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RuthlessBurgher
04-18-2011, 08:29 AM
This thread is for PICKS ONLY. If you want to congratulate someone after a pick well done, or if you want to bust balls after a downright absurd pick, please do so in the Official PlanetSteelers 2011 Mock Draft Commentary Thread.

If any of you folks are late to the party and still want to jump in and claim teams, please feel free to P.M. me to request one of my team or one of Hawaiiansteel's teams (to make up for your lazy, uninvolved @$$e$, we had to take 11 teams each to make up for it).

Here is the pick schedule, starting with the first overall pick this morning, and ending with the 97th overall pick at the end of the 3rd round on the day before the actual draft starts.

Round 1

Monday, 4/18/10

(9:00-9:59 a.m.) 1 1 Carolina Panthers steelblood MARCELL DAREUS, DT, ALABAMA
(10:00-10:59 a.m.) 1 2 Denver Broncos RuthlessBurgher PATRICK PETERSON, CB, LSU
(11:00-11:59 a.m.) 1 3 Buffalo Bills RuthlessBurgher CAM NEWTON, QB, AUBURN
(12:00-12:59 p.m.) 1 4 Cincinnati Bengals RuthlessBurgher BLAINE GABBERT, QB, MISSOURI
(1:00-1:59 p.m.) 1 5 Arizona Cardinals RuthlessBurgher VON MILLER, LB, TEXAS A&M
(2:00-2:59 p.m.) 1 6 Cleveland Browns RuthlessBurgher A.J. GREEN, WR, GEORGIA
(3:00-3:59 p.m.) 1 7 San Francisco 49ers D Rock PRINCE AMUKAMARA, CB, NEBRASKA
(4:00-4:59 p.m.) 1 8 Tennessee Titans hawaiiansteel NICK FAIRLEY, DT, AUBURN

Tuesday, 4/19/10

(9:00-9:59 a.m.) 1 9 St. Louis Rams (from Cowboys) RuthlessBurgher JULIO JONES, WR, ALABAMA
(10:00-10:59 a.m.) 1 10 Washington Redskins hawaiiansteel ROBERT QUINN, OLB, NORTH CAROLINA
(11:00-11:59 a.m.) 1 11 Houston Texans hawaiiansteel CAMERON JORDAN, DE, CALIFORNIA
(12:00-12:59 p.m.) 1 12 Minnesota Vikings hawaiiansteel DA'QUAN BOWERS, DE, CLEMSON
(1:00-1:59 p.m.) 1 13 Detroit Lions RuthlessBurgher TYRON SMITH, OT, USC
(2:00-2:59 p.m.) 1 14 Dallas Cowboys (from Rams) hawaiiansteel J.J. WATT, DE, WISCONSIN
(3:00-3:59 p.m.) 1 15 Miami Dolphins hawaiiansteel MIKE POUNCEY, OG, FLORIDA
(4:00-4:59 p.m.) 1 16 Jacksonville Jaguars D Rock RYAN KERRIGAN, DE, PURDUE

Wednesday, 4/20/10

(9:00-9:59 a.m.) 1 17 New England Patriots (from Oakland) RuthlessBurgher ALDON SMITH, OLB, MISSOURI
(10:00-10:59 a.m.) 1 18 San Diego Chargers RuthlessBurgher CAMERON HEYWARD, DE, OHIO STATE
(11:00-11:59 a.m.) 1 19 New York Giants Discipline of Steel JUSTIN HOUSTON, DE, GEORGIA
(12:00-12:59 p.m.) 1 20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Discipline of Steel ANTHONY CASTONZO, OT, BOSTON COLLEGE
(1:00-1:59 p.m.) 1 21 Kansas City Chiefs RuthlessBurgher PHIL TAYLOR, NT, BAYLOR
(2:00-2:59 p.m.) 1 22 Indianapolis Colts RuthlessBurgher NATE SOLDER, OT, COLORADO
(3:00-3:59 p.m.) 1 23 Philadelphia Eagles pfelix73 GABE CARIMI, OT, WISCONSIN
(4:00-4:59 p.m.) 1 24 New Orleans Saints hawaiiansteel MUHAMMAD WILKERSON, DT, TEMPLE

Thursday, 4/21/10

(9:00-9:59 a.m.) 1 25 Seattle Seahawks hawaiiansteel JIMMY SMITH, CB, COLORADO
(10:00-10:59 a.m.) 1 26 Baltimore Ravens steelblood COREY LIUGET, DT, ILLINOIS
(11:00-11:59 a.m.) 1 27 Atlanta Falcons steelblood ADRIAN CLAYBORN, DE, IOWA
(12:00-12:59 p.m.) 1 28 New England Patriots RuthlessBurgher DEREK SHERROD, OT, MISSISSIPPI STATE
(1:00-1:59 p.m.) 1 29 Chicago Bears hawaiiansteel MARVIN AUSTIN, DT, NORTH CAROLINA
(2:00-2:59 p.m.) 1 30 Tennessee Titans (from Jets) hawaiiansteel JAKE LOCKER, QB, WASHINGTON
(3:00-3:59 p.m.) 1 31 San Francisco 49ers (from Steelers) D Rock CHRISTIAN PONDER, QB, FLORIDA STATE
(4:00-4:59 p.m.) 1 32 Green Bay Packers pfelix73 AARON WILLIAMS, CB/FS, TEXAS

Round 2

Friday, 4/22/10

(9:00-9:29 a.m.) 2 33 New England Patriots (from Carolina) RuthlessBurgher MARK INGRAM, RB, ALABAMA
(9:30-9:59 a.m.) 2 34 Buffalo Bills RuthlessBurgher KYLE RUDOLPH, TE, NOTRE DAME
(10:00-10:29 a.m.) 2 35 Cincinnati Bengals RuthlessBurgher RAHIM MOORE, FS, UCLA
(10:30-10:59 a.m.) 2 36 Denver Broncos RuthlessBurgher STEPHEN PAEA, DT, OREGON STATE
(11:00-11:29 a.m.) 2 37 Cleveland Browns RuthlessBurgher JABAAL SHEARD, DE, PITTSBURGH
(11:30-11:59 a.m.) 2 38 Arizona Cardinals RuthlessBurgher RYAN MALLETT, QB, ARKANSAS
(12:00-12:29 p.m.) 2 39 New York Jets (from Titans) hawaiiansteel BEN IJALANA, OG/OT, VILLANOVA
(12:30-12:59 p.m.) 2 40 Dallas Cowboys hawaiiansteel RAS-I DOWLING, CB, VIRGINIA
(1:00-1:29 p.m.) 2 41 New Orleans Saints (from Redskins) hawaiiansteel JAMES CARPENTER, OT, ALABAMA
(1:30-1:59 p.m.) 2 42 Houston Texans hawaiiansteel CURTIS BROWN, CB, TEXAS
(2:00-2:29 p.m.) 2 43 Minnesota Vikings hawaiiansteel MARCUS CANNON, OG/OT, TCU
(2:30-2:59 p.m.) 2 44 Detroit Lions RuthlessBurgher BRANDON HARRIS, CB, MIAMI
(3:00-3:29 p.m.) 2 45 Pittsburgh Steelers (from Niners) steelblood KENRICK ELLIS, NT, HAMPTON
(3:30-3:59 p.m.) 2 46 Denver Broncos (from Miami) RuthlessBurgher AKEEM AYERS, LB, UCLA
(4:00-4:29 p.m.) 2 47 Dallas Cowboys (from Rams) hawaiiansteel MARCUS GILBERT, OT, FLORIDA
(4:30-4:59 p.m.) 2 48 Oakland Raiders hawaiiansteel DAVON HOUSE, CB, NEW MEXICO STATE

Monday, 4/25/10

(9:00-9:29 a.m.) 2 49 Jacksonville Jaguars D Rock MARTEZ WILSON, LB, ILLINOIS
(9:30-9:59 a.m.) 2 50 San Diego Chargers RuthlessBurgher JONATHAN BALDWIN, WR, PITTSBURGH
(10:00-10:29 a.m.) 2 51 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Discipline of Steel BROOKS REED, DE, ARIZONA
(10:30-10:59 a.m.) 2 52 New York Giants Discipline of Steel RODNEY HUDSON, G/C, FLORIDA STATE
(11:00-11:29 a.m.) 2 53 Indianapolis Colts RuthlessBurgher ANDY DALTON, QB, TCU
(11:30-11:59 a.m.) 2 54 Philadelphia Eagles pfelix73 DANNY WATKINS, OG, BAYLOR
(12:00-12:29 p.m.) 2 55 Kansas City Chiefs RuthlessBurgher TORREY SMITH, WR, MARYLAND
(12:30-12:59 p.m.) 2 56 Washington Redskins (from Saints) hawaiiansteel COLIN KAEPERNICK, QB, NEVADA
(1:00-1:29 p.m.) 2 57 Seattle Seahawks hawaiiansteel ORLANDO FRANKLIN, OT/OG, MIAMI
(1:30-1:59 p.m.) 2 58 Baltimore Ravens steelblood JOHNNY PATRICK, CB, LOUISVILLE
(2:00-2:29 p.m.) 2 59 Atlanta Falcons steelblood GREG LITTLE, WR, NORTH CAROLINA
(2:30-2:59 p.m.) 2 60 New England Patriots RuthlessBurgher CHRISTIAN BALLARD, DE, IOWA
(3:00-3:29 p.m.) 2 61 San Diego Chargers (from New York Jets) RuthlessBurgher SAM ACHO, OLB, TEXAS
(3:30-3:59 p.m.) 2 62 Chicago Bears hawaiiansteel WILL RACKLEY, OG, LEHIGH
(4:00-4:29 p.m.) 2 63 Pittsburgh Steelers steelblood RASHAD CARMICHAEL, CB, VIRGINIA TECH
(4:30-4:59 p.m.) 2 64 Green Bay Packers pfelix73 LANCE KENDRICKS, TE, WISCONSIN

Round 3

Tuesday, 4/26/10

(9:00-9:29 a.m.) 3 65 Carolina Panthers steelblood MIKEL LESHOURE, RB, ILLINOIS
(9:30-9:59 a.m.) 3 66 Cincinnati Bengals RuthlessBurgher RYAN WILLIAMS, RB, VIRGINIA TECH
(10:00-10:29 a.m.) 3 67 Denver Broncos RuthlessBurgher JARVIS JENKINS, DT, CLEMSON
(10:30-10:59 a.m.) 3 68 Buffalo Bills RuthlessBurgher JAMES BREWER, OT, INDIANA
(11:00-11:29 a.m.) 3 69 Arizona Cardinals RuthlessBurgher DONTAY MOCH, LB, NEVADA
(11:30-11:59 a.m.) 3 70 Cleveland Browns RuthlessBurgher DRAKE NEVIS, DT, LSU
(12:00-12:29 p.m.) 3 71 St. Louis Rams (from Cowboys) RuthlessBurgher BRUCE CARTER, LB, NORTH CAROLINA
(12:30-12:59 p.m.) 3 72 New York Jets (from Washington) (via the Saints) hawaiiansteel LEONARD HANKERSON, WR, MIAMI
(1:00-1:29 p.m.) 3 73 Houston Texans hawaiiansteel QUINTON CARTER, FS, OKLAHOMA
(1:30-1:59 p.m.) 3 74 New England Patriots (from Minnesota) RuthlessBurgher STEFEN WISNIEWSKI, G/C, PENN STATE
(2:00-2:29 p.m.) 3 75 Detroit Lions RuthlessBurgher MASON FOSTER, LB, WASHINGTON
(2:30-2:59 p.m.) 3 76 Pittsburgh Steelers (from Niners) steelblood BRANDON BURTON, CB, UTAH
(3:00-3:29 p.m.) 3 77 New Orleans Saints (from Titans) (via the Jets) hawaiiansteel QUAN STURDIVANT, LB, NORTH CAROLINA
(3:30-3:59 p.m.) 3 78 St. Louis Rams RuthlessBurgher JURELL CASEY, DT, USC
(4:00-4:29 p.m.) 3 79 Miami Dolphins hawaiiansteel DANIEL THOMAS, RB, KANSAS STATE
(4:30-4:59 p.m.) 3 80 Jacksonville Jaguars D Rock RANDALL "NOT TEX" COBB, WR, KENTUCKY

Wednesday, 4/27/10

(9:00-9:29 a.m.) 3 81 Oakland Raiders hawaiiansteel CLINT BOLING, OG, GEORGIA
(9:30-9:59 a.m.) 3 82 San Diego Chargers RuthlessBurgher JAH REID, OT, CENTRAL FLORIDA
(10:00-10:29 a.m.) 3 83 New York Giants Discipline of Steel LUKE STOCKER, TE, TENNESSEE
(10:30-10:59 a.m.) 3 84 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Discipline of Steel GREG JONES, LB, MICHIGAN STATE
(11:00-11:29 a.m.) 3 85 Philadelphia Eagles pfelix73 SHAREECE WRIGHT, CB, USC
(11:30-11:59 a.m.) 3 86 Kansas City Chiefs RuthlessBurgher CHRIS CARTER, OLB, FRESNO STATE
(12:00-12:29 p.m.) 3 87 Indianapolis Colts RuthlessBurgher TITUS YOUNG, WR, BOISE STATE
(12:30-12:59 p.m.) 3 88 Washington Redskins (from Saints) hawaiiansteel JOHN MOFFITT, OG, WISCONSIN
(1:00-1:29 p.m.) 3 89 San Diego Chargers (from Seattle) RuthlessBurgher COLIN MCCARTHY, LB, MIAMI
(1:30-1:59 p.m.) 3 90 Baltimore Ravens steelblood EDMOND GATES, WR, ABILENE CHRISTIAN
(2:00-2:29 p.m.) 3 91 Atlanta Falcons steelblood JASON PINKSTON, OT, PITTSBURGH
(2:30-2:59 p.m.) 3 92 New England Patriots RuthlessBurgher JERREL JERNIGAN, WR, TROY
(3:00-3:29 p.m.) 3 93 Chicago Bears hawaiiansteel JOSEPH BARKSDALE, OT, LSU
(3:30-3:59 p.m.) 3 94 Tennessee Titans (from Jets) hawaiiansteel CHIMDI CHEKWA, CB, OHIO STATE
(4:00-4:29 p.m.) 3 95 Pittsburgh Steelers steelblood TAIWAN JONES, RB, EASTERN WASHINGTON
(4:30-4:59 p.m.) 3 96 Green Bay Packers pfelix73 TERRELL MCCLAIN, DT, SOUTH FLORIDA
(5:00-5:29 p.m.) 3 97 Carolina Panthers (comp) steelblood GREG ROMEUS, DE, PITTSBURGH

steelblood
04-18-2011, 09:00 AM
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With the first selection in the 2011 draft, the Carolina Panthers select……..

Marcel Dareus, defensive tackle, Alabama

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Dareus combines very good quickness with superior playing strength to be a disruptive force against the run and pass. Marcel is capable of regularly walking NFL quality linemen back into quarterback or shooting the gap with explosive quickness and power to knife through double teams. Darues has a very strong base to anchor against the double team and hold the point of attack. He also possesses well developed upper body playing strength which combined with a strong club move and a superior “rip move” allows him to control and often rag doll offensive linemen. Marcel is 6’3 320 pounds. For a man of his size, Dareus has exceptional lateral agility and incredible quickness and long speed. He enjoys R&B music and grilled or fried quarterback. Despite his name, Marcel despises mimes.

Former pro scout Russ Lande says that Dareus was a tough evaluation because he played in a 3-4 in college and was usually asked to “tie up” blockers to free up others to make the plays. But, when the evaluation was complete, Lande concluded that Dareus had no real negatives and completed his assignment on nearly every snap. Virtually every scout agrees that Dareus has the vast potential to be a dominant DT in a 4-3 (both one gap and two gap styles). In Carolina, he will be used as a 4-3 three technique and a 4-3 NT. Dareus has shown that he is the best run stuffer in this draft. We also project him to be the most well rounded pass rushing DT. He will push the pocket with brute strength and beat linemen with quickness and refined rip and club moves.

Comments from Ron Rivera’s Press Conference: “First, I’d like to welcome Marcel to Carolina. I know a lot mock draft experts and media pundits had us taking QB Cam Newton. We were impressed with Newton’s skill set and leadership potential. But, in the end, we decided to go with the BPA available who also fills our number one team need. Jimmy Clausen has had a year of seasoning, and we believe he will continue to improve and mature into a very good quarterback. This franchise paid a high premium for him in the last draft and we aren’t about to throw him on the scrap heap. We will also examine improving our QB depth throughout the rest of the draft and in free agency, whenever that begins.
Back to Marcel Dareus. Many said he was not quite as good of a pass rusher as Nick Fairley. I personally think that Marcel is capable of doing what Fairley did with his quickness. They are equals in that respect. Marcel was not ‘turned loose’ on every snap like Fairley was so college football fans never saw all of what he was capable of from a pass rushing standpoint. We feel Marcel is Nick’s equal in quickness. We also feel like Marcel has the best combination of girth, strength, instincts, and athletic ability in the entire draft. And, to be honest, there really isn’t a close 2nd to him.”

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RuthlessBurgher
04-18-2011, 10:06 AM
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The Denver Broncos were 99.44% sure that Marcel Dareus was going to be their pick at #2. First the Panthers fire John Fox, then they go and screw up his first draft pick for the Broncos. Oh well...guess we'll just have to with the best player in the draft, even if he isn't at a position of dire immediate need. They re-signed Champ Bailey to a new 4 year contract in February, but he will be 33 this June, which is already ancient for a cornerback. Peterson gets to learn the ropes from one of the best in the game, and getting a stud rookie CB allows Champ to possibly extend his career by being able to move to free safety in his mid-30's

Patrick Peterson (DB)
Height:6'0"
Weight:219 lbs.
Arm Length:32 in.
Hand Size:9 1/4 in.
College:LSU
Conference:SEC

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Overview

Peterson is built like a safety, has the speed of a corner and is an elite playmaker. He has the explosion and range to play on an island and the instincts to be effective in zone heavy schemes. He has elite ball skills and is a shifty runner that is a nightmare to take down in the open field. He is a supremely confident kid that always looks to make plays, but at times can get burned by ball fakes and double moves. Peterson is a freakishly talented football player and might very well be the first corner back in the draft's history to be taken No. 1 overall.

Strengths

Peterson is a monster corner with good speed. Possesses terrific footwork and the hip fluidity to mirror in man coverage. Displays a strong press and uses his hands to effectively reroute receivers. Smooth athlete that tracks the ball well in the air and has the body control and hands to make interceptions. Willing tackler with sound technique.

Weaknesses

Does not have elite recovery speed and will not always close the gap when the ball is in the air. Over aggressive player that can be beat by play action and double moves. Struggles at times anticipating routes. Lacks the ability to consistently shed blocks in run support.

Grade 8.6

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RuthlessBurgher
04-18-2011, 10:15 AM
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The Carolina pick also threw a wrench into Buffalo's plans as well. They were all set to draft Von Miller here to make up for the failed Aaron Maybin pick a couple of years ago. But suddenly, Cam Newton is unexpectedly available. In a market like Buffalo, they are looking for someone who wants to be an entertainer and an icon in addition to being a football player (why else would they have signed T.O. a couple of years ago when no one else wanted him?). While the Bills were not enamoured with Blaine Gabbert, they were certainly intrigued with what Cam Newton could offer them. He's got the arm strength to function well in cold, windy, western New York conditions. He's got the athleticism to escape when the Bills' crappy o-line inevitably lets him down. He won't have to be thrown into the fire immediately where he might be a threat to crash and burn, since the Bills will be able to get by with Ryan Fitzpatrick for a season or two while Cam adjusts to the NFL game. In spite of all the potential negative character questions that may or may not exist, the fact remains that this guy has all the intangibles of a winner, which is something Buffalo fans haven't had in quite a long time.

Cam Newton (QB)
Height:6'5"
Weight:248 lbs.
Arm Length:33 3/4 in.
Hand Size:9 7/8 in.
College:Auburn
Conference:SEC

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Overview

Newton is one of the most athletically gifted quarterbacks in draft history. Possesses a quick, clean release, enough arm strength to complete the deep out, prototypical size, and is a dangerous threat outside of the pocket. However, he has a ways to go before turning into a productive, reliable NFL starter. Was not asked to make pro-style reads or move through progressions in college. Footwork is sloppy and accuracy is inconsistent. He's competitive and vocal on the field, but has had several off-the-field issues and his character is in question. Despite the risk, Newton's talent will likely prevent him from lasting past the middle of the first round.

Strengths

Newton has a rare blend of height, strength and speed. Fierce competitor and emotional leader. Flashes the ability to zip the ball into tight spots. Has a quick, over-the-top delivery. Puts a ton of revolutions on the ball and can make all the throws. Frequently evades the rush for second-chance opportunities. Threat to pick up large chunks when he tucks.

Weaknesses

Not proficient at going through his progressions or making NFL reads. Doesn't anticipate receivers getting open, must see them in a window. Inconsistent accuracy due to poor footwork and falling away to avoid a big hit. Despite athleticism, needs to improve his drop mechanics and the finer points of pocket mobility. Numerous off the field issues worth investigating.

Grade 8.1

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RuthlessBurgher
04-18-2011, 10:36 AM
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Carson Palmer has $80 million in the bank. "I don't have to play football for money. I'll play it for the love of the game, but that would have to be elsewhere. I'm prepared to live my life." I, for one, believe him. He'll take his sausage-swallowing act back to the West Coast and never set foot in Cincitucky again. The T.Ocho Show is destined to be cancelled in southwestern Ohio, where they don't even get crappy basic cable. The Bengals have to start over. What better way to start anew than with another can't-miss first round QB like David Klingler or Akili Smith? Mike Brown will force Palmer to sit out the year, and then will trade him for 25 cents on the dollar a year from now. Brilliant!

Blaine Gabbert (QB)
Height:6'4"
Weight:234 lbs.
Arm Length:33 in.
Hand Size:10 in.
College:Missouri
Conference:Big 12

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Overview

Gabbert has it all physically, but has a long way to go before he's ready to lead an NFL offense. He played in a spread offense and will have to learn to take snaps under center and make progressions in the pocket. However, he is a smart football player that seems to understand coverages and he has the arm strength to fit the ball into tight windows. He is also very mobile and elusive in the pocket and shows the ability to make plays with his feet. Overall, Gabbert's tools will be too alluring for a team without a quarterback, and he seems assured to be a top-10 pick, maybe even the first QB off the board.

Strengths

Gabbert has prototypical size and excellent speed for the position. Shows the ability to make the right pre-snap reads. Possesses a quick release and has the arm strength to make all the throws. Well-balanced passer that rarely misses on short-to-intermediate throws. Extremely mobile to extend plays and fast enough to move the chains. Vocal leader and hard worker.

Weaknesses

Trusts his arm too much and puts the ball in harm's way too often. Does not show good touch on passes over the middle and needs to learn to take a little velocity off certain throws. Struggles to throw an accurate deep ball. Late feeling pressure at times which neutralizes his very good mobility. Will need to learn a pro style offense.

Grade 8.4

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RuthlessBurgher
04-18-2011, 12:11 PM
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The Cardinals starting OLB's are Joey Porter and Clark Haggans. What #&@%ing year is it? 2003? We replaced an old Joey Porter half a decade ago, and now his replacement James Harrison is starting to get a bit old himself. What does that make Porter...prehistoric at this point? Arizona needs a pass rush...badly. New defensive coordinator Ray Horton has worked with Dick LeBeau long enough to know the importance of being able to bring the heat. Von Miller may be the safest pick in the entire draft. You know what you are getting with this kid. The Cards are quite happy that Miller slipped past Buffalo, because they really thought that their ideal draft pick would end up as a Bill.

Von Miller (LB)
Height:6'3"
Weight:246 lbs.
Arm Length:33 1/2 in.
Hand Size:9 1/4 in.
College:Texas A&M
Conference:Big 12

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Overview

Miller was the Butkus Award winner as the nation's top linebacker, and it seems like his game will translate very well to the next level. He is a great athlete that has prototypical size and very good instincts for the linebacker position. He is at his best as a pass rusher in a 3-4 defense, as he is explosive and strong with an arsenal of pass rushing moves. He may lack the size to consistently anchor against the run, but he flashes the ability to disengage from blockers and is an underrated run stopper. Overall, Miller is an excellent prospect that could get drafted in the top 10.

Strengths

Miller has prototypical size and can flat out run. Explosive first step and closing burst makes him a terror as an edge rusher. Reads quickly, fills fast and delivers violent shots in the running game. Sound tackler that breaks down the ball carrier in the open field and consistently wraps. Hard working kid that shows a relentless motor.

Weaknesses

Does not have a thick lower half and at times will struggle to disengage from bigger offensive tackles in the running game. Takes poor angles at times in run support. Lacks the experience in man coverage and will not be able to cover more athletic tight ends.

Grade 8.6

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RuthlessBurgher
04-18-2011, 12:21 PM
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The Browns overhauled their coaching staff, are switched from a 3-4 back to a 4-3, and sent Shaun Rogers packing. That means that d-line will be a priority, and this happens to be an excellent draft in terms of quality d-linemen. However, each of the targets they could consider have question marks. DaQuan Bowers is dealing with a knee injury, and had a subpar Pro Day workout as a result. Nick Fairley is a one-year wonder who may have issues with a motor that runs hot and cold at times. Robert Quinn was suspended for the entire 2010 season and didn't play football at all last year. Meanwhile, they also have tremendous needs on offense as well (QB Colt McCoy doesn't exactly have a ton of weapons at his disposal that keep defensive coordinators awake at night). Rather than grabbing a potentially elite d-lineman with a question or two about him, why not take a potentially elite wideout with essentially no questions about him? Teams don't tend to like to take WR's high in the draft, because there can be a high bust rate, but when this kid is being compared favorably with guys like Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, it seems like it is a value pick at 6, getting the best player available who also happens to fill a need on this team as well.

A.J. Green (WR)
Height:6'4"
Weight:211 lbs.
Arm Length:34 3/8 in.
Hand Size:9 1/4 in.
College:Georgia
Conference:SEC

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Overview

Green is one of the finest receiver prospects in the last few years. Has the ideal length, refined route-running skills, hands, and big-play ability to become one of the league's top players at the position. Displays tremendous acceleration and fluidity for a taller player. Is a consistent vertical threat because of his outstanding combination of deep speed, height, ball skills and leaping ability. Very productive underneath gaining separation or catching the ball in a crowd. Occasionally has difficulty with bigger, more physical defensive backs and would like to see more attitude when run blocking. Was suspended once by NCAA but character appears to be solid. Green likely will go in the top 10, perhaps top five.

Strengths

Green possesses prototypical height, a wide catch-radius, and very good speed. A true vertical, big play threat. Explodes off the line. Eats up cushions immediately. Doesn't idle down in-and-out of his breaks. Displays the ability to uncover against zone. Can haul in the poorly thrown pass and wins most jump balls. Productive over the middle. Very competitive.

Weaknesses

Only possesses adequate bulk. Can be harassed at the line by physical press-man corners with good size. Bigger defensive backs will compete with him for 50-50's. Would like to see more sustained effort and physicality while run blocking. Suspended by NCAA for selling a jersey.

Grade 8.6

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D Rock
04-18-2011, 02:16 PM
With the 7th overall selection in the 2011 Planet Steelers Mock Draft, the

San Francisco 49'ers select

Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

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6', 206 lbs, 4.38 sec 40, 38 inch vertical

With no QB on the board worth drafting at this spot, the 49'ers address an aging and overall weak area of their team with a very solid player who would be the top corner in many draft classes.

hawaiiansteel
04-18-2011, 03:47 PM
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With the 8th selection in the 2011 PlanetSteelers Mock Draft, the Tennessee Titans select:


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Nick Fairley, 6-3/297

Defensive Tackle

Auburn

With the top two QBs no longer available, the Titans go BPA and fill a huge need at the same time. The Titans need a larger defensive tackle to pair with Jason Jones. There was talk of Albert Haynesworth returning to the team during the 2010 season, but that's no longer a possibility with Jeff Fisher and Jim Washburn gone.

Nick Fairley dominated NCAA football last season with 24 TFL and 11.5 sacks and was considered the top pick until some character/work ethic concerns came to light. Based on pure talent, Nick Fairley is on of the top 3 prospects in this draft and he showed how dominant he can be this past year of college football. Nick Fairley has Warren Sapp-like potential if properly motivated, and the Titans have taken a step in the right direction by hiring Tracy Rocker, Fairley's defensive line coach at Auburn - a man already proven able to get the best out of Fairley.

Nick Fairley Scouting Report

By Greg Cox

Strengths:

Bulk with frame to get bigger; long arms
Quick off snap
Explosive force
Gap penetrator - makes plays behind line
Plays angry, bull rusher
Pursues laterally
Solid against the run
Decent speed for his size
Good footwork
Scheme versatile

Weaknesses:

Can gain lower body strength
Only two seasons in FBS - one productive
Needs to avoid personal fouls
Work ethic questioned

Summary: Nick Fairley is a difference-maker on the defensive line. He gets into the backfield and wreaks havoc by either blowing up a running play or harassing the quarterback.

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RuthlessBurgher
04-18-2011, 05:34 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen...we have the first trade of our 2011 Mock Draft!

The Rams give up their 1st (1100), 2nd (430), and 4th (70) for the Cowboys' 1st (1350), 3rd (235), and 6th (21)...that's 1600 points vs. 1606 points.

The St. Louis Rams are now on the clock...

RuthlessBurgher
04-18-2011, 05:55 PM
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The Rams have one huge, massive, crying need above all else. Get Sam Bradford some weapons. However, for the first time in seemingly forever, the Rams have an initial draft pick with more than one digit in it (14). Julio Jones is still available with the last single digit slot (9) but also assuredly would be taken off the board by the Redskins with the following pick (10). Dallas wanted to move down, because the o-linemen and 5-technique DE's they were focusing on would still be available after sliding down 5 spots, plus they get to screw their division rivals in Washington in the process, and were able to convert their 3rd round pick into a meaty 2nd round pick, while swapping day 3 picks as well to make the overall numbers work out. Jones is an absolute beast. He even tore up the combine...d@mn near tore the roof right off of Lucas Oil Stadium as if it were the freaking Metrodome...and it wasn't until afterward that everyone realized that he was putting up these mind-blowing numbers on a broken foot. To get an elite playmaker with size, speed, and plenty of toughness is well worth the trade-up to St. Louis fans, and most importantly, to Sam Bradford himself.

Julio Jones (WR)
Height:6'3"
Weight:220 lbs.
Arm Length:33 3/4 in.
Hand Size:9 3/4 in.
College:Alabama
Conference:SEC

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Overview

Jones has the prototypical build to become a No. 1 receiver. A vertical threat due to his height, strength, leaping ability, and speed. Generates big plays after the catch on screens and crossing patterns because of his physicality as a runner. Flashes outstanding hands and ball skills, will make the highlight grabs and haul in passes well outside his frame, but also struggles with bouts of drops. Needs to shore up his hands and route-running to develop into a consistent chain-mover at the next level. Plays aggressively, will go over the middle and block. A foot injury hasn't hindered Jones' upside, and he is projected to be a mid first-round pick.

Strengths

Jones possesses NFL-ideal receiver size. Explodes off the line. Eats up cushions in a hurry. Beats press coverage with his strength and physicality. Can separate vertically and on crossing patterns. Locates soft spots against zone. Shows elite body-control and strong hands on jump balls and poor throws. Can be a load in the open field. Tough and highly-competitive. Good blocker.

Weaknesses

Will drop the routine pass on occasion and body catches at times. Was able to consistently separate in college but still developing as a route-runner. Needs to do a better job setting up defenders and getting out of breaks. Willing to go over the middle but needs to show more consistency catching in traffic.

Grade 8.4

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hawaiiansteel
04-19-2011, 02:49 AM
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With the 10th pick in the 2011 PlanetSteelers Mock Draft the Washington Redskins select:

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Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, North Carolina

The Redskins need a quarterback, but with Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton off the board there is no signal-caller worth taking at No. 10. Washington had also hoped that either WRs A.J. Green or Julio Jones would be available but that didn't happen either.?

As a result, the Redskins will use their first round choice to upgrade their defense. Washington made the switch to the 3-4 last season, but didn't consider the possibility that Andre Carter would fail miserably in the new scheme. Carter is a free agent, so the Redskins are looking for an upgrade across from Brian Orakpo.

Speaking of Orakpo, he was the only Washington player to record more than 2.5 sacks in 2010. How pathetic is that? Robert Quinn is a dynamic weak-side pass rusher, something the Washington Redskins desperately need.

Quinn had a phenomenal workout at North Carolina's Pro Day. He ran a 4.58 40 and looked great in the drills. Mike Mayock, Michael Lombardi and Steve Wyche all agreed that Quinn will be a top-10 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Mayock also said that Quinn can't pass drop, but quickly added that DeMarcus Ware couldn't pass drop either coming out of Troy.


Robert Quinn Scouting Report

By Greg Cox

Strengths:

Elite athlete
Speed and short area quickness
Explodes off edge
Gets off blocks
Pass rush skills
Long arms
Forces fumbles
Scheme versatile
Plenty of upside

Weaknesses:

Run defense needs improvement
Inconsistent snap reaction
Lacked production against top competition
Only two years of college football
Suspended for 2010 season
Medical - benign tumor removed in high school

Summary: Robert Quinn was one of the Tar Heels suspended for the season and as a result has a lot to prove. The athletic talent is evident from his sophomore campaign, but taking a year off is never a good thing. Nevertheless, he has the ability to play 4-3 defensive end or convert to outside linebacker in a 3-4. Pass-rushers are a hot commodity in the NFL, and he can definitely get after the quarterback.

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hawaiiansteel
04-19-2011, 03:24 AM
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With the 11th pick in the 2011 PlanetSteelers Mock Draft the Houston Texans select:

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Cameron Jordan is a prototypical 5-technique that fits perfectly in Houston’s 3-4 scheme at Left Defensive End. A 4 year starter at Cal, Jordan had a terrific senior season with 12.5 TFL and 5.5 sacks. Jordan has a high motor and he's a smart, high character and hard working player which the Texans really value. With a great Combine and dominant performance at the Senior Bowl where he was virtually unblockable, Jordan solidified himself as an early to mid first round pick.

Cameron Jordan Scouting Report

By Greg Cox

Strengths:

Violent, active hands
Disruptive
Good first step
Sheds blockers
Strong run defender
High motor; relentless
Position and scheme versatility
Experience in a 3-4 defense
Durable

Weaknesses:
Does not have elite speed
Not a pass rush threat off edge
Habit of overpursuing

Summary: Cameron Jordan is yet another prospect from this class with NFL bloodlines. His father Steve spent over a decade as a tight end for the Vikings and went to six Pro Bowls. Jordan has a leg up on his draft peers having not only played in a 3-4 at Cal, but also multiple positions as well as some 4-3 looks. His ideal fit is as an end in an odd front where he will stop the run and disrupt the passing game. He is not an elite pass rusher and has not batted down a lot of passes. Other than that he is a very well-rounded player.

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hawaiiansteel
04-19-2011, 03:47 AM
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With the 12th selection in the 2011 PlanetSteelers Mock Draft, the Minnesota Vikings pick:


Da'Quan Bowers, 6-3/280

Defensive End

Clemson

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A bad knee and a poor pro-day have caused Da'Quan Bowers to fall out of the top 10, but the Vikings aren't complaining. Bowers is a perfect fit as a strong-side DE in their system and will help fill the void left by the departure of Ray Edwards. Having Jared Allen and Brian Robison already on the team will give the Vikings flexibility and allow them to slowly ease Bowers into the starting lineup while his knee heals.

This is a good spot for Bowers. The Vikings need help on their defensive front, but it's not like they'd need Bowers to contribute right away. They can afford to take a chance on a prospect with immense upside who might end up being the steal of this draft.

Da'Quan Bowers Scouting Report

By Greg Cox

Strengths:

Athletic and well-rounded
Quick, powerful rusher
Disruptive and forces action to backfield
Good closing speed
Run stuffer
Versatile with experience inside at tackle

Weaknesses:

Only one highly productive season
Medical concern (knee)
Needs to develop more pass-rush moves
Does not have a great first step
Tendency to quit on plays; inconsistent motor
Could add more lower body strength

Summary: Da'Quan Bowers had a dominant season, leaving many to wonder why it took so long for the light bulb to turn on. He lost his father and also mentor Gaines Adams in a short period of time, leading many to speculate that this helped him focus on the field.

Whether or not Bowers can maintain this level of play after earning an NFL paycheck is one of the knocks on him, in addition to his balky knee. Those concerns must be weighed against his obvious potential to be successful rushing the passer. At his best, Bowers could be an outstanding traditional 4-3 defensive end.

Player Comparison: Mario Williams. It does not appear that Da'Quan Bowers is going to match Mario Williams by being selected first overall, but clearly the talent matches up for him to have been considered there. He does have similar rare size and athleticism like "Super Mario," and both guys can hold their ground against the run.

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RuthlessBurgher
04-19-2011, 09:17 AM
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When the Niners put out trade feelers for the 7th overall, the Lions got busy putting together a package to go up and get Prince Amukamara, since cornerback is our most dire need. However, San Fran ultimately opted to take Prince for themselves, and there is not another corner left after Peterson and Prince that is worth taking in the top half of the first round. The Lions also have a pressing need at linebacker, after letting Larry Foote return to the Steelers last offseason and cutting Julian Peterson this offseason. But it is also somewhat early to go after a LB for a 4-3 defense. Considering the defense got a major boost last season by bringing in Ndomakong Suh, perhaps it is time to switch over to offense. The Lions seem to have pretty solid weapons, such as WR Calvin Johnson, RB Jahvid Best, and TE's Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler, but they just can't seem to keep young franchise QB Matt Stafford healthy (10 starts as a rookie and 3 starts last year). Jeff Backus has had a solid career (hasn't missed a start in all 10 of his NFL seasons...160 games out of a possible 160 games for the Lions), but he will be turning 34 this September. The Lions need some reinforcements up front. We've come this far in the draft, and no o-linemen have come of the board yet, so we have the pick of the litter.

Tyron Smith (OT)
Height:6'5"
Weight:307 lbs.
Arm Length:36 3/8 in.
Hand Size:11 in.
College:USC
Conference:Pac 10

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Overview

Smith is one of the best prospects on the hoof in this class. Blessed with an ideal NFL frame and has the outstanding feet and athleticism necessary to be a starting left tackle. Does a great job staying in front of speed rushers, locks on and sustains, and can anchor against the bull rush. Shows solid power in the running game and is really productive out in space. Football IQ is lacking. Fails to find his target at times in the running games and is a tick slow recognizing blitzes. Smith could come off the board early in the first round due to his rare physical gifts.

Strengths

Smith possesses ideal height and length combined with rare speed and mobility for an offensive tackle. Can sink his hips to counter the bull rush. Moves his feet really well to shadow quicker speed rushers. Very comfortable blocking in space pulling on the perimeter and getting to the second level. Has a mean streak.

Weaknesses

Would benefit from adding more bulk to his frame. Does not have natural football instincts. Overall awareness is lacking. Can be baited by stunts and twists. Does not recognize the blitz as quickly as you'd like to see. Can be beat by speed-to-power pass rushing moves.

Grade 8.3

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hawaiiansteel
04-19-2011, 01:52 PM
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With the 14th selection in the 2011 PlanetSteelers Mock Draft the Dallas Cowboys select:

J.J. Watt, 6-5/290

Defensive End

Wisconsin

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After trading down, the Dallas Cowboys are thrilled to see J.J. Watt still on the board. A lot of mocks had the Cowboys selecting OT Tyron Smith, but he just got chosen by the Detroit Lions so it's a moot point anyways but show me the last time Jerry Jones ever selected an OL in Round 1 of the NFL Draft. That's right, he never has and that streak continues today...

J.J. Watt had some amazing numbers at Wisconsin last season and reminds some of Richard Seymour. He is a stout run defender and understands gap responsibilities in the 3-4 defense. Watt is a solid, high character and high hustle productive DE who has the long arms necessary to keep defenders away and possesses very good strength to be a five technique defensive end. In fact, Mike Mayock called J.J. Watt "one of the best five-technique DEs" he's ever seen coming out of college.

J.J. Watt Scouting Report

By Greg Cox

Strengths:

Terrific size and long arms
Relentless pass rusher
Quick off line
Good athlete - former tight end
Strong run defender
Scheme and position versatility
High character leader with outstanding work ethic
Plenty of upside

Weaknesses:

Still developing
Inexperience hurts his instincts
Has to develop pass-rushing moves
Tackling skills need improvement
Due to height needs to be cognizant of playing high

Summary: J.J. Watt can help a team in a lot of ways. He can play different spots across the line, help on special teams blocking kicks and even do a Mike Vrabel impression as a receiving tight end. In his primary role on defense he can be a dominating presence as a five-technique defensive end in a 3-4. On the downside, while his ascension to top prospect is impressive, he was a Central Michigan tight end not that long ago. He is very much a work in progress.

Player Comparison: Adam Carriker. There is no reason to go away from this common comparison. Carriker's performance at the Combine four years ago mirrors what Watt accomplished this year, and they checked in at almost the identical height and weight. They even both wore bold red uniforms in college. More teams going to the 3-4 defense opened up an opportunity for Carriker to be more successful in Washington than he was in St. Louis.


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hawaiiansteel
04-19-2011, 02:28 PM
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With the 15th selection in the 2011 PlanetSteelers Mock Draft the Miami Dolphins select:

Mike Pouncey, 6-5/303

Guard

Florida

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The Miami Dolphins also strongly considered RB Mark Ingram but they are scared of Ingram's potentially arthritic knee. The Dolphins would rather sign a free agent RB like DeAngelo Williams and use this pick to address a prominent need on the OL, and Mike Pouncey is the best interior OL in this draft.


Mike Pouncey Scouting Report

By Greg Cox

Strengths:

Athletic
Provides push required to run block
Reaches second level
Mirrors defenders well
Solid pass blocker
Quick off snap
Agile - good feet and lateral movement
Meets assignments
High character, positive influence
Experience at center and scheme versatile

Weaknesses:

Bull rushers give him problems
Needs to finish better
Inconsistent
Can be beaten by quick rusher
Lunges at times
Struggled with snaps when moved to center

Summary: Mike Pouncey is obviously going to be compared to his twin brother Maurkice who left Florida a year ago, and as a rookie became one of the NFL's best centers. Unfortunately Mike struggled snapping the football which should kill his value at that position. The experience is nevertheless valuable in a pinch and he is enough of a student of the game to be the proverbial "quarterback of the line" that a center generally is. Even with his center shortcomings, he is an elite guard prospect.

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D Rock
04-19-2011, 03:14 PM
Jags will take Ryan Kerrigan, DE from Purdue. Write up to follow late tonight.

RuthlessBurgher
04-19-2011, 03:37 PM
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New England was eyeing a top-notch 5-technique DE such as Cameron Jordan or J.J. Watt here, but both have already been selected. This pick could either go to improving the OL (can get the second OT off the board to replace the aging Matt Light across from Sebastian Vollmer) or can improve the pass rush. The Cheetahs are surprised to see Aldon Smith still on the board, and he provides the best value here (a better 3-4 OLB prospect than the likes of Tully Banta-Cain, Rob Ninkovich, and Jermaine Cunningham) who also has the positional flexibility to be a pass-rushing force as a DE in 4 man nickel and dime fronts.

Aldon Smith (DE)
Height:6'4"
Weight:263 lbs.
Arm Length:35 3/8 in.
Hand Size:9 3/4 in.
College:Missouri
Conference:Big 12

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Overview

Smith has a chance to turn into a disruptive starting NFL 4-3 end if he can improve his strength and tenacity and become more stout against the run. He's got so much potential. He's a fluid, natural pass rusher who overcomes lack of excellent get-off with terrific hand usage, elite lateral-mobility, very good closing speed, and a strong desire to get to the quarterback. Provides some value maintaining outside contain, pursuing from the backside, and making plays outside of the box, but could struggle a bit against the downhill running game. Smith has steadily climbed his way into the first round.

Strengths

Smith has outstanding height and length to go along with good speed. Very smooth athlete for his size. Can get to the passer with a variety of moves, impressive agility, and fast hands. Can be disruptive against the run when he gets into the backfield. Has the range to make plays on the backside.

Weaknesses

Needs to add some bulk but has the frame to do so. Really needs to watch his pad level. Must improve his ability to anchor at the point of attack. Does not possesses elite initial burst for an edge player. Would like to see more sustained effort in run pursuit.

Grade 8.4

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RuthlessBurgher
04-19-2011, 03:54 PM
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San Diego could use an OT, a pass rushing OLB, or a 3-4 DE. With Marcus McNeill signing a long-term contract last year to remain at LT, they feel this is a bit early to commit to someone who would be a RT only. Although Shawne Merriman has gone bye-bye, the team still has hope that Larry English actually decides to show something one of these days, and isn't another Aaron Maybin or Vernon Gholston. Looking at the potential 5 technique 3-4 DE's out there, they considered Adrian Clayborn, but he may be better suited as a 4-3 DE (my porridge is too hot), they considered Muhammad Wilkerson, but he may be better suited as a 4-3 DT (my porridge is too cold), and they considered Cameron "Ironhead Jr." Heyward, who is ideally suited to be a prototypical 3-4 DE (my porridge is just right).

Cam Heyward (DT)
Height:6'5"
Weight:294 lbs.
Arm Length:34 1/4 in.
Hand Size:10 1/8 in.
College:Ohio St.
Conference:Big 10

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Overview

Heyward is big, versatile defensive end who can play in a 4-3 or a 3-4 at the next level. He is a powerful athlete at the point of attack who can eat up blocks in the running game and uses heavy active hands to shed quickly. He possesses a less-than-ideal burst but is a relentless pass rusher who gets more sacks than he should. His greatest asset is his versatility, as he can control blockers to be effective in a two-gap scheme, but also could have an impact as a traditional defensive end in a 4-3. Heyward will likely not last past the first round.

Strengths

Heyward is very strong with a great frame. Quick off the ball, delivers a violent punch to jar offensive lineman and shows good hand technique to slip blocks. Plays with sound leverage and anchors effectively in the running game. Versatile athlete that can play multiple positions along the defensive line. Four-year starter and very durable.

Weaknesses

Does not have the burst to consistently get after the quarterback or make plays from the backside. Plays with a narrow base at times and can be pushed out of the play. Takes too long to recognize screens and draws and gets caught upfield too often. A bit inconsistent with his play.

Grade 7.9

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Discipline of Steel
04-19-2011, 10:28 PM
With the 19th selection in the 2011 PlanetSteelers Mock Draft the New York Giants select:

Justin Houston, DE/OLB, Georgia

Houston meshes nicely with the Giants need to improve their defensive edge.

Height: 6-3. Weight: 267. 40 Time: 4.57.
Benchx225: 30. Vertical: 36.5. Arm: 34 1/2.

3/23/11: Justin Houston shed three pounds for his Pro Day and ran a 4.57 40, including 1.62 in the 10-yard split. Considering how valued pass-rushers are, it'll be a major upset if Houston falls out of the first round.

3/1/11: Two arrows for Justin Houston? I'll explain. Houston bulked up to 6-3, 270 this weekend, but didn't lose any of his speed; he ran a 4.63 40 and also notched a 36.5-inch vertical. That's the reason for the up arrow. The down arrow is for his scheme versatility. After watching him perform in the drills, I'd be very uncomfortable having him in a 3-4. While he's improved his status for 4-3 teams, he also may have deterred some franchises that run the 3-4.

10/8/10: Houston is a quick-twitch athlete with good instincts and a nice motor. He needs to show more polish, consistency and a better repertoire of pass rush moves, but he's had a solid season for the Bulldogs and he should get better as the season goes along.

Discipline of Steel
04-19-2011, 11:20 PM
With the 20th selection in the 2011 PlanetSteelers Mock Draft the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select:

Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

Height: 6-7. Weight: 313. 40 Time: 5.21.
Benchx225: 28. Arm: 35 1/4.

Tampa Bay cant pass on a legit offensive tackle prospect.

4/7/11: Anthony Castonzo weighed in at 313 at his Pro Day (311 at the Combine), but stood on his numbers.

2/27/11: Anthony Castonzo ran just a 5.21 40, but was phenomenal in the drills, showing great athleticism and technique. He could be the second tackle off the board behind Tyron Smith.

RuthlessBurgher
04-20-2011, 10:15 AM
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Scott Pioli likes to build up his d-line with premium picks. In New England, he had 3 first-round student on his front line, getting Richard Seymour with the 6th overall pick, Ty Warren with the 13th overall pick, and Vince Wilfork with the 21st overall pick. In recent seasons, the Chiefs have taken Tyson Jackson 3rd overall and Glenn Dorsey 5th overall. They need a man in the middle, though...they need their Wilfork. As mentioned previously, Vince Wilfork was taken with the 21st overall pick in 2004, and the Chiefs coincidentally own the 21st overall pick in 2011. They will use it to take their Wilfork.

Phil Taylor (DL)
Height:6'3"
Weight:334 lbs.
Arm Length:34 in.
Hand Size:10 3/4 in.
College:Baylor
Conference:Big 12

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Overview

Taylor possesses the rare size and natural brute strength NFL front offices are looking for in a potential 3-4 nose tackle or two-gaper. Can anchor against the run, fight through double teams, uses his hands well, and doesn't necessarily need to come off the field on third down with his adequate pass rushing ability and good feet. A tendency to play high, limited range, in-game durability and some off-the-field red flags do hurt his stock. However, prospects with Taylor's size and ability don't grow on trees, so he shouldn't last past the middle rounds.

Strengths

Taylor possesses rare size, has impressive strength, and good speed considering his weight. Very effective anchor at the point of the attack against the run and can take on the double team. Can be effective using the bull rush, coming off the ball and displays a jarring initial hand punch.

Weaknesses

Can play high at times. Won't chase down many plays or make many tackles outside the box. Doesn't have the first-stop quickness to consistently penetrate. Stamina is a concern. Has he has a tendency to wear down late in games and during long drives. Has some off-the-field issues and was dismissed from Penn State.

Grade 7.8

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RuthlessBurgher
04-20-2011, 10:25 AM
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The Colts unquestioned top priority is protecting Peyton Manning. With Tyron Smith, Mike Pouncey, and Anthony Castonzo off the board, they have Gabe Carimi, Nate Solder, and Derek Sherrod left to choose from. Carimi appears to be the best road grader of the bunch and he seems best suited to the right side, Solder appears to be the most athletic pass blocker of the bunch and he seems best suited to the left side, and Sherrod seems to be the most well-rounded blocker of the bunch who may be able to play on either side. In terms of what the Colts like to do best, it seems like Solder is the best fit.

Nate Solder (OL)
Height:6'8"
Weight:319 lbs.
Arm Length:35 1/2 in.
Hand Size:9 7/8 in.
College:Colorado
Conference:Big 12

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Overview

Solder is one of the premier left tackle prospects in this class with the size, strength and athleticism needed to succeed on Sundays. Very sound in pass protection, not as susceptible to the bull rush as you might think given his leaner build, just needs to continue to develop his game against complete pass rushers with a vast array of skills and moves. Very complete in the running game as well, firing off the ball, gaining leverage and moving his feet inline and in space. Understands assignments, locates his man at the second level or on the edge and recognizes and reacts to blitz packages. A true first-round talent.

Strengths

Solder possesses rare height, and length and impressive mobility. Frame and long arms make him difficult for pass rushers to navigate around and he uses wingspan and hands well to control defenders. Gets off the ball quickly and has good power in the run game. Very comfortable in space. Outstanding awareness.

Weaknesses

Could afford to add some additional bulk to his frame. Needs to watch his balance when facing edge rushers with speed and power moves. Would benefit from becoming a bit more consistent against stunts and twists. Would like to see him play with a mean streak for all four quarters.

Grade 7.9

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hawaiiansteel
04-20-2011, 05:13 PM
the New Orleans Saints are now on the clock:

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and with their selection in the 2011 PlanetSteelers Mock Draft, the New Orleans Saints pick:

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Muhammad Wilkerson, 6-4/315 ?

Defensive Tackle / Defensive End ?

Temple

New Orleans' Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams loves to blitz but he was forced into blitzing way too much last season as his defense couldn’t mount much of a pass rush. To give you an idea of how pathetic the pass rush was, New Orleans finished with one or no sacks in seven games a season ago. Blitzing often leaves the defense susceptible to the big play, which is exactly what New Orleans wants to avoid in 2011.

Playing inside at tackle at Temple, Wilkerson recorded an impressive 16.5 sacks over the past two seasons. He also is very stout against the run and bats down a lot of passes, there is a very good chance Wilkerson would have been a top 10 pick had he stayed at Temple another year. The Saints brought Wilkerson in for an official visit and are reportedly very high on him. Mel Kiper has Wilkerson rated as the 3rd best DL in this draft, and Wilkerson is just too good and has way too much upside for the Saints to pass on him here late in the first round.

Muhammad Wilkerson Scouting Report

By Greg Cox

Strengths:

Great size - tall with long arms
Agile former basketball player
Pushes pocket and penetrates
Able to shoot gaps
Anchors well against the run
Good pass rusher
Scheme and position versatile ??

Weaknesses:

Rushes with power; needs to learn moves
Tendency to get caught upright
Did not compete against elite competition
Has to get stronger
Needs to use his hands more effectively ??


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pfelix73
04-20-2011, 09:36 PM
With our 1st round Pick, the Philadelphia Eagles will select the 2010 Outland Trophy Winner and the Big Ten OL of the Year in Gabe "The Jewish Hammer" Carimi. OT from Wisconsin.

Gabe should be able to compete at RT right away for us with the hopes of moving him to the left side if necessary. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do once we all get to camp.

hawaiiansteel
04-20-2011, 09:45 PM
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With their selection in the 2011 PlanetSteelers Mock Draft the Seattle Seahawks pick:


Jimmy Smith, 6-2/205 ?

Cornerback ?
Colorado

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Seattle was one of the worst teams in the league against the pass in 2010, allowing 249.6 yards per game through the air (27th in the NFL). In fact, the Seahawks' defense has ranked in the bottom six NFL teams in passing yards allowed for three consecutive years. Seattle started its overhaul of the secondary by drafting safety Earl Thomas with one of its first round picks last year and it needs to continue the process. Marcus Trufant's level of play has steadily eroded since his 2007 Pro Bowl year and the other CB position needs to be upgraded as well.

Seattle likes big corners capable of playing bump-and-run coverage and Colorado's Jimmy Smith fits that bill.There’s no way he gets past Seattle in spite of his citizenship concerns, Pete Carroll will merely view Smith's past problems as the reason why he fell all the way down to the Seahawks. After all, if there’s one coach who can overlook character concerns it’s Pete Carroll who got plenty of practice doing exactly that while he was the head coach at USC.


Jimmy Smith Scouting Report

By Greg Cox

Strengths:

Excellent height and weight
Great speed
Physical; uses his long arms well
Solid wrap-up tackler
Capable in run support
Tough, fiery competitor
Football DNA
Good instincts
Shutdown corner potential
Can jam receivers at line
Ability to time leaps to defend pass ??

Weaknesses:

Playing speed does not match timed
Overly aggressive sometimes
Not a big hitter
Only three interceptions in college career
Needs to work on closing to ball carrier

Summary: Jimmy Smith is going to gain momentum as the draft draws closer. Playing at Colorado on a losing team did not give him the chance to showcase his skills on the national stage in big games like Patrick Peterson (LSU) and Prince Amukamara (Nebraska). However, he has the size and speed combination to open eyes during the rest of the evaluation process. His physical style lends itself to man coverage, and while he is not going to knock anyone out with a bit hit, he is a feisty tackler. He is also useful in run support. If the Raiders had a first-round pick they would be jumping all over him. ?

Player Comparison: Nnamdi Asomugha. It is tough to tag a player with this comparison, but at Colorado opponents always looked in the other direction instead of throwing at Jimmy Smith, which is how it is in the NFL with Asomugha. Coming into the NFL Draft, Asomugha was actually a free safety out of California, but he had similar height/weight/speed numbers.

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steelblood
04-21-2011, 09:22 AM
With the 26th pick in the 2011 draft, the Baltimore Ravens select

Corey Liuget, Defensive Tackle, Illinois
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Liuget is 6'2 297 pounds and on paper appears to be too small for NT and too short for 3-4 DE. But, Liuget has long arms and displays outstanding athleticism and strength at the POA to be able to stack up double teams. The Ravens, Jet, Dolphins, and other 3-4 teams have interviewed and/or worked out Liuget. So, teams that run this system must view him as a viable candidate to play every down for them.

Liuget may not start from day one, but he will push Corey Redding for reps. He will also be an immediate fixture in all nickel and dime packages for the Ravens as Liuget is at his best when attacking the QB. In four man fronts Liuget will kick inside where his flexibility, strong punch, and quickness will be too much for guards to handle. Liuget is deadly on stunts, where his lateral agility and ability to dip his shoulders combined with his explosiveness and closing speed will serve him quite well. As Ngata will likely draw the double teams, Liuget could have a huge season as a pass rushing specialist for the Ravens.

Many pundits felt that Ozzie Newsome needed to find another edge rusher to pair with Suggs. With this pick, Newsome has created a dynamic pass rushing front four that will feature Suggs and Sergio Kindle on the outside and Liuget and Ngata on the inside. AFC North QBs should be sure to buckle up their chin straps.

steelblood
04-21-2011, 10:13 AM
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With the 27th selection in the 2011 NFL draft, the Atlanta Falcons select.....

Adrian Clayborn, Defensive End, Iowa
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John Abraham is old.


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Adrian Clayborn is 6'3 and weighs 280 pounds. He runs in the 4.7s. He can be effective pass rushing from the outside and the inside because of his incredible core strength and superior club and swim moves. Clayborn is not a quick twitch athlete, but he is incredibly strong and bull rushes very well. The concern with Clayborn is that his right arm is noticeably weaker than his left from Erb's Palsy. But, Adrian is a thick, strong based athlete with fantatic lateral agility and excellent instincts and awareness for the position. In the least, Clayborn will be an effective run defender and will push the pocket well. But, we expect him to be a physical force who collapses the blockers, harasses quarterbacks, and destroys ball carriers.

Stongest traits: Core strength, disengaging from blockers, tackling power, discipline, awareness, lateral agility

Weaknesses: Lacks elite initial quickness, sometimes late of the snap, weakness in right arm

RuthlessBurgher
04-21-2011, 10:26 AM
First of all, I must say that putting Redd Foxx's head on John Abraham's jersey is freaking hysterical. That's Gold, Jerry! Gold! :lol:

We now return to our regularly scheduled draft selection programming.

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The Cheetahs filled their need for a pass rusher earlier in the draft by selecting Aldon Smith. Their next biggest need is protecting Giselle's Baby Daddy. Matt Light is getting old and ineffective. They could use a bookend across from Sebastian Vollmer. There were 5 legit first round OT's in this draft, and Smith, Castonzo, Solder, and Carimi are off the board. New England has another pick coming up at #33, but cannot afford to wait that long to get a tackle, because Chicago, picking next, would almost certainly take Sherrod if he were available. Guess what, Bears fans...he's not there anymore.

Derek Sherrod (OL)
Height:6'5"
Weight:321 lbs.
Arm Length:35 3/8 in.
Hand Size:11 in.
College:Mississippi St.
Conference:SEC

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Overview

Sherrod currently looks more like a backup but could be a future starting tackle if he can add quite a bit of bulk and strength. A nice blend of length and good feet, he can slide laterally with pass rushers and push them by the launch point but struggles to anchor against the bull rush. Could benefit from improving awareness against pressure looks. Uses positioning and instincts as a run blocker to create running lanes but isn't an effective drive blocker and won't push defenders backwards. Has a solid makeup but doesn't possess a non-stop motor or great aggressiveness. Early Day 3 grade.

Strengths

Sherrod possesses a nice combination of height and mobility. Gets set quickly and can push rushers past the pocket using his length and reach. Uses good positioning to wall-off defenders when run blocking. Has enough athleticism to get out and block in space. Effective when combo blocking.

Weaknesses

Needs to add bulk to his frame. Susceptible to the bull rush and violent moves. Also struggles at times against stunts and twists and can be baited out of position. Not a road-graded. Won't get too much movement off the line. Doesn't play with a lot of nastiness.

Grade 7.3

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hawaiiansteel
04-21-2011, 01:35 PM
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With the 29th selection in the 2011 PlanetSteelers Mock Draft the Chicago Bears pick:

Marvin Austin, 6-2/309

Defensive Tackle

North Carolina

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As much as the Bears want to address the O-line, they are even thinner at DT. Chicago has released Tommie Harris, Marcus Harrison is on his way out and Anthony Adams is a FA. That really only leaves Matt Toeaina, so the Chicago Bears address this immediate need by selecting Tommie Harris' replacement, DT Marvin Austin.

After dominating the East-West Game, Austin had a strong showing at the Combine. At 6-2, 309 pounds, Austin ran a 4.80 40 and notched a 38-inch vertical. Marvin Austin then had a great Pro Day, prompting Mike Mayock to state that he'd be surprised if Austin weren't picked between 20 and 32.

Marvin Austin Scouting Report

By Greg Cox

Strengths:

Athletic with elite quickness
Great speed for size
Strong upper and lower body
Pass-rushing skills
Powerful; collapses pocket
Capable of drawing double teams
Defends run well
Scheme versatile

Weaknesses:

Inconsistent motor; takes plays off
Will need to add more pass-rushing moves
Has to avoid playing too high
Technique needs work
Character - suspended 2010 season (contact with agent)

Summary: Marvin Austin has ability commensurate with a top-15 pick. However, linemen with questionable motivation are tough to gamble on in the NFL Draft. Austin is a former top recruit as a prep and had an opportunity to cement his draft stock with a solid 2010 campaign. Instead he was suspended for the entire season for improper contact with an agent and was considered the central culprit in the scandal that cost the Tar Heels several players.

The time off is going to cloud Austin's evaluation. On the field he is a terror. With his speed, he can run down running backs and get after quarterbacks. There is a lot to like, and the reward could outweigh the risk at the end of the first round or early in the second.

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hawaiiansteel
04-21-2011, 02:29 PM
I would like to announce a trade:

The Tennessee Titans have acquired selections #1(30) and #3(94) from the New York Jets in exchange for picks #2(39), 3(77) and 5(142).

the points come out to Titans = 750 and NY Jets = 744 points

The Jets need help at OLB, DE, NT, CB, S, and WR but they also need draft picks to do it.
With limited picks in their own pocket, the Jets trade out of Round 1 and acquire the Titans' 2nd and 5th round selections while exchanging their 3rd round choice for Tennessee's much higher 3rd round pick.

the Tennessee Titans are now on the clock:

hawaiiansteel
04-21-2011, 02:54 PM
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With the 30th selection acquired from the New York Jets, the Tennessee Titans pick:

Jake Locker

Quarterback

Washington

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The Titans are expected to release or trade quarterback Vince Young as soon as there is a resolution to the ongoing labor unrest. When they do so, they will be left with the ancient Kerry Collins and unproven Rusty Smith at quarterback. That's it.

The Titans had considered selecting Jake Locker with their 8th selection in Round 1 but considered that too much of a reach and are absolutely thrilled to be able to move up late in Round 1 to acquire their future franchise QB.

Not only is Jake Locker the perfect fit for the Titans, they are a perfect situation for him. In Tennessee, Locker would be given an All-Pro offensive line, the best running back in the game and if wide receiver Kenny Britt can stay out of jail, Locker will also have a top-flight wide receiver to throw to.


Jake Locker Scouting Report

By Matt McGuire

Strengths:

Good arm strength
Strong, athletic build with good height
Outstanding speed and agility for a quarterback
Fluid athlete
Great footwork; smooth mechanics
Good accuracy
Very quick delivery
Gets legs, hips into throw
Evades rushers to get throws off
Huge running threat
Terrific pocket awareness; nice instincts
Can throw on the run
Love how he sells play action
Competitive; good leader
Keeps head up out of pocket; passer first - runner second
Displays good timing
Productive; won despite poor supporting cast
One year in West Coast offense
Shown improvement and ability to learn NFL scheme
A lot of upside
Good work ethic
Natural feel for the position
Franchise quarterback

Weaknesses:

Will miss open receivers; limited field vision
Lacks a lot of polish
Inconsistent spiral on ball
Tendency to lock onto primary receiver
Sometimes forces throws
Hesitates/gets anxious in pocket
Occasionally indecisive with ball
Needs more experience learning before handed starting job in NFL

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RuthlessBurgher
04-21-2011, 03:24 PM
The trades are coming fast and furious now!

YOUR PITTSBURGH STEELERS have traded out of the first round.

The Steelers (steelblood) give up:

1.31 (600 pts)
4.128 (44 pts)
Total (644 pts)

The Niners (D Rock) give up:

2.45 (450 pts)
3.76 (210 pts)
Total (660 pts)

The San Francisco Forty-Niners are now on the clock!

D Rock
04-21-2011, 03:34 PM
49ers take Christian ponder...details when I get home

RuthlessBurgher
04-21-2011, 03:35 PM
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The Niners improved their porous secondary with the selection of Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara with the 7th overall pick. Now, they trade up to fill their biggest need (former NFL QB Jim Harbaugh knows an NFL QB when he sees one, and he can see that Alex Smith is not an NFL QB). The West Coast offense originated in San Francisco with Bill Walsh, and Jim Harbaugh plans to bring it back to the Bay with the QB in this draft who fits the West Coast offense best.

Christian Ponder (QB)
Height:6'2"
Weight:229 lbs.
Arm Length:32 1/8 in.
Hand Size:10 1/4 in.
College:Florida St.
Conference:ACC

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Overview

Ponder's a fit for a West Coast team that would allow him to use his good footwork and proficiency in the short passing game. Could become a starter if given time and decision making improves. Uses his feet to buy extra time, leave the pocket to throw, or take off and running for first downs. Exhibits the physical and mental toughness you like to see. Has enough arm strength but doesn't put elite zip on the ball and will try to fit it into too many tight spots downfield. Ponder has slowly climbed up boards, and he is almost certain to go in the second round.

Strengths

Ponder's very tight and sound in his drop. Accelerates quickly when escaping the pocket. Will make plays in the open field after tucking. Can buy time with his feet and keep his eyes downfield. Does a good job in the short passing game getting the ball out quickly with accuracy. Exhibits great leadership qualities and toughness.

Weaknesses

Must improve his overall decision making and awareness. Will lock onto his first option and struggle to move through his progressions. Can appear lost when making incorrect pre-snap read. Takes too many chances and puts the ball in harms way too often. Doesn't possess good deep ball accuracy. Has an injury history.

Grade 6.5

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pfelix73
04-21-2011, 10:39 PM
With the 32nd Pick in this year's draft:

THE WORLD CHAMPION GB PACKERS SELECT:

AARON WILLIAMS CB TEXAS

We are ecstatic that Aaron was still on the board at this point in the 2011 Draft. We had him even with some of the other CB's that went ahead of Aaron, so we are getting tremendous value here at 32.

RuthlessBurgher
04-22-2011, 09:04 AM
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They boosted their pass rush with Aldon Smith. They bolstered their o-line by adding Derek Sherrod. With two major needs already addressed, they can afford to go after the best player available with the first pick of the second round. You think this offense has been good when it was relying journeymen like Benjarvis Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead toting the rock? Tremble in fear when you see this guy now lining up behind Tom Brady:

Mark Ingram (RB)
Height:5'9"
Weight:215 lbs.
Arm Length:30 3/4 in.
Hand Size:9 1/2 in.
College:Alabama
Conference:SEC

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Overview

Ingram projects as an every-down back who can make an impact on the ground and in the passing game. One of the most polished running back prospects in recent memory. Has rare natural running sense in terms of vision and patience. Great short area speed and burst to hit the hole, make defenders miss, and get to the perimeter. Runs low, breaks tackles, and usually falls forward. Dangerous receiver in the screen game and as a check down. Shows good effort and awareness in pass protection. Has not been asked to shoulder the entire load to this point, but Ingram's still a first-round prospect.

Strengths

Ingram possesses a great build and good top-end speed. Highly-competitive runner. Seldom goes down on first contact. Displays rare awareness, vision and patience. Waits for holes to develop, sets up his blockers, sees the cutback and explodes up field. Can make defenders miss in the hole and in space. Fast enough to get the corner. Contributes as a receiver and blocker.

Weaknesses

Not many areas of weakness in his game. Dealt with minor injuries in college. Shared the load all three season at Alabama (only two games of 20+ carries as a junior). Is not an ideal pile-pusher in short yardage but usually finds a way to gain the first down or the goal line.

Grade 8.3

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RuthlessBurgher
04-22-2011, 09:16 AM
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The Bills got their QB of the future in Cam Newton in round 1. Now, their next major needs are at OT and along the d-line. However, is there really tremendous value in drafting the 6th OT, 7th DT, or 9th DE? Not exactly. We could go linebacker, as there are some pretty decent prospects available, but why not go with a wild card instead and take the best player at his position in the entire draft. Young QB's need security blankets, and tight ends make the best security blankets. So what if the OT's suck...that's why a mobile QB was drafted anyway...he can run away from those pass rushers coming free. Actually, with these draft picks, the offensive weapons in Buffalo aren't awful: QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick and Cam Newton...RB: Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller...WR: Lee Evans and Stevie Johnson...TE: this guy...

Kyle Rudolph (TE)
Height:6'6"
Weight:259 lbs.
Arm Length:34 in.
Hand Size:10 3/4 in.
College:Notre Dame
Conference:IA Independents

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Overview

Rudolph missed the final seven games of 2010 after undergoing hamstring surgery, but he has the potential to develop into a weapon in the passing game at the next level. He is fast and has the hip fluidity to separate in and out of his breaks in man coverage. He has tremendous hands and shows a knack for coming down with the ball in traffic. He lacks the strength and bulk to be an effective run blocker, but he works hard to sustain and keeps solid position. Rudolph is a very good receiving tight end and could be a steal in the second round.

Strengths

Rudolph is tall with a monster frame. Possesses an explosive first step and has the speed to stretch the field. Fluid in transition to separate in man and shows a good feel for finding soft spots in zone coverage. Has excellent hands and the body control to win jump balls. Tough kid that always finishes the play.

Weaknesses

Almost always flexed out and needs more experience lined up in-line. Must fill out his frame as he lacks the lower body strength to generate a good push in the running game. Does not have the wiggle to make people miss in the open field after the catch. Missed most of the 2010 season with a hamstring injury.

Grade 7.5

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RuthlessBurgher
04-22-2011, 09:28 AM
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The Bengals went offense in the first with their QB of the future, and now want to balance things out by going defense in the second. Where is their biggest hole on defense? They have spent multiple high picks on their LB corps recently, have reasonable depth on the DL, and at corner will still have Leon Hall and Adam "don't call me Pac-Man" Jones at CB even if they are unable to re-sign Johnathan Joseph. Their biggest hole is at safety, where they are starting Roy Williams and Reggie Nelson, two former first round picks, taken 8th and 21st overall respectively. However, the reason that those guys are no longer on the teams that drafted them in the first round is because they realized that neither of them can cover anyone worth a lick. Seriously, they make Ryan Clark look like Ed Reed in pass defense. Luckily for Cincy, the top ranked safety in the draft is still on the board.

Rahim Moore (FS)
Height:6'0"
Weight:202 lbs.
Arm Length:30 1/4 in.
Hand Size:9 5/8 in.
College:UCLA
Conference:Pac 10

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Strengths

Moore is long with a muscular build. Has excellent range to be a true centerfielder and cover the deep middle. Shows great awareness in zone coverage and the ability to recognize and jump routes. Possesses terrific hand-eye coordination and comes down with interceptions in traffic. Reads quickly, fills fast and does not shy away from contact in run support.

Weaknesses

Plays a bit high and will not always be able to stick with shiftier slot receivers in man coverage. Very aggressive player that can get beat on occasion with ball fakes. Lacks ideal bulk and struggles to disengage from blockers in run support. Leaves his feet too often when tackling.

Grade 7.6

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RuthlessBurgher
04-22-2011, 10:17 AM
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The Broncos were shocked when Carolina surprised everyone by taking Marcell Dareus first overall. John Fox was planning to convert the team from a 3-4 back to a 4-3, and planned to use Dareus as a key cog on that 4 man front. Patrick Peterson was certainly an excellent consolation prize, but now we have to wade through the d-lineman that are left for us in the early 2nd round after nearly half the teams in the first round picked a d-lineman. They'd prefer to go DT rather than DE here, because they are hoping that Elvis Dumervil and Robert Ayers are able to come back healthy and function as DE bookends for them. Luckily for Denver fans, there is still an incredibly strong DT with a high motor still available to them here in Stephen Paea. Actually, looking back with 20-20 hindsight, perhaps Denver actually was better off going CB-DT than going DT-CB as they may have originally planned. Overall, I think Patrick Peterson and Stephen Paea could be a better combo for their defense moving forward than, Marcell Dareus and, say, Brandon Harris.

Stephen Paea (DT)
Height:6'1"
Weight:303 lbs.
Arm Length:32 7/8 in.
Hand Size:10 in.
College:Oregon St.
Conference:Pac 10

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Overview

Paea is a powerful run stuffer that plays angry and should contribute immediately at the next level. He is as strong as an ox and consistently knocks lineman back on their heels. He takes on double teams and is near impossible to move out of the hole. He lacks refined pass rushing skills, but has heavy hands and a good burst to eventually become a weapon on third down. He is still learning the finer points of the game, but he has unparalleled toughness and a tireless work ethic. Paea will likely not last past the middle of the first round.

Strengths

Paea is thickly built and runs well. Explodes off the ball and has great strength to jar offensive lineman. Uses his powerful hands to control blockers, sheds quickly, and closes fast. Delivers violent shots when tackling. Supremely tough, fights to the whistle every play and has excellent stamina. Gym rat with a great work ethic.

Weaknesses

Not big enough to line up on the nose at the next level. Extremely raw as a pass rusher and lacks a repertoire of pass rush moves. A bit stiff in the hips and struggles to break down ball carriers in space. Relatively new to the game of football.

Grade 7.6

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RuthlessBurgher
04-22-2011, 10:23 AM
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In the first round, Cleveland got a legit weapon for Colt McCoy in A.J. Green. Now, they need to generate a pass rush with their new 4-3 defense. Pickings seem thin after all the d-lineman who went in the first round, but there is one guy left who could be a dynamic pass rusher and has been rising steadily up draft boards. Plus, he comes from Pittsburgh, and we know how Clevelanders love everything about Pittsburgh.

Jabaal Sheard (DL)
Height:6'3"
Weight:264 lbs.
Arm Length:33 1/2 in.
Hand Size:10 in.
College:Pittsburgh
Conference:Big East

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Overview

Sheard is an extremely successful college defensive end that might need to transition to outside linebacker at the next level. He is on the shorter side, but has long arms and active hands to consistently get inside offensive tackles and he counters effectively. He has a strong upper body to engage and shed in the running game and relentlessly pursues the ball carrier. If he cannot play end in the NFL, he will struggle to make plays in space due to stiff hips and limited experience. Sheard will scare off a few teams due to a July 2010 arrest, but he has Day 2 talent.

Strengths

Sheard is long and thickly built. Powerful bull rusher that has a vast repertoire of counter moves and uses his long arms to bat down passes. Strong kid that delivers a powerful punch, sheds effectively and quickly locates the ball. High motor player that makes plays on the backside. Very productive.

Weaknesses

A step slow off the line and lacks the speed to be a true edge rusher. Does not have the hip fluidity to break down ball carriers in space or stick in man coverage. Shows inconsistent awareness and is often fooled by draws and counters. Arrested for assault prior to his senior season.

Grade 7.1

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RuthlessBurgher
04-22-2011, 10:57 AM
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The Cardinals undoubtedly filled a huge need in round one by adding Von Miller as a pass rusher. But that wasn't necessarily the team's biggest need. Anyone who watched Derek Anderson, Max Hall, and John Skelton looking like a three-headed monkey trying to hump a football out there knows where the true problem lies. The team took the express lane from the penthouse to the outhouse as soon as Kurt Warner walked out the door. The team would likely prefer to acquire a veteran QB instead of relying on a rookie (Kevin Kolb? Donovan McNabb? Carson Palmer? Kyle Orton? Matt Hasselback?) but with the uncertainly of having the draft before free agent occurs and players can be traded, the lockout truly threw a wrench in their plans, and they cannot afford to wait for a QB who may or may not arrive a white stallion later to save this team. They need to act now, and get a guy with a huge arm to go with one of the best deep threats in football in Larry Fitzgerald, plus other weapons at WR such as Steve Breaston, Early Doucet, and Andre Roberts. This draft pick does not prevent them from eventually signing one of those vets either, because they could still bring in a vet caretaker for a year or two and let the rook sit and learn the pro game before throwing him right into the fire.

Ryan Mallett (QB)
Height:6'7"
Weight:253 lbs.
Arm Length:34 3/8 in.
Hand Size:10 3/4 in.
College:Arkansas
Conference:SEC

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Overview

Mallett has the arm strength and size of a franchise NFL quarterback but still needs to continue to develop his accuracy and decision-making consistency. Can drive the ball down field and hit the deep out. When drop mechanics are sound, shows the ability to stick the ball into tiny windows. Has played in pro-style systems and understands reads and progressions but is still prone to taking some risks. Release is natural and over-the-top. Exhibits leadership qualities on the field but front offices will want to further investigate his character and ability to take coaching. Mallett's a really enticing package and will likely come off the board in round one.

Strengths

Mallett possesses prototypical size. Has elite arm strength and can make all the throws. Displays smooth mechanics. Fluid, over-the-top delivery. Will fit the ball into tight spots and shows good overall accuracy. Has experience in the pro-style passing game. Good pocket mobility, can buy second chances and keeps his head down field. Fierce competitor and can command the huddle.

Weaknesses

Flashes the ability to run through progressions but has lapses in judgment and can force throws when pressured. Accuracy is solid but needs to become more consistent. Ball will sail when footwork gets sloppy. Does not have the athleticism to pick up much yardage with his feet at the next level. Potential maturity/character issues.

Grade 7.4

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hawaiiansteel
04-22-2011, 11:42 AM
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With the 39th selection in the PlanetSteelers Mock Draft the New York Jets pick:


Benjamin Ijalana, 6-4/317 ?

Offensive Guard/Tackle ?
Villanova

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The Jets know they need to beef up their offensive and defensive lines through the draft this year and they definitely need to draft an offensive guard. If the Jets do indeed bring LaDainian Tomlinson back, they'll need a guard who can open up the holes for him to run through. Tomlinson isn't as fast and crafty as he used to be at his older age for a running back, so getting a solid guard would help complete the offensive line.

Benjamin Ijalana is a road grader at guard and has the feet to move outside to tackle if needed. However, the Jets like him best at left guard, where he can pull and trap to set up the outside run game. Left guard Matt Slauson didn't do a very good job in protecting the Jets' franchise QB, Mark Sanchez. The Jets have a pretty solid offensive line, but replacing the weak link in Slauson would really solidify the NY Jets OL into a dominant group.


Ben Ijalana Scouting Report

By Greg Cox

Strengths:

Strong, large hands
Great pass blocker
Quick feet - mirrors defenders well
Agility
Gets to the second level
Athletic former high school wrestler
Hard working, durable 4-year starter
Can be coached up ??

Weaknesses:

Gets beaten by fast edge rushers
Untested against elite quickness
Lower-level competition in FCS
Height limits his value at tackle
Mental lapses and lacks mean streak
Recovering from sports hernia

Summary: Benjamin Ijalana was one of the reasons Villanova won the 2009 FCS National Championship and returned to the semifinals this past season. There was no question about his success at left tackle playing that level of competition. In the NFL, he is a little short to play tackle and might be best served inside at guard although his long arms might offset his lack of height. ??It also remains to be seen if Ijalana has the fire required to work the trenches at the highest level. He needs to finish better and might not have the temperament great linemen need to be successful battling for a few hours every Sunday. Dealing with speed is also an issue for him. Because of his sports hernia (while training for the 2011 NFL Draft) he was not able to compete at the Senior Bowl where scouts would have been able to get a better look at this problem against other top prospects. ?

Player Comparison: Jahri Evans. Bloomsburg is obviously a smaller school than Villanova, but both players were left tackles on their college teams and were looked at for guard when the competition level stepped up. Evans has become an elite player after entering the draft as a project, and Ijalana can at the moment only dream of such an ascension. Some players get better even as the level of competition shoots up, and with coaching there is a chance for Ijalana to be a very good guard. If not for his long arms, I might have likened him to Josh Sitton. There are not too many players I see as a fair comparison for Ijalana. ?


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hawaiiansteel
04-22-2011, 12:06 PM
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With the 40th selection in the 2011 PlanetSteelers Mock Draft the Dallas Cowboys pick:


Ras-I Dowling, 6-2/200 ?

Cornerback/Free Safety
?
Virginia


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The Cowboys' focus in this draft has to be on fixing a defense that gave up way too many points last year. Step one was accomplished in Round 1 by choosing DE J.J. Watt from Wisconsin.

Step two is fixing a bad secondary. The Cowboys have issues in their secondary; they surrendered an average of 319 passing yards in the seven weeks prior to letting John Skelton win on a fourth-quarter drive. The pass defense was so bad that even Rex Grossman torched them.

It's hard to imagine Terence Newman being around much longer. Newman, 33 in September, struggled last year and will be due $8 million in 2011. Ras-I Dowling had a tremendous Pro Day, there was even some speculation leading up to the draft that he could sneak into the latter part of Round 1. Dowling is a physical cover man with the speed to turn and run, as well as the courage to help in run support and he will greatly improve the Cowboys' secondary whether that is playing CB or by making a potential move to free safety.


Ras-I Dowling Scouting Report

By Matt McGuire

Strengths:

Elite height and body frame for a corner
Can run stride for stride with receivers down field
Shows burst to close
Knack for jumping routes; instinctive
Physical on line of scrimmage; nice hands
Very athletic
Great feet and balance
Takes proper angles in run support
Fluid hips
Comfortable in press coverage
Shows awareness in zone
Mirrors receivers well
Highly competitive
Will take on a block ??

Weaknesses:

Lapses in concentration
Could improve form tackling
A little too high in backpedal
Must locate ball more precisely; might lack some vision
Occasionally looks sluggish coming out of breaks ?

Summary: Dowling has the physical traits to be a starting corner in the NFL and I love his competitive attitude. However, he needs better coaching at the next level, and if someone can perfect his technique, he could be a playmaker. Looks like a first-round talent. ??

Player Comparison: Ike Taylor. Taylor and Dowling have great size, athleticism, and the competitive attitude


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hawaiiansteel
04-22-2011, 12:19 PM
I would like to announce a trade:

The Washington Redskins have traded their 41st selection in Round 2 to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for the Saints' 56th pick in Round 2 and their 88th pick in Round 3.

1(41) = 490 pts. and 2(56) and 3(88) = 340 +150 = 490 pts so the trade comes out dead even.

Ironically, the Redskins don't have a 3rd round selection because they traded it to the Saints in the Jammal Brown trade, here is their opportunity to get a 3rd round choice back which can be used to address one of Washington's many needs later in this draft.

The New Orleans Saints are now on the clock:

hawaiiansteel
04-22-2011, 12:44 PM
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With the 41st selection in the 2011 PlanetSteelers Mock Draft the New Orleans Saints pick:

James Carpenter

Offensive Tackle

Alabama

The New Orleans Saints addressed their need on the DL in Round 1 with Muhammad Wilkerson, here in Round 2 they will now address their need at OT. There has already been a run on OTs in this draft and the Saints don't want to risk losing the OT they really covet, James Carpenter from Alabama.

The Saints are extremely thin at tackle, right tackle Jon Stinchcomb’s play declined dramatically in 2010 and this position needs to be upgraded as soon as possible.

Starting left tackle Jermon Bushrod has struggled at times with pass protection, is over thirty and is scheduled to become a free agent. His backup is second year pro Charles Brown, a talented yet still raw prospect.

It’s yet to be seen if Brown is ready to jump into a staring role this soon, but the team is high on him, so it’s likely he will get the chance to push Bushrod in training camp when the NFL’s lockout is lifted.

Carpenter is ranked as the seventh best offensive tackle in the draft and carries a second round grade. He needs some work in both pass protection as well as run blocking, but is versatile enough to play right tackle. The Saints could draft him and immediately address not only the depth at left tackle but right tackle to boot. He would allow them more flexibility in contract talks with Bushrod and maybe push Stinchcomb to improve his play or replace him in the starting lineup immediately.

Scouting Report:

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James Carpenter looks to be a quality right tackle in the NFL for a long time.

Positives:

Carpenter has impressive size at nearly 6’5”, 315 pounds even if he isn’t very well toned at that weight. He has long arms and big hands, which help him as a run and pass blocker. He has solid lateral agility and pretty good footwork to mirror pass rushers, but his greatest value is as a run blocker in my opinion. He consistently drive blocks well with good hand placement in the running game and sustains his blocks well thanks to his big, strong hands and long arms which make his blocks hard to get off of. He has good technique as both a run and pass blocker, does not bend at the waist but at the knees. He is also more mobile than I thought he would be, as he routinely demonstrates the ability to combo-block a defender and then move to the second level and engage a linebacker. He moves well for a man of his size in space and has a solid first step off the line of scrimmage to help him down-block on DT’s or to seal his man on a draw play. Carpenter also does a good job of taking his man out of the play in pass protection if he gets his hands on him. Also surprisingly good at cut blocks for his size.

Negatives:

I don’t think Carpenter can stick at left tackle in the NFL as a starter. I think he could play there in a pinch if your starter went down, but overall I think he is a right tackle. He is solid off the ball but even though he has good technique and footwork he just doesn’t have the lateral agility to mirror speed rushers who can fly around the edge. When facing players like this he will open his hips a bit too early, making him vulnerable to the inside move. At times he seems to be waiting for the defender to come to him and waiting to engage him in pass protection when he could get into position and get his hands on him to help force him wide or take him out of the play. When moving in space he struggles to change direction quickly and while he has the athleticism to pull, set up screens and even cut block I don’t think he would be a good fit in a zone blocking scheme.

Overall:

James Carpenter is a quality offensive tackle prospect. Is he going to be a Pro-Bowler at LT? No. But I think he will be a quality starter for a long time at right tackle in the NFL. He is very durable and didn’t miss a start in his career at Alabama. He is tough, he has experience in a pro-style offense so he could arguably contribute right away if needed once he learns the offensive terminology, and because his technique is already well developed you know what you are getting with him. He isn’t a project, which means his ceiling isn’t as high, but he is someone who can contribute early in his career in my opinion. He should be a quality pass blocker as long as he doesn’t have to block great speed rushers off the edge and he should be a quality run blocker as well, making him a worthwhile pick for someone in need of a quality right tackle like the New Orleans Saints.

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hawaiiansteel
04-22-2011, 02:18 PM
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With the 42nd selection in the 2011 PlanetSteelers Mock Draft the Houston Texans pick:



Curtis Brown

CB

Texas

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The Texans hired Wade Phillips to bring his 3-4 defense to town and hopefully push the talented team into the playoffs. To win in 2011, the Texans must start adding personnel to fit the 3-4 system as soon as possible while also fixing a league-worst pass defense.

Houston got the pass rusher they were seeking in Round 1 in DE Cameron Jordan and now they will look to add a CB that can cover opposing receivers in local boy Curtis Brown from the University of Texas.


2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Curtis Brown, CB, Texas

The 6-0, 184 pound cornerback has great speed and great hands. By the end of his sophomore campaign, Brown was a regular starter in the secondary. That year the Longhorns ranked second in the nation in pass efficiency defense and Brown played a big part in that. The following year Brown started all 14 games and the Texas defense continued to be extremely productive.

The opposition has learned to throw away from Brown so his numbers in 2010 have not been as great as those in 2009. However, he did return an interception for 74 yards and a score and is still a major threat to break a big play at any given moment. On top of that he only has 14 tackles, but he has broken up four passes and defended five others, so he is doing his job in coverage situations.

3/25 Update: Brown had a good showing at the NFL combine. As expected, he performed very well in the workouts. More importantly, Brown looked very fluid during his position drills. That was the bigger concern for Brown heading into the combine and he pretty much proved to everybody that he is a football player, not just an athlete. Curtis Brown is solidly in the second round and Brown's speed and athleticism will make him a very attractive cornerback for the Houston Texans.

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hawaiiansteel
04-22-2011, 02:58 PM
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And with the 43rd selection in the2011 PlanetSteelers Mock Draft the

Minnesota Vikings pick:

Marcus Cannon

OG/OT

TCU


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A lot of draft pundits expected the Minnesota Vikings to draft a QB in the first two rounds, but the Vikings would prefer to sign a veteran QB like Donovan McNabb or trade for someone like Kevin Kolb. The Vikings strengthened their DL in Round 1 with the selection of Da'Quan Bowers, they will now turn their attention to the OL.

The offensive line for the Minnesota Vikings is a definite need area, especially the RG position. It was a mistake to leave the offensive line alone after their horrific performance in 2009. Bryant McKinnie, Steve Hutchinson and Anthony Herrera are all over 30 and replacements need to be looked for in this draft.

Coming away with one of the top offensive line prospects in this class should instantly improve the offensive front. Right guard Anthony Herrera has struggled over the last two seasons with injuries and thus, his play has suffered. But even when he's healthy Herrera is still not very good. He is very strong but struggles mightily in pass protection. By drafting Marcus Cannon the Vikings could plug him in at RG and leave Loadholt at RT or move Phil Loadholt down to RG and start Cannon out at RT.


Complete Prospect Rankings

Marcus Cannon

Latest News

04/04/2011 - Top offensive linemen: 6. Marcus Cannon, TCU, 6-5, 358, 2, Cannon doesn't have the physique of a player TCU teammates would quickly identify as one of the best athletes on the team, but he can scoot once he gets moving. If draft grades were assigned based on weight-room numbers, Cannon would be first in line. He owns several program records for power lifts and his natural strength is evident when he gets his hands on defenders. Cannon's weight gives some potential investors pause, but he has been durable and has the frame and game to warrant a first-round pick if a team gives him a year to grow within the structure of an NFL offense. Scouts have said he must become more assignment-sound, but he's naturally athletic for his incredible size and won't be easy to overlook. His future is likely at right tackle. At worst, he's a candidate to be the next Leonard Davis, a college tackle who converts to guard and dominates with his sheer size, mass and overwhelming strength. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

Overview

Looking at the massive Cannon, it might be surprising to hear teammates identify him as one of the best athletes on the team. He is quite light on his feet for a man his size, a combination of size and athleticism that makes him a coveted prospect among NFL scouts.
Cannon redshirted as a freshman. He played in every game as a reserve right tackle in 2007. He earned the starting role as a sophomore and was named honorable mention All-Mountain West in 2008, missing two starts due to injury. He gained greater national exposure as a junior, garnering first-team all-conference honors while starting all 13 games on the right side. He moved to left tackle in 2010, earning first-team all-conference honors for the undefeated Horned Frogs.

Cannon's future might be on the interior offensive line, a conversion made by a similarly-sized former Ole Miss offensive lineman and Dolphins' 2010 third-round pick John Jerry. Cannon can use his large frame, strength and athleticism at guard, where he wouldn't worry about getting beat by elite NFL defensive ends as he would the edge. Teams needing a new right tackle might view his athleticism as a greater asset outside, increasing his value.

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RuthlessBurgher
04-22-2011, 03:10 PM
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The Lions tried to trade up for Prince Amukamara in the first round to no avail, instead filling a need at OT instead. So cornerback remains their biggest need. They were surprised to see a CB who had a first round grade at this point in the second round.

Brandon Harris (DB)
Height:5'10"
Weight:191 lbs.
Arm Length:30 5/8 in.
Hand Size:8 1/2 in.
College:Miami
Conference:ACC

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Overview

Harris is a true gamer that is at his best when the lights are on and he has the tools to become a starting cornerback at the next level. He excels in man coverage, as he is explosive with an elite closing burst and he has very fluid hips to maintain speed in transition. He also shows very good instincts when lined up one-on-one, but he seems confused at times in zone coverage and can get caught out of position. His press skills are still raw, but he is a strong kid with a tireless work ethic and he should be a mid-to-late first round pick.

Strengths

Harris is tall enough with good bulk. Quick-footed athlete that transitions smoothly to mirror in man coverage. Possesses excellent closing speed when the ball is in the air. Shows great timing on jump balls and has reliable hands. Takes proper angles in run support and does not shy away from contact. Fierce competitor and hard worker.

Weaknesses

Lacks the instincts in zone coverage to jump routes and can be caught out of position at times. Struggles to consistently reroute bigger receivers in press coverage. Will not always break down the ball carrier in the open field and tends to launch himself when tackling.

Grade 7.8

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steelblood
04-22-2011, 04:00 PM
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With the 45th selection of the 2011 draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select...

Kenrick Ellis, Angry Giant, Hampton University

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Kenrick Ellis is 6'5 and weighs 350 pounds. Kenrick is capable of playing many positions. He can play nose and DE in the 3-4 and is a capable bull rusher in nickel and dime packages. He also makes it very difficult for QBs to find throwing lanes given his height and 35 1/8 inch arms. Perhaps the reason the Steelers like Ellis the most is that he does not tire as easily as most big men. He shows tremendous stamina to be effective late in games and on long defensive series. Kenrick shows great hustle on plays away from him and has the lateral agility and vision to track down ball carriers as he works his way down the line. Ellis must learn to stay low as he has a very bad habit of getting high as he breaks forward at the snap. This will be a challenge for a man of his height. But, he has the flexibility and anchor strength to be very successful.

Excerpt from Mike Tomlin's press conference. A week ago I said that you win football games up front. I believe this. Next season, I believe we will have the best 3-4 rotation in football and Kenrick will get a chance to be a part of that. We will work him in at the nose and end. He will offer us great roster flexibility on game day. When he is up to speed with our system, we will only need 5 DL. Coach Mitchell is absolutely thrilled with this kid. To give you color, 6'5 350 pound linemen don't exactly grow on trees. Then you have one with his frame. I mean, the kid doesn't really even have a gut. He carries his weight really well. Like a battleship. For his size, he is an elite talent. His flexibility, brute strength and athleticism are special. Kenrick has a steep learning curve here in the NFL, but he the passion for the game and the athleticism to match his incredible size. Probably, the thing I liked most about his tape was the number of tackles he made chasing down plays away from his gap. We are talking about a mountain of a man who moves very well and covers a lot of space. Kenrick was booted from the South Carolina team for some transgressions. If it wasn't for those transgressions, he would have been a first round pick. Kenrick has reshaped his life in the last few years and we feel he has the maturity and makeup to be a Steeler. Now, it is up to him to earn his helmet.

RuthlessBurgher
04-22-2011, 04:13 PM
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Denver got a CB in the early first, a DT in the early second, and will now address the remaining level of their shiny new 4-3 defense in the middle second (when you change defensive philosophies like that, you need to have a very defense-centric draft...sorry offense). A couple of years ago, Denver drafted Robert Ayers and tried to make a 3-4 OLB out of him, and that experiment pretty much failed (hopefully, they can get something out of him now that he is returning to his natural position as a 4-3 DE). Now, for a 4-3 OLB, they will look to another guy named Ayers (there is no relation between the two...at least not that I am aware of!)

Akeem Ayers (LB)
Height:6'3"
Weight:254 lbs.
Arm Length:33 in.
Hand Size:9 in.
College:UCLA
Conference:Pac 10

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Overview

Ayers is very impressive on the hoof, and he has the speed and athleticism to make an immediate impact at the next level. He has the range and ball skills to play strong side linebacker in a 4-3, and the balance and closing burst to play outside linebacker in a 3-4. He lacks the lower body strength to be stout against the run but uses his long arms to keep blockers away from his body and flashes the ability to quickly shed. Ayers is a versatile athlete with great measurables. He projects to be selected in the middle of the first round.

Strengths

Ayers is tall with a thick muscular build. Possesses the speed to make plays from sideline-to-sideline. Very capable edge rusher that shows good bend and a closing burst. Very athletic kid that has the ball skills to make interceptions and flashes playmaking abilities. Delivers violent shots tackling and uses his length to make plays even when he is out of position.

Weaknesses

A little late reading his keys and can get caught out of position. Does not have the lower body strength to blow up blockers in run support. Lacks consistent footwork in his back pedal and allows tight ends and backs to get behind him at times. Tends to tackle a bit high.

Grade 7.8

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hawaiiansteel
04-22-2011, 05:50 PM
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With the 47th selection in the 2011 PlanetSteelers Mock Draft the Dallas Cowboys pick:


Marcus Gilbert

Offensive Tackle

Florida

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Marc Colombo's performance at RT dropped off dramatically last season and that's a position the Cowboys need to upgrade as soon as possible. If you want to keep Tony Romo upright and keep from getting killed, the RT position needs to be addressed. Colombo has been injury-plagued and isn’t getting any younger at age 33 and his performance isn’t getting better. Cowboy signal callers ended up running for their lives last season with very little time to throw. Marc Colombo allowed seven total sacks, the most of any Dallas linemen last season.

Marcus Gilbert played RT at Florida in order to protect Tim Tebow's blindside and that's where Gilbert projects to best in the NFL. With most of the best OTs already selected, the Dallas Cowboys are very pleased to see a quality RT like Marcus Gilbert still available.

Mike Mayock: "Marcus Gilbert has been steadily moving up draft boards. He's a 2nd-round pick with starter potential."


Player Scouting Report:


Strengths:

• Prototypical height (6'6") and bulk (330 lbs.) with a large frame
• Athletic natural knee bender with a wide base
• Good balance, quickness, agility and body control
• Superb pass blocker and able to protect the edge
• Shows nimble feet to slide laterally and mirror
• Is stout at the point of attack and can anchor
• Displays solid instincts and overall awareness
• Great positional blocker and understands angles
• Can work in space and get to the second level
• Strong and capable of locking on to sustain blocks
• Terrific hand use along with violent initial punch
• Competitive and aggressive with nasty demeanor
• Mature and hard working with leadership skills
• Is battle-tested against top-quality competition

Weaknesses:

• Arm length and hand size are merely average
• Is not really a dominant, powerful run blocker
• Tends to stop moving feet after making contact
• Pad level gets high and leverage is inconsistent
• Will get caught reaching and leaning at times

Notes:

A two-year starter for the Gators --- Father is a recently retired Secret Service agent who helped protect the President of the United States of America --- Brother, David, plays football at Wisconsin --- Saw action in two games as a true freshman before suffering an elbow injury that required surgery and redshirting --- Attended prep powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) and was teammates with guys like Sam Young, Geno Atkins, Major Wright and Leonard Hankerson --- Could project to left or right tackle and has extensive experience on both sides --- Also played offensive guard early in college career --- Profiles as a starting-caliber talent and could man the blind-side in the NFL --- Possesses all of the physical tools that you look for and still has considerable upside.

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hawaiiansteel
04-22-2011, 06:43 PM
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With the 48th selection in the 2011 PlanetSteelers Mock Draft Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders pick:

Davon House

CB

New Mexico St

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Nnamdi Asomugha is one of the best corners in the NFL. He is also one of the players that the Raiders failed to re-sign before the lockout began.

Without Nnamdi, the Raiders are left with Stanford Routt, an aging Chris Johnson and two young, late round picks in Jeremy Ware and Walter McFadden. Though Ware and McFadden showed some real talent during the pre season in 2010, neither saw a lot of time during the regular season, and when either one did, the flaws with their game often became abundantly clear. Both guys have the potential to be real good corners, but they might not get there for a year or two.

In the meantime, the Raiders need to find a player who is ready to step in at the corner position right away in order to play opposite Routt. When Al Davis heard that Davon House ran a 4.32 at his Pro Day, the decision was made as to which CB the Raiders would draft to replace Asomugha... :D


Underrated CB Davon House runs 4.32 at Pro Day

Prior to the Combine, there was plenty of buzz in the scouting community that New Mexico State cornerback Davon House was going to run very well in Indianapolis.

Though he did run well (4.44-4.50) there, the 6-0, 200 pound House had been expected to be among the fastest cornerbacks tested in Indianapolis and elected to run again Friday at his Pro Day, recording times in the 4.32-4.35 second range, according to a source at the scene.

House elected not to do any of the other measureable drills Friday. He was run through a positional workout by Chicago Bears' assistant defensive backs/safeties coach Gill Byrd and "did good, caught everything," according to the source.

Catching everything isn't a surprise for House. What he might lack in national name recognition, he made up for with a stellar career.

House, a four year starter for the Aggies, was a two-time First-Team All-WAC pick who leaves with 198 career tackles, along with 46 passes broken up and 11 interceptions -- three of which he returned for touchdowns.

There were approximately 15 teams on hand for the workout, according to the source, including representatives from the Chicago Bears (scout, as well as Byrd), Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills and New York Giants.

House is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 7 rated cornerback for the 2011 NFL Draft and is expected to be selected in the 2nd round.

Davon House Scouting Report

New Mexico St. (HT: 6-0˝ - WT: 200)


Positives: Prototypical height and speed, appears to have adequate bulk... Good production in four years with the Aggies (202 tackles, 10 interceptions, forced fumble)... Plays with a lot of confidence and energy, feeds off making big plays and breaking up passes... Is a physical corner with a strong upper body, is effective in press coverage, will knock smaller receivers off their routes at the line of scrimmage... Has fairly quick hips, is quick to open up and run with receivers, even when in press coverage... Is not afraid of contact, will come up in run situations and stick his nose on the football... Is pretty effective in zone coverage, reacts to the quarterback's eyes and shows good range in short zone coverage... Durability not an issue, has not missed any games due to injury.

Negatives: Needs to do a better job of reading receivers' eyes and turning his head when the ball is in the air, can be too slow to locate the ball... Sometimes plays the ball with his wrong hand and opens up in the wrong direction making him vulnerable to giving up the big play if he misses the ball... Vertical leap appears to be lacking, does not jump very well in jump ball situations... A little overaggressive at times, especially in run defense, tackles too high and will miss tackles in open space from lowering helmet and lunging... Needs to polish up footwork, takes big steps at times and allows too much separation out of cuts, will be especially susceptible to double moves in the NFL... Instincts appear average at best, uses athleticism to get in position, but needs to work on keying in on his reads, especially in man coverage.

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D Rock
04-25-2011, 12:49 AM
The Jaguars got their safe pick at DE in round 1. In round 2 they come back with a pick based on pontential and pure athleticism. They also manage to grab the player many have rated as the top ILB in the draft, which just so happens to be a big position of need for them.


With the 49th pick of the 2011 draft, the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS select


MARTEZ WILSON, LB, ILLINOIS

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6' 4" 250 lbs
4.44 40 yd dash
23 reps, 36" vertical


Illinois’ Martez Wilson leads the pack at inside linebacker, but he could play a number of roles at the next level. He has the size, run stopping ability, and tackling skills to play inside, but his athleticism and speed allow him to project to the outside as well. He is very active against the run, and can fill gaps very quickly. He has the speed to chase plays down up and down the line of scrimmage. In coverage, he has the speed to run step for step deep down the field. He’s also shown some effectiveness as a pass rusher. With his overall package of skills, he’s one of the more versatile defenders and which role he plays, will depend on the team that selects him.


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From SKL:

Strengths-Has excellent size and strength for an NFL linebacker. Is a straight line speed downhill player. Has very good instincts and gets to the ball carrier very quickly. Has good length and long arms. Has position versatility and can play inside or outside. Has a knack for the big hit. Is probably best in a 3-4 defense.

Weaknesses-Is a little bit stiff and gets too high at times. Does not have great lateral movement skills. Doesn’t take great angles to the football. Will struggle to cover quicker backs out of the backfield. Will need to get more consistent in wrapping tackles and overall technique. Question marks surround Wilson in character and durability.

RuthlessBurgher
04-25-2011, 01:29 AM
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Here are the wide receivers currently on the Chargers' roster: Vincent Jackson (6'5"), Malcolm Floyd (6'5"), Seyi Ajirotutu (6'3"), Kelley Washington (6'3"), Legadu Naanee (6'2"), Patrick Crayton (6'0"). They also had Kassim Osgood (6'5") on the roster back in 2009 as well. The moral of the story is that this team loves tall wideouts more than any other organization in football. Malcolm Floyd is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent once the lockout ends, so they could easily lose him. They placed the franchise tag on Vincent Jackson, but based on how he pouted last year and sat out for 10 weeks, I very much doubt that he will be highly motivated to sign a long term deal with the Bolts at any point in the near future. Although they could certainly use a rush linebacker, since they have not gotten much at all out of Larry English since Shawne Merriman departed, they see this as an opportunity to get yet another tall WR as insurance for the potential departures of Floyd and VJax. Anything to keep Phil Rivers happy.

Jonathan Baldwin (WR)
Height:6'4"
Weight:228 lbs.
Arm Length:33 5/8 in.
Hand Size:10 1/8 in.
College:Pittsburgh
Conference:Big East

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Overview

Baldwin is giant wide receiver with the potential to develop into a starter at the next level. He is a speed builder who can get behind defensive backs, and he quickly finds the ball in the air. He is a weapon over the middle, as he has strong, reliable hands and the body control to make acrobatic catches in traffic. He is dangerous after the catch, as he can run away from linebackers and over defensive backs. Baldwin has to refine his route running skills, but he is intriguing due to his freakish measurables.

Strengths

Baldwin is a huge receiver with deceptive speed. Long strider that can stretch the field and shows the ability to consistently track the ball in the air. Possesses excellent hands and high points the ball very well. Strong runner after the catch that breaks arm tackles and flashes a vicious stiff arm. Fearless over the middle.

Weaknesses

Sloppy route runner that struggles to separate from quicker defensive backs. Takes too many false steps in transition and does not always find soft spots in zone coverage. Does not have enough wiggle to make defenders miss in the open field. Not exactly a willing run blocker and will occasionally take plays off.

Grade 6.9

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RuthlessBurgher
04-25-2011, 01:47 AM
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Discipline of Steel sent me his picks for the Bucs and Giants via P.M. (but asked me not to open it until I made my Chargers pick, which was exceedingly difficult to withstand...but I overcame temptation :wink: ), so I will post them for him, since he will not be able to access the site at the regularly scheduled time tomorrow because of work obligations.

Brooks Reed (DL)
Height:6'3"
Weight:263 lbs.
Arm Length:32 1/4 in.
Hand Size:10 in.
College:Arizona
Conference:Pac 10

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Overview

Reed has the awareness, technique and heart to be a productive player at the next level. Has some upside as a possible conversion to 3-4 outside linebacker. Gets to the quarterback with a variety of moves and a relentless motor. Uses his hands really well to maintain gap integrity and disengage from blockers against the run. Lack of size, his all-out playing style, and minor injury history pose some questions about his durability. Reed's a polished college defensive end who will likely come off the board in the mid-to-late rounds by a team that values his veteran-like skill-set.

Strengths

Reed is a maximum-effort player who will leave it all one the field. A true technician who overcomes lack of ideal size and top-end speed to be productive against the run and pass. Displays excellent awareness, maintains gap responsibilities, and can be counted on to play within your defensive system. Has the potential to stand up in a 3-4.

Weaknesses

Does not possess ideal defensive end height or weight and isn't the type of guy who will turn heads in a combine setting. Can pressure the passer but doesn't exhibit elite burst or closing ability. Can be engulfed by strong run blockers at the point of attack. Hips and feet are only adequate.

Grade 7.4

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RuthlessBurgher
04-25-2011, 01:52 AM
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A second consecutive pick made for Discipline of Steel via P.M.:

Rodney Hudson (OL)
Height:6'2"
Weight:299 lbs.
Arm Length:32 1/2 in.
Hand Size:9 3/8 in.
College:Florida St.
Conference:ACC

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Overview

Hudson has a well-rounded, polished skill set. Should be an immediate starter at guard or center and could make a few Pro Bowls down the line. He can handle power or speed pass rushers with his outstanding balance, flexibility and wide base. In the running game, he uses great quickness to get himself into position, keeps his legs churning and finishes with authority. Only true negative is his lack of size, but he more than compensates with impressive power, toughness and in-game stamina. Hudson is arguably the finest interior offensive line prospect in this class and could hear his name in the first round.

Strengths

Hudson possesses outstanding mobility for an offensive lineman. Displays exceptional awareness. Gets great movement while run blocking. Can hold up against the bull rush and move his feet against penetrators. Has a great work ethic. Tough player conditioned to go hard all day long. Was a tone-setter for the Seminoles during his career.

Weaknesses

Not too many holes in this guys' game. Does not possess NFL-average height for the position. You'd like to see him hold a little more bulk and body composition is not ideal. Lacks some power in his initial punch. Missed a small amount of action with a minor knee injury.

Grade 6.2

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RuthlessBurgher
04-25-2011, 02:14 AM
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The Colts took pass blocking LT Nate Solder in round 1, which should make Peyton Manning quite happy (making up for the ill-fated decision last year to pass on local Indiana boy Rodger Saffold in favor of backup DE Jerry Hughes from TCU). Actually, the Colts' o-line could use more than just one upgrade, and Baylor OG Danny Watkins is still available (the win-now Colts with a 35 year old Peyton Manning and a 32 year old Reggie Wayne are one team that wouldn't be overly concerned that Watkins is already 26). That move would also make Peyton Manning quite happy as well. However, Bill Polian does not go in that direction...giving us the first real shocker of the draft (unless Carolina not taking a QB with the #1 pick qualifies as a shocker). In fact, he decides to make a pick that Peyton will absolutely hate. He picks another backup from TCU with a prime pick for the second year in a row, and this time, it will be Peyton's backup. The fact is that Curtis Painter sucks out loud, and the Colts are dead in the water if Peyton ever gets hurt. Plus, Peyton is 35 years old and is currently un-signed. Guess how old Brett Favre was when the Pack decided to use a premium pick on Brett's backup when they drafted Aaron Rodgers? Thirty-five. Yup. How did that one work out again? Everyone laughed when they saw that Polian arranged for a private workout of Andy Dalton a few weeks ago.

Andrew Dalton (QB)
Height:6'2"
Weight:215 lbs.
Arm Length:31 3/4 in.
Hand Size:9 1/2 in.
College:TCU
Conference:Mountain West

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Overview

Dalton is four-year starter and proven winner, but he might have a difficult transition to the NFL. He is undersized and will not be able to take off and run at the next level. He is generally an accurate passer, and he's grown on scouts and coaches since the NFL Scouting Combine. He played in a very user friendly scheme where he threw to a lot of wide open receivers and it is unclear if he can fit the ball into tight windows. Still, his stock his risen, and he looks to go as early as the beginning of the second round.

Strengths

Dalton is a well prepared player that scans the whole field and makes solid decisions. Has a quick release, a strong arm and is an accurate passer, especially on the run. Has great mobility in the pocket and shows very good instincts as a runner. Extremely productive collegiate career.

Weaknesses

On the shorter side and has a three-quarter delivery which will likely result in a lot of batted passes. Deeper throws will float at times when he does not set his feet. Played in a spread offense and will have to learn a pro style system. Does not always feel pressure in the pocket which nullifies his good mobility.

Grade 6.8

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RuthlessBurgher
04-25-2011, 12:37 PM
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No sight of pfelix during the 11:30 to noon slot today, so my Chefs are going to take this opportunity to leapfrog his Iggles (great googly moogly). After solidifying the middle of our d-line with Phil Taylor in the first, there are two other pressing needs. On one hand, a pass rusher opposite Tamba Hali is needed (Mike Vrabel has been receiving AARP mailings for some time now...he had no sacks last season and only 2 in his career as a Chief...in 30 starts as a 3-4 OLB!!! That's just pathetic). A legit wideout opposite Dwayne Bowe is also needed (Chris Chambers? Terrence Copper? Seriously?). Looking at my big board to see if there is better value in a pass rushing 3-4 OLB right now, or someone who might be able to draw some coverage away from Bowe.

Torrey Smith (WR)
Height:6'1"
Weight:204 lbs.
Arm Length:32 5/8 in.
Hand Size:8 5/8 in.
College:Maryland
Conference:ACC

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Overview

Smith has big-play speed and enough size to develop into a starting NFL receiver who can stretch a defense. Shows great burst off the line and the top-end speed to consistently get behind the secondary but is susceptible to press coverage and is still improving his ability to make over-the-shoulder grabs and come down with jump balls. Not a refined underneath route-runner. Loses speed in transition and doesn't have a real natural feel for finding creases in zones. Has leadership qualities, is a hard-worker, and is a physical run blocker. Smith's speed, upside and mentality make him an early second round prospect.

Strengths

Smith possesses outstanding straight-lined speed and good size measurables. Explodes off the line of scrimmage. Flashes the ability to high-point the football. Has the second gear needed to threaten a defense vertically. Eats up cushions and can track the deep ball well. Plays with passion, exhibits great effort while run blocking, and has intangibles.

Weaknesses

Must improve his route-running and ability to consistently separate. Takes too many steps at the top of his stem. Ideals down in and out of his breaks. Still learning to identify and get to soft spots in zone coverage. Hands are adequate but won't consistently bring down the tough catch. Not overly elusive in space.

Grade 7.5

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hawaiiansteel
04-25-2011, 01:27 PM
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and with their selection in the 2nd round the Washington Redskins pick:

Colin Kaepernick, 6-5/233 ?

Quarterback ?

Nevada


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Since the Redskins didn't take a QB in Round 1, they'll almost certainly draft a quarterback in Round 2. Drafting and "raising" a young quarterback would be just the thing to re-energize Mike Shanahan.

Donovan McNabb had his worst season ever as a starter during his Washington debut and won't be back. Journeyman Rex Grossman, who finished 2010 as the starter and would be a caretaker until a draft pick is ready to play, but he's unsigned. That leaves John Beck, who hasn't thrown a pass since 2007, as the likely No. 1 as of now.

Ouch.


Colin Kaepernick Scouting Report

By Greg Cox


Strengths:

Leadership qualities
Ideal height
Highly productive runner
Evasive with excellent speed
Lots of experience
Tremendous athlete
Good arm strength
Very hard worker and intelligent ??

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Weaknesses:

Needs more work on accuracy, especially deep accuracy
Delivery issues (windup) partially due to height
Has to adjust from Pistol offense
Must go through more progressions at pro level
Frame might lead to durability concerns
Lacks size to rid himself of tacklers
Ball security needs improvement
Played mostly against inferior competition

Summary: Colin Kaepernick was remarkably consistent during his four years at Nevada. His touchdown passes were 19, 22, 20 and 21. He ran for 1,100 or more yards in each of his final three seasons. The passing yards were the only exception with less production in 2007 and 2009, but even against mostly WAC opponents he only threw 24 interceptions in 1,271 attempts. He also greatly improved his accuracy to 65 percent as a senior. The leadership factor weighs heavily into his evaluation and although the second round is littered with failures, he might be an exception. Teams have to love that he might have had a future in baseball (he was drafted by the Cubs) yet stuck with football which clearly illustrates his passion for football.

Colin Kaepernick has the mobility and athletic ability that Mike Shanahan covets and is the clear choice here. Yes, Kaepernick's mechanics need work but he has unlimited upside.


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RuthlessBurgher
04-25-2011, 01:36 PM
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The Iggles have been leapfrogged twice. Now I must assign a pick for them. After getting a RT in the first round (Gabe Carimi), their next biggest need is a cornerback opposite Asante Samuel. However, considering the number of CB's that have been taken off the board at this point, I don't see the value. Philly is likely to make a hard run at Nnamdi once the lockout ends anyway. They also have needs at linebacker (Stewart Bradley is good when healthy, but he seems to be injured so often that he makes Aaron Smith look like the picture of health. However, I don't see tremendous value at 4-3 linebacker at this point either. Back-to-back picks on the o-line is odd, but that appears to be where the value is right now. Max Jean-Gilles is scheduled to be free agent (and is a sucky guard anyway), so an improvement could potentially be made at guard as well as at tackle. Andy Reid loves the big uglies, after all.

Danny Watkins (OL)
Height:6'3"
Weight:310 lbs.
Arm Length:34 1/4 in.
Hand Size:10 1/8 in.
College:Baylor
Conference:Big 12

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Overview

Watkins is new to the game of football, but has the strength and athleticism to play at the next level. He does not have the arm length and first step explosion to play left tackle, however he projects to be a quality starting guard. He plays with terrific balance and has the foot quickness to hold in pass protection. Despite his limited football experience, he engages very well with his hands and maintains a strong position. He will occasionally have lapses in his reads, but he has very high upside and will likely be a second day pick.

Strengths

Watkins has good size for the guard position. Possesses excellent balance and the foot quickness to mirror defensive ends in pass protection. Shows proper hand placement and technique. Generates a good push in the running game and has the athleticism to make blocks in the second level. Plays mean and always finishes blocks.

Weaknesses

His arms are on the short side and he may struggle to engage longer defenders. Raw football player that does not always recognize stunts and blitzes and can get caught out of position. Will lunge at times making him susceptible to double moves. Lacks the knee bend to consistently thwart the bull rush.

Grade 7.6

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hawaiiansteel
04-25-2011, 02:00 PM
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and with their selection in the 2nd round, the Seattle Seahawks pick:

Orlando Franklin

OT/OG

Miami, Fla



The Seahawks' plan of building up their offensive line through the draft starts now. Orlando Franklin will step in immediately at right tackle, replacing free agent RT Sean Locklear from day one. . At 6-foot-6 and 316 pounds, Franklin put up the second-best 10-yard split at the scouting combine (1.76 seconds), as well as a decent 40-yard dash (5.11), 26 reps at the 225-pound bench press, and an 8.37-second three-cone drill at his pro day. Throughout his career with the Hurricanes, Franklin has proved able to steel himself for the biggest challenges, looking good at left tackle against Chris Long, George Selvie, Jason Pierre-Paul and Da'Quan Bowers.

Seattle used 11 starting configurations on its line during the 2010 season, counting playoffs. The team never started the same five guys in the same spots for more than three weeks at a time. Center Chris Spencer was the only offensive lineman to start every game. Upgrading the line would upgrade every other aspect of the offense, and even the defense, by helping Seattle to sustain drives, protect its quarterback, put points on the board, etc.

Spencer, Tyler Polumbus, Mike Gibson, Max Unger, Sean Locklear, Stacy Andrews, Ben Hamilton, Russell Okung and Chester Pitts started games for Seattle on the offensive line this season. Of those nine players, only Okung is assured a starting job, or even a roster spot, for the 2011 season. The team will have to make decisions on where the other players fit (Hamilton is off the roster). It's easy to see why the offensive line is such a need area for the Seahawks.

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Orlando Franklin Scouting Report

Pros: Agile player who can pull and trap reasonably well from inside and can get out into space effectively. As a tackle, especially as a second outside left tackle in unbalanced lines, Franklin can be dominant at the first and second levels — he sets his base, fires out decisively, and looks for second defenders to hit. Frequently engages with multiple blocks as a tackle; seems to relish the opportunity to display his raw powers. Engages his defender as an outside blocker through the conclusion of a stretch or zone play. Tough guy who played the entire 2010 season with a torn meniscus. Pulling/trapping background at guard plays out well when asked to do tackle pulls and block ends out at an arc.

Cons: As a guard, plays too tall (as you'd expect; this is why the world is not full of 6-foot-6 guards); comes out of his stance late and high and rarely wins the leverage battle. Beats inside defenders primarily through upper-body strength as opposed to pure technique. Will get bulled back and thrown aside by stronger tackles with good hand moves. Tends to grapple and wrestle when pass-blocking inside; technique is very raw. Not always an effective seal blocker -- will start to wall his man out, but has trouble establishing a wide base and using his natural power at times. Decent second-level blocker, though he can get jarred back by his own momentum when going full-speed.

Conclusion: If you're noticed that most of Franklin's debits as a player come at the guard position, that's no coincidence. He played guard for most of the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons, but he is absolutely a natural tackle and should be rated as such — in the same way that Mike Pouncey should be seen as a guard more than a center, despite the fact that he's played both positions.

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RuthlessBurgher
04-25-2011, 02:40 PM
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Steelblood has meetings this afternoon, so he sent me his picks for the Dirty Birds and the Dirtier Birds. Dirtier Birds are up first.

Johnny Patrick (DB)
Height:5'11"
Weight:191 lbs.
Arm Length:30 in.
Hand Size:8 1/4 in.
College:Louisville
Conference:Big East

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Overview

Patrick is a productive collegiate cornerback that has a chance to develop into a starter at the next level. He excels in zone coverage, as he is always in solid position and flashes the ability to jump underneath routes. He also has the ball skills to make difficult interceptions. He uses a strong press to reroute receivers and has a knack for anticipating routes in zone coverage. However, he loses momentum in transition and does not have the deep speed to stick on vertical routes. Patrick is not a strong tackler, but he has the cover skills to possibly sneak into the second day of the draft.

Strengths

Patrick has good size and a muscular build. Plays with balance and shows a smooth back pedal. Delivers an effective press at the line and can turn and run with receivers. Reads the QB's eyes in zone coverage, gets into passing lanes, and has the body control and soft hands to make picks.

Weaknesses

Does not have elite recovery speed and lacks the hip fluidity to mirror in man coverage. Plays too aggressively at times and gets burned by play action and double moves. Can get overwhelmed by bigger receivers in jump ball situations. Gets down on himself and play suffers after mistakes. Inconsistent tackler.

Grade 6.5

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RuthlessBurgher
04-25-2011, 03:02 PM
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Another steelblood selection via P.M. to me...

Greg Little (WR)
Height:6'3"
Weight:220 lbs.
Arm Length:33 1/4 in.
Hand Size:9 1/8 in.
College:North Carolina
Conference:ACC

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Overview

Little was declared ineligible for the 2010 season, but he took responsibility for his actions and has the talent to be an impact player at the next level. He is a huge receiver with great ball skills that has a knack for making the difficult catch in traffic. He is a long strider that has deceptive speed and fights through tacklers to consistently gain yards after contact. However, he is not fast enough to be a big play threat and he will have to work tirelessly to get back into football shape. Little may end up being a steal in the middle rounds.

Strengths

Little has great size and length. Possesses big strong hands and shows terrific body control to make the acrobatic catch. Smart player that sets up defensive backs with fakes and has the burst to quickly gain separation. Strong runner after the catch with a powerful stiff arm. Fearless over the middle and a willing blocker.

Weaknesses

Does not possess the deep speed to stretch the field. High cut player that struggles at times to sink his hips and will lose speed in transition. Not the shiftiest runner in the open field and will not consistently get yards after the catch. Missed his entire 2010 season and will have to get back into football shape.

Grade 7.2

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RuthlessBurgher
04-25-2011, 03:10 PM
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Pass Rusher? Aldon Smith. Check.
Offensive Tackle? Derek Sherrod. Check.
Heisman-Trophy Winning Running Back? Mark Ingram. Check.

What's left? Well, New England was expecting to land one of the top 5 technique DE's with their first pick (someone like Cam Jordan or J.J. Watt) but they were off the board, and Aldon Smith fell into their lap instead. Time to address that 5-technique DE with a solid value pick this late in the second.

Christian Ballard (DL)
Height:6'4"
Weight:283 lbs.
Arm Length:33 in.
Hand Size:10 1/8 in.
College:Iowa
Conference:Big 10

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Overview

Ballard's draft stock could depend upon whether teams see him as versatile defensive lineman who could be a strong side end or move inside in a Tampa 2-type, penetrating scheme, or if he's viewed as a raw "tweener" who lacks speed to play end and the strength needed inside. Either way, he possesses a great frame coupled with quickness and agility. Can penetrate with his explosive get-off but doesn't have the pass-rushing arsenal or closing speed to consistently arrive at the quarterback. Displays good range against the run but doesn't shed quick enough. Ballard looks to be a Day 2 prospect.

Overview

Ballard's draft stock could depend upon whether teams see him as versatile defensive lineman who could be a strong side end or move inside in a Tampa 2-type, penetrating scheme, or if he's viewed as a raw "tweener" who lacks speed to play end and the strength needed inside. Either way, he possesses a great frame coupled with quickness and agility. Can penetrate with his explosive get-off but doesn't have the pass-rushing arsenal or closing speed to consistently arrive at the quarterback. Displays good range against the run but doesn't shed quick enough. Ballard looks to be a Day 2 prospect.


Strengths

Ballard has a very nice combination of size and mobility. Has great get off and establishes initial position. Makes plays in pursuit when he gets off blocks. Can penetrate as a pass rusher with his outstanding quickness. Moves extremely well laterally. Has quick hands. Experienced. Versatile. Solid character.

Weaknesses

Needs to do a better job getting off blockers. May struggle to set the edge at the next level. Does not effectively counter as a pass rusher or have great closing speed and burst. Needs to develop his pass rushing moves. Effort is inconsistent. Could be a 'tweener from a physical size/speed standpoint.

Grade 7.5

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RuthlessBurgher
04-25-2011, 03:16 PM
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The Chargers already got a 5-technique DE in Cameron Heyward and a tall wideout in Jonathan Baldwin. Now they need a reliable pass-rusher opposite Shaun Phillips, since Larry English does not appear to be capable of that role, and Shawne Merriman minus Steroids equals Buffalo.

Sam Acho (OLB)
Height:6'2"
Weight:262 lbs.
Arm Length:33 1/2 in.
Hand Size:9 3/4 in.
College:Texas
Conference:Big 12

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Overview

Acho is a good football player who shines off the field, as he was awarded the 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy for excellence in the classroom and the community. On the field, he is a strong, relentless pass rusher who uses his hands to keep blockers at bay. However, he is a bit of a "tweener," as he does not have the bulk to be stout against the run and lacks the athleticism to play linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Acho will win teams over during visits and will hear his name called on Day 2.

Strengths

Acho is tall enough with a muscular build. Has a strong upper body and plays with good leverage. Flashes the ability to knock tackles on their heels with a powerful bull rush. Solid tackler that consistently wraps the ball carrier. Fierce competitor with impeccable character.

Weaknesses

Does not explode off the line and struggles to get around the edge. A bit stiff in the hips and is a liability on his feet in the open field. Range is limited and he will not make plays on the backside. Can be engulfed by bigger offensive tackles. Late recognizing counter plays and draws at times.

Grade 5.6

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hawaiiansteel
04-25-2011, 03:32 PM
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With their selection in the 2nd round, the Chicago Bears pick:

Will Rackley

OG/OT

Lehigh ?

Height: 6-3. Weight: 309

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The Chicago Bears offensive line was porous last season and needs to improve drastically this off-season.

GM Jerry Angelo pointed out the Bears' desire to add bigger lineman to be able to contest with the bigger defensive lineman in the division, including Green Bay's B.J. Raji, Detroit's Ndamukong Suh, and Minnesota's Kevin Williams. Layer Mayer noted the Angelo's thinking about bigger offensive lineman on the Bears Website:

"We want to go bigger for that reason because we’ve got bigger people in our division that we’re playing against, Pro Bowl-type players. The last couple years with a lot of talking with our coaches we’ve shifted in that we want bigger people, so we’re looking for tackles that can play guard rather than guards who can play center."

Will Rackley is one of the top sleeper prospects in the country and exactly what the Bears are looking for, a college OT who projects to OG in the NFL. According to Charley Casserly, 16 offensive line coaches have met with Will Rackley so he’s not a secret amongst NFL teams.

"You're talking 2nd round here," Casserly said on Path to the Draft. ?


Will Rackley Scouting Report

Pro Football Weekly (Nolan Nawrocki) 4th-rated OG; 66th overall:

Positives: Plays heavy-handed with good upper-body strength and physicality. Strong run blocker. Locks up with defenders in pass protection and holds his ground. Plays with leverage and torques defenders. Keeps working for position and finishes. Really separated himself at the East-West Shrine Game and showed he could match up against better competition and shine. Responds to a challenge and rises to the occasion. Outstanding work ethic. Has considerable upside.

Negatives: Arms lack great length. Tends to rely on upper body strength too much. Lacks lower-body strength and explosion. Recorded a 23 1/2 inch vertical jump, the lowest of the offensive linemen at the Combine. Is not used to pull and trap much. Does not possess ideal recovery speed and can improve his technique in pass pro--has ben able to get away with his natural talent against Patriot League competition. Can be caught off guard by the blitz and may need some time to adjust to NFL pressure packages.

Summary: Stood out more than any other lineman at the East-West Shrine week, showing his toughness and competitiveness and answering questions about being a big fish in a small pond. Should be able to start readily in the NFL but is most naturally suited for the inside in the pros.

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steelblood
04-25-2011, 04:25 PM
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The Pittsburgh Steelers select...

Rashad Carmichael, CB Virginia Tech
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Carmichael was stuck behind Macho Harris and Brandon Flowers during his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons. He became a starter as a junior and snagged 6 interceptions with one TD return. As a senior, he added another 4 picks and another TD on an interception return. He totaled 95 tackles combined the past two seasons.

Rashad is 5'10, 193 pounds. He is a well built athlete with good muscle development, a solid frame, good weight distribution, long 31 and 3/4 inch arms and ran 40 yard dashes from 4.43-4.52 in post season testing. Carmichael thrives in off man and zone coverage. He has excellent instincts and takes very good angles to the ball. He has good natural ball skills and is considered a ballhawk.

Carmichael is ready to contribute as a nickel corner as a rookie. His career potential probably tops out at #2 corner. He is a Steeler type player who is tough and physical. His ballhawking skills would be a welcome addition to the Steeler's secondary.

pfelix73
04-25-2011, 10:32 PM
With the last pick in the 2nd round of this year's draft, the Green Bay Packers select:

Lance Kendricks TE Wisconsin

D Rock
04-25-2011, 10:38 PM
Twins?

hawaiiansteel
04-25-2011, 11:08 PM
Twins?

the Carolina Panthers are now on the clock and with the first selection of the 3rd round the Panthers will select QB Cam Newton's twin... :D

steelblood
04-26-2011, 09:15 AM
The Panthers select

Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois

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Leshoure is a 5'11.5", 225 pound running back. He is quick and explosive. He shows great lean and protects his body well when making contact. He is a good pass receiver and a powerful runner with the vision and will to run between the tackles and the speed to turn the corner. He does not possess elite elusiveness in the open field. But he does break tackles and use his burst to speed into creases and away from defenders.

DeAngelo Williams is a FA and likely will not be resigned. Leshoure will immediately split carries with Jonathan Stewart. Leshoure's greatest weakness is pass blocking. If he can rectify this short coming, he could also be an effective third down back as he has the size to take on linebackers and the quick feet, burst, and hands to pick up first downs in the passing game.

Ron Rivera's Press Conference. "Is that it? Just the one guy here for this? Where are you from, son? (inaudible) T-Bob from Tobacco Farmer's Almanac? Seriously? I don't pick Cam Newton and the entire press core leaves the building? Unfrigginbelievable. I'll show you! You'll regret this Raleigh Durham Courier! You won't get any juicy nuggets from me. Jimmy is going to be a very good NFL QB! Mark my words! What? What are you doing T-Bob? Is that supposed to be a cricket noise? Oh, you are hilarious, T-Bob. Just Hilarious.... Say T-Bob, what is your lead going to be tomorrow? (inaudible) Really? Locusts? Figures."

RuthlessBurgher
04-26-2011, 10:19 AM
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Cincinnati was hoping that Mark Ingram would fall to them in round 2, but New England nabbed him 2 spots before their pick. They were hoping that Mikel Leshoure would fall to them in round 3, but Carolina nabbed him 1 spot before their pick. However, that is only 2 RB's off the board in this entire draft and they need a replacement for free agent RB Cedric Benson, whose YPC average dropped off a cliff from 4.2 in 2009 to 3.5 in 2010.

Ryan Williams (RB)
Height:5'9"
Weight:212 lbs.
Arm Length:30 3/4 in.
Hand Size:9 in.
College:Virginia Tech
Conference:ACC

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Overview

Williams has a chance to develop into an every down starting running back. Has the vision, toughness, burst, and lateral-mobility necessary to move the chains and make some big plays. However, he must do a better job holding onto the football and improve his ability to consistently contribute on third downs. Also dealt with injuries as a redshirt sophomore and currently lacks some bulk of a typical load-back. Effective one-cut runner who explodes through the first level and can make people miss in space. Runs hard and falls forward. Williams still has some work to do leading up to the draft but could sneak into the first round.

Strengths

Williams runs with a lot of energy. Has great patience and vision. Possesses enough burst to get through the hole. Excels as a one-cut-and-go back. Runs low and hard, breaks tackles. Creative and very elusive once he gets to the second level. Flashes the ability to be a threat in the passing game.

Weaknesses

Only possesses adequate size and top-end speed. Could afford to put on some weight. Needs to do a better job keeping the football tucked close to his frame. Not a true power back who can push the pile. Can be a body-catcher at times. Still developing in pass pro. Dealt with injuries as a redshirt sophomore.

Grade 7.6

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RuthlessBurgher
04-26-2011, 12:10 PM
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The Broncos address all 3 levels of their defense with their first 3 picks (CB Patrick Peterson, DT Stephen Paea, and LB Akeem Ayers). You'd think it would be time to throw the offense a bone now, right? Not quite. When you are converting from a 3-4 to a 4-3, and 3 of your DT's from last season (Justin Bannan, Jamal Williams and Ronald Fields) will not be returning next season, you need to add more than one DT with your premium picks in a draft that is particularly strong along the d-line.

Jarvis Jenkins (DL)
Height:6'4"
Weight:310 lbs.
Arm Length:33 1/4 in.
Hand Size:9 1/2 in.
College:Clemson
Conference:ACC

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Overview

Jenkins is an active defensive tackle against the run but isn't a classic nose tackle or two-gaper and doesn’t appear to have the skill set worthy of staying on the field in obvious passing downs. He does a good job of getting off the ball, getting off blockers and making plays in the backfield against the run. Exhibits good awareness in the passing game to sniff out screens and play-passes but have the burst or technique to pressure the quarterback with consistency. Was rested at times and given frequent blows during college career. Jenkins should expect to hear his name called in the middle rounds.

Strengths

Jenkins has NFL-ideal size at the defensive tackle position. Consistently makes plays in the backfield against the run. Gets off the ball quickly, uses his hands, finds the football and sheds blockers well. Not often fooled by play-action fakes or by the screen game. Plays hard and is disruptive.

Weaknesses

Is not a threat to presser the passer. Does not have great hands or a wide array of pass rushing moves to get to the quarterback. Doesn't possess the speed or athletic ability to chase down the passer or make too may plays in space. Stamina is questionable. Comes off the field on third down and gets series off.

Grade 6.4

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RuthlessBurgher
04-26-2011, 12:18 PM
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The Bills got their QB of the future in Cam Newton, and got him a security blanket target in TE Kyle Rudolph. However, when investing a top 3 pick in a QB, you need to do what you can to protect that investment (even if he is mobile enough to elude the rush most of the time). The Bills did spent top picks to improve their interior OL in recent seasons (adding Eric Wood and Andy Levitre to the established Geoff Hangartner), but their bookend tackles have been downright horrible in recent seasons. The Bills need to take the best available OT at this point.

James Brewer (OL)
Height:6'6"
Weight:323 lbs.
Arm Length:35 1/2 in.
Hand Size:10 3/8 in.
College:Indiana
Conference:Big 10

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Overview

Brewer has some redeeming qualities - size and work ethic - but does not possess the movement skills of an NFL offensive lineman. Really struggles versus quick pass rushers and is not a candidate to lead out on the edge or be productive blocking at the second level. Despite size, can be pushed back by defensive lineman with similar size and strength and doesn't get great movement off the ball. He will create some running space by getting into position and walling off defenders and occasionally flashed the ability to pass protect in college. Brewer is a likely rookie free agent.

Strengths

Brewer has the size of an NFL offensive tackle and some straight-line speed. Can hold up against most bull rushers. Does a good job with his first step when run blocking to get into position and let his size take over. Plays with good effort.

Weaknesses

Does not have the feet and athleticism needed for the next level. Can not slide and move with speed rushers on the edge. Doesn't always finish after gaining initial position. Not a violent or powerful run blocker and be blown off the ball. Needs to watch his pad level. Not comfortable blocking in space. Inconsistent recognition skills.

Grade 5.7

*Note: Despite this seemingly scathing review from NFL.com, most other sites, such as NFLDraftScout and WalterFootball have Brewer rated reasonably high (2nd or 3rd round prospect who took over for Rodger Saffold on the Hoosiers). Also, Gil Brandt seems to be high on the kid as well.

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RuthlessBurgher
04-26-2011, 12:25 PM
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The Cards drafted the best LB in the draft in Von Miller than followed it up with strong-armed QB Ryan Mallett. Time to go back to address the defense once again. New D.C. Ray Horton remembers the impact that using 2 early picks on Lawrence Timmons and LaMarr Woodley had on his Steelers a few years ago, and realizes that since the starting OLB's in Arizona are the ancient Joey Porter and the ancient Clark Haggans, he needs more than just one pass rushing linebacker in this draft. He already got the best one overall, now he can take a chance by adding the fastest and most athletic one as well.

Dontay Moch (DL)
Height:6'1"
Weight:248 lbs.
Arm Length:33 in.
Hand Size:9 1/4 in.
College:Nevada
Conference:WAC

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Overview

Moch's a college defensive end and lacks size to keep his hand down in the NFL but is blessed with the burst and athleticism to develop into a 4-3 outside linebacker. Has the potential to be a pass rushing specialist. Lacks experience playing standing up in space, finding the football, and in pass coverage but fluid and quick enough to develop in these areas. Relentless in pursuit. Not stout at the point of attack and also doesn't currently have a wide arsenal of pass rushing moves. It may take some time, but Moch has several redeeming qualities. Mid-round prospect.

Strengths

Moch possesses very good size and outstanding speed and acceleration for a linebacker prospect. Uses hands well in pursuit and displays impressive range and closing burst. Tackles well in and near the box. Has great get off and quickness when rushing the passer. Athletic enough to play in underneath zone coverage.

Weaknesses

Lacks experience playing from a two-point stance, reading and reacting, and dropping into coverage. Struggles to hold up at the point of attack. Potential liability if asked to run with backs and tight ends in man coverage. Can miss open field tackles or take improper angles to the ball.

Grade 6.1

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RuthlessBurgher
04-26-2011, 12:29 PM
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Cleveland got an elite weapon for QB Colt McCoy to play win in WR A.J. Green, then added a pass-rushing DE for their new 4-3 defense in Jabaal Sheard. With Shaun Rogers already out the door, the Browns also need to add to their interior d-line as well.

Drake Nevis (DL)
Height:6'1"
Weight:294 lbs.
Arm Length:31 1/2 in.
Hand Size:9 3/8 in.
College:LSU
Conference:SEC

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Overview

Nevis has a chance to become an active 3-techinique in a 4-3 defense with his combination of initial burst, toughness and motor. Surprisingly solid at the point of attack and against double teams despite lack of size. Has the quickness to be disruptive but doesn't have the agility or closing burst to always finish. Has some upside as a pass rusher because of his get off but again lack of top-end speed limits his productive and he's not a bull rusher. Constantly moving his hands and doesn't stop working hard until the whistle. Nevis will likely be taken on Day 2.

Strengths

Nevis holds up against the run using low center of gravity to get good leverage. Can take on the double and get off blocks. Possesses good initial quickness and burst. Uses hands well against the run and rushing the passer. Durable. Has a good motor and some nice intangibles.

Weaknesses

Lacks some height and bulk you like to see for a defensive tackle. Doesn't possess the range or top-end speed to always finish when penetrating or make plays outside the box. Not overly comfortable moving laterally. Does not consistently push the pocket with a bull rush.

Grade 6.1

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RuthlessBurgher
04-26-2011, 12:53 PM
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St. Louis was able to trade up in the first round to get the guy they wanted more than anyone else, WR Julio Jones, which is why their next pick isn't until the 3rd round now. James Laurinaitis has developed into a stud MLB for them, but next to him, at weakside OLB, they struggled to find consistency with the likes of Chris Chamberlain and Larry Grant both starting there for half a season each, with neither really emerging as a true long term option. Meanwhile, the only reason that UNC's Bruce Carter is still on the board is because has been unable to work out for teams while he has been rehabbing an ACL injury. If not for that injury, Carter would have been long gone by this point in the draft, so he could end up being a tremendous value once his rehab is complete.

Bruce Carter (LB)
Height:6'2"
Weight:241 lbs.
Arm Length:32 5/8 in.
Hand Size:9 1/4 in.
College:North Carolina
Conference:ACC

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Overview

Carter is an excellent athlete, but he tore his ACL in November and has a long road to recovery. He is an explosive athlete that takes proper angles in run support and has excellent speed to make plays from sideline-to-sideline. He is a very fluid, transitions with ease and is very effective dropping into coverage. He struggles to disengage from bigger blockers in and must add more bulk to become stouter against the run. If Carter recovers fully from his injury, he has the athleticism to develop into a very productive weak side linebacker and may still be an early Day 2 pick.

Strengths

Carter is a tall muscular player that runs very well. Flashes great explosiveness at the point of attack and has the closing burst to make plays in the backfield. Drops smoothly in coverage and possesses the fluidity to stick with backs and tight ends in man coverage. Very disciplined player that maintains leverage and does not bite on play fakes.

Weaknesses

Lacks the bulk to consistently take on blocks and struggles to disengage. Possesses less than ideal instincts and is a step slow reacting to the play. Not overly aggressive and waits for the play to come to him at times. Does not have a repertoire of counter moves when pass rushing and is too easily stymied.

Grade 6.7

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hawaiiansteel
04-26-2011, 01:58 PM
I would like to announce a trade:

The New Orleans Saints do not have a 6th round draft choice and are being offered the New York Jets 6th rounder in order to move up.

Details of the trade are:

New Orleans 3(72) worth 230 points for the NY Jets 3(77) worth 205 points and 6(161) worth 27 points = 232 points

the NY Jets are now on the clock:

hawaiiansteel
04-26-2011, 02:24 PM
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With their 3rd round selection the New York Jets pick:

Leonard Hankerson, 6-2/205 ?

Wide Receiver ?

Miami, Fla

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Mark Sanchez is ready to take another big step forward, but he goes nowhere without playmakers outside. Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards are both free agents and the Jets simply can't afford to re-sign both.

Leonard Hankerson had a good Pro Day workout and was the best offensive player on the field in the Senior Bowl. He made numerous outstanding catches, including a 49-yarder where he made a great adjustment on Christian Ponder's severely underthrown pass. The New York Jets are absolutely thrilled to see a playmaker of Hankerson's ability still available here in the 3rd round.


Leonard Hankerson Scouting Report

By Greg Cox

Strengths:

Big-game experience since high school
Capable blocker for running game
Has been coached well, good route runner
Will make the big catch
Red zone target
Strong and physical
Good character ??

Weaknesses:

Does not possess elite speed
Will not make defenders miss after catch
Drops have been an issue

Summary: Leonard Hankerson is not going to blow anyone away with his 40 time, but he is a long strider who can move once he gets going. He is a physical player who has improved when it comes to catching the ball over the middle in traffic where hits are delivered. His frame lends itself to being a capable blocker, and he is. Most of his damage after the catch will come from physically ridding himself of potential tacklers as opposed to juking them. Having Cris Carter being his position coach in high school and working with Mark Duper are nice touches for his resume. ??

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hawaiiansteel
04-26-2011, 02:50 PM
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With their 3rd round selection the Houston Texans pick:

Quinton Carter

Safety

Oklahoma

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The Texans pick defense, defense and more defense in the first three rounds of the 2011 draft. When your pass defense is dead last in the NFL then upgrades in the secondary need to be found. After addressing the pass rush with DE Cameron Jordan in the 1st round and the CB position in Round 2 with local boy Curtis Brown it's time to upgrade the safety position. Safety Bernard Pollard is gone and the cover skills of all the other safeties currently on the roster are horrendous up and down the depth chart.

Mike Mayock really likes how Quinton Carter looks in coverage and commented on Carter's fluid hips. Quinton Carter is a terrific all around safety with a nose for the ball with position versatility as he can play SS or FS. The Texans are also very much attracted to Carter's intangibles as he is a leader on the field and in the locker room and has received awards for his great community service work.

Quinton Carter Scouting Report

Position Rank: 3 of 35

Positives: Terrific production the last two seasons (185 tackles, eight interceptions)... Has good pop, will make some big hits, physical presence over the middle... Good awareness and instincts, knows tendencies and usually puts himself in good position to make a play... Has adequate speed and possesses good range in deep coverage, can cover a lot of ground by taking good angles... Is a heady player and good leader, an overall competitor... Durability not much of an issue, has not sustained any serious injuries... Pretty good at finding the ball in the air, gets head around and goes after it, has reasonably good ball skills and has been known to make acrobatic catches... Man coverage skills are adequate, has enough quickness to hang tough on short and intermediate routes against slot receivers.

Negatives: Just average bulk, has good height for the position, but appears slightly on the thin side... Inconsistency perhaps his biggest flaw, looks very good at times, but blows coverages too regularly and misses a lot of tackles in the open field... Needs to work on body control and flexibility, plays a little too stiff at times, not a superior athlete for the position... Upside might be limited, not versatile enough to be a good fit in any system.

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RuthlessBurgher
04-26-2011, 03:09 PM
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New England was able to upgrade its o-line late in round 1 with OT Derek Sherrod. However, that isn't enough to keep ponytail Ugg boy upright. Veteran guard Stephen Neal retired and although Logan Mankins received the franchise tag, there are still questions about whether or not a deal will be able to be done with him long term. A versatile interior o-lineman is needed, and although they missed out on Pouncey early when the division rival Dolphins took him, getting Steve Wisniewski's nephew in the 3rd round is a solid consolation prize.

Stefen Wisniewski (OL)
Height:6'3"
Weight:313 lbs.
Arm Length:33 in.
Hand Size:10 3/8 in.
College:Penn St.
Conference:Big 10

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Overview

Wisniewski comes from a football family and has the versatility to be a quality backup at the next level. He has great football intelligence, quickly recognizes stunts and blitzes and is rarely caught out of position. However, he lacks the lower body strength to generate a consistent push in the running game and will not thwart the bull rush in the NFL. He played guard early in his career and can line up at all three interior offensive line positions. Wisniewski has the smarts to make up for his lack of strength and will likely be a later round pick.

Strengths

Wisniewski is tall with adequate speed. Knowledgeable lineman that makes quality pre-snap reads and is always in sound position. Effective zone blocker that consistently picks up the right assignment. Slides and mirrors well in pass protection and delivers a good initial punch. Has experience playing both guard and center.

Weaknesses

Lacks the bulk and lower body strength to hold stout against bigger defensive tackles. Has poor footwork and struggles to sustain blocks. Takes poor angles moving to the second level and lacks the lateral agility to consistently make blocks in space. Does not always finish blocks and fails to show a mean streak.

Grade 5.3

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RuthlessBurgher
04-26-2011, 03:14 PM
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The Lions filled two major holes with OT Tyron Smith and CB Brandon Harris in the first two rounds. Their next biggest need is at linebacker (after releasing Julian Peterson one year after allowing Larry Foote to return to the Steelers).

Mason Foster (LB)
Height:6'1"
Weight:245 lbs.
Arm Length:31 in.
Hand Size:9 5/8 in.
College:Washington
Conference:Pac 10

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Overview

Foster projects as a future starting 3-4 inside linebacker or SAM 'backer in a 4-3. Will immediately provide excellent depth and contribute on special teams. Nice combination of size and speed. Shows impressive awareness and instincts reading run, staying in position against misdirection, and in coverage. Has good range against the run, is athletic enough to hold up in man coverage, and is a sure, reliable tackler. However, doesn't have sideline-to-sideline ability, struggles at times shedding blocks, and doesn't bring much production as a pass rusher. Foster is a low-risk prospect who could help out a team as a rookie and should be selected on Day 2.

Strengths

Foster has terrific size with enough speed. Has outstanding instincts. Diagnoses quickly and flies to the football but also plays disciplined. Moves well for a big 'backer and has good range. Does a good job sifting through the trash. Sound tackler. Displays good awareness in zone coverage and can matchup in man. Good motor. Special teams experience.

Weaknesses

Needs to become more consistent taking on blockers. Can be swallowed up in the box. Adept at slipping blocks but goes this route too often and runs past plays. Has enough range but not a sideline-to-sideline guy. Will over pursue out of control at times. Not much of a pass rushing threat.

Grade 5.3

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steelblood
04-26-2011, 03:15 PM
The Steelers select...

Brandon Burton, CB, Utah

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Brandon Burton is close to 6 feet tall with good playing speed and well-timed leaps to break up passes. Burton will need time in an NFL weight program to improve on his lean frame. But, he possesses good instincts, awareness, and athleticism for the position. Brandon is available here because he disappointed at the combine - looking tight in some drills. However, he looks fluid on the field and is already a very good man cover corner. Now that we have a real DB coach, commence the learnin!

hawaiiansteel
04-26-2011, 04:01 PM
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With their selection in the 3rd round the New Orleans Saints pick:

Quan Sturdivant

LB

North Carolina

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The Saints need multiple upgrades at linebacker and get the player they have been targeting all along. New Orleans can use Quan Sturdivant as an outside linebacker or in the middle and move Jonathan Vilma to weakside linebacker, where he's probably best suited.


Quan Sturdivant Scouting Report

Position Ranking: #2

Strengths: Plays with consistently good technique and gap discipline. Natural when taking on blockers, extends arms and bends at the knees to properly disengage. Played all three linebacker positions. Good overall instincts, and goes through his read & keys before releasing in pursuit. Reacts well to the cutback lane and is steady with containment. Attacks downhill against the inside isolation runs. Good footwork in his shuffle. Has the hips/ feet to be effective in underneath coverage. 3-down linebacker who played zone coverage regularly and was asked to spy athletic quarterbacks. Takes good angles to the ball carrier and has the speed to consistently get out in front (when healthy). Has been a starter since his freshman year. Team captain.

Needs Improvement: Doesn’t show burst in his release or when closing on the ball carrier. Isn’t always quick to disengage from lineman (despite technique) and will need to improve his overall strength. Could improve his aggressiveness, at times it looked as if he was going through the motions; won’t always attack lineman or run hard against plays away from him. Tackling technique was off/on. Wasn’t used much close to the line scrimmage or on blitz calls.

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RuthlessBurgher
04-26-2011, 04:17 PM
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The Rams had 2 picks in the 3rd round (#71 and #78) and wanted to take 2 Carters with those picks (LB Bruce and FS Quinton). Alas, the Texans intervened and nabbed Quinton at #73, and I don't see another FS of similar value as a potential replacement for O.J. Atogwe. The Rams could use another solid DT next to Fred Robbins, because current starter Gary Gibson isn't cutting the mustard (although he may have cut the cheese once or twice!). Surprisingly there is still reasonable value at DT at this point in round 3, considering how many d-lineman have come off the board so far in this draft.

Jurrell Casey (DL)
Height:6'1"
Weight:300 lbs.
Arm Length:32 in.
Hand Size:8 7/8 in.
College:USC
Conference:Pac 10

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Overview

Casey is not the most impressive player on the hoof, but he has the strength and foot quickness to develop into a disruptive force at the next level. His stocky build and lower body strength make him very difficult to move out of holes, and he uses his quick hands to effectively shed blockers. He is not a refined pass rusher, but he has a relentless motor and will become more effective with improved hand placement and technique. Casey is not athletic enough to be a three-technique at the next level, but he is a great run stopper and should be an early second-day pick.

Strengths

Casey is thickly built with good speed. Quick off the ball, plays with good leverage and anchors against the run. Utilizes a strong punch to knock offensive lineman back on their heels and has fast hands to quickly disengage. Powerful bull rusher that can collapse the pocket. Flashes the ability to make tackles in space.

Weaknesses

A bit on the short side and struggles to get his hands inside the blocker's pads. Lacks the ability to anticipate the snap and is a step late on occasion. Does not show a repertoire of pass rushing counter moves and lacks a closing burst. Tires quickly and must work on his physique and stamina.

Grade 7.5

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hawaiiansteel
04-26-2011, 04:44 PM
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With their selection in the 3rd round, the Miami Dolphins pick:

Daniel Thomas

RB

Kansas State

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The Miami Dolphins have their share of needs and one that is glaringly obvious is running back. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are both free agents and while one may be back, there will still be a hole as neither is an every-down back at this point in their careers.

As a result, a new back needs to be added into the mix that can get things done and keep the Dolphins competitive in the AFC East. A workhorse RB is what the Miami dolphins need going forward, especially if their record falls back down to the cellar and they're without a capable quarterback. In Round 1 the Miami Dolphins selected OG Mike Pouncey to open some running lanes, now they select a bruising north/south runner who has a nose for the end zone to run behind Pouncey.

Kansas State senior running back Daniel Thomas has posted very strong numbers in two years at the RB position. In 2009, Thomas rushed for 1,265 yards (5.1 per carry) and 11 touchdowns. He added 25 receptions that season. Last year, he racked up 19 touchdowns and ran for 1,585 yards (5.3 per carry). Thomas has run plays out of the wildcat, played quarterback at his junior college and could fit well with a team that likes to run a lot of wildcat formations.


Daniel Thomas Scouting Report:

Strengths

Powerful north-south runner
Size (6-foot 1/4, 230 pounds)
Productive and consistent
Long strider
Bruising back with upside
Patient, follows blocks well
High upside - only two years of playing running back (previously a quarterback)
Decent hands - capable receiver but wasn't tested much in terms of routes
Agile for a back of his size
Keeps feet churning at contact
Decisive runner with good vision for the cutback
Strong lower body (34-inch vertical jump, 10-foot-3 broad jump)

Weaknesses

Not a big-play threat - average speed (4.62-second 40-yard dash at his Pro Day)
Doesn't avoid a lot of contact
Raw pass protector
Will be 24 years old as a rookie
Runs upright
Thin lower body
Expected draft placement

Thomas has the skill set to go as high as the late second round, but he probably will be a third-round selection in the draft because of an overall lack of a need for the position after several other backs are likely to come off the board before him.

The Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals have all shown interest in Thomas.

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D Rock
04-26-2011, 05:57 PM
The JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS select

RANDALL COBB, WR, KENTUCKY

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hawaiiansteel
04-26-2011, 11:12 PM
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With their 3rd round selection, the Oakland Raiders pick:

Clint Boling

OG

Georgia

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The Oakland Raiders had no 1st-round pick (traded to Patriots* for Richard Seymour) and with their 2nd round selection the Raiders addressed the likely loss of CB Nnamdi Asomugha by taking CB Davon House (House ran a 4.32 at his Pro Day and Al Davis started drooling even more than usual).

Al Davis wants his teams to stretch the field but you can’t do that without success blocking up the middle and protecting the QB. Opposing DTs killed Oakland last season and upgrading the interior offensive line is a necessity.

Clint Boling plays with a nasty demeanor, just how the Raiders and Al Davis want their OL to play. Boling secured himself at least a place in the third round with his performance at the Senior Bowl. From Scouts, Inc. after the weekend's proceedings: "Boling has shown good inline power and nice awareness all week, especially in the open field where he has done a great job of adjusting on the move to cover up targets. He's made himself some money this week."


Clint Boling Scouting Report

Projection: 2nd-3rd Round

Strengths: Good sized frame with room to grow – Strong initial punch – Can play multiple positions across the line – Good footwork on pulls and screens – Great instincts in blitz pickup – Keeps defenders off his body – Plays with some passion and finishes plays – NFL guard.

Weaknesses: Not fast enough to get to the edge – Dropstep from the tackle position is suspect, probably needs to play OG – Struggles against quicker opponents.

Overall:?Played every offensive line position at Georgia except center --- Could play tackle in a pinch but ideal fit at the next level will probably come inside at guard --- A battle-tested veteran of college wars with the talent to enjoy a long pro career and compete for a starting job.

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RuthlessBurgher
04-27-2011, 02:49 AM
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The San Diego Superchargers started out with defense (DE Cam Heyward) then switched over to offense (WR Jon Baldwin) then back to defense (OLB Sam Acho) so now it is time to back over the offense once again. San Diego signed Marcus McNeill to a long-term contract after his prolonged holdout (which I'm sure Vincent Jackson is just absolutely thrilled about), so their left tackle position is solidified for the foreseeable future, but an upgrade at RT (Jaromey Clary) is long overdue. At this point, there are several similarly rated OT's, such as Pitt's Jason Pinkston (who may be a bit undersized for a pro tackle at 6'3") and LSU's Joseph Barksdale (who has may be better suited as a developmental LT with good feet than a mauling RT), but we'll go with a 6'7" behemoth who has been rising up draft boards lately instead.

Jah Reid (OT)
Height:6'7"
Weight:327 lbs.
Arm Length:34 3/8 in.
Hand Size:10 1/4 in.
College:Central Florida
Conference:Conference USA

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Overview

Reid's a physically gifted prospect who needs some technical refinement and to improve his recognition skills but has a chance to become a starter down the line. Good pass blocker who uses his size well, forcing rushers wide past the pocket. Has pretty good feet and flashes the ability to slide back inside and get to the second level to pick off linebackers. Main issue is he plays high. Doesn't jar defenders off the ball and can be knocked backwards by the bull rush. Has proven to be very durable and has a solid work-ethic. Reid's a potential Day 2 pick with upside.

Strengths

Reid has great size and length. Comes out of his stance quickly and uses long arms to push ends past the launch point. Slides his feet well, agile. Wall-off run blocker who gains initial position. Can block out in space. Very durable and has a lot of starts under his belt. Hard-worker.

Weaknesses

Struggles with his pad level due to natural size. Vulnerable against bull rushers who get into his chest. Loses the low-man battle in the running game. Doesn't drive legs and get much movement off the ball. Leans and lunges at times. Awareness is below average. Doesn't play with much of a mean streak.

Grade 5.0

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RuthlessBurgher
04-27-2011, 03:14 AM
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Discipline of Steel P.M.'ed me his picks for the Giants and Bucs again, so here goes:

Luke Stocker (TE)
Height:6'5"
Weight:258 lbs.
Arm Length:33 in.
Hand Size:9 3/4 in.
College:Tennessee
Conference:SEC

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Overview

Stocker has prototypical size for a tight end at the next level, and he could develop into a weapon in the passing game. He is not athletic enough to separate in man coverage, but he runs solid routes and works to find space in zone. He uses his large frame to shield defenders and has very reliable hands to make difficult catches in traffic. He has technical lapses as a blocker, but has the frame, tenacity and strength to develop into a powerful run blocker. Stocker is a blue collar-type player that will likely be selected in the middle rounds.

Strengths

Stocker has a big frame and is thickly built. Runs well for his size and can stretch the field. Possesses good hands and a large catching radius. Finds soft spots in zone coverage and is fearless on crossing routes. Tough kid that is a capable run blocker.

Weaknesses

Lacks the hip fluidity to gain separation in transition and is neutralized in man coverage. Does not have the body control to be a weapon in the red zone. Struggles to make people miss in the open field. Lunges at defenders when pass blocking and is vulnerable to double moves.

Grade 6.0

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RuthlessBurgher
04-27-2011, 03:18 AM
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Another P.M.'ed pick from Discipline of Steel:

Greg Jones (LB)
Height:6'0"
Weight:242 lbs.
Arm Length:32 in.
Hand Size:10 in.
College:Michigan St.
Conference:Big 10

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Overview

Jones has been one of the most productive linebackers in college football over the last few seasons. He fits as a starting middle linebacker in a Tampa-2 or great backup with special teams upside. Displays outstanding effort and is fearless on the field but is always fighting to overcome his lack of size and strength. Flies around the field, whether pursuing the ball-carrier, rushing the passer, or dropping into coverage, but doesn't possess ideal speed or athleticism for a Tampa-2 'backer. A lot of coaching staffs would love to bring Jones' work ethic and intangibles into their locker room.

Strengths

Jones is highly productive, extremely durable and has rare intangibles. Displays great range versus the run. Relentless in pursuit, using his hands to slip blockers. Closes on the ball-carrier in a hurry and can lay the wood. Rushes the quarterback from every angle. Blitzes up the middle, comes off the edge and even puts his hand down.

Weaknesses

Lacks bulk and strength. Susceptible when teams run downhill right at him. Blockers can overwhelm him with power or get into his legs with cut blocks. Doesn't always take most direct path in pursuit. Has a tough time staying with quicker backs and tight ends in man coverage.

Grade 5.1

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RuthlessBurgher
04-27-2011, 01:11 PM
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No Iggles pick, so I'll leapfrog them with 2 teams and then assign them a player so that we can keep on moving forward. K.C. got its stud NT in Phil Taylor and got a weapon across from Dwayne Bowe in WR Torrey Smith. Now they need a pass-rushing 3-4 OLB to play opposite of Tambi Hali, because Mike Vrabel seems to have forgot which way is the path the QB at this point.

Chris Carter (DL)
Height:6'1"
Weight:248 lbs.
Arm Length:33 in.
Hand Size:9 3/8 in.
College:Fresno St.
Conference:WAC

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Overview

Carter is a college defensive end who could find a home as a backup 4-3 outside linebacker at the next level. Lacks the size and strength to keep his hand down full-time but also limited athletically. Has some redeeming qualities - shows awareness at DE that looks transferable to OLB and special teams, is accountable for his responsibilities within your defensive system, can fire off the ball and rush the passer, and does a good job tackling in tight areas. However, he isn't overly stout taking on blockers, struggles to shed, and does not project to hold up dropping into coverage. Probable rookie free agent.

Strengths

Carter has good size as a projected 4-3 outside linebacker. Locates the football in a hurry. Maintains outside contain and not fooled by misdirection. Disciplined player. Good tackler in the box. Takes direct paths to the ball-carrier. Flashes the ability to rush the passer off the edge.

Weaknesses

Does not have the size to stick at defensive end in the NFL. As a linebacker prospect, lacks athleticism to play out in space or in zone coverage. Likely to be a mismatch in man coverage. Doesn't play with much power at the point of attack. Takes too long to disengage from blockers.

Grade 6.0

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RuthlessBurgher
04-27-2011, 01:18 PM
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The Colts made Peyton happy with their first pick (protection in the form of OT Nate Solder), then made him unhappy with their second pick (how does a backup QB like Andy Dalton help Peyton win now?), and now will try to make him happy again with another weapon. At first glance, it appears that the Colts have plenty of weapons, but upon closer inspection, Reggie Wayne is getting old, Anthony Gonzalez can't stay injury free for more than 5 minutes at a time, and Austin Collie seems to be dealing with some serious recurring concussion issues. There is still tremendous value picking a WR at this point in the 3rd. The Colts will go with a pure burner this time, to give them an extra added dimension.

Titus Young (WR)
Height:5'11"
Weight:174 lbs.
Arm Length:30 7/8 in.
Hand Size:9 in.
College:Boise St.
Conference:WAC

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Overview

Young possesses the makeup and run-after-the-catch ability of an NFL slot receiver who could also contribute in the return game. Put a few really impressive statistical seasons on his resume. Has the quickness and speed to get open underneath but route-running is still somewhat or a work in progress. Was not being covered by elite defensive backs on a week-to-week basis. Size is an issue, as more physical defensive backs can out-muscle him, and limits his downfield big-play potential. Has some off-the-field and on-field behavioral issues that must be checked out. However, Young's production and "make you miss" talent will likely land him in the middle rounds.

Strengths

Young can make the first man miss on short passes. Reaches top speed in a hurry to gain yards after the catch. Does a good job beating man coverage on underneath routes and can find the soft spots in zones. Has enough speed to threaten a defense vertically at times. Very competitive.

Weaknesses

Lack of bulk and strength prevents him from winning jump ball battles. Willing to roam the middle but can be pressed at the line or bullied off his routes. Doesn't seem to drop many balls but is a body-catcher. Has been disciplined and suspended multiple times during college career.

Grade 7.2

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RuthlessBurgher
04-27-2011, 01:26 PM
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This pick is being made for pfelix. After bolstering their OL with the first two picks (OT Gabe Carimi and OG Danny Watkins), Philly needs to upgrade its biggest hole at corner opposite Asante Samuel (just in case they are not able to sign Nnamdi Asomugha once free agency starts up again).

Shareece Wright (DB)
Height:5'11"
Weight:185 lbs.
Arm Length:32 1/4 in.
Hand Size:9 1/2 in.
College:USC
Conference:Pac 10

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Overview

Wright was ruled academically ineligible for the 2009 season, but he has worked hard to salvage his career and has the potential to be drafted in April. He plays very aggressively and likes to hit in run support despite being slightly undersized. He is fast with good agility to stick in man coverage and shows good recognition skills to make plays in zone. His off the field issues, coupled with a serious neck injury in 2008, may scare off a few teams, but Wright is a talented corner and has a chance to be a mid-to-late round draft pick.

Strengths

Wright plays bigger than his listed size and has good speed. Possesses quick feet and the hip fluidity to transition smoothly and mirror in man coverage. Shows very good instincts to anticipate routes in zone and closes quickly when the ball is in the air. Willing tackler in run support and looks to deliver big shots.

Weaknesses

Does not have the deep speed to close the gap once he beat on go routes. Over aggressive at times and is susceptible to double moves. Struggles to break down ball carriers in space and does not always wrap effectively. There are questions about his maturity and durability.

Grade 4.7

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hawaiiansteel
04-27-2011, 03:10 PM
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With their 3rd round selection, the Washington Redskins pick:

John Moffitt

OG

Wisconsin

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Over the years the OL has been one of the chief areas of concern for Washington fans and Washington quarterbacks. The team that gave us the Hogs hasn't given its quarterbacks much protection lately, prompting Mike Shanahan to state recently, "We need help on the offensive line."

The Redskins had to start two converted centers at the guard positions last season. Wisconsin’s John Moffitt is one of the big reasons why Wisconsin has had the best rushing attack and offensive lines in the country the past 2 years and looks to be a great fit for the Washington Redskins. He is among the strongest players in this years draft and combined with his size he is an absolute monster.

John Moffitt Scouting Report

Strengths:

Saw significant playing time throughout his career at both guard and center. A dominant run blocker. Solid fundamentals. Comes from a program that has produced multiple quality offensive linemen. Plays with a nasty demeanor and consistently finishes off blocks. A strong lower body allows him to hold his ground against bull rushers.

Weaknesses:

Limited athleticism. Will rarely get to the second level. Slow getting off the snap. May struggle with some of the more athletic interior linemen at the next level.

Summary:

Moffitt is a physical run blocker and could come off the board as early as the 2nd round to a team looking to fill that specific hole. Moffitt is a dominant run blocker who can really pave holes and move some people around while run blocking. Moffitt really is everything you would want out of a guard, size, strength, and nastiness. He could start at guard or center from day 1, and should start for a long time in the league.

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RuthlessBurgher
04-27-2011, 03:18 PM
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It's sure it fun to have 5 picks in the first 3 rounds. The Chargers got their 5 technique DE and rush linebacker on defense (Cameron Heyward and Sam Acho) and also got a tall receiver and a big ol' right tackle on offense (Jonathan Baldwin and Jah Reid) so far. With potential free agency still up in the air at this point, San Diego's top three inside linebackers (Kevin Burnett, Stephen Cooper and Brandon Siler) are all currently free agents, so it is important to draft some depth at ILB in case more than one of those guys end up signing elsewhere eventually.

Colin McCarthy (LB)
Height:6'1"
Weight:238 lbs.
Arm Length:29 1/2 in.
Hand Size:10 1/4 in.
College:Miami
Conference:ACC

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Overview

McCarthy has a chance to win a job as a starting middle or strong side linebacker. Has great size. Exhibits very good instincts diagnosing against the run and when asked to play in zone coverage. Has enough speed and athleticism for the next level but isn't a guy you want locked up in man coverage or isolated in space against playmakers. Needs to watch his composure at times and stay under control. Put together two productive seasons after a serious shoulder injury so he should check out medically. McCarthy currently carries a Day 2 draft grade.

Strengths

McCarthy has ideal bulk and good height for a middle 'backer. Is a sound player with good awareness. Rarely takes false steps or gets fooled by misdirection. Can get off blocks and find the football. Arrives at the ball-carrier quickly inside the box. Good tackler. Tough player with a good work ethic.

Weaknesses

Received a medical redshirt for a serious shoulder injury in 2008. Can be taken advantage of in open space. Will play wild, over run plays and wiff at times. Was taken off the field at Miami in many obvious passing downs. Isn't an overly fluid athlete and struggles in man coverage.

Grade 6.1

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steelblood
04-27-2011, 03:26 PM
The Ravens select...

Edmond Gates WR Abilene Christian University

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The ravens are getting their speedster WR. Gates isn't much of a route runner, but he has blazing 4.3 40 speed. If he can develop better quickness out of his breaks, Gates has the potential to be a very good starting WR. For now, he is the deep threat the Ravens have been missing.

steelblood
04-27-2011, 03:27 PM
The Falcons select...

Jason Pinkston, OT Pittsburgh

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Clabo and Dahl are both potential free agents. Sam Baker is average at best. Help is needed.

Pinkston is a good run blocker and a decent technician. He has good feet and can probably play RT or G at the pro level. He can also be an emergency LT.

RuthlessBurgher
04-27-2011, 03:34 PM
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Two picks in each of the first three rounds sure can fill a lot of needs. In the front seven on defense, a hybrid pash rusher and a 5-technique CE were added (Aldon Smith and Christian Ballard), reinforcements were added along an aging o-line at multiple positions (Derek Sherrod and Stefen Wisniewski) and skill position weapons were added as well (Mark Ingram and this speedy wideout that can take the top off of the defense).

Jerrel Jernigan (WR)
Height:5'9"
Weight:185 lbs.
Arm Length:32 in.
Hand Size:9 1/4 in.
College:Troy
Conference:Sun Belt

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Overview

Jernigan is flat-out a playmaaker who has the ability to make an immediate impact as a return man at the next level. He has excellent speed to stretch the field and the hip fluidity to maintain momentum in transition and separate out of his breaks. He lacks the size to be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL, but he is a slippery runner in the open field after the catch and projects to be a weapon in the slot. He has a chance to be a second-rounder.

Strengths

Jernigan has outstanding speed. Explodes off the line and is a nightmare to bring down after the catch in the open field. Uses an effective repertoire of fakes to gain extra separation. Fearless going over the middle on crossing routes. Versatile athlete that is a weapon as a return man.

Weaknesses

Undersized and struggles to beat the press off the line of scrimmage and is not much of a downfield blocker. Not a polished route runner and tends to telegraph his routes. Does not have a large catching radius and will struggle to make catches in the red zone against taller defensive backs.

Grade 6.3

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hawaiiansteel
04-27-2011, 04:20 PM
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With their 3rd round selection, the Chicago Bears pick:


Joseph Barksdale
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Offensive Tackle
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LSU

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Franchise QB Jay Cutler took a beating last year. If the Bears offense expects to make any strides under Mike Martz it has to start with the offensive line protecting Jay Cutler better. Being that the Bears offensive line gave up an NFL leading 56 sacks it is no secret that at least two new starters have to be on the offensive line. Having addressed the OG position with Will Rackley in Round 2, it is now time to upgrade at OT.

The Bears are in dire need of a franchise left tackle who can protect Cutler. 2008 first round pick Chris Williams was moved from left tackle to guard last season and has been a huge disappointment thus far.

Angelo wanted to address the offensive tackle early with the first round pick but unfortunately none of the top tier OTs fell to them so the Bears took the BPA with DT Marvin Austin instead. However, good fortune has now smiled upon the Bears as their future LT is still available here late in the 3rd round.


Joseph Barksdale Scouting Report

By Matt McGuire

Strengths:

Solid size and frame to add bulk
Long arms
Very light on his feet
Fluid, smooth athlete
Outstanding technician
A natural knee bender and keeps pads low
Love his balance and body control
Patient pass protector; sits in his stance, not over-aggressive
Displays explosiveness
Nice range and can be isolated 1v1
Reacts quickly to counter moves; good instincts
Understands angles
Comfortable in space
Starter in SEC since sophomore year
Terrific hand punch; keeps hands inside
Fantastic agility
Gets solid arm extension
Moves to second level with ease
Heavy hands
Highly consistent in pass protection
Huge upside and potential
Durable
Great skill set for an NFL left tackle ??

Weaknesses:

Doesn't always finish his blocks
Not the most powerful run blocker
A little finesse; might lack a mean streak
Could get more push in run game
Occasionally misses assignments
Lacks some vision and awareness ?

Overall:

Joseph Barksdale is a very underrated player in this years draft and I have yet to figure out why he doesn't get the attention he deserves. He has been rock solid for the Tigers for 3 straight years and during that time has been arguably the most consistent offensive tackle in college football. Barksdale's best attribute is his football IQ and ability to perfectly position his body to open holes as a run blocker and wall of pass rushers while protecting. He quickly gets into a wide set and extends his very long arms to re-route defenders.

Barksdale has a lot of upside, as somebody who is already very reliable and consistent, but still has room to get better. Barksdale is not flashy nor dominant, but he is very reliable and should be a starter for a long time at the next level.

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hawaiiansteel
04-27-2011, 05:37 PM
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With their 3rd round selection the Tennessee Titans pick:

Chimdi Chekwa

CB

Ohio State

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Tennessee has a big need at cornerback. Alterraun Verner proved to be a pretty decent steal as a fourth-round rookie last season, but the Titans’ pass defense as a unit underperformed ranking 29th out of 32 NFL teams giving up a whopping 252 yds per game. Chimdi Chekwa has the necessary height and speed as he ran a 4.38 at 6-0, 191, at his Pro Day and displays the playmaking qualities the Titans need in their defensive backfield.


Chimdi Chekwa Scouting Report

Strengths:

Elite speed; has the athleticism to quickly recover from mistakes. A tough corner who isn’t afraid to get physical with bigger receivers. A willing tackler. Does a nice job stepping up in run support. Very fluid in man coverage; an elite athlete who can turn and run with any receiver. Tons of experience against top competition; a three year starter who also saw significant playing time as a freshman.

Weaknesses: Lacks the elite size to be a dominant shutdown corner. Overaggressive at times; he’ll bite on fakes in an effort to go for the interception and occasionally gets beat deep. Doesn’t have great ball skills. Suffered a broken wrist in 2011 Sugar Bowl.

Comments: Chekwa lacks the raw skills and size necessary to be an elite prospect, but his speed and athleticism should make him a quality nickel corner at the very least. Having started for three years under Jim Tressel, you can be confident that he’ll come to camp ready to play a significant role as a rookie. He’s a very safe mid-round pick and could come off the board as high as the late 2nd round due to his impressive athleticism.

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steelblood
04-27-2011, 06:06 PM
Sorry. I sent my picks to Ruthless, but he must have gotten busy too.

Anyway....

The Pittsburgh Steelers select......

Taiwan Jones, RB, Eastern Washington

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Jones runs very fast and was ridiculously productive at Eastern Washington, but he is a raw player with an injury history. The Steelers feel that he can put on ten pounds and be an excellent change of pace/third down back. They also feel he can be a good KR and even play some wide receiver.

pfelix73
04-27-2011, 07:33 PM
The World Champion Green Bay Packers Select:


Terrell McClain DT South Florida

steelblood
04-27-2011, 07:42 PM
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With the 97th pick and final pick of the third round and Planet Steelers Mock Draft the Carolina Panthers select.........

Greg Romeus, Defensive End, Pittsburgh

Owner Jerry Richardson says, "We didn't draft Cam Newton?"

pfelix73
04-27-2011, 07:55 PM
A big thank you to Ruthless for putting this together again. And also for picking up the ball when a few of us dropped it on some of these picks. :lol:


:Bow

:Clap

RuthlessBurgher
04-27-2011, 08:04 PM
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I always have fun with it. Keeps that last week-and-a-half before the actual draft moving along nicely. Although I do enjoy running a whole bunch of teams, I do think the Board Mock overall was better a few years ago when there was a more diverse set of opinions that added to the draft as a whole. As long as folks stay interested, I'll keep doing it!

steelblood
04-28-2011, 07:09 AM
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I always have fun with it. Keeps that last week-and-a-half before the actual draft moving along nicely. Although I do enjoy running a whole bunch of teams, I do think the Board Mock overall was better a few years ago when there was a more diverse set of opinions that added to the draft as a whole. As long as folks stay interested, I'll keep doing it!

Thanks very much. Hopefully, we'll get better participation next year.

RuthlessBurgher
04-29-2011, 02:55 AM
I picked Cameron Heyward to go to San Diego at 1.18 in our draft here. Guess we got good value at 1.31, eh?

hawaiiansteel
04-29-2011, 01:35 PM
I picked Cameron Heyward to go to San Diego at 1.18 in our draft here. Guess we got good value at 1.31, eh?


and we saved the 2nd, 4th and 5th round picks we would have needed to move up to #17 ahead of San Diego for Heyward...Colbert is a friggen genius, huh? :D

RuthlessBurgher
05-06-2011, 04:31 PM
Let's see how I did in our mock vs. how the actual teams did in the real draft (listing rounds 1-3 only, since that is how far our mock went). Note: There may be a different number of picks in first three rounds because I may have traded up or down in the mock, and the team may have traded up or down in the real draft.

Denver:

I took CB Patrick Peterson, DT Stephen Paea, and DT Jarvis Jenkins

They took LB Von Miller, FS Rahim Moore, OG Orlando Franklin, and ILB Nate Irving

Survey says: I like mine better. It's amazing that 99.44% of all mocks had Marcel Dareus to Denver, but he went to Carolina in our mock and to Buffalo in the real draft. Miller is a heck of a player, but linebackers aren't the playmakers in the 4-3 that they are in the 3-4 (I think Miller may end up like Seattle's top 5 pick from a couple of years ago Aaron Curry...solid but not spectacular because of the system he is in). Meanwhile, I think Peterson is the best player in the draft and could have learned the ropes from an aging Champ Bailey. I also found it odd that they did not address the DT spot in rounds 2 or 3 after passing on Dareus, since quality d-linemen are vital when you are switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3 like Denver is...in fact, I thought DT was such a big need for them that I nabbed 2 of them in rounds 2 & 3.


Buffalo:

I took QB Cam Newton, TE Kyle Rudolph, and OT James Brewer

They took DT Marcel Dareus, CB/FS Aaron Williams, and ILB Kelvin Sheppard

Survey says: I like theirs better. If Dareus was on the board for Buffalo in our mock, I would have taken him. The Bills are obviously satisfied with Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB for the time being (they did not draft a QB at all), and if he falls on his face, then they could be in the running for Andrew Luck, which should be much better than Cam Newton, in my opinion.


Cincinnati:

I took QB Blaine Gabbert, FS Rahim Moore, and RB Ryan Williams

They took WR A.J. Green, QB Andy Dalton, and OLB Dontay Moch

Survey says: I like theirs better. Green is a beast, and they ended up with a QB they like in round 2 anyway. I think Moch is miscast in a 4-3, though...he's probably better suited in a 3-4. I think they should have jumped on one of the top RB candidates like I did in round 3, because Ced Benson is a free agent that is likely on his last legs anyway.


Arizona:

I took LB Von Miller, QB Ryan Mallett, OLB Dontay Moch

They took CB Patrick Peterson, RB Ryan Williams, and TE Robert Housler

Survey says: I like mine better. Even though Peterson is my favorite player in the draft and they were lucky to have him fall into their laps, I think that the Cardinals' two biggest needs were QB and pass rush, and they addressed neither of them in the first 3 rounds. They are putting all their eggs in the free agent QB basket, which might blow up in their face again like it did last year when they signed Derek Anderson. With the ancient duo of Joey Porter and Clark Haggans at OLB, they needed a pass rusher much more than they needed another RB to go with Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower, or a TE who is more of an athlete at this point than a polished football player.


Cleveland:

I took: WR A.J. Green, DE Jabaal Sheard, and DT Drake Nevis

They took: DT Phil Taylor, DE Jabaal Sheard, and WR Greg Little

Survey says: While I like the three players I took in the first 3 rounds over the three players they took in the first 3 rounds, I like the overall deal they got to obtain Atlanta's 1, 2, & 4 this year and 1 & 4 next year. For a team in rebuilding mode like the Browns, you can't turn that bounty down. It's funny that Atlanta offered the deal to Cincy first to go after A.J. Green, and they passed. The lesson, as always, is that Mike Brown's apple fell WAY far from Paul Brown's tree.


St. Louis:

I took: WR Julio Jones and DT Jurell Casey

They took: DE Robert Quinn, TE Lance Kendricks, and WR Austin Pettis

Survey says: I like mine better. My Rams traded up to get Julio and paid much less than the Falcons did to get him in the real draft. The Rams needed an impact #1 WR for Sam Bradford, and while Pettis and Salas are respectible wideouts (I like them both), they are both possession type guys instead of gamebreakers.


Detroit:

I took: OT Tyron Smith, CB Brandon Harris, and LB Mason Foster

They took: DT Nick Fairley, WR Titus Young, and RB Mikel Leshoure

Survey says: I like theirs better. Nick Fairley pairing up with Ndomakong Suh, Titus Young pairing up with Calvin Johnson, and Mikel Leshoure pairing up with Jahvid Best. Awesome job by Detroit here. I think they challenge for a wild card spot this year (provided Matt Stafford can stay healthy).


New England:

I took: OLB Aldon Smith, OT Derek Sherrod, RB Mark Ingram, DE Christian Ballard, C/G Stefen Wisniewski, and WR Jerrel Jernigan

They took: OT Nate Solder, CB Ras-I Dowling, RB Shane Vereen, RB Stevan Ridley, QB Ryan Mallett

Survey says: I like mine better. I don't care that they massaged the draft boards again and ended up with 2 firsts and 2 seconds again next year...eventually you have to use these picks and turn them into productive players while #12 is still your QB. New England has lost their last 3 playoff games and a major reason why is they have no pass rush. They ignored their pass rush again. Two running backs and a backup QB? Really?


San Diego:

I took: DE Cameron Heyward, WR Jonathan Baldwin, OLB Sam Acho, OT Jah Reid, and LB Colin McCarthy

They took: DT Corey Liuget, CB Marcus Gilchrist, LB Jonas Mouton, WR Vincent Brown, and CB Shareece Wright

Survey says: I like mine better. While I think Liuget is a solid player, I think he will be miscast in San Diego's 3-4...he's a prototypical 4-3 DT. San Diego also seemed to make some questionable reaches after that...I think my mock picks brought much more value than their actual picks.


Kansas City:

I took: NT Phil Taylor, WR Torrey Smith, and OLB Chris Carter

They took: WR Jonathan Baldwin, C/G Rodney Hudson, DE Justin Houston, DE Allen Bailey

Survey says: I like theirs better. Trading down with Cleveland got them another 3rd round pick, which I like. We both took an early wideout to draw attention from Dwayne Bowe and we both took chances on guys with questionable character/work ethic (Taylor, Baldwin/Houston). They were able to address their OL early with a solid pick in Hudson, while I was not able to make such an improvement with only 3 picks in hand. You can see that I did like the eventual 5th round pick of the Steelers, since I took him in round 3 for K.C.


Indianapolis:

I took: OT Nate Solder, QB Andy Dalton, and WR Titus Young

They took: OT Anthony Castonzo, T/G Ben Ijalana, and DT Drake Nevis

Survey says: I like theirs better. They double dipped on the OL, which I like (when I re-mocked the 2nd round myself after round 1 was in the books, I gave Ijalana to the Colts, so I obviously think it is a good solid fit). Plus I think Drake Nevis could be an active DT, which has been a trouble spot for Indy for some years now.


There you have it. I liked mine better 5 times and theirs better 6 times (I thought about making K.C. a push, which would have evened things out overall, but ties are like kissing your sister...and we wouldn't want that, now would we?).

Any other folks that want to give input about how they felt their mock turned out vs. the real thing, feel free to post your thoughts here as well!

hawaiiansteel
05-07-2011, 04:38 PM
Let's see how I did in our mock vs. how the actual teams did in the real draft (listing rounds 1-3 only, since that is how far our mock went). Note: There may be a different number of picks in first three rounds because I may have traded up or down in the mock, and the team may have traded up or down in the real draft.

Denver:

I took CB Patrick Peterson, DT Stephen Paea, and DT Jarvis Jenkins

They took LB Von Miller, FS Rahim Moore, OG Orlando Franklin, and ILB Nate Irving

Survey says: I like mine better. It's amazing that 99.44% of all mocks had Marcel Dareus to Denver, but he went to Carolina in our mock and to Buffalo in the real draft. Miller is a heck of a player, but linebackers aren't the playmakers in the 4-3 that they are in the 3-4 (I think Miller may end up like Seattle's top 5 pick from a couple of years ago Aaron Curry...solid but not spectacular because of the system he is in). Meanwhile, I think Peterson is the best player in the draft and could have learned the ropes from an aging Champ Bailey. I also found it odd that they did not address the DT spot in rounds 2 or 3 after passing on Dareus, since quality d-linemen are vital when you are switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3 like Denver is...in fact, I thought DT was such a big need for them that I nabbed 2 of them in rounds 2 & 3.


Buffalo:

I took QB Cam Newton, TE Kyle Rudolph, and OT James Brewer

They took DT Marcel Dareus, CB/FS Aaron Williams, and ILB Kelvin Sheppard

Survey says: I like theirs better. If Dareus was on the board for Buffalo in our mock, I would have taken him. The Bills are obviously satisfied with Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB for the time being (they did not draft a QB at all), and if he falls on his face, then they could be in the running for Andrew Luck, which should be much better than Cam Newton, in my opinion.


Cincinnati:

I took QB Blaine Gabbert, FS Rahim Moore, and RB Ryan Williams

They took WR A.J. Green, QB Andy Dalton, and OLB Dontay Moch

Survey says: I like theirs better. Green is a beast, and they ended up with a QB they like in round 2 anyway. I think Moch is miscast in a 4-3, though...he's probably better suited in a 3-4. I think they should have jumped on one of the top RB candidates like I did in round 3, because Ced Benson is a free agent that is likely on his last legs anyway.


Arizona:

I took LB Von Miller, QB Ryan Mallett, OLB Dontay Moch

They took CB Patrick Peterson, RB Ryan Williams, and TE Robert Housler

Survey says: I like mine better. Even though Peterson is my favorite player in the draft and they were lucky to have him fall into their laps, I think that the Cardinals' two biggest needs were QB and pass rush, and they addressed neither of them in the first 3 rounds. They are putting all their eggs in the free agent QB basket, which might blow up in their face again like it did last year when they signed Derek Anderson. With the ancient duo of Joey Porter and Clark Haggans at OLB, they needed a pass rusher much more than they needed another RB to go with Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower, or a TE who is more of an athlete at this point than a polished football player.


Cleveland:

I took: WR A.J. Green, DE Jabaal Sheard, and DT Drake Nevis

They took: DT Phil Taylor, DE Jabaal Sheard, and WR Greg Little

Survey says: While I like the three players I took in the first 3 rounds over the three players they took in the first 3 rounds, I like the overall deal they got to obtain Atlanta's 1, 2, & 4 this year and 1 & 4 next year. For a team in rebuilding mode like the Browns, you can't turn that bounty down. It's funny that Atlanta offered the deal to Cincy first to go after A.J. Green, and they passed. The lesson, as always, is that Mike Brown's apple fell WAY far from Paul Brown's tree.


St. Louis:

I took: WR Julio Jones and DT Jurell Casey

They took: DE Robert Quinn, TE Lance Kendricks, and WR Austin Pettis

Survey says: I like mine better. My Rams traded up to get Julio and paid much less than the Falcons did to get him in the real draft. The Rams needed an impact #1 WR for Sam Bradford, and while Pettis and Salas are respectible wideouts (I like them both), they are both possession type guys instead of gamebreakers.


Detroit:

I took: OT Tyron Smith, CB Brandon Harris, and LB Mason Foster

They took: DT Nick Fairley, WR Titus Young, and RB Mikel Leshoure

Survey says: I like theirs better. Nick Fairley pairing up with Ndomakong Suh, Titus Young pairing up with Calvin Johnson, and Mikel Leshoure pairing up with Jahvid Best. Awesome job by Detroit here. I think they challenge for a wild card spot this year (provided Matt Stafford can stay healthy).


New England:

I took: OLB Aldon Smith, OT Derek Sherrod, RB Mark Ingram, DE Christian Ballard, C/G Stefen Wisniewski, and WR Jerrel Jernigan

They took: OT Nate Solder, CB Ras-I Dowling, RB Shane Vereen, RB Stevan Ridley, QB Ryan Mallett

Survey says: I like mine better. I don't care that they massaged the draft boards again and ended up with 2 firsts and 2 seconds again next year...eventually you have to use these picks and turn them into productive players while #12 is still your QB. New England has lost their last 3 playoff games and a major reason why is they have no pass rush. They ignored their pass rush again. Two running backs and a backup QB? Really?


San Diego:

I took: DE Cameron Heyward, WR Jonathan Baldwin, OLB Sam Acho, OT Jah Reid, and LB Colin McCarthy

They took: DT Corey Liuget, CB Marcus Gilchrist, LB Jonas Mouton, WR Vincent Brown, and CB Shareece Wright

Survey says: I like mine better. While I think Liuget is a solid player, I think he will be miscast in San Diego's 3-4...he's a prototypical 4-3 DT. San Diego also seemed to make some questionable reaches after that...I think my mock picks brought much more value than their actual picks.


Kansas City:

I took: NT Phil Taylor, WR Torrey Smith, and OLB Chris Carter

They took: WR Jonathan Baldwin, C/G Rodney Hudson, DE Justin Houston, DE Allen Bailey

Survey says: I like theirs better. Trading down with Cleveland got them another 3rd round pick, which I like. We both took an early wideout to draw attention from Dwayne Bowe and we both took chances on guys with questionable character/work ethic (Taylor, Baldwin/Houston). They were able to address their OL early with a solid pick in Hudson, while I was not able to make such an improvement with only 3 picks in hand. You can see that I did like the eventual 5th round pick of the Steelers, since I took him in round 3 for K.C.


Indianapolis:

I took: OT Nate Solder, QB Andy Dalton, and WR Titus Young

They took: OT Anthony Castonzo, T/G Ben Ijalana, and DT Drake Nevis

Survey says: I like theirs better. They double dipped on the OL, which I like (when I re-mocked the 2nd round myself after round 1 was in the books, I gave Ijalana to the Colts, so I obviously think it is a good solid fit). Plus I think Drake Nevis could be an active DT, which has been a trouble spot for Indy for some years now.


There you have it. I liked mine better 5 times and theirs better 6 times (I thought about making K.C. a push, which would have evened things out overall, but ties are like kissing your sister...and we wouldn't want that, now would we?).

Any other folks that want to give input about how they felt their mock turned out vs. the real thing, feel free to post your thoughts here as well!


I'm gonna be busy this weekend taking out my two Moms (my wife's and my own) so I probably won't be able to start working on it until Monday but I'll post a team-by-team summary using your format soon.

it's good to be humbled on occasion... :)

hawaiiansteel
05-09-2011, 11:57 PM
going over the selections for my teams it looks like I actually got one perfectly right:


Miami Dolphins http://www.walterfootball.com/images/fball/dolphinsb_logo.gif

I took: 1 (15) Mike Pouncey, C , Florida.?3 (79) Daniel Thomas, RB , Kansas State

MIAMI?took:?1 (15) Mike Pouncey, C , Florida.?2 (62) Daniel Thomas, RB , Kansas State

Analysis: Mike Pouncey should be a starter from Day One. Daniel Thomas should compete for a starting spot, especially if Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown go free.

Summary: I actually did better than the Dolphins did because I didn't have to trade up into the 2nd round to draft Daniel Thomas, instead standing pat and getting him at 3 (79).