The actual NFL draft starts in three days. I’m pumped. This is a special edition mock draft because it’s not of my own creation. This is the result from the Fan Mock Draft we did, where each team was represented by a different person. There were trades, reaches, and players who slipped down the board. It had all the makings the resemble the actual draft. I’m listing the three rounds in typical spreadsheet fashion and then will have all the reasonings for each pick below the draft itself.
|1||1||St Louis||Ndamukong Suh||DT||Nebraska|
|1||2||Detroit||Russell Okung||OT||Oklahoma State|
|1||3||Tampa Bay||Eric Berry||S||Tennessee|
|1||5||Kansas City||Rolando McClain||LB||Alabama|
|1||7||Cleveland||Jimmy Clausen||QB||Notre Dame|
|1||10||Jacksonville||Dez Bryant||WR||Oklahoma State|
|1||13||San Francisco||Anthony Davis||OT||Rutgers|
|1||14||Seattle||CJ Spiller (traded to Cincinnati)||RB||Clemson|
|1||15||NY Giants||Sean Weatherspoon||LB||Missouri|
|1||16||Tennessee||Derrick Morgan||DE||Georgia Tech|
|1||17||San Francisco||Mike Iupati||G||Idaho|
|1||19||Atlanta||Kyle Wilson||CB||Boise State|
|1||21||Seattle (via Cincy)||Charles Brown||OT||USC|
|1||22||New England||Jason Pierre-Paul||DE/LB||South Florida|
|1||23||Green Bay||Bruce Campbell||OT||Maryland|
|1||27||Dallas||Nate Allen||S||South Florida|
|1||28||San Diego||Ryan Matthews||RB||Fresno State|
|1||29||NY Jets||Carlos Dunlap||DE||Florida|
|1||32||New Orleans||Tim Tebow||QB||Florida|
|* * * * * * * * ROUND 2 * * * * * * * *|
|2||33||St Louis||Golden Tate||WR||Notre Dame|
|2||35||Tampa Bay||Jerry Hughes||DE||TCU|
|2||36||Kansas City||Damian Williams||WR||USC|
|2||37||Indianapolis (via Washington)||Jared Odrick||DT||Penn State|
|2||38||Cleveland||Patrick Robinson||CB||Florida St.|
|2||40||San Diego||Cam Thomas||DT||North Carolina|
|2||42||Tampa Bay||Lamarr Houston||DT||Texas|
|2||44||New England||Jermaine Gresham||TE||Oklahoma|
|2||46||NY Giants||Brian Price||DT||UCLA|
|2||47||New England||Demaryius Thomas||WR||Georgia Tech|
|2||49||San Francisco||Tyson Alualu||DE||California|
|2||50||Kansas City||Torrell Troup||DT||UCF|
|2||52||Pittsburgh||Jonathan Dwyer||RB||Georgia Tech|
|2||53||New England||Eric Norwood||LB||South Carolina|
|2||54||Cincinnati||Morgan Burnett||FS||Georgia Tech|
|2||56||Green Bay||Koa Misi||LB||Utah|
|2||61||NY Jets||Jordan Shipley||WR||Texas|
|2||62||Minnesota||John Jerry||OT/OG||Ole Miss|
|2||63||Philadelphia (via Washington and Indianapolis)||Ricky Sapp||DE||Clemson|
|2||64||New Orleans||Vladimir Ducasse||OL||UMass|
|* * * * * * * * ROUND 3 * * * * * * * *|
|3||65||St Louis||Dan LeFevour||QB||Central Michigan|
|3||67||Tampa Bay||Johnny Spevak||WR||Central Washington|
|3||68||Kansas City||Chad Jones||S||LSU|
|3||71||Oakland||Jamaar Chaney||LB||Mississippi State|
|3||76||NY Giants||Selvish Capers||OT||West Virginia|
|3||79||San Francisco||Brandon Ghee||CB||Wake Forest|
|3||82||Pittsburgh||Carlton Mitchell||WR||South Florida|
|3||84||Seattle (via Cincy)||Montario Hardesty||RB||Tennessee|
|3||86||Green Bay||Akwasi Owusu-Ansah||CB||Indiana (PA)|
|3||87||Philadelphia||Navorro Bowman||LB||Penn State|
|3||89||Arizona||Thaddeus Gibson||OLB||Ohio State|
|3||91||San Diego||Mike Johnson||OG||Alabama|
|3||92||Seattle (via Cleveland)||Mitch Petrus||OG||Arkansas|
|3||95||New Orleans||Sean Lee||LB||Penn State|
|3||97||Tennessee||Jerome Murphy||CB||South Florida|
Now for the reasoning behind each pick:
This is the first round of our interactive, fan mock draft where the readers make the picks. We have each team being represented by a different person and they make the picks that they think are best for their team. Each person has six hours to make their pick and then the next person is on he clock. To see the easier to read, spreadsheet version of the draft click here. To see the picks and reasoning for round two click here.
Here’s how the first round has played out:
1. St. Louis Rams – Ndamukong Suh – DT – Nebraska
It was always Suh or Bradford for me but when I examined it closer, the choice was obvious. Suh is the most dominant Defensive Lineman in recent history and Bradford is coming off a big shoulder injury. That’s not exactly what you want out of a QB when you’re going to throw him behind a fragile offensive line. It’s too big of a risk for what will certainly be a huge sum of money and a long contract.
2. Detroit Lions -Russell Okung – OT – Oklahoma State
By Detroit adding Corey Williams – DT and Kyle Vandenbosch – DE, the defensive line is strong enough to wait until later in the draft to get additional DL help. Safety is not the same priority as the Offensive Line so Detroit is going to move Backus to OLG and slide Okung into LOT spot.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Eric Berry – S – Tennessee
I know many would disagree with me here because many would take McCoy from Oklahoma but the Bucs have 2 2nd round picks & can take a DT there & there will be plenty available. Safeties like Berry don’t come around much. Plus Berry played under Monte Kiffin last year so he’d be able to step in right away & help the Bucs D being that its similar to what Kiffin taught him. Plus Tanard Jackson needs help at S because Piscitelli sucks he cant cover a high school WR & he misses too many tackles.
4. Washington Redskin – Bryan Bulaga – OT – Iowa
I was hoping to grab Okung with this pick but the Lions ruined that. Bulaga seems to be the popular pick over Williams and we have a glaring need at LT with Samuals having retired. Some would probably take McCoy here but we are expected to go 3-4 and we have the 100 million dollar DT. Bradford is another one people would expect to see but I think Campbell is good enough and Bradford does not appear to be as durable as Campbell.
5. Kansas City Chiefs – Rolando McClain – LB – Alabama
I don’t believe that there is an offensive tackle left worth this high a pick.I believe that defense wins championships,so while our o-line could use some help when your defense finished like next to last,that’s the way to go. I don’t think McCoy fits in the 3-4 defense but McClain brings leadership toughness,and an aggressiveness to change the attitude of the entire defense.He will give KC a sideline to sideline run stuffer which is something we can’t do now.
6. Seattle Seahawks – Gerald McCoy – DT – Oklahoma
The Seahawks need a replacement for Walter Jones, but none are worth this pick, Trent Williams is a right tackle and one of Brown, Campbell or Davis should be left at 14, or Ducasse in the second and maybe Capers or Wang later on, i’m happy to wait in order to get Mebane some help on a defensive line which is very much lacking right now. Fellow Seahawks fans may want Bradford as he’s still on the board, but Hasselbeck still has a few good years in him, we just gotta stop him getting hit. Big fan of Spiller and will probably miss out on him now but needs must!
7. Cleveland Browns – Jimmy Clausen – QB- Notre Dame
Wow. This is so unlikely to happen in the draft I hadn’t even considered what I would do. But when you get a chance to draft any qb you could want, you take it. Super hard choice I am sure to get ripped for, but Clausen has experience with pressure, familiarity with the west coast offense, and no injury history. Am I sure about this pick? No. But you take a potential franchise QB when one is available and you need one. Welcome to Cleveland Jimmy. Don’t screw us.
8. Oakland Raiders – Joe Haden – CB – Florida
Wow, I really didn’t think Haden would be here! I feel like I had a reverse heart attack and came back to life. The best and fastest corner out there! Most people think we need to help out our O-Line or D-Line, but what the hell do they know?! I’m Al Davis and I take speed over need any day, and a 4.40-forty time is better than any OT can run! Everyone knows I love corners too, we pick one in the first round at least every two or three years (Fabian Washington, Namandi Asomugha, Phillip Buchanon, Derrick Gibson, Michael Huff). Watching Gallery leave gaping holes in our blocking makes me never want to take an OT in the first round again.
9. Buffalo Bills – Sam Bradford – QB – Oklahoma
Anyone familiar with the Bill and their decade of mediocrity will readily point out one glaring deficiency- the lack of a top flight quarterback. That ends here and now with the selection of Sam Bradford by the Bills. Bradford was regarded as the best player available, regardless of position, had he opted to enter the 2009 NFL Draft and is considered the best long term option at QB in this draft as well. Bradford possesses every quality one would desire in a franchise quarterback, all the physical tools, intelligence, and leadership ability. He is expected to completely recover from the shoulder injury which sidelined him for most of his 2009 season at Oklahoma.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dez Bryant – WR – Oklahoma State
I’m really conflicted here because the Jags need to get fans in the stadium if they want to keep the team here. I’ve heard from Gator fans and non-Gator fans that drafting Tebow would really help the team revenue wise. But that would require him playing right away, which doesn’t work with what they have now (not that that’s really working either). I don’t think I’d be ready to waste a high pick on Tebow who 1) won’t play immediately 2) probably won’t have that good of a shelf life and pay off. I feel like the offense we have now has a good framework and I’m still confident in Garrard. So, I take Dez Bryant. The Jags have not had a reliable reciever for years. He could take some of the work load off Maurice Jones-Drew and give more versitility to the team. I’m a believer in drafting players who you can use right away this high in the draft, and he fits that bill. I’m not opposed to taking Tebow or another QB later or trading for him but I think this would be the best bet.
11. Denver Broncos – Dan Williams – DT – Tennessee
Broncos need a lot of help, everywhere. Although, one thing going for the Broncos is the Brady Quinn, all reward no risk deal. However, as of today Brandon Marshall is still a Bronco, although that will not be for much longer. With drafting Knowshon Moreno early last year, Dez Bryant was an obvious choice to replace Brandon as a talented big game offensive player, but even he seemed a little too Brandon Marshall-esque(That being off field problems, head butting with McD and Pat Bowlen) to draft him. With the Marshall drama soon to pass the Broncos will realize the other problems they have, Mike Nolan has left as defensive coordinator, and the Broncos couldn’t defend the run the last two years. I think Dan Williams will instantly help the defense by being able to help stop the run, and help pressure with Elvis Dumervil.
12. Miami Dolphins – Brandon Graham – LB – Michigan
Our Dolphins guy has run out of time so we get to make this pick. A quick scan of the Dolphins roster shows me that Linebacker is quite possibly their weakest position and Graham obviously fills that need. Graham has been compared to LaMarr Woodley who has recorded double-digit sacks the last two years. I think Dolphin fans would enjoy seeing him in South Florida.
13. San Francisco 49ers – Anthony Davis – OT – Rutgers
Coach Singletary has let it be known any OT he selects in the 1st rd must have LT ability. Davis has that, so between him and Joe Staley, he has two guys who can play LT and has also re-signed Barry Sims, who did a terrific job of filling in for Staley last year when he went down with an injury. If Davis proves to be a better LT than Staley, Coach will put Joe back at RT, where he started. Singletary will demand a lot from Davis…but has two new OL coaches that he has ultimate confidence in, Mike Solari and his assistant, former 49er OG Ray Brown.
14. Seattle Seahawks – C.J. Spiller – RB – Clemson
So my first choice Davis is gone, what to do now. The athletic Campbell to fill a need but probably just be an expensive stop gap? I could reach for Charlie Brown? Perhaps fill a need at defensive end with Derrick Morgan, this probably what i should do. But now I just think balls to it, i’ll help myself to the top running back. I cant see Jones and Forsett doing the business, as much as Forsett has shown bags of potential, if we secure ourselves a top draw running back thats a big plus for us. I don’t see Seattle making the superbowl this year, not with the holes at DE, Safety, offensive line, wide receiver, its too big of a job so i’m just going to take the best player which fills a need.
I also still want a third rounder if I have anything anyone else wants?
*** CJ Spiller was traded to the Bengals. See pick 21 to view the full trade ***
15. New York Giants – Sean Weatherspoon – LB – Missouri
Our New York Giants rep was out of town today but fortunately I know him and was able to get a a hold of him briefly and he said he wanted the best linebacker available. In my opinion, it’s a logical pick. Spoon may be a small reach here but he’s certainly capable of stepping in a starting immediately and that’s exactly what the Giants need. Linebacker is by far their greatest position of need and Sean Weatherspoon is a great player.
16. Tennessee Titans – Derrick Morgan – DE – Georgia Tech
Derrick Morgan is an easy pick here. He has top ten talent and is a great way to replace Kyle Vanden Bosch. A few short months ago Morgan was considered one of the best players in the country but had a poor showing against Iowa in the Orange Bowl and slipped down the draft boards a little bit. He could still be a top five pick if Suh and G. McCoy go first and second and the Bucs decide to go d-line instead of d-back. I think he’s easily the best defensive end in the draft. At GT he had 12 sacks last year and has had no off the field issues. He’s great as a pass rusher and a run stopper. Should be able to step in and start immediately.
17. San Francisco 49ers – Mike Iupati – G – Idaho
OL is Coach Singletary’s single biggest off-season priority. With Anthony Davis and Iupati, he now has two young studs to be coached-up by Mike Solari and Ray Brown. These two young players will not only solidify SF’s OL, but along w/Joe Staley and Chilo Rachal provide the Niners with a much-improved OL for years to come.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers – Trent Williams – OT – Oklahoma
The Steelers allowed 50 sacks last year. FIFTY! Trent Williams should be able to staunch the bleeding of that problem. That’s over three per game, by comparison the Colts had the fewest in the league with 13 – less than one per game. The Steelers absolutely must fix their offensive line problems if they want to bounce back from an extremely underwhelming 2009 season.
19. Atlanta Falcons – Kyle Wilson – CB – Boise State
Falcons needing having secondary problems and even thou we signed Duante Robinson there is still concerns with the DB. With this pick Falcons can have one of the best tandems in the secondary.
20. Houston Texans – Earl Thomas – S – Texas
The Texans have never had a true ballhawk safety, and Thomas certainly fits that bill. He’s great in coverage, has excellent closing speed, and has shown playmaking ability in big-time games against big-time competition. Though I would really prefer a cornerback at this spot, I don’t think Devin McCourty is worth the 20th pick and Haden and Wilson are off the board. It’s been said that Thomas could convert to corner in the right system, and I wouldn’t be against that – but I’d rather play the position that he’s already excelled at.
TRADE: Seattle trades CJ Spiller to Cincinnati for the 21st overall pick and the 84th overall pick.
21. Seattle Seahawks (via Cincinnati) – Charles Brown – OT – USC
This comes down to Campbell and Brown, I pick Charles Brown as he fits our scheme better and coming from USC already knows the coach. On a different note, Julius Jones, Deon Branch and Kelly Jennings are looking for new homes, going cheap to anyone with a 3rd round pick.
22. New England Patriots – Jason Pierre-Paul – DE/OLB – South Florida
A little nervous about the one-year wonder factor, and his being able to go from putting a hand on the ground to rushing the quarterback from a standup position. But he put up big numbers, seems eager to learn, and dazzled at the combine. Too much upside to pass up at 22, and i think the Pats system and leadership would do wonders for a player who has the talent but is lacking a huge body of work at the collegiate level
23. Green Bay Packers – Bruce Campbell – OT – Maryland
It was down to a choice between Campbell and Hughes, but there is value in later rounds for a ‘rush’ linebacker Now Campbell can develop a year behind 2 great tackles and also see quite a bit of action, as Clifton and Tauscher will not stay healthy a full season. ARod will get a break and not to run for his life, which may help him get his throws off a bit quicker.
24. Philadelphia Eagles – Taylor Mays – S – USC
Not sure if he translates better as a FS or a SS, and im a little concerned about his lack of production. But hes a workout freak and a lot of boards have him higher than Earl Thomas. He has very good range and versatile enough to drop back in coverage and get jump balls or to play in the box and lay a hit on a running back.
25. Baltimore Ravens – Terrence Cody – DT – Alabama
The pick of Terrance “Tits” Cody allows the Ravens to finally restock the trenches with enormous size and tits. Pairing Cody with H. Nagata will hopefully bring back visions of Sam Adams and Tony Siragusa type dominance that once squashed all NFL Offenses. This pic also extends Ray Lewis’ career by a few more productive RB killing years and frees him up to do what he does best. Welcome to the AFC North, CJ Spiller. Meet the guys that are gonna hurt you.
26. Arizona Cardinals – Maurkice Pouncey – OG/C – Florida
The Cardinals need to protect their QB. Pouncey can play both guard and center, but will fit as a guard for Reggie Wells. The Cards need a line to help anchor the explosive play of Fitz, Breaston, Doucet, Beanie, Stephens-Howling, and most importantly, whoever the new QB is.
27. Dallas Cowboys – On the clock – Nate Allen – S – South Florida
The Vikings rep didn’t pick in time so I gave them McCourty. I’d say that cornerback is one of the Vikings top three needs, with quarterback and offensive tackle and/or guard being the other two. McCourty is also good value here and it was between him and Kyle Wilson from Boise State.
Alright, so the Vikings guy emailed and conveniently we pick exactly who he wanted, so here is his reasoning for the pick:
Owner Zygi Wilf, VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman, and HC Brad Childress love dynamic players that fit well into the system and especially when they also contribute to special teams. CB Cedric Griffin tore his ACL in the final minutes of the NFC championship, rehabilitation is going great and should be back by the season opener but if he needs a little more time or gets re-injured someone will need to take his spot, add the fact CB Antoine Winfield will be turning 33 this June and could possibly start to slowly lose his Pro Bowl caliber abilities shows CB is a position the Vikings will address in this draft. With all that in mind Devin McCourty could not be a better fit for the Vikings. Very physical, quick, and a great tackler which is so very valuable in any Tampa 2 defense. Also, bringing an immediate impact to special teams, McCourty is everything the Vikings need.
31. Indianapolis Colts – Sergio Kindle – OLB/DE – Texas
This was tough. It came down between a couple of players but right now the linebackers on the Colts roster are Gary Brackett, Clint Session, Philip Wheeler, Ramon Humber, Kyle DeVan and Cody Glenn. I guess I’d be okay with having those first three as the starters but then we don’t have any solid backups and Kindle could push for a starting spot immediately and it’s always good to have some healthy competition in the offseason and preseason. Plus he can play some defensive end if Freeney or Mathis get hurt.
32. New Orleans Saints – Tim Tebow – QB – Florida
There isnt a RB, safety, or O-Lineman with the right value here. As of right now, the offense is still intact. So im trying to get valued defensive players later on and take Tebow. He can learn under Brees and Sean Payton is creative enough to find packages that enhance Tebow’s ability to succeed. He has a tremendous work ethic and wants to get better every day. Plus, he can circumsize all the Katrina refugees.
33. St. Louis Rams – Golden Tate – WR – Notre Dame
I’m about production, not workouts. Tate just catches passes which is what the Rams need more than anything. Benn is bigger and can return kicks, but when it comes to route running and catching passes, Tate is the man. This will give him a year to learn pro football before we draft our Quarterback with the #1 pick next year. It was almost Benn, because of the local Illinois roots, but the Rams need playmakers and Tate is that.
34. Detroit Lions – Jahvid Best – RB – California
TRADE: Indianapolis trades the 63rd overall pick and their 2011 second round pick to Washington for the 37th overall pick.
This is huge. I was seriously considering taking Odrick with the 31st pick but went with Kindle instead, and I was sure that the Saints were going to take Odrick with the very next pick. When the didn’t take Odrick I immediately began negotiations to try to jump up to the early part of the second round to snag him. These two picks (Kindle and Odrick) would be a huge boost to an already rapidly improving defense. Both of these rookies would have a good shot at starting week 1. If Bob Sanders is back and healthy (and stays healthy) and Anthony Gonzalez comes back ready to go at 100% -both are fully expected to happen- then the Colts could (and should) be an early favorite to win the Super Bowl.
I’ve worried for years about the Eagles ability to really get tough yardage on the ground between the tackles. Weaver is OK but he’s a fullback for a reason. Toby is more agile than he gets credit for and has a frame that can withstand the RB timeshare. He’s smart, a tough blocker, and very very coachable. LeSean McCoy and Toby Gerhart is a young 2-back combo to be proud of.
56. Green Bay Packers – Koa Misi – LB – Utah
After watching Big Ben and K Warner torch the Green Bay secondary at the end of last year, its obvious the Pack needs someone else to rush the QB. Misi will take the double teams off Matthews and some pressure off the secondary.
57. Baltimore Ravens – Rob Gronkowski – TE – Arizona
65. St. Louis Rams – Dan LeFevour – QB – Central Michigan
I had Greg Hardy tabbed with this pick ever since I took Golden Tate in the second round. Then we cut our starting QB so the plan changed. Had I know that was going to happen, I probably would have taken Colt McCoy in the second round and still had Hardy here. Anyway, I’ve had a man-crush on LeFevour for a while now so he’s going to step right in and start until our offensive line fails and he gets blasted from the blind side and suffers a season ending injury. I’d imagine that will happen around the 2nd preseason game. Then it’s AJ Feely time! Sorry, Dan. You’re a Ram now
66. Detroit Lions – Dominique Franks – CB – Oklahoma
Wow ! The weekend sure changed a lot of things for some teams. Detroit will be not be moving Backus to LG but rather RT to replace Cherilus who has been mediocre at best. So now the Lions OL looks like Okung- Sims- Raiola -Peterman- Backus, Stafford and the running backs should enjoy quite an good offensive season. That means we have to turn to defense for the 3rd round selection. At the 34th pick I was juggling Running Back and DT. now the simple thing would be to go DT, but the guy I’m looking at could still be around in the 4th round and CB is still a huge need, The 6′ 0″ – 192 lb Dominique Franks from Oklahoma has slipped out of the second round so the Lions are going to jump on him with the 66th pick of the 2010 Draft. His speed and return abilities make him a good fit in Detroit.
67. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Johnny Spevak – WR – Central Washington
Im sure many are wondering who this WR is but this is a WR to keep an eye on. Hes 6′3 200 lbs (good size) & in his 4 years at Central Washington he had 318 catches for 4426 yards (13.8 ypc.) with 54 TDs. Plus we need to dump that idiot Clayton (BUTTERFINGERS!). Bucs dumped the wrong WR. They should’ve kept Bryant & dumped clayton & they shouldve give that 5 year deal to Bryant. Right now Clayton is the Bucs #1 WR. THATS A GOOD SIGN! Clayton should be selling hot dogs & drinks at the games instead of playing in them.
68. Kansas City Chiefs – Chad Jones – S – LSU
I probably should have gone o-line but I do believe defense wins championships.We’ve added some veteran o-linemen thru free agency so the o-line should be alright.By adding Jones I will have added a good player at every level of the defense.As far as Jones goes he is big,strong ,and fast.He can play either safety position so his versitiliy may become useful later in the draft.
69. Cleveland Browns – Everson Griffen – OLB – USC
I really wanted to take Chad Jones with this pick but he was taken right before me. As there is no other safety worth taking here, I am going BPA. Griffen is an athletic freak, nicknamed “The Freak.” Dude is 270 pounds, scary intense and runs a 4.5 40 time. Crazy. He is THE boom or bust prospect in the draft, and with Cleveland in desperate need of real play makers, he is worth a shot here, especially since he is graded as a 1st round pick by many. We will have a ton of linebackers on the team now, but what we need is bigtime difference makers, and not just solid players. This guy has the potential to be a difference maker.
70. Philadelphia Eagles – Chris Cook – CB – Virginia
The Eagles rep failed to get their pick in within the time constraint so their pick will be made by yours truly. I see the biggest need for them at this point in the draft as corner with defensive end, outside linebacker and an interior offensive linemen all being close behind. There aren’t any remaining outside linebackers that wouldn’t be a reach at this point in my opinion, and the same thing could be said for the offensive linemen still on the board. On the other hand, cornerback, which is the biggest need anyhow, still has Chris Cook available, who is great value at the 70th pick. So really this was an easy decision.
71. Oakland Raiders – Jamaar Chaney – LB – Mississipp State
It’s been well documented that Al likes to buy on what he saw last. This is no different as Chaney probably could be had in the fourth round, but that blazing speed will always win over stupid things like potential, and injury risks. His 4.54 40-time was the fastest at the combine for a linebacker, and he was also tremendous in the positional skills drills reported a few scouts. All of that was a pretty convincing argument for Al, regardless of what he’s good or not good at. He should fit nicely into the Raiders 4-3 scheme, especially if they end up trading Morrison like many have said they are trying to do. Even though we need more run stopping capabilities, we went for the guy that plays coverage better, go figure…
72. Buffalo Bills – Eric Decker – WR – Minnesota
Our Bills rep missed the deadline so he gets a wide receiver that will replace T.O. I’m a big Decker fan, so I’ve just decided that Bills fans should be, too.
73. Miami Dolphins – Art Jones – DT – Syracuse
Miami is in desperate need for a big defensive tackle and at 6′3″ 300+, Jones fits the bill here. I considered Geno Atkins from Georgia, but Jones is bigger and fits better into our scheme.
74. Jacksonville Jaguars – Major Wright – SS – Florida
The Jags need a safety and they don’t have to look very far to get one. Wright is a hard hitter who will be able to start right away. Plus, he may bring a a few Gator fans over to fill up the stadium for us.
75. Chicago Bears – Danario Alexander – WR – Missouri
I’m reaching here, but the Bears need good wide receivers not made up good. Alexander set all kinds of records at Mizzou, plus he’s 6′5″ with a 35 inch vertical. That’s the kind of receiver the Bears need.
76. New York Giants – Selvish Capers – OT – West Virginia
This is a pick with an eye toward the future. Diehl and McKenzie are both in their 30s, so Capers will be able to hang around a few years before being expected to contribute in a significant way.
77. Tennessee Titans – JD Walton – C – Baylor
Since Kevin Mawae won’t be back with the club, we need a true center and Walton is the best one out there. We could slide Eugene Amano over or make Leroy Harris the starter but this will give us some competition for that position.
78. Carolina Panthers – Geno Atkins – DT – Georgia
Reason coming tomorrow…
79. San Francisco 49ers – Brandon Ghee – CB – Wake Forest
Nate Clements is arguably playing his last season in SF…his cap figures go off the charts in 2011. Ghee provides a skilled CB who could provide depth his rookie season and compete for the starting position in 2011.
80. Denver Broncos – Mardy Gilyard – WR – Cincinnati
Mardy seems very similiar to Eddie Royal of the Broncos, who has worked out well so far playing for McDaniels, so we might as well grab a good prospect if available. Brandon Marshall is still a Bronco but that is just not likely to be, by the time the season starts. So the Broncos will reload with some speed and talent here.
81. Houston Texans – Dexter McCluster – WR – Mississippi
The two biggest needs still to be addressed for Houston are RB and DT, and
I have guys I really like at both positions still available.
But, the insanity that is the Weller and Bryan Fan Mock Draft has had a
special player fall out of the sky and into my lap. Yes, we need a RB and
C/OG to help an anemic running game. Yes, we need a stud DT to free up
the Texans’ talented linebacker corps – but when there’s a talent like
Dexter McCluster still on the board in the THIRD round, I’m all over that.
Houston’s offensive brain trust would go nuts with a toy like Dexter, and
he’s too talented to pass up on in the third.
I’m scratching my head looking at some of the other WRs who came off the
board before McCluster. Crazy.
82. Pittsburgh Steelers – Carlton Mitchell – WR – South Florida
We just lost Santonio Holmes in a shocking trade to the Jets. Carlton Mitchell is good value here so three receivers come off the board in a row. The other positions I considered were outside linebacker, cornerback, a nose tackle and another offensive lineman. Nobody available at any of those positions seemed like they’d be better value than Mitchell so the decision was easy.
83. Atlanta Falcons – Jimmy Graham – TE – Miami
Reason because Falcons need to groom a heir apparent behind Tony G. and Graham is the most athletic ability.
84. Seattle Seahawks – Montario Hardesty – RB – Tennessee
My wanting of a new running back has been faily obvious all draft, I think Hardesty and Forsett together could be a great tandem, plenty of big plays to come from the back field.
85. Cleveland Browns – Jared Veldheer – OT – Hillsdale
Has all the physical tools to be a quality bookend in the NFL but played DII ball so he needs a year or two before he would be ready to start. Probably serve as a good backup this year and compete to start at RT next year. Also has good enough feet to back up Joe Thomas at LT.
86. Green Bay Packers – Akwasi Owusu-Ansah – CB – Indiana (PA)
The Packers rep failed to make his pick within the six hour window, and their three biggest needs coming into this draft are offensive tackle, an outside linebacker and a corner. He addressed the first two already and Owusu-Ansah is good value here. Easy pick. Only other position I considered was strong safety.
87. Philadelphia Eagles – Navorro Bowman – LB – Penn State
Great athlete from Linebacker U, Bowman will fit in very well with a team near PSU that needs LB help. 2nd round talent but a bit of a knucklehead, if Bowman can keep his head on straight his coverage skills and tackling ability will get him immediate playing time.
88. Arizona Cardinals – Kyle Calloway – OT – Iowa
Our Cardinals rep was making these picks via text message, so it was hard to get his reasoning.
89. Arizona Cardinals – Thaddeus Gibson – OLB – Ohio State
I’m going to go ahead and provide some reasoning of my own for this one. The Cards drafted Daryl Washington in the second round and he will have a chance to start immediately at inside linebacker but the Cardinals need both, and inside linebacker and an outside linebacker. Gibson will have a chance to start immediately for them on the outside.
90. Dallas Cowboys – Riley Cooper – WR – Florida
91. San Diego Chargers – Mike Johnson – OG – Alabama
Mike Johnson is probably going to go around the top of the third round. Of course, you never know. Some team could reach for him in the 2nd round because he is an NFL ready run blocker. I believe interior linemen are in high demand and Johnson is probably the 3rd best interior linemen. I could see him having a successful career. He is definitely NFL ready and would probably be ready to start on day one.
TRADE: The Browns traded the 92nd overall pick along with the 160th overall pick to the Seahawks for Red Bryant and Kelly Jennings.
92. Seattle Seahawks – Mitch Petrus – OG – Arkansas
93. Minnesota Vikings – John Skelton – QB – Fordham
This may be a tad high to be drafting John Skelton but he will be taken around the end of the 3rd and into the 4th round; it is too risky to let this kid out of Fordham University, who could be the next Joe Flacco, slide on by. In fact, some say he is better than Joe Flacco was at the same time and stage in life. At 6′6” and hovering around 250lbs, John Skelton has great size, a very strong arm that can make all the throws in the NFL, nice pocket awareness, can make the throw on the run, and surprisingly can scramble pretty decent for his size when needed to. He took complete control of games in the D1-AA Patriot League, competitor coaches have even went on to say that it was nerve racking to play against him and are happy to see him leave the conference. He had four games with 400 or more yards and also had one game with 67 pass attempts without an interception, that is impressive. The only knack on Skelton is his level of competition he played against in college but Flacco coming from a small school also shows that isn’t always the biggest concern; he also has some certain technique and little terminology that needs tuning. With Brad Childress who used to be a long time QB coach, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell coaching Brett Farve in both the Packers and Vikings, and finally Kevin Rodgers, a QB coach that has been very highly renowned in the NFL for sometime just shows that the Vikings have the right tools to help develop the young QB John Skelton properly. The best part is when asked who was his all time favorite football player…… you guessed it, the “Silver Fox” a.k.a. Brett Favre. There is a 99% chance Favre will be coming back for one more season and John Skelton will learn a year behind him soaking up every word, following his every move, and simply analyzing every aspect about him only making John Skelton develop even faster and become better.
94. Indianapolis Colts – Corey Wootton – DE – Northwestern
I can’t believe this guy is still on the board. ESPN has him rated as the fifth best defensive end in the draft and DraftTek recently had him rated as the 40th best player overall so getting him with the 94th pick is quite a treat. The Colts need a defensive end who can come and learn to pass rush from Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis and will be lined up and ready to go when they retire (they’re 30 and 29 respectively) and will also be able to come in on running downs and give the two Pro Bowlers a rest. This will keep them fresh and reduce their risk of injury and in the process will be a great learning and developmental period for Wootton, while still playing enough snaps to wet his lips a bit and gain the invaluable game experience at NFL speed.
There were a few players I considered with this pick. Wootton as well as Sean Lee to grab one more linebacker. Alex Carrington for the same reasons as Wootton. Ben Tate because he would be a huge boost on third-and-short conversions which desperately need to see an improvement. Matt Tennant and Jon Asamoah because the offensive line is just one big question mark at this point. Jacoby Ford because there are rumors that we might look at taking a kick returner in this draft. Jerome Murphy to add depth at corner and because he can also return kicks. And the only other position I would have considered was a safety, but there aren’t any left that I felt would be worth taking at this point.
95. New Orleans Saints – Sean Lee – LB – Penn State
The Saints rep didn’t get his pick in on time so I’m giving him Sean Lee, who can play both inside and outside linebacker. He’s also arguably the best player left on the board. It’s great value and a position of need for the Saints. Pretty simple.
96. Cincinnati Bengals – Aaron Hernandez – TE – Florda
As I mentrioned previously, Carson Palmer needs targets, and as he still seems to be suffering from David Carr disorder after that unpleasant chop-block “hit” in 2008 it will help his confidence if he has some dependable short range targets for a quick offload. Now he has two extra ones in Spiller and Hernandez, both of which have good hands.
The downside on Hernandez is two-fold. Firstly, he is difficult to assess in that he has constantly been surrounded by a team and players that are better than their opposition, coming from the winningest group of players in recent college football history – and that’s quite a feat in the SEC. Cutler always looked more promising to me than Leinart as he was performing well in much more difficult circumstances.
More importantly though, his blocking, at the moment, is pretty garbage, which is one reason why I selected Morgan Burnett over him in Round 2 – and presumably why he has dropped here, to (effectively) the first pick in Round 4 – which makes him excellent value.
Some boards are suggesting that he would project well as an H-back as well as (or rather than) a regular TE. That would do the Bengals fine as it turns out, as there is a hole on the roster in that position as well.
97. Tennessee Titans – Jerome Murphy – CB – South Florida
The Titans desperately need more help at cornerback. I’m not sure how we got this far into the draft without me picking one yet. Either way Murphy is decent value here and fills a top priority need. He should help down against the pass-happy Colts. I honestly didn’t even consider anyone else.
98. Atlanta Falcons – Daniel Te’o-nesheim – DE – Washington
With the Abe getting a year older and Anderson appear to be transitioning more to a DT Falcons need to have another rotation DE to be in the works.
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