Friday, February 15, 2008

Mock, Yea, Ing, Yea, Bird, Yea, Yea, Yea

As you know, I am a big silly fan of the NFL draft. I will be doing several mock drafts throgh out the off season, and here is the first. This a pre combine, pre anything, and I only kinda thought about all those players that Atlanta cut today, but here we go.

First round.

1 Miami - Chris Long, DE, Virginia
This team needs about everything, except a running back. The sounds from around the league say Big Bill likes Howie's kid. I don't really know if this guy fits into that true 3-4 DE, but neither really is Jason Taylor, and look how well that worked out.

2 St. Louis Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU
Most dominate player in the draft. Really shores up their run D.

3 Atlanta - Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas
Perfect fit for McFadden, there is some other backs there that can help carry the load, while leaving McFadden the ability to hit home runs all day.

4 Oakland - Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC
Warren Sap is all but gone, and he was sucking when he wasn't. Ellis fills the whole.

5 Kansas City - Jake Long, OT, Michigan
Not quite ready to rock a QB here, so they take the best O-linmen in the draft.

6 NY Jets - Vernon Gholston, DE, Ohio St.
The Jets need to get better in a lot of places, pass rush is one of them. Gholston gives them that.

7 New England(SF) - Antoine Cason, CB, Arizona
I don't think this team will resign Sammuals, so a nice CB would be a nice fit.

8 Baltimore - Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College
Kyle Boler has had as many chances as humanly possible, and McNair finished the year on IR. Even if this team goes out and gets a vet, the best QB is a nice fit here.

9 Cincinnati - Calais Campbell, DE, Miami
The Beangles really need defense, all spots. Campbell is a great pass rusher with a huge upside. Might want to get a less of a "project" player, but his upside is too high to pass up.

10 New Orleans - Kenny Phillips, S, Miami
Same as above. They need D. Phillips can help the pass and run D.

11 Buffalo - Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida
While the offense was mostly the problem last year, a nice CB like Jenkins gives this team a serious contending D.

12 Denver - Keith Rivers, LB, USC
Denver needed run help, and a LB who could cover the TE's such as Tonny G in KC. Here ya go.

13 Carolina - Ryan Clady, OT, Boise St.
Despite what a lot of people think, I don't see them going for a QB this year. Delhome is coming back, and they got Moore as a project/ future guy. Clady will help them protect Delhome, and open holes for their tandom running duo.

14 Chicago - Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville
Here come another QB! Sexy Rexy will stay, and probably start, but just one more year, then Brohm will take over.

15 Detroit - Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy
Its never a bad Idea to take good solid Corners. Its ever better when you need one.

16 Arizona - Sam Baker, OT, USC
With Jones and Baker now at the Tackles, this team has two great bookend tackles.

17 Minnesota - Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma
Sidney Rice showed a lot last year, and Kelly will help Boom Boom's Chances in staying the starter.

18 Houston - Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon
Ahman Green and Jonathan Stewart will double team Def's next year.

19 Philadelphia - DeSean Jackson, WR, Cal
Might be a bit of a reach, but Jackson has that big play ability that Donavan really wants.

20 Tampa Bay - Jeff Otah, OT, Pitt
It is never a bad idea to draft OLine.

21 Washington - Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida
If Harvey can get to the QB with some regularity, this D becomes scary.

22 Dallas(Cle) - Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois
A great complement to MB3, Fast, blocks well, can break a run open.

23 Pittsburgh - Aqib Talib, DB, Kansas
Go D gets better.

24 Tennessee - Limas Sweed, WR, Texas
Young needs a solid target, and the former Texas QB gets one with Limas Sweed.

25 Seattle - Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas
Alexander is on the downhill slope, and Mo Morris isn't the answer. Jones is used to sharing touches, and this will expancd Alexander's time in this League.

26 Jacksonville - Quentin Groves, DE, Auburn
The only thing that the Jacksonville D didn't do well last year is get to the QB. Enter Quentin Groves.

27 San Diego - Frank Okam, DT, Texas
They need help stoppin the run, Okam is a big sumbitch

28 Dallas - Reggie Smith, DB, Oklahoma
A bit of a reach, but Smith can play the nickle CB untill he is ready to start in place of Henry.

29 San Francisco(Ind) - Gosder Cherilus, OT, Boston
San Fran needs alot of things as well. Who ever ends up playing QB for this team, needs better protection than they got last year.

30 Green Bay - Justin King, CB, Penn St.
Al Harris and Charlie Woodson are both up in age, and Justin King can take over when ready.

31 New England - forfeit

32 NY Giants - Dan Conner, LB, Penn St.
Best OLB in draft, helps an already great D.

Second Round. Just for shit and giggles.

32 Miami - Chris Williams OT Vanderbilt
33 St. Louis - Ali Highsmith LB LSU
34 Oakland - Jeff Otah OT Pittsburgh
35 Kansas City - Dominique Rodgers CB Tennessee State
36 New York Jets - Keith Rivers LB USC
37 Atlanta - Phillip Merling DE Clemson
38 Baltimore - Patrick Lee CB Auburn
39 San Fransisco - Mario Manningham WR Michigan
40 New Orleans - Kentwan Balmer DT North Carolina
41 Buffalo - Pat Sims DT Auburn
42 Denver - Fred Davis TE Southern California
43 Carolina - Xavier Adibi LB Virginia Tech
44 Chicago - Carl Nicks OT Nebraska
45 Detroit - Erin Henderson LB Maryland
46 Cincinnati - Antoine Cason CB Arizona
47 Minnesota - Tracy Porter CB Indiana
48 Atlanta (from Houston) - Joe Flacco QB Delaware
49 Philadelphia - Beau Bell LB UNLV
50 Arizona - Branden Flowers CB Virginia Tech
51 Washington - James Hardy WR Indiana
52 Tampa Bay - Early Doucet WR LSU
53 Pittsburgh - Anthony Collins OT Kansas
54 Tennessee - Chris Ellis DE Virginia Tech
55 Seattle - John Carlson TE Notre Dame
56 Cleveland - Jamaal Charles RB Texas
57 Miami (from San Diego) - Chad Henne QB Michigan
58 Jacksonville - Charles Godfrey CB Iowa
59 Indianapolis - Curtis Lofton LB Oklahoma
60 Green Bay - Heath Benedict OT Newberry
61 Dallas - Earl Bennett WR Vanderbilt
62 New England - Devin Thomas WR Michigan State
63 New York Giants - Steve Slaton RB West Virginia

Its early, And I know i'm way off, but wasn't that fun?


gerry dorsey said...

if they don't acquire a cb via free agency or trade, the saints better damn well draft either jenkins or talib with that first pick.

Anonymous said...

Interesting read; it's hard to call before the combine makes some chump rich and a player with a bad day fall, but the research looks there. With it a given that team needs will fluctuate due to free agents/player cuts; you do a good job of sticking to value first and need second.
That said, I'm looking forward to a "rumor's" blog and perhaps a team needs blog. Sticking to the exciting and sexy "rumor" portion; the first I've heard and perhaps most crazy, is that Dallas will package RB Barber, TE Fasano, LB Carpenter, the #22 and #28 plus a 2nd round pick to Miami for the #1 all in order to get RB Mcfadden; no way.
the 2nd I've heard and may have some potential is that Miami's 2nd rounder has the same value as a 1st due to NE's forfeit. It's rumored that Miami is looking to wheel and deal it and that leaves Dallas in two different scenerios; one involving Dallas trading down from one of their first and picking up Miami's first next year, pretty unlikely. The second involves Dallas trading up from later in the draft packaging their 2nd and 3rd plus some Parcells players like LB Carpenter or TE Fasano. Three picks in the 22 to 32 range sounds pretty nice to me so long as we don't draft another LB with any of them.
OK, moving on from Miami; another very popular rumor I've heard is that NE looking for depth, as opposed to impact, is wanting to move out of their #7 pick and wants Dallas's #22 and #28. I think that Dallas's doing anything but staying put is fueling this rumor; Mcfadden will be gone by this point and the board shows DE, OT, and LB value around the #7 spot. I don't want to give up that much to draft a player we don't need, but who knows?
Alright and finally; the most interesting and hopefully true rumor, sorry you had to read this far to get to it. It involves Atlanta and their two 2nd's, I believe at #37 and #48. They don't feel comfortable taking a QB at #3 and go with Mcfadden instead, smart pick; but with them left needing a top caliber QB it's rumored that they're wanting to move up into the later third of the 1st to grab whomever of the top tier QB drops, most likely Woodson. One report has them dealing with SD since they don't have a 2nd or 3rd sending the #27 to Atlanta. But another report has the Falcons dealing with Dallas for one of our 1st leaving us with one 1st rounder and three 2nd rounders. I would take four 1st day picks most any day, wouldn't you? (the third round has now been moved to Sunday)