View Full Version : Annual PlanetSteelers Board Mock Draft (official selection thread)

04-15-2013, 10:05 AM
Please only post picks here (I'll also announce trades here if any come across my PM desk). Any trash talk or other commentary should be confined to the sister thread (also stickied for your convenience for the next week-and-a-half until the actual draft takes place).

Here is the schedule. Try to follow it as closely as possible. You may make your picks early if everyone ahead of you has already picked, but please try not to pick late (because you can be leapfrogged twice Vikings-style before I ultimately must make the pick for you so that we can move forward. Thanks). Feel free to e-mail me your wishlists in advance if you will not be at your computer during your scheduled slot.

Monday, April 15, 2013

9:00-9:59 a.m. EST Kansas City *steelblood* OT ERIC FISHER, CENTRAL MICHIGAN
10:00-10:59 a.m. EST Jacksonville *steelblood* DT SHARRIF FLOYD, FLORIDA
11:00-11:59 a.m. EST Oakland *RuthlessBurgher* DT STAR LOTULELEI, UTAH
12:00-12:59 p.m. EST Philadelphia *RuthlessBurgher* DE/OLB DION JORDAN, OREGON
1:00-1:59 p.m. EST Detroit *RuthlessBurgher* OT LUKE JOECKEL, TEXAS A&M
2:00-2:59 p.m. EST Cleveland *pfelix73* CB DEE MILLINER, ALABAMA
3:00-3:59 p.m. EST Arizona *flippy* QB GENO SMITH, WEST VIRGINIA
4:00-4:59 p.m. EST San Diego (Mock Trade with Buffalo) *RuthlessBurgher* OT LANE JOHNSON, OKLAHOMA

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

9:00-9:59 a.m. EST New York Jets *Coolie Man* DE/OLB BARKEVIOUS MINGO, LSU
10:00-10:59 a.m. EST Tennessee *RuthlessBurgher* OG CHANCE WARMACK, ALABAMA
11:00-11:59 a.m. EST Buffalo (Mock Trade with San Diego) *RuthlessBurgher* WR TAVON AUSTIN, WEST VIRGINIA
12:00-12:59 p.m. EST Miami *pfelix73* DE BJOERN WERNER, FLORIDA STATE
1:00-1:59 p.m. EST Tampa Bay *RuthlessBurgher* CB XAVIER RHODES, FLORIDA STATE
2:00-2:59 p.m. EST Carolina *RuthlessBurgher* DT SHELDON RICHARDSON, MISSOURI
3:00-3:59 p.m. EST New Orleans *RuthlessBurgher* DE/OLB EZEKIEL "ZIGGY" ANSAH, BYU
4:00-4:59 p.m. EST St. Louis *flippy* TE TYLER EIFERT, NOTRE DAME

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

9:00-9:59 a.m. EST Pittsburgh *steelblood* LB JARVIS JONES, GEORGIA
10:00-10:59 a.m. EST Dallas *RuthlessBurgher*OG JONATHAN COOPER, NORTH CAROLINA
11:00-11:59 a.m. EST New York Giants *RuthlessBurgher* OT D.J. FLUKER, ALABAMA
12:00-12:59 p.m. EST Cincinnati (Mock Trade with Chicago) *RuthlessBurgher* WR CORDARELLE PATTERSON, TENNESSEE
1:00-1:59 p.m. EST Cincinnati *RuthlessBurgher* FS KENNY VACARRO, TEXAS
2:00-2:59 p.m. EST St. Louis (Real Life Trade with Washington) *flippy* LB ALEC OGLETREE, GEORGIA
3:00-3:59 p.m. EST Minnesota *RuthlessBurgher* CB DESMOND TRUFANT, WASHINGTON
4:00-4:59 p.m. EST Indianapolis *steelblood* DE/OLB DAMONTRE MOORE, TEXAS A&M

Thursday, April 18, 2013

9:00-9:59 a.m. EST Minnesota (Real Life Trade with Seattle) *RuthlessBurgher* DT SYLVESTER WILLIAMS, NORTH CAROLINA
10:00-10:59 a.m. EST Green Bay *thor75* DT JOHN JENKINS, GEORGIA
11:00-11:59 a.m. EST Houston *SteelerOfDeVille* WR DEANDRE HOPKINS, CLEMSON
12:00-12:59 p.m. EST Denver *pfelix73* DT JESSE WILLIAMS, ALABAMA
1:00-1:59 p.m. EST Jacksonville (Mock Trade with New England) *steelblood* QB MATT BARKLEY, USC
2:00-2:59 p.m. EST Atlanta *steelblood* DE TANK CARRADINE, FLORIDA STATE
4:00-4:59 p.m. EST Baltimore *Coolie Man* LB ARTHUR BROWN, KANSAS STATE


Friday, April 19, 2013

9:00-9:29 a.m. EST New England (Mock Trade with Jacksonville) *steelblood* DT KAWANN SHORT, PURDUE
9:30-9:59 a.m. EST San Francisco (Real Life Trade with Kansas City) *Rara* DE MARGUS HUNT, SMU
10:00-10:29 a.m. EST Philadelphia *RuthlessBurgher* QB E.J. MANUEL, FLORIDA STATE
10:30-10:59 a.m. EST Detroit *RuthlessBurgher* DE DATONE JONES, UCLA
11:00-11:29 a.m. EST Chicago (Mock Trade with Cincinnati after Real Life Trade with Oakland) *RuthlessBurgher* TE ZACH ERTZ, STANFORD
11:30-10:59 a.m. EST Arizona *flippy* WR JUSTIN HUNTER, TENNESSEE
12:00-12:29 p.m. EST New York Jets *Coolie Man* RB MONTEE BALL, WISCONSIN
12:30-12:59 p.m. EST Tennessee *RuthlessBurgher* CB JAMAR TAYLOR, BOISE STATE
1:00-1:29 p.m. EST Buffalo *RuthlessBurgher* G/T JUSTIN PUGH, SYRACUSE
1:30-1:59 p.m. EST Miami *pfelix73* RB EDDIE LACY, ALABAMA
2:00-2:29 p.m. EST Tampa Bay *RuthlessBurgher* DE ALEX OKAFOR, TEXAS
2:30-2:59 p.m. EST Carolina *RuthlessBurgher* WR ROBERT WOODS, USC
3:00-3:29 p.m. EST Buffalo (Mock Trade with San Diego) *RuthlessBurgher* QB RYAN NASSIB, SYRACUSE
3:30-3:59 p.m. EST St. Louis *flippy* CB/S DAVID AMERSON, NORTH CAROLINA STATE
4:00-4:29 p.m. EST Dallas *RuthlessBurgher* S MATT ELAM, FLORIDA
4:30-4:59 p.m. EST Pittsburgh *steelblood* LB KHASEEM GREENE, RUTGERS

Monday, April 22, 2013

9:00-9:29 a.m. EST New York Giants *RuthlessBurgher* LB KEVIN MINTER, LSU
9:30-9:59 a.m. EST Chicago *RuthlessBurgher* LB MANTI TE'O, NOTRE DAME
10:00-10:29 a.m. EST Washington *RuthlessBurgher* CB JOHNTHAN BANKS, MISSISSIPPI STATE
10:30-10:59 a.m. EST Minnesota *RuthlessBurgher* WR KEENAN ALLEN, CALIFORNIA
11:00-11:29 a.m. EST Chicago (Mock Trade with Cincinnati) *RuthlessBurgher* G/T KYLE LONG, OREGON
11:30-10:59 a.m. EST Miami (Real Life Trade with Indianapolis) *pfelix73* CB D.J. HAYDEN, HOUSTON
12:00-12:29 p.m. EST Green Bay *thor75* FS PHILIP THOMAS, FRESNO STATE
12:30-12:59 p.m. EST Seattle *RuthlessBurgher* OT MENELIK WATSON, FLORIDA STATE
1:00-1:29 p.m. EST Houston *SteelerOfDeVille* DT JONATHAN HANKINS, OHIO STATE
1:30-1:59 p.m. EST Denver *pfelix73* CB BLIDI WREH-WILSON, CONNECTICUT
2:00-2:29 p.m. EST New England *steelblood* WR TERRANCE WILLIAMS, BAYLOR
2:30-2:59 p.m. EST Atlanta *steelblood* CB JORDAN POYER, OREGON STATE
3:00-3:29 p.m. EST San Francisco *Rara* RB GIOVANI BERNARD, NORTH CAROLINA
3:30-3:59 p.m. EST Baltimore *Coolie Man* OT TERRON ARMSTEAD, ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF
4:00-4:29 p.m. EST Kansas City *steelblood* QB MIKE GLENNON, NORTH CAROLINA STATE
4:30-4:59 p.m. EST Jacksonville *steelblood* DE COREY LEMONIER, AUBURN

ROUND THREE (actually round 3 started 2 picks ago, since Cleveland used their 2nd round pick in last year's supplemental draft and New Orleans lost their 2nd round pick in the BountyGate scandal, but who's counting?):

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

9:00-9:29 a.m. EST Detroit *RuthlessBurgher* CB DARIUS SLAY, MISSISSIPPI STATE
9:30-9:59 a.m. EST Oakland *RuthlessBurgher* DE SAM MONTGOMERY, LSU
10:00-10:29 a.m. EST Philadelphia *RuthlessBurgher* CB DWAYNE GRATZ, CONNECTICUT
10:30-10:59 a.m. EST Cleveland *pfelix73* WR STEDMAN BAILEY, WEST VIRGINIA
11:00-11:29 a.m. EST Arizona *flippy* RB MARCUS LATTIMORE, SOUTH CAROLINA
11:30-10:59 a.m. EST Tennessee *RuthlessBurgher* TE VANCE MCDONALD, RICE
12:00-12:29 p.m. EST San Diego (Mock Trade with Buffalo) *RuthlessBurgher* OG LARRY WARFORD, KENTUCKY
12:30-12:59 p.m. EST New York Jets *Coolie Man* CB TYRANN MATHIEU, LSU
1:00-1:29 p.m. EST Tampa Bay *RuthlessBurgher* CB ROBERT ALFORD, SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA
1:30-1:59 p.m. EST San Francisco (Real Life Trade with Carolina) *Rara* TE TRAVIS KELCE, CINCINNATI
2:00-2:29 p.m. EST New Orleans *RuthlessBurgher* S D.J. SWEARINGER, SOUTH CAROLINA
2:30-2:59 p.m. EST San Diego *RuthlessBurgher* LB JAMIE COLLINS, SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
3:00-3:29 p.m. EST Miami *pfelix73* OT DAVID BAKHTIARI, COLORADO
3:30-3:59 p.m. EST St. Louis *flippy* WR QUINTON PATTON, LOUISIANA TECH
4:00-4:29 p.m. EST Pittsburgh *steelblood* RB LE'VEON BELL, MICHIGAN STATE
4:30-4:59 p.m. EST Dallas *RuthlessBurgher* C/G BARRETT JONES, ALABAMA

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

9:00-9:29 a.m. EST New York Giants *RuthlessBurgher* CB LOGAN RYAN, RUTGERS
9:30-9:59 a.m. EST Miami (Real Life Trade with Chicago) *pfelix73* TE GAVIN ESCOBAR, SAN DIEGO STATE
10:00-10:29 a.m. EST Minnesota *RuthlessBurgher* LB SIO MOORE, CONNECTICUT
10:30-10:59 a.m. EST Cincinnati *RuthlessBurgher* RB JONATHAN FRANKLIN, UCLA
11:00-11:29 a.m. EST Washington *RuthlessBurgher* LB KIKO ALONSO, OREGON
11:30-10:59 a.m. EST Indianapolis *steelblood* OT CHRIS FAULK, LSU
12:00-12:29 p.m. EST Seattle *RuthlessBurgher* OG BRIAN WINTERS, KENT STATE
12:30-12:59 p.m. EST Green Bay *thor75* RB STEPFAN TAYLOR, STANFORD
1:00-1:29 p.m. EST Houston *SteelerOfDeVille* LB JON BOSTIC, FLORIDA
1:30-1:59 p.m. EST Denver *pfelix73* S SHAMARKO THOMAS, SYRACUSE
2:00-2:29 p.m. EST New England *steelblood* OT ODAY ABOUSHI, VIRGINIA
2:30-2:59 p.m. EST Atlanta *steelblood* DT BRANDON WILLIAMS, MISSOURI SOUTHERN STATE
3:00-3:29 p.m. EST San Francisco *Rara* WR AARON MELLETTE, ELON
3:30-3:59 p.m. EST Baltimore *Coolie Man* S J.J. WILCOX, GEORGIA SOUTHERN
4:00-4:29 p.m. EST Houston (Compensatory Selection) *SteelerOfDeVille* OT DALLAS THOMAS, TENNESSEE
4:30-4:59 p.m. EST Kansas City (Compensatory Selection) *steelblood* WR DA'RICK ROGERS, TENNESSEE TECH
5:00-5:29 p.m. EST Tennessee (Compensatory Selection) *RuthlessBurgher* DE SAM MONTGOMERY, LSU


Thursday, April 25, 2013


San Diego trades 1.11 (1250; Bills select WR Tavon Austin), 2.45 (450; Bills select QB Ryan Nassib), and 6.179 (20.8) for a total of 1720.8 points to Buffalo for 1.8 (1400; Chargers select OT Lane Johnson), 3.71 (235; Chargers select OG Larry Warford), and 4.105 (84) for a total of 1719 points.

Chicago trades 1.20 (850; Bengals select WR Cordarelle Patterson) and 4.117 (60) for a total of 910 points to Cincinnati for 2.37 (530; Bears select TE Zach Ertz) and 2.53 (370; Bears select G/T Kyle Long) for a total of 900 points.

New England trades 1.29 (640; Jaguars select QB Matt Barkley) to Jacksonville for 2.33 (580; Patriots select DT Kawann Short), 5.135 (38.5), and 6.169 (24.8) for a total of 643.3 points.

04-15-2013, 10:15 AM

The consensus is that the Chiefs will draft an offensive tackle with the first overall pick. I'll agree with the consensus in that regard. The consensus also has Luke Joeckel being the most likely pick. I'll have to respectfully disagree with the consensus here, and pick the OT prospect with the greater upside in my mind.

The Kansas City Chiefs are proud to select:

Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher

Height 6'7", Weight 306 LBS, Arm Length 34 1/2", Hands 10 1/2"

Overview: Any offensive tackle coming out of Central Michigan will naturally be compared to 2007 first-round pick Joe Staley, who has now become one of the top linemen in the NFL. But if there's one player with the potential to meet those high expectations, it’s the tall, athletic, and rapidly growing Fisher. He was only a third-team All-MAC pick in 2011 as the full-time starter on the blind side, partially because he missed the final two games of the year with a knee injury. But in 2012 Fisher received first-team All-MAC honors after starting all 12 games at left tackle. NFL scouts will have no choice but to give him grades similar to those they gave Staley when he came out of Mount Pleasant.

He fell through the recruiting cracks a bit as a 250-pound tackle coming out of Stoney Creek High School in Michigan, where he only played on the offensive line there in this senior season (he captained both the football and basketball teams that year). But he still proved himself strong enough as a true freshman to play in eight games, with two starts at left tackle. In 2010, he didn't start the first three games but proved an invaluable member of the line in the last nine, starting four games at right tackle, moving over to right guard for two weeks, and then lining up at left tackle for the final three contests. During his senior year, Fisher anchored an offensive line that averaged 6.2 yards-per-play, second best in the MAC and the same unit only allowed 14 sacks, which was good for fourth best in the MAC.

Strengths: Tall, long left tackle frame with good thickness but still room to add weight throughout. Natural athlete with bend and foot quickness off the snap, can mirror quick ends around the pocket, staying engaged even with tilted shoulders and often finishing the block with a shove. Strong anchor in pass protection, widens his stance, extends his arms, and keeps his balance even if his opponent gets a good punch on his chest. Agile enough to ride end inside and then pick up outside twist. Shows off impressive straight-line speed and the agility to adjust to moving targets when leading off-tackle runs to the second or third level. Has no issues getting out of a three-point stance in pass protection or the run game despite his height. Flashes nastiness as a drive blocker, latching on and churning his legs to push his man back a few yards. Possesses foot quickness and effective hands to move from one target to the other in combo blocks.

Weaknesses: Should continue to add strength in his upper and lower body to handle pro defenders. Hands can be slow to get up off the snap, explosive ends get theirs on his numbers. Also needs to consistently latch onto smaller targets in space, can bounce off them instead of dominating like he does when using his hands. Will lunge in the run game, getting off-balance against quicker opponents. Turns his shoulders square to the line in his slide on occasion, allowing ends to get to the quarterback if he steps up in the pocket.

NFL Comparison: Joe Staley

Bottom Line: The top left tackle prospect of the senior class, Fisher opened scouts' eyes with his pro-caliber frame and eye-popping agility in the open field, which he should be able to maintain while working in an NFL strength program. Among all other players, Fisher benefited the most when two top junior tackle prospects decided to return for their senior season. With a solid performance during the Senior Bowl, Fisher could solidify his evaluation as a top-15 pick.


04-15-2013, 10:33 AM

The Jaguars' biggest need is at quarterback, but this is a bad year to need a QB, since there are no truly elite talents available at the top of round 1 like there were last year. They cannot afford to overdraft a QB like they did with Gabbert. Their next biggest need is on the D-line. They were dead last in the NFL with 20 sacks last season. They brought in Roy Miller and Sen'Derrick Marks in free agency, but both of those guys are better against the run (the Jaguars also had the 30th ranked rush defense), as opposed to interior pass rushers. They cannot afford to overdraft a DL prospect based on upside like they did with Tyson Alualu. They could use a "sure-thing" type here, and I think that Sharrif Floyd is more a sure thing prospect at DT than athletic marvels like Dion Jordan or Ziggy Ansah are at DE. Plus, the fact that he is a local kid with a great story doesn't hurt for a team that struggles to sell tickets consistently.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are proud to select:

Florida DT Sharrif Floyd

Height 6'3", Weight 297 LBS, Arm Length 31 3/4", Hands 10 1/8"

Overview: Floyd was a big-time high school recruit from Philadelphia, winning the 2009 Maxwell Football Club National High School Player of the Year and excelling in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl (two sacks). Like many other young players, Floyd struggled with a rough childhood (bouncing between multiple homes), before settling in Gainesville. In fact, Floyd’s school held a bake sale to help him pay for the trip to the All-American Bowl, and he also received additional funds from a third party to visit campuses during the recruiting process.

The NCAA investigated those impermissible benefits and docked Floyd the first two games of the his sophomore season (reducing the suspension from four games due to personal hardship). He started the next 11 games at defensive end in head coach Will Muschamp’s 3-4 defense(46 totals tackles, 6.5 for loss), culminating with a 1.5-sack performance in the team’s 24-17 victory over Ohio State in the Gator Bowl. Floyd had already showed promise as a member of the coaches' Freshman All-SEC squad in 2010, playing in all 13 games with one of his two starts coming against Penn State in the Gators' Outback Bowl win (he had two tackles, a tackle for loss).

Floyd's statistics are by no means elite (26 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks in two years), but his ability to be a factor playing every position along the defensive line is a testament to his hustle and athleticism for his size. His final season saw him earn third-team All-America honors as he helped anchor a Gator defense that was amongst the best in the entire nation.

Strengths: Athletic three/five-technique prospect with solid overall strength. Possesses a quick and long first step when in pass rush mode, can swim over his opponent or get his hands up into his man’s jersey to push him into the backfield. Often lined up outside the tackle (even standing up) despite his size, showed quickness to rush the passer and quick feet to contain on the edge. Combines good effort and short-area agility for his size to chase plays across the field and get his long arms around ball carriers when closing in. Experience as a two-gapper, keeps his eyes in the backfield and sheds to either direction to grab running backs coming his direction. Flashes violent hands to swipe away blockers on his way to the ball carrier. Great balance and flexibility, and shows good change of direction ability and showing some ability to bend on the edge. Excellent at shooting gaps and reducing his surface area while working through trash inside. Splits double-teams in pass protection well with quickness.

Weaknesses: Has long legs and plays with high pad level, at times causing him problems when trying to anchor. Lacks the elite closing speed to make a lot of plays outside the box. Will stop after initial contact, must prove he has the stamina to make an impact in significant minutes against NFL competition. Tendency to stop his feet on contact. While he has experience two-gapping, he still needs a lot of technique work in that area; he has a tendency to turn his body, especially against double teams, causing him to get washed out or moved upfield. Suffered a torn ACL in high school. Changing positions may have stunted his growth in college, as he has never been allowed to focus on one particular skill set.

NFL Comparison: Muhammad Wilkerson

Bottom Line: A rough childhood did not prevent Floyd from earning national accolades for his play in high school, as he won the 2009 Maxwell Football Club's National Player of the Year award. And by the end of his sophomore year at Florida (he racked up 1.5 sacks against Ohio State in the team's Gator Bowl win), Floyd began showing scouts the athleticism, strength, and motor they require in a top tackle prospect. He has been an incredibly important and versatile defender up front for Florida, playing both one and two-gap techniques at defensive end, one and three-technique, and as a true zero-technique nose tackle. While Floyd is rough around the edges and will take time to develop as a two-gapper, the Gator's quickness, athleticism, and scheme versatility will make him coveted by 4-3 and 3-4 teams alike in the first round.


04-15-2013, 12:21 PM

The Oakland Raiders have many needs, and they certainly would have liked to trade down to recoup their lost 2nd round pick (as would the Chiefs earlier), but it takes two to tango, and not many teams are willing to pay what it costs to move up. The Lions considered moving up 2 spots because Joeckel is available and they are worried that the Iggles might take him, but they have needs for a tackle, a corner, and a pass rusher, and cannot give away premium picks with so many needs to fill. San Diego would love to jump up for Joeckel, but they simply do not have the ammunition to go from 11 to 3 in this draft, so that's out too. So the Raiders have no choice but to make this pick. With Al Davis being dead (rather than being undead for the last several years), they won't just pick the guy with the fastest 40 time here. Their most obvious may be at DT where they just let Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly go. If Sharrif Floyd were available, they may have gone that route. There is still another premium DT prospect available, now that the Combine cardiac scare has turned out to be much ado about nothing. When people draw comparisons to Haloti Ngata, that's never a bad thing.

The Oakland Raiders are proud to select:

Utah DT Star Lotulelei

Height 6'2", Weight 311 LBS, Arm Length 33 5/8", Hands 9 3/4"

Overview: The shortened version of Lotulelei's (pronounced lo-too-leh-lay) first name predicts success in anything he does. Starlite certainly played up to that moniker in 2011, starting all 13 games and receiving the Pac-12's Morris Trophy as the league's top defensive lineman (44 tackles, 9.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks). He could have left the Utes for the NFL after that successful season, but decided to spend another year in Salt Lake City in order to get his degree. The dominance continued in his senior season (42 tackles, 11 for loss, 5 sacks), and he improved in many key areas - most notably disengaging with offensive linemen and locating the football.

The Utah native was an all-state pick as a high school senior and signed to play for the same BYU Cougars team he grew up following, but he failed to qualify academically. He started his collegiate career with a great freshman year at Snow Junior College (52 tackles, 14 for loss, three sacks), but played at more than 350 pounds and quit football after the season because he questioned his passion for the sport. Sitting out made him miss the game, however, and Utah took a chance on his talent. A focused and slimmed-down Lotulelei played in 13 games in 2010, starting three and making 21 tackles, 2.5 for loss.

Lotulelei is already married with two young daughters, even though he'll be just 23 years old on draft weekend. If he can show scouts that he has matured through his raising a family, and he is fully committed to football as a profession, it will be impossible to ignore his potential. Utah plays him at both nose tackle and defensive end, asking him to two-gap often. He will be coveted in both of those roles by NFL teams who run 3-4 defenses, although his combination of size, strength, and quickness make him a fit in almost any type of defensive system.

Strengths: Powerful and agile starting nose tackle prospect. Versatile enough to play almost all interior defensive line positions across many types of fronts. Often the first player off the snap, will challenge the hand and foot quickness of guards inside. When choosing to bull rush, gets under his man's pads and churns his legs to push him backwards. Thick arms eat up ball carriers coming into his path. Quick feet and a bit of short-area speed to spin off blocks inside and follow plays across the field. Flashes arm-over move to penetrate. Recognize screens and track them down, also willing to move down the line while engaged. Greatly improved on reading blocking schemes, locating the football, and disengaging over his last two seasons.

Weaknesses: Inconsistent keeping his eyes in the backfield to find the ball and being violent with his hands to shed, but has improved here and is a dominant run-stopper when he does. Will get pressure, but probably won't be a dominant sack artist at the next level due to how he'll be used. Lacks flexibility to break down on open-field tackles, ball carriers can elude him in the backfield. Does not beat cut blocks with his hands, though he does a good job recovering for his size, gets back into the play.

NFL Comparison: Haloti Ngata

Bottom Line: This active wide-body struggled with his weight and passion for the game while in Junior College, but Lotulelei (pronounced lo-too-leh-lay) has worked hard over the past couple of seasons to become the Pac-12's best defensive lineman (20.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks over the last two years) and a probable first-round selection at nose tackle.


04-15-2013, 12:32 PM

The Eagles could go in a lot of different directions with Chip Kelly's first draft pick. They could draft a QB since Vick's days are limited and Foles does not appear to be a match for this new offense (while Geno Smith just might be the prototype QB that Kelly is looking for). They could add to a pathetic o-line by taking a near-sure-thing in Luke Joeckel, but they could be counting on Jason Peters to return to his potentially dominant self (when healthy). They could take a corner like Dee Milliner since they jettisoned Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie this offseason (after letting Asante Samuel walk a few seasons ago). Or they could use a pass rusher as they make the transition to a 3-4 defense (do Trent Cole, Brandon Graham, and Vinny Curry fit their new defense?). I'll make the chalk pick and have Kelly take what he knows. Dion Jordan has been identified as a top-5 type of prospect, he fills a need for the Eagles, and Kelly reportedly loved the kid when they were together in Eugene.

The Philadelphia Eagles are proud to select:

Oregon DE/OLB Dion Jordan

Height 6'6", Weight 248 LBS, Arm Length 33 7/8", Hands 10"

Overview: Jordan arrived in Eugene as a top-10 nationally rated tight end prospect from the southern suburbs of Phoenix -- despite missing the end of his senior season after an accidental home fire left him with second or third-degree burns over almost half of his body. Oregon coaches actually wanted him to play receiver initially, but his continued growth through his first two seasons in Eugene pushed him first to tight end and then to the defensive side of the ball.

He showed promise after moving across the line during spring 2010 practices, playing in 13 games and starting one at defensive end (5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks) as a redshirt sophomore. But the move really bore fruit when he earned first-team All-PAC 12 honors in 2011 as a 12-game starter at his hybrid defensive end/linebacker position (42 tackles, 13 for loss, team-high 7.5 sacks). Jordan continued working at his drop end, outside linebacker spot in 2012, recording 44 total tackles, 10.5 going for a loss, including five sacks. The Duck forced three fumbles and intercepted one pass. He only played in 11 full games after missing parts or the entirety of three others with a shoulder injury. It has been reported Jordan will miss the Senior Bowl to undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Strengths: Tall end/linebacker hybrid with excellent length. Definitely not contact-shy, extends his long arms to land a strong punch on blockers, can disengage to chase plays from behind or grab ballcarriers coming into his area. Also willing to mix it up when challenged. Long strides allow him to cover ground quickly when closing or after his strong get-off with his hand down, but also shows enough bend and short-area quickness to avoid linemen. Lines up against slot receivers and tight ends, managing to stay with them in the open field in spite of his size. Flashes quickness and bend to beat tackles around the corner, can counter with an inside rush or spin move. Also quick enough to flatten down the line to make plays on inside runs. Willing to stick his shoulder into a lead blocker to free up other defenders.

Weaknesses: Might be an end/linebacker tweener for some teams due to his tall, lean frame. Must improve upper-body strength to get off blocks and gain leverage against NFL-caliber linemen. His height will make it more difficult for him to get low to stop ballcarriers' momentum or corral them in the open field. Inconsistent working through initial contact to chase plays and finding the ball in the backfield. Susceptible to cut blocks in space, must learn to see and beat them with his hands. Can get knocked off his pass rush route by a strong punch.

NFL Comparison: Julian Peterson

Bottom Line: Jordan's 2012 season ended on a down note, aggravating a shoulder injury during the team's bowl game. He will miss the Senior Bowl and part of the draft process because of it, but Jordan offers a unique blend of comfort in space, length, and pass rush ability. His box scores may not appeal to everyone, but Jordan was frequently asked to cover receivers or tight ends after lining up in the slot opposite them. His future appears to be at strongside linebacker in a four man front, with the ability to rush the passer, or as an outside linebacker in a three-man front.


04-15-2013, 12:46 PM

The Lions would be happy with the best available tackle (after Jeff Backus retired and Gosder Cherilus left in free agency), the best available pass rusher (after Cliff Avril left in free agency), or the best available corner (since they really haven't had any decent ones since Dick LeBeau...okay, maybe since Dre Bly). Of those options, the guy most had going first overall is still on the board. Besides, the Lions pass more than anybody, and their QB had a reputation for being somewhat brittle early in his career, so they'll need someone to give Stafford enough time to throw all those bombs to Megatron.

The Detroit Lions are proud to select:

Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel

Height 6'6", Weight 306 LBS, Arm Length 34 1/4", Hands 10 1/8"

Overview: Early in their careers, A&M right tackle Jake Matthews got more publicity as the son of NFL Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews (and would have been highly valued by NFL scouts had he decided to leave school early). However, Joeckel is the one who received second-team All-Big 12 honors from league coaches after a strong 2011 season.

He was a consensus high school All-American who sifted through many scholarship offers before deciding attend A&M with Matthews to play for then-head coach Mike Sherman. He started every game at left tackle as a true freshman (something he might not have done at one of those other schools) in 2010, garnering honorable mention All-Big 12 honors while first-round quarterback Ryan Tannehill (selected by Miami, where Sherman is now the offensive coordinator, with the eighth overall pick in 2012) led the team to a bowl appearance.

New Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin took over for former head coach Mike Sherman, and the Aggies (led by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel) took the SEC by storm. Joeckel had a standout year, as he and Matthews anchored the best offensive line in the country. He earned 1st team All-American and All-SEC honors, and is regarded as the best offensive tackle in the class (and maybe the best prospect overall).

Strengths: Technically-sound left tackle prospect. Plays with good bend and a very wide base in pass protection in spite of his long legs. Moves feet quickly and stays in balance, rarely giving up the edge and pulling off the down block/outside blitz pick-up admirably. Good timing and strength on his punch, possesses good hand placement and will reset them to maintain distance. Recovers quickly if his misses his punch, stays on his man. Gets after his man in the run game, has foot quickness to get correct angle and keeps them moving to sustain the block. Good power step inside to choke off inside spin moves. Capable cut-blocker. Excellent athleticism and foot speed, showing the ability to mirror and stay in front of many talented pass rushers over his three years starting.

Weaknesses: Does not possess elite upper or lower-body strength; only adequate as a drive-blocker and can be pushed back by better defensive ends and shed in the run game. Foot quickness is good, but does not execute the reach block as often as you'd like. Overextends his punch on occasion, vulnerable to a rip move outside or spin inside. Played exclusively in a two-point stance and can get caught playing upright. Due to Manziel's ability to break the pocket and scramble, did not frequently face pass rushers that challenged him hard upfield.

NFL Comparison: Ryan Clady

Bottom Line: A technician with an athletic build, Joeckel excels as a pass protector for the Aggies and displays enough of a temper in the run game to be one of the top picks in this draft class, and a long-time NFL starter at left tackle, especially as he continues to add bulk in an NFL strength and conditioning program.


04-15-2013, 01:50 PM
With the 6th pick in the 2013 Draft, The Cleveland Browns are excited to announce that their pick is:

Dee Milliner CB, Alabama.

Only a Junior- Milliner's breakout season came in 2012, as he was a first-team All-American and unanimous All-SEC first-team pick after finishing the regular season tied for third nationally with 18 passes defensed. He totaled 54 tackles, four for loss and 22 pass break-ups by the time Alabama wrapped up the national title.

The Browns now have a CB tandem that could become one of the best in the NFL for years to come..

Welcome aboard Dee Milliner!

04-15-2013, 01:57 PM
PLEASE NOTE---- Miami Dolphins MAY consider any trades with other teams interested in moving up for the 12th overall draft pick in this years draft... please message pfelix73 with any offers......

04-15-2013, 02:21 PM

Would you guys tell me if I'm retired or not? I was just shooting one of my best rounds so far this spring. And I gotta say, Carson Palmer has been a great caddy.

I didn't think this pick was gonna be so hard. The DE that I wanted is sitting right there for the taking, but Mr. Bidwell reminded me why he brought me here. And why we brought Charlie Batch...err I mean Carson Palmer here with us.

I told Mr Bidwell, I develop guys like Peyton, Ben, and Andrew. If you really want this Donovan McNabb kid maybe you should hire Andy Reid. But he says Reid can't win anything and the golf really is good out here year round....(hint, wink...any time now Ben and I already got your big WR, and Mr Bidwell will do whatever you want).

Well, I really want to get back to the 19th, so let's get Geno up on the board. I'm gonna make him wear a Malkin jersey at training camp. And I'm gonna have to figure out how to run a spread. Hmmm, I picked up this running back that might actually be pretty good if we spread things out and don't have him running behind 3 lumbering TEs on every formation.

Meh, that's a lot of work and not enough time for golf. I'll just tell the kid to chuck it to Larry til we both figure this thing out.

04-15-2013, 03:22 PM

The Buffalo Bills, even though they brought in Kevin Kolb, were looking for a QB, but it looks like Arians beat Marrone to the punch here. Therefore, the Bills now look to trade down, and by joves...for the first time in this draft they have found a partner. The San Diego Chargers NEED a legit LT to protect Phil Rivers' blind side. Marcus McNeill had to retire due to spinal stenosis, so they brought in Jared Gaither, who was a serviceable mid-season replacement, but is not reliable in the long term. They signed King Dunlap this offseason, but that guy's not even a good backup LT, nevermind a starting LT. San Diego tried trading up ahead of OT-needy Arizona with Cleveland, but their trade request was sent too late. Now that the Cards passed on the last of the top 3 left tackles, you'd think that the Chargers could breathe easy, but they cannot knowing that the Dolphins have 4 picks on day 2 of the draft that they could use to leapfrog them to get a LT to replace Jake Long (since last year's 2nd round pick Jonathan Martin appears to be a better NFL RT than LT). Since the Dolphins are a division rival of the Bills, Buffalo does not want to see Miami get the LT they need, so they will help San Diego grab that LT instead.

Here is the deal...

San Diego gives up:

1.11 = 1250
2.45 = 450
6.179 = 20.8

Total = 1720.8

Buffalo gives up:

1.8 = 1400
3.71 = 235
4.105 = 84

Total = 1719

To move down 3 spots in the first round, Buffalo gets another vaulable early-to-mid 2nd round pick (which seems to be the meatiest part of the draft...best value appears to be right there in the 40's). While San Diego gives up that valuable 2nd rounder in order to guarantee themselves they guy they need in the first, they still get an extra 3rd and extra 4th (still good values to be had there), with only a 6th round pick going the other way. I think this trade really helps out both sides, even with both teams having the same number of total picks they started with, and it's quite even overall, all things considered.

04-15-2013, 03:34 PM

The Chargers get their man. A blindside protector for Phil Rivers. An uber-athletic speciman who also happens to be a quality football player as well.

The San Diego Chargers are proud to select:

Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson

Height 6'6", Weight 303 LBS, Arm Length 35 1/4", Hands 10 1/8"

Overview: Colleges have been converting tight ends into offensive tackles for years in order to maximize the athleticism of outside linemen consistently facing defensive ends with speed and power. Johnson showed the chops to make this transition as a starting right tackle in 2011, though his search for a home position was more complex than it is for most promising NFL prospects.

He was an honorable mention all-state quarterback in Texas as a high school senior (and a fourth-place finisher in the shot put at the state’s track championships), and then began his college career playing limited snaps at that position for Kilgore Junior College (510 yards, two touchdowns). After redshirting his first year with the Sooners as a tight end in 2009, Johnson failed to make any statistics in seven games played at tight end and defensive end the following year. In the spring of 2011, he begrudgingly moved from end to the offensive line due to injuries on that side of the ball. He didn't start the season opener against Tulsa, but lined up at right tackle for every game the rest of the year. Johnson continued that streak in 2012, this time at left tackle in place of the departed Donald Stephenson. He started 11 of 13 games on the left side and picked up an All-Big 12 second-team mention from coaches.

Strengths: Uses his athleticism well, displaying good foot quickness to mirror pass rushers off the edge to deny them the corner and adjust to their inside moves. Easily reaches second-level targets when pulled outside or stepping up in the box, and sustains the block. Generally plays with good pad level and balance despite his height, and can fire out from a three-point stance and generate a bit of push on run plays. Johnson's feet keep moving through initial contact, allowing him to get into the correct blocking angle while engaged. He also uses his hands and length well to maintain distance with the defender. NFL coaches will like that he plays with an attitude, as he looks willing to hand-fight with defensive ends, usually landing multiple strong punches, and will consistently finish blocks with a strong arm extension.

Weaknesses: Lack of experience on the offensive line is a concern, so putting another strong season on tape will be a boon to his draft stock. Height will always be an issue when trying to get leverage against veteran pro defensive linemen, must continue to add strength throughout his frame to control and anchor.

NFL Comparison: Riley Reiff

Bottom Line: Johnson was a high school quarterback and a backup at his junior college at that position for one season before moving to tight end, defensive end and then finally right tackle during his first three seasons with the Sooners. He finally got his shot on the left side in 2012 and was as reliable as ever. Scouts saw the potential in Johnson grow throughout the 2011 and 2012 seasons due to his athleticism, strength, and solid technique despite his lack of experience. Expect his name to be mentioned frequently throughout the process.


Coolie Man
04-15-2013, 09:04 PM
Jets select olb Barkevious Mingo

04-16-2013, 12:23 AM

CJ2K has been a fraction of his formal self over the last several seasons, and one of the major reasons behind it has been subpar blocking in front of him. They paid a pretty penny to former Bills' guard Andy Levitre, who should be able to pull from his left guard spot to allow Johnson to run to the right. Now they could use a mauling right guard who is also able to pull to his left in order to allow Johnson to run off tackle to either side effectively.

The Tennessee Titans are proud to select:

Alabama OG Chance Warmack

Height 6'2", Weight 317 LBS, Arm Length 34 3/4", Hands 9 5/8"

Overview: Alabama running backs Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson have received deserved acclaim for their production over the past three seasons, two of which ended with Tide head coach Nick Saban holding the crystal football signifying a BCS championship. One of the big reasons for the success of the team’s running attack, figuratively and literally, is the play of Warmack.

Coming out of Atlanta’s Westlake High School as a top national recruit, Warmack earned playing time at guard in five games as a true freshman. He was injected into the starting lineup the following year, starting all 13 games at left guard – the same spot where he again lined up every week in the team’s second BCS championship season last fall. The second-team All-SEC pick in 2011 brings a nice combination of strength and mobility to Alabama’s offensive line, which in and of itself would make him a potential starter at the next level.

Strengths: Thick interior player. Possesses a strong punch to shock oncoming defenders and consistently extends his arms to keep them at bay in pass protection. Strong lower half helps his anchor against bull rushes. Mobile enough to effectively trap and pull, regularly negates targets coming into the hole and flattens defensive backs in his path. Practiced fitting on linebackers on combo blocks. Brings attitude on every play, constantly keeps his hands and feet moving when drive-blocking, rolling his hips through contact, and looking to pancake his man whenever possible. Doesn’t have the quickest feet, but is very technically sound and uses his strong punch to stop defenders and his length to mirror. Drives interior defensive tackle off the ball on base blocks. Has handled a number of dominating college defensive lineman with ease.

Weaknesses: Pops straight up out of his stance at times, losing leverage battle against better tackles on occasion. Has foot speed to get out in front of screens but will miss targets and lacks the short area quickness to adjust to defenders on the move. Will stop his feet after first contact at times. Does not elite recovery speed to stop secondary rushes from quicker defensive linemen. Not asked to be a puller for Alabama’s zone-heavy run scheme.

NFL Comparison: Carl Nicks

Bottom Line: Sturdy guard with dominating strength at the point of attack and enough mobility to clear the way for Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, 2012 top five pick Trent Richardson, and probable first round pick Eddie Lacy over the last three seasons. His toughness and durability are outstanding, and he grades out as one of the elite talents in the 2013 draft, and as a probable starter day one on Sundays -- and he'll stick around for a long time.


04-16-2013, 12:57 AM

The Buffalo Bills could really use a legit starting wideout opposite of Stevie Johnson, and it just so happens that they have their pick of every WR in the draft even after trading down. They are really tempted by the pure athletic gifts belonging to Cordarelle Patterson, but he may be somewhat of a project after only one season at Tennessee following his junior college stint. They decide instead to go with a multi-dimensional weapon who, in spite of his lack of size, is rising up draft boards to garner serious top-10 consideration. Just imagine how creative that the new Bills coaching staff could be with do-it-all types like Tavon Austin, C.J. Spiller, and Brad Smith at their disposal on the field at the same time.

The Buffalo Bills are proud to select:

West Virginia WR Tavon Austin

Height 5'8", Weight 174 LBS, Arm Length 30", Hands 9 1/8"

Overview: The Mountaineers have had a dangerous spread offense since Rich Rodriguez led the team, but have moved from a run-based system (ranked third in the FBS in rushing in 2007) to a pass-based spread (ranked sixth nationally in passing in 2011, 10th in 2012). A huge part of the offensive success the Mountaineers have enjoyed over the last two seasons is due to the talent of Austin. A small but quick and elusive playmaker, Austin's role and impact grew seemingly by the week during his senior season, as he went from a slot returner and returner to a fully fledged Swiss-Army knife, including lining up in the backfield and taking handoffs.

The two-time Maryland high school player of the year set all kinds of state career and single-season records, a large share of which (34 touchdowns, 2,660 rushing yards -- that's 12.2 yards a carry) as a senior. WVU coaches couldn't wait to get him on the field, playing him in all 13 games and starting him in four. He caught 15 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown while racking up 476 kick return yards (including taking the opening kickoff against Connecticut 98 yards for a score). Big East coaches named him second-team all-conference in 2010 as he became a larger part of the passing game (58-787, 8 TD) and rushing attack (15-159, TD), but kicked him up to first team as a receiver (101-1,186, 8 TD) and returner (36 attempts for 938 yards, two TD on kickoffs; 19-268 on punts, ranked sixth in the FBS with a 14.1 yard average) after an excellent junior season. He led the FBS in all-purpose yards once his 182 rushing yards (one TD) were added in, and finished 2011 with 390 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in the team's 70-33 blowout win over Clemson in the Orange Bowl.

Austin burst into Heisman contention during his senior season with a 572 all-purpose yard (second most in FBS history) performance against Oklahoma on national television. Austin's full repertoire was on display, as he caught 4 passes for 82 yards, rushed 21 times for 344 yards and two touchdowns, and 146 kick return yards. His senior season saw him total career highs in y.f.s. (1932), all receiving categories (112-1289-12 TDs), and rushing (72-643-3 TDs), as well as 978 return yards and two touchdowns. His dominating play saw him finish eighth in Heisman voting, win the Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player), and garner a first-team All-America as an All-Purpose player.

Strengths: Slot receiver possessing elite acceleration with the ball in his hands, takes advantage of available lanes to explode for big gains. Shows excellent vision both as a runner out of the backfield, as a returner, and as a receiver with the ball in his hands. Almost unstoppable at continue on for additional yardage. Not a frail receiver; plays tough, has some upper-body thickness, and bounces up quickly from hits. Varies the speed of his route, lulls defenders to sleep and takes off to create space on out routes or over the middle. Tough to grab after the catch in zone coverage. Flashes the hands to adjust to wide or high passes, as well as tracking balls over his shoulder. Also goes down to grab low throws. Displays excellent balance to tightrope the sideline. Often used on fly sweeps, using his elite quickness and acceleration to cut inside or get the corner for big plays. Finds space as a kickoff returner to use his speed, will head straight upfield and can spin off tackles in the open field to maximize the return. Can make the first man miss on punt returns and has the vision to slalom between players to the sideline or up the middle. Very difficult to track down from behind. Wins at every level of the field despite his size, and has been somewhat underutilized deep. Improved as a blocker, and will body up on bigger players.

Weaknesses: Limited to the slot on most plays; lacks the size and strength most scouts prefer outside, or even as a kick returner. Hands are good, but not exceptional; will let some hot passes through his small hands and into his chest. Gets a lot of his yardage on shallow crosses, quick throws outside, and the fly sweep/"touch pass." Might not have the chance to get the sideline as often at the next level, forcing him to lower the shoulder and get what's available to him inside. Must prove he can hang onto the ball after taking big hits from NFL defenders. Will hesitate on punt and kick returns at times instead of immediately accelerating or trusting his blocking, and can get tripped up easily on contact. Incredible balance and stop/start ability, but he might not have elite straight line speed.

NFL Comparison: Randall Cobb

Bottom Line: Don't blink when Austin has the ball in his hands, as his elite acceleration helped him finish second in the country in all-purpose yards as a senior and lead the FBS as a junior. Don't be surprised if he turns out to be a first round pick or the first wide receiver off the board, as he is a huge playmaker on offense and special teams in the NFL despite the slight build that scared scouts away from other WVU offensive stars in the past.


Coolie Man
04-16-2013, 08:31 AM
the Jets take Barkevious Mingo

04-16-2013, 11:29 AM
The Dolphins are on the clock trying to wheel and deal a last minute trade, but no takers!

With that said....

The Miami Dolphins Select.....

Bjoern Werner, Junior, FSU, DE

#95 DE
Florida State Seminoles (http://espn.go.com/college-football/team/_/id/52/florida-state-seminoles)

Weight 255 lbs.


04-16-2013, 12:19 PM

The Bucs pulled off the amazing #1 in the league in run defense, but #32 in the league in pass defense. They drafted Mark Barron high last year and spent big bucks on Deshon Goldson this offseason, so they are now pretty much set at safety, but Tampa's biggest need is at corner (with Aqib Talib in New England and the unsigned Ronde Barber...who had been playing more safety than corner of late anyway...with one foot now in the retirement home). They haven't been willing to pay a king's ransom in draft picks and salary for Darrelle Revis for nothing. And if this pick ultimately goes to New York in the Revis trade, the Jets would likely want to draft a corner high to replace Revis, so this pick would still make sense in that case as well.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are proud to select:

Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes

Height 6'1", Weight 210 LBS, Arm Length 33 3/4", Hands 9"

Overview: Xavier Rhodes (pronounced "ZAY-vee-er"), a redshirt junior, started all three years he spent on the field while at Florida State, including a three-man rotation in 2011 that featured Mike Harris and Greg Reid. The Seminole is best known for his big, physical, imposing frame on the edge and willingness to press receivers in man coverage, a trait that is difficult to find at the college level. Rhodes was lucky to line up behind behind pass rushers like Brandon Jenkins, Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine during his career, but they were equally as thankful to play with a defensive back that refused to get his opposition a sliver of separation. The imposing corner does have some injuries on record, including one to his hand after only three games in 2009 and a gruesome knee injury at the end of the 2011 that turned out to be a bad sprain.

As a redshirt freshman in 2010, Rhodes started all 14 games at the boundary corner position and registered 58 total tackles, 3.5 of which went for a loss, including two sacks. He added 12 pass breakups, including four interceptions. Rhodes was forced to play in a three-man rotation in 2011, and his numbers show it. He still went on to be credited with 43 total tackles, 1.5 went for a loss. Along with the tackle numbers, Rhodes added four pass breakups including an interception. Finally, in 2012, Rhodes regained his full-time place on the boundary side of the formation, tallying 39 total tackles, two of which went for a loss. To go along with one forced fumble, Rhodes intercepted three passes on seven pass breakups.

Strengths: Big frame and size for the position. Press corner that likes to have a hand on his opponent at all times. Consistently does get some kind of contact or jam when pressing, remains balanced without overextending. Contact is the arm mirroring the release side. Stays with quick twitch cuts and release with equally fast movements. Flashes strength to throw receiver to the side when wanting to get in on piles. Improved against the run as the season went along. Can really lay into a hit if it is lined up on the edge. Turns to find the football and adjusts well if in the hip pocket of a receiver downfield.

Weaknesses: Coming off of a knee injury in 2011. Very inconsistent on runs to the empty side, loses contain, does not react quickly enough. Misses tackles when lunging at ball carriers and when leaving his feet. Hands are by his waist at the snap instead of higher to punch more quickly. Can be disinterested when play goes to different receiver he is not responsible for in man coverage, closing speed lacks urgency. Does not have experience inside as a slot corner in nickel. Performance takes a step back in zone coverage, struggles to pass off and close on receivers entering or leaving his area. Looks sluggish or tight hipped when not asked to mirror movements. Not a blitzer when path is impeded.

NFL Comparison: Brandon Browner

Bottom Line: Rhodes thrives in physical press coverage, something very few college players can put on their resume. At time his tackling technique is questionable, but Rhodes will make his living locking up boundary receivers with a balanced and strong jam followed up by enough speed to stick in their hip pocket. Just don't ask him to play in zone, because Rhodes shows tight movements when forced to pass receivers to a separate area. His game is somewhat scheme dependent, but expect Rhodes to be selected in the first 50 picks.


04-16-2013, 12:34 PM

The Carolina Panthers are really tempted by Cordarelle Patterson still being on the board. They have really needed a weapon opposite Steve Smith ever since the heyday of Muhsin Muhammad. They also could use right guard and right tackle, and with local product Jonathan Cooper and hulking behemoth D.J. Fluker also still available, they could be tempted to add someone to protect Cam Newton as well as open holes for DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. However, they really haven't had a presence in the middle of their d-line since the days of Kris Jenkins. Drafting the best available DT makes sense here, as they are getting solid value with this pick in the middle of round one.

The Carolina Panthers are proud to select:

Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson

Height 6'2", Weight 294 LBS, Arm Length 34 1/2", Hands 10 1/2"

Overview: Richardson could have gone anywhere to play major college football after his stint at the College of the Sequoias, as he was one of the top junior college prospects in the country even with missing all but two games of the 2010 season there because of a wrist injury. But the former star player at St. Louis' Gateway Tech High School decided to return home instead of going to Southern California, Miami (Fla.), or an SEC power.

He originally planned on signing with Missouri out of high school, after being rated the top defensive lineman in the country by several recruiting services (he had 19 sacks as a senior, also eight touchdowns as a tight end), but did not qualify academically. There were some anxious moments before the 2011 season as well, because Richardson needed to finish course work in August before the NCAA deemed he was eligible to play for the Tigers. He played through a shoulder injury (which required surgery in the offseason) and only started two games on the year, but made enough plays as a reserve (37 tackles, eight for loss, two sacks) to garner honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from league coaches.

Missouri's move to the SEC coincided with Richardson taking over one of the starting defensive tackle positions. Richardson had a standout season, earning second-team All-SEC honors as one of the lone bright spots on a Missouri team that was often overmatched against superior competition. He led all interior defensive linemen in the conference in tackles (75), adding 10.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks for good measure.

Strengths: Scouts like the light feet Richardson shows for his size, as he is able to twist inside and chase plays to the sideline with great speed. That agility, combined with his length, makes him a strong tackler in close quarters. Richardson's first step off the snap, especially when lined up over the ball, is quite impressive; he gets into the backfield in a heartbeat, beating reach-blocks and will work his way through double-teams if he sees the ball in the quarterback's hands. He plays with leverage at the point of attack at times despite his height, holding his ground and wrestling with attitude. Has enough athleticism that Missouri uses him as a standup rusher and to drop into short zone coverages over the middle of the field, where shows the ability to cover crossing receivers and tight ends in a short area

Weaknesses: Richardson can struggle to break down and his upper-body strength is not elite, which means his high pad level and failure to use his hands to shed blocks can allow him to get turned from the hole and taken to the ground once off-balance. He had surgery in the offseason to repair a shoulder injury, so he must show his strength has improved. A better player in pursuit than he is holding the point against the run, where he can struggle to anchor. Drag down lunging tackler that misses ball carriers in space.

NFL Comparison: Cullen Jenkins

Bottom Line: Richardson was forced to go the junior college route, then missed most of his sophomore year due to injury before attending his home state school in Columbia; he wasn't a starter in 2011, but showed off the athleticism (eight tackles for loss, two sacks) to make scouts think 2012 could be a break-out year. He had a superb junior campaign, and his role grew extensively with Missouri using him in a variety of roles. With Richardson's incredible athleticism, he figures to be one of the top combine performers and will likely warrant a top-20 selection.


04-16-2013, 01:08 PM

The Saints were historically bad on defense last season. They are switching to a base 3-4 defense, and could use some versatile weapons who can rush the passer, whether it be standing up as a 3-4 OLB on early downs, or with his hand in the dirt as a rush end in nickel and dime passing situations. They cannot believe that the most intriguing, athletically gifted pass rusher is still available this late in round one, when many were projecting him to possibly come off the board in the top 10. Sure, he's a bit raw after only being introduced to American football a few short years ago, but he's shown that he is a quick study, on the basis of his slow start but strong finish during Senior Bowl week (appeared to be a fish out of water early on during practices, but later on that week he was a man amongst boys during late practices and the game itself).

The New Orleans Saints are proud to select:

Brigham Young DE/OLB Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah

Height 6'5", Weight 271 LBS, Arm Length 35 1/8", Hands 10 1/4"

Overview: When examining the kind of NFL talent BYU has produced in recent years, athleticism and potential are not buzzwords often associated with the Cougars' prospects. In fact, head coach Bronco Mendenhall and his staff would likely admit they stumbled into landing one of the senior classes top upside prospects in defensive end Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah (pronounced Ahn-saw). A native of Accra, Ghana, Ansah tried out for the basketball team in 2008 and 2009. After failing both times, he joined the track team but left at the end of the 2009 season and joined the football program in 2010 despite warnings from Mendenhall and his staff. The then-sophomore conceded to being worried of how much contact occurred in a football game and noted he always considered his body "a delicate flower."

After switching sports, Ansah worked through winter training, where he gassed out after nearly every drill. However, with a strong work ethic and added bulk to his thin frame, Ansah earned the trust of coaches and continued to practice with the special teams units through the 2011 season. In those 18 games played, Ansah accumulated a total of 10 tackles (the majority on special teams), one pass breakup, and one credited quarterback hurry. Despite still not being on scholarship entering his senior season, Ansah bulked up to nearly 270 pounds in an effort to learn two defensive roles: outside linebacker and defensive end. He earned a prominent role out of preseason camp and has lined up at defensive end in a three man front, outside linebacker in a four man front, and even some snaps at three technique or nose tackle on third downs. Finally, in his one season as a full time starter, Ansah talied 62 total tackles, 13 going for a loss, including 4.5 sacks. The versatile defensive lineman added nine pass breakups, one forced fumble, and one interception while lining up as a rush outside linebacker, defense end, and defensive tackle.

Strengths: Combination of size, length, and foot speed is nearly unparalleled. Delivers solid first contact that jolts opponent back. Continues to press and locate ball carriers in the backfield. Consistently sheds at the line of scrimmage, envelopes his target with a strong grasp and outstanding closing burst. Flashes the complete package, specifically when rushing from the edge on passing downs. When lining up inside a natural anchor shows up, helped by low pad level off the snap. Burst off of extension is counter move, gains significant ground on target. Obvious coaching on technique is absorbed and implemented.

Weaknesses: Has admitted to a lack of stamina. Fatigue is noticeable after a few plays of rushing the passer. In those circumstances, does not chase the play down from the backside, instead staying at the line of scrimmage to knock down the pass. Technique is not always there, specifically on the edge against the run. Frequently gives up the wrong arm or shoulder to blockers, takes himself out of the play. Hand fights at the line against the run rather than driving or penetrating to disrupt. A hit or miss player on the field but consistency is growing.

NFL Comparison: Justin Tuck

Bottom Line: It is amazing how far Ansah's technique has come in such a short amount of time, not to mention how much he has transformed his body to fit the role coaches want him to play. That sizable frame coupled with outstanding closing speed and natural power will captivate many, making a top-20 selection possible. Ansah is rough around the edges, but the number of height/weight/speed athletes with positional versatility selected in that area in recent years point to a rise up draft boards.


04-16-2013, 02:07 PM
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With Jeff Fisher preparing for the real draft, St Louis has decided to go with his stunt double, Ron Swanson, to make the pick. There's a couple of young men St Louis likes at this pick, but when looking at each position, there's one player that so much better than everyone else at his position, St Louis would be remiss to pass him up given their need to improve their offense and give some weapons to Sam Bradford.

While I'm sure Sam would be giddy with excitement with a shinny new toy like Cordarelle Patterson, Jeff Fisher and Ron Swanson don't do giddy. They prefer the basics. Meat and potatoes are the staple of their diets.

The St Louis Rams select Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame.

04-17-2013, 10:09 AM

Well, it's now past 10:00 and the Steelers have not made a pick during the 9:00 hour (and I haven't received a PM from steelblood giving me the Steelers' preferred pick), so they can now be leapfrogged on their own board. If steelblood does not make his pick by 11:00, then the Giants will jump over them as well, and then I will make the Steelers' pick for him.

Dallas has a big need at safety, and local product Kenny Vaccaro is still on the board. However, Dallas has an even bigger need along the interior o-line, and there is an even better value available there.

The Dallas Cowboys are proud to select:

North Carolina OG Jonathan Cooper

Height 6'2", Weight 311 LBS, Arm Length 33", Hands 10 1/4"

Overview: Scouts have focused on the Tar Heels' defense, for the most part, over the past few seasons; nine UNC defenders have been selected in the last three drafts. But Cooper might be North Carolina's highest-drafted lineman since tackle Harris Barton was drafted in the first round (No. 22 overall) by the San Francisco 49ers in 1987.

He achieved a rare feat by being voted his high school conference's player of the year as a senior offensive lineman, the same year his team won North Carolina Class 4-A state title. Cooper also wrestled, which scouts always like to see because that sport teaches players how to use their hands effectively in one-on-one situations. This skill set made him a starter at left guard for 10 games (he missed three starts with an ankle injury) as a redshirt freshman, earning a place on the All-ACC Freshman team. Cooper has stayed healthy in each of the past two seasons, starting all 26 games (the 2010 opener at center and the following 25 at left guard) and earning second-team All-ACC honors as both a sophomore and junior. He had surgery on his left shoulder after the 2011 season to alleviate chronic inflammation. Cooper continued his excellent play as a senior, earning spots on the first-team All-American and All-ACC teams, as well as winning the ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy.

Strengths: Athletic guard, but with some girth in his lower body to anchor against oncoming tackles. Tough to beat in pass protection, possesses foot quickness, bend, and arm extension to mirror. Excellent mobility behind the line, regularly pulls to the left and right. Excellent at adjusting quickly to negate moving targets on the second level. Springs out of his stance to reach linebackers in the run game or to jump inside of tackles to seal off a rushing lane. Used as a personal protector on a moving pocket. Shows good hand strength, popping his defender quickly off the snap and getting inside hand position. Flashes some attitude when challenged, maintaining contact and chasing his man out of the play. Quick recovery speed to get up after a cut block. Good pad level and surge coming out of his stance. Gets vertical movement on his man on base and double blocks. Constantly works his feet and swings his hips to get position on reach blocks. Rolls his hips through contact, and works to place his body between his man and the ball carrier.

Weaknesses: Has only average height and bulk, and is a bit long-legged for the position (though he should continue to grow in an NFL strength and conditioning program). Functional strength is only adequate; stronger tackles get a bit of push against him in pass protection. Will have occasional missed assignments in pass protection.

NFL Comparison: Ben Grubbs

Bottom Line: Cooper, an extremely athletic left guard, racked up a number of all-conference awards during his four years starting, capping it off with a first-team All-American selection as a senior. He has the athleticism to play in a number of different schemes. Due to his ability to lead the way on runs and outstanding pass protection skills, he projects to be one of the first guards selected in the draft. He showed improved on his functional strength in his senior season, but he needs to continue adding bulk and strength.


04-17-2013, 11:15 AM
Since it's now 11:00 and still no Steeler pick, the Giants will now also move ahead of them as well. With Osi Umenyiora gone and Justin Tuck underperforming, it seems like the Giants would be looking to draft yet another pass rushing DE to play opposite JPP, since pressure from their front four has always been a staple of their defense. The Giants had Bjoern Werner in their sights until he was surprisingly taken a bit earlier than expected. With Damontre Moore's stock sliding, and not enough value taking guys like Datone Jones or Tank Carradine this early (Jarvis Jones has more of a linebacker body than a 4-3 DE body), the Giants are now re-thinking this plan.

They were able to re-sign Will Beatty as their LT, but at RT David Diehl is getting older and was ineffective last year. His backup, James Brewer is just that...a backup. There is a mauling RT prospect available at this point in the draft. Even though it is rare for the Giants to address OL this early, that's where I have them going here.

The New York Giants are proud to select:

Alabama OT D.J. Fluker

So I don't get backed up any further here at work, I'll add pictures and scouting report info at a later time.

04-17-2013, 11:20 AM
For the Steelers, now that they've been leapfrogged twice, I'll have to go back and make a pick for them at this time before moving forward. As most folks here know, Jarvis Jones has been my guy at #17 for a while, so that would be my personal pick. It is nice to have the poll results showing that the board backs me up (for the most part) since Jones got the most votes (7) compared to 5 each for Cordarelle Patterson and Jonathan Cooper (who is now off the board to the Cowboys), 2 for Kenny Vaccaro, and none for either Desmond Trufant or Eddie Lacy. In the future, a board poll may be a better idea for the Steeler pick rather than assigning the Steelers to one poster via lottery. I may consider using this method next year.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are proud to select:

Georgia LB Jarvis Jones

04-17-2013, 12:44 PM
Chicago's on the clock, and they are in a tough spot. They could use OL help, but the top 4 OT's and the top 2 OG's are off the board. They likely would have taken any of those 6 prospects, but don't want to reach for the 7th best o-lineman. They would have considered Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert, but he's also off the board also. Zach Ertz would be the next best TE on the board, but they'd prefer to get him in a trade down rather than at #20. Cordarelle Patterson is certainly tempting at this point, but they already have Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey as big, athletic specimen types, so Patterson's skill set would be somewhat redundant (they would probably prefer a different style WR like Tavon Austin to complement Marshall and Jeffrey, but he's gone as well). Since they no longer have Nick Roach or Brian Urlacher, they could address linebacker. The best available at this point would be Alec Ogletree, who started out his college career as a safety just like Urlacher did, but they have reservations about him due to his multiple off the field issues. So, they started calling teams with extra day two picks to see if anyone was interested in trading up. Strangely enough, they receiving interest from the team picking just one slot behind them. However, Cincy does want to trade up just one spot. They want back-to-back picks in round 1.

Cincy has a big need at safety, so their defensive coaches are ecstatic that the best safety in the draft, Kenny Vaccaro, has fallen this far. The defensive coaches want him. However, they Cincy brass also noticed that Cordarelle Patterson is surprisingly still available at this point of the draft. Their offensive coaches are salivating over the thought of lining up the uber-athetic Patterson across from all-world talent A.J. Green, with Mohamad Sanu in the slot and Jermaine Gresham at TE. The offensive coaches are trying to make the case to draft Patterson over Vaccaro if both are available at #21.

The the Bears call. Hmm...perhaps the Bengals can satify both their offensive and defensive coaches with a trade up, since they have an extra second round pick from the Carson Palmer trade.


Here is the deal:

Chicago gives up:

1.20 (850)
4.117 (60)

Total = 910

Cincy gives up:

2.37 (530)
2.53 (370)

Total = 900

04-17-2013, 12:45 PM
The Cincinnati Bengals are proud to select:

Tennessee WR Cordarelle Patterson


Texas FS Kenny Vaccaro

04-17-2013, 01:46 PM

Well, we've got a couple needs and one thing I have to remind you, my stunt double Jeff Fisher doesn't shy away from unsavory characters. Unlike the Bengals who make bad characters worse, we're willing to gamble we can get the most out of talented kids who have their struggles as young men - see Janoris Jenkins. It's just like when my doctor said I need to eat better. you don't see me pussyfooting around eating an apple. Nope. I now wrap everything in bacon. And I only eat at carnivals where everything gets deep fried.

All that said, we're going for another steal that fills a big void on our team.

The St Louis Rams select Alec Ogletree, LB, GA. The kid fills out our LB corps and has the range to help out our coverage and lack of elite safeties. We closely considered some more picks and would have liked to have traded down from this spot because there seems to be a clump of 10-15 players that are just as good as one another. But we're also happy to get the guy we wanted who like Janoris last year is here because of some off field concerns.

04-17-2013, 03:21 PM
The Vikings released veteran corner Antoine Winfield in a cost-cutting move, and hoped to re-sign him to a more cap-friendly deal, but he just called their bluff and signed with Seattle. When you are in a division with the likes of Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, James Jones (at last the Vikes were able to sign Greg Jennings away from the Pack), you need to have corners...and lots of 'em. The top corner on the board knows what it means to play in the league since he has a couple of brothers will NFL experience and has that confident...bordering on cocky...attitude that many teams look for in a DB.

The Minnesota Vikings are proud to select:

Washington CB Desmond Trufant

04-17-2013, 04:21 PM
The Colts select ...


Damontre Moore DE Texas A&M

The colts need a new 3-4 rush linebacker to pair with Robert Mathis. Moore is an adept pass rusher with excellent short area quickness and snap anticipation. He also lead his team in tackles and is a relentless run defender. Poor workout numbers have caused Moore to plummet from the top 5 where he was once anticipated to go. However, Moore's 2012 tape is excellent. He played well against very good competition including a monster game against Florida and good showings against NFL talent tackles vs A&M and Alabama. Moore has great length and the frame to add even more mass. He is effective rushing from either side and even lines up at DT occasionally. Moore has shown good enough movement skills to cover TEs in short areas and enough athleticism to drop into and patrol zones. He should see the field immediately this season.

04-17-2013, 11:11 PM
My first (and only) Thursday pick happens to be first thing in the morning, so I'll get it out of the way tonight, and will therefore have NOTHING to do tomorrow with this mock. After all of the picks I've made so far, it will certainly be different just to sit back tomorrow and watch. Should be fun.

After taking a corner with their initial first round pick, there are still a bunch of needs to fill. Although they signed Greg Jennings, they lost Percy Harvin, so they could still use an upgrade at wideout (and with only Austin and Patterson off the board so far, there are still plenty of viable options available...Hopkins, Allen, Hunter, etc.). They could use a starting linebacker, and supposedly have shown a lot of interest in Manti Te'o (and if they were worried about that as a distraction, there are still other options like Minter or Brown out there. Although Harrison Smith was a successful pick at safety last year, they could still use another solid safety next to him, and guys like Elam, Cyprien, and Reid are available. Those are a lot of options, all of which make sense, but I'm going to go elsewhere. Ever since Pat Williams retired and the Williams Wall went from plural to singular, the Vikings haven't found a viable replacement next to Kevin Williams at DT. The best available DT on the board just happens to also be named Williams, so we could create a Williams Wall 2.0.

The Minnesota Vikings are proud to select:

North Carolina DT Sylvester Williams

04-18-2013, 09:52 AM
The Packers have several needs that could be addressed with the 26th pick.

On offense, the RB position could be upgraded to take the heat off Aaron Rogers but no RBs in this draft are first round worthy. Dietrich-Smith filled the gap at center after the Jeff Saturday experiment took a turn for the worst. He progressed well as the season went into the playoffs but the position could be upgraded with depth. (Note: only one sack vs the 49ers in the playoffs for the off. line) Jermichael Finley is often injured and could be gone in 2014, but with Tyler Eifert off the board they continue looking. Donald Driver retired and Greg Jennings leaves for the Vikings. But Thompson has some success drafting WRs in rounds 2 and 3. Off. Line in general can always be improved for the often sacked Aaron Rogers and Ted Thompson loves drafting versatile lineman. David Quessenberry is a target for the mid rounds. (Although fans state that Rodgers is sacked due to holding onto the ball too long trying to make a play……Sound Familiar?)
TT is also looking to improve the middle of the defense. Charles Woodson is gone and the safety position is thin, but the draft is deep at the safety position. BJ Raji has some injury history and has two years left on his contract, but 2014 is a voidable year. It is with this thought that the Green Bay Packers look to free up newly extended LBer Clay Matthews.
With the 26th selection of the 2013 NFL draft the Green Bay Packers select:

Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia
Height 6’3”
Weight 360lbs
Bench Press 30 reps

Jenkins is a perfect zero technique NT for Dom Caper’s 3-4 defense. He is a physical presence at the line of scrimmage and is tough against the run. Athletic for his size, he has good lateral movement to pursue ballcarriers to the edge yet he will command blockers freeing the LBers to make plays essential for any 3-4 defense. Possesses a good bull rush and has active hands. Although ballooning to 370lbs for the SEC championship he still performed well and beat potential first rounder Chance Warmack for a sack against Alabama. He has since lost close to 30lbs with an emphasis on changing his diet, displaying the willingness to improve his training regimen.

04-18-2013, 11:20 AM
The Texans Select:

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson


Strengths (from nfl.com)
Presents good height and length for an outside receiver, also has some lower-body strength for explosion off the line of scrimmage and in his cuts. Solid route-runner used in the short, intermediate, and deep games, who has flexibility to avoid corners in zone and the quick feet to separate on hitches, comebacks, and other cuts. Does a nice job creating separation and deceiving defensive backs with head fakes and quick moves. Will threaten the top of defenses with NFL-quality straight-line speed. Possesses strong hands in traffic, not afraid of contact downfield and can separate at the last second with an arm extension. Agile enough to quickly avoid oncoming defenders after the catch yet remain balanced to head downfield for the big gain. Does not go down without a fight, can run through arm tackle attempts from cornerbacks. Snatches throws with his hands, even those within his frame. Concentrates on the ball throughout difficult catches and extends his long arms to make a big radius. Sells double-moves well with a head fake and body lean. Very good body control to contort his body on catches and pluck the ball out of the air, keep one foot in-bounds on the sideline. Effective run blocker, usually reaches his target and gets his hands up, uses correct blocking angle to sustain; also shows some nastiness at times, capable of putting his man to the ground. Consistently productive over his time at Clemson, improving his stats each season

Weaknesses (from nfl.com)
Only average size for a starting outside receiver and has room to add bulk to his frame. Occasionally loses track of the ball on easy catches when trying to make a move too early. Must prove his ability to use his hands to beat press coverage from NFL veterans off the line. Dances around defenders and run backwards after short catches at times, losing his balance or some yardage, instead of heading upfield. Will need to be more consistently physical in the blocking game at the next level.

NFL Comparison
Roddy White

Bottom Line
The Texans finally get a compliment to and eventual replacement for Andre Johnson

04-18-2013, 12:08 PM
The Broncos are on the clock and waste no time in getting their card to Commissioner Goodell...... With the next pick in the 2013 draft and while looking at many players here including ND's Manti Teo, and Alabamas RB Eddie Lacy, the Broncos decide on beefing up their DL and pick Lacy's teammate:

Jesse Williams NT Alabama


The 6'4" 325 lb Defensive Lineman from Alabama will fit in nicely with Denver's base defense.

Williams, born on Thursday Island grew up in Brisbane, Australia. He goes by the nickname The Monstar.

Denver can also use him at FB down inside the 5 yd line, where he played some while at Alabama....

Welcome aboard, Jesse.

04-18-2013, 02:01 PM

New England does not have many picks so they trade down four spots and pick up a fifth and a sixth rounder. They trade # 29 to Jacksonville for #33 & Jacksonville's fifth and sixth round picks.

Jacksonville selects Matt Barkley QB USC. Jacksonville has long sought a franchise QB. Many consider Barkley the best Qb in this draft. Barkley has lots of big game experience in a pro style offense. He is ready to challenge for a job now.

Jacksonville couldn't believe that Barkley was still on the board. They feared another team leapfrogging them to get him. So, they made the trade.

04-18-2013, 03:07 PM
The Falcons select....


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By now you've probably figure out that the Falcons select...

Corny Carradine! DE Florida State University. Even though Carradine tore his ACL late last season. His recovery is going so well that he should be ready for full contact by training camp. At 275 pounds and 6'4, CC has great size. He also has a great burst to the QB, and elite flexibility for his size. Many think his ceiling is much higher than his teammate Werner's. Carradine produced a lot of great tape at FSU and registered 11 sacks this past season. Carradine is very disruptive and is a quick twitch athlete. If his knee is healthy, he should start as a rookie.

I can neither confirm nor deny that Corny is a member of Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity.

Coolie Man
04-18-2013, 04:12 PM
Rats select ILB Arthur Brown

04-18-2013, 05:32 PM
I can neither confirm nor deny that Corny is a member of Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity.

He's definitely into the Omega Mu ladies.

04-19-2013, 09:56 AM
BB and NE select Kawann Short DT Purdue University. Short is versatile. He can play NT and 3 technique. He is very strong and shows surprising short area quickness and flexibility. Short was often double and triple teamed in college, and still produced. With Wilfork commanding the double teams in New England, Kawann will find great success as other teams try to block him with just one man.

Kawann paused briefly from his lunch to speak to BB Today. This is how the conversation went.

K, "Hello?"
B, "Kawann?"
K "Yup."
B, "This is the Supreme Commander of Foxboro. I order you to cease and desist from the following: Smiling, showing individualism, having opinions, sharing information of any kind with anyone at all, joviality, and pleasantly answering questions at press conferences. The following behaviors are permitted: Douchebaggery, looking constipated, humping your secretary, humping your nanny, inseminating hot chicks out of wedlock, inseminating hot chicks in wedlock, secretive filming, goofy dancing at Carnivale, plausible deniability, and eating cheese. Welcome to the New England Partiots."

04-19-2013, 10:13 AM
Rara's hasn't made his selection for the Niners, and now 2 teams have leapfrogged his late first round pick, so it is time for me to make a pick for him. However, then the Niners will be up again with their early 2nd round pick acquired in the Alex Smith trade. I will leapfrog that pick twice with the Eagles and Lions, before making my section pick for the Niners, and then moving onto Chicago, getting us back on schedule.

The Niners lost Deshon Goldson to free agency, so they could use a safety to start next to Donte Whitner.

The San Francisco 49ers are proud to select:

Florida International safety Jonathan Cyprien

04-19-2013, 10:21 AM
In the first round, new Eagles coach Chip Kelly was tempted by Geno Smith to bring his new offense to the pros, but opted instead for the guy he knew in Dion Jordan. With only Geno and Barkley off the board at this point, Kelly can pick a QB here in round 2 to learn from Vick as a rookie (filling in whenever he is inevitably injured this year), then possibly take over the reigns full time in year 2. Nick Foles does not see to be a fit for the Kelly offense, so he may be trade bait during the draft (the real draft...we can't trade players in this mock draft).

The Philadephia Eagles are proud to select:

Florida State QB E.J. Manuel

04-19-2013, 10:26 AM
Detroit filled their need for a OT in round 1 following the retirement of Jeff Backus and the free agent loss of Gosder Cherilus. Now they need DE to replace the departed Cliff Avril, and they've also needed an upgrade at corner forever. Time to check their draft board to find the highest rated DE or CB that presents the greatest value here.

The Detroit Lions are proud to select:

UCLA DE Datone Jones

04-19-2013, 10:29 AM
Back to the Niners again, since their early second round pick has now been leapfrogged twice.

Justin Smith has been a rock for them as a 3-4 DE since coming over from Cincinnati several years ago, but he is getting up there in age. They need a promising 3-4 DE prospect who can learn from Justin now and eventually take over when he retires. Luckily, there is a tremendously talented 3-4 DE prospect who is quite raw but should be able to learn a lot from Smith.

The San Francisco 49ers are proud to select:

Southern Methodist DE Margus Hunt

04-19-2013, 10:42 AM
The Bears traded out of the first round and now have 3 second round picks. They always need help along the o-line (even after adding former Saint OT Jermon Bushrod), and could upgrade their LB corps after losing Nick Roach and Brian Urlacher (D.J. Williams and James Anderson only signed 1 year deals, so they are merely stopgaps). There are some solid LB options available like Manti Te'o and Kevin Minter, but the Bears have decided to go elsewhere. Ever since they traded away Greg Olsen to the Panthers, the Bears haven't had a legitimate weapon at TE. Sure, they signed Martellus Bennett in free agency, and he was solid for the Giants last year, but with 3 second round picks, they can afford to make a luxury pick here to give Cutler another weapon now, while still being able to address LB and OL later on. Besides, they have to fill that huge void left by the departure of the great Matt Spaeth.

The Chicago Bears are proud to select:

Stanford TE Zach Ertz

04-19-2013, 10:59 AM
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Now that Bruce Arians knows this is just a mock, he's decided to stay on the course and let the Dean of Greendale make his pick. Actually the Dean and Bruce aren't twins. They were a weight watchers before and after pick back in their college days.

One things for sure, AZ can play D and needs all the help they can get on Offense. Eventually we're gonna need to draft some linemen in the later rounds, but for now, we need to load up on some weapons. Gotta say, we were thinking Ertz was the way to go here. But since he's gone, let's still get what QBs love, big, fast, shiny new toys.

There's a lot of dynamic WR duos in the league, but none now more scary than the new pair in AZ.

The Cardinals select Justin Hunter - Ten.

Coolie Man
04-19-2013, 11:52 AM
Jets select RB Montee Ball

04-19-2013, 12:32 PM
The Titans improved their offensive line in round 1, so now it's time to turn the attention to defense. They could use an improved pass rush, since Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley combined for only 12.5 sacks last season (Morgan improved with 6.5 sacks last season after only 1.5 as a rookie and 2.5 in year two, but he's still not shown enough to be considered a dominant pass rusher, while Wembley is turning 30 this year and is already on his 3rd NFL team). Guys like Alex Okafor and Sam Montgomery are tempting, but they could also use help in the secondary and they see greater value at corner at this juncture.

The Tennessee Titans are proud to select:

Boise State CB Jamar Taylor

04-19-2013, 12:37 PM
The Buffalo Bills addressed their need for an impact WR apart from Stevie Johnson by selecting Tavon Austin in round 1 (after a trade down with San Diego). Now they need to address their o-line after losing Andy Levitre in free agency. New coach Doug Marrone came to Buffalo from Syracuse, and he likes his versatile former o-lineman Justin Pugh. Pugh could start at Levitre's old LG spot as a rookie, but he also has the versaility to play tackle, so he could potentially be a replacement for journeyman RT Erik Pears next year (or, if Pugh shows good enough feet to play LT, they could put Pugh at LT in the future and move the mauling Cordy Glenn over the RT in the future...or even move Glenn inside to guard where he can pull and open holes for Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller. The coach has a lot of options with these versatile o-linemen.

The Buffalo Bills are proud to select:

Syracuse G/T Justin Pugh

04-19-2013, 01:10 PM
The Dolphins cannot believe their eyes and what players are on the board here. Since we just signed Danelle Ellerbe away from the Ravens, we really don't have need for a Manti Teo. We have some good young rb's in the stable, however, we just cannot pass up the opportunity to pick what we see as this year's top RB prospect.....

So therefore, with our 2nd round pick in the 2013 draft, the Miami Dolphins select:

Eddie Lacy RB Alabama

Height: 5 ft 11 in Weight: 231 lb


Welcome to Miami, Eddie........!

04-19-2013, 01:28 PM
The Buccaneers addressed their ailing secondary by selecting CB Xavier Rhodes in round 1 (provided that they do not use that pick to trade up for CB Darrelle Revis, of course). I actually considered giving Tampa back-to-back corner picks, since it looked like they were going to be cutting last year's CB free agent acquisition Eric Wright (who was given a 4 game suspension last year), but they instead gave Wright a significant pay cut and are keeping him around for 2013. In addition to adding new blood to your secondary, the other way to improve a pitiful pass defense would be to pressure the QB. Adrian Clayborne had 7.5 sacks as a rookie 2 years ago, but he was limited to just 3 games last season and had no sacks. Da'Quan Bowers has only 4.5 total sacks in 2 seasons combined. They added George Selvie in free agency, but he only has 3 total sacks in 3 years. Therefore, they could use some boost to their pass rush.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are proud to select:

Texas DE Alex Okafor

04-19-2013, 01:37 PM
The Carolina Panthers addressed the middle of their d-line in round 1 with Sheldon Richardson. They still have many other needs. Corner was a possibility after cutting Chris Gamble, but they re-signed Captain Munnerlyn and brought in D.J. Moore and Drayton Florence in free agency. Safety was a possibility, since Matt Elam or Eric Reid would provide an upgrade over former Raven Haruki Nakamura. An OL upgrade at either guard or tackle would be useful as well. However, they haven't had a legit WR opposite Steve Smith since Muhsin Muhammad (plus, Steve Smith is aging and won't be around forever). Brandon LaFell is okay, but they could use someone else (and Ted Ginn, who they signed in free agency, is certainly not the answer as WR...as a return man, maybe, but that's about it).

The Carolina Panthers are proud to select:

USC WR Robert Woods

04-19-2013, 01:43 PM
New Bills coach Doug Marrone liked both of his former Orangemen, Justin Pugh and Ryan Nassib, and the trade down with San Diego allows him to take both of them in the 2nd round. Normally, the QB would be the priority over the utility lineman, but with two 2nd round picks separated by Miami, Tampa, and Carolina, he decided to take Pugh first, knowing that the Dolphins, Bucs, and Panthers already had Tannehill, Freeman, and Newton at QB and wouldn't be drafting another QB in round 2. Kevin Kolb was signed only as a stopgap measure for them, as Marrone plans to implement his offense using his college QB under center.

The Buffalo Bills are proud to select:

Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib

04-19-2013, 02:11 PM
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Another day, another turkey leg. I tell ya, I just can't get enough bacon.

Speaking of turkey wrapped bacon, we've got another little surprise up our sleeves in St Louis for today. Jeff and I have decided getting a top safety is a priority in this draft and in our opinion the best one is still on the board. The only thing is everyone else seems to think he's a CB.

This young man plays the ball like one of the best WRs in the game. With his hands, I have no idea how he ended up playing Defense. But we like him. He's a great athlete. He's aggressive. He's a big hitter. And we feel strongly with him in center field, this defense can get to the next level.

The St Louis Rams select David Amerson - NC State - S

04-19-2013, 03:13 PM
Dallas' biggest needs have been interior OL and safety. They were lucky to have one of the top guards fall into their laps in round 1 when they got Jonathan Cooper. Now they are luck to have one of the top safeties fall into their laps in round 2. The Cowboys brought in Matt Elam's older brother Abram into the league as an UDFA in 2006 (no starts, but played in 15 games on special teams), and then brought him back to Dallas once again in 2011 (where he started all 16 games as a safety), so Jerry Jones already knows this family well.

The Dallas Cowboys are proud to select:

Florida safety Matt Elam

04-20-2013, 12:48 AM
The Pittsburgh Steelers proudly select Khasim Greene LB Rutgers. Greene is a hard hitting athletic playmaker in the mold of Lawrence Timmons. Greene plays very well in space and loves separating the ball from players. Having two athletic ILBs will allow the Steelers to stay in base formation more as these two linebackers can cover athletic TEs and slot receivers in short areas. WRs better invest in more short term disability if they intend to run slants against the Steelers in 2013.

04-21-2013, 12:29 PM
I have the first 5 picks on Monday morning, so I am going to make them now, leaving my Monday morning at work free to do some actual work (imagine that). Once I knock off these 5 picks now, then I will only have one more pick to make around lunchtime and that will be all for me. Not bad.

The Giants addressed their need along the OL in round one with D.J. Fluker, and now they can address a need at linebacker. They let Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn go, and signed Keith Rivers and Dan Connor, but both were one-year deals for backup money, so they could use a long term answer at LB.

The New York Giants are proud to select:

LSU LB Kevin Minter

04-21-2013, 12:35 PM
The Bears traded out of round one, picked up TE Zach Ertz earlier in round 2, and now have 2 out of the next 4 picks to fill other needs, including offensive line and linebacker. They let Brian Urlacher and Nick Roach go, and signed D.J. Williams and James Anderson, but both were one-year deals for backup money, so they could use a long term answer at LB. If that last sentence sounds like it was just cut-and-pasted from the previous Giants entry with the names changed, that's because it was. Both teams got rid of a couple of veteran LB's and signed a couple of cheap LB replacements on 1 year deals. Weird.

The Chicago Bears are proud to select:

Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o

04-21-2013, 12:39 PM
The Washington Redskins did not have a first round pick as a result of the trade for RGIII last year. Their biggest need is in the secondary. They brought DeAngelo Hall back on a minor one year deal and added E.J. Biggers on another minor one year deal. They really could use some young talent to build on in the defensive backfield.

The Washington Redskins are proud to select:

Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks

04-21-2013, 12:52 PM
The Minnesota Vikings had 2 picks in round 1, selecting CB Desmond Trufant and DT Sylvester Williams. They were considering completing the trifecta of using their first 3 picks to address each level of their defense by selecting a LB here...Minter and Te'o were both possibilities here, but were just selected a few picks ago, so that settles that. They also considered adding a complement to last year's successful draft pick of Harrison Smith (Eric Reid is certainly tempting), but they decide instead to give Christian Ponder another weapon opposite free agent acquisition Greg Jennings. They cannot believe that a projected first round wideout is still available this late in first round (and frankly, neither can I). They were tempted to use one of their first round picks on this guy, so to get him in the second round with their third selection of this draft, is a tremendous bonus.

The Minnesota Vikings are proud to select:

California WR Keenan Allen

04-21-2013, 12:58 PM
With TE Zach Ertz and LB Manti Te'o added earlier this year, the Bears now need to continue to improve their o-line. The got the ball rolling in free agency by adding Jermon Bushrod, Matt Slauson, and Eben Britton, but they could also use an injection of young blood that could be a building block for the future for them. There are a lot of options here. OT Menelik Watson is available. OG Larry Warford is available. OC Travis Frederick is available. They could take any of those guys here, but may prefer someone who is a bit more versatile. If healthy, Barrett Jones could have been that guy, but instead they will pick an up-and-coming talent with pretty impressive NFL bloodlines.

The Chicago Bears are proud to select:

Oregon G/T Kyle Long

04-22-2013, 12:04 PM
Has time run out on Pfelix73?? If so

Charles Woodson was released leaving a vacancy in the defensive backfield. MD Jennings has not shown much to warrant any faith in him filling the spot. Ted Thompson continues to improve the defense up the middle and is ecstatic that the playmaking safety from Fresno State is still available.

With the 55th pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select:

Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State

Height 6’1”
Weight 208 lbs
4.59 40 yd

Led the nation with 8 interceptions (3 returned for TDs) in 2012 and was a finalist for the Thorpe Award. A playmaking safety responsible for 20 turnovers throughout his career, he has good agility and is a sure tackler. Will sometimes get sucked inside, but may be corrected with pro level coaching. Team Captain in 2012.

04-22-2013, 12:46 PM
No pick for the Dolphins, so I leapfrog them a second time with Seattle, then make Miami's pick so that we can keep going forward this afternoon.

After trading their first round pick away in the Percy Harvin deal, this will be Seattle's first selection in the draft. Breno Giacomini has been a liability at RT, and can be upgraded. Luckily, there is a quality OT available for the taking, so the Seahawks can have solid bookend tackles (with entrenched LT starter Russell Okung) to keep Russell Wilson upright and to seal the edge for Marshawn Lynch.

The Seattle Seahawks are proud to select:

Florida State OT Menelik Watson

04-22-2013, 12:51 PM
The Dolphins would have loved to grab Menelik Watson after losing Jake Long in free agency, but unfortunately they got leapfrogged twice and no longer have that option. This pick was obtained from Indy in exchange for former 1st round CB Vontae Davis, so they could use this pick to help out at corner, where they also lost Sean Smith to free agency this offseason. Although they did sign Brent Grimes, who is a solid corner when healthy, there are still lingering questions about his health, so reinforcements are needed. There is a corner still available who is somewhat of a medical miracle himself. Projected as a possible high pick, this player nearly died a few months ago when he tore his inferior vena cava (which brings blood back to your heart) in a collision at practice. However, he was able to make it back to the point that he ran a tremendous 40 time at his pro day and thoroughly impressed all of the scouts in attendance.

The Miami Dolphins are proud to select:

Houston CB D.J. Hayden

04-22-2013, 01:47 PM
Denver is on the clock and will go ahead and pick a CB with their next draft pick. Considering the Ravens offense lit up the secondary in last year's playoff's, the Broncos can use some help at Corner.

With that said, the Broncos select:

Blidi Wreh-Wilson from Connecticut

He was a 2nd team All Big East Selection in 2012 and had recorded 46 tackles, with one interception and nine passes defended.

We welcome Blidi to Denver.

04-22-2013, 02:02 PM
The New England Patriots select Terrance Williams WR Baylor.

Williams is a silky smooth outside the numbers receiver. He has good size which he uses to wall off corners and make acrobatic downfield catches. Williams is NFL ready and will thrive in the Patriots system.

04-22-2013, 02:04 PM
Houston has been leapfrogged twice. Ruthless, I think you should pick for them.

04-22-2013, 03:00 PM
In the interest of staying on schedule, I will select for Houston.

The highest rated player on the board is Jonathan Hankins DT Ohio State.

The Houston Texans select Jonathan Hankins.

Hankins is an immediate upgrade over Earl Mitchell or Shaun Cody (if he is resigned). Hankins next to J.J. Watt looks like a matchup nightmare for opponents and will allow Texans linebackers to run free.

04-22-2013, 03:03 PM
The Atlanta Falcons select Jordan Poyer CB Oregon St. Poyer is a good punt returner and will give the Falcons help there as their return unit has not been the same since Weems left before last season. Poyer will also immediately compete for a starting CB job as both Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson will not return in 2013. Poyer has good length for the position and good overall athleticism. Jordan excels at both man and off man coverage.

04-22-2013, 03:10 PM
The Niners are up as of 3:00 pm (eastern time). They select: RB GIOVANNI BERNARD, NORTH CAROLINA.

04-22-2013, 04:01 PM
Kansas City Selects Mike Glennon QB N Carolina State

04-22-2013, 05:11 PM
The Jacksonville Jaguars select Corey Lemonier DE Auburn.

The Jags briefly considered Sam Montgomery. But, the new regime emphasizes character. So, they chose Lemonier. The Jags feel Lemonier is very explosive and just scratching the surface of his potential.

Coolie Man
04-22-2013, 06:30 PM
Rats 2nd round pick Terron Armstead (OT)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff

04-23-2013, 12:49 AM
The Detroit Lions addressed their needs at OT in round 1 with Luke Joeckel and their need for a pass rushing DE in round 2 with Datone Jones. Now their biggest need is at corner, where they have lacking for years.

The Detroit Lions are proud to select:

Mississippi State CB Darius Slay

04-23-2013, 01:09 AM
The Oakland Raiders selected DT Star Lotulelei with the third overall pick and then had no other picks until now due to the poorly conceived Carson Palmer trade. With only Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor on the roster, the Raiders could certainly use another QB. If Glennon were still available then he would have been the pick. But with the Tylers as the best available QBs at this point, the Raiders are going to pass for now and maybe get Bridgewater next year (although if Al Davis were still alive he would probably fall in love with Bray's arm.

It is interesting that the Raiders made over pretty much there entire starting defense (only Lamar Houston and Tyvon Branch remain as starters from last year) while on offense the only new starter is at QB (Flynn). The replacements on defense were mostly signed to short-term inexpensive deals as stop gaps (due to their cap issues) until improvements can be added. Therefore, additions will be made to the defense. Houston is a solid pass rusher up the middle and Lotulelei should provide a substantial push up the middle, but they could use a second pass rushing DE to pressure Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, and, for the time being, Alex Smith.

The Oakland Raiders are proud to select:

LSU DE Sam Montgomery

04-23-2013, 01:23 AM
The Eagles drafted pass rusher Dion Jordan in round one and QB E.J. Manuel in round two. They were looking for a tackle prospect here but with Pugh, Long, Watson, and Armstead coming off the board in round two, they don't want to reach for a need when they have other needs they could fill instead. With Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie elsewhere, they could use an influx of talent at corner (Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher is a start but not enough).

The Philadelphia Eagles are proud to select:

Connecticut CB Dwayne Gratz

04-23-2013, 09:59 AM
The Browns are on the clock and in the first round they got their CB in Dee Milliner, but now its time to look towards the offensive side of the ball.....

The Browns select:

Stedman Bailey WR from West Virginia.

Even though Tavon Austin has gotten all of the media attention in this year's draft, we feel that Stedman was the most productive of the WR's at West Virginia....

Stedman Bailey, at 5'11" 193 lbs is a little bigger than Tavon and had 114 rec. for 1622 yards with a staggering 25 TDs in 2012 for the Mountaineers.....

Welcome to the big show, Stedman....


04-23-2013, 11:23 AM
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Hmmmmmm. This is a toughie for Brucie and I. There's a couple directions we'd like to go. But for the long haul, we feel strongly we have a sound D and the O needs a shot in the arm.

We understand this is a risky pick, but we're gamblers. You can't win big if you don't bet big. And what better group to learn from than our very own position of injury prone players. This young man will fit right in. If we can get this man with our trainers and on the right track, we hope to be looking back at this as one of the steals of the draft.

The Arizona Cardinals select Marcus Lattimore - South Carolina.

04-23-2013, 12:06 PM
The Titans addressed their OL in round one with OG Chance Warmack and addressed their secondary in round two with CB Jamar Taylor. Now they could use an offensive weapon. They lost starting TE Jared Cook in free agency, and replaced him with Delanie Walker, who was the #2 TE in San Francisco behind Vernon Davis. They could use another legit option at TE, and McDonald has been flying up draft boards of late, surpassing the likes of Escobar and Kelce behind Eifert and Ertz.

The Tennessee Titans are proud to select:

Rice TE Vance McDonald

04-23-2013, 12:09 PM
The Chargers did not have a second round pick because they traded it to Buffalo in order to move up to get OT Lane Johnson, but they did receive an extra 3rd and 4th round pick as a part of that deal, giving them 2 out of the next 6 picks in the draft. The OL in San Diego was so bad that it is worth double-dipping here, adding the best available guard to the tackle already drafted in the top 10.

The San Diego Chargers are proud to select:

Kentucky OG Larry Warford

04-23-2013, 01:19 PM
Coolie Man sent me a PM stating that he wanted to draft CB Jamar Taylor from Boise State for the Jets in the 3rd round.

However, Taylor was already drafted by the Titans in round two.

Since he made the effort to send the PM, I don't want to leapfrog him, so I'll just pick the next best available CB from NFLDraftScout's rankings, which means that the Jets get...



Rex Ryan and Tyrann Mathieu seem like a match made...well not in heaven necessarily...but a solid match made somewhere.

Coolie Man
04-23-2013, 01:23 PM
That's cool. That would of been it.

04-23-2013, 01:24 PM
Tampa Bay took CB Xavier Rhodes in round 1 (and since that point, that pick was traded to the Jets for Darrelle Revis, so in either case, the 13th overall pick was used to obtain a CB in one form or fashion) and then took DE Alex Okafor in round 2. Their secondary was so bad that they could use yet another corner (they signed CB Eric Wright last year, but he was suspended and generally sucks, so they cut his pay significantly to keep him around another year, but I highly doubt that he's the long-term solution across from Revis, so the Bucs are going to go the corner route yet again.

The Tampa Bay Buccanneers are proud to select:

Southeast Louisiana CB Robert Alford

04-23-2013, 01:30 PM
With their third round pick, the San Francisco 49ers select: Travis Kelce, TE; Cincinatti.

While Davis is still playing like an elite (even though quiet the past two seasons), the 49ers have decided to go with Kelce as their pick. Kelce, who is rated the fifth best tight end of this draft is a steal as he was rated a high second round grade until violating team rules. Kelce will play special teams and take some snaps for when Davis is taking a breather. Could be the next Gronk.

STRENGTHS Kelce has an ideal tight end frame. Athletic for his size, with great strength, and the ability to stretch the field vertically. Very physical run blocker, generates power from the lower half, and will move defenders off the ball. Plays with leverage. Wide catching radius, can adjust and make the difficult catch. Tough to bring down after the catch. Light feet, and has lined up in numerous different positions.

WEAKNESSES Suspended for an entire season for violating team rules. Only one season of production. Doesn't have blazing speed. Not a tremendously explosive athlete. Doesn't come out of his breaks all that well.


BOTTOM LINE Kelce has been a tremendous run blocker throughout his career for the Bearcats, but really elevated his game as a receiver in his senior season. He isn't a tremendous athlete, but he does a lot of things very well. It's a deep tight end class, but Kelce's play suggests that he should be highly sought after.

04-23-2013, 01:54 PM
The New Orleans Saints took Ziggy Ansah in round 1 to address deficiencies in their defensive front 7, and now they look to address deficiencies in their defensive backfield as well (after not having a second round pick due to the Bountygate Scandal).

The New Orleans Saints are proud to select:

South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger

04-23-2013, 02:18 PM
The San Diego Chargers used their first two selections to address their putrid OL by adding OT Lane Johnson and OG Larry Warford. Now it's time to address the defense. They drafted Melvin Ingram high last year to be one pass rushing OLB in their 3-4, but they could use someone else opposite him. Shaun Phillips is a free agent who wasn't re-signed, Jarrett Johnson is the current starter but he is a journeyman-type entering his 11th season in the NFL, and Larry English is a pretty much a bust at this point.

The San Diego Chargers are proud to select:

Southern Mississippi LB Jamie Collins

04-23-2013, 03:28 PM
The St Louis Rams are sitting at the podium with the commish....waiting....If RB was picking, I'm sure I'd need to come up with a new player in 2 minutes :)

04-23-2013, 03:31 PM
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Fisher and Bradford are at each other's throats today over this silly little mock draft. Apparently Sammy's pretty miffed he didn't get a WR and Jeff is all like, "I got you the big target in the passing game you wanted with our first pick". And Sammy's a little upset that Fisher went all D after that when clearly he's been a QB without weapons for far too long.

Fellas, let's relax a little here. And no Sammy, Amerson is not making the switch to WR just cause you say you want him to. The self proclaimed best WR in the draft is still on the board. Austin (tiny), Patterson (unknown), Allen (druggie), etc, etc. They all have issues.

Not this kid. He's got the size, the speed, the athleticism, and the production. He calls himself the best blocking WR. The hardest working WR. And yeah, just the best WR period in the whole draft.

The St Louis Rams Select, Quinton Patton - WR - Louisiana Tech

04-23-2013, 04:04 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers select LeVeon Bell RB Michigan State.

04-23-2013, 04:09 PM
The Miami now leapfrogged twice, I'll go ahead a make a pick for them. They got a pass rusher in round 1 with Werner, and a RB and CB in round 2 with Lacy and Hayden. One thing they didn't get was a tackle, with Jake Long having moved on to St. Louis. The Dolphins may solve this problem by trading one of those 2nd round picks for Brandon Albert, but as of right now, they have not done so yet.

The Miami Dolphins are proud to select:

Colorado OT David Bakhtiari

04-23-2013, 04:13 PM
The Dallas Cowboys addressed their putrid interior OL by drafting OG Jonathan Cooper in round 1, and then added to their secondary by drafting S Matt Elam in round 2. Their interior OL was so bad, though, that multiple picks could realistically be added. With Cooper a starting guard from day one, now they are looking for an interior o-lineman with some ability to play center, since at one point last year, Dallas was down to their 4th or 5th string center, signing guys off the street and playing them a few days later.

The Dallas Cowboys are proud to select:

Alabama C/G Barrett Jones

04-23-2013, 04:16 PM
The New York Giants addressed their OL in round 1 with Fluker and their LB corps in round 2 with Minter. Their next biggest need is in the secondary, even though they brought back Aaron Ross. There is a corner available who played locally in Jersey.

The New York Giants are proud to select:

Rutgers CB Logan Ryan

04-24-2013, 10:05 AM
The Miami Dolphins select:

Gavin Escobar TE San Diego St.

Gavin earned all- confernece honors for 3 years in a row. At 6'6" and 255lbs, he will fit in nicely with the Dolphins offense.

04-24-2013, 10:15 AM
The Vikings address their secondary and front four of their defense in round 1 with CB Desmond Trufant and DT Sylvester Williams, plus added an offensive weapon in round 2 in WR Keenan Allen, but still need to improve their linebacking corps. I heard this guy interviewed on Moving the Chains on Sirius XM Radio yesterday on my drive home from work, and came away quite impressed with him.

The Minnesota Vikings are proud to select:

Connecticut LB Sio Moore

04-24-2013, 10:18 AM
The Bengals traded away both of their 2nd round picks in order to acquire another first round pick (where they grabbed WR Cordarelle Patterson and FS Kenny Vaccaro). They had originally planned to use one of those 2nd round picks on a RB with some quickness to complement the Law Firm (someone like UNC RB Gio Bernard or UCLA RB Jonathan Franklin). Well, one of those guys happens to still be on the board for them in round 3, so this is a no brainer pick. Actually, I would have preferred that the Steelers draft Franklin instead of Bell earlier this round.

The Cincinnati Bengals are proud to select:

UCLA RB Jonathan Franklin

04-24-2013, 10:24 AM
The Redskins had no first round pick, since they used it in the RGIII trade, but they addressed their porous secondary in round 2 with CB Johnthan Banks. They considered addressing their secondary once again in round 3 with a safety like Shamarko Thomas or Bacarri Rambo, but they decided instead to go for an inside backer. London Fletcher has been a fixture inside there for years, and he did re-sign one last contract with them, but he is turning 38 next month, so it would be a good idea to draft an heir apparent to learn from Fletcher, rotate in with him to keep the old man fresh, and take over for him full time next year.

The Washington Redskins are proud to select:

Oregon LB Kiko Alonso

04-24-2013, 10:52 AM
The Colts select Chris Faulk OT LSU. Faulk missed almost all of last season because of a knee injury. If he had been healthy, he was projected to be selected in the first round. Faulk should be ready for training camp and may find a home at guard this season as that is a top need for the Colts. Faulk played left tackle at LSU and could eventually be moved back outside to protect Mr. Luck.

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04-24-2013, 12:35 PM
The Seattle Seahawks took OT Menelik Watson in round 2 after trading away their first rounder for Percy Harvin. Although they considered adding to their LB corps here, Sio Moore and Kiko Alonso just came off the board a few picks ahead of them, so they opt for better value elsewhere instead. They are going to double-dip on the OL by taking a guard here as well.

The Seattle Seahawks are proud to select:

Kent State OG Brian Winters

04-24-2013, 12:37 PM
Ryan Grant is an UFA and 30yrs old. DuJuan Harris had a nice playoff run but another RB needs to be added to the mix. Green Bay was 20th in the league rushing with a 106.4 ypg average.

With the 88th pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select:

Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford

Height 5’9”
Weight 216lbs
4.76 40 yd

A north-south runner with a thick body and powerful legs. Lacks elite speed, but is quick to the hole with good stop-start speed. Had a 4.8 yard per carry average, totaled 1,530yds and 13 TDs. He can adjust well to receiving out of the backfield and more importantly displays good technique and ability in pass protection making him very valuable as a 3 down back.

04-24-2013, 01:32 PM
Houston Texans: Jon Bostic (http://www.planetsteelers.com/forums/scoutingreport2013jbostic.php), ILB, Florida
There's a ton of uncertainty at inside linebacker for Houston. Brian Cushing is coming off a torn ACL, Bradie James is an impending free agent who isn't very good, while neither Tim Dobbins nor Darryl Sharpton is worthy of starting.

(Quick cheat - totally stolen from Walter Football, but, cuz work tied me up and i'm rushed... )

04-24-2013, 02:14 PM
The New England Patriots select Oday Aboushi OT Virginia. Aboushi had some early second round buzz until his arms were measured and found to be too short for the experts. Still, his tape is pretty good at tackle. Aboushi has a mean streak which the Pats love on their offensive line. He will likely provide quality depth this year as he can back up four of the five positions.

04-24-2013, 02:30 PM
The Denver Broncos Select:

Shamarko Thomas- Safety from Syracuse...

04-24-2013, 02:33 PM
The Atlanta Falcons select Brandon Williams DT Mississippi Southern State University. Williams is a 6'2 335 pound wrecking ball. This past season, Williams caused 5 fumbles and racked up 8.5 sacks. Williams is capable of playing NT or the three technique because of his outstanding combination of quickness and strength.

04-24-2013, 05:09 PM
Sorry for the delay, my time slot was at 3...The San Francisco 49ers select: AARON MELLETTE, WR; Elon.

04-24-2013, 07:07 PM
With its compensatory selection, KC selects DaRick Rogers, WR Tennessee Tech

04-24-2013, 08:45 PM
No picks in from Baltimore or Houston. K.C. has already leapfrogged them, so I'll leapfrog the two of them a second time with my final Tennessee pick, then make those last couple of picks for the Ravens and Texans to finish this thing off.

The Titans first 3 picks are OG Chance Warmack, CB Jamar Taylor, and TE Vance McDonald. Now they can use some depth at DE, since Kamerion Wimbley is a journeyman playing for his 3rd team heading into his 8th NFL season, and Derrick Morgan, while improving in each of his 3 years in the NFL, still has not broken out as a pass rushing weapon.

The Tennessee Titans are proud to select:

LSU DE Sam Montgomery

04-24-2013, 08:56 PM
The Ravens took Arthur Brown to fill Ray Lewis' shoes, Terron Armstead to fill Bryant McKinnie's shoes, and now they need someone to fill Ed Reed's shoes. Sure, they signed Michael Huff in free agency, but they also lost Bernard Pollard, so they need 2 new safeties. Ed Reed was the ultimate ball hawking safety in the NFL, so they are glad to see that a top notch ball hawking college safety is still available. Sure, he's had some off field problems, but it's not like Baltimore is chock full o' choir boys.

The Baltimore Ravens are proud to select:

Georgia FS Bacarri Rambo


04-24-2013, 09:02 PM
The Texans have taken WR DeAndre Hopkins, DT Johnathan Hankins, and LB Jon Bostic. They could use help on the right side of their offensive line, which hasn't been the same since they surprisingly cut RT Eric Winston in a cap-saving move a couple of seasons ago.

The Houston Texans are proud to select:

Tennessee OT Dallas Thomas