Posted on: April 16, 2010 7:37 pm
 

Irish Dawg's Collaborative Mock Draft Recap

1st round: Traded to San Francisco for the right to draft Everette Brown in last year's draft.

2nd round: Brandon LaFell  WR, LSU 
                   Carolina's biggest concern in the offseason is upgrading the wide receiver corps.  Steve Smith is the only proven wide receiver, and he's constantly double and triple teamed.  For Matt Moore to be successful, somebody needs to step up oppostie Smith.  And Dwayne Jarrett, although displaying flashes of brilliance, hasn't shown that he can consistantly get open in the NFL.

3rd round: Geno Atkins DT, Georgia
                  Ed Johnson and Leonard Louis are starting.  And Corvey Irvin, Nick Hayden, and Tank Tyler are backups.  The Panthers are in need of some serious help after surrendering their third worst season average for rushing yards per game.  1st and 2nd are 2001 and 1998...the Panthers totaled five wins in those two seasons (and they have been the only two seasons in which the Panthers didn't win at least 7 games).  Atkins, although small, is very strong.  And he stood out at Senior Week.

4th round: Daniel Te'o-Nesheim DE, Washington
                  He's a bit undersized for a typical 4-3 defensive end, but Ron Meeks likes the smaller and faster defensive players.  His philosphy: The quicker you can get a bunch of players around the ball, the better your chances are of a stop or a turnover.  Te'o-Nesheim's high motor would fit right into Meeks system.  He also had an outstanding Combine.

5th round: Traded to Cleveland for DT Leonard Louis last season.

6th round: Traded to Miami for the right to move up and draft Geno Atkins in this mock draft.
                  With Cleveland, Jacksonville, and Chicago in front of me all needing help at defensive tackle, I got kinda worried that Atkins (and Alualu) might not be there at #78.  As it turned out, Tyson Alualu went off the board at #77 to Cleveland.  But none of the other GMs between #72 and #78 pursued a tackle in the third, and I would've been happy with either Atkins or Alualu.  My drafting inexperience got the better of me this time. 

6th round compensatory: Kyle Williams WR/KR Arizona State
                                       The Panthers have not had a kick (kickoff or punt) return for a touchdown since 2003.  Since 2003, they have given up 4 punt returns and a kickoff return for a touchdown.  The coverage teams have been improved with the signings of coverage standouts: Aaron Fransisco, Marcus Hudson, and Wallace Wright.  The drafting of Williams, gives them another option to return kicks.  He has also shown improvement in the offense.

6th round compensatory: Zac Robinson QB Oklahoma State
                                       Drafted as a project quarterback in case Matt Moore isn't the long term answer.

7th round: Rafael Priest CB, TCU
                  Drafted for depth in the secondary, and could possibly be a "sleeper in the seventh" like Captain Munnerlyn was last season.

7th round compensatory: Perry Riley  OLB, LSU
                                       Highest rated player left on my board.  There's always room on the roster for linebacker depth.

• Signed undrafted-free agent Garrett Lindholm, place kicker from Tarleton State
    Will replace Rhys Llyod in the kickoff duties, and hopefully replace the 40 year old John Kasay, who has lost a little leg of late.






Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: March 11, 2009 8:51 am
Edited on: March 12, 2009 8:27 am
 

Round 2, Update 2

   1. Detroit- William Beatty(OT:UCONN)

      The Lions jump on the chance to draft their franchise tackle as well.

   2. New England (from Kansas City)- Duke Robinson(OG:Oklahoma)

      The Patriots are looking for the eventual replacement for Stephen Neal, who's in his contract year.

   3. St. Louis- Josh Freeman(QB:Kansas State)

      Has Marc Bulger been hit too many times?  Or was he just uncomfortable in the previous coaching staff's system?  Either way, the Rams look for his eventual replacement.

   4. Cleveland- Larry English(OLB:Northern Illinois)

      With English available, the Browns will look to upgrade their linebacking corps even more.

   5. Seattle- D.J. Mooore(CB:Vandy)

      After giving up more than 259 yards per game last season, the Seahawks look to upgrade their secondary.  This pick also fits into Jim Mora's history of draft choices.

   6. Cincinnati- Aaron Maybin(DE:Penn State)

      The Bengals only had 17 sacks last season.  Maybin should be able to increase that.

   7. Jacksonville- Connor Barwin(OLB:Cincinnati)

      The Jaguars add depth to their linebacking corps here.

   8. Oakland- Hakeem Nicks(WR:UNC)

      The Raiders get the steal of the draft with the 40th pick.  Twenty-nine teams are going to regret not drafting this kid.  I see another Aquan Boldin.  Not that I'm biased, or anything.

   9. Green Bay- Sen'Derricks Marks(DE:Auburn)

      The Packers are hoping that Marks can start opposite Cullen Jenkins at defensive end.

  10. Buffalo- Jared Cook(TE:South Carolina)-

      The Bills need to find a starting tight end.  Cook's got the speed to help spread the defense for Trent Edwards.

  11. San Francisco- Clint Sintim(DE:Virginia)

      Sintim is the big-play linebacker that the 49ers need opposite of Parys Haralson.

  12. Miami(from Washington)- Ron Brace(DT:BC)

      With the difficulty of finding a good nose tackle, the Dolphins will try their luck with Brace.

  13. New York Giants(from New Orleans)- Marcus Freeman(OLB:Ohio State)

      The linebacking corps of the Giants needs more help than just Michael Boley.

  14. Houston- Patrick Chung(S:Oregon)

      The Texans have always been looking for a top-flight strong safety.

  15. New England(from San Diego)- William Moore(S:Mizzu)

      The Patriots hope that Moore will be able to fill Rodney Harrison's shoes.

  16. Denver- Eric Wood(C:Louisville)

      The Broncos will need to replace the retire Tom Nalen

  17. Chicago- Louis Delmas(S:Western Michigan)

      Danieal Manning isn't the answer at free safety.

  18. Cleveland(from Tampa Bay)- Kenny Britt(WR:Rutgers)

      The Browns need Britt to keep defenses from double-teaming Braylon Edwards.

  19. Dallas- Darcel McBath(S:Texas Tech)

      Ken Hamlin isn't turning out the way that the Cowboys have hoped.  McBath will get the oppurtunity upgrade the position.

  20. New York Jets- Brian Robiskie(WR:Ohio State)

      The Jets hope that Robiskie can be the starter opposite Jericho Cotchery.

  21. Philadelphia- Herman Johnson(OG:LSU)

      The Eagles draft Johnson so that Todd Herremans can move to the outside and start opposite Stacy Andrews.

  22. Minnesota- Juaquin Iglesias(WR:Oklahoma)

      Sidney Rice has been a bust so far, the Vikings will try their luck with Iglesias.

  23. Atlanta- Fili Moala(DT:USC)

      The Falcons are looking improve their rush defense.

  24. Miami- Louis Murphy(WR:Florida)

      The St. Petersburg native's got the height and speed that the Dolphims love.

  25. Baltimore- Darry Beckwith(MLB:LSU)

      The Ravens are looking for someone to start opposite Ray Lewis.  And to eventually take over for him when he retires.

  26. New England- Donald Brown(RB:UCONN)

      Fred Taylor is only a short term answer.  And Brown is a real good value here.

  27. Carolina- Michael Johnson(DE:Georgia Tech)

      Jon Gruden went as far to say that Johnson was a "Julius Peppers clone."  Whatever happens to Julius Peppers, one cannot think that he'll be in Carolina for long.  Also, despite Tyler Brayton's admirable play against the run, he has no pass rush.  Given that Fox aparently hates blitz packages, quarterback pressure has to come from the ends.

  28. New York Giants- Jairus Byrd(CB:Oregon)

      The Giants need somebody to replace Sam Madison.  This would allow Terrell Thomas to move to free safety.

  29. Indianapolis- Mohamed Massaquoi(WR:Georgia)

      Massaquoi gives the Colts a possession-type wide receiver that would complement Reggie Wayne and Anthony Gonzalez.

  30. Tennessee-Kraig Urbick(OG:Wisconsin)

      The Titans choose to go for offensive line depth with this pick.

  31. Arizona- Jonathan Luigs(C:Arkansas)

      Lyle Sendlein is not the answer at center.  The Cardinals hope that Luigs is.

  32. Pittsburgh- Jarron Gilbert(DE:San Jose State)

      Gilbert would be a good fit to take over for the ageing Aaron Smith as left defensive end in the Steelers'3-4 defense.

 

 

Category: NFL
Posted on: March 11, 2009 8:46 am
Edited on: March 11, 2009 7:36 pm
 

Round 1, Update 2

   1. Detroit- Matthew Stafford(QB:Georgia)

      John Kitna was sent to the Cowboys, Dan Orvlovsky still remains a free agent, Drew Stanton can't remain healthy enough to actually play, and Daunte Culpepper is certainly not the long-term answer.  All signs all certainly pointing to the Lions selecting their franchise quarterback with the first pick.

   2. St. Louis- Jason Smith(OT:Baylor)

      With Orlando Pace being released, it appears as though the Rams are preparing to draft a franchise lineman.

   3. Kansas City- Eugene Monroe(OT:Virginia)

      The Chiefs will want to protect their new investment by selecting Monroe with this pick.

   4. Seattle- Michael Crabtree(WR:Texas Tech)

      In Jim Mora's three seasons as head coach of Atlanta, he chose a cornerback and wide receiver in 2004 in the first round, a wide receiver in 2005 in the first round, and his first pick in 2006 was a cornerback (it was actually a second rounder).  He aparently prefers spending his top picks on skilled positions.  Crabtree is a receiver that can start opposite T.J. Houshmandzadeh, which will allow Deion Branch to go to a more natural slot position.

   5. Cleveland- Aaron Curry(OLB:Wake Forrest)

      Given Curry's versatility and Cleveland's need for all linebackers, the Browns are more than happy drafting him here.

   6. Cincinnati- Michael Oher(OT:Ole Miss)

      With Stacey Andrews going to Philly, Levi Jones' poor performance last season, and the fact that they haven't pursued a FA tackle, I tend to believe that they'll select Oher with this pick.

   7. Oakland- B.J. Raji(DT:BC)

      If the Raiders want to even be considered respectable, they must improve their run defense.

   8. Jacksonville- Jeremy Macklin(WR:Mizzu)

      Macklin will be expected to provide a downfield threat and big-play ability to a wide receiver corps that's been lacking since the retirement of Jimmy Smith.

   9. Green Bay- Brian Orakpo(DE/OLB:Texas)

      With the Packers moving to a 3-4 defense next season, Orakpo would be a great candidate for the outside rusher spot.

  10. San Francisco- Andre Smith(OT:Alabama)

      The 49ers are looking for someone to play opposite of Joe Staley.

  11. Buffalo- Everette Brown(DE:Florida State)

      The only way to stop the juggernaut that is the New England Patriots, the Bills will need to be able to apply more pressure.

  12. Denver- Rey Maualuga(MLB:USC)

      With the Broncos also changing to the 3-4 defense, they will need another inside linebacker to play alongside Andra Davis.

  13. Washington- Tyson Jackson(DE:LSU)

      The Redskins look to replace Jason Taylor and to give Albert Haynesworth some help with this pick.

  14. New Orleans- Malcolm Jenkins(FS/CB:Ohio State)

      With the Saints Offense scoring so many points, it's hard to imagine them being an 8-8 team.  That's why they'll use this pick to improve their secondary.

  15. Houston- Peria Jerry(DT:Ole Miss)

      With the signing of Antonio Smith, the Texans look to add even more firepower to their defensive line.

  16. San Diego- Eben Britton(OT:Arizona)

      The Chargers need an upgrade at the right tackle position.

  17. New York Jets- Mark Sanchez(QB:USC)

      With Sanchez still on the board, the Jets cannot pass on him.

  18. Chicago- Brian Cushing(OLB:USC)

      The Bears can't pass on Cushing at this pick.

  19. Tampa Bay- Vontae Davis(CB:Illinois)

      With Phillip Buchanon going to Detroit, and Ronde Barber at the end of his career, the Buccaneers will look towards the future of their secondary.

  20. Detroit(from Dallas)- James Laurinaitis(MLB:Ohio State)

      There's really not a position that cannot be upgraded on an 0-16 team.  The Lions will pick the "quarterback of the defense" with this pick.

  21. Philadelphia- Chris Wells(RB:Ohio State)

      Adds the power to the speed and versatility of Brian Westbrook.  Will allow the Eagles the ability to convert on the third-and-1's that plagued them last season.

  22. Minnesota- Alex Mack(C:California)

      With Matt Birk going to Baltimore, the Vikings look to replace him.

  23. New England- Darius Butler(CB:UCONN)

      Even though they signed Shawn Springs, the Patriots need to add young depth to this position.

  24. Atlanta- Brandon Pettigrew(TE:Oklahoma State)

      The Falcons will look to give Matt Ryan the top flight tight end he lacked last season.

  25. Miami- Clay Matthews(OLB:USC)

      The Dolphins could use Matthews to start opposite Joey Porter, and rotate in Matt Roth to help Porter last through the season and into the playoffs.  He should also help keep the offense more honest by keeping them from double-teaming Porter every play.

  26. Baltimore- Darrius Heyward-Bey(WR:Maryland)

      With this pick, the Ravens will look for a wide receiver to start opposite Derrick Mason...and then eventually replace him.

  27. Indianapolis- Evander Hood(DT:Mizzu)

      The Colts need somebody else on their team that can stop the run besides Bob Sanders.

  28. Philadelphia(from Carolina)- Sean Smith(S/CB:Utah)

      Even though they signed Sean Jones, the Eagles pick Smith to either start, or push Jones' production.

  29. New York Giants- Percy Harvin(WR:Florida)

      Harvin gives Eli that big-play receiver when Plaxico Burress is shooting himself in the leg.

  30. Tennessee- Alphoso Smith(CB:Wake Forrest)      

      All of the Titans top reserve cornerbacks are free agents, and Nick Harper will be 35.

  31. Arizona- Knowshon Moreno(RB:Georgia)

      The Cardinals are hoping that Moreno will be the running back that Edgerrin James was supposed to be.

  32. Pittsburgh- Max Unger(C:Oregon)

      The Steelers look to upgrade from Justin Hartwig's 6.5 surrendered sacks.

 

 

 

 

 

Category: NFL
Posted on: March 7, 2009 8:41 am
Edited on: March 7, 2009 5:55 pm
 

Round 2, Update 1

   1. Detroit- William Beatty(OT:UCONN)-

      The Lions jump on the chance to draft their franchise tackle as well.

   2. New England (from Kansas City)- Duke Robinson(OG:Oklahoma)-

      The Patriots are looking for the eventual replacement for Stephen Neal, who's in his contract year.

   3. St. Louis- Clay Matthews(OLB:USC)-

      The Rams need somebody to start opposite Pisa Tinoisamoa.  Matthews is an excellent value here.

   4. Cleveland- Larry English(OLB:Northern Illinois)-

      With English available, the Browns will look to upgrade their linebacking corps even more.

   5. Seattle- Donald Brown(RB:UCONN)-

      Maurice Morris hit the road, and Julius Jones doesn't seem like the answer.  The Seahawks definitely need an upgrade here.

   6. Cincinnati- Robert Ayers(DE:Tennessee)-

      The Bengals only had 17 sacks last season.  Ayers should be able to increase that.  He's also good against the run.

   7. Jacksonville- Jamon Meredith(OT:South Carolina)-

      The Jaguars need a replacement for Khalif Barnes, who surrendered 7.5 sacks and 9 penalties last season.

   8. Oakland- Hakeem Nicks(WR:UNC)-

      The Raiders get the steal of the draft with the 40th pick.  Twenty-nine teams are going to regret not drafting this kid.  I see another Aquan Boldin.  Not that I'm biased, or anything.

   9. Green Bay- Jarron Gilbert(DE:San Jose State)-

      The Pakers is hoping that Gilbert can start opposite Cullen Jenkins at defensive end.

  10. Buffalo- Jared Cook(TE:South Carolina)-

      The Bills need to find a starting tight end.  Cook's got the speed to help spread the defense for Trent Edwards.

  11. San Francisco- Connor Barwin(OLB:Cincinnati)-

      Barwin is the pass rushing linebacker that the 49ers needs opposite of Parys Haralson.

  12. Miami(from Washington)- Ron Brace(DT:BC)-

      With the difficulty of finding a good nose tackle, the Dolphins will try their luck with Brace.

  13. New York Giants(from New Orleans)- Marcus Freeman(OLB:Ohio State)-

      The linebacking corps of the Giants needs more help than just Michael Boley.

  14. Houston- Patrick Chung(S:Oregon)-

      The Texans have always been looking for a top-flight strong safety.

  15. New England(from San Diego)- Clint Sintim(DE:Virginia)-

      The Patriots hope that Sintim will be able to go inside, and play alongside Jerrod Mayo when Teddy Bruschi and Juniour Seau retire.

  16. Denver- Eric Wood(C:Louisville)-

      The Broncos will need to replace the retire Tom Nalen

  17. Chicago- Louis Delmas(S:Western Michigan)-

      Danieal Manning isn't the answer at free safety.

  18. Cleveland(from Tampa Bay)- Kenny Britt(WR:Rutgers)-

      The Browns need Britt to keep defenses from double-teaming Braylon Edwards.

  19. Dallas- William Moore(S:Mizzu)-

      The Cowboys are hoping that Moore is the safety that Roy Williams was supposed to be.

  20. New York Jets- Percy Harvin(WR:Florida)-

      The Jets hope that Harvin can be the starter opposite Jericho Cotchery.

  21. Philadelphia- Herman Johnson(OG:LSU)-

      The Eagles draft Johnson so that Todd Herremans can move to the outside and start opposite Stacy Andrews.

  22. Minnesota- Phil Loadholt(OT:Oklahoma)-

      Loadholt is just the type of tackle the Vikings like...massive.

  23. Atlanta- Tyrone McKenzie(OLB:USF)-

      The Falcons are looking to replace Michael Boley.

  24. Miami- Juaquin Iglesias(WR:Oklahoma)-

      The Dolphins are looking for for posession receiver to go along with Ted Ginn.

  25. Baltimore- Darry Beckwith(MLB:LSU)-

      The Ravens are looking for someone to start opposite Ray Lewis.  And to eventually take over for him when he retires.

  26. New England- LeSean McCoy(RB:Pitt)-

      Fred Taylor is only a short term answer.  And McCoy is a real good value here.

  27. Carolina- D.J. Mooore(CB:Vandy)-

      Given that the Panthers have been shopping Ken Lucas around, one would think that his time in Carolina is limited.  Moore's combine speed left much to be desired.  However, he does possess a 39.5" vertical.  He had 5 INT's, 4.5 TFL's and 6 PBU's.  And made second team All-American.  Now, before you Panther faithful bless me out for selecting Moore over Fili Moala or Sen'Derricks Marks, I wanted to make you aware that my intentions was to hopefully select Dorell Scott fom Clemson in the third.  He's a monstrous defensive tackle who's said to be one of the hardest working players in this class.

  28. New York Giants- Alphoso Smith(CB:Wake Forrest)-

      The Giants need somebody to replace Sam Madison.  This would allow Terrell Thomas to move to free safety.  Smith has first round talent but is 5'9" with a 34" vertical.

  29. Indianapolis- Brian Robiskie(WR:Ohio State)-

      The Colts need Robiskie to start opposite Reggie Wayne, so Anthony Gonzalez can stay in the slot.

  30. Tennessee-Kraig Urbick(OG:Wisconsin)-

      The Titans choose to go for offensive line depth with this pick.

  31. Arizona- Paul Kruger(DE:Utah)-

      The Cardinals Need to replace Antonio Smith and his unspectacular performance.

  32. Pittsburgh- Sen'Derricks Marks(DE:Auburn)-

      Marks would be a good fit to take over for the ageing Aaron Smith as left defensive end in the Steelers'3-4 defense.

 

 

 

(It was brought to my attention that I had not used the most current  draft order.  Kansas City had traded their second to New England, and Tampa Bay had traded their second to Cleveland.  I had started with an old template and forgot to change them.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Category: NFL
Posted on: March 7, 2009 8:22 am
Edited on: March 7, 2009 10:12 am
 

Round 1, update 1

   1. Detroit- Matthew Stafford(QB:Georgia)-

      John Kitna was sent to the Cowboys, Dan Orvlovsky still remains a free agent, Drew Stanton can't remain healthy enough to actually play, and Daunte Culpepper is certainly not the long-term answer.  All signs all certainly pointing to the Lions selecting their franchise quarterback with the first pick.

   2. St. Louis- Jason Smith(OT:Baylor)-

      The Rams offensive line last season was just that...offensive.  And it looks as though they are shopping Orlando Pace around for a third rounder. If they honor Torry Holt's wishes and release him, Crabtree might become a candidate here.

   3. Kansas City- Eugene Monroe(OT:Virginia)-

      The Chiefs will want to protect their new investment by selecting Monroe with this pick.

   4. Seattle- Michael Oher(OT:Ole Miss)-

      Given the fact that this is probably Walter Jones' last season in Seattle, the Seahawks will draft his replacement in Oher.

   5. Cleveland- Aaron Curry(OLB:Wake Forrest)-

      Given Curry's versatility and Cleveland's need for all linebackers, the Browns are happy drafting him here.

   6. Cincinnati- Andre Smith(OT:Alabama)-

      With Stacey Andrews going to Philly, Levi Jones' poor performance last season, and the fact that they haven't pursued a FA tackle, I tend to believe that they'll select Smith with this pick.

   7. Oakland- B.J. Raji(DT:BC)-

      If the Raiders want to even be considered respectable, they must improve their run defense.

   8. Jacksonville- Michael Crabtree(WR:Texas Tech)-

      With no true number one wide receiver, Jacksonville will take a chance on Crabtree.

   9. Green Bay- Brian Orakpo(DE/OLB:Texas)-

      With the Packers moving to a 3-4 defense next season, Orakpo would be a great candidate for the outside rusher spot.

  10. San Francisco- Eben Britton(OT:Arizona)-

      The 49ers are looking for someone to play opposite of Joe Staley.

  11. Buffalo- Everette Brown(DE:Florida State)-

      The only way to stop the juggernaut that is the New England Patriots, the Bills will need to be able to apply more pressure.

  12. Denver- Rey Maualuga(MLB:USC)-

      With the Broncos also changing to the 3-4 defense, they will need another inside linebacker to play alongside Andra Davis.

  13. Washington- Brian Cushing(OLB:USC)-

      The Redskins number one concern really is offensive tackle.  Since there's not one left that's worth selecting with this pick, they will look to replace Marcus Washington with Brian Cushing.

  14. New Orleans- Malcolm Jenkins(FS/CB:Ohio State)-

      With the Saints Offense scoring so many points, it's hard to imagine them being an 8-8 team.  That's why they'll use this pick to improve their secondary.

  15. Houston- Peria Jerry(DT:Ole Miss)-

      With the signing of Antonio Smith, the Texans look to add even more firepower to their defensive line.

  16. San Diego- Tyson Jackson(DE:LSU)-

      The loss of Igor Olshansky left a vacancy at the defensive end position.

  17. New York Jets- Mark Sanchez(QB:USC)-

      With Sanchez still on the board, the Jets cannot pass on him.

  18. Chicago- Michael Johnson(DE:Georgia Tech)-

      The Bears will look to return the defense to their regular position in the top ten.

  19. Tampa Bay- Josh Freeman(QB:Kansas State)-

      Neither Brain Griese, nor Luke McCown is the long term answer for Tampa Bay.  The Buccaneers new coach selects his franchise quarterback here.

  20. Detroit(from Dallas)- James Laurinaitis(MLB:Ohio State)-

      There's really not a position that cannot be upgraded on an 0-16 team.  The Lions will pick the "quarterback of the defense" with this pick.

  21. Philadelphia- Chris Wells(RB:Ohio State)-

      Adds the power to the speed and versatility of Brian Westbrook.

  22. Minnesota- Alex Mack(C:California)-

      With Matt Birk still a free agent, the Vikings look to replace him.

  23. New England- Vontae Davis(CB:Illinois)-

      Even though they signed Shawn Springs, the Patriots jump at the chance to draft Davis.

  24. Atlanta- Brandon Pettigrew(TE:Oklahoma State)-

      The Falcons will look to give Matt Ryan the top flight tight end he lacked last season.

  25. Miami- Aaron Maybin(DE/OLB:Penn State)-

      The Dolphins could use Maybin to start opposite Joey Porter, and rotate in Matt Roth to help Porter last through the season and into the playoffs.  He should also help keep the offense more honest by keeping them from double-teaming Porter every play.

  26. Baltimore- Jeremy Macklin(WR:Mizzu)-

      With this pick, the Ravens will look for a wide receiver to start opposite Derrick Mason...and then eventually replace him.

  27. Indianapolis- Evander Hood(DT:Mizzu)-

      The Colts need somebody else on their team that can stop the run besides Bob Sanders.

  28. Philadelphia(from Carolina)- Sean Smith(S/CB:Utah)-

      Even though they signed Sean Jones, the Eagles pick Smith to either start, or push Jones' production.

  29. New York Giants- Darrius Heyward-Bey(WR:Maryland)-

      Heyward-Bey gives Eli that big-play receiver when Plaxico Burress is shooting himself in the leg.

  30. Tennessee- Darius Butler(CB:UCONN)-

      All of the Titans top reserve cornerbacks are free agents, and Nick Harper will be 35.

  31. Arizona- Knowshon Moreno(RB:Georgia)-

      The Cardinals are hoping that Moreno will be the running back that Edgerrin James was supposed to be.

  32. Pittsburgh- Max Unger(C:Oregon)-

      The Steelers look to upgrade from Justin Hartwig's 6.5 surrendered sacks.

 

Category: NFL
Tags: Mock drafts
 
Posted on: March 1, 2009 4:34 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2009 7:41 am
 

Round 2

   1. Detroit- Michael Johnson(DE:Georgia Tech)

      An improved pass rush will help cover up flaws in the secondary.  Schwartz believes he can improve Johnson's work ethic.

   2. New England(from Kansas City)- Duke Robinson(OG:Oklahoma)

      The Patriots take advantage of the 2nd round pick awarded to them in the trade for Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel, and select their eventual replacement for Stephen Neal.

   3. St. Louis- D.J. Mooore(CB:Vandy)

      The Rams are in serious need of secondary help as well.  Moore will also help them in the return game.

   4. Cleveland- LeSean McCoy(RB:Pitt)

      Jamal Lewis cannot play forever, and is somewhat hit and miss.  Also, Jason Wright is a free agent.  McCoy is first round talent, but weighed in at 198 lbs. after suffering from the flu.

   5. Seattle- Donald Brown(RB:UCONN)

      Maurice Morris hit the road, and Julius Jones doesn't seem to be the long term answer.  The Seahawks definitely need an upgrade here, and Brown certainly showed off some skills in college.

   6. Cincinnati- Aaron Maybin(DE:Penn State)

      With only 17 sacks, the Bengals need Maybin to help increase that total.

   7. Jacksonville- Kenny Britt(WR:Rutgers)

      A wide receiver like Britt will help David Gerrard return to his 2007 form.

   8. Oakland- William Beatty(OT:UCONN)

      The Raiders hope they've found their bookend to Mario Henderson in Beatty.

   9. Green Bay- Phil Loadholt(OT:Oklahoma)

      The Packers must find a replacement for Mark Tauscher.

  10. Buffalo- Clint Sintim(DE:Virginia)

      The Bills need help getting after the quarterback.  Sintim is a beast who is quite versatile.

  11. San Francisco- Larry English(OLB:Northern Illinois)

      English is the pass rushing linebacker that the 49ers need opposite of Parys Haralson.

  12. Miami(from Washington)- Percy Harvin(WR:Florida)

      The Dolphins go with the versatile burner in Harvin.  Just what that crazy offense needs:  another wrinkle.

  13. New York Giants(from New Orleans)- Gerald Mcrath(OLB:Southern Miss)

      Joins with Michael Boley to improve the Giants linebacking corps.

  14. Houston- William Moore(S:Mizzu)

      The Texans have always been looking for a top-flight strong safety.

  15. New England(from San Diego)- Patrick Chung(S:Oregon)

      The Partriots hope to be able to replace Rodney Harrison with Chung, a very instinctive rover-type safety.

  16. Denver- Chris Baker(DT:Hampton)

      Raising his stock at the combine, Baker might be a good fit for the nose tackle position in Denver new 3-4.

  17. Chicago- Connor Barwin(DE:Cincinnati)

      The Bear's once vaunted defense could only muster 28 sacks last season.  An end like Barwin is just what they need.

  18. Cleveland(from Tampa Bay)- Sen'Derrick Marks(DT:Auburn)

      Marks will fill the left end position in the Browns 3-4 defense.  He'll be the upgrade for the unspectacular Shaun Smith.

  19. Dallas- Herman Johnson(OG:LSU)

      The Cowboys hope Johnson will be an upgrade over Kyle Kosier.

  20. New York Jets- Brian Robiskie(WR:Ohio State)

      Robiskie will be expected to be the starter opposite Jerricho Cotchery.

  21. Philadelphia- Eben Britton(OT:Arizona)

      Even though the Eagles signed Stacy Andrews in free agency, their offensive line is in need of some help.

  22. Minnesota- Jason Phillips(MLB:TCU)

      The Vikings look to replace Napoleon Harris with Phillips.

  23. Atlanta- Fili Moala(DT:USC)

      The Falcons look to sure up their defensive line by selecting Moala.

  24. Miami- Darius Butler(CB:UCONN)

      The Dolphins weren't exactly a good defense against the pass last season.

  25. Baltimore- Juaquin Iglesias(WR:Oklahoma)

      With Derrick Mason turning 35, the Ravens will need Iglesias to become Joe Flacco's new favorite target.

  26. New England- Darry Beckwith(MLB:LSU)

      Will eventually take over for the "retired" Junior Seau, and the ageing Tedy Bruschi.

  27. Carolina- Victor Harris(CB:Virginia Tech)

      With all the good defensive tackles off the board,the Panthers opt to go with "Macho" Harris, a play-maker who has seen time at receiver and kick returner.  The Panthers also have been attempting to shop Ken Lucas around, which means he'll, more than likely, be a June 1st, casuality if no takers are found.

  28. New York Giants- Rashad Johnson(FS:Alabama)

      The Giants address their need for a FS opposite Kenny Phillips.

  29. Indianapolis- Rashad Jennings(RB:Liberty)

      The Colts go with Jennings to help lighten the load for Joseph Addai, who does his best running in a platoon system.

  30. Tennessee- Alphonso Smith(CB:Wake Forrest)

      All of the Titans top reserve cornerbacks are free agents, and Nick Harper will be 35, Smith fills an immediate need.

  31. Arizona- Paul Kruger(DE:Utah)

      The Cardinals Need to replace Antonio Smith and his unspectacular performance.

  32. Pittsburgh- Jarron Gilbert(DE:San Jose State)

      Gilbert would be a good fit to take over for the ageing Aaron Smith as left defensive end in the Steelers'3-4 defense.

 

 

 

 

Category: NFL
Posted on: March 1, 2009 1:30 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2009 4:09 pm
 

Round 1

1. Detroit- Matthew Stafford(QB:Georgia)

      John Kitna was sent to the Cowboys, Dan Orlovsky still remains a free agent, Drew Stanton can't remain healthy enough to actually play, and Dante Culpepper is certainly not the long-term answer.  All signs all certainly pointing to the Lions selecting their franchise quarterback with the first pick.

   2. St. Louis- Jason Smith(OT:Baylor)

      The Rams offensive line last season was just that...offensive.  And it looks as though they are shopping Orlando Pace around for a third rounder.

   3. Kansas City- Aaron Curry(OLB:Wake Forrest)

      The Chiefs might want to go with an offensive lineman here to protect their new investment.  However, I believe that Scott Pioli understands that the defense must be the cornerstone of a successful frachise.  It's impossible to remain balanced on offense when your defense gets you in a hole early.

   4. Seattle- Eugene Monroe(OT:Virginia)

      Lets face it, Matt Hasslebeck is going to have to stay upright for the Seahawks to have any chance for success.  Their running game must also improve.  And Walter Jones isn't gettting any younger.

   5. Cleveland- Brian Orakpo(DE:Texas)

      Being a defensive coach, Mangini will try to revive this frachise starting on the defensive side.  The Browns only had 17 sacks last season, and need much help there.

   6. Cincinnati- Michael Crabtree(WR:Texas Tech)

      Although the Bengals need an offensive lineman, they will not pass on Crabtree falling to them with the 6th.

   7. Oakland- B.J. Raji(DT:BC)

      If the Raiders want to even be considered respectable, they must improve their run defense.

   8. Jacksonville- Michael Oher(OT:Ole Miss)

      The Jaguars need a replacement for Khalif Barnes, who surrendered 7.5 sacks and 9 penalties last season.

   9. Green Bay- Everette Brown(DE:Florida State)

      With the Packers moving to a 3-4 defense next season, Everette Brown would be a great candidate for the outside rusher spot.

  10. San Francisco- Malcolm Jenkins(FS/CB:Ohio State)

      With Curry, Orakpo, Breown, and Raji all off the board, the 49ers address their need for a safety with this pick.

  11. Buffalo- Brian Cushing(OLB:USC)

      The Bills defense let them down last season, and like San Francisco, since the top guys are all off the board, the Bills opt to sure up their linebacker position.

  12. Denver- Rey Maualuga(MLB:USC)

      With the Broncos also changing to the 3-4 defense, they will need another inside linebacker to play alongside Andra Davis.

  13. Washington- Clay Matthews(OLB:USC)

      With Marcus Washington being a cap casualty, the Redskins will opt to replace him with Matthews.

  14. New Orleans- Sean Smith(S/CB:Utah)

      With the Saints Offense scoring so many points, it's hard to imagine them being an 8-8 team.  That's why they'll use this pick to improve their secondary.

  15. Houston- Peria Jerry(DT:Ole Miss)

      With the signing of Antonio Smith and Jenkins and Smith off the board, the Texans look to add even more firepower to their defensive line.

  16. San Diego- Tyson Jackson(DE:LSU)

      The loss of Igor Olshansky left a vacancy at the defensive end position.

  17. New York Jets- Mark Sanchez(QB:USC)

      With Sanchez still on the board, the Jets cannot pass on him.

  18. Chicago- Jeremy Macklin(WR:Mizzu)

      With the release of Marty Booker, and Brandon Lloyd still a free agent, that leaves Rashied Davis as the starting wide receiver opposite Devin Hester.  Macklin is definitely an upgrade here, and provides the Bears with a wide receiving corps that cannot be ignored.

  19. Tampa Bay- Josh Freeman(QB:Kansas State)

      Neither Brain Griese, nor Luke McCown is the long term answer for Tampa Bay.  The Buccaneers new coach selects his franchise quarterback here.

  20. Detroit(from Dallas)- Andre Smith(OT:Alabama)

      The Lions jump on the chance to draft their franchise tackle as well.

  21. Philadelphia- Chris Wells(RB:Ohio State)

      Adds the power to the speed and versatility of Brian Westbrook.  The twin headed running attack that Wells provides will soften the blow if Donovan McNabb decides to ask for a trade.

  22. Minnesota- Alex Mack(C:California)

      With Matt Birk still a free agent, the Vikings look to replace him.

  23. New England- Vontae Davis(CB:Illinois)

      The Patriots are ecstatic to see Davis fall this far.  He brings the playmaking ability that Asante Samuel took with him to Philly.

  24. Atlanta- Brandon Pettigrew(TE:Oklahoma State)

      The Falcons will look to give Matt Ryan the top-flight tight end he lacked last season.

  25. Miami- Ron Brace(DT:BC)

      With the difficulty of finding a quality nose tackle, the Dolphins will try their luck with Brace.

  26. Baltimore James Laurinaitis(MLB:Ohio State)

      The Ravens look to replace Bart Scott now and eventually Ray Lewis.

  27. Indianapolis- Hakeem Nicks(WR:UNC)

      Nicks would be a good compliment to Reggie Wayne and Anthony Gonzalez.

  28. Philadelphia(from Carolina)- Louis Delmas(S:Western Michigan)

      The Eagles use the pick that they got from Carolina last season when the Panthers drafted Jeff Otah, to attempt to replace the one-of-a-kind Brian Dawkins.

  29. New York Giants- Darrius Heyward-Bey(WR:Maryland)

      Gives Eli Manning that big-play receiver when Plaxico Burress is shooting himself in the leg.

  30. Tennessee- Evander Hood(DT:Mizzu)

      The Titans attempt to replace Albert Haynesworth.  Hood's not the player Haynesworth is, but he'll do well enough to keep Tennessee a powerful defense.

  31. Arizona- Knowshon Moreno(RB:Georgia)

      The Cardinals are hoping that Moreno will be the running back that Edgerrin James was supposed to be.

  32. Pittsburgh- Max Unger(C:Oregon)

      The Steelers look to upgrade from Justin Hartwig's 6.5 surrendered sacks.

 

 

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