View Full Version : Walter's Free Agency Draft; We end up with Ike Taylor at #31

05-09-2011, 12:34 PM

2011 NFL Free Agency Draft
Last update: Monday, May 9, 2011.

This is something new that I thought would be pretty fun. It's what it sounds like - if free agency occurred in a draft format, who would be the top picks? I've excluded all the free agents that have been franchised or tendered at fewer than four years.

Carolina Panthers: Nnamdi Asomugha, CB, Raiders. Age: 30.
This is a pretty easy first pick. Nnamdi Asomugha is the only available 5-star free agent in my 2011 NFL Free Agency Rankings. Corner is not Carolina's biggest need, but no team would pass up the chance of landing arguably the top cornerback in the NFL.

Denver Broncos: Barry Cofield, DT, Giants. Age: 27.
The Broncos have to skip all of the 4.5-star free agents because they've backed themselves into a corner. They have absolutely nothing at defensive tackle. Barry Cofield happens to be the best player available at the position.

Buffalo Bills: Paul Posluszny, ILB, Bills. Age: 26.
A major reason why the Bills never make the playoffs is because they misevaluate their own talent. They inexplicably fall in love with their own mediocre players when it's very obvious that an upgrade is needed. However, Paul Posluszny is one of the few talented players on the team, so Buffalo would re-sign him above anything else.

Cincinnati Bengals: Johnathan Joseph, CB, Bengals. Age: 27.
Sorry, this is another boring pick. But the Bengals have made it clear that re-signing Johnathan Joseph is their top priority. That's why they passed on Patrick Peterson in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Arizona Cardinals: Willie Colon, OT, Steelers. Age: 30.
I'm pretty surprised that the Cardinals didn't upgrade their offensive line in the 2011 NFL Draft. Kevin Kolb will need some protection next year, and I'm sure Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm would love to work with Willie Colon again.

Cleveland Browns: Santonio Holmes, WR, Jets. Age: 27.
Trading with the Falcons was a no-brainer for Cleveland. Getting all of those picks was huge. However, I'm sure the Browns would love to obtain a No. 1 wide receiver, and Santonio Holmes is definitely more sure-handed than Julio Jones.

San Francisco 49ers: Eric Weddle, S, Chargers. Age: 26.
The 49ers don't have a huge need at safety, but there is definitely room for improvement. Besides, Eric Weddle is just one of two remaining 4.5-star free agents, and Stephen Tulloch would have to make a scheme change into a 3-4.

Tennessee Titans: Stephen Tulloch, ILB, Titans. Age: 26.
And there's the last 4.5-star free agent. I'm sure the Titans would love to retain Stephen Tulloch, but I doubt that's going to happen in real life. Tennessee is in complete re-building mode, so I'll be surprised if Tulloch wants to stick around.

Dallas Cowboys: Doug Free, OT, Cowboys. Age: 27.
I swear, this is one of the last boring picks - I just find it hard to believe that Jerry Jones would let the promising Doug Free get away.

Washington Redskins: Sidney Rice, WR, Vikings. Age: 25.
The Redskins have Anthony Armstrong, Leonard Hankerson, Niles Paul and Aldrick Robinson at receiver. Not exactly the most talented wideout corps in the league. Sidney Rice would come in and automatically become a reliable No. 1 receiver for John Beck.

Houston Texans: Dawan Landry, SS, Ravens. Age: 28.
The Texans upgraded the front seven of their defense in the 2011 NFL Draft, so they go for the best defensive back available. Pretty much any free agent ranked three stars or better would instantly help an anemic Houston secondary.

Minnesota Vikings: Ray Edwards, DE, Vikings. Age: 26.
OK, I lied. Here's another boring pick. But the Vikings would love to retain Ray Edwards in an attempt to keep their once-vaunted defensive line intact.

Detroit Lions: Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Giants. Age: 28.
I've learned my lesson. I'm not going to force a left tackle or a cornerback here. The Lions always go for the best player available, and in this case, it's Mathia Kiwanuka, who would look great next to Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.

St. Louis Rams: Brandon Mebane, DT, Seahawks. Age: 26.
The Rams were projected to go after Corey Liuget or even Nick Fairley with the 14th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, but Robert Quinn fell into their lap. They still need help next to Fred Robbins.

Miami Dolphins: DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers. Age: 27.
I know the Dolphins obtained Daniel Thomas at the end of the second round, but they can't be completely confident in his ability to carry the load. I'm sure Miami would still love it if Williams decided to take his talents to South Beach.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Charles Johnson, DE, Panthers. Age: 25.
I can't believe the Jaguars didn't address the defensive end position in the 2011 NFL Draft. They almost have to make this free agency pick.

Oakland Raiders: Zach Miller, TE, Raiders. Age: 25.
"I must... keep my... great playas... quick... assistant gargoyle... make sure... Pete Rozelle... knows... I want to keep... Zach Milla..."

San Diego Chargers: Danieal Manning, S, Bears. Age: 29.
The Chargers lost Eric Weddle in this imaginary free agency draft, so they'd consider the next-best safety as a replacement.

New York Giants: Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Giants. Age: 25.
The Giants didn't pick a running back until the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft, so if they lose Ahmad Bradshaw, they'll only have Brandon Jacobs and Da'Rel Scott at the position. Having them keep Bradshaw is a no-brainer.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jammal Brown, OT, Redskins. Age: 30.
Jammal Brown is one of the top players available, and he'll easily upgrade the right tackle position to give Josh Freeman more time in the pocket.

Kansas City Chiefs: Tyson Clabo, OT, Falcons. Age: 29.
The Chiefs wanted to draft Nate Solder, but the Patriots grabbed him at No. 17. Tyson Clabo could easily fill the void at right tackle that Kansas City is looking for.

Indianapolis Colts: Michael Bush, RB, Raiders. Age: 27.
The Colts made the appropriate offensive line upgrades in the 2011 NFL Draft, but they still probably won't be able to run the ball. The talented Michael Bush would easily upgrade a pedestrian running back corps.

Philadelphia Eagles: Chris Carr, CB, Ravens. Age: 28.
The Eagles will be going after Nnamdi Asomugha in free agency, but he's not a realistic option in this fake mock draft. Instead, Philadelphia has to settle for the underrated Chris Carr, who is definitely not a bad consolation prize.

New Orleans Saints: Cullen Jenkins, DT, Packers. Age: 30.
Cullen Jenkins moves back to the 4-3. The Saints found help at defensive end in the 2011 NFL Draft, but they weren't able to upgrade the nose tackle position. Shaun Rogers is not a realistic solution.

Seattle Seahawks: Braylon Edwards, WR, Jets. Age: 28.
Charlie Whitehurst is probably going to struggle in 2011 - especially if the Seahawks can't secure a No. 1 receiver. I'm not a fan of Braylon Edwards, but he would unquestionably be the top wideout on Seattle's roster.

Baltimore Ravens: Josh Wilson, CB, Ravens. Age: 26.
It's a close call between Antonio Cromartie and Josh Wilson, but I'm sure the Ravens would rather keep their guy. Baltimore will have to re-sign one of its corners as a complement for Jimmy Smith.

Atlanta Falcons: Harvey Dahl, G, Falcons. Age: 30.
Another team keeping its star free agent. This is for good reason - the Falcons can't afford to lose their linemen to other teams. Harvey Dahl is the best of the bunch.

New England Patriots: Manny Lawson, DE/OLB, 49ers. Age: 27.
The Patriots weren't able to find front-seven upgrades in the 2011 NFL Draft. Manny Lawson is the best player available of all the five-techniques and rush linebackers. He's not a great pass-rusher, but maybe Bill Belichick and his coaching staff will be able to teach him a few things.

Chicago Bears: Jason Babin, DE, Titans. Age: 31.
This is the last thing NFC North quarterbacks want to see - a dangerous pass-rusher across from Julius Peppers. The fans chanting for Da'Quan Bowers at the 2011 NFL Draft will undoubtedly be satisfied with the addition of Jason Babin.

New York Jets: Quintin Mikell, SS, Eagles. Age: 30.
The Jets could use some help at safety. Quintin Mikell is one of the better players available. The Eagles will definitely allow him to hit the market in the wake of the Jaiquawn Jarrett pick.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Ike Taylor, CB, Steelers. Age: 31.
The last boring pick. The Steelers still need help at corner despite the Curtis Brown pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, so they can't afford to let Ike Taylor go.

Green Bay Packers: Stephen Bowen, DE/DT, Cowboys. Age: 27.
Cullen Jenkins is gone. Johnny Jolly has been arrested. The Packers just missed out on Muhammad Wilkerson and Cameron Heyward in the 2011 NFL Draft, so they'll make up for it with the final pick of the 2011 NFL Free Agency Draft.

05-09-2011, 12:38 PM
Ike Taylor after Chris Carr and Josh Wilson? Which NFL GMs would make that choice?

05-09-2011, 12:39 PM
Ike Taylor after Chris Carr and Josh Wilson? Which NFL GMs would make that choice?

NW Steeler
05-09-2011, 01:01 PM
I don't see the Jets letting Santonio and Edwards both walk.

05-09-2011, 01:13 PM
I don't see the Jets letting Santonio and Edwards both walk.

Yeah, I got ya, but this is just a hypothetical pretend exercise as if free agency were conducted draft style, and Cleveland and Seattle took Holmes and Edwards at #6 and #25 respectly, before the Jets had a shot to retain either of them at #30.