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Friday, April 29, 2011

TOP 20 Players left after round 1

Well, that was one hell of a crazy first round.  There were a lot of GM's gambling, and some playing ultra-conservative which left us with a great list of talent available for the second round.  Here are my top 32 remaining from my big board. 

To illustrate the weirdness of that first round, I had 8 of these 32 mocked up for the first round.

1 Ryan Mallett QB Arkansas


2 Rodney Hudson OG Florida State

3 Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame

4 Greg Jones MLB Michigan State

5 Rahim Moore S UCLA

6 DeAndre McDaniel S Clemson

7 Stephen Paea DT Oregon State

8 Colin Kaepernick QB Nevada

9 Kendall Hunter RB Oklahoma State

10 Marvin Austin DT North Carolina

11 Justin Houston OLB Georgia

12 Leonard Hankerson WR Miami

13 D.J. Williams TE Arkansas

14 Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson

15 Andy Dalton QB TCU

16 Quan Sturdivant MLB North Carolina

17 Quinton Carter S Oklahoma

18 Deunta Williams SS North Carolina

19 Kenrick Ellis DT Hampton

20 Ian Williams NT Notre Dame

21 Stefen Wisniewski OL Penn State


22 Ryan Williams RB Virginia Tech


23 Austin Pettis WR Boise State

24 Greg McElroy QB Alabama

25 Brandon Harris CB Miami

26 Jerrell Powe DT Mississippi

27 Luke Stocker TE Tennessee

28 Joseph Barksdale OT LSU

29 Nate Irving MLB North Carolina State

30 Vincent Brown WR San Diego State

31 Mikel LeShoure RB Illinois

32 Ras-I Dowling CB Virginia

Thursday, April 28, 2011

2011 NFL DRAFT RESULTS....and the Jokes ROUND 1

1. CAROLINA PANTHERS: QB Cam Newton
This reminds me of driving down the street watching the car in front of you weave in and out of lanes of traffic, you know they are going to crash, and you know it's going to be horrific.  And you just can't slow them down.  The only way this makes sense is if they have found someone who is going to take Jimmy Claussen off their hands.  They gave into public sentiment, and no matter how many times you hear that this is a "QB centric league", you need a team to win.

I wish them luck, but really?  another QB?  I wonder if Mike Goodson is any good out of a belly option.

2. DENVER BRONCOS: OLB Von Miller
Well, they needed players to help them move into a 4-3 and technically, Miller is an outside linebacker, but I don't think that pass rushers was their issue.  Miller was a one trick pony at A&M but I guess 27 sacks in 2 years was a hell of a trick.  

With all the pass rushers in this draft, I would have gone to another position and revisited later in the draft.  But, then again, Elway, I am not.  I guess they figure Timmy is going to score so many points their defense will just be able to pin their ears back.  Go team Tebow!!!! 

3. BUFFALO BILLS: DT Marcell Dareus
This is a great pick for the Bills.  Offensive Tackle was a bigger need, but Dareus fills a need and was the top player on the board.  They can plug him in at whichever positions they feel is weakest on their D-Line and be improved for it.
  
4. CINCINNATI BENGALS: WR A.J. Green
REALLY!!!!!?  Your quarterback wants out, you have 3 receivers and  tight end drafted in the last couple years who are playing well enough to start, so you draft another Wide Receiver?  Well you gotta love the Bungals.  Morons, nothing against A.J. Green.  He is a great ball player and will probably start, but damn.

5. ARIZONA CARDINALS: CB Patrick Peterson
It's Christmas in the desert.  Peterson gives them the second half of a great pair of corners, which opens up so many opportunities for the defense.  It wasn't a huge need, but he is considered a generational talent at corner, and how many times has Arizona had a chance to draft someone like that?  Seriously, when?  ever?  I mean, the Cardinals are the worst franchise in history.  I mean...errr...great pick for the Cardinals.
  
6. ATLANTA FALCONS: WR Julio Jones
The Falcons needed another weapon to make their offense just a touch more explosive.  Jones does that, and he is a great blocking wide receiver which will fit well with Atlanta's balanced attack.....So, good player, good fit, but 5 @#$%ING PICKS?  Does noone remember the Herschel Walker trade? 

7. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: DE/OLB Aldon Smith 
The Niners love their defense, and Aldon Smith can really bring the heat off the edge.  I really thought they would want a second corner at this point, so look for them to pick one up later.  Good for them for not reaching for a QB at 7.  I do not expect them to struggle again in their division. 

8. TENNESSEE TITANS: QB Jake Locker
I'll have to come back and write something here when I can stop laughing.  Idiots....just stupid, reaching....wow. 

9. DALLAS COWBOYS: OT Tyron Smith
I didn't have him as my top Tackle on the board, but he is a great talent, with a huge upside.  A nice talent picked to fill a HUGE need.  A very solid pick for the 'Boys'. 

10. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: Blaine Gabbert
I like this situation for Gabbert and the Jags.  I was surprised to see them trade up to get him, but he is a huge talent who needs time.  They have a starting QB for him to learn sit behind while he learns.  You can debate the cost, but I am not surprised to see a move like this after the success that Aaron Rodgers is experiencing in Green Bay. 

11. HOUSTON TEXANS: DE J.J. Watt
I think this was a reach.  J.J. Watt is a very good player, and he is perfect for a 3-4 defensive front.  I think he would have been available in the next round, but they got their guy in Houston.  Tough to argue with their front offices valuing of D-Ends after Mario Williams a couple years back.
  
12. MINNESOTA VIKINGS: QB Christian Ponder
This was a shocker.  I like Ponder a lot, but the Vikings got scared at the run on QB's and took the next available. If they can keep Ponder healthy, he can make every play, call, and throw that there is.  A big roll of the dice, but at least it wasn't on a headcase.
  
13. DETROIT LIONS: DT Nick Fairley
WOW, the Lions need players all over right, everywhere except defensive tackle....right?  Well, that maybe the case, but answer me this.  How many Offensive Linemen is it going to take to block Fairley and Suh?  4?  5?  This changes the identity of the Lions.  I LOVE it.
  
14. ST. LOUIS RAMS: DE Robert Quinn
This is the one positions outside of QB that I didn't expect to see a pick by the Rams.  Quinn is a hell of a ball player though.  I was really hoping, for their sake, that the Rams would look for a Wide Receiver here, but there are lot of weapons that will be available later in the draft.

15. MIAMI DOLPHINS: OL Mike Pouncey 
I really don't get this pick.  See what happens when Parcells leaves?
The whole thing falls apart.  Heh, it's fun to watch isn't it.

16. WASHINGTON REDSKINS: DE Ryan Kerrigan
I like Kerrigan, he is a prototype D-End....for the 4-3.  The problem here is the Skins are running a 3-4.....aren't they?  Maybe this is a sign of a shift in defensive scheme in Washington.  Otherwise...yeah...well, it's Washington.
  
17. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: OT Nate Solder
Damn you Bill Belichek for getting a great player at a need position...again.
  
18. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: DT Corey Liuget 
Another big body for the Chargers flavor of the 3-4.  Liuget is a beast.
  
19. NEW YORK GIANTS: CB Prince Amukamura
The Giants need help on the back half of their defense and Prince A. would have been the top corner in most drafts.  Maybe he'll shoot himself in the leg, or get caught with one of those Nebraska sheep against a fence.  Sorry, I'm a Philly fan, can't help myself. 

20. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: DE Adrian Clayborn 
Everyone knew it was going to be an End for the Bucs.  I went back and forth between Clayborn and Bowers.  Maybe the Bucs are scared of Clemson guys.  Clayborn is a nice player who gives them another piece to what is quickly becoming a very solid D-Line.
  
21. CLEVELAND BROWNS: NT Phil Taylor
They wanted a WR here, but with the top 2 gone, they'll take the top Nose Tackle on the board to plug into the middle of their defense.  Taylor is a big athletic tackle who will upgrade their Defensive Line rotation.  This is a little curious though, because they were rumored to be considering a move back to 4 man front.
  
22. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: OT Anthony Castonzo
Castonzo being here was a gift for the Colts.  They need a new Left Tackle ASAP.  Castonzo has been working on an island since day one at Boston College, and he has been a stud all the way through.  
  
23. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: OG Danny Watkins
Watkins is an Andy Reid kind of guy, but really, a Guard in the first round????  I have learned to have some faith because they seem to restock every year, but come on.  A Guard?  Damn.

24. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: DE Cameron Jordan
This is a great pick for the Saints.  Jordan is a stud at a need position.  I was really hoping to see Cameron Heyward here for all the Ironhead stories, but Jordan looks to be a better player.
  
25. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: OL James Carpenter
The Seahawks just got their right tackle.  I think they could have gotten a Right Tackle later who was just as good, but Carpenter can play.  He proved it for several years in the SEC.   

26. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: WR Jon Baldwin
There is no question that Baldwin has talent, but I always have a problem with 1st round picks who didn't produce in college.  Baldwin was not a dominant player at Pitt, and I think this is another example of Pioli's ego.  He may be wright about Baldwin, and lord knows a second outside receiver is not a bad idea for the Chiefs, but Baldwin was nowhere near a 1st round grade, and if they did miss him.....hell Austin Pettis is better anyway.

They should have drafted a Right Tackle, or hell even Rodney Hudson.  But I want to give Pioli a little credit for leaving his comfortable little box and drafting a player who wasn't from the SEC.

27. BALTIMORE RAVENS: CB Jimmy Smith
Well, if Ray Ray can keep the rookie in line, this was a great pick.  Smith is a big, athletic corner, who will transition to Free Safety later in his career.  The admitted pain killer abuse already is a huge blinking red light though.  Course hell, when your team leader has been on trial for manslaughter, what's a little Codeine?
  
28. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: RB Mark Ingram
Wow...well, Reggie, it's been real, it's been fun.  I can't wait to see where he lands, because this just about guarantees that Mr. Bush is out the door.  Unless they are moving him to Wide Receiver full time.

29. CHICAGO BEARS: OT Gabe Carimi
Bears fans, you can now rejoice.  Carimi was the best OT in college football last year, and the Bears had no bigger need.  Oh, and he's used to cold weather, which will be huge in Soldier field next winter..
  
30. NEW YORK JETS: DE Muhammad Wilkerson 
Gang Green just got a monster.
  
31. PITTSBURGH STEELERS: DE Cameron Heyward
A Big end who can play up front for their aging Defensive Line.  Heyward is solid, and he fits what they do.  He is fired up to get past the negative perception for Ohio State ends. Let's see if he can do it.

32. GREEN BAY PACKERS: OT Derek Sherrod 
Remember all that noise about how the Packers Offensive Line is thin and aging, and Aaron Rodgers is going to take too many hits, and they need to find a way to run the ball.  Yeah, well, that's all over.  Sherrod is a stud of an Offensive Tackle and a great value/need pick for the champs.  Just as important, he has the agility and body type to play the left side, which lets him project Bryan Bulaga to the right, which is a much better fit with his short arms, well short for a NFL left tackle anyway.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

2011 NFL Mock Draft Version 2

One last mock draft before the real thing.  As always, this is what I would do in these teams positions, I am not making any real attempt to guess at what mistakes they are going to make.  I prefer to make my own. 

FIRST ROUND
PICK 1: PANTHERS
DL Marcell Dareus: The Panthers need everything, and Dareus is at the top of my board.  He will be a physical upgrade at any spot on the Panthers line.  They need to find a day-one starter with this pick and he will be one.  If Greg Hardy can meet his potential, the Panthers may have a solid D-Line, which would give them one more solid area than they had last year.

PICK 2: BRONCOS
CB Patrick Peterson: The Broncos defensive front is going to be a mess this year with the expected transition back to a 4-3.  They have some players who should fit the areas they need as they hadn't really fully transitioned to a 3-4 personnel set, but, even if they do find the right players, it's going to take awhile.  Pairing Peterson with Champ Bailey will ease some of that pain by allowing for more blitzes up front.

PICK 3: BILLS
OT Gabe Carimi: The Bills haven't had a left tackle in a few years.  It's time that they go get one, and Carimi was the best in college football last year.  If I were a Bills fan, I would be hoping that they take a shot at a second Offensive Tackle later in this draft too.

PICK 4: BENGALS
QB Ryan Mallett:  I haven't really connected to what the concerns are here.  Yes he was a bit of a punk as a freshman in college, but weren't we all?  This kid was the leader of his team and he is a more pro-ready quarterback than any other with the talent to be at the top of this draft.  This kid has an absolute cannon.

PICK 5: CARDINALS
DE/OLB Robert Quinn: The Cardinals are still putting together their 3-4 defense and Quinn can play any of 4 positions.  He has the size and ability to play the 5 technique and the speed to play OLB.  A perfect fit for what they are looking for in the desert.

PICK 6: BROWNS
WR Julio Jones: Julio Jones is a physical freak who is a great blocker.  Colt McCoy needs a go to receiver to stretch defenses away from the line of scrimmage.  Some people will argue that A.J. Green should be picked ahead of Jones, but I have never agreed with that ranking.  Jones is nigh-uncoverable and his blocking will fit what the Browns have going for them with Peyton Hillis and their power rushing attack.

PICK 7: 49ERS
CB Prince Amukamura: The Niners are a couple players away from having a premier defense.  Prince might count as 2.  He will start from day out in San Fran, and with the front 7 they have bringing the heat behind their leader, Patrick Willis, a lockdown corner could be deadly. 

PICK 8: TITANS
QB Cam Newton: They love their athletic Quarterbacks in Nashville, and Cam will be a natural replacement for Vince the headcase.  They want to run that belly option with Chris Johnson and if their are 2 players athletic enough to make that work, it's Newton and Johnson.  It won't matter if they can't find some linemen though.

PICK 9: COWBOYS
OT Tyron Smith: The Cowboys have to take the top tackle talent available.  Have to, but thankfully, this isn't a huge reach.  10 picks or so, but not huge.

PICK 10: REDSKINS
WR A.J. Green: The Skins have been looking for a QB to fix their passing attack, but Donovan needs weapons.  With A.J. Green still on the board, they will jump at the chance.

PICK 11: TEXANS
OLB/DE Von Miller: The Texans will want to take a hard look at the 3-4 defense this season and they are going to need some big-time edge rushers to make that work.  The local boy Von Miller is the best in the bunch this year and will be a very popular pick in Houston.

PICK 12: VIKINGS
DE Adrian Clayborn: The Purple People Eaters are getting old up front and need a bookend for Jared Allen with Ray Edwards heading out the door.  Clayborn is a Big-10 kid who demanded consistent double-teams for a reason.  He won't see those in the NFL and he will a contributor early for the Vikings.

PICK 13: LIONS
OT Anthony Castonzo: The Lions need to find a way to keep Matthew Stafford on the field.  That means they need a left tackle.  Castonzo was good enough to protect Matty Ice as a freshman and he only got better from there. 

PICK 14: RAMS
DT Nick Fairley: The Rams were really hoping that either Julio Jones or A.J. Green would be available at 14, but Nick Fairley is a damn fine consolation prize.  Chris Long, George Selvie, and Fairley are 3 starter-level talents at this level up front, and if Fairley can be consistently motivated, one of the ends might get some pub too.

PICK 15: DOLPHINS
OLB Justin Houston: The Fins needs edge players to run Parcell's version of the 3-4.  Justin Houston is a solid all-around player who can really rush the passer and played in a 3-4 for in Athens.  He will have a natural transition to OLB in Miami. 

PICK 16: JAGUARS
DE Cameron Jordan: The Jaguars had pretty good luck drafting a defensive lineman out of Cal last year, and Jordan was regardd as the talented one.  This should be the last piece to a hell of a defensive line in Jacksonville.

PICK 17: PATRIOTS
DL Muhammed Wilkerson: The Pats need to get younger up front.  Wilkerson was THE star for Temple and he still dominated.  When the other team knows you are what they need to stop, and they can't, it's a great sign.  He should transition directly to a 5-technique in New England.  Another small school diamond for Belichek.

PICK 18: CHARGERS
OL Rodney Hudson: Despite a dissapointing season, the Chargers really are just drafting best available as they have no glaring holes.  Their front office ruined last season, not their roster.  Rodney Hudson is considered to be the best Offensive Lineman EVER at Florida State.  He'll start from day one for the Chargers.

PICK 19: GIANTS
DT Marvin Austin: If Marvin Austin would have just stayed in his dorm room and kept his head down, he would have been a top 10 pick.  Turns out it didn't hurt him all that much.  He is an extremely athletic DT who will fill a hole for the Giants.

PICK 20: BUCCANEERS
DE Da'Quan Bowers: Bowers dropped from the proposed #1 overall due to a minor knee injury and concerns about his lack of consistency.  He is still the best Defensive End who played college football last year, and the Buccaneers need to get some production from that position.  Not to speak ill of the dead, but let's hope this pick works out a little better than the last time they picked a touted DE from Clemson.

PICK 21: CHIEFS
OL Michael Pouncey: The Chiefs patched up their Offensive Line with some veterans the last few years.  The problem with that is, the players ended up in KC because their old teams thought they were over the hill.  Jon Asomoah has the potential to fill one of the guard spots, but it's likely that in the next couple, they will need both guard spots and a center.  Pouncey can play any of them.

PICK 22: COLTS
OT Nate Solder: If the Colts want Peyton to survive, they had better get a left tackle.  Solder is advanced as a pass blocker and could be just what the Colts are looking for.

PICK 23: EAGLES
DE/OLB Aldon Smith: There is some confusion about whether Smith will fit better as a DE or an OLB, but the Eagles need both.  He is a superior athlete and has the potential to be a difference maker in Philly's aggressive scheme.

PICK 24: SAINTS
DE Cameron Heyward: Ironhead's boy is just what the doctor ordered for the Saints.  Will Smith and Alex Brown aren't what they once were, and it's time to start thinking about tomorrow up front for the Saints.  Cameron is family, and he's talented enough to see a couple Pro-Bowls.

PICK 25: SEAHAWKS
QB Blaine Gabbert: The Hawks need a Quarterback of the future and Gabbert is as physically talented as anybody in this draft.  He needs some time to adjust his footwork to a dropback passer, but he can make all the throws and has shown the potential to light up a defense.  Consistency in his decision making would be good too.

PICK 26: RAVENS
CB Jimmy Smith: As strange as it is to see 2 Colorado Buffaloes going in the first round after the rough couple years they have had, Solder and Smith can play.  They were leaders for their team and they will be around the league for awhile.  There are questions about where Smith falls in regards to ther other corners in this draft, but I have him third, and he would be the latest defensive stud for Baltimore who is in dire need of cornerbacks.

PICK 27: FALCONS
TE Kyle Rudolph: The Falcons are good, and they have shown it consistently.  They brought in Tony G. to give their offense depth.  They don't want to lose that when he retires.  Kyle Rudolph is the best TE in this draft and giving him the chance to learn behind the best as his position in our generation is a huge opportunity.

PICK 28: PATRIOTS
OL Stefen Wisniewski: The Pats need players in the middle of the Offensive Line and they love tough players who can play multiple positions.  Wisniewski is nasty, talented, and can give the Pats time at 4 of the Offensive Line positions.  This will look like a reach to people outside of Massachussetts and Pennsylvania, but Billy boy does not care what anyone else thinks.  He wants his kind of players, and Stefen is one of those.

PICK 29: BEARS
DT Kenrick Ellis: The Bears have not drafted a starting Defensive Tackle worth having in quite a few years.  Ellis is a big time talent who will keep the Bears' stud linebackers clean and making life difficult for opposing offenses.  They would have loved to have one of the top Tackles but with them flying off the board early, Ellis will be a nice addition to their defense.

PICK 30: JETS
DE J.J. Watt: The Jets are very thin on their defensive front.  Ellis was born to play DE in a 3-4.  He is big, athletic, and does not stop.  He will be a perfect fit for Gang Green.

PICK 31: STEELERS
OT Derek Sherrod: Flozell Adams stood in very well at Right Tackle, but he is aging fast.  Sherrod is a road grader who was battle tested in the SEC.  If he can learn for a year behind Adams, the likely future hall of famer, he could star(t) for years in the Steel City.

PICK 32: PACKERS
DL Corey Liuget: The Packers need to find ends for their 3-4.  They weren't deep before the offseason's legal fun with Johnny Jolly.  Liuget was a pass rushing tackle in college and has the ability and skill set to transition to a 3-4 end.



SECOND ROUND

PICK 33: PATRIOTS
RB Mark Ingram: The Patriots have a plethora of picks in this draft and there is no way that they don't address their running back position.  They have been aging fast and need an every down type of ball carrier.  Ingram won't hit homeruns, but he is a positive yardage type of guy.  Oh, and the Heisman, yeah, that's nice too.

PICK 34: BILLS
OLB Akeem Ayers: There are proponents for Ayers as the top OLB in this draft.  I don't have him that high, but he is a starter quality athlete who was a leader on his team in a big conference.  The Bills need players for the front 7 of their 3-4 and Ayers has the potential to start from day one.

PICK 35: BENGALS
WR Leonard Hankerson: This may look odd as the Bengals have had a couple productive picks on the outside the last few years, but they don't have a #1.  T.O. is gone, and Chad Johnson/OchoCinco is soon to be.  Hankerson was one of the receivers who scared defenses, and I think he will be that in the NFL with some work too.  He should be the last piece to a very nice, long-term, crew at receiver for the Bungals.

PICK 36: BRONCOS
MLB Greg Jones: The Broncos, much like the Bills, need players who can step into their defensive front 7 and play.  Greg Jones is a leader and a beast at Middle Linebacker. 

PICK 37: BROWNS
FS Rahim Moore: The Browns need a Defensive End, but there are a ton of them in this draft.  There are far fewer quality safeties.  Rahim Moore will be an immediate upgrade at the back of the Cleveland defense, pairing well with last year's #1 pick Joe Haden to shore up their pass defense.

PICK 38: CARDINALS
QB Christian Ponder: This pick may change if the Cardinals are able to pick up Kevin Kolb or some other veteran to step in who has some tread left on the tires.  If not, Ponder is smart enough to adjust and survive as a rookie in the league and has enough of all the tools to, potentially, be a long term starter.  They will need to keep him alive though.

PICK 39: TITANS
WR Austin Pettis: The Titans really weren't looking like a team who would be looking hard at wide receiver with Kenny Britt starting to act like he wanted to be a starter and Randy Moss coming to town.  Now Britt is facing charges and the good lord only knows where Moss will be pouting....errr...playing this year.  So, Austin Pettis....he's big, fast, and has great hands.  How much were his abilities inflated by playing for Boise?  Well, we'll see, but his size and speed are certainly for real.


PICK 40: COWBOYS
SS DeAndre McDaniel: McDaniel is a athletic safety with good size and a ton of experience.  He didn't gain much draft-wise by coming back for another year, but he is still a first day kind of pick.  He can give time at either safety position, can tackle, and will be a coverage upgrade from day one for the Boys.


PICK 41: REDSKINS
NT Phillip Taylor: The 3-4 requires a Nose Tackle, which is going to serve Phillip Taylor well.  Baylor didn't have a lot of defense this year, but they did have big, athletic body in the middle of the line.  He won't star from day one, but he will contribute, keeping their undersized linebackers running free.


PICK 42: TEXANS
DB Aaron Williams: Williams can play all 4 secondary positions as is pretty common for UT defensive backs.  The Texans feel that Grover Quin would be a great free safety moving over from corner, but they need a guy who can take his spot at corner.  Williams gives them the chance to evaluate 2 players who can play either position and pick the best for each.


PICK 43: VIKINGS
CB Brandon Harris: Antoine Winfield and Lito Sheppard could really play in their days but they have both lost a step.  Harris will be an upgrade at Nickel as a rookie, transitioning to start via Asher Allen for a couple years to come.


PICK 44: LIONS
MLB Quan Sturdivant: The Lions are getting better, but they still need players all over the field.  They have missed on a couple of Linebackers the last few years, so MLB is still a need.  Sturdivant is a nice athlete at that position who should be ready to go after losing last year to the Tar Heel's teamwide controversy.


PICK 45: 49ERS
QB Colin Kaepernick: The Niners need a QB of the future.  Kaepernick is a project, but he is a good kid with leadership skills.  Oh, and he is a stud athlete at QB.  He has the arm to make all the throws, good height, and can really run.  Playing the Pistol offense will require some adjustments and hard work on his part, but if he can handle that, he could be around a long time.


PICK 46: BRONCOS
DT Stephen Paea: S.T.R.O.N.G.  He set the combine bench press record and was well regarding before that.  The Donkeys need someone who can hold the line in their new 4-3 and he is a horse on the inside.  He isn't going to run by anyone, but they sure aren't going to move him either.


PICK 47: RAMS
WR Jon Baldwin: They need weapons for Sammy, and Baldwin is a rare athlete at WR.  He is huge with wheels and hands.  There are some concerns about him as a prima dona, but the door is open for him to be man on the outside in St. Louis.


PICK 48: RAIDERS
SS Deaunta Williams: The Raiders fans love safeties who bring the wood and Williams is that guy.  He could pair with Michael Huff to give them a nice pair of safeties.  


PICK 49: JAGUARS
S Quinton Carter: If you are looking for a safety who can play either position, some thing Carter is the best of the bunch.  He was a leader and an all-american for the Sooners, and has the attitude that they like in Jacksonville.


PICK 50: CHARGERS
CB Ras-I Dowling: This is a high-reward gamble for the Bolts.  If Dowling had stayed healthy the last few years, he would have been fighting to the be the #2 corner in this draft.  He didn't, so he's not, but Antonio Cromartie couldn't stay healthy either and that worked out ok for them.  Well, till he left, but I digress.  If they can get lucky here, it would be a huge win for them.


PICK 51: BUCCANEERS
CB Chimdi Chekwa: The Bucs need a corner now.  Barber is going to show his age eventually, and Talib is looking at prison time.  Chekwa is a track guy who proved he could play a little.  A big time athlete, and one more piece for the Buccaneer youth movement.


PICK 52: GIANTS
MLB Nate Irving: A hard road back from injury has Nate Irving back where people expected him a few years ago.  He is a tough, playing making MLB.  A great depth pick for the G-Men.


PICK 53: SEAHAWKS
TE D.J. Williams: An explosive weapon at tight end.  He is not strong as an in-line blocker, but will create big-time match-up problems for the Seattle offense.


PICK 54: PACKERS
OL James Carpenter: The Packers still need depth on their line, and Carpenter is a guy who can play 4 positions.  


PICK 55: CHIEFS
OLB Bruce Carter: Mike Vrabel has done well helping them transition to their 3-4, but he doesn't have much tread left on the tires.  Carter is a disruptive athlete at OLB.


PICK 56: COLTS
SS Will Hill: Bob Sanders is gone.  Will Hill may not be Bob Sanders, but he was a multi-year starter and leader for one of the best D's in the country. He can play, and can really cover, which will be useful in the AFC south.


PICK 57: EAGLES
CB Johnny Patrick: The Eagles lack of depth at corner was exposed last year and was a serious Achilles heel.  Patrick is not a well known player nationwide, but if you watched any Big East ball, you know why he is getting some draft love.  All Big East, with good ball skills.


PICK 58: SAINTS
FS Ahmad Black: He's too small.  He's too slow.  But noone has been able to keep him off the field.  It's a gamble, but he's the kind of smart player who finds a way.


PICK 59: JETS
OLB Matrez Wilson: The Jets need players to fill out their front 7.  Wilson is a big athlete at OLB.  His coverage skills need work, but he can really come off the edge.


PICK 60: RAVENS
WR Titus Young: He has been likened to DeSean Jackson.  I don't know if I am going to give him that much, but he is fast and polished.  The Ravens need young talent that can get down the field to take advantage of Joe Flacco's arm.  Titus can do that.


PICK 61: BEARS
OL DeMarcus Love: The Bears need to flesh out their offensive line.  It was piecemeal last year, and that won't due long term.  DeMarcus played in a passing offense at tackle in the country's toughest conference and aquitted himself well.  


PICK 62: STEELERS
RB Ryan Williams: The NFL is a game of running back by committee.  Ryan Williams is an explosive, smaller back, who should be a great running mate for Rashard Mendenhall.


PICK 63: FALCONS
DE Markus White: The Falcons need production from their Defensive Ends.  White is a bit smaller than the prototypical Defensive End, but he will be their best pass rusher when he steps on the field.  He will need to gain weight to be more than a pass rush specialist.


PICK 64: PATRIOTS
QB Jake Locker: Jake Locker needs some coaching and time to put his considerable talent to good use.  The Patriots have the time and the coaching to do it.  A great fit for for Locker.