Monday, March 30, 2009
PICK #65 DETROIT LIONS
The Lions need dependable, quality starters. Eric Wood was a rock and Louisville and will an instant starter in Detroit giving them one more improvement on their offensive line.
PICK #66 ST. LOUIS RAMS
The Rams need a leader on their defense. The middle linebacker is the quarterback of the defense and Gerald Mcgrath is a good one.
PICK #67 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
The Chiefs have a lot of needs. Their defense has some nice players and Orakpo will vastly improve their pass rush. They need a DT to pair with Glenn Dorsey. His old teammate Ricky Jean-Francois is a big time talent who disspeared at times in college. In spite of that, it is impossible to ignore two things. He was huge in big games and it is impossible to ignore how dominant the two of them were as a pair in college.
PICK #68 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
The Seahawks are aging on offense, and they need to find their future at quarterback while Hasselbeck is still around to play tutor. Nate Davis is a well-rounded, athletic talent at Quarterback. He didn't play against the best competition, but he made some plays that showed his talents.
PICK #69 DALLAS COWBOYS
The Cowboys have lost a lot this off-season from their defensive secondary. They need a cornere good enough to step into the rotation from day 1. Victor (Macho) Harris is a tough minded athlete at corner who tackles well and will also be a boon to the Cowboys' special teams.
PICK #70 CINCINATTI BENGALS
The Bengals need an Offensive Tackle to shore up their Offensive Line after some offseason losses. Jamon Meredith is a raw tackle with the body and athletic ability to be a left tackle down the line. Some scouts think his frame could carry more weight than the 301 he current brings to bear. He will take some work, but should hang around the league for several years.
PICK #71 OAKLAND RAIDERS
The Silver and Black need receivers who can play. Brian Robiskie was a nice start in the second round. Louis Murphy is a big target with good wheels who was productive in one of the most dynamic offenses in the country.
PICK #72 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
The Jags need a running mate for Maurice Jones Drew. Donald Brown was the nation's leading rusher last year. He is great between tackles, has caught the ball well in workouts, and would be a great change of pace for Jones-Drew.
PICK #73 GREEN BAY PACKERS
The Packers need a Defensive Lineman for their new defensive 3-4 alignment. The best option on the line is Sen'Derrick Marks. He is a medium sized, athletic Defensive Tackle who should be great run stopper at defensive end in the 3-4
PICK #74 SAN FRANCISCO 49ers
The Niners need Receivers who can play right now. Juaguin Iglesias is a great route runner who catches the ball well. He will be a great compliment to Michael Crabtree.
PICK #75 BUFFALO BILLS
With Marshawn Lynch's legal issues unresolved, the Bills need to make a move to support their running back rotation. Fred Jackson is a decent back, but has never been a workhorse. Javon Ringer is one of the unique talents at Running Back this year. He is small and does not have premier speed but he has a low center of gravity and he has a knack for breaking tackles and getting the extra yard.
PICK #76 NEW YORK JETS
The Jets will be retooling at their skill positions in this draft, and they need someone who can make plays in the passing game. Jarrett Dillard is a real worker at Wide Receiver who was ultra-productive in an offense that didn't give him a lot of help.
PICK #77 HOUSTON TEXANS
The Texans need help at safety and Nic Harris is one of the best Strong Safeties in this draft. He is excellent in run support and has the speed to run the middle of the field.
PICK #78 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
The Chargers are solid up and down, but the one spot they don't have premier talent is at Safety. I don't know that Chip Vaughn is going to set the world on fire, but he has great size and speed and should be a force against the run.
PICK #79 DENVER BRONCOS
Whether Jay Cutler comes back or not, the Broncos are going to need another quarterback. Rhett Bomar was a premier talent coming into Oklahoma, and he is still a premier talent on his way out of Sam Houston State. He is rough around the edges, but his experience running a passing offense out of the shotgun should translate well to the offense in Denver.
PICK #80 WASHINGTON REDSKINS
The Skins need talent on the outside of their defense in this draft. They got a nice End in the first round and Marcus Freeman is a great athlete at Outside Linebacker. His is raw and will need coaching, but his talent will put him in their defensive rotation as a rookie.
PICK #81 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
The Bucs are building a new offense adn they need one more playmaker. Brandon Tate brings injury concerns, but he is explosive with the ball in his hands.
PICK #82 DETROIT LIONS
James Davis is the kind of weapon the Lions haven't had in a lot of years. He won't be an every down back, but he is the kind of back who can put real stress on another team's linebacker corp as a weapon out of the backfield. He is also a dynamic kick returner.
PICK #83 GREEN BAY PACKERS
The Pack has had problems finding a consistent runner the past few years. Ryan Grant had a good year, problem was, that wasn't last year. Andre Brown is a big back with big time wheels. Noone is going to want to tackle him during a November game in the land of Cheese Heads. 6'0" 224 is going to hurt, a lot.
PICK #84 CHICAGO BEARS
The Bears need to bring their Defense back to life. Last year, they did not pressure the Quarterback well, and they need to fix that in a hurry. Anyone who saw the Divsion II Championship games can tell you what a disruptive defensive force that Lawrence Sidbury is. The jump to the NFL will be a leap for him, but he is a big-time penatrator.
PICK #85 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
The Andrews signing shored them on the Offensive Line short term. Long term, they need an Offensive Tackle for the future. Xavier Fulton is rough technique-wise, but he can really move and his dexterity and coordination are as good as you are going to find at his position. With work, he could be a good Left Tackle in this league.
PICK #86 MINNESOTA VIKINGS
The Ramses Barden pick in the 2cnd round was a gamble, picking Derrick Williams in the 3rd round is not. Williams has good speed, great hands, and is a great team player.
PICK #87 MIAMI DOLPHINS
The Fins are not a Bill Parcells team yet. They are much improved, but he loves defense, and their D-Line is no what Bill wants it to be. Terrance Taylor was hidden on a bad team, but he is a legitimate talent for this level.
PICK #88 BALTIMORE RAVENS
The Ravens need corners to play their style of defense. Asher Allen is the best left on the board.
PICK #89 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
The Pats need a safety to pair with Brandon Meriweather. Rashad Johnson moves great with good size. After being coached by onoe of the best seocndary coaches in the world in Nick Saban, he should slide into the Patriots scheme very naturally.
PICK #90 ATLANTA FALCONS
The Mickens pick solidified cornerback, and picking up Derek Pegues will do the same for the safety position in Atlanta.
PICK #91 NEW YORK GIANTS
Up to this point, the G-Men have managed to resist the public outcry for them to draft a Wide Receiver. Aaron Kelly is too good a value to leave on the board. He is a big, fast wide receiver who catches the ball well. He is Plaxico without the attitude and law issues.
PICK #92 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
The Colts have no glaring needs remaining. They play ball a certain way, with hardworkers who don't showboat. Ian Johnson's fast 40 time brought him back into the first day of the draft. He is just the kind of players that the Colts love to have, and his well rounded skill set will fit into their explosive offense well. Oh, and he is smart as a whip, which Peyton should love having him around.
PICK #93 CAROLINA PANTHERS
Carolina runs the ball and Shawn Nelson is a strong run blocker, as well as strong threat in the redzone.
PICK #94 TENNESSEE TITANS
The Titans don't usually draft Wide Receivers high in the draft, but they need one bad this year. Austin Collie has the mindset that Tennessee likes in its players and was ultra-productive. He brings good size, speed, and great hands.
PICK #95 ARIZONA CARDINALS
The cardinals have a great offense, but one thing they don't have is a Tight End. Casey James may be the Tight End that they need. He is not a great blocker, but he is explosive in the passing game and still developing.
PICK #96 PITTSBURGH STEELERS
The loss of Marvel Smith makes the Steelers needs along the Offensive Line even more dire. Fenuki Topou is the best left on the board. He is a massive road grader who will not likely succeed as a left tackle, but he should be a good fit at either Right Tackle or guard, giving the Steelers depth that they were missing along the line.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
PICK #33: DETROIT LIONS
After picking up an Offensive Tackle and Defensive End in the first round, the lions need to make a move for their long term. Daunte is not the long-term answer at quaterback and Josh Freeman has the tools to be a big time NfL quarterback if he can sit and learn for a year or 2.
The Pick: Josh Freeman
PICK #34: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
The Pats are looking to reload, not rebuild. Their defense is predicated on the loaded front 7 that they put together and they need to set it up for the future. Laurinitis is a perfect fit for the inside of the 3-4, and Clay Matthews has a bright future in the NFL and is an intelligent, team oriented player. He will be a great fit in New England.
PICK #35: ST. LOUIS RAMS
The Rams first pick brought them a potential replacement for Orlando, in the second round, they will need to pick up a second receiver, replacing Tory Holt. Kenny Britt is an all around receiver who was one of the most productive in the history of the Big East.
PICK #36 CLEVELAND BROWNS
The Browns need to continue to focus on their defense. They have an up and coming young cornerback in Eric Wright. Adding another premier cornerback talent would put them on a path to have a much-improved defense. After all, it is awful tough to cheat your safeties into the box if your cornerbacks can't hold their own on the outside. Alphonso Smith is big time talent who was a leader on an excellent Wake Forest defense.
PICK #37: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
The Seahawks are have put together a quality, young defense. However, the other side of the ball is getting old in a hurry, and with Walter Jones' offseason knee surgery being the most glaring example. The seahawks offense is at it's best when it can run the ball to set up Matt Hasselbeck for play action. Phil Loadholt is a monstrous run blocker who was the leader of the Offensive Line for Oklahoma's dynamic offense.
PICK #38: CINCINNATI BENGALS
The Bengals should be solid on offense, but for the past several years, their defense has been the weak link. They made a move to solidify their run defense by getting the best Defensive Tackle in this year's draft in the first round, B.J. Raji. They badly need a pass rushing presence on the outside as well. Michael Johnson has the talent to be a pro bowl player someday and should be able to provide the pass rush they need immediately.
PICK #39 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
The Jags made a pick that will shore up multiple needs on their offense in the first round by picking up electric Percy Harvin. The Jags built their personality and reputation on defense though, and they have had some losses the past few years. Evander Hood is a dynamic talent on the inside and will immediately add qualty depth to their DL rotation, at worst. It is not out of the question to see him starting beside John Henderson before the season is out.
PICK #40: OAKLAND RAIDERS
With a monster pick at Offensive Tackle in hand, the Raiders need an NFL-ready receiver in the second round. Brian Robiskie has shown surprising measurable in his predraft work to go along with his work as a dependable, consistent target in his time at Ohio State. That, combined with his life around the NFL with his dad being a coach, makes him as NFL ready as you are going to find.
PICK #41 GREEN BAY PACKERS
The Pack is looking to follow the trend with the 3-4 defense coming back into vogue. They were looking at B.J. Raji for their first pick, but he was off the board at their pick. In the second round, they will take his high rated college teammate. Ron Brace isn't Raji, but he was very solid and has the size and strength to play Nosetackle in the 3-4.
PICK #42 BUFFALO BILLS
Michael Oher was a great value pick for them going forward, but they still need an improved pass rush. Aaron Maybin would have been a first round pick a lot of years. He will be welcome in Buffalo with open arms.
PICK #43 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
The 49ers need a Right Tackle to pair with Joe Staley, especially with their release of Jonas Jennings. Eben Britton has the talents to be a quality NFL tackle, having excelled in that location at Arizona.
PICK #44 MIAMI DOLPHINS
The are team that with 2 superior running backs who had to use the "Wildcat" formation in order to form a successful running attack. They made a nice pick for a cornerstone tackle last year in Jake Long. Putting Duke Robinson beside him will make for a dominating left side for the future.
PICK #45 NEW YORK GIANTS
The Giants made some nice moves to shore up their depth in their defensive front 7 in the offseason, leaving them open to shore up their secondary. After all, playing in the NFC east you cannot have weaknesses in your defenses. The offenses are too good and too well balanced, and they will take advantage. The Giants can stand to upgrade at both Free Safety and Nickleback positions, and William Moore is the best safety in this draft.
PICK #46 HOUSTON TEXANS
The Texans had a great first round, picking up 2 pieces that their offense has desperately needed. In the second round, they will make a pick for their defense. They need a second edge rusher to pair with Mario Williams. Larry English out of Northern Illinois is a tweener who has the potential and athletic ability to play in the NFL at either Defensive End or Outside Linebacker.
PICK #47 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
The Pats are using this draft to shore up an aging defense. Their first 2 picks have yielded potential starters at 2 linebacker positions. The third pick needs to shore up the back of their defense. Free agency has provided short term starters, but Darius Butler will compete for work now, while teaming with Leah Bodden to set them up at cornerback for the future.
PICK #48 DENVER BRONCOS
The Broncos are moving to the 3-4, and this draft is part of that. Maualaga should provide a solid MLB for the future in their 3-4. Clint Simtim experienced the 3-4 playing in Virginia's defense, and has the physical tools to translate that experience to the NFL. He should be a solid player for several years.
PICK #49 CHICAGO BEARS
Chicago's defense has fallen greatly since their NFL appearance a few years back. They have a good linebacking corp, but their defense line has been ravaged by age and departures. Connor Barwin is a high character guy who can really bring it off the edge. An ex-tight end, he has great feet, speed, and ball skills to go along with his proven value as an every down D-end.
PICK #50 CLEVELAND BROWNS
Jamal Lewis is a quality, power back. However, he has been doing this for a long time now. It is time for the Browns to think seriously about who is going to replace him. Shonn Green was one of the most consistent downhill runners in the NCAA last year. He has a lot of tread left on the tires, having been the lead back at Iowa for only one year. He will give the Browns the seconond back they have been lacking when Jamal was not available.
PICK #51 DALLAS COWBOYS
With the release of Roy Williams, the Cowboys need a Safety. Louis Delmar is one of the best available in this draft, and should be able to give them the coverage capability that the hard-hitting Williams never did.
PICK #52 NEW YORK JETS
The Jets have made a lot of moves the last 2 years to improve their team. They have quality players at every position. This is a draft for them to look for quality, period. Rashad Jennings is a small school guy with big time talent. He should fit into the Jets well, allowing them to free Leon Washington up from his return responsibilities while having another weapon available to Kellen Clemens and Matt Stafford in the future.
PICK #53 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
The L.J. Smith experiment showed a lot of promise, but didn't quite work out like the Eagles had hoped. That being the case, they still need a receiving threat at tight end, and in their offense, Chase Coffman would be a real find. He is one of the best receiving tight ends in the history of college football, and would be a red zone threat. That is something the eagles have been missing for several years.
PICK #54 MINNESOTA VIKINGS
The Vikings have a solid defense, one of the best rushing attacks in the league, and a new Quarterback to compete for the starting job. They have spent several picks the last few years on wide receivers, but still need to build a dynamic receiver corp. Ramses Barden is a unique athlete at Wide Receiver. He is as big, or bigger than most tight ends, and has legitimate outside speed with good hands. The NFL will be a big jump for him from division II, but his potential will be too intriguing for the Vikings to pass up.
PICK #55 ATLANTA FALCONS
The Falcons still need to replace Deangelo Hall at lead cornerback. Mike Mickens was a stud at Cincinnati and should be a quality NFL cornerback. He can cover, tackle, and lead as a defensive player.
PICK #56 MIAMI DOLPHINS
The Fins need a way to diversify their offense. The best players at WR are gone, but there is a very interesting option on the board that should appeal to them. With their affinity for the "Wildcat" formation, and need at wide receiver, Patrick White would give them the offensive flexibility to do some really exciting things on offense.
PICK #57 BALTIMORE RAVENS
The success of the Ravens flavor of the 3-4 depends on their linebackers ability to run free. They need big time Nose Tackles to keep the interior linemen off of Ray Lewis and his comrades.
Fili Noala did just that at USC and has the size and good athletic ability for a defensive tackle.
PICK #58 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
The Patriots have not had a significant weapon at Tight End since Ben Coates was in his prime. Jared Cook is a raw, but talented Tight End. He has the speed and hands to be a real weapon in the passing game. His blocking and route running needs help, but he will be an instant upgrade, and if any coaching staff can straigthen him out, this is the one.
PICK #59 CAROLINA PANTHERS
The Panthers predicate everything on their running game. Jeff Otah and Ryan Khalil have been great draft picks for them the past few years on the Offensive Line. Herman Johnson will be another. He is a monster of a Guard and putting him beside Otah or Jordan Gross should open huge holes for whichever of Carolina's quality young runningbacks is toting the ball.
PICK #60 NEW YORK GIANTS
Patrick Chung will be a pick to give the Giants depth in the secondary going forward as he can help at both safety spots as well as at Nickel or Dime.
PICK #61 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
The Colts have lost a couple of starting cornerbacks the past few years. Franceis Coye is a good cover corner. He should start for the Colts quickly, if not in year one.
PICK #62 TENNESSEE TITANS
The Titans are a defensive team. Right now, their depth chart contains 3 cornerbacks after losing a couple to free agency. Jairus Byrd is a big, physical corner who can really play. He is especially good in press coverage. His physical style should fit well with the Titans team concept.
PICK #63 ARIZONA CARDINALS
Antonio Smith was one of the leaders of a much-improved front 7 for the Cardinals last year. His departure leaves a hole that needs to be filled. Paul Kruger is a quality D-End who can get to the quarterback and plays with a great motor.
PICK #64 PITTSBURGH STEELERS
The Steelers are always on the lookout for players who fit their system. Jarron Gilbert is one of those guys. He is a D-End with good size at 6'5" 280 and should fit the Steeler's scheme very well.