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03-22-2009, 08:48 PM
2009 planetsteelers.com NFL Mock Draft (Planet Mock).
sponsored by the Ravens dodging the Steelers on Kickoff Weekend.

Selections ONLY: If you see something in here that you want to respond to, copy and paste, and it take to the commentary thread.

- 3 Rounds.
- Trades allowed. (Max of 2 trades per team, and no trading of players, see below for trade value chart.)
- If you're not able to make your pick on time, send me (WoodleyofTroy) your top 5 prospect list IN ORDER you want selected. Shouldn't need any more than 5 if your PM is close to your slotted time. If it isn't, go ahead and make it a top 10.
- If I do not get a PM, your spot will be Minnesota Viking'd, for up to 2 teams allowed to get their picks in. After that, Ruthlessburgher, pfelix73, and I, will come together via PM to discuss who should be the pick.

NFL Trade Value Chart

Monday: 3/23
9:00-9:59 Detroit (0-16) GM: RuthlessBurgher
10:00-10:59 St. Louis (2-14) GM: RuthlessBurgher
11:00-11:59 Kansas City (2-14) GM: Hardliner
12:00-12:59 Seattle (4-12) GM: steelsun7
1:00-1:59 Cleveland (4-12) GM: AkronSteel
2:00-2:59 Cincinnati (4-11-1) GM: Jom112
3:00-3:59 Oakland (5-11) GM: Chadman
4:00-4:59 Jacksonville (5-11) GM: D Rock
5:00-5:59 Green Bay (6-10) GM: BigBen2112
6:00-6:59 San Francisco (7-9) GM: Lonbull
7:00-7:59 Buffalo (7-9) GM: jhansle1

Tuesday: 3/24
9:00-9:59 Denver (8-8) GM: AkronSteel
10:00-10:59 Washington (8-8) GM: BigBen2112
11:00-11:59 New Orleans (8-8) GM: WoodleyofTroy
12:00-12:59 Houston (8-8) GM: Chavezz
1:00-1:59 San Diego (8-8) GM: Mel Blount's G
2:00-2:59 New York Jets (9-7) GM: BigBen2112
3:00-3:59 Chicago (9-7) GM: Discipline of Steel
4:00-4:59 Tampa Bay (9-7) GM: Discipline of Steel
5:00-5:59 Detroit - from Dallas (9-7) GM: Ruthlessburgher
6:00-16:59 Philadelphia (9-6-1) GM: pfelix73
7:00-7:59 Minnesota (10-6) GM: SMASHMOUTHFOOTBALL

Wednesday: 3/25
9:00-9:59 New England (11-5) GM: SMASHMOUTHFOOTBALL
10:00-10:59 Atlanta (11-5) GM: steelblood
11:00-11:59 Miami (11-5) GM: Ruthlessburgher
12:00-12:59 Baltimore (11-5) GM: pfelix73
1:00-1:59 Indianapolis (12-4) GM: SteelerOfDeVille
2:00-2:59 Philadelphia - from Carolina (12-4) GM: pfelix73
3:00-3:59 New York Giants (12-4) GM: johnstownsteel
4:00-4:59 Tennessee (13-3) GM: WoodleyofTroy
5:00-5:59 Arizona (9-7) GM: steelsun7
6:00-6:59 Pittsburgh (12-4) GM: WoodleyofTroy

Thursday: 3/26
9:00-9:59 Detroit (0-16) GM: RuthlessBurgher
10:00-10:59 New England (via KC) GM: SMASHMOUTHFOOTBALL
11:00-11:59 St. Louis (2-14) GM: RuthlessBurgher
12:00-12:59 Cleveland (4-12) GM: AkronSteel
1:00-1:59 Seattle (4-12) GM: steelsun7
2:00-2:59 New York Jets (via Cin) GM: BigBen2112
3:00-3:59 Miami (11-5) GM: Ruthlessburgher
4:00-4:59 Oakland (5-11) GM: Chadman
5:00-5:59 Green Bay (6-10) GM: BigBen2112
6:00-6:59 Buffalo (7-9) GM: jhansle1
7:00-7:59 San Francisco (7-9) GM: Lonbull

Friday: 3/27
9:00-9:59 Miami (11-5) GM: Ruthlessburgher
10:00-10:59 New York Giants (12-4) GM: johnstownsteel
11:00-11:59 Houston (8-8) GM: Chavezz
12:00-12:59 New England GM: SMASHMOUTHFOOTBALL
1:00-1:59 Denver (8-8) GM: AkronSteel
2:00-2:59 Chicago (9-7) GM: Discipline of Steel
3:00-3:59 Cleveland (4-12) GM: AkronSteel
4:00-4:59 Dallas (9-7) GM: Ruthlessburgher
5:00-5:59 Cincinnati (4-11-1) GM: Jom112
6:00-6:59 Philadelphia (9-6-1) GM: pfelix73
7:00-7:59 Minnesota (10-6) GM: SMASHMOUTHFOOTBALL

Saturday: 3/28
9:00-9:59 Atlanta (11-5) GM: steelblood
10:00-10:59 Jacksonville (5-11) GM: D Rock
11:00-11:59 Baltimore (11-5) GM: pfelix73
12:00-12:59 New England GM: SMASHMOUTHFOOTBALL
1:00-1:59 Carolina GM: WoodleyofTroy
2:00-2:59 New York Giants (12-4) GM: johnstownsteel
3:00-3:59 Indianapolis (12-4) GM: SteelerOfDeVille
4:00-4:59 Tennessee (13-3) GM: WoodleyofTroy
5:00-5:59 Arizona (9-7) GM: steelsun7
6:00-6:59 Green Bay (6-10) GM: BigBen2112

Sunday: 3/29
9:00-9:59 Detroit (0-16) GM: RuthlessBurgher
10:00-10:59 St. Louis (2-14) GM: RuthlessBurgher
11:00-11:59 Kansas City (2-14) GM: Hardliner
12:00-12:59 Seattle (4-12) GM: BigBen2112
1:00-1:59 Dallas (9-7) GM: Ruthlessburgher
2:00-2:59 New York Jets GM: BigBen2112
3:00-3:59 Oakland (5-11) GM: Chadman
4:00-4:59 Jacksonville (5-11) GM: D Rock
5:00-5:59 Green Bay (6-10) GM: BigBen2112
6:00-6:59 San Francisco (7-9) GM: Lonbull
7:00-7:59 Buffalo (7-9) GM: jhansle1
8:00-8:59 Cincinnati (4-11-1) GM: Jom112

Monday: 3/30
9:00-9:59 Houston (8-8) GM: Chavezz
10:00-10:59 San Diego (8-8) GM: Mel Blount's G
11:00-11:59 Denver (8-8) GM: AkronSteel
12:00-12:59 Washington (8-8) GM: BigBen2112
1:00-1:59 Tampa Bay (9-7) GM: Discipline of Steel
2:00-2:59 Detroit - from Dallas (9-7) GM: Ruthlessburgher
3:00-3:59 Pittsburgh (12-4) GM: WoodleyofTroy
4:00-4:59 Chicago (9-7) GM: Discipline of Steel
5:00-5:59 Philadelphia (9-6-1) GM: pfelix73
6:00-6:59 Minnesota (10-6) GM: SMASHMOUTHFOOTBALL
7:00-7:59 Jacksonville (5-11) GM: D Rock

Tuesday: 3/31
9:00-9:59 Baltimore (11-5) GM: pfelix73
10:00-10:59 New England GM: SMASHMOUTHFOOTBALL
11:00-11:59 Atlanta (11-5) GM: steelblood
12:00-12:59 New York Giants (12-4) GM: johnstownsteel
1:00-1:59 Indianapolis (12-4) GM: SteelerOfDeVille
2:00-2:59 Carolina GM: WoodleyofTroy
3:00-3:59 Tennessee (13-3) GM: WoodleyofTroy
4:00-4:59 Arizona (9-7) GM: steelsun7
5:00-5:59 Green Bay (6-10) GM: BigBen2112

Round One:
1. Detroit Lions – Matthew Stafford QB Georgia
2. St. Louis Rams – Jason Smith T Baylor
3. Kansas City Chiefs – B.J. Raji DT Boston College
4. Seattle Seahawks – Michael Crabtree WR Texas Tech
5. Cleveland Browns – Aaron Curry LB Wake Forest
6. Cincinnati Bengals – Eugene Monroe T Virginia
7. Oakland Raiders – Michael Oher T Ole Miss
8. Jacksonville Jaguars – Vontae Davis CB Illinois
9. Green Bay Packers – Brian Orakpo DE/OLB Texas
10. San Francisco 49ers – Malcolm Jenkins CB Ohio State
11. Buffalo Bills – Everette Brown DE/OLB Florida State
12. Denver Broncos – Tyson Jackson DE LSU
13. Washington Redskins – Andre Smith T Alabama
14. New Orleans Saints – Chris Wells RB Ohio State
15. Houston Texans – Jeremy Maclin WR Missouri
16. San Diego Chargers – Rey Maualuga ILB USC
17. New York Jets – Mark Sanchez QB USC
18. Chicago Bears – Eben Britton T Arizona
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Peria Jerry DT Ole Miss
20. Detroit Lions – William Beatty T Connecticut
21. Philadelphia Eagles – Knowshon Moreno RB Georgia
22. Minnesota Vikings – Hakeem Nicks WR North Carolina
23. New England Patriots – Clay Matthews OLB USC
24. Atlanta Falcons – Michael Johnson DE Georgia Tech
25. Miami Dolphins – Percy Harvin WR Florida
26. Baltimore Ravens – Darrius Heyward Bey WR Maryland
27. Indianapolis Colts – Evander "Ziggy" Hood DT Missouri
28. Philadelphia Eagles – Brandon Pettigrew TE Oklahoma State
29. New York Giants – Kenny Britt WR Rutgers
30. Tennessee Titans – Alphonso Smith CB Wake Forest
31. Arizona Cardinals – LeSean McCoy RB Pittsburgh
32. Pittsburgh Steelers – Alex Mack C California

Round Two:
33. Detroit Lions - Aaron Maybin DE/OLB Penn State
34. New England Patriots - Larry English OLB Northern Illinois
35. St. Louis Rams - Brian Cushing OLB USC
36. Cleveland Browns - Donald Brown RB Connecticut
37. Seattle Seahawks - Louis Delmas S Western Michigan
38. New York Jets - Brian Robiskie WR Ohio State
39. Miami Dolphins - Duke Robinson G Oklahoma
40. Oakland Raiders - Robert Ayers DE Tennessee
41. Pittsburgh Steelers - Darius Butler CB Connecticut
42. Buffalo Bills - Max Unger C/G Oregon
43. San Francisco 49ers - Phil Loadholt T Oklahoma
44. Miami Dolphins - Ron Brace DT Boston College
45. New York Giants - Clint Sintim OLB Virginia
46. Houston Texans - William Moore S Missouri
47. New England Patriots - Coye Francies CB San Jose State
48. Denver Broncos - Jared Cook TE South Carolina
49. Chicago Bears - James Laurinaitis MLB Ohio State
50. Cleveland Browns - Jarron Gilbert DE San Jose State
51. Dallas Cowboys - Sean Smith CB Utah
52. Cincinnati Bengals - Eric Wood C Louisville
53. Philadelphia Eagles - D.J. Moore CB Vanderbilt
54. Minnesota Vikings - Josh Freeman QB Kansas State
55. Atlanta Falcons - Cornelius Ingram TE Florida
56. Jacksonville Jaguars - Juaquin Iglesias WR Oklahoma
57. Baltimore Ravens - Connor Barwin OLB/DE Cincinnati
58. New England Patriots - Rashad Johnson S Alabama
59. Carolina Panthers - Paul Kruger DE Utah
60. New York Giants - Shawn Nelson TE Southern Mississippi
61. Indianapolis Colts - Marcus Freeman LB Ohio State
62. Tennessee Titans - Sen'Derrick Marks DT Auburn
63. Arizona Cardinals - Lawrence Sidbury DE/OLB Richmond
64. Green Bay Packers - Fili Moala DE USC

Round Three:
65. Detroit Lions - Chase Coffman TE Missouri
66. St. Louis Rams - Jamon Meredith T South Carolina
67. Kansas City Chiefs - Scott McKillop LB Pittsburgh
68. Seattle Seahawks - Rashad Jennings RB Liberty
69. Dallas Cowboys - Derrick Williams WR Penn State
70. New York Jets - Shonn Greene RB Iowa
71. Oakland Raiders - Louis Murphy WR Florida
72. Jacksonville Jaguars - Patrick Chung S Oregon
73. Greenbay Packers - Fenuki Tupou T Oregon
74. San Francisco 49ers - Ramses Barden Cal Poly
75. Buffalo Bills - Travis Beckum TE Wisconsin
76. Cincinnati Bengals - Victor Harris CB Virginia Tech
77. Houston Texans - Cody Brown OLB/DE Connecticut
78. San Diego Chargers - Troy Kropog T Tulane
79. Denver Broncos - Tyrone McKenzie LB South Florida
80. Green Bay Packers - Jairus Byrd CB Oregon
81. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Pat White QB/WR West Virginia
82. Detroit Lions - Chris Baker DT Hampton
83. Pittsburgh Steelers - Kraig Urbik G Wisconsin
84. Chicago Bears - Mike Mickens CB Cincinnati
85. Philadelphia Eagles - Herman Johnson G LSU
86. Minnesota Vikings - Jonathan Luigs C Arkansas
87. Jacksonville Jaguars - Gerald Cadogen T Penn State
88. Baltimore Ravens - Kevin Barnes CB Maryland
89. New England Patriots - T.J. Lang OL Eastern Michigan
90. Atlanta Falcons - Terrance Taylor DT Michigan
91. New York Giants - Sherrod Martin CB Troy
92. Indianapolis Colts - Andre Brown RB NC State
93. Carolina Panthers - James Casey TE Rice
94. Tennessee Titans - Andy Levitre G Oregon State
95. Arizona Cardinals - Antoine Caldwell C Alabama
96. Washington Redskins - Jason Williams OLB Western Illinois

03-23-2009, 09:26 AM
Welcome to the PlanetSteelers Mock Draft! I am Roger Goodell, Lord of Fines, Suspensions, and Announcing NFL Draft Picks. First up is the pathetic 0-16 Lions.


With the first pick in the 2009 PlanetSteelers Mock Draft, the Detroit Lions are pleased to select:


Matthew Stafford, Quarterback
University of Georgia, Junior
Height: 6’ 2 ¼”, Weight: 225 lbs.

Career Statistics
Year GP Comp Att Yds Comp % TD INT
2006 13 135 256 1,749 52.7% 7 13
2007 13 194 348 2,523 55.7% 19 10
2008 13 235 383 3,459 61.4% 25 10
Totals 39 564 987 7,731 57.1% 51 33

Although some people worry about the readiness of junior quarterbacks in the draft, keep in mind that Stafford’s 39 starts in his 3 years at Georgia are more than successful ’08 rookie senior quarterbacks Matt Ryan’s 34 college starts and Joe Flacco’s 26 college starts.


Rare arm strength and can make all of the throws...Has a quick release...Good bulk and a solid build...Above average athleticism...Can throw on the run...Will buy time in the pocket and make plays with his feet...Has the ability to fit throws into tight spaces...Strong and tough...Stands tall in the face of pressure...Throws a nice deep ball...Intense, competitive and loves the game...Durable and never missed a start in college...Has a lot of experience against top competition...Played in a pro style offense...Understands how to read coverages and go through his progressions...Hard worker...Team leader and captain ... Improved every year and still has a lot of upside.

Obviously, Stafford's biggest asset is his arm. He has an enormously strong arm. His moxy and poise help him to stand tall in the pocket and utilize the big arm. His size and strength are also big assets that allow him to stand in and deliver when being hit. Stafford has potential for the big play every time he drops back. Stafford does an outstanding job of reading the defense and looking off defenders to create space for his receivers.


Doesn't have the ideal height you look for...Has too much confidence in his arm at times and will force some throws...Takes unnecessary risks...Minor accuracy issues and will make his targets adjust...Gets careless with his technique and fundamentals...Can improve his footwork...Tends to put too much mustard on short throws...A little inconsistent ... Classic gunslinger who will throw some interceptions.

Stafford struggles with his pocket awareness and sometimes takes too many sacks because of it. His big arm gets him into trouble and causes him to be off the mark. Because of his awareness struggles he has trouble under pressure and can sometimes make big mistakes by rushing his throws.



Stafford is a very good athlete with good quickness and agility. His balance is very good, he stays on his toes and has excellent footwork when dropping back. He displays good coordination and his athleticism helps him to make plays. Stafford has enough quickness and speed to make plays outside of the pocket whether it is running from pass rushers or picking up yards on the ground.



Stafford is a tough player who plays hard. His production has been very good over the last 2 years, especially last year. He is a consistent player who is obviously the leader of the offense. Stafford is a team player who wants to get everyone involved knowing that it keeps his teammates happy and the defense off guard. He has the moxy and arm to come up with big plays in clutch situations. Stafford's pride is a big part of his growth at QB through the years at Georgia.



Stafford's mental game is outstanding. He does a good job of adjusting and recognizing the defense. He maintains concentration, commands the huddle, and manages the game well. His instincts are very good, his only lacking area is with pocket awareness and his feel for the pass rush.



Stafford is a big strong QB whose arm strength is rare to find. He has been a durable player because of his big size and explosive playing style. Stafford plays very strong and can still make strong throws with defenders hanging on him.


A three-year starter in the SEC who compiled a 27-7 record for the Bulldogs...First name is actually "John"...Attended the same Texas high school as former Lions great Bobby Layne and led them to their first state title since 1957...Was considered to be one of the top recruits in the entire country coming out of high school...Was named MVP of the Chick-Fil-A Bowl as a true freshman and the Capital One Bowl as a junior...Earned numerous 2nd Team All-SEC honors in '08...Has everything you look for in a quarterback prospect, including excellent physical tools and top-notch intangibles...Potential franchise signal caller and is the type of player you can build your team around.

Stafford is a top-notch prospect for the NFL. He is a No. 1 pick caliber player. His ability to read defenses along with his natural instincts will allow him to be a starter right off the bat. Stafford's big arm is one that is rare to come by and it helps him to be a big play type of QB. Stafford has a bright future a head of him and with good NFL coaching he can become an elite type quarterback. Stafford's biggest need of improvement is his mental clock and awareness of the pass rush, with coaching he can develop this and become a franchise quarterback


When drafting QB’s early in the draft, the bust factor always must be considered. However, QB’s that turn out to be busts in the NFL often tend to be system QB’s who ran a gimmicky offense in college (like Kelly Stouffer, Andre Ware, Heath Shuler, Akili Smith, or Cade McNown), lack intangibles (like Art Schlicter, Jeff George, Todd Marinovich, Jim Druckenmiller, or Ryan Leaf), or because they were crushed behind a sub-par offensive line early in their NFL careers and therefore lost their confidence (like David Klingler, Tim Couch, David Carr, Joey Harrington, or Alex Smith). However, it does not seem like Stafford has any of these major bust red flags:

1. System Quarterback: This does not apply to Stafford in any shape or form. He ran a very pro-style West Coast offense at the University of Georgia. Stafford also has elite arm strength and physical tools. He is not a product of the talent around him. He is said to have high football intelligence and can pick up an NFL playbook as well as learn the extensive playbook terminology.

2. Lacks Intangibles: From everything I have heard about Stafford, he has very high intangibles. He is a leader for the Georgia offense and willed the Bulldogs to a few wins last season in the SEC. He can overcome adversity and he's tough in the pocket.

3. Lacks an Offensive Line: The Detroit Lions are not limited to just the No. 1 overall pick. They can invest in a left tackle such as Michael Oher or William Beatty at No. 20 and solidify their offensive line. Jeff Backus will kick inside to left guard. The Lions re-signed Stephen Peterman. They invested a first-round pick last year in Gosder Cherilus. They can acquire a center in the draft or free agency.

Plus, Calvin Johnson will love Matt Stafford and Matt Stafford will love Calvin Johnson (even though guys from Georgia and Georgia Tech normally don’t like one another). Welcome to Detroit, Matt! Please don't be upset if we decide to pay your signing bonus in stock options in the Ford Motor Company. :mrgreen:

03-23-2009, 09:38 AM
Nice post with all the pics... I wish I had the time to do that... And the know how. Keep up the good work.


03-23-2009, 10:33 AM
Ruthless, that first pick was...Excellent...Next up, I, Roger Goodell, would like to announce a $10,000 fine to Steelers kicker Jeff Reed as well as 100 hours or community service filling the towel dispensers in Sheetz' bathrooms throughout Pennsylvania. Next up, the St. Louis Rams!


With the second pick in the 2009 PlanetSteelers Mock Draft, the St. Louis Rams are pleased to select:


Jason Smith, Offensive Tackle
Baylor University, Senior
Height: 6’ 5", Weight: 309 lbs.


Combine Measurements:
Arm Length: 33 3/4"
Hand Length: 9 3/4"
40 Yard Dash Time: 5.22
Reps of 225 lbs.: 33
Three Cone Drill Time: 7.53


Outstanding athleticism...Very nimble and is extremely light on his feet...Quick and agile with good balance...Nice size with long arms and a frame that can accommodate more weight...Terrific range to pull and get to the second level...Has a powerful initial punch...Moves well laterally...Really excels in pass protection and can handle speed off the edge...Aggressive with a great motor...Plays the game with a nasty demeanor...Fantastic work ethic...Intelligent...Still has a lot of upside.
Solid height for the position ... Very athletic ... Quick kick step in pass protection ... Rarely gets beat off the edge by speed ... Nice hand punch (strong hands) ... Footwork is on an elite level ... Smart and knows how to pick up the blitz ... Tough ... Minimizes penalties ... Doesn't have lapses in concentration ... Ability to play left tackle and kick inside at guard in zone blocking schemes.
Tall, athletic left tackle prospect. ... Excellent straight-line speed and hustle, getting downfield on screens and long runs. ... Can pull and trap, running smoothly and adjusting to oncoming defenders. ... Moves to the second level quickly, using good angles to keep linebackers out of the play. ... Should work well in zone-blocking schemes with his ability to lock onto defenders and move. ... Gets down quickly to cut block despite his height. ... Adjusts well to outside blitzers. ... Willing to throw his man to the ground and keep him there. ... Has made significant improvement in terms of technique and strength over the past two years at left tackle.


Must get stronger...Could stand to add some more bulk...Is not overly stout at the point of attack and will get bumped backwards...Doesn't get a great push in the run game...Has to improve his footwork and technique...Can be more consistent when it comes to leverage...May have some durability concerns...Did not operate in a pro style offense.
Slender build will have to be evaluated at weigh-ins ... Doesn't show consistency in run blocking ... Not very powerful when playing against bigger defensive ends ... Short arms? ... Doesn't always finish blocks ... Doesn't have a nasty demeanor.
Typically operates out of a two-point stance for Baylor. ... Raw in his pass-set technique, standing a bit upright and backpedaling instead of sliding to mirror his man. ... Locks onto his man at first, but eventually loses his balance and grip due to his average upper-body strength and footwork. ... Does not have much of a punch in pass protection. ... Can lose the hands battle on the line. ... Could use a bit more bulk in the lower body to be more effective as a drive blocker. ... Could be moved inside to left guard for a zone-blocking team.


Was a four-year starter in the Big 12...Began his college career as a tight end...Redshirted in 2004...Started eight games as a redshirt freshman in 2005 and finished the year with 6 receptions for 70 yards (11.7 avg.) and 1 touchdown...Was moved to the offensive line in 2006 and started all 12 games at right tackle...Kicked over to the left side and started there his final two seasons...Missed five games with a strained right MCL in 2007 and was also hampered by a foot injury...A 3rd Team All-American and 1st Team All-Big 12 as a senior...Played in a two-point stance in the Bears spread option attack...Still somewhat raw but has all the physical tools you look for as well as the first-rate intangibles that will help him maximize his potential...Pro Bowl-caliber left tackle prospect who will just continue to get better as he develops.


2007: Earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors as a junior offensive tackle from The Associated Press despite being slowed by a sprained knee injury for much of season ... Played and started in seven games at left tackle ...Was a key performer along a Bears' o-line which yielded just 21 sacks, the program's fewest since 1995 ... Sustained a right MCL strain in season-opener at No. 22 TCU which sidelined him for three games, then returned to start at Texas A&M and vs. Colorado ... Reinjured the knee against Colorado and missed two more games (at No. 20 Kansas and vs. No. 19 Texas) ... Returned to starting lineup at Kansas State and started season's final four games ... Shared team's Best Offensive Lineman honor with center J.D. Walton ... Played 436 snaps to earn third Baylor letter ... Took 54 or more snaps five times with a high of 85 against Texas Tech ... Baylor Leadership Academy graduate...2006: 11 GP; 8 GS; Rec: 6-70-11.7-1; Moved from tight end to offensive tackle prior to spring practice and went on to start all 12 games of his sophomore season as the Bears' right tackle ... Played every offensive snap in 11 of his 12 starts ... Saw action on 789 snaps for the year, most by a Baylor offensive performer in 2006 and the third-highest total on the squad overall ... 2005: Redshirt freshman tight end played in every game and drew eight starts to earn his first varsity letter ... Had six receptions for 70 yards and one touchdown, an average of 11.7 yards per catch ... Recorded six of the 13 receptions tallied by BU tight ends in 2005 ... Selected Baylor's Most Improved Player. 2004: Tabbed MVP of the Bears' offensive scout team in redshirt season.


Also considered here was elite LB prospect Aaron Curry to help improve their 28th ranked defense (however, since they spent their last 3 first round picks on defense...Chris Long, Adam Carriker, and Tye Hill...the decision was made to use the pick to help improve the 27th ranked offense. Plus, the need for premium LB's is not as vital when attempting to build a premier 4-3 defense like it would be if you were trying to create a dominant 3-4 defense). WR Michael Crabtree was also discussed, since the Rams cut Torry Holt this offseason, one year after letting Isaac Bruce go (however, after his surgery, it would not be prudent to offer #2 overall pick money to a guy who cannot work out prior to the draft). With future Hall-of-Fame LT Orlando Pace now gone, there is a gaping hole on the o-line, and the best bet is to fill it with the best OT available in this draft class (especially since all of the top-notch OT's will be long gone by the time the Rams pick in round 2, while there should still be some quality WR's or LB's available at pick #35). The Rams have a history of not being afraid to select an o-lineman with a premium pick when they picked Pace first overall in 1997, so his replacement is drafted with the second overall pick a dozen years later.


D Rock
03-23-2009, 11:42 AM
the Jaguars are looking to trade back out of the 8 spot if anyone is interested.

03-23-2009, 11:50 AM
I just stickied the Mock Commentary Thread (it was in danger of getting buried down there) so all of your comments about the picks (much appreciated, pfelix) and requests for trade partners (such as D Rock's desire to trade down) can be discussed there, so that this thread could be dedicated to picks and picks only. Thanks for your cooperation, everyone! :mrgreen:

03-23-2009, 01:22 PM
The Cleveland Browns who own the 5th overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft, take advantage of the rumored economized moves made by the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks, jumping two spots to get the #1 rated guy on their draft board.

With the 5th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select Linebacker out of Wake Forest University, Aaron Curry.


Back for analysis later, before the Chiefs and Seahawks change their mind.

03-23-2009, 02:21 PM

Sorry for not being here on time everyone. I just emailed Ruthless the Chief's first round pick which does not interfere with the Browns taking the #3 overall slot. Pioli wants his DLine anchor and will not pass up: BJ Raji, DT, Boston College.

03-23-2009, 02:58 PM
Going to a 34...Raji makes some sense for ya.

03-23-2009, 03:02 PM
Going to a 34...Raji makes some sense for ya.


You can make your response to this in the thread for commentary.

03-23-2009, 03:06 PM
With the 6th selection in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Cincinnatti Bengals select Kevin Hu... I mean Eugene Monroe, OT, Virgina.


Combine Results:

6'5" 309 lbs.
5.19 40 time
33 7/8 inch arms
23 bench presses

Strengths: Great frame with long arms, great lower body strength, and room to add bulk ... Highly athletic ... Displays great footwork in pass protection ... Quick kick step; gets set quickly ... Shows good posture in pass protection; does not overextend at the waist ... Knows how to counter pass rush moves; good hands ... Explosive athleticism to recover when beat ... Nice mobility to get to the second level ... Displays good awareness of stunts and blitzes ... Very high upside and should start at left tackle immediately.

Weaknesses: Chocolate and Cries during romantic movies...

The selection of Eugene Monroe signifies the end of former 1st round draft pick Levi Jones' time as the LT of the Bengals. After getting owned by every top DE over the past two seasons Levi will now have to find a new home. He will probably sign with the Ravens as they continue to stockpile veteran (old) injury prone offensive linemen.

When reached for comment, Eugene Monroe replied:


"Hmmmmmm, sandmaches..."

As best as we can make it out, that means he's happy with the selection...

03-23-2009, 03:12 PM
In the absence of SteelSun7, it has been deemed that the Seattle Seahawks are now the proud owners of one Michael Crabtree.


Michael Crabtree, Wide Receiver
Texas Tech University, Redshirt Sophomore
Height: 6' 1 3/8" Weight: 215 lbs.


Career Statistics
Year GP Rec Yds YPC TD
2007 13 134 1,962 14.6 22
2008 12 93 1,135 12.2 18
Totals 25 227 3,097 13.6 40

Yes, you read that correctly. 3000+ yards. 40 TD's. In 2 college seasons. 25 total games. Sick. Just downright sick.


Very good height and bulk with long arms...Excellent hands...Good concentration and will make the difficult catch...Outstanding body control...Terrific ball skills...Tremendous leaper who high-points the ball...Does a great job of running after the catch...Doesn't go down easily...Physical and aggressive...Tough and not afraid to go over the middle...Nice feet and works the sidelines well...Quick off the line...Does all the little things as a route runner...Understands how to get open...Good athleticism...Very competitive...Hard worker...Good teammate with solid football intangibles...Extraordinarily productive.

Big frame with nice muscle definition ... Does not drop easy passes ... Circus catch ability ... Attacks the football ... Times jump balls well and catches ball at the highest point possible ... Great footwork on sideline, showing the ability to keep both feet in bounds ... Has instincts; a reliable target who comes back to his quarterback and presents a window ... Physical at the line of scrimmage to beat press man coverage and at the goal line ... Gives effort as a blocker ... Elusive in the open field ... Nice acceleration from zero to top speed ... Clutch.

Ultra-productive, competitive playmaker with prototypical size. Excellent hands; snatches the ball from the air within or outside his body. Secures the ball quickly in his strong hands after the catch. Uses his size, initial quickness and hands to get inside or outside separation off the line of scrimmage. Runs quick slants and has the suddenness to take the route upfield. Excellent body control to high-point the ball in traffic, adjust to any poor throw, tiptoe on the sideline and find his way through creases. Can turn his man out, plant and get the inside shoulder, giving the quarterback a big target down the seam. Quick to stop and adjust for the ball behind him, whether purposely or not. Used outside, in the slot and even in the backfield at times. Always tries to make a play after the catch, keeping his legs moving when tackled low, stiff-arming smaller defenders on the run and extending the ball to get to the first down or goal line. Rubs defenders for other receivers. Displays a good attitude and appears to be a solid teammate without major ego issues.


Lacks great timed speed...Does not get a lot of separation...Played in an unorthodox offense that pumped up his numbers and didn't require him to run a lot of NFL routes...Will get contested vertically...Still has room to improve as a blocker...Has issues with ball security...Health and durability may be concerns...Just two years of playing experience.

Route running is questionable because Texas Tech does not have many deep outs, deep posts, or corners within the offensive scheme ... Questionable ability to be a deep threat against faster NFL corners ... Does not consistently generate separation (see game-winner against Texas).

Needs to speed up his release, as he jumps off the line too often trying to lull his defender to sleep. Does not have the elite speed to separate from quick corners on the outside, although the point typically was moot at Tech because he could overpower collegiate talent. Not sudden with the ball in his hands, dancing awkwardly at times instead of using his size and strength. Must improve consistency on downfield blocking, as he has the size to be effective but gives inconsistent effort to get to his man or sustain. Runs with the ball loose in the open field.


Overview: There simply was nothing more for Crabtree to prove at the collegiate level after winning the Biletnikoff Award in both seasons playing in Texas Tech coach Mike Leach's high-octane offense. The All-American racked up 231 catches for 3,127 yards and 41 touchdowns in just two years after dominating the scout team practices his redshirt season. He also had the play of the year in 2008 with his amazing touchdown catch against Texas to seal Tech's upset in Lubbock. Unlike past productive receivers in Leach's offense, Crabtree's size, strength and pure playmaking ability would have enabled him to produce in any collegiate system, and scouts expect the success to continue at the next level. Had an arm span of 34 1/4 inches and a hand span of 9 1/4 inches at the combine.


Summary: When I put on the tape in the first week of January, Crabtree became a much tougher evaluation than I previously thought. The Tech offense does not have many NFL routes to evaluate Crabtree, and this worries me because route running is the first thing I look at when determining the transition to the NFL. He has the ability and talent to be a great route runner, it just remains to be seen what the NFL scouts project him at in this area and his work ethic (which I have no way of knowing what this is) could be the deciding factor. This is the only aspect of Crabtree's game lacking maturity. Because of all of his great tools translating greatly to the NFL level (effort, ball skills, instincts) I am giving him a cautious Top 8/4.5-star grade.


Entered the draft after his redshirt sophomore season...One of the most prolific receivers in the history of college football...Actually played quarterback in high school...Became the first two-time winner of the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's best wideout (2007 and 2008)...Led the nation in receptions (134), receiving yards (1,962) and touchdowns (all NCAA freshman records) in 2007 and was a consensus All-American...Named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2007...Also earned numerous All-American honors in 2008...Played with an ankle injury in '08...During the Scouting Combine medical exams doctors discovered a stress fracture in his left foot, which required surgery and 6-10 weeks of rehabilitation, and as a result he will be unable to work out for teams prior to the draft...Has just about everything you look for except elite speed...A sure-fire Top 10 pick who profiles as a legitimate #1 wide receiver at the next level.


Seattle is a good landing spot because their big free agent WR signing is already old (T.J. Houshmandzadeh will turn 32 during the first month of the season) and he is used to having another top WR across from him to take the pressure off of him (He was Chad Johnson's teammate at both Oregon State as well as in Cincinnati). Bobby Engram is now in Kansas City. Deion Branch is always injured, and even when he is able to play, he is a shadow of his former Super Bowl MVP self. Nate Burleson is a decent 3rd option, but not the kind of guy you want to rely on as a starter (kind of like that other Nate that signed with Tennessee this offseason). Any team that decides to pass on this guy just because he had surgery and cannot run the 40 prior to the draft will be sorry. He will heal fine, and he will dominate. Welcome to Seattle, Mr. Crabtree!


03-23-2009, 03:58 PM
With the 7th overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders select out of Eli Manning University (OleMiss), Offensive Tackle Michael "Blindside" Oher.


Back for analysis after Al Davis finishes his nap (Chadman catches up to Eastern time).

Given that Cornell Green has gone & done a 'bad, bad thing', the immediate need for a starting quality OT has outweighed Al's need for speed (and a nice nanna nap), so the Raiders selected 'the next best' OT on the board in Oher. Given the drop-off in quality at OT compared to the drop-off in, say, WR or CB from Round 1 to Round 2, drafting our OT here made much more sense.


Pros: Very solid, muscular build for an offensive lineman. Very nimble on his feet and uses his hands well to keep opposing pass rushers at bay. Displays great athleticism and the ability to get to the second level while blocking in the run game. Understands how to use leverage and plays with great balance. Flashes the potential to dominate at times.
Cons: A bit inconsistent. Motor and overall stamina is questionable at times. Dominant when he's on, but has his moments where he doesn't play up to his potential. Tends to have his moments when his technique breaks down and when he doesn't give it his all. Footwork could use polishing.

Draft Exchange Analysis:
Michael Oher has a very unique backstory. He actually didn't start playing football until he was in high school where he had to take extra classes in order to make up for his lack of education due to his rough upbringing. He's definitely the type of kid you want to see succeed, and I don't see much stopping him from doing so. He's a very talented offensive tackle who is very effective blocking in the passing game and the running game. If Michael didn't decide to stay in school last year he might've given Jake Long a run for the #1 pick in the draft. Michael may be better off playing right tackle for a year or two while adjusting to the pro game and maturing technically but he should be just fine protecting your QBs blindside as long as he gives it his all every snap.


Oher (pronounced "Oar") arrived at Ole Miss with much fanfare -- partially because of his mammoth body and excellent athleticism and partially due to the Michael Lewis book "The Blind Side" detailing Oher's childhood and recruitment. Despite only two years of high school football -- one year on the offensive line -- he was named a Freshman All-American as a starter at right guard in 2005, then a second-team All-SEC left tackle as a sophomore before garnering first-team honors as a junior. Oher considered going pro, but returned intent on improving his run blocking and overall physicality. Oher raised his draft stock, earning All-American accolades along the way. Oher may not be able to duplicate Jake Long's feat of being the first player drafted overall, but many NFL scouts believe he is the draft's top talent. Had an arm span of 33 1/2 inches and a hand span of 10 3/8 inches at the combine.


Positives: Prototypical left tackle build. ... Has good height and excellent athleticism. ... Unlike some left tackles, he has girth in his lower body. ... Uses his long arms to lock onto the defender to nullify the pass rush. ... Gets into his pass set quickly and has very good lateral movement. ... Not fooled by dancing on the line. ... Shows the feet to pull inside, get to either shoulder as a run blocker and nullify linebackers outside on screen passes. ... Sustains and mirrors as long as possible and will play through the whistle. ... Improvement as a run blocker as a senior. Began to play with more aggression and physicality at the second level. ... An ascending talent who should only get better.

Negatives: Only has three years experience at left tackle and is still learning the game. ... A better pass blocker than power-run blocker, as he does not consistently get great push off the edge. ... Needs more consistency in using his punch, which can be devastating against rush ends. ... Can be beaten in pass protection by quicker hands. ... Loses balance when lunging in pass protection. ... A bit tentative in the open field. ... Gets a bit lazy moving his feet when the play is run away from him and could stand to gain more stamina. ... Does not always adjust to outside blitzes, but handles inside pressure just fine. ... Has a very quiet, passive demeanor that some many characterize as lacking passion.

D Rock
03-23-2009, 04:33 PM
After hoping a couple guys would fall to 8 and not seeing them still on the board...and being unable to find a trade partner to drop back...the Jags are looking at multiple guys and having trouble figuring out which way they want to go.

Because the coaching staff watches very limited game film, they will select the one player they have watched a couple times and always been impressed with.

Vontae Davis - CB -Illinois


NFL Combine Results
40-Yard Dash 4.49
Bench press 25
Three-cone drill 6.75
20-yard shuttle 4.07


Prototypical height and bulk...Smooth and fluid with top-notch athleticism...Excellent speed...Flips his hips well and can turn and run...Has a burst to close and can recover when beat...Very strong with a muscular physique...Tough and physical...Gets a good jam at the line...A reliable tackler who can deliver the big hit...Does a fantastic job in run support...Decent hands and ball skills...Capable of excelling in either man or zone coverage...May offer some positional versatility...Solid return man and special teamer...Durable...Has lots of experience against top competition...Nice bloodlines..Major upside.

Has clashed with coaches and does not take instruction well...Poor work ethic...Inconsistent...Motor runs hot and cold...Questionable instincts and awareness...Gambles and takes too many unnecessary risks...Gets too high in his backpedal...Doesn't make as many plays as he should...Struggles with the mental aspects of the game...Skates by on his natural talent...Full of himself and reads his own press clippings.

Brother, Vernon, plays for the San Francisco 49'ers and was the 6th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft...Was a three-year starter for the Illini...Named 1st Team All-Big Ten in 2007 and 2008...Was benched by Ron Zook at one point as a junior...Could also project to safety at the next level...Has everything you look for physically but intangibles leave much to be desired...The most gifted defensive back in this draft and a legit Top 10 pick based on talent alone...Boom or Bust prospect.

The Jags hope that watching his brother, Vernon Davis of the San Fran 49ers, become a center of negative media attention for his lack of effort last year will have a positive outcome and turn Vontae into the elite player he is capable of being.

03-23-2009, 05:37 PM
With the 10th pick in the NFL Draft the San Francisco 49ers select:

Malcolm Jenkins CB


2009 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
For the second year in a row, Malcolm Jenkins begins the season as the top cornerback prospect for the NFL Draft. Entering his fourth year as a starter for the Buckeyes, Jenkins possesses a rare blend of size, speed, and instinct at the position. Many teams needing secondary help will even consider him at the free safety position because of his outstanding open field tackling. He is an excellent cover man, but has the size to help out in run support like a safety. He played in 52 games at Ohio State, and registered 196 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, and forced 4 fumbles. In coverage, Jenkins has tallied an impressive 11 interceptions and 17 passes broken up - including two interceptions he has taken back for touchdowns. Jenkins showed another facet of his game this year that will likely be important as an NFL rookie, when he blocked 2 kicks playing special teams for the Buckeyes. Because teams try their best to throw away from him, he gets fewer chances to make big plays each year. Jenkins has excellent instincts and positioning in coverage. He's far less likely to get his hips out of position like other young corners, and makes fantastic breaks on the ball while it's in the air. According to the Ohio State Athletics website, Malcolm Jenkins runs a 4.3 in the 40 yard dash, a time that will have scouts drooling on their stop watches if he can do it. That type of speed at his size would vault him to the top of draft boards without his impressive resume. He also plays some of the best press coverage you'll ever see out of a college cornerback. Jenkins' physical tools, good technique, and big game experience should see him taken in the top 5 or at worst, the top 10 of the 2009 NFL Draft.



Terrific size and bulk with long arms...Smooth and athletic...Great hands and ball skills...Good strength...Solid instincts and is quick to react...Has a powerful punch and gets a good jam at the line...Reliable tackler...Very physical and will happily support the run...Extremely confident...Tough and durable...Hard worker and team leader with excellent intangibles...Offers some positional versatility...Has a lot of experience against top competition ... Outstanding program pedigree.


Weaknesses: Does not have great speed or quickness...Lacks a burst to close and recover...Has some trouble flipping his hips and transitioning...Just average feet...Gambler who will take some chances...Will struggle to turn and run with speedy pro wideouts deep ... Bit of a CB / S 'tweener.

Notes:Also being looked at as a free safety prospect...Probably would have been a first round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft had he come out after his junior season...A three-year starter in the Big Ten...Helped lead his high school team to three consecutive state titles...Was named 1st Team All-Big Ten as a sophomore, junior and senior...Missed the final two games of the regular season with a knee injury as a true freshman but was otherwise healthy...Will attempt to follow in the footsteps of former Buckeyes cornerbacks who have found great success in the NFL like Shawn Springs, Antoine Winfield, Ahmed Plummer, Nate Clements and Chris Gamble...Will likely begin his pro career at corner but if that doesn't work out he still has Pro Bowl potential as a safety...Best fit may come in a zone scheme where he can press...Eerily reminiscent of Antrel Rolle coming out of college and carries a similar pro grade...Not an elite shut-down cover guy but could be a #1 corner.


03-23-2009, 06:14 PM
Sorry Guys Im in another time zone and I forgot about the time change...Green Bay selection coming right up.

Brian Orakpo...might be traded to another team...but writeup in a bit.

D Rock
03-23-2009, 06:33 PM
Sorry Guys Im in another time zone and I forgot about the time change...Green Bay selection coming right up.

Brian Orakpo...might be traded to another team...but writeup in a bit.

there's no trading of players this year...only picks

03-23-2009, 06:40 PM
Sorry Guys Im in another time zone and I forgot about the time change...Green Bay selection coming right up.

Brian Orakpo...might be traded to another team...but writeup in a bit.

there's no trading of players this year...only picks

It would be a pick...its like trading Rivers and Manning.

03-23-2009, 07:40 PM
Sorry Guys Im in another time zone and I forgot about the time change...Green Bay selection coming right up.

Brian Orakpo...might be traded to another team...but writeup in a bit.

Does that mean that you guys (GB) is choosing Brian Orakpo??

If we don't get a response by 8 est. time then we are assuming this to be the case so we can be back on schedule with the picks. I already have SF's picks depending on GB.

03-23-2009, 07:58 PM
With the 11th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select:

Everette Brown, DE, Florida State


03-23-2009, 11:51 PM
With the 12th pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos select, out of LSU, Defensive End Tyson Jackson.


Perfect fit for the 3-4 alignment at Defensive End. Understands his containment responsibilities. ... Excellent size and strength to stack at the point of attack. ... Flashes the ability to shed blocks and make the play. ... Good initial quickness off the snap. ... Can pressure the tackle's outside shoulder and has the strength to push the blocker into the pocket toward the quarterback or use his hands to rip off the block. ... Gets his hands up in the passing lane. ... Good lateral quickness and hand technique to disengage from blocks and make the play. ... Hustles to chase ballcarriers downfield.

03-24-2009, 11:34 AM
With the 14th pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints select out of Ohio State University, Running Back Chris "Beanie" Wells.


"Extraordinary combination of size and natural running ability. Downhill runner who attacks the line of scrimmage when running inside. Shows the patience to pick and slide laterally. Good burst to and through the hole. Despite his height, generally runs with good pad level, giving defenders little to target other than his knees and shoulder pads. Rare size and leg drive to move the pile. Rare vision and lateral quickness for a back of his size. Anticipates the cutback lanes before they appear and capitalizes on them. Surprising acceleration to break through the first wave of the defense and get to the second level. Brutal stiff-arm when in the open field to bat away defenders attempting to drag him down. Despite his size, shows good breakaway speed. Final nine touchdowns against BCS opponents traveled an average of 32 yards. Good size and strength as a pass blocker. Despite his struggles with durability, some close to the program characterize him as being a tough player willing to play through pain."

03-24-2009, 11:45 AM
Dan Snyder selects Andre Smith, OT, Alabama.

Welcome to Washington kid...put on a pig nose and start workin'


Hometown:Birmingham, AL

Positives: Flashes rare initial quickness for such a large man, especially on the down block. ... Surprisingly quick getting to the second level as a run blocker or on screens. ... Explosive upper-body strength and can pancake defenders when he keeps his feet. ... Massive man with the deep kick-step and long arms to hold off pass rushers. ... Allowed only one sack in 2008. ... Can absorb the bull rush. ... Intuitive football player. ... Recognizes and reacts well to surprise blitzes. ... If presented with two rushers, chooses his correct assignment and effectively neutralizes at least one of the defenders, instead of trying (and failing) to handle both. ... Good effort downfield. ... Never missed a game due to injury in three seasons at Alabama.


Hopefully he shows up to camp.

03-24-2009, 12:14 PM
Jeremy macklin

Positing from my phone. Details later.

03-24-2009, 12:32 PM
Normally I would have gone D for them but with Maclin on the board I couldn't pass up the opportunity to put together the new best offense in the nfl. Defense wins championships but before u can do that you have to wi n games. This offense will score 40 points a game.

Johnson maclin and walters at wr. Daniels at te and slaton at rb? Devastating. You think andre johnson put up a lot of stats last year? Scary. Maclin has the spped to get deep and the heigth to out jump the dbs. You gotta pick your poison. Double johnson or maclin? Play a cover 2 and daniels and slaton KILL you.

Defense and oline the rest of the way.

03-24-2009, 02:29 PM

With the 17th selection in the 2009 Planet Mock Draft...the New York Jets select:




Positives: Ascending talent whose intangibles for the position are just as impressive as his physical tools. ... Cerebral. ... Reads defenses well and rarely throws into coverage. ... Goes through his progression quickly and takes what the defense gives him. ... Recognizes the blitz very well for a player of his experience and often targets the defenses' weak link when being blitzed. ... Good setup and a smooth, over-the-top delivery. ... Legitimate NFL arm strength. ... Capable of making every NFL throw, including the deep ball. ... Rather than relying on pure arm strength, Sanchez combines good velocity with rare anticipation, especially for a player of his limited experience. ... Consistently releases his passes before his receivers have even made their breaks, giving the defense little time to react. ... Distributes the ball all over the field. ... Good short-, medium-, and long-range accuracy. ... Consistently places his passes where only his receiver can get it and throws a very catchable ball. ... When healthy, showed very surprising mobility for his size. ... Can evade the pass rush and will scramble if the defense gives free yards. ... Rare accuracy on the rollout. ... Squares his shoulders and can fire the ball with consistency and accuracy. ... Team captain. ... Blue-collar work ethic.

Welcome to the land of the paper airoplanes kid!


03-24-2009, 02:51 PM

03-24-2009, 03:03 PM
With Mel Blount's G being M.I.A., I can now pick for D.O.S., who sent me his list of preferred prospects for the Bears.

Topping the list is Eben Britton, OT, Arizona. Welcome to Chicago, Eben.


Eben Britton, Offensive Tackle
University of Arizona, Junior
Height: 6' 6" Weight: 309 lbs.


Combine Measurements:

Arm Length: 32 3/4"
Hand Length: 10 1/4"
40 Yard Dash Time: 5.16
Reps at 225 lbs.: 24


Ideal size with a large frame and room to add more weight...Excellent technician who understands angles and positioning...Tough, physical and plays to the whistle...Good strength and power...Gets a nice push in the run game...Has a terrific initial punch...Is stout at the point of attack...Neutralizes defenders when locked on...Outstanding football IQ and awareness..Hard worker..Leader..Durable...Lots of experience.

Rare size and wingspan. ... Good initial hand punch and can physically control his opponent when he locks on. ... Cognizant pass blocker who recognizes the blitz and adjusts accordingly. ... Flashes a deep kick-step to force pass rushers wide. ... Adequate lateral agility to mirror the pass rusher. ... Forceful run blocker. ... Despite his height, can play with leverage in the running game and drive defenders off the line. ... Only marginal agility in the open field, but can eliminate defenders at the college level with intimidating pancake blocks. ... Leader of the line. ... Has started 37 consecutive games.


Average athleticism...Has short arms...Doesn't always play with the proper pad level...Does not handle speed off the edge well...Struggles in space and range is limited...Does not have great feet...Poor lateral mobility..Marginal agility, quickness and balance...How much upside?

Protected as a pass blocker by the Arizona spread scheme and athleticism of his quarterback. ... Lacks the elite foot speed of top left tackles and will struggle in pass protection if left at this position in the NFL. ... Too often allowed pass rushers to get their hands into his chest and can be walked back to the quarterback despite his strength. ... Lumbers when blocking on the move and will resort to lunging at the defender in open space.


The spread attack is often characterized as a finesse offense. With the massive Britton operating at left tackle for the Wildcats, physicality in the running game was the key to U of A's success. The spread attack and mobile senior quarterback Willie Tuitama help mask Britton's lack of elite foot speed and agility as a pass blocker, but his size and strength in the running game could make him a standout at right tackle or even inside at guard in a drive-blocking scheme. Scouts love his physicality and consistency. After redshirting in 2005, Britton started the next consecutive 37 games and earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors as a left tackle in 2008. Had an arm span of 32 3/4 inches and a hand span of 10 1/4 inches at the combine.


A three-year starter in the Pac-10...Comes from a family of athletes, actors, writers and painters...Redshirted in 2005...Played right tackle in 2006 and 2007 before moving to the left side in 2008...Named 2nd Team All-Pac-10 as a sophomore and 1st Team as a junior...Was a team co-captain for the Wildcats in '07 and '08...Best fit at the next level will likely come at right tackle...Got a little overhyped within the draftnik community early in the process and was never the Top 10 overall pick some made him out to be...Solid, albeit unspectacular, blocker with the ability to start..Should enjoy a long career in the NFL.


03-24-2009, 03:12 PM
The San Diego Chargers are happy to select Junior Seau 2.0...A.K.A. Rey Maualuga, LB, USC

(which, of course, means that Rey will inevitably end his career in New England in 2025 :HeadBanger ).


Rey Maualuga, Inside Linebacker
University of Southern California, Senior
Height: 6' 1 3/4" Weight: 249 lbs.


Combine measurements:

Arm Length: 31 3/4"
Hand Length: 10"
40 Yard Dash Time: 4.82
Reps at 225 lbs.: 23


Career Statistics
2005 12 37 4.5 1.0 2 1
2006 13 78 5.0 2.0 3 1
2007 13 79 10.5 6.0 3 1
2008 12 79 2.5 0.0 4 2
Totals 50 273 22.5 9.0 12 5


Has excellent size and bulk...Extremely aggressive...Tough and physical...A violent, intimidating presence who can really deliver the big hit...Good instincts...Very strong...Explosive...Reads and reacts quickly...Does a nice job of taking on and shedding blockers...Will step up and fill against the run...Solid pass rusher and blitzer...Plays faster than he times and has a burst...Has shown the ability to make big plays in coverage...Productive with a knack for making game-changing plays... Offers schematic versatility...Is still improving and has upside.

Physically is the prototype with both great upper and lower body strength ... Nice range in pass coverage ... Always around the football ... Explodes to and through the ball carrier ... Hits very hard and is a great open-field tackler ... Uses his hands well to shed blockers and locate tacklers ... Great at diagnosing the run ... A huge threat to get to the quarterback and blitz ... Has better range in zone than given credit for ... Extremely aggressive football player ... Can jar the ball loose and create turnovers ... A big-time leader on the USC defense ... Plays for a team known for producing great linebackers.

Good initial quickness off the snap. ... Quickly gets to top speed, flashing rare downhill explosiveness for the position. ... Reads the action quickly. ... Willing to take on blocks and has the strength and hand technique to shed quickly. ... Good lateral quickness to evade blockers and has the speed to beat backs to the flanks. ... Gets good depth on his pass drop and is quick to close on the ball. ... Punishing hitter with four career forced fumbles. ... Productive pass rusher with the speed to close on even mobile quarterbacks. ... Can break down in space to make the secure open-field tackle.


Does not have elite timed speed...Inconsistent...Can be too aggressive at times...Always looking to deliver the knockout blow and will miss some tackles...Does not always take proper angles...Lacks fluid hips...May struggle to match up in coverage...Average change of direction skills...Range is somewhat limited...Will get caught out of position at times... Still immature...Ran into some trouble off the field.

Could be more instinctive vs. the pass and should recognize play action more quickly ... Solid speed, but it isn't elite ... Struggles going against slot receivers in man coverage ... Hips aren't very fluid (but this is normal for ILBs)

Has a tendency to overpursue, opening holes in the defense for quick and savvy ballcarriers to exploit. ... Too often relies on his explosive hitting to knock down ballcarriers, rather than wrapping up to make secure tackles.


A more consistent playmaker than Keith Rivers -- selected 10th overall by the Bengals in 2008 -- Maualuga might be the most explosive hitter in the draft. Blessed with a prototypical combination of size and athleticism, Maualuga has the speed to beat the running back wide and the bulk to be a punisher on the inside. Maualuga impressed scouts with his ability to rush the passer during drills at the Senior Bowl and delivered six sacks as a junior (zero as a senior). His penchant for big plays in coverage make him one of the few inside linebackers of this class capable of playing all three downs. A three-time all-conference selection and 2009 All-American, Maualuga is a difference-maker worthy of a top-20 selection in the 2009 draft.


Summary: Because of the progression he is shown throughout his career, I'm confident his instincts and leadership will improve even more in his senior season. Can play any scheme in the 4-3, but his ability to blitz and plug the run make him an elite fit for the 3-4.


Player Comparison: Barrett Ruud. Ruud is one of the best young linebackers in the NFL and consistently makes big plays. Maualuga displays that same kind of great leadership. Both play the run very well and have great lateral range.


Best fit may be inside in a 3-4 scheme but could also play the middle in a 4-3...A three-year starter for the Trojans...Would have been a Top 15 pick in the 2008 NFL Draft but opted to return to school for his senior season...Was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery after allegedly punching a man during a party in 2005...Has faced team disciplinary action on more than one occasion...Was the MVP of the Rose Bowl as a junior when he recorded 3 sacks and an interception...Has star potential if he can keep his head on straight ... Impact linebacker who can take over and dominate games.


Discipline of Steel
03-24-2009, 03:14 PM
Just beat me to it, I just got in. If any team is picking for a need in this draft it is the Bears at OT. They have 3 tackles on thier roster right now with a grand total of one game started between them all. Heck, if your going to be that inexperienced at a position, might as well make one of the palyers a blue chip talent. Can you say Day 1 starter?

Discipline of Steel
03-24-2009, 04:18 PM
With the 19th pick in the Planet steelers Mock Draft, the Tampon Bay Buccaneers select...

DT Peria Jerry from Mississippi


The Buccaneers urgently needed to draft a quick, do it all defensive tackle who can fit into their 4-3 defensive scheme and reclaim dominance at the line of scrimmage.

Jerry possesses rare burst off the snap, lateral quickness and a nose for the football. Emerged as one of the flashiest prospects at any position in the 2009 draft, he broke out as a junior, earning second team All-SEC accolades by finishing with 58 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss. Often facing two blockers in 2008, Jerry improved his play behind the line and led the SEC with 18 tackles for loss. He was a four-time SEC Defender of the Week as a senior and raised his stock even more with a dominating week of practice at the Senior Bowl.

03-24-2009, 04:35 PM
Emperor Goodell (taunting the Steeler fans in attendance at the draft after royally screwing them out of a 3rd round comp pick): "The hate is swelling in you now. Take your weapon. Use it. I am unarmed. Strike me down with it. But first, the Detroit Lions must pick again."


With their second first round pick in the 2009 PlanetSteelers Mock Draft, the Detroit Lions are pleased to select:


William Beatty, Offensive Tackle
University of Connecticut, Senior
Height: 6’ 6", Weight: 307 lbs.


Combine Measurements:

Arm Length: 34 3/4"
Hand Length: 10"
40 Yard Dash Time: 5.12
Reps of 225 lbs.: 27
Vertical Leap: 33 1/2"
Broad Jump: 8' 11"
Three Cone Drill Time: 7.62


Terrific size with a large frame...Excellent athleticism...Light on his feet...Real quick and agile...Terrific footwork...Mobile enough to pull and get to the second level...Slides well laterally...Outstanding balance...Redirects well...Does a real nice job of sustaining his blocks...Superb pass blocker with the ability to handle speed off the edge...Smart with good awareness...Solid intangibles... Still has upside.

Intriguing athleticism. ... Gets to the second level quickly. ... Good agility and straight-line speed to pull. ... Explosive initial pop. ... Flashes upper-body strength to lift and pancake defenders. ... Flashes an effective initial punch and has the body control to recoil and ease into his set. ... Good lateral quickness in pass protection. ... Good balance. ... Ascending talent despite starting four years. ... Characterized by UConn staff as having greatly matured as a senior. ... Could be just scratching the surface of his potential.


Needs to get stronger...Could stand to add some weight...Is not overly powerful...Doesn't get a great push in the run game...Can be bullrushed and does not anchor well...Does not use his hands well and could improve his overall technique ... Has some minor durability concerns.

Doesn't always sustain his blocks long enough. ... Good straight-line speed, but loses his feet in the trash. ... Potential one-year wonder. ... Really stepped up his level of play as a senior, sparking some debate whether his level of play will diminish once he's cashed an NFL paycheck. ... Earned no postseason accolades over his first three seasons, but earned first-team All-Big East honors as a senior. ... Broken leg that ended his sophomore season after only seven games requires a medical check at the Combine.


A talented athlete capable of becoming one of the surprises of the 2009 draft. In a talented left tackle class, Beatty might be the best combination run blocker. Beatty's burst to the second level and explosive initial pop helped Donald Brown to a 2,000-yard season in 2008. Beatty demonstrated more than enough athleticism to protect the passer, though he was not a true blindside protector when lefty Jared Lorenzen was under center. The concern is that Beatty's level of play spiked dramatically as a senior, forcing scouts to determine if Beatty matured as a senior or was motivated by the promise of a big NFL paycheck. Had an arm span of 34 3/4 inches and a hand span of 10 inches at the combine.

Redshirted in 2004...Went on to become a three-year starter...Helped pave the way for the nation's leading rusher as a senior and was named first-team all-Big East...Missed half of the 2006 season with a broken leg...Parents are both pastors...Shut down one of the country's premier pass rushers in George Selvie two years in a row...Finesse blocker who stands out in pass protection but still has a ways to go in the run department...Best fit might be in a zone blocking scheme...An impressive physical specimen for the position and most of his flaws can be corrected with further development and coaching...Underrated prospect who seemingly has all the tools to play left tackle in the NFL.


The Lions took their RT of the future in the first round last year when they got Gosder Cherilus. Now, they get their LT of the future. Current LT Jeff Backus (who will turn 32 during the first month of the season) could start out at LT while Beatty gets acclimated to the NFL game, and then Backus could slide inside to guard when Beatty is ready for prime time.


03-24-2009, 06:17 PM
With The 21st Selection In This Year's NFL Draft, The Philadelphia Eagles Are Pleased To Announce That Knowshon Moreno RB From The Univ. Of Georgia is Their Pick.

The Entire City of Brotherly Love Welcomes Him.....


Moreno is a tremendously gifted offensive weapon who is a threat to take it to the house any time he touches the ball. He runs with outstanding pad level, displays great vision and tremendous cutback ability. He has a quick first step and is lethal on the edge. He’s deceptively strong between the tackles and will fight for extra yards.



Knowshon's hometown is from right up the road in Belford, NJ.

Welcome to the team Knowshon.........

03-25-2009, 06:51 AM
Minnesota Vikings: With the 22nd pick of the 2--9 draft the Vikings are once again late. Thankfully I have the Pats right behind them and it bought me some more time. Anyways we SELECT:
Hakeem Nicks | WR | North Carolina

03-25-2009, 09:07 AM
Strengths: swivel head, HD resolution,. 8MP

Weaknesess: Too large to fit in pocket and hide from other teams, needs reliable cameraman to handle and not tattle tale.

03-25-2009, 09:33 AM


03-25-2009, 11:04 AM
The Miami Dolphins are please to select

Percy Harvin, Wide Receiver
University of Florida, Junior


Combine Measurements:

Height: 5' 11 1/8"
Weight: 192 lbs.
Arm Length: 31 5/8"
Hand Length: 9 3/8"
40 Yard Dash Time: 4.41

Pro Day Results:

Bench Press - 22 reps at 225lbs
Veritical Jump - 37 feet
Broad Jump - 10'3" feet
3-Cone Drill - 6.85 seconds
20-Yard Shuttle - 4.39 seconds
60-Yard Shuttle - 12.12 seconds


Career Statistics:

Year GP Rec Yds YPC TD
2006 13 34 427 12.6 2
2007 11 59 858 14.5 4
2008 12 40 644 16.1 7
Totals 36 133 1,929 14.5 13


Outstanding athleticism...Good size and bulk...Real cut with a strong, muscular build...Excellent speed and quickness...Great acceleration with a burst...Has soft, reliable hands...Good ball skills and body control...Extremely elusive and is a terror in space...Nice balance and agility...Terrific vision and instincts...Can get vertical and separate...Is not afraid to work the middle...Has the ability to break tackles...Tough and competitive...Hard worker...Offers a lot of versatility...Big upside.

Harvin's strengths are his athleticism, speed, and versatility. Harvin can lineup in multiple positions on the field and because of his speed and elusiveness he can make big plays at any given time. He has good hands and outstanding focus to be able to make plays from the backfield, split out wide, or from the slot.

Shorter than scouts would like, but has a strong, compact build. Rare straight-line speed. Rare elusiveness. Can make defenders miss in tight quarters. Good vision when running in space. Sets up his blocks well and can cut back against the grain. Good agility as a route-runner. Strong, secure hands for the reception. Courageous going over the middle. Gathers in the pass and quickly moves upfield to maximize production. Can extend outside of his frame to make the spectacular reception. Versatile athlete who can contribute as a receiver, running back and shows great potential as a returner, although he never attempted a kick or punt return at Florida. Has struggled with durability, but is considered a physically tough player.


Durability is a major concern...Very raw as a route runner...'Tweener who might not have a true position...Is not overly physical...Just an average blocker...Did not play in a pro style offense...Never returned a single punt or kick in college...Has character and off-the-field issues.

Harvin lacks strength which has caused him to struggle getting off the ball against a jam and also sustaining blocks downfield. The system and how he was used at Florida is also a question mark on whether or not he can be a true WR in a conventional pro style offense.

Looks shorter on film than his listed 5-11. Many of his plays in this offense were slip screens designed to get him the ball quickly and in space. Could struggle acclimating to a more pro-style offense. Lack of success at the NFL level from former receivers from Meyer's offense is troubling. Has struggled with durability. Missed practice time in 2008 with ankle, hip pointer and tendonitis in his knee and heel.



Harvin is an excellent athlete. He is very versatile on the field and can do just about anything because of his athletic ability. Harvin is fast, quick, and changes direction in the blink of an eye. He is just one of those guys that is a purely gifted athlete. Just on his athleticism alone he is going to be capable of at least a couple of big plays a game.



Harvin is a tough player and does not shy away from going after the ball in traffic. His elusiveness and speed has allowed him to come up with some of the biggest plays on some of the biggest stages. Harvin's production at Florida is very good as an all purpose player. His consistency as a receiver is kind of all over the place which can be attributed to how he is used in Urban Meyer's system at Florida. Harvin's willingness to do just about anything on the field and play through pain makes him a team player with very little quit.



I don't see Harvin as the brainy receiver; he is not going to read and pick apart a defense's scheme for openings, however he will kill you with his natural instincts and his athletic ability allows him to react very quickly to the defense. Harvin's ability to lineup all over the field and make plays shows that his concentration is very good throughout the game.



Harvin has adequate size but needs to increase his upper body strength. His strength, especially upper body, is in question because he struggles in the blocking game as well as getting off the ball when jammed. Harvin is explosive when he finds a crease and bursts right through it using his quickness but is not going to run anyone over. His durability is a bit in question because he did get banged up a little bit this season and missed some practices and one game.


Harvin is kind of one of those players that you just don't know what you're going to get with him. He has great instincts and elusiveness in the open field. He can make big, game changing type plays but is going to be a conventional receiver in the NFL. Harvin has the ability to play RB but lacks the size and it's the same thing with WR and he hasn't shown all the skills you need to play receiver in the NFL. His athletic ability is without question top notch, but it is lack of strength and the mental game that comes with playing WR in the NFL that keeps you guessing about him. Harvin will be most effective sooner in the return game as well as a third receiver where he can catch those screens and short passes allowing him to make plays in the open field. I believe Harvin is going to be taken late 1st early 2nd because it will be hard to pass on his speed and big play abilities.


Harvin's speed and elusiveness in the open field makes him a special prospect, whether teams project him as a receiver or running back.

He arrived in Gainesville as one of the top recruits in the country because of his ultra-productive high school football and track career in Virginia. So his early departure from Florida was expected after a first-team All-SEC junior season. His versatility as a runner (660 yards on only 70 carries - 9.4-yard average - and 10 scores) and receiver (644-40-16.1-7) also made him an all-purpose All-American in 2008. Had an arm span of 31 5/8 inches and a hand span of 9 3/8 inches at the combine.

Harvin's durability will be an issue, but his propensity to get big yardage on every touch -- even when less than 100 percent -- will likely allay any fears teams have about making him a mid-to-late first-round pick.


Was rated as the #1 overall recruit in the entire country coming out of high school by Rivals...The only athlete in Virginia history to claim five gold medals at the state track and field championships...Was suspended twice as a prep, once as a junior for unsportsmanlike conduct then again as a senior for making contact with a referee and inappropriate language...The Virginia High School League eventually barred him from participating in any high school sporting events...Saw action in 13 games in 2006, with 5 starts, and was named MVP of the SEC Championship game...Chosen as the SEC Freshman of the Year and earned numerous Freshman All-American honors...Was named 1st Team All-SEC in 2007 and 2008...A 2nd Team All-American as a junior...Scored a touchdown in each of the last 15 games he played in...Reportedly displays some diva-like behaviors and doesn't always get along with his coaches and teammates...Has missed a ton of time with injuries (ankle, heel, etc.)...Takes a long time to heal and never seems to be 100%...Was basically used as a hybrid WR / RB in Urban Meyer's spread offense and in many ways his skill set is similar to that of Reggie Bush...Dynamic playmaker who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball, whether it be as a receiver, runner or return man...Arguably one of the ten most talented players in this draft but his inability to remain healthy is worrisome ... Boom or Bust potential.


Whenever Ted Ginn, Greg Camarillo, and Davone Bess are atop your WR depth chart, an infusion of talent is desireable. Plus, Harvin's flexibility to play either in the backfield or lined up out wide gives Miami another versatile piece to add to their Wildcat offense. The Dolphins are happy to keep you in Florida, Percy!


03-25-2009, 12:36 PM
With the 26th pick in this year's draft the Baltimore Ratturds, (I mean Ravens) select WR out of Maryland Darrius Heyward-Bey.

We have the strong armed QB in Joe Flacco, now we get the speedy WR to go along with him....

You Steelers better take note that we're coming to get you- (EVEN THOUGH WE STILL REFUSE TO PLAY YOU GUYS ON ANOTHER PRIME TIME MATCH-UP IN YOUR HOUSE!!)
You'll see, even though our Defense is in tatters, we're the 'class of the division'..


Flacco spent the afternoon at the University of Maryland, where he threw passes to wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Everyone in attendance knew about Flacco’s rocket arm, but his accuracy and ability to connect down the field was critical in judging Heyward-Bey’s potential as an NFL receiver.

“We want Joe involved in the process. And don’t forget that Joe is a guy that can really throw the ball. He’s really accurate and can put the ball wherever we want him to throw it."

“Joe’s able to throw the ball all day long, so that made the workout run really smoothly and helped us evaluate Darrius.”

It is fairly rare for a team to bring their own quarterback to test a draftee, but Flacco lives less than an hour from Heyward-Bey’s College Park, Md., campus.

Because Flacco was at team headquarters in Owings Mills for the Ravens’ offseason conditioning program, all he had to do was hop in the car and take the short trip down Interstate 95.

After the event, Flacco came away impressed.

At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Heyward-Bey is bigger than any productive receiver the Ravens have had in recent memory.

And the player that ran the fastest 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in February (4.30 seconds) did not disappoint in the speed department.

“You could tell he was a good athlete and a pretty big kid,” Flacco said of the former Terrapin. “He did a good job catching the ball. Our coaches tried to wear him out a little bit, and he might have gotten a little tired towards the end, but he really pushed through.”

Again, The City of Baltimore HOME OF THE CRABCAKE welcomes its newest member to the team.


***Disclaimer- Pfelix is in no way responsible for the content posted above regarding the Ravens jabs at the Steelers...........The GM inside me made me do it....... :tt1 :lol:

03-25-2009, 01:02 PM
With the 25th pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select out of Georgia Tech, Defensive End Michael Johnson.


Here we go.

6'7'' 266.


All the physical tools to excel in the NFL. Rare size and athleticism. Under the right coaching (Mike Smith) he puts it all together.

03-25-2009, 02:24 PM
With the 28th pick in this year's draft The Philadelphia Eagles via The Carolina Panthers Select TE from Oklahoma State Brandon Pettigrew.


With the additions of Moreno and now Pettigrew along with Desean Jackson and Brian Westbrook we believe that we have the ingredients to be productive not only in the open field but more so inside the red zone. Welcome aboard Brandon.....

Pettigrew is a big, physical tight end who can dominate an opponent at the line of scrimmage and in the open field. He has prototypical size and is a tremendous athlete. He’s quick off the line, moves well laterally and uses his strength and hands to his advantage in blocking situations. He provides a quarterback with confidence as he sets up nicely in an open area and flashes strong, reliable hands.


03-25-2009, 04:15 PM
With the 29th pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select out of Rutgers University, Wide Receiver Kenny Britt.


03-25-2009, 04:26 PM
The Indianapolis Colts are happy to fill their void at DT with:


For those of you who can't decode my little pict-o-gram, that's Evander "Ziggy" Hood. :P


03-25-2009, 04:32 PM
With the 30th selection of the 2009 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans select out of Wake Forest University, Cornerback Alphonso Smith.


"What Smith lacks in size, he more than makes up for in pure athleticism, demonstrating the quick feet and straight-line speed to cover any receiver in the country."

"Just as important, Smith is fearless on the field, routinely coming up to support the run. A natural playmaker, Smith left Wake Forest as the ACC's career leader with 21 interceptions. This penchant for the big play translated onto the practice field at the Senior Bowl, where Smith intercepted passes in front of hundreds of scouts on each of the first three days of work."

Positives: Excellent ball skills, closing on the ball quickly and watching it into his hands. Can adjust to ball over his shoulder. Able to return interceptions for significant yardage. Very good speed to stay with receivers down the sideline, along with fluid hips and excellent quickness to handle short-area responsibilities. Reads the quarterback well, and can undercut throws to make a play. Very confident on an island, and won't back down even if giving up size to his opponent. Able to get position on receivers in order to cut off routes. Not shy about contact, and will attempt to wrap tackle in the open or cut if needed. Can close down the sideline on outside runs. Tries to strip the ball when part of a gang tackle. Got touches as a receiver on quick screens, and could be a return option.

03-25-2009, 04:44 PM
Steelsun7 PM'ed me to let me know that the Arizona Cardinals would like to select:

LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh


And speaking of Pittsburgh, the pick you all have been waiting for is next!

03-25-2009, 09:16 PM
With the 32nd pick in the 2009 NFL Draft (sponsored by the Ravens turning down a Steelers primetime matchup) the Defending Super Bowl Champions Pittsburgh Steelers select....

It starts up front:

It starts, with Alex Mack:

Alex Mack would improve many aspects of the Offense. Pass protection, leading to less sacks, giving Ben more time to find his targets...In the run game on 3rd and shorts... But the immediate impact he would make is on recently signed Left Guard Chris Kemoeatu. With Mack and Kemoeatu in the middle, I have a feeling you're going to see a great relationship develop, leading to some dominating performances inside. That is two key spots taken care of with one pick.

Mack is a physical lineman that can dominate at the point of attack. He is very powerful and is very difficult to disengage from if he gets his hands on you. Mack will drive defenders off the ball and on to their backs in the running game. In pass protection, his hand punch keeps the defender in front of him. Mack also shows the ability to pull and block on the move.

He's got size, intelligence, athleticism, and leadership. Everything you ask for in a 1st round pick.

What they're saying:

When you're looking at things like immediate impact, longevity and expected career, Mack tops my list as the top o-lineman. He is one of the safest picks in this draft. You're right though, it is hard to compare centers and left tackles, but I'm glad you mentioned Mangold. Which pick did the Jets get better value from? LT Ferguson at #4 or center Mangold at #29? Mangold immediately stepped in as one of the league's best interior lineman, while Ferguson has good but not great. The flip side of the argument in the impact of Joe Thomas, and I want to be the first to say, Alex Mack will have the same type of impact that Mangold and Thomas have had on their teams. I know most of the tackles will get drafted before Mack, that's just how it goes, but I'm of the belief that all 5 spots are equal along an o-line and when you think about it, which player has the ball in his hands every snap: the QB and the center. There are a ton of great tackle prospects, but Mack is someone who, without a doubt, will go on to have a great career. And isn't that what your looking for anyway?

Besides smarts and consistency, Mack offers rare size and athleticism for the center position, prompting some teams to view him as a potential guard in the NFL. Had an arm span of 33 inches and a hand span of 10 3/4 inches at the combine.

Puts in full effort on every play, often getting downfield for a second or third block. Nimble enough to get in front of screens, trap block inside and eliminate linebackers at the second level. Keeps his legs moving once making contact with his target, often putting his man on the ground in the process. Gets under the pads of taller tackles, able to push them back 5-7 yards. Creates huge holes on combination blocks inside. Adept at regular and shotgun snaps, getting his hands up quickly afterwards. Despite his size, he can quickly get low to cut block and will continue to work after the initial contact. Leader of the line.


Mel Blount's G
03-26-2009, 03:19 AM
Nice ruthless. You read my mind. This is exactly who I had in my mock for the bolts. Sorry for my absence but my schedule has been altered greatly as I'm off for spring break holidays (I work at a H.S.) and generally do not spend much time online during my holidays. I believe the bolts will in fact go after RM in the draft

The San Diego Chargers are happy to select Junior Seau 2.0...A.K.A. Rey Maualuga, LB, USC

(which, of course, means that Rey will inevitably end his career in New England in 2025 :HeadBanger ).


Rey Maualuga, Inside Linebacker
University of Southern California, Senior
Height: 6' 1 3/4" Weight: 249 lbs.


Combine measurements:

Arm Length: 31 3/4"
Hand Length: 10"
40 Yard Dash Time: 4.82
Reps at 225 lbs.: 23


Career Statistics
2005 12 37 4.5 1.0 2 1
2006 13 78 5.0 2.0 3 1
2007 13 79 10.5 6.0 3 1
2008 12 79 2.5 0.0 4 2
Totals 50 273 22.5 9.0 12 5


Has excellent size and bulk...Extremely aggressive...Tough and physical...A violent, intimidating presence who can really deliver the big hit...Good instincts...Very strong...Explosive...Reads and reacts quickly...Does a nice job of taking on and shedding blockers...Will step up and fill against the run...Solid pass rusher and blitzer...Plays faster than he times and has a burst...Has shown the ability to make big plays in coverage...Productive with a knack for making game-changing plays... Offers schematic versatility...Is still improving and has upside.

Physically is the prototype with both great upper and lower body strength ... Nice range in pass coverage ... Always around the football ... Explodes to and through the ball carrier ... Hits very hard and is a great open-field tackler ... Uses his hands well to shed blockers and locate tacklers ... Great at diagnosing the run ... A huge threat to get to the quarterback and blitz ... Has better range in zone than given credit for ... Extremely aggressive football player ... Can jar the ball loose and create turnovers ... A big-time leader on the USC defense ... Plays for a team known for producing great linebackers.

Good initial quickness off the snap. ... Quickly gets to top speed, flashing rare downhill explosiveness for the position. ... Reads the action quickly. ... Willing to take on blocks and has the strength and hand technique to shed quickly. ... Good lateral quickness to evade blockers and has the speed to beat backs to the flanks. ... Gets good depth on his pass drop and is quick to close on the ball. ... Punishing hitter with four career forced fumbles. ... Productive pass rusher with the speed to close on even mobile quarterbacks. ... Can break down in space to make the secure open-field tackle.


Does not have elite timed speed...Inconsistent...Can be too aggressive at times...Always looking to deliver the knockout blow and will miss some tackles...Does not always take proper angles...Lacks fluid hips...May struggle to match up in coverage...Average change of direction skills...Range is somewhat limited...Will get caught out of position at times... Still immature...Ran into some trouble off the field.

Could be more instinctive vs. the pass and should recognize play action more quickly ... Solid speed, but it isn't elite ... Struggles going against slot receivers in man coverage ... Hips aren't very fluid (but this is normal for ILBs)

Has a tendency to overpursue, opening holes in the defense for quick and savvy ballcarriers to exploit. ... Too often relies on his explosive hitting to knock down ballcarriers, rather than wrapping up to make secure tackles.


A more consistent playmaker than Keith Rivers -- selected 10th overall by the Bengals in 2008 -- Maualuga might be the most explosive hitter in the draft. Blessed with a prototypical combination of size and athleticism, Maualuga has the speed to beat the running back wide and the bulk to be a punisher on the inside. Maualuga impressed scouts with his ability to rush the passer during drills at the Senior Bowl and delivered six sacks as a junior (zero as a senior). His penchant for big plays in coverage make him one of the few inside linebackers of this class capable of playing all three downs. A three-time all-conference selection and 2009 All-American, Maualuga is a difference-maker worthy of a top-20 selection in the 2009 draft.


Summary: Because of the progression he is shown throughout his career, I'm confident his instincts and leadership will improve even more in his senior season. Can play any scheme in the 4-3, but his ability to blitz and plug the run make him an elite fit for the 3-4.


Player Comparison: Barrett Ruud. Ruud is one of the best young linebackers in the NFL and consistently makes big plays. Maualuga displays that same kind of great leadership. Both play the run very well and have great lateral range.


Best fit may be inside in a 3-4 scheme but could also play the middle in a 4-3...A three-year starter for the Trojans...Would have been a Top 15 pick in the 2008 NFL Draft but opted to return to school for his senior season...Was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery after allegedly punching a man during a party in 2005...Has faced team disciplinary action on more than one occasion...Was the MVP of the Rose Bowl as a junior when he recorded 3 sacks and an interception...Has star potential if he can keep his head on straight ... Impact linebacker who can take over and dominate games.


03-26-2009, 09:02 AM
Welcome to Round Two! The Detroit Lions are back on the clock again!


Now that the first round is in the books, it is time to stop and reflect a bit.

There are so many ways you can go with the first pick in the second round, but the best strategy is just to look over all of the guys who had first round grades (in some cases high first round grades) and determine which of them would best be able to help your team at a bargain second round price (and could likely come in with a chip on his shoulder to prove all of the teams wrong that passed on him in the first round).

The Lions took QB of the future Matt Stafford and LT of the future William Beatty in round one, so it is about time that the defense got some much-needed attention.

It is surprising to see that Brian Cushing is the last man standing among the trio of USC LB's. He would have been a strong consideration if not for the recent Cory Redding for Julian Peterson trade. With Peterson and Ernie Sims as starting outside backers, it would appear that OLB is likely the strongest position on the Lions' defensive roster.

Corner appeared to be a major need, particularly after letting Leigh Bodden go, and there are some quality prospects available, such as D.J. Moore and Darius Butler. However, Detroit signed CB's Philip Buchanon and Eric King, plus traded QB Jon Kitna to Dallas for CB Anthony Henry.

Because the Lions traded away Redding one year after also trading away Shaun Rogers, it would appear that DT would be a major need. However, the Lions did sign the ancient Grady Jackson as a stopgap measure, so a rookie DT doesn't necessarily have to come in and start right away (just rotate in when Grady needs a breather to get some NFL experience under your belt). Ron Brace appears to be the best available DT prospect on the board. He would not be a major reach by any means, since he has a 2nd round grade, but that is not the same thing as having a major first round value fall into your lap, which is what we are looking for with the first pick in the second round. A developmental DT to learn for a year behind Jackson can be had a little bit later in the draft.

That brings us to the ever-valuable pass rush, which can make everything else on your defense look 10 times better. The Lions drafted Cliff Avril last year, and he looks like a promising prospect. Obtaining a young stud DE opposite him would be a nice touch when trying to build a strong defense. How about a kid who had 12 sacks and 20 tackles for losses in 13 college games last season? A guy with raw athleticism and tremendous upside potential as a 20 year old redshirt sophomore? A guy who improved on some surprisingly sub-par combine numbers (4.88 in the 40, 38" vertical, and 10' 4" broad jump) to much more impressive numbers at his recent Pro Day (4.59 in the 40, 40.5" vertical, and 10' 10" broad jump)? A guy who could immediately step in as a situational pass rusher until he develops into a full time 4-3 DE (and athletic enough to garner consideration as an OLB by 3-4 teams as well). A guy who is considered to be a top 15 prospect on many boards? A guy who is already a Lion (Nittany, but still)?

The Detroit Lions are happy to select
Aaron Maybin, Defensive End
Pennsylvania State University
Height: 6' 3 3/4" Weight: 249 lbs.


Excellent athleticism...Extremely quick and has a phenomenal first step...Explosive with a great burst...Smooth and fluid...Has a non-stop motor...Relentless in pursuit...Closes in a hurry...Agile with good balance and changes directions well...Can be a terror off the edge...Is comfortable in space...Has displayed some ability and promise in coverage...Real long arms...There is very little fat on his body and he has room to add more weight...Offers some positional versatility...A hard worker...Team leader...Nice production...Still has tons of upside.

Tall with a frame to add a needed 10-15 pounds of muscle in his upper body. Superior quickness off the snap on wide rushes. Combines that speed and length to challenge tackles in passing situations. Very good straight-line speed to chase plays down the line or hustle downfield. Keeps cut blocks off his knees, recovers and maintains his balance well. Great length and vertical to affect passing lanes. Dropped into zone coverage often; got into his zone in a hurry when decisive. Breaks down in space and can change directions in the backfield to handle cutbacks and misdirections. Improving his hand usage as a pass rusher.


Is severely undersized...Does not have great timed speed...A liability versus the run...Struggles mightily to get off blocks...Doesn't play with much discipline...Marginal instincts and awareness...Will need to continue getting stronger...Still immature...Doesn't have much playing experience..Only had one big year in college...Poor program pedigree.

A bit thin in the hips, and may not grow into a defensive end build. Does not always use his length to get off offensive tackle or tight end blocks. Lacks the strength to bull rush. Runs stiff and upright, looks much better straight-ahead than laterally. Doesn't turn the corner as fast as you'd like because of his inflexible lower body. Needs more pass rush moves. Always runs straight upfield, allowing tackles to direct him around the pocket. Demoted to backup status during the week of the Rose Bowl for undisclosed reasons.


Maybin decided to leave Penn State after a redshirt sophomore season that saw him named as a finalist for the Bednarik and Hendricks Awards, despite not starting the first two games of the season. The first-team All-Big Ten selection took advantage of teammate Maurice Evans' suspension for off-field issues by making 49 tackles, 20 for loss, 12 sacks and three forced fumbles in 2008.

The question for scouts is where he will play at the next level. Can he add the mass necessary to play with his hand down, or will he be forced to move to linebacker? It's probably the latter, so 3-4 teams will covet his skill set near the top of the draft.


Redshirted in 2006...Worked in a backup capacity in 2007...Enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2008 and emerged as one of the country's premier pass rushers...Named 1st Team All-Big Ten and also led the conference in sacks in 2008...Was a consensus 1st Team All-American as a redshirt sophomore...Was demoted for a short time prior to the Rose Bowl because he was late for a meeting...Classic 'tweener who is not big enough to play defensive end but might not be fast enough to play outside linebacker either...Playing weight in 2008 was reportedly right around 230 pounds...Packed on 20 pounds between the end of his season and the Scouting Combine but did not test nearly as well as expected...Other Nittany Lion defensive ends like Courtney Brown, Michael Haynes and Tamba Hali have not fared well in the pros...Best fit at the next level could come in a 3-4 scheme...Is basically just a one-dimensional speed rusher at this point...Probably came out too early and is simply not yet ready for the NFL...Has all the potential in the world but is still very raw...Project who will require some patience.


03-26-2009, 11:16 AM
The mighty Rams leapfrog the Asterisks (who will probably get another 3rd round comp pick to make up for such a horrible injustice)


After filling the gaping hole at LT left by the release of Orlando Pace by selecting Jason Smith in round 1, the Rams need help on defense. The addressed the d-line in the previous 2 drafts with Chris Long and Adam Carriker, and address the secondary prior to that with Tye Hill. Now it is time to make a BPA selection which will address the LB corps. They plan to move Will Witherspoon to weakside backer, so I could decide whether to take James Laurinaitis to play middle backer or Brian Cushing to play strongside backer. The guy that is higher rated on my board is Cushing, putting a merciful end to those "Follow Brian Cushing on his path to the draft" commercials on NFL Network.

The St. Louis Rams select
Brian Cushing
Outside Linebacker
University of Southern California


If Cushing hates haters, then that must mean he hates himself. Which is a good trait to have when you get chosen by a losing team like the Rams. :P

03-26-2009, 01:11 PM
After taking Clay Matthews to replace Mike Vrabel in round 1, the Patriots pretend they are the mighty Steelers (who has won 2 Super Bowls in the past 4 years while New England has none during that time) by taking back-to-back LB's in round 1 and 2. They select Larry English out of Northern Illinois to learn from Adalius Thomas, who turns 32 this summer. He also provides versatility within a hybrid 3-4/4-3 scheme, being able to play OLB in a 3-4 and DE in a 4-3.


On Walterfootball.com, Matt McGuire even comes right out and compares English to Woodley directly:

Larry English's Scouting Report
By Matt McGuire

Strengths: Great build: strong and has solid muscle definition ... Consistently impressive statistical production ... Tough, physical ... Gritty player who maximizes his talent on the field; great motor ... Does a great job of anticipating the play and has a sixth sense you look for; Instinctive ... Gives second effort as a pass rusher ... Virtually unstoppable rip move ... Gets leverage and powerfully executes the bull rush ... Nice hand technique at point of attack ... Brings leadership to the table ... Outstanding character off the field.

Weaknesses: Does not have much lateral range ... Lacks flexibility and some balance ... Does not explode off the snap; burst concerns ... Not versatile; strictly a 3-4 outside linebacker ... Maximized body frame? ... Can he pass rush standing up in the 3-4? ... Huge durability concerns.

Summary: English is going to be a safe pick for the 3-4 teams, yet still has some upside in his game. I really do not see a 4-3 team spending a first- or second-round pick on him. English has great intangibles, but they are countered by his long injury history. What you see is what you get, and I am not concerned about him playing against lower level competition. English will likely come off the board in the low first to second round.

Player Comparison: LaMarr Woodley. Woodley had the same high motor, physical style of play coming out of Michigan and has thrived within the Steelers 3-4 scheme.


03-26-2009, 02:29 PM
With the 38th selection in the 2009 NFL Draft...The NEW YORK JETS select:



Positives: Has the prototypical height, long arms and strong build for the position. Good hands and body control; very capable of high-pointing the ball and making the tough catch in a crowd. Can tightrope the sideline or the end line. Lines up in the slot and outside, and is effective in either spot. Uses his long arms and size to get off press coverage and negate small corners on running plays. Shows the ability to separate from smaller, quicker collegiate defenders. Also has some elusiveness after the catch and as a punt returner. Uses his frame to his advantage all over the field.



It's no surprise this Buckeye appears to have very good knowledge of the game, being the son of long-time NFL player and coach Terry Robiskie. While Brian Robiskie has the reliable route-running and hands one might expect considering his father's tutelage, he has built his own reputation as a surprisingly fluid athlete for a prospect of his size.

Robiskie took a major step in his climb from special teams ace as a freshman to star receiver in 2007 when he caught 55 catches for 935 yards (17.0-yard avg.) and 11 touchdowns in his junior season. His production as a senior declined (42-535-8) due to changes in Ohio State's offense, but a solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl reassured scouts that Robiskie, while not the game-breaker of some of his peers, may be the most NFL-ready receiver of the 2009 draft. Had an arm span of 31 1/2 inches and a hand span of 9 5/8 inches at the combine.

Match him with Jerricho Cotchery and our WRs start to look better.


03-26-2009, 02:50 PM
The Cleveland Browns select Donald Brown, Running back out of the University of Connecticut.


Positives: Compact build. Runs with a low center of gravity. Good speed to and through the hole. Best attributes might be his vision and stop-and-start ability. Shifty runner who can slide in and out of the hole at the point of attack and hit the seam before it really opens. Deceptively fast once he gets to the second level. Good balance to appear to lean one way to deceive the oncoming safety, only to bounce the other. At least adequate straight-line speed to gain yardage in chunks. Soft hands out of the backfield and an alert receiver. High effort player.

D Rock
03-26-2009, 03:27 PM

Jags give up pick 39 and 180 (510 + 19.4 = 529.4 pts)

Dolphins give up 56 and 87 and 161 (340 + 155 + 27 = 522 pts)

Ruthless and the Dolphins are on the clock.

03-26-2009, 03:50 PM
Bill Parcells likes to build teams with huge offensive lines. They need to be able to protect their feeble leader Chad Pennington (who was in Pro Bowl form last year with quality protection in front of him) and to blast open holes for their wildcat offense to run though.

Last off-season, they drafted the top tackle available in the draft and signed guard Justin Smiley to a big money deal. This off-season, they re-signed RT Vernon Carey to a big money deal and brought in new center Jake Grove from the Raiders. Now, they can get the last piece of their nasty, hulking o-line puzzle with the top rated guard in the draft.

The Miami Dolphins are pleased to be able to select:

Duke Robinson, Offensive Guard
Oklahoma University, Senior
Height: 6' 5" Weight: 329 lbs.


Huge frame with long arms...Great bulk...Outstanding strength...Very powerful...Tough and physical...Nasty and is a finisher...Gets a great push and can be a dominating run blocker...Is stout at the point of attack...Uses his hands well...Plays with good leverage and bends at the knees...Quick with decent mobility and range...Good awareness and instincts...Versatile...A lot of experience against top competition.

Massive player who can engulf defenders and physically dominate his opponent. ... Good initial quickness off the snap to get out and block on the move. ... Good drive blocker with excellent size and strength. ... Plays with good leverage despite his height. ... Can generate movement at the point of attack in short-yardage situations. ... Plays with some nastiness and has the raw power to turn and pancake his opponent. ... Quick, strong hand punch to jolt the defender in pass protection. ... Natural knee-bender who plays with good leverage and balance in pass pro. ... Long arms and strong hands to keep the defender at bay.


Can be a bit inconsistent...Not a great technician...Isn't real light on his feet...Has lapses in concentration...Poor balance...Will get caught reaching at times...Will have some trouble with quicker defensive tackles...Work ethic has been questioned and tends to skate by on his natural ability...Little immature...Won't be an ideal fit for every team.

Only marginal balance and lateral quickness to block at the second level, and spends too much time on the ground when trying to block on the move. ... Lack of great quickness shows in pass protection, as he struggles to adjust if his initial punch doesn't slow the defender.


A finalist for the Outland Trophy (top interior lineman) and a two-time All-American, Robinson leaves Oklahoma as one of the more decorated interior blockers in a long time. A massive road grader whose size and strength helped pave the way for the Sooners' amazing offensive firepower, Robinson teamed with left tackle Phil Loadholt, who measures in at 6-foot-8, 350 pounds, to provide the Sooners with arguably the most dominant left side in all of college football. Robinson is a force in the running game and he has the balance and good hand play necessary to protect the passer, but he isn't a player without negatives. Scouts have some concern about whether he'll be able to hold up to the lateral quickness of the NFL's elite interior defensive linemen. Had an arm span of 34 3/4 inches and a hand span of 10 5/8 inches at the combine.


First name is actually "George"...Great nephew of singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson...Was a three-year starter for the Sooners...Could also project to right tackle...Was a 1st Team All-American in 2007 and 2008...1st Team All-Big 12 as a junior and senior...Has all the physical tools you look for but needs to answer some questions about his intangibles...Can be as good as he wants to be....Optimal fit at the next level will likely come with a franchise that employs a power rushing attack...One of the premier interior offensive line prospects available.


03-26-2009, 04:08 PM
The Seattle Seahawks are happy to select:

Louis Delmas, Free Safety
Western Michigan University, Senior
Height 6' Weight: 202 lbs.


It is always a positive to be able to get the top ranked prospect at a position in the second round, and it happens to be at a position of need, where Brian Russell can be replaced.

03-26-2009, 05:15 PM
San Francisco Selection TBA.

03-26-2009, 06:18 PM
With the 41st selection of the 2009 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select...

Darius Butler Cornerback Connecticut

An extremely confident player (hence that #1 jersey). A both sides of the ball "Prime U" product. He's a playmaker. Cornerback, Kick Returner, and Wide Receiver. Can come in on day one and make an impact in this Defense, much like Chris Gamble did his rookie season collecting 6 INT's as the 3rd CB.

Very fluid and fast. Smart. Takes good angles. Does not gamble un-necessarily. Has a real feel for the position. Flawless technique and footwork. Can return kicks and has seen some action at WR. Explosive KR potential adds value. Durable, dependable. Team leader.

Versatile athlete capable of playing in various defensive schemes. ... Instinctive. ... Good recognition in zone. ... Legitimate cover corner athleticism. ... Very good straight-line speed. ... Loose hips to turn and run with receivers. ... Shows a late burst to close. ... Excellent vertical, can get into position for jump balls and make a play on the ball. ... When playing off, he can shadow his man on slants and over the middle. ... Good hands for the interception. ... Played receiver at times as a senior to take advantage of his playmaking ability. ... Gets his shoulder on the ball to force fumbles. ... Closes quickly and wraps up to prevent gains after catch. ... Gets into the pile to assist in tackles. ... Holds up blocks to force quick screens inside. ... Has the straight-line speed and hands to be an effective kick returner. ... Proved his health with a strong week of practice at the Senior Bowl.

Corner is probably the toughest position in football next to quarterback. Its the only position where a player can become a hero or a goat at any moment. To be a great one you need "confidence" says Darius Butler.


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"Butler has great hands to go along with his speed and quickness. There is not much stopping him from following in the footsteps of fellow Big East cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Mike Jenkins and being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. Making Butler appear even more attractive to NFL scouts is his ability to return kicks."

03-26-2009, 06:47 PM
The Buffalo Bills need some help on the interior line. Neither Duke Preston nor Melvin Fowler were overly impressive at center, so they signed Geoff Hangartner from the Panthers. But it is the answer there? They cut guard Derrick Dockery, who was getting paid WAY too much money there. Do they have a legit replacement for him? So with possible question marks at both guard and center, why not take the most versatile lineman in the draft, who has played center, guard, and even tackle at Oregon. Perhaps he starts out at guard as a rookie before eventually taking over the center position.

The Buffalo Bills are pleased to select:

Max Unger, Utility O-lineman
University of Oregon, Senior
Height: 6' 4 5/8" Weight: 309 lbs.


Extremely versatile...Excellent size with a big frame...Great strength and power...Pretty quick...Understands positioning and angles...Uses his hands well...Smart with terrific awareness...Good mobility and range...Superb balance...Is stout at the point of attack and can anchor...Gets a decent push in the run game...Competitive and plays to the whistle...Durable...Has a lot of experience against top competition.

Arms are as long as vines, with a strong frame and good bulk ... Athletic lineman ... Does a great job of finishing blocks ... Nasty attitude ... Smart and a great leader for Oregon ... Displays sound footwork ... Mobile and gets to the second level ... Can fit the zone-blocking scheme like a glove ... Versatile enough to play every position on the offensive line ... Maintains a sound base in pass protection ... Experience at multiple positions.

Understands positioning and can turn and seal his opponent away from the ballcarrier. Sustains his block through the whistle. Excellent hand placement, balance, anchor and mirroring technique as a pass blocker. Good technician who relies on his short-area quickness rather than size or strength for his success. Recognizes blitzes and picks them up consistently. Quick off the snap and able to get his hands into the defender's chest smoothly. Outside at tackle, has at least adequate quickness out of his stance to maintain a wall for the passer. Effective cut blocker inside and gets off the ground quickly. Few collegiate centers have his size and effectiveness on inside traps as well as pulls outside the tackle. Excellent quickness and balance getting out of his stance. Good foot speed to find targets downfield. Athletic enough to adjust to linebackers and safeties in space. Uses his feet and proper angles, instead of pure strength, to sustain. Very durable. Team leader on and off the field. Versatile enough to play left tackle and center at Oregon, moving inside to make room for JUCO transfer Feneki Tupou before 2007.


Not a great athlete...Doesn't always play with proper leverage...Is not very light on his feet...Struggles with speed off the edge...Allows defenders to get too close ... A Jack-of-All-Trades but master of none?

Too tall to play center? ... Occasionally gets too high out of his stance, and that is when he gets beat ... Hand placement could be improved ... Allows defensive tackles to get inside of him occasionally ... Does he have a true position on the line?

Oregon's offensive scheme hid his deficiencies in drive blocking. Better suited inside than out. Adept at the shotgun snap, but needs experience with the quarterback under center. Will whiff in space when he overextends.


Summary: Unger is a very solid prospect that will give Alex Mack a run for his money to be the first center taken ... Could be a combine warrior ... Supreme versatility is his trademark, but first-round picks generally aren't draft for versatility ... Best fit is in the zone-blocking scheme, but really can start in a power running game.


Player Comparison: Logan Mankins. Mankins was viewed as an athletic, nasty lineman out of Fresno State, and while he has settled in at left guard with the Patriots, he can really play four positions on the line.


The Ducks couldn't have asked much more of Unger during his career. He started 51 consecutive games and earned all-conference honors in every season, including being named first-team All-Pac-10 the past two years. Even more impressive is that he earned those accolades at two positions: left tackle in 2005 and 2006 and center in 2007 and 2008. NFL scouts value that durability and versatility, as well as Unger's combination of size, toughness, solid technique and short-area quickness. Had an arm span of 32 1/2 inches and a hand span of 9 1/4 inches at the combine.


Was born in Hawaii...Redshirted in 2004 then went on to become a four-year starter...Twice named 1st Team All-Pac-10...Played left tackle his first two years with the Ducks then moved inside to center in 2007...Could realistically play center, guard or tackle at the next level...Good all-around player who is effective and both a run and pass blocker...Doesn't necessarily stand out in any way one area but his ability to play every position along the line is very enticing...Definitely has the ability to start in the NFL but should at the absolute least be a valuable backup...One of the premier interior line prospects available.


03-26-2009, 07:08 PM
Ahh.....Prehistoric Al must have slept through his timeslot...

The good news is that Trevor Scott looked promising as a rookie with five sacks. The bad news is that Derrick Burgess has regressed; the former Pro Bowler mustered just 3.5 sacks in 2008. Oakland needs another guy who can get to the quarterback.

With the 'belated' 2nd round selection, the OAKLAND RAIDERS select...



Pros: Decent size with long arms and a natural athletic ability to play the game. Has good burst off the snap shows a natural ability to bull rush. Can shed blcoks very well and is fast enough where he could run around slower offensive lineman. Has a some versatility and could fill a a couple positions in some different schemes. Has shown good strength. Has played against some of the better left tackles in college football that are coming out this year.
Cons: Has only played one year as a starter so has a limited amount of experience. Didnt really show up until his senior year so he has a knock there in terms of playing only when its worth the benjamins to him. Will need to refine his technique as well ias improve his aresenal of moves as his pass rush abaility has limited amount of pass rush moves that he is good at. Tends to vanish at times due to his below average work ethic and motor.

Draft Exchange Analysis:
Ayers has only one year of experience under his belt and will need to prove to scouts and coaches that he really wants to succeed at the next level. Has some versatility and could play as a base defensive end in a 4-3 oer with a llittle more bulk could play the defensive tackle position as well. He also has the speed where he could play as a rush outside linebacker in a 3-4. He was orignially an inside linebacker coming out of high school. His main weapon is his speed which might not look as much of a threat in the NFL. He is right now looked at being selected in the early stages of the second roudn but depending on team needs and the players that are avaiable he oculd fall the the third round. He had a great Senior Bowl week so unless he ahs a bad combine he shoudl have pretty much solidified his draft stock for the time being.

03-26-2009, 07:20 PM
With the 43rd overall selection the San Francisco 49ers select Offensive Tackle Phil Loadholt out of Oklahoma.

6'8" 332 pounds.

Positives: Potentially dominant drive blocker. ... Massive man who can engulf his opponent, turn him away from the ballcarrier and pancake him to the ground. ... Looks to intimidate. ... Only adequate initial quickness off the snap, but has a deep kick-slide and the long arms to keep the pass rusher at bay. ... Natural knee bender who plays with impressive leverage and balance for a man of his size. ... Better lateral quickness than initial.

03-26-2009, 09:03 PM

After addressing the offense with Miami's first two picks (Percy Harvin and Duke Robinson), it is time to turn the attention to defense. But where exactly?

If Miami had not re-signed Channing Crowder, then James Laurinaitis would be an obvious pick. He just seems like a Parcells kind of guy.

They could look for a solid CB prospect as a possible starter opposite Will Allen, and D.J. Moore has fallen farther than I had expected.

They could look for an heir apparent to Joey Porter at OLB (or somebody who would be an improvement over Matt Roth opposite him). Names like Connor Barwin and Clint Sintim jump off the page as possibilities here.

Jarron Gilbert could be a tremendous 3-4 DE prospect. Then again, the Dolphins just drafted Kendall Langford and Phillip Merling last year.

Ultimately, they decide to finish the d-line rebuilding process they started last year, just like Duke Robinson finished the o-line rebuilding process they started last year. Jason Ferguson will turn 35 during the season, and that is about 115 in nose tackle years. They need young blood at the position which is the keystone to the 3-4, nose tackle.

The Miami Dolphins are pleased to select:

Ron Brace, Defensive Tackle
Boston College, Senior
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 334 lbs.

Career Statistics
2004 RS - - -
2005 8 11 1.0 0.0
2006 11 20 3.5 0.0
2007 14 27 7.5 2.5
2008 14 27 11.0 3.0
Totals 47 85 23.0 5.5


Excellent size and bulk...Very quick off the snap...Great strength...Is stout at the point of attack...Does a terrific job against the run...Gets a good push up the middle...Will collapse the pocket...A powerful tackler...Shows the ability to shoot gaps and penetrate at times...Nice instincts / awareness...Lots of experience...Improving and has upside.

Square-framed, naturally large man. ... Surprising initial quickness off the snap to disrupt the play before it has a chance to begin. ... Good lateral quickness to slide down the line. ... Good use of hands to slap away the blockers' attempts to control him. ... Good overall strength, especially in his lower body, to hold up at the point. ... Can anchor against the double-team and flashes the ability to split. ... Able to close if given a free lane. ... Recognizes the action quickly and can slide off the block onto the runner as he goes by. ... Versatile defender capable of projecting as a zero-, one- or three-technique at the next level.

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Not a sack artist and repertoire of pass rush moves is limited...Does not always play with proper leverage...Still needs to use his hands better...Will get hung up on blocks...Conditioning and stamina might be issues...Has an inconsistent motor...Didn't face many double teams.

Only "phone booth" quickness. ... Requires a free lane to close on the quarterback and isn't going to provide significant interior pass rush. ... Marginal effort and ability in pursuit. ... Flanked by a better prospect in Raji and often faces only one blocker. ... Struggled with a recurring back injury in 2008. ... Concern over back injury only heightened considering his heavy build and potential to allow his weight to get out of control.


Teammate BJ Raji received more attention than Brace, who is a stout run defender in his own right. A second-team All-ACC selection in 2008 after earning honorable mention in 2007 -- when Raji was academically ineligible -- Brace isn't going to provide much in terms of statistical production. In fact, Brace's combined statistics from his two all-conference seasons led to numbers that some of the other highly ranked defensive tackles enjoyed in just one season: 54 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Brace might lack name recognition and explosive burst, but his stout frame, lower-body strength and versatility could make him a mid-round value come draft day.


Was a three-year starter for the Eagles...Named 2nd Team All-ACC as a senior...Was overshadowed by teammate B.J. Raji and certainly benefited from playing next to such a talented player but is a fine pro prospect in his own right...The type whose value can't be measured by the stat sheet...Had a great senior campaign and really improved his draft stock...Two-gapper with the potential to be a top 3-4 nose tackle.


03-27-2009, 10:22 AM

The New York Giants select out of the University of Virginia, Linebacker Clint Sintim.


Nice height, size, and build ... Supreme versatility; Can play 4-3 SAM, 3-4 OLB ... Do-it-all linebacker in the appropriate schemes ... Athletic enough to be a consistent force in the pass rush ... Takes appropriate angles to ball-carriers ... Excellent strength ... Able to shake offensive linemen and make the tackle ... Highly productive and consistent playmaker even with the loss of Chris Long ... Will be an outstanding leader.

"You have to love Sintim's build. He can play a lot of positions and he has a good feel for the game who gives it his all ... Underrated propspect who could shock many people and go in the top 20 picks."

03-27-2009, 12:18 PM

The Houston Texans select Safety William Moore from Missouri.


Moore is a physical safety that is a playmaker as a run and pass defender. He has excellent size in the secondary, and uses it to lay receivers out over the middle of the field. Moore is aggressive in attacking the action and delivers a blow when he meets the ball carrier. What separates Moore from most 230lb safeties is his cover ability. He is a good athlete that has tremendous ball skills. He easily locates the ball in the air and shows the ability to go up and make plays on the football.

03-27-2009, 01:43 PM
With the 47th pick in the 2nd rnd--PATS* SELECT: Coye Francies CB SAN JOSE ST.

They filled LB AND DE Spot and now get a CB to help in the secondary.

03-27-2009, 02:10 PM
Discipline of Steel sent me a list of possible players for the Bears, and at the top it said:

Lauranitis (pure BPA, likely gone)

Well, guess who is not likely gone (until now, at least).

Laurinaitis is an inside linebacker by trade, but with Urlacher manning the middle, Animal Jr. would likely have to shift outside, possibly moving back to the middle when Urlacher retires. Laurinaitis-Urlacher-Briggs is a pretty formidable LB corps.

The Chicago Bears are pleased to select:

James Laurinaitis, Inside Linebacker
Ohio State University, Senior
Height: 6' 1 7/8" Weight: 244 lbs.


03-27-2009, 03:21 PM
With the 48th pick in the 2009 NFL Mock Draft the Denver Broncos select:

Tight End Jared Cook from South Carolina.

03-27-2009, 03:22 PM
With the 50th pick in the 2009 NFL Mock Draft the Cleveland Browns select:

Defensive End Jarron Gilbert from San Jose State!

03-27-2009, 03:44 PM
After releasing Adam "Pac Man" Jones and Roy L. Williams (the safety, not the WR or the UNC Basketball Coach), plus trading Anthony Henry for Jon Kitna this offseason, they Cowboys' biggest need is in the secondary. So why not take the biggest prospect in the secondary, a guy who could play both CB and S? In Dallas, he will likely start at safety next to Ken Hamlin.

The Dallas Cowboys are pleased to select:

Sean Smith, Cornerback
University of Utah, Junior
Height: 6' 3 1/2" Weight: 214

Career Statistics
2006 13 2 0 0 0
2007 13 32 7 4 0
2008 13 45 9 5 151
Totals 39 79 16 9 151


Excellent height and bulk with long arms...Smooth with outstanding athleticism...Decent speed...Very good hands...Terrific ball skills and body control...Very agile...Physical and aggressive...Supports the run well...Reliable tackler...Gets a nice jam at the line...Elusive in the open field..Reads and reacts quickly...Extremely confident...Lots of upside.


May be a bit of a 'tweener...Needs to get stronger...Hips aren't fluid and doesn't transition well...Will struggle to turn and run with speedy wideouts...Doesn't change directions real well...Can be too aggressive at times and will get fooled...Has a tendency to get beat deep...Lacks a burst to close...Raw and is not a great technician...Limited experience.

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Could project to either corner or safety at the next level...Redshirted in '05...Began his college career as a running back, played mostly wide receiver in '06 and then moved to defense full-time in '07...Led the Utes in interceptions as a sophomore and junior...Named 1st Team All-Mountain West in '08...Certainly has rare triangle numbers but will likely require some development...Best NFL fit might be at free safety.


03-27-2009, 03:54 PM
With the 52nd selection in the 2009 NFL draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select:

Eric Wood, Center, Louisville
6'4" 310 lbs.
5.17 40 Time
30 reps at 225 lbs.
33 3/4 inch arms


Strengths: Very good size and bulk...Excellent strength...Super tough and real physical...A finisher who plays with a nasty demeanor...Light on his feet with nice footwork...Can pull and get to the second level...Quick and agile with decent athleticism...Intelligent with a first-rate football IQ...Intense and competitive...Hard worker...Has a ton of experience.

Weakness: Straightening irons


Has recently been compared to an ex-bengal offensive linemen Eric Steinbach because of his versatility and pulling abilities in the run game. Although Wood is said to have a nastier demeanor on the field with the way he finishes blocks.

After several decades the Bengals finally get this draft thing down. Choosing to trade back 15 slots but still getting the player they wanted. With Monroe and Wood, you can believe that the Bengals offense is poised to return to it's 2005 form.

The Bengals had this to say after the Wood selection:

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03-27-2009, 04:46 PM
With The 53rd pick in the 2009 draft the Philadelphia Eagles select CB out of Vanderbilt:

DJ Moore


Moore is an explosive cover corner with shut down ability. He plays the run effectively, and despite his size, he’s deceptively strong. He has great instincts, possesses outstanding ball skills and can instantly turn defense into offense. He transitions well with receivers and gets vertical adjusting to defend deep passes.

With the loss of Brian Dawkins and Lito Shepard, the Eagles need help in the secondary.

Welcome aboard DJ.

BPA too.....

03-28-2009, 09:16 AM
With the 55th selection of the NFL draft the Atlanta Falcons select:

Cornelius Ingram, tight end, University of Florida.

The Falcons are thrilled to add a true pass catching TE to their offensive arsenal. Ingram has the smooth stride, speed, leaping ability, and natural hands to become a star. He'll be a matchup nightmare for linebackers and safeties. Ingram runs hard after the catch, blending power and quickness to rack up the YAC. He'll need to develop as a blocker as he was not asked to do that much at Florida. But, coach Mularkey is thrilled with the prospect of using him in a variety of formations including the slot and out of the backfield to create favorable matchups.

Ingram is 6'4" 240 lbs. He is 100 % after missing last season with injuries. In 2007, Ingram scored seven touchdown in just 34 receptions.

03-28-2009, 10:53 AM
According to a PM I received from D Rock,

The Jacksonville Jaguars would like to select:

Juaquin Iglesias, WR, Oklahoma


03-28-2009, 11:22 AM
Even though they traded away their 4th round pick to get Sage Rosenfels to compete with Tarvaris Jackson, neither appears to be a potential franchise QB of the future. The best player available on their draft board just happens to be a QB, so they simply cannot pass up on the value:

The Minnesota Vikings select:

Josh Freeman, Quarterback, Kansas State University


We are sorry that you have to keep wearing purple. But at least it is not Ravens purple. :ratsuck

03-28-2009, 11:30 AM
The Carolina Panthers select Defensive End Paul "Freddy" Kruger from the University of Utah.


Tall with a fairly developed upper body and the frame to add another 10-15 pounds of muscle without losing speed. ... Relentless as a pass rusher, works hard to attack the passer in or outside the pocket. ... Gets under his man's pads to push him into the quarterback. ... Overwhelms backs and tight ends in pass protection. ... Nice straight-line and closing speed. ... Flashes explosiveness as a tackler and has the length to secure. ... Also hustles down the line and chases ballcarriers downfield. ... Good backfield awareness and lateral agility to knock down passes and keep contain on reverses, run plays and bootlegs. ... Very good at changing direction in space, can drop fluidly. ... Effective playing upright as a 3-4 rush linebacker due to his length, hustle and athleticism. ... Handles coverage responsibilities well, staying with backs in the flat and on wheel routes. ... Breaks down and drops his hips in space better than you'd expect for his size. ... Mature player with an excellent motor.

03-28-2009, 02:03 PM
The Baltimore Ravens are pleased to select:

Connor Barwin
Outside Linebacker
University of Cincinnati


03-28-2009, 04:35 PM
The New England Patriots are happy to select:

Rashad Johnson
University of Alabama

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03-28-2009, 05:01 PM
The Tennessee Titans select Defensive Tackle Sen'Derrick Marks out of Auburn.


Short, squatty build with room for additional mass in his upper body and a thick lower body. ... Good leg drive to anchor and use of leverage to hold up against the run. ... Flashes good initial quickness off the snap to put the blocker in a defensive position. ... Quick, strong hands to disengage from defenders. ... Good arm extension to keep blockers' hands off his frame. ... Good lateral quickness and balance to provide an interior pass rush. ... Good short-area quickness to close on the ballcarrier. ... Flashes some explosiveness as a hitter. ... Willing in pursuit laterally and downfield.

03-28-2009, 05:16 PM
The New York Giants select:

Shawn Nelson
Tight End
University of Southern Mississippi


03-28-2009, 05:59 PM
With the 64th pick in the 2009 NFL DRAFT
FILI MOALA, DE/DT, University of Southern California

Fili Moala, DT
College:Southern Cal
Conference:Pac 10


Successfully capped his career with the Trojans by earning AP All-American third-team honors. Moala offers rare size, strength and surprising effort downfield. Originally signed with USC out of high school in 2003, but Moala did not qualify academically and instead attended Cypress Junior College before transferring back to USC in 2004. Was since a consistent member of the Trojans' defensive line rotation, starting every game for the Trojans over the past two seasons and 38 games overall. A more valuable contributor than his yearly average production (26 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks) would indicate, Moala isn't going to fill the stat sheet, but his presence inside forced opponents to double-team him often, opening up opportunities for his playmaking teammates.


Positives: Rare size for the position with the frame to add mass. ... Measures in at nearly 300 pounds, but considering his height, Moala almost has a lanky build. ... Good initial quickness off the snap. ... Powerful hands to slap away the offensive linemen trying to control him. ... Quick to recognize the play and work his way toward the action. ... Good size and strength to collapse the interior running lanes. ... High-effort player who will pursue laterally and down the field. ... Durable performer who has seen starting action every year of his career. ... Good bloodlines. Cousin Haloti Ngata was a first-round pick and is a standout defensive lineman with the Baltimore Ravens.
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We desperately needed to add bulk along our defensive line and get some players who we could put into our defensive rotation...eat up double teams...and improve our overall defense and allow our offense to produce. Moala has a good pedigree and is a hard worker at the line of scrimmage and has the ability to eat up space and hold contain. We're moving to the 34 or a type of hybrid and need to have players who allow our young linebackers to succeed. With players like AJ, Aaron Kampman, Nick Barnett, and now Brian Orakpo...we need to be able to get these guys free to use their talents and abilities...we feel that Moala can help us do that when teamed with Mike Montgomery and Ryan Pickett upfront. We're excited that we were able to add him as a player all the while trading down and acquiring a couple more picks and setting ourselves up for success in the draft both this year and in the future.

03-28-2009, 06:00 PM
The Indianapolis Colts select Linebacker Marcus Freeman from Ohio State University.


Instinctive defender who flows to the ball quickly. ... Athletic enough to elude blockers and make plays at or near the line of scrimmage. ... Reliable open-field tackler. ... Breaks down well and can drive the ballcarrier into the ground. ... Good awareness and speed in coverage. ... Gets good depth on his drops. ... Reads the quarterback's eyes and closes quickly. ... Excellent special teams player. ... Tough and plays through pain. ... Solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl.

03-28-2009, 07:41 PM
With the 63rd pick in the 2009 NFL Draft


Lawrence Sidbury Jr., DE

Given the relative success enjoyed this season by Arizona rookie running back Tim Hightower, a former Richmond star, scouts have less anxiety in projecting a standout from the Colonial Athletic Association into the NFL. That can only bode well for Sidbury, a two-time CAA first-team selection whose 11.5 sacks in 2008 helped the Spiders win a national championship. Sidbury lacks the bulk and strength to compete as more than a rotational pass rusher at the next level, but his upfield burst and strong performance in the national championship game against Montana (four sacks) and during the week of practice at the East-West Shrine Game secured his status as a second-day draft pick.

Positives: Solidly built athlete with room for additional mass, especially in his upper body. ... Long arms. ... Flashes initial quickness off the snap to pressure the outside. ... Good lateral quickness to redirect back to the inside if he senses the tackle leaning outside. ... Good spin and reverse spin move to clear the offensive tackle quickly. ... Good hand placement and use of leverage to bull rush the tackle into the pocket. ... Can close quickly with an open lane. ... Good effort in pursuit. ... Can break down in space to make the clean open-field tackle. ... Flashes some explosiveness as a hitter. ... Helped himself with a solid week of practice at the East-West Shrine Game.

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03-28-2009, 11:26 PM
With the first pick in the third round of the PlanetSteelers Mock Draft, the Detroit Lions are pleased to select:

Chase Coffman
Tight End
University of Missouri

Height: 6' 5 3/4"
Weight: 244 lbs.

Career Statistics
Year GP Rec Yds YPC TD
2005 12 47 503 10.7 4
2006 13 58 638 11.0 9
2007 13 52 531 10.2 7
2008 12 90 987 11.0 10
Totals 50 247 2,659 10.8 30


03-28-2009, 11:39 PM
After releasing Orlando Pace this offseason, the Rams filled that hole at LT by selecting Jason Smith with the second overall pick of the draft. Alex Barron simply wasn't doing the job at LT when he filled in there when Pace was seemingly always hurt over the past several seasons. This means that they could move Alex Barron back to RT now, right? Well, guess what? Alex Barron kinda sucks at RT too. St. Louis is seriously about re-tooling their pathetic offensive line to open holes for franchise RB Steven Jackson (they paid big bucks to center Jason Brown in free agency). Even though Derrick Williams is mighty tempting following the release of Torry Holt one year after letting Isaac Bruce go...

The St. Louis Rams select:

Jamon Meredith
Offensive Tackle
University of South Carolina

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03-29-2009, 11:50 AM
OK, Steel fans, I know you were hoping for your homie to fall down the board but the Chiefs need this guy worse:

Third round pick is:

Scott McKillop - LB, Pittsburgh
Arguably the best tackler in the NCAA. Our defense is in dire need of blue collar guys with strong technique.

03-29-2009, 12:19 PM
With the 4th pick in the 3rd round...

Rashad Jennings, RB
Conference:Big South

A Walter Camp All-American who transferred from Pittsburgh after a successful freshman season (411 rushing yards) to be closer to his father, who suffers from diabetes. Jennings had surgery on a broken pinky finger in early September last season, but still rushed for 1,500 yards (his third consecutive 1,000-yard season) with his bruising yet nimble running style. The twice-named Big South Offensive Player of the Year also showed some versatility by making 24 receptions in 2008. Had an arm span of 32 inches and a hand span of 10 3/8 inches at the combine.

Positives: Good size with well-developed upper body. Played in part-time zone read offense, sometimes in I-formation. Good vision, able to change directions using quick feet. Can stiff-arm and run through tacklers in the open field by lowering his pads. Very good second gear once in the open. Runs tough inside, able to lean forward for additional yards. Looks natural catching the ball out of the backfield. Will keep his feet churning after contact and fight for the first down or goal line. Can hit an inside hole quickly. Surprisingly quick stop-start if the hole is not there immediately.

03-29-2009, 12:27 PM
The Dallas Cowboys are pleased to select:

Derrick Williams
Wide Receiver
Penn State University


03-29-2009, 01:04 PM
With the 6th pick in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft

Shonn Greene, RB
Conference:Big 10

Greene returned from a one-year hiatus at Kirkwood Community College and working at a furniture store to finish second in the country in rushing with 1,850 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2008. After running for a total of 205 yards over his first two seasons in Iowa City, Greene emerged as the country's most consistent runner, rushing for at least 100 yards in all 13 of Iowa's games last year, including a 121-yard, three-touchdown performance against a stout South Carolina defense in the Hawkeyes' 31-10 Outback Bowl victory. Five years removed from high school (he spent one year at Milford Academy after graduation), the 2008 Doak Walker Award winner and consensus All-American decided to leave for the NFL. Had an arm span of 31 3/4 inches and a hand span of 8 1/2 inches at the combine.


Positives: Stout frame with good overall musculature, but especially in his lower body. Good initial quickness off the snap. Downhill runner who attacks the line of scrimmage. Quick to recognize the hole and takes what the defense gives him. Rare flexibility and use of leverage for a back of his size. Runs with a very low pad level, giving defenders little to hit between his knees and shoulder pads, which is one of the reasons why he bounces off of some many tackles. Very good leg drive to take defenders for extra yardage. Finishes his runs. Falls forward to gain additional yardage to end each attempt. Good vision for the cutback. Surprisingly quick feet to bounce laterally and accelerate into the open field. Stout pass blocker who will provide a pop to the rusher and gives a good effort. At least adequate hands for the reception. Despite his relatively advanced age, should have fresh legs due to only one season as the starter.


D Rock
03-29-2009, 04:16 PM
With the 72nd pick of the draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select

Patrick Chung, SS, Oregon

03-29-2009, 05:15 PM
With the 73rd pick in the 2009 NFL Draft

Fenuki Tupou, OT
Conference:Pac 10

A very highly-touted JUCO transfer from Sierra College, Tupou showed so much promise during spring drills in 2007 that the Oregon coaching staff elected to move star Max Unger from left tackle -- where he earned second-team Pac-10 honors as a sophomore -- to center in an effort to best maximize Tupou's talents. Blessed with a unique combination of size, quickness and strength, Tupou has the physical tools every scout is looking for in an offensive lineman. And his play in 2008 earned Tupou second-team All-Pac 10 recognition and the potential to be a top-75 selection. Had an arm span of 34 inches and a hand span of 8 3/4 inches at the combine.


Positives: Massive man. Looks natural at 325 pounds, as his girth is spread evenly throughout his body. Good initial quickness off the snap. Consistently among the quicker linemen off the ball. Keeps his hands active in pass protection. Shuffles his feet quickly and with good balance to gain depth on his kick-slide while in pass protection. Rare strength and size as a run blocker. Can turn and flatten his opponent as a drive blocker. Plays with good leverage despite his size and can create movement in short-yardage situations. Cognizant, aggressive blocker who looks for defenders to hit and often combos before breaking free to block at the second level. At least adequate initial quickness to block on the move. Good punch in pass protection.

03-29-2009, 05:56 PM
The Oakland Raiders are pleased to select:

Louis Murphy
Wide Receiver
University of Florida

From walterfootball.com:

Louis Murphy's numbers will always be limited in Florida's offense - 36 catches, 611 yards, six touchdowns - but his size, 40 and combine numbers will definitely get him noticed. Murphy will be on Al Davis' radar in Round 2.

Al is particularly excited to get an athlete of this calibre in round 3.


03-29-2009, 07:05 PM
The Buffalo Bills are pleased to select:

Travis Beckum
Tight End
University of Wisconsin


03-29-2009, 07:09 PM
The Cincinnati Bengals select:

Victor "Macho" Harris, CB, Virgina Tech


5'11" 197 lbs.
4.46 40 Time
13 reps at 225 lbs.

A very talented and dynamic player, Harris is not only a top CB but also a solid kicker returner. With Johnathan Joseph's injury concerns, Harris will be vital to the Bengals defense as he will try to supplant David Jones for the #3 CB position.


03-30-2009, 09:11 AM
The San Francisco 49ers are pleased to select:

Ramses Barden
Wide Receiver
California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 229 lbs.


03-30-2009, 11:11 AM
The Denver Broncos (Akronsteel) select Linebacker from the University of South Florida Tyrone McKenzie.


Tyrone McKenzie
6'2, 235 pounds | South Florida | Outside linebacker

Strengths: No matter what school he did it at, McKenzie was productive. He had 129 tackles for Iowa State in 2006 and topped the 100 mark in his two seasons at South Florida. Does a great job against the run breaking down in the open field and making tackles. While he isn't necessarily a big hitter, McKenzie is a sound tackler who has several forced fumbles. Works hard until the whistle blows and can make plays all over the field. Good agility, which allows him to fluidly change direction. Great character.

2008: Consensus first team All-BIG EAST selection ... Led USF in tackles for the second consecutive season with 116 ... Established USF record for tackles over two consecutive season with a total of 237 – 121 in 2007 and 116 in 2008 ... His 116 tackles in 2008 rank as the third-best single-season total in program history ... Also led the team with 14.5 tackles for loss ... Contributed one sack, one interceptions and eight pass breakups ... A preseason candidate for the Butkus , Nagurski and Lott trophies ... Finished collegiate career with three consecutive games of 10 or more tackles, including a season-high 15 against UConn ... Also had 15 tackles against Pitt ...Registered a tackle for loss in 10 of 13 games ... Served as a team captain for 11 games ... Completed collegiate career with 368 tackles, including 131 during his freshman and sophomore seasons at Michigan State and Iowa State, respectively.

03-30-2009, 12:02 PM
The Houston Texans are pleased to select:

Cody Brown
Outside Linebacker
University of Connecticut


03-30-2009, 12:15 PM
In a trade with Washington, the Green Bay packers have acquired the 80th selection in the 2009 NFL Draft...and with that pick the Packers
Are pleased to select:

Jairus Byrd, CB
Conference:Pac 10


The son of former San Diego Chargers cornerback Gill Byrd, Pac-10 opponents won't shed a tear that Jairus Byrd left early for the NFL. An all-conference choice after each of his three seasons at Oregon, Jairus Byrd finished only one interception short of the school record. Five of his career 17 interceptions came in 2008, helping Byrd to earn first-team All-Pac-10 accolades two seasons after earning the conference co-Freshman of the Year honors (along with USC safety Taylor Mays and UCLA cornerback Alterraun Verner). A natural playmaker whose versatility as a punt returner could mean an immediate impact at the next level, Byrd is only a workout away from emerging as a legitimate first-day -- perhaps first-round -- prospect.


Positives: Well-built athlete. ... Good initial jam at the line of scrimmage. ... Loose hips to turn and run with the receiver. ... Can shadow the receiver due to very good lateral quickness and the ability to plant and go out of his cuts. ... Late explosive burst to close on the ball. ... Gets his hands on a lot of passes. ... Natural playmaker with soft hands for the interception. ... Times leaps well and can snatch the ball out of the air. ... Good body control to make the catch outside of his frame. ... Natural with the ball in his hands. ... Good feel for the return. ... Good vision to set up blocks. ... Good agility and has a quick burst to accelerate. ... Reliable open-field tackler. ... Breaks down in space well and wraps his arms securely. ... Willing to come up in run support. ... Good bloodlines. ... Father Gill Byrd was a two-time Pro Bowl cornerback with San Diego and recently served as Chicago Bears DBs coach.


03-30-2009, 01:01 PM
The San Diego Chargers are pleased to select

Troy Kropog
Offensive Tackle
Tulane University


03-30-2009, 02:07 PM
After trading away Shaun Rogers last offseason and Cory Redding this offseason, the Lions have a major need for some beef at DT. They signed one of the beefiest in Grady Jackson, but he is older than dirt. Time for some young reinforcements.

The Detroit Lions are pleased to select:

Chris Baker
Defensive Tackle
Hampton University

Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 326 lbs.
40 Yard Dash Time: 5.02
Reps of 225 lbs.: 24
Vertical Leap: 35.5 in.


03-30-2009, 03:47 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers select:

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6'5'' 328 pound Offensive Guard Kraig Urbik from the University of Wisconsin.

"A mountain of a man, Urbik has the pedigree, size, and toughness to make a mark on the NFL."

Wisconsin offensive linemen have earned their reputation among NFL teams as tough, smart football players. The huge, agile Urbik is just another example. The two-time second-team All-Big Ten honoree has started at right guard and tackle during his career. That versatility is not lost on scouts. In a strong class of interior linemen, Urbik is among those fighting to crack the first three rounds. Had an arm span of 33 3/4 inches and a hand span of 10 1/4 inches at the combine.


Positives: Versatile player who could handle strong-side guard or tackle duties. Tall and strong with a solid punch. Very difficult to bull rush, as he uses his hands and anchors very well. Moves feet fairly well in pass protection, walling off tackles to create holes inside and getting to linebackers at the second level. Traps and pulls inside, usually finding a target to negate. Combos well, pushing with one arm on the tackle and reaching the linebacker. Willing to head downfield on pass plays to get to safeties and corners. Comes out of his stance with power and gets his hands up on his man's jersey quickly. Picks up twists and blitzes well.


LT - Max Starks
LG - Chris Kemoeatu
C - Alex Mack
RG - Kraig Urbik
RT - Willie Colon

Mack makes Kemo better. Urbik makes Colon better. And we're all just one happy family. :tt1

03-30-2009, 04:32 PM
Don't like the pick, but moving on.......

03-30-2009, 04:42 PM
Tampa could use a quarterback and a wide receiver. There is one guy available who may be able to play the one position at this level, but if not, may be able to play the other position. And all of the rest of the QB prospects in this draft seem to be late round fodder. Therefore...

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are pleased to select:

Pat White
Quarterback/Wide Receiver
West Virginia University


03-30-2009, 05:04 PM
Ding Ding Ding.....

The Eagles are now on the clock at 5:00pm.....

The Philadelphia Eagles would like to select OG/OT Herm Johnson out of LSU

Herman Johnson will fit right in to our offensive line and give us some much needed depth as we believe he can play 2 positions for us at either OG or OT.

Welcome aboard Big Boy!!


Discipline of Steel
03-30-2009, 06:13 PM
The Chicago Bears select:

Mike Mickens, CB
Cincinnatti 6'0" 190lbs

Mike Mickens is only 6-0 and 190 pounds, but he is still a physical corner back who is not afraid to play tough against any wide receiver. It did not take long for Mickens to earn a starting job at Cincinnati. By the time his freshman campaign began, the Huber Heights, Ohio product was starting. Throughout his first three seasons with the Bearcats, Mickens was named to a multitude of all-conference teams and tallied ten interceptions.
His size should not be a big deal at cornerback, but some teams could look elsewhere in favor of a bigger player. But Mickens' cover abilities are among the best in the nation and he plays a lot strong than he looks and that should be enough to make up for his size.

Right now Mickens is among the best corners in the nation when projecting to the NFL. If he continues putting up numbers in 2008 like he did throughout the rest of his career, there is no reason for him not to be a first or second round selection in April. With a big year from Mickens and Cincinnati (and a solid showing at the combine), he could end up being one of the top two or three senior corners in the draft.

Da Bears need to restock their secondary. Moving Peanut Tillman to S opens up the CB position for a gifted young talent like Mickens to occupy for years to come.

D Rock
03-30-2009, 07:00 PM
Jaguars select

Gerald Cadogan, OT, Penn State

03-31-2009, 10:20 AM
The Minnesota Vikings are pleased to select:

Jonathan Luigs
University of Arkansas

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03-31-2009, 11:24 AM
The Atlanta Falcons select Terrance Taylor, DT Michigan.

This may be called a bit of a reach, but Atlanta lost Grady Jackson and the only run stuffer they have on the roster is Trey Lewis who was only recently cleared to begin practice after being sidelined with a serious injury since early in the 2007 season.

Taylor is stout and strong and is very effective in a rotation. He actually plays better as a heavier two down run stuffer than he did as senior when he lost weight and attempted to stay on the field in passing situations. Currently 314, the Falcons will ask him to play between 325-330 as he did in 2007 when he was more effective.

03-31-2009, 11:42 AM
After selecting local University of Maryland product Darrius Heyward-Bey in the first round, the Ravens go back to the Terrapin Well once again, selecting the guy who was charged with covering DHB much of the time in practice.

The Baltimore Ravens are pleased to select:

Kevin Barnes
University of Maryland


03-31-2009, 01:17 PM
New England could use some depth along the o-line. They like guys that are versatile, able to fill in at multiple positions. They do not mind lineman who come from small schools (Logan Mankins from Fresno State, Stephen Neal from Cal State Bakersfield, and Nick Kaczur from Toledo). Could a guy who wasn't even invited to the combine be drafted as high as the third round? Well, if he offers positional flexibility and a mean streak as a blocker, he could be a Pats-type guy.

The New England Patriots are pleased to select:

T. J. Lang
Offensive Lineman
Eastern Michigan


03-31-2009, 03:09 PM
After taking WR Kenny Britt, OLB Clint Sintim, and TE Shawn Nelson, the most pressing need remaining for the Giants is in the secondary. They could use some youth at corner, or possibly someone to start next to last year's top rookie pick, Kenny Phillips, at safety. This versatile guy could potentially play at either spot.

The New York Giants are pleased to select:

Sherrod Martin
Defensive Back
Troy State University


03-31-2009, 04:12 PM
The Carolina Panthers select Tight End James Casey from Rice.



Electing to turn pro after only two seasons with the Owls, Casey is a rare all-around athlete who was a seventh-round pick by the Chicago White Sox out of high school and spent three years in their farm system before retiring from baseball and signing with Rice.

Once with the Owls, it didn't take long for the former quarterback to establish himself as a dominant weapon at various positions, earning consensus Conference USA Freshman accolades and honorable mention all-conference honors from league coaches. Casey lined up at seven different positions in one game in 2007, and has played everything from defensive end to safety to quarterback to wide receiver.

Playing primarily at wide receiver in 2008, Casey was dominant in Rice's spread attack; he finished second in the country with 111 receptions for 1,329 yards and 13 touchdowns. For some, Casey will be characterized as a Matt Jones-like 'tweener. But also like Jones, Casey's unique upside could land him a stunningly high draft selection


Positives: Unique all-around athlete capable of contributing in various ways at the next level. Instinctive football player who simply makes plays. Good playing speed, though his actual 40 time is questionable. Good initial burst off the line of scrimmage. Good agility to make defenders miss in the open field. Good toughness. Willing to absorb the hit to gain positive yardage, but more often dishes out punishment. Natural hands for the reception. Good hand-eye coordination. Secure ball-carrier. Mature athlete with professional experience due to his baseball career.

03-31-2009, 04:15 PM
With Dominic Rhodes a free agent, the Colts need a reliable 2nd option to the oft-injured Joseph Addai, and would prefer a RB who is good at catching passes out of the backfield.

The Indianapolis Colts are pleased to select:

Andre Brown
Running Back
North Carolina State University

Career Statistics
Year GP Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds TD
2005 11 129 667 5.1 6 7 76 0
2006 12 124 658 5.3 4 9 52 0
2007 6 68 311 4.5 4 15 103 0
2008 13 175 767 4.4 7 29 309 2
Totals 42 496 2,403 4.8 21 60 540 2


03-31-2009, 05:23 PM
The Tennessee Titans select Guard out of Oregon State University, Andy Levitre.


Good initial quickness off the snap. ... Physical initial punch. ... Recoils quickly and with balance. ... At least adequate flexibility and foot quickness to block in space. ... Gets to the second level quickly. ... Good vision to locate the secondary target and has the body control to hit the moving target. ... Good use of leverage and leg drive in short-yardage situations. ... Experienced at both tackle and guard positions. ... Durable; finished his career starting 36 consecutive games.

03-31-2009, 06:11 PM
The Arizona Cardinals are pleased to select:

Antoine Caldwell
University of Alabama


03-31-2009, 06:55 PM
The Washington Redskins are pleased to select JASON WILLIAMS, OLB, Western Illinois

Jason Williams, OLB
Height: 6-1
Weight: 241
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 26
Vertical Jump: 39
Broad Jump: 10'09"
40 Yrd Dash: 4.49-4.59

Statistics: 289 career tackles, 46.5 TFL, 15 sacks, 12 passes broken up, and 1 INT


We realize with our shortage of draft picks in this year'd draft we'd have to get creative in filling our needs...and I feel we've started that with the acquisition of Jason Williams. He's a versatile linebacker with a good experience and excellent athleticism...even being timed in the 4.4's in his second pro-day visit at Northwestern. Not many people know about this kid, but we have scouted him and really believe his talent to be right up there with some of the other dominant OLBs in this year's draft. We understand we still have other areas we need to address so we'll continue to look to acquire players who make sense for us as a team and are good for this organization...we'll be creative and do whatever we have to do to return this great organization to its former dominance. That is my solemn promise.