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Well, so little known and so much to say. It must be draft time. 

The Perfect Draft for the Pats would be: in the First- Aaron Curry OLB from Wake Forest; with their first Second CB Alphonso Smith from Wake forest, and with their second Second SS Chip Vaughn, from, Wake Forest;-)

And this is a good year to need DBs and OLB/DE/Passrushers. The first three round will be loaded up with CBs, Safeties, and D-Ends converting to OLB. So it should be a good year for the Pat's Defense.



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Key Needs:

Team Moves:



Mathew Stafford-

QB Georgia

6-4 225

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

F.A. Signings:


Key F.A.  Loses:

The Team: Once more into the breach dear friends. They are a team in transition, again. It seems like it's been a decade since they've had any stability. The problem is with a team this historically horrible, players and coaches are virtually meaningless. You have to look at the utter and complete failures of Ownership and Upper Management. They cannot continue with their current Ownership situation, and they cannot continue with their current Upper Management situation. This franchise can only be compared to the completely demoralized Atlanta Falcons of last year. They need more then draft picks, they need a massive infusion of football smarts, consistency, and intelligence. They need a complete restructuring of the franchise. Only Blank, who I criticized relentlessly, went outside the organization, and let's be honest, got lucky and hired Dimitroff, who got lucky when Matt Ryan fell to him. So what does the incompetent Owner Ford do, he hires from within. Hiring Tom Lewand a as team president, and Martin Mayhew as GM is a double-dose of disaster. Okay with that being said, they need a QB first of foremost. Only, they gave 517 points last season, second worst in the history of the NFL. 533 points allowed is the record for ineptitude, and they almost made it. They cannot continue with their current QB situation, and they cannot continue with their current Defensive situation. So, I guess, Lion fans should just close their eyes and charge into futility for the ten straight year.  

The Player: Stafford is a difficult Player to evaluate. He can look so good on one player, and make beautiful touch passes 50 yards down field between the Safety and Corner, and throw the ball ten feet over the WR head on the next. So is he just an inconsistent player who will never learn. On the one hand you have to say yes, he has to take responsibility for his inconsistency. But on the other hand He played behind a kindergarten Offensive Line full of Freshman and Sophomores. So a lot of his inconsistency has to be blamed on the massively inconsistent O-Line, and having a young inconsistent O-Line in the SEC can crush a QB's Psyche quite quickly. Stafford showed a lot of resilience playing behind that line. In fact, he reminds me of Jay Cutler, who played behind a terrible O-Line his Senior season and got the crap beat out of him. And like Stafford: he can throw with great velocity, he can place the ball with a touch and accuracy that few QBs can find, and was seen as inconsistent because he played behind a bad O-Line in the SEC. So in the enc he is pure thrower, who needs to play a little smarter, and will need some good coaching on the next level.    

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

Second Choice: Andre Smith OT 



Andre Smith- OT 


6-5, 330


Key F.A. Signings:


Key F.A.  Loses:

Isaac Bruce WR

The Team: The Rams need more than anything a serious steroid injection of charma. Otherwise, what don't they need? 

The Player: Monster run blocker. In the second half against Mississippi ST, he had one of the most dominate performances I've ever seen from a college players. He just destroyed everyone they put in front of him. Alabama ran behind him and beat that defense mercilessly, and ran the clock out. I like him more as an OG than an OT. I don't like the way he move backwards. He has a very short set, an OG set, and in pass protection he usually sets the same depth as the OG. The further backwards he moves the less natural he looks. However, when he gets his big mitts on the defender he is done. He can just catch passrushers and envelope them, something that is not as easy on next level. He is at his best when he is moving forward. Dominate run blocker. Can get low and drive his man to the ground. Can turn and shade defender when the ball is run to the other side. 

The Reason: It's time to find a replacement for Pace. This could be the perfect situation for Smith, who I believe would fare better as an O-Guard for a season or two before you put him out there on the edge. Playing next to Pace for a year or two would do wonders for his career. 

Second Choice: Michael Crabtree WR



Mark Sanchez -


6-4 225

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

Key F.A. Signings:


Key F.A.  Loses:

Ty Law CB

The Team: The Chiefs have some interesting young QBs. Thigpen actually did a credible job, leading his team to over 20 points a game. He is still very young, and if he can learn to not turn the ball over, he could be a decent starter. I have always liked Brodie Croyle, but he can't stay healthy and it maybe time to let him go. A Wr would not hurt here either. However, the Chiefs defense is a last placed defense, and was officially ranked last for most of the season. I don't know they have legit starting CB on the roster, their safeties are not much better, and I am not a big fan of their Linebackers. However, as far as I can tell they have only one D-End, Tamba Hali, on the whole roster.     

The Player: I don't see a big difference between Sanchez and Stafford. 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.      

The Reason: Pioli will start building this team on the lines and on Defense, but a bright young QB wouldn't hurt either.

Second Choice: Aaron Curry LB 



Michael Crabtree- 

WR Texas Tech   

6-3, 220


Key F.A. Signings:


Key F.A.  Loses:


The Team: If Crabtree is on the board the Seahawks cannot pass on him. 

The Player: The best player in the draft. Reminds me of Larry Fitzgerald. Smart player who understands the game. Super athletic WR who has amazing lateral quickness. Knows how to run patterns and set up CBs. Has great hands. Is big, tall, and has big hands. Greta blocker. The part of his game I like the most is that he will really sell out to block for a teammate. 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. 

The Reason: the best player in the draft. However, the question is can they give a third WR another 40 million dollar contract.

First Choice: DT



Aaron Curry- 

LB Wake Forest

6-2, 242  


F.A. Signings:


Key F.A.  Loses:



The Team: Another team that needs some good charma more than anything else. Plus, believe it or not, they may actually have worse start Corners than the Pats. Ouch! 

The Player: Great Junior season as 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, stand up and make you say "Wow!" type hitter.

The Reason: Cleveland needs to replace Willie McGinest. However, they have to be looking hard at Jenkins and Vontae Davis. Jenkins is a little more ready, but Davis is a super freak who will explode at the Combine.  

Second Choice:  Malcolm Jenkins CB



*Brian Orakpo- 

DE Texas

6-4, 255

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

Key F.A. Signings: 


Key F.A.  Loses:

The Team: This team has to be drooling over the big O-Lineman in this years draft. The question is was Oher impressive enough at Senior Bowl for Marvin Lewis. 

The Player: Great passrusher. Reminds me of Justin Tuck.  

The Reason: The reason is simple they need defense, again.

Second Choice:  LB



Michael Oher- OT 


6-6, 333


F.A. Signings:


Key F.A.  Loses:



The Team: Who cares. They need a new owner. The game has passed the great AL Davis by, period.

The Player: 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 Russell is to stand a chance he has to have an enforcer on his left. Hey Al, climb out of your senility and give the kid a break.

Second Choice:  DE/OLB



Eugene Monroe-  

OT Virginia

6-5, 311


Key F.A. Signings:


Key F.A.  Loses:


The Team: The team has a lot if issues, and starting on the Lines never hurts.

The Player: Great pass protector, defenders just can’t get by him! However, when I watch him he appears to bend at the waist a little, which will be exploited at the next level. But, he also never seems to get beat in pass Projection, so you figure it out?

The Reason: They made their play off runs when they had two great DTs in the middle.  

Second Choice: Malcolm Jenkins CB/S 



Malcolm Jenkins-

CB Ohio ST

6-2 200


Key F.A. Signings:


Key F.A.  Loses:


The Team: Packers need help in the Secondary.   

The Player: Jenkins just keeps getting better. I thought he was much improved as a Senior. I was not been Jenkins biggest fan last season. He is tall, but didn't appear to be quick enough for me. He is a great athlete, but I always saw his as a Corner who would need to be protected in a zone. However, as a Senior, he looks like a different player to me (maybe I just watch his worst games as a Junior and his best as a Senior, I don't know). He seems fast, and much quicker. He is playing with terrific toughness and aggressiveness I never saw as a Junior. He has the size and athletic abilities to be a great pro Corner, the question for me has always been does he have the smarts and the heart. I have always been a bit disappointed in these regards when I watched him. Ironically, as Ohio ST season seem to be falling abart, he seems to be becoming a smarter and more physical player. Showing more intelligence and toughness than I saw from him all last season. I am now firmly planted in his corner.   

The Reason: The Packers Corners are almost as old as me.

Second Choice: Rey Maualaga ILB



*Jason Smith- 

OLT Baylor

6-4 302


F.A. Signings:


Key F.A.  Loses:


The Team: They made the transition to a new regime, now it's time for a new QB. They have to get Cassell, Sanchez, or Stafford for this franchise to reboot itself completely. Their next biggest need is at WR and Crabtree will be long gone. They are just not in a good position for their needs, although if Cleveland and Seattle pass on a QB, Sanchez could fall into their laps.

The Player: 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. 

The Reason: 49ers need to help their offense. If they can't get a QB or WR they need to strengthen their O-Line to help their QBs and WRs.  

Second Choice:  WR



*Everette Brown- 


Florida ST

6-4, 255 


F.A. Signings:


Key F.A.  Loses:


The Team: They need a TE. Word out of Buffalo is that they really want to add a D-End who can rush the passer in this draft.

The Player: Brown first and foremost, he is a Super-freak. He is a super freaky physical specimen. And he is true talent is as a speed rusher. However, though he has the athleticism to play OLB, I don't see him fitting into that role. I think he is a D-End. He is a player you want moving forward. Looks like the best athlete on the field when he is moving forward, but his natural grace and speed dissipates the further back he has to backpedal.  He can be stouter against the run than he usually shows. Although, he will sometimes abandon his run responsibilities in his zeal to get to the QB. Has garnered 36 Sacks in his career to date. He is a great athlete with great speed. When he is on, he can really disrupt the QB. Had 12.5 Sack during Junior season, going into Bowl game. Great speed around the arc, and pursues like a bankrupt bounty hunter. Has a tendency to blast-off on every snap, and ignore his gap responsibilities. However, when he chooses he can be stout against the run, and really hold his ground. Has excellent inside spin move, which he can also when the OT over sets, and when they try to run behind him. 

The Reason: The Bills don't have a lot of needs, and TE and DE seems to be their biggest needs.  

Second Choice: Brandon Pettigrew TE



Rey Maualaga- 


6-3, 256 


F.A. Signings:

Keary Colbert WR

Boss Bailey LB

Niko Koutouvides LB

Marlon McCree S

Marquand Manuel S

Key F.A.  Loses:

Javon Walker WR

The Team: One of the worst defenses in the league, and the worst over the final quarter of the season.   

The Players: The more I watch him the more I like him. Great player at USC who should be a top ten pick. Good passrusher from the inside. Smart, makes calls for 'SC at the line. Excellent in Pass Coverage for such a big guy. Drops back smoothly as he eyes the QB. has good hands and can get the INT in the middle of the field. Can adjust to tipped ball, and still make INT. Can really get to the QB fast. H may be the hardest hitting LB in the country. The best blend of size, power, and speed at LB in the Draft. Can play the spy on scrabbling QB. Was slowed by knee injury this season, but if you can watch some tape of his play in his 2007 Bowl game he liked he could do anything on the field.   

The Reason: Shanahan lost his job because of the complete collapse of the defense. They need an Inside Linebacker. 

Second Choice:  DL



Peria Jerry-  

DT Mississippi

6-3, 240, 4.57


F.A. Signings:


Key F.A.  Loses:


The Team: The Skins need Pass Rushers like geeks need glasses. 

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.   

The Reason: I just don't like their D-Line.  

Second Choice:  B.J. Raji DT



James Laurinaitis- 


6-5, 305


F.A. Signings:

Key F.A.  Loses:

The Team: The Saints top need appears to be at LB and DB. 

The Player: Showed great abilities at Ohio ST. Great cover LB. He is a hard player to judge, because he looks more natural move sideward and backwards than he does moving forward, which is the opposite of most LB I scout. Very fast and tough. A much netter athlete than given credit for. Knows how to use his hands to keep blockers off his body, although he is still more of a flash-and-dash LB who tries to run around blocks. Can slide down the line with exception quickness, and fluidly follow the RB to the outside. Excellent feet. When he is on, it can seem like his is in on every tackle. He is at his best when he can read and react and dance around blockers. Can get stalemated by O-Guards when he tries to shoot the gaps too much.    

The Reason: The Saints need the most help on their Pass Defense.. 

Second Choice: CB



Vontae Davis- 

CB Illinois  

6, 198


Key F.A. Signings:


Key F.A.  Loses:


The Team: Houston needs another Corner. 

The Player: 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: I just don't like their Corners.

Second Choice:  OT



Beanie Wells- 

RB Ohio ST

6-1, 235


Key F.A. Signings:

Derek Smith LB

Key F.A.  Loses:

Lorenzo Neal FB

Marlon McCree S

Fernando Bryant CB

Shane Olivea ORT

The Team: The Chargers really don't have a bunch of needs. If Chambers contract is up they will need a WR, I think this is the final year on his contract? I think they need another RB, especially if they can't resolve all the situations with the classless LaDainian Tomlinson. If the Chargers could pick up a young NT to back up and develop behind Jamal Williams they would be in great shape. 

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: Williams is another year older, and his knees are starting to give. He is no longer a fulltime player. However, with the departure of Turner and the problems with LT Running Back could become the top need this off season.

Second Choice: B.J Raji DT



*Jeremy Maclin-




Key F.A. Signings:


Key F.A.  Loses:


The Team: The seem to have a lot of talent on paper. It appears all they need is cohesion. 

The Player: Maclin is pure speed. 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. 

The Reason: Lack of speed at WR didn't help last season. 

Second Choice: QB



Brain Cushing-   


6-3, 243 



F.A. Signings and Trades:


Key F.A.  Loses:


The Team: Bears have to be hoping Maclin falls to them.       

The Pick: A super athlete who was overrated as a football early in his career. However, he developed into a football player a little bit each year. He had an excellent Senior season, and really looked good at the Senior Bowl.

The Reason: Rumor going around the Senior Bowl was that the Bears where looking at LB. 

Second Choice:  QB 



B.J. Raji- 


6-1.5, 325


F.A. Signings:


Key F.A.  Loses:


The Team: I still think O-Tackle is their biggest need. However, a RB or a DT wouldn't hurt either.  

The Player: Mountain of a man. Great penetrater. Dominated at BC, and followed that up with a great Senior Bowl.

The Reason: Top rated player at top need position. 

Second Choice: RB



Michael Johnson-

DE Georgia Tech

6-7 255

Ownership, GM, QB, DEFENSE, CB, 

F.A. Signings:


Key F.A.  Loses:

The Team: First they a QB, and than they need everything. 

The Player: Super freak, athletically he is a top five player. He can fly around the end and sack QB, with amazing grace and speed for a player so tall. Has very long arms which he can use to keep blocker off. Very difficult player to evaluate, because he can look so good on the field, and then look like a complete pussy who doesn't care. Could be the best player to come out of this draft, or wash out in 2 or 3 years.    

The Reason: Defense starts on D-Line.   

Second Choice: DB 



*Knowshon Moreno- RB Georgia

5-10, 205 


F.A. Signings :


Key F.A.  Loses:


The Team: This teams needs some playmakers on Offense.     

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.   

The Reason: Brain Westbrook can't last forever.   

Second Choice: OT 



Matt Cassel-  QB New England Patriots

6-5, 225 

DE, OT, QB, S, TE,  DB, OL, WR

Key F.A. Signings:


Key Loses:


The Team: 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. 

The Player: Cassel would have led this team to the NFC Championship Game. I watched Cassel transform himself from a stumbling-bumbling-preseason mess, to a Probowl caliber QB. In the second half of the season he was as good as any QB in the league. I believe he was the best QB in December where he played in the worst weather conditions a QB can play in, and still led his team to 4 victories.   

The Reason: I was shocked at how bad Jackson played in the Play Offs. So the question is does any player sitting in this spot lead this team to a Super Cassel. Viking's fan ask yourself, "Does Brandon Pettigrew lead this team to a Super Bowl?" 

First Choice: QB

Second choice: Brandon Pettigrew- TE Oklahoma ST, 6-5.2 257

Pettigrew is a classic old school TE. The more I watch him the more I like him. Big blocking TE who showed excellent hands at the Senior Bowl. He is a much better receiver than given credit. He has very good hands. He can extend for the ball and snatch it out the air. He runs short patterns very well. The problem is that he doesn't have the speed to separate with consistency, or to stretch the seam. Won't run well at Combine, will probably go lower than he should.  



Alphonso Smith- CB Wake Forest  

5-9, 190


Key F.A. Signings:


Key F.A.  Loses:


The Team: If they signed Assante..., if Brady was healthy..., if Thomas was healthy..., if Harrison was healthy..., if they signed a CB who could play...,  Oh what a season it could have been. Was their one Play Off team that scared you? I think they beat the Steelers and would have gone to the Super Bowl. Okay, enough whining. So where do we go from here? Right down to the Corner's-R-Us. Give me a DB or three and I will be happy. I think Belichick will be ecstatic if Brandon Pettigrew or Alphonso Smith falls into their lap. Pettigrew reminds me of 

The Player: Smith reminds me of Assante Samuel. Has the best hips in the draft. He can snap his hip around better than any CB in the Draft. A bit of a gambler, but can make plays on the ball better than any CB in the draft. Had 21 Ints at Wake, an ACC record. If he were an inch or two taller he would be a top five pick.    

The Reason: The reason? do I really need to explain the reason. The reason is, that they wouldn't give Assante 20 million guaranteed, which is not a lot for a top play making Corner.   

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Second Choice: D.J. Moore CB



Fili Moala- 


6-4, 303



F.A. Signings



Key F.A.  Loses:



The Team: Wow, what a season for the Falcons. I still don't like their D-Tackles. If one of the big guys falls to them they have to take him.    

The Player: Moala is a bit inconsistent, but can play with great quickness, power, and passion. He reminds me of Ty Warren, and yes, I see him more as a 3-4 D-End. Has a great Senior Bowl, and worked his way into the First Round.  

The Reason: Moala looks like the real deal, and what is better than the top rated player at your biggest need position.    

Second Choice:  OT



D.J. Moore-

CB Vanderbilt

5-11 185



F.A. Signings:



Key F.A.  Loses:


The Team: I'm thinking defense or WR.

The Player: Moore is one of the top Corners in this draft. He has excellent feet, and the smoothest backpedal of any DB in the Draft. He is one of those rare player who looks more natural and comfortable going backwards than he does going forward. He also has good size for a CB, and he is very smart. He plays with an awareness and understanding of what he is doing and where he should be that belies his age.

The Reason: With this coach and GM they have to be thinking defense.  

Second Choice: WR



Percy Harvin- 

RB/WR/PR Florida 

5-11, 183


Key F.A. Signings:


Key F.A.  Loses:


The Team: The Ravens will try to sign their LBs. All three LBs are FA. They may have to a LB. Otherwise look for them to take a player to help their young QB. 

The Player: Harvin is more RB than WR. My problem with his is that he plays more like Reggie Bush, than Derrick Mason (or name your WR). He cannot play RB in the NFL, but he plays like a RB more than a 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.  

The Reason: I like Cushing here, but in this scenario he is gone, so I went with the best option to help their young QB. 

Second Choice: LB



 *Eben Britton 

OLT Arizona 


F.A. Signings :


Key F.A.  Loses:


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

The Player: Britton is a very good athlete who has the feet to play Left Tackle in the NFL. However, I don't believe he is ready yet, and will need a year or two to develop into a legit OLT.

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

Second Choice: TE 



*Sen'Derick Marks-  

DT Auburn

6-1, 295


Key F.A. Signings:


Key F.A.  Loses:


The Team: The Colts could go just about anyway, but keeping Manning happy might trump the defense. 

The Player: Terrific football player. He was the best 3-Technique D-Tackle I saw play last season. He is undersized so he might fall further than he should.  

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, DT looks like their biggest need to me.

Second Choice: OT



*Derrius Heyward-Bey- 

WR Maryland

6-3, 190


Key F.A. Signings:


Key F.A.  Loses:

The Team: The Giants are a tough team to figure. They Draft so well and have a lot young talent on their team. 

The Player: 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, that the Offense just looks smother and runs better when he is on the field. His game is speed, and he doesn't do as well in traffic. Doesn't look natural when he has t jump up and grab the ball. 

The Reason: My highest rated player still on the board at a need position.  

Second Choice: DT



Brain Robiskie- 

WR Ohio ST 

6-3, 207 


F.A. Signings:


Key F.A.  Loses:


The Team: Titans have a huge hole at WR.  

The Player: Robiskie is a super smart WR who has been training to play the position since he was a kid. He showed at the Senior bigger and faster than I remembered him, and in the first half he seemed to be open on every pass play. It was hard to scout him last season because the QB play was so terrible. He is a far better player than his stat indicate. He is an excellent route runner, and has excellent hands. What separates him from  Heyward-Bey, Harvin, and Williams is his preparedness. He prepares like a QB. The more I watch him the more I like him. Physically, he doesn't have the speed of the three speedsters, but his is big, has long arms, and plays to his size. He has a smooth burst off the line, and gets into and out of his cuts with precision, and always seems to be under control. He can stretch out with his long arms and strong hands and snag the badly thrown ball, take a hit, and still make the catch.    

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

Second Choice:  OLD/DE



Macho Harris- 

CB Virginia Tech

5-10.7, 186 


Key F.A. Signings:


Key F.A.  Loses:


The Team: Steelers have a great defense, but I still don't like their CB.

The Player: Harris is a cat-quick Corner. Played Boundary Corner at VT. Press Corner who looks more comfortable when he is lined up right on WR. Needs to work on his Off-Man. Needs to show more patience when he is in his backpedal, he always looks like he wants to attack when he backpedaling.  

The Reason: I just don't like their Corners.   

Second Choice:  CB/S 



LeSean McCoy-

RB Pittsburgh

5-11 200


F.A. Trades:


Key F.A.  Loses:


The Team: Which team are we looking at, the regular season team or the play off team.  

The Player:  McCoy is a pure speed back with amazing running instincts. Runs with better power than you'd think, but is not a powerful runner. Has super shifty shake and bake feet. Plays at a speed above everyone else on the field, and seems to slide by Defenders like they are running in slow motion. When he is on the field the Pitt Offense just looked better, everything just opens up as he garners so much attention. Reminds me of slightly bigger Warren Dunn.       

The Reason: Oops, I kind of forgot about him on my Mock.    

Second Choice: CB  

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