With The 23rd Pick, in the 2009 NFL Draft, The New England Patriots Select ...

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33.

1.

Lions

William Beatty-

OLT Connecticut

 6-6, 307, 5.12

 

Mathew Stafford-

QB Georgia

 

Peria Jerry-

DT Mississippi

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: The Lions should be spending all their picks on Defense. However, they really want to move Backus to O-Guard where his slowing feet won't hurt as much. Beatty is the last of the 1st round OLT, and if he is here they just can't pass on him. 

The Lions not only need DBs, they need DBs who can catch the ball. Leigh Bodden was the only DB on the Lions to have an INT last season. However, they also need a D-End who can be a full time starter and still rush the passer. Cliff Avril was a nice find in the 3rd round last year, but is not a 3 Down D-End. He can really add to the passrush on third downs but you do not want him to be a fulltime DE. White is a little stouter, but he also struggles at the point and can be abused by big Lineman. Getting a D-End who hold the point is essential. 

The Player: Beatty had a great Proday. He was able to display his great athleticism and his great feet without having to fight anyone. He has the athleticism to be a great OLT. He showed up at the Senior Bowl at less than 290 (288 I think) pounds. Then he showed up at the Combine at 295. Than he shows up at his Proday at 307. By gaining 19 pounds since the Senior Bowl, he  showed he understands what his biggest weakness is, and what he needs to do to improve and play in the NFL. He is a super smart kid. He has great character, a will be an excellent representative of anybodies franchise.  

Beatty is pure finesse Left Tackle prospect who doesn't have the bulk or strength to play in the NFL, yet. Added 15 pounds from the Senior Bowl to the Combine. Tough prospect to judge, because he has the feet, athleticism, and long arms to play LT in the NFL, but can look and play soft sometimes. Has the quick feet and athleticism you need in a OLT. He needs a year or two in a weight program before he can be trusted on the QBs blindside. Bends at the waist a little. Has long arms that he uses well. Can look pretty good as a pass blocker when he keeps his hands up and his long arms out in front of him, can look weak and soft when he hands go down to his side and he tries to jam D-Ends in the hips or gut. When he plays with good technique he stop any passrush. His base is a little wide, and need to learn to trust his machinegun feet a little more. He still hops a little too much in his kick step, which can sometime put him out of balance. Has everything you need to plays Left Tackle in the NFL athletically, he just need to add some bulk, strength, and refine some of his technique. 

Beatty looks the part, his is tall, athletic, and has long arms. However, he is light in the pants, and if a defender gets inside his long arms he is not stout or stubborn. Has to get stronger and tougher. Will give up leverage and look soft. A bit of waist bender. A very nice guy, who plays to nice. A developing OLT prospect, who in 2 years and 25 pounds of muscle later could be a legit OLT for a long time.  

The Reason: Beatty is the only Offensive player I would give Detroit here. 

Second Choice: Alphonso Smith CB 

34.

2.

Patriots

Conner Barwin

OLB Cincinnati 

6-3 7/8, 251, 4.47, 23 Reps, 40.5" Vert, 10'8"

 

Rey Maualaga- 

ILB USC

OLB, ORT, S, ILB, 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: This could should come down to four players; Ron Brace, it BB doesn't think he can sign Wilfork; Jarron Gilbert DE, if BB doesn't think he can sign Seymour, or Barwin or English if BB doesn't have a deal in place for Jason Taylor.  

This pick comes down to Jason Taylor and Vince Wilfork. If they think they can sign Taylor, they will pass on English and Barwin. If they don't think they can sign Wilfork, than they could do a lot of worse things than take Brace here. Brace maybe the best pure NT prospect in this Draft.  Now Wilfork said, pointblank he wants to retire a Patriot. He has me convinced he intends to sign an extension with the Pats. However, you can never be sure, and he made it abundantly clear he was leaving the negotiations up to his agent. When you leave those things up the agent he will go for the money, and the money only. Either way Vince could use a back up, and maybe a replacement in a year. Here is why the Pats will take English or Barwin.   

The Player: I personally like Conner Barwin and Cody Brown a little better than English, Barwin because I think his already is a better passrusher and has more potential to become better, and Brown because you can get him much later in the Draft (at the end of the 2nd and maybe in the 3rd). However, word out of Foxboro is that they like English. I am going with Barwin anyway, after I read he ran a 4.47 at his Proday, that is just too much potential as a speed rusher on the outside. Plus, he is the optimum of versatility. He may be the only player in this years Draft who have potential on Offense, defense, and Special Teams, and like Mike Vrabel, who everybody seems to be comparing him to, he will play all three in the NFL. Here is why the Pats will take him.  

The Reason: Everywhere I turn where anybody has an inside into the Belichick Bunker the word that comes out is English (and yes that is a pun). I can't see English as a 1st Round pick (unless of course Belichick actually takes him in the 1st on D-Day;-). He does not have elite speed. He played in a terrible conference against weak competition. Plus, he does not have elite size (if he was 6-4 he would be the easy pick at 23). So I just can't bring myself to put him at 23. However, he plays faster than he times. He plays with terrific strength and leverage. He is super tough, and he his better against the run then Barwin and Brown. I think both Barwin and Brown have higher ceilings, but English is more ready to start at OLB than both of them next season, and the Pats may need him to start at OLB next season. However, when all is said and done sometimes you have to take an educated chance and try and prove your hypothesis of potential. Barwin might be all flash and dash, but I think he has the most upside of any 3-4 OLB in this Draft. James Laurinaitis is one of the six players I don't think the Pats cannot pass on when they pick at 23. The list is Maualaga, Everette Brown, Malcolm Jenkins, Brandon Pettigrew, Eben Britton, and Laurinaitis. If he is still on the board at 34 they will have to take him, unless they somehow get Maualga. Although, it the Steelers somehow pass on Ron Brace, he would be very hard for BB to pass.  

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Second Choice: James Laurinaitis ILB   

35.

3.

Rams

 

James Laurinaitis- 

ILB Ohio ST

6-2, 245, 4.7

22 Reps, 4.18 SS,

33", 9'7"

 

*Jason Smith-

OLT Baylor

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

Key F.A. Signings:

Jason Brown OC 

Brain St. Pierre QB

Mike Karney FB

Key F.A.  Loses:

Orlando Pace OT

Tory Holt WR

Brett Romberg OC

The Team: I know this will come as not surprise, the rams released Orlando Pace and Tory Holt, two pillars of their Franchise. They not only need to replace their leadership and standings on the team and in the town, they need two replace them on the field as well. however, if Laurinaitis is still on the board the Rams will take him.   

The Player: Here is my profile of James Laurinaitis .  

The Reason: The Rams need a Middle LB who can stop the run. 

Second Choice: James Laurinaitis LB

36.

4.

Browns

Alphonso Smith

CB Wake Forest  

5-9, 190

 

*Michael Crabtree

WR Texas Tech   

CB, WR, OC, DB, RB, LB, DL, DB, OL, 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: Cleveland not only needs one Corner, but two.   

The Player: Alphonso reminds me of Assante Samuel; He consistently makes plays on the ball, and has that knack for being where the ball is thrown. Has the best hips in the draft. He can snap his hips quicker 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. He can redirect faster than any CB in this Draft. Makes plays on the ball in the air. Has great ball skills, and knows how to finish. A bit of a gambler, but doesn't leave the WR too much if he misses. A little anxieties in his backpedal, and likes to shuffle, as his always looking to attack. Doesn't always backpedal with perfect form and patience. However, he anticipates, opens, and break on the ball so well that he gets away with it. I keep not wanting to like him, but the more I watch him the more I like him. Knows how to taunt the QB into a bad throw. Will sometimes get beat trying to read the route rather than reacting. One of the most impressive plays at the Senior Bowl practices was in the one-on-one passing drills. Smith anticipated an inside slant, and when the WR did a little shake an' bake, he cut inside, and the WR ran a Flag route to the outside. Smith reacted instantly, and snapped his hips around in a flash of a 180, turning his back to the QB, and even though the WR was now about ten feet away from him and running in the opposite direct, he still somehow got back into the play and almost broke up the pass. It was as amazing a display of feet and hips as I've seen at the Senior Bowl, because a CB is going to get beat, it is just as important how well as CB reacts when he is beat, as when everything is going well. Smith has had 21 INTS in the past 4 years. Plus he has had 60 PBU. His lack of height is a problem and with a slow 40 (4.5 at the Combine), I have trouble putting him in the 1st Round.    

The Reason: I always say, if you Draft a guy early in the Draft, and give him multi-millions of dollars, if you have the chance why not get a guy he played with in college a little later in the Draft who can help with the transition. Plus, Smith can really cover, and has the best ball skills of any CB in the Draft.  

Second Choice: Michael Johnson DE

37.

5.

Seahawks

*Donald Brown-

RB Connecticut

 5-10 1/4, 210, 4.51, 10'5", 41.5

 

*Mark Sanchez -

QB USC

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: Interesting trade. The Hawks really where desperate at D-Tackle coming into Free Agency, and once they Franchised Hill, they where set at Linebacker. With the additions of Cole and Redding to Brian Mebane and Red Bryant, they appear set at D-Tackle for the first time in years. However, a big hole at Linebacker has suddenly appeared. So the question is- Monroe or Aaron Curry? Curry is one of the three super impact players on my board. However, the reason they traded Peterson was because he wouldn't restructure his contract, and they didn't want to pay him 6.5 million, which would give them 3 LBs making over 6.5 million next season. Ironically, this move cost more Cap-money to both teams, because of the prorated Signing Bonuses of both players, the full amount of the remaining bonuses are now slapped onto their Caps. Both players will be cheaper following this season, as their prorated signing bonuses have been taken off the books, but for this season, they are both substantially more expensive in Cap-dollars. So now the Hawks will have a 5+ million Cap-dollar slot dedicated to Peterson's Signing Bonus. In order to draft Curry, they would have 4 Linebacker making over 5 Million in Cap-Dollars next season, when they didn't want three. So that means they should be looking for a replacement for Peterson here. 

The Player: What Brown has that separates him from the rest is ability to follow blockers, so he can run in any scheme. Has great natural running instincts. I started watching UConn play to scout Butler, but every time I watch UConn this crazy little RB was tearing everybody up. I thought I had discovered my first super sleeper, now it looks like he will be a 1st Rounder. Does the best job I have seen a college Running Back do following blockers, and cut off their blocks with amazing burst and surprise. Does a great job setting up defenders for his blockers. Never runs in Straight line long, which confuses defenders and makes him unusually elusive. Reminds of Tashard Choice from last years draft. Is good enough in all areas physically, but will be successful in the NFL because of his smarts, toughness, and ability to follow blockers.         

The Reason: The release of Maurice Morris leaves them with Julius Jones and T.J Duckett. Do I really need to say more? 

Second Choice: William Moore SS

38.

6.

Bengals

Michael Johnson-

DE Georgia Tech

6-7, 265, 4.75

 

Andre Smith

OL Alabama

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

Key F.A. Signings: 

Laveranues Coles WR

Chris Crocker S

Key F.A.  Loses:

Stacy Andrews ORT

T.J. Houshmandzadeh WR

The Team: The Bungels love to draft the Best Player Available regardless of position or character. They love to grab guys with off the field issues who have dropped. They need a lot of help on their D-Line. If Michael Johnson drops this low I don't think they can pass on him. They need a pure passrusher, and while I question Johnson's mental make up, he could succeed in the NFL as a Passrusher specialist.   

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: The reason is simple Johnson has the lowest rated character at the highest need position. 

Second Choice: Louis Delmas S  

39.

7.

Jaguars

Brain Robiskie- 

WR Ohio ST

6-2 7/8 202

 

B.J. Raji- 

DT/NT B.C.

6-1.5, 325, 31 Reps

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

Key F.A. Signings:

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

The Team: Three times was the charm for Matt Million, so maybe three times will be the charm for Jacksonville. The problem is that Matt Jones really was their number one receiver last year, and he is gone. Jerry Porter was placed on the IR on December 16th, after catching 11 balls in 10 games, he is the new undisputed heavyweight champion bust of the year. He was cut on Feb. 9th. Reggie Williams was declared a Free Agent on Feb. 27th. Oh my goodness, do they hate David Garrard? For them to take a WR in the 1st Round again seems like folly. However if they want Garrard to be able to actually step back and throw the ball to a WR, they not only need one WR, they need two. Because, that leaves Northcutt, Dennis (39 Rec. for 422 yards), Williamson, Troy (24 Rec. for 372 yards), Walker, Mike (16 Rec. for 217 yards), Hughes, Nate (0 Career Rec. for 0 yards), and Woods, D'Juan (0 Career Rec. for 0 yards) as the only WR on the Roster. Can Jacksonville go into next seasons with Northcutt and Williamson as their starting WRs? No they cannot.     

I really like Ziggy Hood here, but I just can't see the Colts passing on him, which really hurts this team. Otherwise  It may seem crazy, but if Hood isn't here a WR would be a good choice/ They cut 3 of there top 4 receivers from last year. They have Dennis Northcutt and Troy Williamson ad the only two WR with NFL experience. Northcutt is a good slot- guy/3rd WR, and Williamson's speed could help out if he is the 4th WR, but I can't see either as legit starters.

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 at Ohio St was so terrible. He is a far better player than his stat indicate. Besides Crabtree, he is the most skilled WR, and the most NFL ready WR, in this Draft. 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: They made their play off runs when they had two great DTs in the middle. If Hood is on the board they will not pass on him. However, in this scenario his gone. Taking A WR how can start next season here, would be a godsend for David Gerrard. that would give him 3 good receivers next season. Crabtree and Robiskie are the two most NFL ready WRs in this Draft. If fact Robiskie should be starting for this team next season, and if they take Maclin he may not be starting for them next year, though he may hold more long term value because of his speed. I think Robiskie is a better WR than Maclin and will prove to be the 2nd best WR from this Draft behind Crabtree.     

Second Choice: Shonn Green RB  

40.

8.

Raiders

Mike Wallace-

WR/KR Mississippi

6', 189, 4.33,

40.5", 10'9"

 

Eugene Monroe-  

OT Virginia

WR, OL, WR, DL, Help for QB

F.A. Signings:

Kalif Barnes OT

Cooper Carlisle OG

Key F.A.  Loses:

Gibril Wilson S

Jake Grove OC

Kwame Harris OT

The Team: The Raiders need to do everything in their power to help Russell. Getting a legit Starting OLT and another receiver will be a priority. The number one priority of this Draft has to be to help JaMarcus Russell. He is regressing quickly into bust-land. He needs coaching help, O-line help, receiving help, leadership help, psychological help, diet help, hell you guys need to help him by any means necessary. You are watching your young 100 million dollar QB recede into oblivion. Why do teams think they can just spend multi-multi-millions on some young QB, and then think he will do it all himself? He won't. He can't. get this kid some help and he will lead you to the playoffs. Someone please help this kid. Can you hear me now?

So it comes down to the FAA or the big fat guy. I think right now they are choosing between DHB and B.J Raji. Right now the Raiders number one receiver is Johnny Lee Higgins. He led all WRs still left on Oakland's roster with 22 receptions for 366 yards and 4 TDs, yeah! Oakland's number two WR is Chaz Schilens, he caught 2 TD passes, yeah! Javon Walker had a chance to be great, but now plays on a peg leg and should be called Long John Walker (that's right a Treasure Island reference). Ronald Curry- KP (KP is how Parcells says he Can't Play). Ashlie Lelie- KP. And it goes on and on. So the more I try to justify this pick the more it makes since. I'm not a big fan of taking the FAA, but that is clearly how Al drafts. In this crappy Draft, if you think you have a guy who can develop into a top WR, by whatever means you evaluate players, than you have to take him.  

The Player: Mike Wallace was, at best, a below average receiver at Mississippi his first three seasons. He started every game as a sophomore and garnered 420 yards and 2 TDs on 24 catches. However, as a junior he started to show he could play to his speed, grabbing 7 balls for over 40 yards, and 3 for over 50. He averaged 18.8 YPC (tops in SEC) on 37 catches, and also garnered 716 Yards and 6 TDs. However, he really came into his own as a Senior, and over the second half of the season was dominate. And in that time he was Mississippi's best offensive player, and some say he carried to offense. He garnered 784 yards and 7 TDs on 43 Receptions. He exploded as a KR averaging 24.6 per return, as well garnering Mississippi records for All-Purpose yards- 1,737 and return yards- 861. He also garnered Mississippi records for single-game yardage 222. Plus, he ranks second all-time in all-purpose yardage, and third all-time for TD receptions. The reason I went over all his stats is because he is one of those player who just keeps getting better, and he still has a ways to go. He ran the second fastest forty time at the Combine, 4.33, and he plays with great quickness. Water bug player, who is so quick that he sometimes seems impossible to catch. During his Senior season, the last four games, he seemed to finally put it all together, "vs. ULM (11/15): Had school-record 88-yard catch ... Also caught 23-yard TD pass ... Finished with two catches for 111 yards ... Also returned one kick for six yards ... at LSU (11/22): Tied his career high with two receiving TDs (34 and 24) ... Finished with five catches for 99 yards ... Also returned four kickoffs for 90 yards ... vs. Mississippi State (11/28): Caught four passes for 105 yards ... Matched a career-high with two TD grabs ... Rushed twice for 28 yards ... Cotton Bowl vs. Texas Tech (1/2): Hauled in four catches for 80 yards, including a 41-yard TD ... Returned four kickoffs for 91 yards ... Also rushed once and finished with 169 all-purpose yards" He was the best WR in college over that stretch. At the Senior Bowl Game he showed he could separate form CBs at will, not only with his speed, but also but making great cuts and running routes with great quickness and explosion. He can be devastating on the double move, where his rare speed and quickness combo really shows. Cat quick on short routes. He is a Patriots kind of small, and super quick WR. He has excellent hands, and can snag the ball out of the air. I make it simple, a WR's job is to separate and catch the ball. he can separate and catch the ball as well as any receiver not named Crabtree or Robiskie, and he is catching up quickly.   

The Reason: The need for speed is always present in Oakland.

Second Choice: Mike Wallace WR

41.

9.

Packers

Jarron Gilbert

DE/DT San Jose State

6-5, 284, 4.8, 4.4 SS, 37" 

 

Michael Oher- OT Mississippi

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

Key F.A. Signings:

Anthony Smith S 

Key F.A.  Loses:

Colin Cole DT

The Team: The Packers need a big run stuffing NT, and a Passrushing OLB/DE to play opposite Aaron Kampman. And a 3-4 D-need who can two-gap and still get to the QB.   

The Player: Gilbert is a Utube sensation who made a lot of money at East-West game. Show he have a good initial burst, and that he could translate his super athleticism to the field. Has a good first step and shows a lot of promise as an interior rusher. Plays hard, and plays out of position as a DT. He is tall, and not the stoutest against the run. Plus, he has the speed and athleticism to play DE. Keeps getting better as he learns technique and doesn't just get by on his freakish athleticism. Has been an athlete playing Football. Squats 635 pounds. Works hard in weight room and on the practice field to improve. Has very long arms, and is improving at using them to keep blocker off. Workout Warrior, who looks like, "gulp", he might have some Richard Seymour in him. His best position in the NFL will be as a 3-4 D-End. He has the experience inside run stopper, and he has the speed and quickness to still get to the QB as a 5-Technique D-End. He Redshirted his freshman year, and started out as a D-End. He moved inside to D-Tackle during the 2007 season. Was dominate against lower level competition. Had a great senior season. I don't how you can ask for more from a D-Tackle than: 52 Tackles, 22 TFL, 9.5 Sacks, 3 PBU, and 2 FF, all of which he garnered last season. He known as a smart kid, and super hard worker. He was seen in the weight room when the Patriots players were workout in San Jose State's weight room, if you don't remember the Pats stayed at San Jose State for a couple of weeks on their two West Coast trips. So you know Belichick has some inside info on the guy. Another of my secret scouting techniques is the squat, when a player can squat over 600 pounds, like Ben Coats, they very rarely fail in the NFL. You can laugh, but I said way back when they drafted Coats and I'll say it now, this kid will make it in the NFL, because of his lower body strength.   

The Reason: Gilbert is the most athlete 5-Technigue D-Ends prospect in this Draft, and I believe that a 3-4 DE is his best position as a Pro. 

Second Choice: Ron Brace DT

42.

10.

Bills

Alex Mack

OC California

6-4, 307, 5.17

 

*Aaron Maybin-

OLB/DE Penn ST

 

*Eben Britton-

OLT Arizona

6-6, 309, 5.16

24 Reps

TE, DE, OC, OL, TE, LB, OL, RB, 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: The Bills have to get a replacement for Duke Preston.

The Player: Mack is an excellent Seal-blocker. Has terrific hands. Can struggle against speed sometimes, especially when he can't get his hands on them. When he gets leverage he can play mean and knock defender to the ground. Does a great job of impacting the D-Tackle, and not losing the position, and even will continue to twist and turn him until he is sealed. Has the athleticism to get out to the second level and chop the Linebacker. He can chip on a defender and than continue out and block a second defender, and I once saw him hit a third defender on one play, great. O-Lineman who has the athleticism and smarts to block multiple defenders is on a single play rarely fail in the NFL, it is one of my secret barometers. Needs to get stronger. Can look weak in the running game. But, it appears more a matter of leverage, can sometimes get lazy and stand up or lunge at defenders, and can really look bad when he does. However, when he concentrates and stays and plays low, he seems to be able to turn D-Tackles perpendicular to the line at will. It can quite amazing to watch when he is sealing D-Tackles at will. He was an Academic All-American last season.    

The Reason: The Bills get lucky, because I think there are 5 O-Centers who can come in and start next season. Mack is one of them.  

Second Choice: Everette Brown DE

43.

11.

49ers

Louis Delmas- 

S Western Michigan

5-11 3/8, 202, 4.5

 

Brian Orakpo

DE/OLB Texas

OB, FS, ORT, OLB/PR, WR, DB,  WR, OL

F.A. Signings:

Brandon Jones WR

Moran Norris FB

Allen Rossum KR/CB

Takeo Spikes LB

Key F.A.  Loses:

Bryant Johnson WR

The Team: The 49ers look to get lucky again. First Sanchez falls to them, and then they sit quietly and wait until the 2nd Round were Louis Delmas, Will Moore, Patrick Chung, and Rashard Johnson should all be taken in the 2nd Round. There starting FS has not had an INT in over two years! You do the math.

The Player: Delmas is a freak of nature. He is super quick, super aggressive, and loves to attack everyone in front of him. He redefines seek and destroy missile. The more I watch him the more I like him. However, he is not as natural moving backwards. Looks like the best player on the field when he can move forward. Okay in coverage, but he is not a CB. He is a Strong Safety, who looks like a Corner, and hits like a run away train. He has great on field quickness, and can often be seen flying around the field hitting everything than moves. Ultra-competitive leader who sends sparks and energy through everyone on the defense. Ultra-physical, and ultra-tough for a small Safety. Okay, don't get mad at me Pats Fans, but Bob Sanders is a great player. I know he is a dreaded Colt's player, and Patriots nemesis, but he is a great player. I have been comparing Louis Delmas to Bob Sanders. Now Sanders has better speed (I think the little freak actually ran a 4.3 at the Combine), and Delmas ran 4.5. However, his strength is, like Sanders, is moving forward and assaulting anything and anybody with suicidal viciousness. His strength is his weakness, just like Sanders, he hits opponents without any regard for self-preservation. He will knock out opponents, and he will knock out himself, just like Sanders. This is a guy, who if he can stay healthy, and I don't see how that could be possible, could a defense changing All-Pro, just like Sanders.        

The Reason: 49ers need to a new starting FS. Delmas is more of a SS playing FS, but he will be an impact player come next season.  

Second Choice: Larry English OLB/PR  

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12.

Miami

Larry English-

OLB Northern Illinois

6-2, 256, 4.69, 

24 Reps 

 

Darius Butler

CB Connecticut 

NT/DT, CB, WR, ILB, TE, CB, WR, RB, OL, CB, S

F.A. Signings:

Gibril Wilson S

Jake Grove OC

Key F.A.  Loses:

Vonnie Holiday DE

Andre' Goodman DB

The Team: Jerry Porter had his best season ever as a Pro, but he has tendency to self-destruct when things are going to well for him. Even if he is close to what he was last season, Tim Roth struggled with the transition to OLB last season. I think if one of the top DE/OLB is still available Parcel's just can't help himself.   

The Player: Here is my profile of English. Plus here is a mock debate between English and Conner Barwin, and he is the reason why I think the Pats might take Larry English.

The Reason: A GM who practically invented the modern 3-4, a 3-4 defensive head coach, and a 3-4 OLB/passrushing specialist, sounds like heaven to me.

Second Choice: Sean Smith CB/S  

45.

13.

Giants

*Hakeem Nicks-

WR North Carolina

6' 7/8, 226, 4.5, 

4.43 SS,

 

Brandon Pettigrew-

TE Oklahoma ST

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

The Team: I think the Giants could go in a lot of direction here. I don't like the LB available here for them, and I don't like the CBs available here for them. So it looks like a WR.

The Player: Nicks is a big well built WR who looks the part. He looks like a full grown NFL Wide Receiver. Came up big in Maryland Bowl game this year, where he caught two long TD passes First Quarter alone. Both pass were badly thrown balls and he had to make great adjustments to the ball in the air. He can catch bowls with DBs draped all over him. Showed he could make adjustments to the ball in the air. Has great hands, and can catch the tipped ball or still make the catch when a DB is grabbing his arm. Strong receiver who can bully DBs, and will not be chucked at the line. Great route-runner who works on his skills, and the nuances of playing WR. Can really sell a fake with head, shoulder, and eye fakes. The more you watch him the more you like him. Had a great Junior season where he averaged 18 Yards Per Catch. broke all kinds of records at North Carolina. In this age of the spread offense and the crazy passing yards this may be hard to believe, but he was North Carolina first receiver to catch more than a thousand yards in a season. He also garnered 68 catches for 1,222 yards and 12 TDs last season alone. If has the speed to play NFL he will be dominate, because he has everything else you want in a WR. He is a physically dominate route runner.   

The Reason: Giants need a big replacement for Burress, unless they want to give up Kiwanuka for Edwards, and I don't think that's a good idea.    

Second Choice: Sean Smith CB/FS

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14.

 

Texans

Lawrence  Sidbury-

DE Richmond

 6-2 5/8, 267, 4.64, 28 Reps, 35", 10'0"

 

Brain Cushing-   

LB USC

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

Key F.A. Signings:

Dan Orlovsky QB

Antonio Smith DE

Eugene Wilson CB/S

Key F.A.  Loses:

 

The Team: This pick is  good example of why the 2nd Round is so important. Houston feels lucky that Jenkins falls to them. However, it could cost them in the long run. The 2nd Round will be littered with DBs, and in this scenario the top DE/Passrushers are gone, and two of the top Safeties are still available, and a couple of good CBs are still available. I think they maybe better off grabbing a top Passrusher in the 1st, and take a DB here. If a lot of teams start thinking this way, it could be a long day for Malcolm Jenkins. So that could leave them with WR or RB.    

The Player: Sidbury exploded onto the scene when Richmond played Montana in the Football Championship Subdivision title game (I couldn't make that name up;-). As team Captain, he dominated the game with 4 Sacks. As a Senior, he garnered 56 Tackles, 20 TKL, and 11.5 Sacks (15.5 Sacks if you include FCS title game). Than he went to the East West Shrine, and just kept pressuring the QB. He had a great week of practice, and in the game he lined up at Left D-end and displayed a great burst off the line. He just kept showing he is speed rusher, who can consistently run the horn. He looked so good at the East west game he was invited to the Senior Bowl. I was expecting a drop off in how he looked, but he just kept rushing the passer. His burst was just as effective and his speed around the horn just as impressive. In passrusher drills he just kept showing he was a great speed rusher form the Left side, the step up in the level of competition had little or no effect on his ability to pressure the QB. Than he goes to the Combine and runs the fastest 40 of any D-End, and tested as one of the top five D-End athletically in this Draft. Teams looking for a guy who can be a speed rusher from the Left side will be fighting over themselves to get this guy, and what team doesn't need a DLE who can pressure the QB. He has long arms that he uses well to keep blockers off his body. great Chop. Good hand fighter. He also has worked on his strength and technique and didn't look like the player who played in the FCS. He is bigger and stronger. He played the run well, and stouter.       

The Reason: The Texans could not possible be happier if they somehow end up with Cushing and Sidbury. Sidbury is a better prospect than English and Barwin at D-End. The signing of Antonio Smith means they can take more of a pure passrusher in the 2nd Round. Sidbury has shown in his final college game, at the East West Game, and at the Senior Bowl, that the one thing he can do is rush the passer from the Left D-End position. The Texans need a Passrusher more than anything else, and he could be the guy who helps Mario Williams on 3rd Down, and maybe even allow William to slide over to the Right side on passing downs. 

Second Choice: Shonn Green RB 

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17.

 

Patriots

Rashard Johnson-

FS Alabama

  5-11.5, 195, 4.5

 

James Laurinaitis- 

ILB Ohio ST

 

Conner Barwin

OLB Cincinnati 

OLB, ORT, S, ILB, 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: I have been saying a while I think the Pats need a DB or three. The of Springs and Bodden leaves one. I don't see how the Pats can come out the 2nd Round without a Safety in tow, I am absolutely convinced that Safety will be Rashard Johnson, here are two quotes about Safeties from my 3/20 Blog and my 3/21 Blog:

Okay, I will not be brief here;-) I love both Delmas and Chung, but I don't see the Pats taking either player. Okay, don't get mad at me, but Bob Sanders is a great player. I know he is a dreaded Colt's player, and Patriots nemesis, but he is a great player. I have been comparing Louis Delmas to Bob Sanders. Now Sanders has better speed (I think the little freak actually ran a 4.3 at the Combine), and Delmas ran 4.5. However, his strength is, like Sanders, moving forward and assaulting anything and anybody with suicidal viciousness. His strength is his weakness, just like Sanders, he hits opponents with ferocity and without any regard for self-preservation. He will knock out opponents, and he will knock out himself, just like Sanders. This is a guy, who if he can stay healthy, and I don't see how that could be possible, could a defense changing All-Pro, just like Sanders. Chung reminds me of Brandon Meriweather. He is another slightly undersized Safety, who has the athleticism to play Free Safety, but plays like a Strong Safety. He is always looking to move forward and hit. He is a great physical player, for his size, who just loves to hit, and can have the spectacular hit that is on TV ten times before the night is through. Chung ran a 4.24 in the Short Shuttle at his Proday, and that is Deion Branch type quickness. He has good balls skills and the speed to play Center Field, but is at his best when he is allowed to attack. Chung is the type of guy you want on your team. He was that knack for always seeming to be around the ball. No Safety in this this Draft has better change of direction quickness than Chung. I think he can play a little CB in a pinch, but he is not a CB, I think he has better cover skills than given credit for, but even I can't see him playing CB full time. I do think he can step down as a Nickel Corner for a game or two when injuries strike, but any more than that and you are asking for trouble. Okay, now the problem, Rashard Johnson. Rashard Johnson is a Saban special. He raves about this guy. I just don't see anyway the Pats get through the 2nd Round without taking Johnson, period. If you take Johnson at say 57, you won't take Delmas at 34, or Chung at 49, and I don't either player lasting much longer than 34 and 49 respectively. However, I think if they come out of the 2nd Round with either of the three, I will be ecstatic.      

The Player: Johnson is the kind of player you want to root for. A walk on at Alabama, who developed into a Starter, and then garnered 11 INTs his last two years at Alabama. A little small, and looks like a CB. Has "it". Makes the big plays at the big times, and a few games for Alabama with game ending INTs. Good form tackler. Breaks down well. Does it all right. Takes coaching as well as any player in the draft. A Saban favorite.  

The Reason: The Pats have to DBs starting in the secondary, Sanders and Meriweather, while I like them both, they both they are both more SS or in-the-box Safeties. The Pats need a legit FS who can roam the Center field like Eugene Wilson did when he was healthy. Here is an interesting section from BB's Combine press conference, the second I heard this I thought he was describing Rashard Johnson, "I think the safety position is becoming more and more of a corner position in the National Football League. There were times when some of the safeties, particularly the strong safeties, fit more like linebackers, than they did as defensive backs. I think that's changed gradually but not to the point where your defensive backs, they either have to cover wide receivers or they have to cover tight ends who are very good in the passing game ... I think the demands of that position have changed. I think that's changed the evaluation a little bit. I think some of those hybrid guys have played corner and safety, like (Malcolm) Jenkins for example, is a guy that's played both." Not only that, but one of the criticisms leveled at Andre Smith was that Nick Saban was personally tutoring Rashard Johnson and his other senior on what they need to do to improve their stock. Johnson listened and was said to have really impressed Saban, not only during is career their, but also after his career was done and how he focused on what Saban said and did it.  

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

Second Choice: Robert Ayers OLB/DE 

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16.

Broncos

Juanquin Iglesias-

WR Oklahoma

 6-1, 200, 4.54

 

Tyson Jackson-

DE/DT LSU

 

Rey Maualaga- 

ILB USC

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: The Broncos need D-Lineman who can play in a 3-4. They had the worst defense in the NFL overt he second half of the season. They did an awful lot in Free Agency to address their D, but they still need Linebackers and player who can fit the 3-4 defense. However, Brandon Marshall will be suspended for the beginning of the season because of more stupidity. So more importantly perennial problem child Brandon Marshal is in trouble again. Denver's best offensive player is Marshal. He is truly a great player on the field, and a wing-nut off the field. He will be serving another suspension for another arrest. Plus, he needs hip surgery and once a player has hip surgery he is never the same again. So when he comes back from his suspension, if he comes back from his suspension, he may never be the player he was before the surgery. The Broncos need an insurance policy for Brandon Marshal incase he can't come back from all his shenanigans and surgery.     

The Players: Another player I'm torn on. Has a good combination of Speed, quickness, and hands. But, he always leaves me wanting more. However, he did make a lot of big plays for Oklahoma. But, I wonder if he is a product of the system. However, he is great after the catch and really some great speed in the open field. He is a willing blocker, but doesn't combine the willingness with a lot of aptitude, more of a get in the way blocker. Shows some meanness on the field, and will crush the DB when he not looking. Runs good patterns and does a good job getting open. Really shows his speed, quickness, and athleticism when he has time for a double move. Doesn't always come off the line with good quickness. Needs to work on getting off the lone with consistency. Runs with good elusiveness and strength. Plays with good on field speed. he is a WR who seems to do everything good, but nothing great, which is not the worst thing in the world.       

The Reason: Iglesias is a super versatile WR, who like he will be a nice number two. With Eddie Royal and Brandon Stokley on the outside, he could be extremely danger underneath, or you could move Stokley inside to the slot where his lack of speed would hurt him less.

Second Choice: William Moore S  

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17.

 

Bears

Mohamed Massaquoi-

WR Georgia

6-1.5, 207, 4.51, 

4.15 SS, 10'7"

WR, WR, QB, RB, WR, OL, DB, QB, LB, WR, DB

F.A. Signings and Trades:

Jay Cutler QB

Orlando Pace OLT

Frank Omiyale OL

Kevin Shaffer ORT

Josh Bullocks S

Key F.A.  Loses:

Kyle Orton QB

Rex Grossman QB

Kevin Jones RB

Marty Booker WR

Brandon Lloyd WR

John Tait OT

John St. Clair OT

Mike Brown S

The Team: They have to draft offense, Cutler has everything you want in a QB physically, but is emotionally destructive, and he now has nobody to throw to. Before you complain Bears fans, remember you have solid defense, and a solid running game, if you could add a deceit passing game this team could contend in the NFC North. If you believe that Cutler is the answer at QB you need to get him 3 or 4 more weapons.    

The Bears need Wide Receivers like a Kenyan marathon runner needs 5 bucks and a McDonalds, and that was before they cut Marty Booker in Feb 13th, and than they cut Brandon Lloyd on Feb 27th. Devin Hester is there only viable receiver, and he only garnered only 665 yards on 51 receptions. Earl Bennett looked like a good prospect in last rears Draft, but he never saw the field in '08. The Bears have the worst group of WR in the Draft, and that is saying something, especially if you look at how pitiful the Jaguars and Raiders WR are. They have to grab a WR here. Whether it is DHB, Nicks, or Percy Harvin, they have to take one of these guys, and may have to take another in the 2nd Round!            

The Pick: Very underrated WR. I saw him projected as a 7th Round pick on one site. Has very good hands, but will drop some early on in games. However, whenever I watched Georgia play, he was making clutch catch after clutch catch. Gets off the line fast. Plays with good speed. Smart, knows how to set up a CB. Played great every time I watched him. Plays better in the 2nd half than the first, like the whole Georgia offense I suppose;-) Looked great at the Senior Bowl practices, where he displayed better hands and speed than I remembered, and he just kept getting open and making catches. Creates separation with good sharp cuts.    

The Reason: If the Bears want to win next season you they  need at least two receivers, if not three, and a TE. 

Second Choice: Shown Nelson TE  

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18.

Browns

Max Unger-  

OC/OL Oregon

6-5, 309, 5.3,

22 Reps,

 

*Michael Crabtree

WR Texas Tech   

6-1 3/8, 220

 

Alphonso Smith

CB Wake Forest  

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: I wasn't planning on three straight Defensive players for this team, but Kyle Moore is a top 3-4 DE prospect who can really help this team. However, with so many FA signings on defense, plus there first two picks on impact defensive player I think they have to look to the offense here. The place this team could use the most help is at WR, if Stallworth is headed to jail? which likes it's very possible that he has been charged with Vehicular Homicide, they will have to use one of their 2nd on a WR. If they trade Braylon Edwards, which looks impossible now that Stallworth may be gone next season, they will have to take Crabtree in the 1st. Otherwise look for them to target a RB or OC.   

The Player: Unger is the most versatile prospect in the Draft, he can literally play all 5 Offensive Line positions, and he played two years at OLT. He started 51 consecutive games, and garnered All-PAC-10 First Team Honors. What makes that stat incredible is that he garnered those awards at two different positions! He was 2 time All-PAC-10 First Team at LT as a freshman and sophomore, and than moved to Center and was All-PAC-10 First Team Center, amazing! He could go as early as 32 to the Steelers, but he will not make it out of the 2nd Round. I don't know that there's more to say than that;-)

The Reason: The Browns did a good job rebuilding the right side of the line in FA, and if they can find a Center to replace Hank Fraley they could have one of the best O-Lines in the Draft. I like Unger a little more than Mack, because of his versatility. He has not been an O-Center his whole life, so he can switch out to O-Guard easier, and he has actually played O-Tackle.    

Second Choice: Derrick Williams WR

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19.

 

Cowboys

William Moore-  

SS Missouri

6-1, 220, 4.49

WR, S, ILB, NT, OT, DB, LB, DL

F.A. Signings :

Jon Kitna QB

Gerald Sensabaugh S

Keith Brookings LB

Igor Olshamsky DE

Key F.A.  Loses:

Anthony Henry CB

Roy Williams S

Chris Canty DL

Matt Stewart LB

Kevin Burnett ST/LB

Terrell Owen WR

The Team: This team needed a Safety before they released Roy Williams.     

The Player: I really like Will Moore. He was great as a Redshirt Junior two seasons ago, where he garnered 111 Tackles, 6 PBU, and 8 INTS, and really looked like a top ten pick. He looked like a super athletic Safety playing in a Linebacker's body. I had him in my top ten right up the Senior Bowl, and I had to reluctantly lower him. He is smart and super tough kid, who is willing to sacrifice for his team. Ironically, it was his apparently not so smart decision to help his team and play through injuries that has caused him to drop. If he had stayed off the field when he was not 100% healthy, he would have healed faster and played better at the end of the season. So do you kill him for last season, when he was devastated by injuries, or do you give him Credit for playing through the injuries to help his team. He won't be a 1st Round pick, but he should be. He showed up at the Combine, healthy, and displayed the athleticism that had him rated as a top ten player before last season. Then he looked even better at his Proday. This guy is a terrific player, and if the Pats took him at 34 I would be ecstatic. However, they won't.  

Chung reminds me of Brandon Meriweather. He is another slightly undersized Safety, who has the athleticism to play Free Safety, but plays like a Strong Safety. He is always looking to move forward and hit. He is a great physical player, for his size, who just loves to hit, and can have the spectacular hit that is on TV ten times before the night is through. Chung ran a 4.24 in the Short Shuttle at his Proday, and that is Deion Branch type quickness. He has good balls skills and the speed to play Center Field, but is at his best when he is allowed to attack. Chung is the type of guy you want on your team. He was that knack for always seeming to be around the ball. No Safety in this this Draft has better change of direction quickness than Chung. I think he can play a little CB in a pinch, but he is not a CB, I think he has better cover skills than given credit for, but even I can't see him playing CB full time. I do think he can step down as a Nickel Corner for a game or two when injuries strike, but any more than that and you are asking for trouble.     

The Reason: Will Moore is a faster Roy Williams with superior cover skills. he often lined up in the slot as the Nickel Corner last season.   

Second Choice: Derrick Williams WR 

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20.

 

Jets

Shonn Greene

RB Iowa

5-10.5 2227, 4.55, 23 Reps, 39", 10'6", 4.25 SS

 

*Josh Freeman-

QB Kansas St

6-5 7/8, 250

QB, WR, RB, WR,  LB, DB

Key F.A. Signings:

Brandon Moore OG

Bart Scott LB

Lito Sheppard CB

Jim Leonhard S

Marques Douglas DE

Howard Green DT

Key F.A.  Loses:

Laveranues Coles WR

C.J. Mosley DT

Eric Barton LB

Hank Poteat CB

The Team: The more I look at the Jets the more I think RB. Thomas Jones is a nice back, but he is big and runs hot and cold. Leon Washington is speed on a stick, but he a 3rd Down back. If you add a big bruising RB to these two it would cause a lot of problems for defenses. And with their amazingly crappy QB options, teams are going to be lining up 8-9-10 and even 11 men in the box to try and kill Thomas Jones.  

The Player: Green is an overaged prospect who will turn 24 on August 21st. Big power back with amazing lateral quickness. Averaged 144 yards per game last season. Bounces off hit like a bowling ball. Good, tough, instinctive runner who looks for contact. Walter Payton Award winner as the Best RB in the nation last year after he garnered 1,850 yard and 20 TDs on 307 carries. Also had 8 Receptions for 49 Yards. A willing blocker who gets low and picks up the blitzer with good strength and balance. However, he sometimes ducks his head, and that will kill him, or rather his QB, in the NFL. Has a nice shuffle-stop, when the hole isn't really there, and redirect quickly, lower his shoulders, and still gain 3 or 4yards. He can also bounce outside. For such a strong powerful back he really has great feet, and change direction with amazing agility. Has good vision and is very adept at cutting back against the grain. Ran for over 100 yards in thirteen straight games including the Iowa's Bowl game. The more I watch him the more I like him. Follows blockers well, and can pick and choice behind them. I don't think the Pats need a RB, but if BB took this guy in the 2nd or 3rd Round I would be ecstatic.            

The Reason: They are all but assured to have the worst passing game in the NFL next season, so they better have a lot of RBs to cycle through, because they are going to need them. 

Second Choice: Derrick Williams WR 

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21.

Eagles

Shawn Nelson

TE Southern Mississippi

6-4.5, 240, 4.56 

 

*Knowshon Moreno- RB Georgia

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: I actually don't think the Eagles are that bad off at WR. I mean if they can trade for Chad Johnson they have to do that, but I don't think their are any WRs who are going to upgrade the position after the 1st Round. However, getting a TE who can stretch the seam would be huge for this offense, and would be a big deal for McNabb.  

The Player: Nelson is an oddity in this Draft. He looks like a lean athletic seam-stretching h-Back, but he can block. He is a legit T-End who can stretch the seam and block with balance and proficiency. He really put on a show at the Senior Bowl blocking everyone. He has a nice low base, and very long arms. He gets his hands into the defenders pads quickly, and drives with his legs, which he never stops moving his feet. Than he continued to block well in the game. What makes him unique is that his main asset is that he is a weapon in the passing game. He is a terrific receiver. He has great hands. Runs good patterns, and has that knack for getting open. Looks like he could easily add 10-15 pounds, and be a 6-5 250 pound Tight End.    

Nelson showed up at Senior Bowl, and instantly looked like the second best T-End in the Draft. he is a pass catching T-End in the mold of Shannon Sharp. However, he put on a display during the blocking drills. Having one of the clear highlights of the Senior Bowl practices when he threw Rey Maualaga straight back onto his butt. Plus, he continue to block well in every situation. He fought for every block at the Senior Bowl, including the game, he didn't have just that one great block. He showed he had the strength, technique, and desire to be an effective blocker in the NFL. He quickly became a Mike Tice favorite. "Extremely good athlete. Very smart," Tice said in an interview on the Senior Bowl practice field. "Can really take the things from the classroom to the practice field. Taking things from the drills to the team settings. He's off to a good start from the Pro game." Like I always say, one of the hardest things to judge is how quickly these players can adjust to the Pro game. The best ways to judge that is how they translate their games on the Senior Bowl field. The Senior Bowl is a transition game. It is their first exposure to the Pro game. Nelson has displayed the ability to learn quickly and he will translate his game quickly to the NFL.          

The Reason: Nelson is a super sleeper and the highest rated player on the board. He would add a huge dimension to the passing game. Nelson really showed he was tougher than scout thought and can really block at the Combine, and we already knew this guy could cause a lot of problems for defenses running the seam for this team. 

Second Choice: Derrick Williams WR 

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22.

Vikings

Sean Smith

CB/FS Utah

6-2, 210, 4.51

 

*Jeremy Maclin-

WR/RB/KR

OT, QB, WR, 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: The Vikings need to give their two crappy QBs all the help they can get. ORT Ryan Cook has been called b bust by everyone and his brother. They will be looking to replace him in this Draft.   

The Player: Sean Smith is a bit of a freak of nature. He is a tall Corner who shows so coverage skills. I think he is overrated as a Cover Corner, but he has good speed, good strength, good feet, nice long arms,  and good versatility. He looks the part better than he plays the part. I don't like how he transitions out of his backpedal. He is excellent when the play is front of him, and he can explode out of backpedal, when he is moving forward, but not nearly as quickly when he has to turn and run.. I think his best position in the NFL will be as a ball-hawking Safety. He has good hands, and can make the great one handed INT.    

The Reason: Sean Smith can play both Corner and Safety, and with the holes in their secondary the will have to piece together a spot or two in the Secondary. To say which position is more critical right now may be hard, but Smith may be able to line up in all five starting spots in the Secondary. I consider the Nickel Corner a starter.    

Second choice: Jamon Meredith OG/OT   

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23.

Falcons

Fili Moala- 

DT USC

6-4, 303

 

Brandon Pettigrew-

TE Oklahoma ST

DT, LB, TE, 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: Wow, what a season for the Falcons. I still don't like their D-Tackles, and that before they lost Grady Jackson. If one of the big guys falls to them they have to take him. Other than that, I think if a top CB falls to them they will be very tempted.    

The Player: Was used early as a two-gap DT. But he struggles to disengage sometimes. However, when he is allowed to shoot the gap, he can use his rare combination of size and quickness to create a lot of trouble. He has an excellent chop move, and uses his hands well. When he can slap the O-Lineman's hands off him, he can redirect and charge into the backfield like a bull. Lined up as the Left D-End in USC's hybrid 3-4. He allows himself to be redirected too easily by O-Lineman. Needs to play lower and stouter. Does not read and react well, but when he is allowed to charge like a bull he can crush people. Has trouble spotting the ball sometimes, and allows O-Linemen to seal him too easily. When he spots the ball in the back field does a good job bulling the O-Lineman backwards towards the ball. Has experience as a 5-technique D-End, but I think his best position in the NFL is as a 3-Technique Under-Tackle. If he can learn to play with better arm extension and not let O-Tackles get into his body, he could be a Ty Warren-type 3-4 D-End.  

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. He had a great Senior Bowl, and worked his way into the First Round. Not the player that Sed Ellis is, but he is bigger and may have as much potential. He is a great athlete. Lined up on the Nose a lot at 'SC in 4-3, and as a the Left D-End in their hybrid 3-4. Has the size, strength, and power to be a terrific read and react D-Lineman, but doesn't always read as quickly as you'd like. Plays better when he can just attack. Doesn't always find the ball as quickly as you'd like. Uses his arms well to keep blockers off his body.

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

Second Choice: D.J. Moore CB

56.

24.

Miami

 

Patrick Chung

S Oregon

5-11, 210, 4.51

 

Darius Butler

CB Connecticut

 

Conner Barwin

OLB Cincinnati 

NT/DT, S, CB, WR, ILB, TE, CB, 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: I just keep thinking Safety when I look at their Roster.  

The Player:  Chung reminds me of Brandon Meriweather. He is another slightly undersized Safety, who has the athleticism to play Free Safety, but plays like a Strong Safety. He is always looking to move forward and hit. He is a great physical player, for his size, who just loves to hit, and can have the spectacular hit that is on TV ten times before the night is through. Chung ran a 4.24 in the Short Shuttle at his Proday, and that is Deion Branch type quickness. He has good balls skills and the speed to play Center Field, but is at his best when he is allowed to attack. Chung is the type of guy you want on your team. He was that knack for always seeming to be around the ball. No Safety in this this Draft has better change of direction quickness than Chung. I think he can play a little CB in a pinch, but he is not a CB, I think he has better cover skills than given credit for, but even I can't see him playing CB full time. I do think he can step down as a Nickel Corner for a game or two when injuries strike, but any more than that and you are asking for trouble. .  

The Reason: The Dolphins lost both starting Safeties form last season. They sign Gibril Wilson, but really don't have another viable Safety on the roster..

Second Choice: Terrance Taylor NT

57.

25.

Ravens

Derrick Williams-  

WR/KR/PR Penn ST

5-11.2, 197, 4.5

 

Vontae Davis

CB/FS Illinois  

5-11 1/8, 203, 4.40

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

Key F.A. Signings:

L.J. Smith TE

Matt Birk OC

Domonique Foxworth CB 

Key F.A.  Loses:

Jason Brown OC 

Marques Douglas DE

Bart Scott LB

Chris McAllister 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 Player: Williams is the last of the super fast big play guys. he has spectacular shimmy-shimmy-shake feet, and can hop and dance all over the field with irritating elusiveness. Showed a disturbing lack of speed at the Combine. However, he is a great receiver, and has the Deion Branch type quickness and ability to run patterns. He has the hands and quickness to match any WR in this years Draft. Has excellent hands. Showed he skills and talents at the Senior Bowl that made him look like a legit NFL WR. Pats-type receiver, more quick than fast, runs good routes, and has great hands. Dominated Senior Bowl practices, where he looked uncoverable all week. Has great versatility, as he can return Kicks and Punts, and has run out of the backfield, so will have extra time to develop as a WR. Could be a "Wildcat" Option QB. He was a four year starter who has a good, not great production. Had a very good senior season, where he really came into the national spotlight. 2007 and 2008 where his best season, and he garnered 1,024 Yards and 15 TDs on 99 catches. Again very good, but not great. A super versatile WR who can return kicks and punts, run the ball, line up as a Wildcat option QB, and play the slot. He looks to me like a Wes Welker clone. He had a crappy Combine, and ran himself out of the First Day. However, he rebounded at his Proday and ran a 4.5 on Penn's slow track. He is what he is, and that is a super versatile KR/RB/PR/WR, whose best position in the NFL will be as a super quick Slot Receiver. 

The Reason: The Raven not only need a WR, they could use some size at WR as well.  

Second Choice: Percy Harvin WR

58.

26.

Patriots

Jamon Meredith

OL South Carolina

6-4 3/4, 307, 5.0, 

31 Reps, 28", 8'9", 34 3/4"arms

 

James Laurinaitis- 

ILB Ohio ST

 

Larry English-

OLB Northern Illinois

 

Rashard Johnson-

FS Alabama

OLB, ORT, S, ILB, 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: As it stands now, I think they will be ecstatic if Meredith falls to them here. I doubt you or anyone else would agree with me. However, he can play any line position except OC. He can play ORG, and whenever Stephen Neal and his chronically crappy shoulder get injured the O-Line falls apart. He could start at ORT next season and be an upgrade over Nick Kaczur. Plus, I believe his eventual position in the NFL will be ORG or OLT. How many O-Line prospect can you say that about? Plus, Dante Scarnecchia attended his Proday.

The Player: Meredith is a Patriots kind of O-Lineman. He is more athletic than big. He is smart and understand his deficiencies. He is super versatile, and has experience at every O-Line position except Center. Plus, he is much tougher than he is given credit for. He played last season real light, so he was overwhelmed by power sometimes, but he never stopped fighting. He will punch and jab and push and shove, and keep fighting until the whistle. He sometimes gets a little to high when he plays OG, and he really uses his long arms sp effectively that he sometimes get caught overextending as he reaches out the D-Linemen. Overall though, he is an excellent hand fighter. He played exclusively on the Left side as a Senior at a two small 289 pounds. He showed up at the Senior Bowl, and played exclusively on the right side, and played at over 290 pounds. Then he showed up at the Combine at close to pounds, showing he understand his best flaw is his weight and strenght and that he needs to bulk up and play at 300 pounds. He had a great Proday, working out in front of Dante Scarnecchia. He showed up at 307 pounds! He was able to display his great athleticism and his feet, which I think are good enough to play some OLT in a pinch. He definitely showed the athleticism to be a great OG, and play ORT. Than he shows up at his Proday at 307. By gaining 18 pounds since the season ended, he  showed he understands what his biggest weakness is, and what he needs to do to improve and play in the NFL. 

Meredith is on of the most versatile Linemen in the draft. He does a nice job of extending his arms and impacting defenders. He does a nice job in pass protection of extending his arms and dancing with his feet. He can play Left or Right Guard, and played mostly OT until 2008, and  he play Right Tackle at the Senior Bowl. He can get out the second level and destroy LB, loves to smash right into them, extend his arms, and drive them backwards. Has long arms which he uses well. Terrific athlete. Can chip on D-Tackle, and continue to look for another defender. Can dominate when he plays and stays low and extends his arms. Has a nice short set, as an O-Guard, in pass protection. Has a great punch. I don't see him as an OT in the NFL. Is a little light and can be beaten by size. I didn't see him at Tackle so I never saw him Kick-Step, but he looked like a Patriots type O-Linemen to me. More athletic than big. Versatile and plays smart. Will fight, but can get thrown around a little because of a lack of size. 

The Reason: The Pats have addressed almost all of their off the Line issues in Free Agency. Belichick knows defense and offense start on the Lines. This may be to early to address the O-Line, but look for him to start getting help for the Right Side of the O-Line. Meredith has the feet and athleticism to play anywhere on the line except Center, but looks he like he will be better off starting on the Right side like he did in college. An OLB/PR, a Nose Tackle and a Safety look like the only other real needs going into next season. 

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Second Choice: Rashard Johnson FS  

59.

27.

Panthers

Jared Cook

H-Back South Carolina

6-4 5/8, 249, 4.5, 

4.56 SS, 7.25 3-Cone,   

DT, DE, TE, DE?, OL, LB, DL. TE

Key F.A. Signings:

 

Key F.A.  Loses:

 

The Team: I just don't there Tight Ends, sorry. 

The Player: Cook is a big tall receiving H-Back. He has great hands. Has a knack for getting open right down the middle of the field. He can stretch the seam better than any other Tight End in this Draft, a QB's best friend. He averaged 15.5 Yard per Catch last season, and garnered 573 yards and 3 TDs on 37 Receptions. He is a converted WR, who blocks like a WR. He is not a good blocker. He will struggle as a blocker in the NFL until he adds strength, bulk, and learns how to bend his knees and get low.  

The Reason: As a receiving H-Back down the seam there is no one better. And the way he can consistently get open right in the middle of the field makes him a QB's best friend, and Jake Delhomme can use all the friend he can get in this offense.

Second Choice: Ricky Jean-Francois DT

60.

28.

Giants

Marcus Freeman-

OLB Ohio ST

 6' 3/4, 239, 4.51 

 

Brandon Pettigrew-

TE Oklahoma ST

 

Mohamed Massaquoi-

WR Georgia

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

The Team: The Giants are a tough team to figure. They Draft so well and have a lot young talent on their team. But I see a hole or two at LB.

The Player: Is a super athletic flash and dash Linebacker who is best suited in a Tampa Two. However, he plays stronger than he is given credit for, and he shows good stubbornness at the point of attack. I was shocked to Freeman rated so high coming into the season as a 6-1 220 pound LB, but he has increasingly put on weight for  the past two years, and looked like he was carrying over 230 pounds last season. He showed  up at the Senior Bowl at 235, and at the Combine at 239. The more I watch him the more I like him. He actually looks like he Stacks and Sheds blockers better than Laurinaitis. He is also pretty good in coverage. He can find the RB swinging out of the backfield and does a good job shadowing him. Good tackler who breaks down well. Lack of height will hurt him in the NFL.

The Reason: I know he is not a perfect fit for their system, but Freeman will add some speed and athleticism to Giant's Linebackers.   

Second Choice: Jauquin Iglesias WR

61.

29.

Colts

*Sen'Derick Marks-  

DT Auburn

6-1, 295 

 

Ziggy Hood

DT Missouri

DT, WR, ILB, 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 are looking very good. If Peria Jerry somehow falls into their laps at 28, it will be a huge steal for the horrible Bill Polian. They lost Marvin Harrison, but they still have two good starters. However, neither Anthony Gonzalez not Reggie Wayne are speedsters. Adding a speedster to these two WR would go a long way to making Manning happy.

The Player: Marks was the second best Under Tackle I watch last season. He is monstrously quick. Is naturally squat, and he plays and stays low. Plays with great lean. He is a great hand fighter. Very smart. Understand what the offense is trying to do, what his responsibilities are, and how play. Does a great job of reading when the offense is doing, while still getting into the backfield to disrupt the play. Does a good job locating the ball in the backfield. He can look unblockable sometimes. He is very strong. Has a rare blend of strength and quickness. Has long arms that the uses well against bigger taller O-Lineman. He will be drafted lower than he should because of his size.

The Reason: Hood gives them the NT-type D-tackle, and Marks is the Under-Tackle that can disrupt plays with quickness move then clog the middle. Marks is a great 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.   

Second Choice: Vance Walker DT 

62.

30.

Titans

Cody Brown

OLB Connecticut

6-2, 242, 

4.6, 26 Reps, 36.5, 10'0"

 

*Derrius Heyward-Bey

WR Maryland

6-1 5/8, 210, 4.3, 38.5", 10'6" 

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

F.A. Signings:

Nate Washington WR

Key F.A.  Loses:

Albert Haynesworth DT

Brandon Jones WR

The Team: Titans will need help on the D-Line. However, I think they have more young D-tackles than D-Ends. Plus, Kruger could develop into a big LB. 

The Player: Brown is and underrated passrusher who is a great hand fighter. Has a vicious punch-move that he uses to gain separation with good violence. He has hands like vises, and really knows how to use them in a Shrug-move. Also has a good Chop-move. Essentially he excels at any football skill that involves uses his hands. Has good speed and can run the Horn. Not the smartest player, but more of a pure passrusher. Had an excellent Proday at Connecticut, where he ran a 4.6, and he has worked his way into the 2nd or 3rd Round. Reminds me of Tully Banta-Cain. Has strong legs and when he can get into the chest of the OLT he can bull rush backwards with surprising power. Has that knack for getting to the Quarterback, and while go higher than most people think. he was quietly effective at the Senior Bowl. he didn't make any eye opening plays, and even though he workout as a DE, he showed he had the athleticism to play OLB in a 3-4.   

The Reason: Kruger is too good to pass up here. I see Kruger more as a 3-4 OLB, but he can be a tough run stopping D-End in a 4-3. Titans have two good passrushing D-Ends, but they need a young DE who can come in and play every down. 

Second Choice: Keenan Lewis CB 

63.

31.

Cardinals

LeSean McCoy-

RB Pittsburgh

5-11, 200, 4.5, 29", 8'11"

 

*Everette Brown- 

DE/OLB

Florida ST

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

F.A. Trades:

Mike Peterson LB

Bryant McFadden CB

Key F.A.  Loses:

Antonio Smith DE

Matt Stewart LB

Nathan Hodel LS

The Team: What the Cards need more than anything else is a little speed back to compliment their big slow bruising Backs. They took a bog chance in the 1st round not taking a RB, and it looks like it is going to pay off. 

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: My highest rated player still on the board at a need position. McCoy looks like something special on the field, and looks like a bust off the field (I mean Combine wise, not character). Plus, what the    

Second Choice: Terrence Taylor NT  

64.

32.

Steelers

Eric Wood-

OC  Louisville

6-4, 304, 5.0

 

Ron Brace-

NT BC

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: The Steelers have some O-Line concerns, they need a O-Guard more than a O-Center. However, Steelers fan have been emailing me looking for a Center;-) A lot of people have the Steelers taking Eric Wood in the 1st Round. However, I think there are 5 O-Centers would can start in the NFL next season, so OC will slid down a little in this Draft.   

The Player: Woods is the most physical Center in the Draft. He is a smash mouth Center, who likes to mix it up. He has good size, and like the top three OC in this Draft, he is built more like an O-Tackle than a OC. He is very durable, and has started every game for Louisville overt the past 4 seasons. Tough aggressive mauler who is at his best when moving forward in the run game. He is very smart and very tough. Lacks so athleticism and is a phone booth blocker.    

The Reason: Steelers need some help on the interior O-Line. Unger is a good player, but they would have to take him in the 1st. Mack is a good player, but I don't think he fits their aggressive physical system. Woods on the other hand fit their run first style perfectly. He may have to shift outside to O-Guard for a year or two, but sooner or later he will be their starting Center.    

Second Choice: Keenan Lewis CB  

Third Round

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