round. He has struggled with concentration, and will drop the ball sometimes. He played with a bad QB, and showed he can play DB and knock the ball down when the ball is thrown to the CB rather than him. Has amazingly quick feet for player his size. Has some shake and bake in him, and like to shake and bake before he breaks to the inside or outside. Tall, and looks big on the field, but he still makes good quick cuts when he is concentrating on his route running. He is a better route runner than given credit for. Plays fast, especially when the ball is in his hands. Can run the reverse and get to the far sideline with great speed. Clutch player who comes through at the end of games and plays well in Bowl, had. He garnered 119 yards on 6 receptions in Rutgers Bowl Game, and was paramount in Rutgers second half comeback (down 11 in the 3rd), and he scored the winning TD with 8:30 to go in the game. Really came through in the second half of last season, where he seemed to put his mental lapses behind him, and became the best player on Rutgers team. He carried the offense, after the team started off 1 and 5, and led them to an 8 and 5 record. His only question is did he finally put it all together, or was his play over the last 7 games a contract run once he decided he was going pro? I try to give these kids the benefit of the doubt and say he finally matured enough to stop being a prima-donna, and maximized his wonderful physical talent.   

The Reason: Titans could have won in the Play Offs if they just had one more play maker.  

Second Choice: Brain Robiskie WR

31.

Cardinals

*Everette Brown- 

DE/OLB

Florida ST

6-1 7/8, 250, 

4.7, 26 Reps

 

RB, OLB, NT, CB, DE, OL, S, LB, OL, DL, DB

F.A. Trades:

Anthony Becht TE

Elton Brown OL

Mike Peterson LB

Bryant McFadden CB

Key F.A.  Loses:

Antonio Smith DE

Matt Stewart LB

Nathan Hodel LS

The Team: Which team are we looking at, the regular season team or the play off team. The more I look at this team the more I think RB. However. I think they really need an OLB. I don't think LaBoy and Haggins really don't fit a 3-4, and Okeafor and Bertrand Berry are on the wrong side of 30, and I don't really Berry as a OLB as well. If Mathews somehow slips down this far, this could be a good spot for him. He can learn behind Okeafor and Dansby. Of the three USC LBs, he clearly needs the most seasoning. He has the high bust rate, but he is also a much better athlete than Maualaga and Cushing, and I think he has a higher ceiling than both, but he will need a lot of experience to reach their level. Plus, with the depth at RB in this Draft, RB's will be dropping further than they should, and when they pick in the 2nd Round round, Donald Brown will be gone, but Shonn Green or LeSean McCoy might still be on the board, but certainly Andre Brown and Rashard Jennings will be available when they pick in the 2nd. 

The Player: Brown is a football player with exceptional character. His lack of height might hurt him. However, his smart, maturity, and exceptional character should off set his height. Here is my profile of Everette Brown.   

The Reason: The Cards could really use a RB and an OLB. Brown seems to be really be dropping because of his size, inconsistency on the field, and his lack of stoutness against the run. But is one of the top two or three pure passrushers in this Draft.

Second Choice: Donald Brown RB   

32.

Steelers

Ron Brace-

NT/DT BC

6-3, 329, 5.50, 

32 Reps, 28" 

 CB, WR, OL, DB, NT, DL

Key F.A. Signings:

 

Key F.A.  Loses:

Nate Washington WR

Kendal Simmons OG

Marvel Smith ORT

Anthony Smith S 

Bryant McFadden CB

The Team: Steelers have a great defense, but I still don't like their CB. However, it appears all 5 of their starting O-Linemen are Free Agents, Yikes! For more on the Steelers needs just check out my March 2nd Blog. They have done a remarkable job retaining all their O-lineman except Simmons. If they don't take a Corner here they will be looking at young depth to develop at NT or WR.    

The Player: Brace in a pure bull in a china shop D-Tackle, who make a lot of money if he could add even a hint of finesse. Right now it's hard to see him as more than a 2 down Nose Tackle. Has enough quickness to fool an O-Lineman. If he could just add a move or two to his arsenal of push-pull and a bullrush. However his game is power, and that is why he will be drafted early. He can extend his arms and push any O-Linemen into the backfield with enough consistency to make him dangerous. Good hand placement. 

The Reason: Okay, everybody and their bother has OC Eric Woods going here. However, there are 5 Centers protects in this Draft who can start next season. And while Woods fits the Steelers system the best, he is not the only one. I think he will still be available when the Steelers pick at 64.  Plus, after Brace the NT prospects really take a dive. If they don't take Brace here they are looking at Terrence Taylor in the 3rd round.      

Second Choice: Eric Woods OC 

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