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Posted on: April 5, 2010 8:27 pm
 

Shakin the draft u - Picks 1-10 w/ TRADES...

1st 10 picks only for my mock draft here. Considering only the 1st round is being shown the first day, here's my idea of how the draft is going to shake out on top. Trades are going to be happening like last year, but not as much as last year.

1. Rams - Sam Bradford (QB) - impressed at the Pro Day and should garner serious $$$ as the #1 overall and future of this young team

2. Lions - Russell Okung (OT) - Okung gave up only one sack in 360+ attempts in college. Detroit went crazy in FA for some spots on the d-line, and Stafford's contract is too big for the team to ignore the holes on the line that protects him.

3. Buccaneers - Gerald McCoy (DT) - McCoy has the tools to play in the NFL. His bench press stats at the combine were weak, but he doesn't come into this draft with a history of injuries

4. Redskins - Eric Berry (FS/SS) - Berry earned back-to-back All American awards and recorded 7 interceptions as 72 tackles as a junior in the talented SEC. With the additions of Donovan McNabb and Willie Parker, the offense has been re-shaped. IMO best talent in this draft class.

5. Eagles *** trade with Chiefs *** - Jimmy Clausen (QB) - Kevin Kolb? Michael Vick? Come on now; everyone knows the Eagles can't win the division without a QB.... Giving up their 1st round (pick #24) and next year's third round pick to the Chiefs and Philly can ride the train just like the Jets did last year with Mark Sanchez.

6.  Seahawks - Ndamukong Suh (DT) - look, the best OT and QB's are taken. OT is a huge need for Seattle to keep Hasslebeck healthy. The same was thought last year when the "top" guy in Aaron Curry fell in their laps at #4. Suh drops a tad due to his two college injuries, and Seattle gets a mega-talent to stuff the weak-running NFC West.

7. Browns - Jason Pierre-Paul (DE/OLB) - Cleveland will have to figure out how to slow down opposing offenses. Pierre-Paul's style of play has versatility to be a hybrid OLB/DE. He's jumping up draft boards due to his tenacious play. Nice fit for Cleveland, IMO.

8. Raiders - Anthony Davis (OT) - Al Davis' old self still LOVES JaMarshmellow Russell. Davis has some raw potential and is a big, big man. He reminds me of when Robert Gallery was coming out of Iowa, but this guy from Rutgers will actually play to his potential.

9. Chargers *** trade with Bills *** CJ Spiller (RB) - Sproles has lofty expectations in San Diego, but the Chargers need more in the running game to balance Philip Rivers' high powered passing game. San Diego trades its first and third picks of 2010 to Buffalo for the #9 pick in Spiller. The guy can get 20 touches a game as a rookie and has a solid track record as a return guy. 

10. Jaguars - Dez Bryant (WR) - David Garrard is a decent QB. The Jags grabbed Eugene Monroe on the O-line to develop and should step up his game even more this year. Bryant doesn't like the hype, and the Jags need a guy with high-risk, high-reward potential.. Bryant would be a solid target for this team, which seriously lacks a play-maker at the position..

Posted on: February 22, 2010 8:07 pm
 

Pre Combine, Pre Free Agency Round 1 Mock Draft

1. Rams - Sam Bradford
2. Lions - Gerald McCoy
3. Buccaneers - Russell Okung
4. Redskins - Jimmy Clausen
5. Chiefs - Ndamukong Suh
6. Seahawks - C.J. Spiller
7. Browns - Eric Berry
8. Raiders - Taylor Mays
9. Bills - Dez Bryant
10. Jaguars - Joe Haden
11. Broncos - Rolando McClain
12. Dolphins - Bryan Baluga
13. 49ers - Carlos Dunlap
14. Seahawks - Brandon Spikes
15. Giants - Sergio Kindle
16. Titans - Trent Williams
17. 49ers - Arthur Jones
18. Steelers - Anthony Davis
19. Falcons - Brandon LaFell
20. Texans - Sean Witherspoon
21. Bengals - Mike Iupati
22. Patriots - Jermaine Gresham
23. Packers - Marty Gilyard
24. Eagles - Patrick Robinson
25. Ravens - Terrence Cody
26. Cardinals - Greg Hardy
27. Cowboys - Selvish Capers
28. Chargers - Jonathon Dwyer
29. Jets - Ricky Sapp
30. Vikings - Syd'Quan Thompson
31. Colts - Derrick Morgan
32. Saints - Jason Pierre-Paul
Category: NFL Draft
Tags: 49ers, NFL
 
Posted on: February 15, 2010 7:27 pm
 

MLB Pre-Spring Training Predictions

AL WEST:

1. Texas Rangers
2. Los Angeles Angels
3. Oakland Athletics
4. Seattle Mariners

AL CENTRAL:

1. Minnesota Twins
2. Chicago White Sox
3. Kansas City Royals
4. Detroit Tigers
5. Cleveland Indians

AL EAST:

1. Toronto Blue Jays
2. Boston Red Sox
3. New York Yankees
4. Tampa Bay Rays
5. Baltimore Orioles

NL WEST:

1. Los Angeles Dodgers
2. San Francisco Giants
3. San Diego Padres
4. Arizona Diamondbacks
5. Colorado Rockies

NL CENTRAL:

1. Saint Louis Cardinals
2. Pittsburg Pirates
3. Chicago Cubs
4. Cincinnatti Reds
5. Milwakee Brewers
6. Houston Astros

NL EAST:

1. Florida Marlins
2. Philadelphia Phillies
3. New York Mets
4. Atlanta Braves
5. Washington Nationals

PLAYOFFS:

AL
Red Sox over Rangers
Twins over Jays
Twins over Red Sox

NL
Marlins over Dodgers
Cardinals over Giants 
Cardinals over Marlins

WS
Twins over Cardinals 


Category: MLB
Posted on: January 4, 2010 7:51 pm
 

2010 Mock Draft Top 20

The Regular season is over and now we are rockin' with a very tentative 2010 Mock Draft. Here's what I am seeing...

How many of you picked Curry to go first, or second overall? Let's be honest, I thought the same. Hype can be a bag of mixed emotions. Curry slid to 4th. Teams often don't bite the media's tail. Already I think we are getting a fat whiff of Mr. Suh, whom is similarly being repped as the next Prodigy in the NFL. Will he go #1? Not in this mock draft...

1. St. Louis Rams - Jimmy Clausen, QB -- the Rams have young talent. Jason Smith was drafted to work on the line. Marc Bulger can't stay healthy and a new identity for the team is needed. If they don't go after a FA QB during the 10' off-season, which could be the option given the talent of this year's draft prodigy in Ndamukong Suh at DT (alternate Choice: N. SUH, DT)

2. Detroit Lions - Ndamukong Suh, DT -- The Lions paid a hefty amount for Matthew Stafford and his services. Suh's hype is much like Aaron Curry of last season. The video on Suh shows an explosive manimal whom had 90+ tackles, 23 of those for losses. The Heisman candidate also was credited for 12 sacks and is #1 on the top of almost every media outlet's list (alternate Choice: Dez Bryant).

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Russell Okung - OT -- Josh Freeman's rough rookie ride exposed Tampa Bay's lack of an offensive line. Maybe this is why the Bucs only scored 5 rushing touchdowns all year and coughed up the ball on the ground 12 times. Trench help needed to give Freeman a chance. (Alternate Choice: D. Morgan, DE)

4. Washington Redskins - Sam Bradford - QB -- Zorn is out the door andCampbell's bags all packed and ready to go. The Skin's first down conversion rate was under 19 percent. They need a dominant tackle, but they need a QB desperately. Bradford might go #1 overall, but with the Redskins at #4 overall, they jump on board and select Bradford. (Alternate Choice, Eric Berry, S)

5. Kansas City Chiefs - Dez Bryant - WR -- I know, crazy. Tyson Jackson #3 overall, crazy. Look, the Chiefs went on the waiver wire to pick up Chris Chambers. Matt Cassel has a serious contract and is in need of a #1 WR to throw to. Risky considering I see the guy slipping down the draft chart like Michael Crabtree last year, but again, this is Todd Haley and the Chiefs (Taylor Mays, S).

6. Seattle Seahawks - Eric Berry - S -- The Hawks are a team whom would go out and grab a FA QB to support oft-injured Matt Hasslebeck. Berry could add some speed to a pass defense that gives up way too many yards. Housh will still be around and like previous years, the injuries are killing their seasons. (Alternate Choice: Trent Williams, OT)

7. Cleveland Browns - CJ Spiller - RB -- Spiller could potentially be a special teams duo next to Joshua Cribbs. Holmgren is in Cleveland to get the team back on track. Spiller is explosive (4.35 40-yard dash) and can get into the end zone. The offense in Cleveland is terrible and their 32nd ranking proves it. I wouldn't be surprised if they make a move up for a QB. I bet everyone in their draft room is still kicking themselves for letting the Jets in on Sanchez (Alternate Choice: TRADE UP for QB) 

8.  Oakland Raiders  - Taylor Mays - S - I would think every pass-happy QB in the NFL would hate to play Oakland with Mays and Nnamdi in the backfield. Here we have Al Davis. Historically, speed and size is what he likes. Even if Eric Berry was avaialble, Mays is bigger built so Davis chooses his safety. Pathetically, this is all done while Jamarcus Russell still a backup and Darrius Heyward-Bey's mediocrity amounted to a 7th straight 11-loss season. (Alternate Choice: Jimmy Clausen, QB)

9. Buffalo Bills - Brandon LaFell - WR -- There is a strong chance Terrell Owens will be gone in Buffalo. The team is lacking an offensive punch. Several holes to fill, but LaFell had a solid season for LSU, making a strong case for him in this year's first round. At 6ft 3", he can get up for the ball. He has YAC potential and could suit Buffalo well. (Alternate Choice: D. Williams, DT)

10. Denver Broncos (through CHI) - Syd'quan Thompson, CB -- The Broncos season was bizarre. Their defense fell apart when the offense was getting the job done. McDaniels should think about upgrading the trenches but they need to find some help at CB. Thompson did a great job at CAL in 2009. He's shorter but electric and can run-down anyone. He'd be a good fit in Denver. (Alternate Choice: B. Spikes, ILB)

11. Jacksonville Jaguars - Tim Tebow, QB -- The Jaguars ranked last in sacks for the 2009 campaign, but David Garrard is a potential candidate to move his services to another city. Eugene Monroe was chosen by JAX in the top 10 last year and is through his first year of work. Tebow would put people in seats. Jacksonville black-outs for local TV are as bad as Oakland. He has the heart and the arm, but quickness in the pocket is an issue. Another team in need of a new face. (Alternate Choice: R. Sapp, DE)

12. Miami Dolphins - Sergio Kindle, OLB -- Bill Parcels is at the healm. He won't draft a WR in the first round. Kindle is the kind of guy that can pass-protect and can mold into a rushing DE hybrid. He's perfect for Miami and perfect for what Bill Parcels has been known to draft. (Alternate Choice: J. Pierre-Paul - OLB).

13. San Francisco 49ers - Trent Williams, OT -- The 49ers gave up too many sacks and desperately need a pass rush, but with two mid-teen picks, needs and wants can both be addressed. He is a giant who tore it up at Oklahoma. Frank Gore will have a field day with him on the line. Alex Smith will still be mediocre but with more time to throw the ball. (Alternate Choice: J. Haden, CB).

14. Seattle Seahawks (through Chicago) - Colt McCoy, QB -- Like I said with their first pick, the Seahawks might enter the hunt for a FA QB, but with McCoy available there shouldn't be any doubt that he can learn from Hasslebeck for a year (or until injured) and step in as a starting NFL QB. His production was solid as he earned candidacy to the Heisman award ceremony as a finalist. The Hawks can bulk up their O-line with their picks later in the draft. (Alternate Choice: T. Cody, DT)

15. New York Giants - Bruce Campbell, OT -- The Giants defense really needs the help, as they gave up 30pts or more several times over the span of the season. Eli Manning needs to be protected in order to be the solid QB he can be. Campbell is bigger and will alleviate pressure from opposing rushers. (Alternate Choice: J. Hughes, OLB)

16. San Francisco 49ers (through Carolina) - Joe Haden, CB -- Nate Clements will not be moving to safety. Dashon Goldson will be back there as he is becomming a bruising commodity for SF. Haden will bring speed and versitilty to a team whom surrendered 1/2 a season of 300 yards in the air to opponents. He can be a shut-down CB whom Singletary will enjoy. (Alternate Choice: B. Spikes, ILB)

17. Tennessee Titans - Brandon Spikes, ILB -- Spikes will be a great fit for the Titans. The team was near the top 10 in rush D, but near the bottom in pass d.  Spikes was a crucial part of the Gator's defensive success, racking up several tackles and earning 2nd team All-American honors. His play away from the ball is what impresses. He is all over the field, all game. (Alternate Choice: P. Robinson, CB)

18. Pittsburg Steelers - Jermaine Gresham, TE -- Big Ben needs another outlet. His receivers are fine, but what is an issue is the lack of a TE who can break off a block and pick up YAC. Besides Mendenhall and aging Willie Parker, the Steelers aren't in panic mode on offense but should consider grabbing a tough tight end for opponents to bring down. His injury will be something to look at if it affects his status at the combine. (Alternate Choice: M. Lupati, G)

19. Atlanta Falcons - Mardy Gilyard, WR -- Matt Ryan has Roddy White and Tony Gonzales. Gonzo stuck at 999 so he should be back another year. Atlanta has a strong rushing game and can bulk up at WR. Gilyard has speed and can break off CB's really well. Will fit great with a surging offense in the ATL. (Alternate Choice: P. Cox, CB)

20. Houston Texans - Anthony Dixon, RB -- Steve Slaton got banged up as the Texans couldn't find the pass to run balance that is needed to succeed. They have improved year-over-year and are in prime position to make it to the playoffs in 2010. Dixon is a bigger back. He might be a reach, but with Slaton injured, the team couldn't find the running game and suffered for it. Dixon ranked 1st in the SEC with 125+YPG. Matt Schaub won't have so much pressure with Dixon getting some reps. Dixon is kinda like Brandon Jacobs. Fun to watch. (Alternate Choice: K. Calloway, OT)

Thoughts???? 
Category: NFL Draft
Tags: 49ers, NFL
 
Posted on: May 19, 2009 5:58 pm
 

Eric Chavez is a Gamer for life

Today I read an article stating that Athletics' third basemen, Eric Chavez, is at risk of having severe back complications for the rest of his life. With six gold gloves, more than 200 home runs and an entire spent in Oakland, it seems as though he is close to hanging up the cleats.

While spending more than 300 games these last few years on the DL with lingering problems, Chavez has dealt with pain many of us will never know to feel. He now faces the fact that spinal fusion surgery will be needed much sooner than expected - 15 years earlier - which will basically put the discs in his spine back to normal.

This has landed Chavez on the DL for 2009, and more than likely he has played his last game for the green and gold. 

Eric Chavez is a gamer. He was an intergral part of the MLB Record-Breaking 20-consecutive win season back in 2002. He got a little taste of postseason while in Oakland as well, playing with some of the games biggest stars of his era. 

The defensive wizard was a vaccum at third base. He could pick any ball hit to him and could do so without error. The six gold gloves was just the beginning of something really special. It still is, but now has been hampered by an injury that will cut his career short. 

I'm sure his fellow teammates of the past and present can appreciate what this man has brought to the game of baseball. As an A's fan, I really looked forward to seeing #3 dress up for Oakland, and do his job better than thousands of players whom have spent time in the MLB. 

The problematic back goes well beyond baseball. This will affect how he is able to walk and move when he gets older. The severity is so relevant that he has come public and explained how bad his injury really is.

Regardless of his decent hitting and more-than stellar defense, Chavez played the game how it was supposed to be played. He probably could have done what other players in the league like Alex Rodriguez or Miguel Tejada did by illegally taking steroids to enhance their play, regardless of being in pain. Chavez did it the right way. He played hard and he did so with pure will and determination. 

Many players have shortened careers due to injury. It is very unfortunate to see a person with so much talent unable to display his skills. Eric Chavez proved he has heart, passion and dedication to his teammates, the organization and the fans of Oakland.

Eric Chavez will always be known as a gamer. Hopefully he can use the leadership he provided to his colleagues to good use and possibly get into the front office of this organization. He was always an Athletic, and always a gamer.

Its a sad day for Oakland baseball. I wish Eric and his family the best of luck through his critical surgery. 

Go A's! 
Posted on: April 24, 2009 3:53 pm
 

Final Mock Draft

Still a rookie to CBS Sportsline, with a lot of opinion! I have read several "expert" blogs as well as fellow member's opinions on what the 2009 NFL Draft is going to look like. Historically, mock drafts are impossible to get right. Trades, team needs, GM's draft patterns - all shape into what has really become a staple to the corporation known as the NFL.

From what I have seen in a majority of mocks is that this year's class will feature a strong group of offensive tackles and pass rushers. Significantly less talent at the Quarterback and running back position has been addressed. A month ago, Mark Sanchez was a good quarterback, with a day remaining, the media has built his case to the point where some folks feel he is a top 5 pick.

My picks are based off my own opinions, good ol' fashion fun and some serious luck! I don't want to be %100 correct in my mock, I just want to have more correct picks than my buddy on draft day. Enjoy, and let me know if you think I am full of it. Hey, at least you are reading this post right now!

1. Lions - Jason Smith (OT, Baylor) - Matt Stafford, Mark Sanchez? This guy must be their pick? I don't know. Giving Matt Stafford some gigantic contract doesn't seem too bright. He is a good prospect, don't get me wrong. Who has the tools to be an immediate starter? Jason Smith does. Don't think Aaron Curry will land here either, especially with the signing of Julian Peterson. With a lot of picks early, the Lions can go QB later. With the last ranked defense, they can also grab few solid picks later.

2. Rams - Eugene Monroe (OT, Virginia) - recently I heard Sanchez' name at #2. Another smoke screen. I also heard of Crabtree going here to oppose Donny Avery. I don't buy either. The loss of Orlando Pace is truly a massive hole to fill on the O-Line. If Bulger is going to survive this year, he is going to need some help. NFL ready? Check. Monroe, arguably considered just as good as Smith, will be a solid, safe choice.

3. Chiefs - Michael Crabtree (WR, Texas Tech); Pioli very well could take Curry at #3. I think with the loss of TE Tony Gonzales and not many picks in the first couple rounds, the Chiefs go with the top WR, possibly top prospect in this year's draft. He had a smaller injury this offseason. Did that hamper his draft stock? Maybe so, if you consider him falling out of the top 5. I think the Chiefs put a lot of investment into Matt Cassel. Opposite of speedster Dwayne Bowe, Crabtree will give a big, Randy Moss-esque target that could have a stand-out year.

4. Seahawks - Aaron Curry (LB, Wake Forest) Matt Hasslebeck told the media he didn't mind if the Hawks' drafted a QB at the fourth pick. Maybe so, maybe not. Regardless, the Seahawks are a pretty conservative team. With the fourth pick, they will get a stud to build the middle of a defensive scheme. Curry can be used like Brian Urlacher in Chicago - they can literally build their defense around this guy. The Hawks had a lot of injuries at the WR position last year, but injuries heal and they picked up TJ. Seneca Wallace is a nice backup in Seatlle. Makes sense to grab Curry. He should pan out to be a decent player in the NFL (at least according to EVERYONE).

5. Browns - Brian Orakpo (OLB/DE, Texas) - Just yesterday, rumors were swept around that the Browns had traded  Braylon Edwards to the Eagles. Also rumored was that Brady Quinn could be a part of a trade before draft day. Both of these I assume to be smoke screens. All of a sudden, Jamal Lewis is their "guy" at RB. An immediate need is at LB. Orakpo brings the heat. Perfect for the 3-4 defensive scheme in Mangini's defense.

6. Bengals - Andre Smith (OT, Alabama) Carson Palmer took the Cincy team during a recent workout, stating he is tired of losing and things are going to change! Sure, Palmer has been injured and this team has lacked any real depth. If Palmer wasnt on his butt half the time, or injured due to lack of protection maybe guys like Ryan Fitzpatrick would still not have any playing time. Andre Smith - interesting cat. Too cool for the combine? His stunt cost him a lot of guaranteed money moving out of the top 5. Still worth of a top 10 pick? Sure is. He seems to have the tools for success with immediate impact. The lowly Bengals need help on both sides of the ball, but having someone to block opponents, keeping Palmer healthy is a top priority for Marvin Lewis.

7. Raiders - Tyson Jackson (DE; LSU) JaMarcus doesn't get his top receiving threat - Crabtree is already off the board. With more than half a decade of top 10 picks, the Raiders need help. The Raiders last two Top 10 picks were both on the offensive side of the ball in Russell and Darren McFadden. This pick could go anywhere - we are dealing with Al Davis here. Jackson's stock is rising at the right time. He is indeed a solid football player. The Raiders have the inside LB taken care of. Now they need more help to keep the offense on the field. Maclin is a sexy pick here too, but again, this is Al Davis we are talking about.

8. Jaguars - BJ Raji (DT, Boston College) - If any trade goes down, it will impact the 8th pick in this year's draft. Publicly, the Jags front office has said they are wanting out of this spot. Somebody is going to jump, and I put my money on Washington trading their 1st round pick in 09' and a future 3rd rounder to grab Mark Sanchez. If it doesn't go down, the Jags can use this pick to grab a talented DT in Raji. Its a win-win for the so-so Jags. MJD is going to need the help after Fred Jackson left for Buffalo. They can adress this in later rounds. Raji is going to be a very good football player. I personally think he has more upside than Aaron Curry does. DT's are difficult to find, and Del Rio will appreciate the support on his d-line.

9. Packers - Aaron Maybin (OLB, Penn State) I find this to be the hardest choice in the top 10. The Packers two years ago were a Super Bowl contender. Brett Favre left and the team sunk into mediocrity. Another team with a need for depth on the defense, Maybin is sure primed to work with AJ Hawk to bolster the LB corps for years to come. Joe Pa has bred some serious LB's at Penn State - Maybin a prime example. He will wow Lambeau. Green Bay should be happy with this selection.

10. 49ers - Michael Oher (OT, Ole Miss)  The 49ers. Once a winning franchise with guys like Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. With Alex Smith and Sean Hill still battling for the starting QB spot, the 49ers will consider having somebody there to stop the defense. Stafford and Sanchez are still available here, but I think Singletary's run-first oriented offense proves that this should be somewhat of an obivous pick. Oher has one incredible story to tell. There is serious debate he deserves to go higher or lower than this pick. With raw talent and serious, serious upside, Oher can start at RT opposed from fellow first rounder Joe Staley, providing much needed relief for the QB. If the 49ers do take a QB, look at them gambling MUCH later in this year's draft.

11. Bills- Brian Cushing (LB, USC) Jason Peters is now an Eagle. The top 4 OTs are off the board, so the team figures they can find some value with their second 1st round projection. Buffalo has a pretty decent offense. . The team has Terrell Owens for a year and they picked up Fred Jackson. This helps out JP Losman. Among the linebacking corp is another Penn State prodigy. The thing with Cushing is he truly is a freak of nature. He was a 4-year starter at USC. That has to say something. I also had Malcolm Jenkins and/or Brandon Pettigrew here, but Cushing is too good to pass up.

12. Broncos - Everette Brown (OLB/DE, Florida State) - surprising how many linebackers are considered a top 20 pick. Mike Nolan is in need of help with his new defense. With their franchise QB now in Chicago, the Broncos will need immediate depth at a super young defensive unit. Denver has stated they need defensive help. Sanchez or Stafford here doesn't seem right. I think they are serious going with Kyle Orton to start the season. Brown is a nasty mofo. Unlike other FSU draft busts, he seems to be a real value if he falls to the 12th spot.

13. Redskins - Mark Sanchez (QB, USC) - Daniel Snyder doesn't like Jason Campbell's attitude. In fact, Campbell just threw a fit saying he would be really upset if the Skins drafted a QB. All top OT's are off the board. Even if they did grab someonne to protect Campbell, I still don't think he would succeed. Washington plays in a tough division. They need a star to compete. Sanchez stock has risen dramatically over the last month or so. The Skins got Haynesworth to bolster their defense. With minimal picks in this draft, they need a big time selection. I have them trading up to #8 with the same pick. This could be a very good, or very, very, very bad choice here.

14. Saints - Chris Wells (RB, Ohio State) - I guess the Saints want three running backs to levee some relief for Drew Brees. Moving Reggie Bush into the ultimate utility role, the Saints get a bruiser to compliment Pierre Thomas. They have a so-so defensive unit, but acknowlede the need for another running back. They need the secondary help on defense, but after Malcolm Jenkins' publicly came out saying one position has a better pay day than another, Peyton and his young squad can bolster an already solid offense.

15. Texans - Malcolm Jenkins (DB, Ohio State) - Jenkins stock dropped a little after his monetary intentions went public. With this mock's draft heavily leaning on OT's and defense (with the exception of secondary positions), Houston grabs the best DB. Jenkins can play safety and corner. He is big and can match up with bigger receivers. Houston needs help on defense. Mario Williams needs the help on the line, but adding some security behind him is a serious priority for this club.

16. Chargers - Larry English (DE; Northern Illinois) - LT still has some gas in the tank, and the emergence of Darren Sproles will divert this squad from jumping on a RB in a weaker RB class. English a bonafide animal. He's huge and the Bolts need a pass rusher. This is a reach, which is why I am picking him to go here. If they want to get a RB, grab him much later in the draft.

17. Jets - Matt Stafford - (QB, Georgia) - Stafford most likely will be taken before this pick. I don't know what it is about him, but I think he is not worthy of the 1st selection overall. Stafford has skills to be considered in the 1st round. The Jets have a high mark on Josh Freeman too. If the choice is here, they should pick Stafford over Freeman. This whole left by the future HOF'er in Favre is too big to ignore. This team could trade up for a QB. Regardless, they take a quarterback here. If Stafford and Sanchez are gone, they go with a RB to add needed depth.

18. Broncos - Rey Maualuga (LB, USC) - Maualuga is an interesting prospect. He worked with a group of 1st round draft picks, possibly showing a huge SC corp drafted early. Maualuga has the smarts to lead the younger Broncos defense. Flirting with the possibility of a QB here might be an option, but knowing McDaniels jocks Cassel, which didn't work out, I think he would take too much heat for giving up Cutler via trade for an unproven QB. By grabbing Brown and Maualuga, Mike Nolan still has a younger defense to work with, but a much better defense compared to last year.

19. Bucaneers - Peria Jerry (DT, Mississippi) - Signing Byron Leftwich fizzled out the fact the Bucs have some ties with Kansas State's Freeman. They got rid of Jeff Garcia, but plugging the defensive holes was what they were lacking during the downfall known as the 2008 season. During the second half last year, teams ran all over this team. It was a free pass through the middle of the line. Jerry is the second rated DT in this draft. Might not have the credentials as Raji, but the skills are up there. He is a bruiser and can move for a big man. Good choice here.

20. Lions - Clay Matthews (LB, USC) - They passed on Stafford according to this mock. The Lions have Daunte Culpepper and a guy named Stanton who is still young. Its hard to divert this squad from taking a QB. If they are as bad as they were last year (which is pretty much statistically impossible at this point), they can find a QB in a much bigger draft class in 2010. Matthews can work with Peterson in the middle. He can play alongside the veteran and learn from him. Matthews was a walk on at USC and won a starting role. Says a lot coming from this school's LB class.

21. Eagles - Knowshon Moreno - (RB, Georgia) - The Eagles got a good OT from the Bills. Westbrook can't do everything by himself. I know McNabb wants a TE he can throw to.. LJ Smith not the answer. Regardless, Moreno and Chris Wells are both the "elite" RB's in this year's class. Pettigrew is a reach to me for some reason.  McNabb can lay the rock to his RB's and let Peters help with the holes. Regardless, Philly should be a good team this year. Adding depth at RB is a priority for sure.

22. Vikings - Ebon Britton (OT, Arizona) - For a while I had the Vikings penciled in as taking a wide receiver. I changed my mind. They need depth at OT. Tavaris Jackson needs the time to get the ball to guys like Bernard Berrian. Britton has some raw talent and seems like he can be used for depth until solidifying a starting role. This pick could go in a few different directions, but with such a huge talent class at OT, they should grab him up quick. Other needs like a CB, even a WR can be found later on.

23. Patriots - James Laurinitias (LB; Ohio State) - Bellicheck really likes to draft defense early. The Linebackers are not getting any younger. He can learn from the vets in New England. At Ohio State, the guy really was a leader and stand out player. His smarts and athletic ability are promising with a lot of room to grow. He can be groomed the way NE wants to do so. A good pick for a stacked team. With Tom Brady back, I had thoughts of a TE going here. I dont think Ben Watson is the answer. Im going with History on my side.

24. Falcons - Vontae Davis (CB; Illinois) - I also had a TE going to this spot, until yesterday when I found out Tony Gonzales was traded for a 2010 2nd rounder. The Falcons are making big strides by scoring on Gonzales and taking the needed risk by selecting Matt Ryan 3rd overall last year. The defense can use help in the secondary. They got burned a lot last year. Davis has the skills but the stock dropped with his attitude (similar to that of his brother ; Vernon Davis). Again, good skills, and they take a big CB with the makes for a booked DB on this team for years to come.

25. Dolphins - Darius Butler (DB, UCONN) - Parcells is known to draft defense. They went with Long last year, and I feel like saying this is my guaranteed pick for the 20-32 pick range. Butler can read the field and can manage the secondary. The Phins were quite a story last year. What a big improvement from 1-15 to 11-5. Day and night. If Pennington can do what he did last year, and the offense can keep rolling, Miami can focus on defense. Butler is a solid pick at #25.

26. Ravens - Darrius Heyward-Bey (WR; Maryland) - the Ravens might go DE here, but seeing that 10 or so have already been selected, it makes sense to give Joe Flacco a compliment to Mark Clayton. Heyward-Bey is a big, tough WR with serious speed. He can immediately bolster a rather young offense. Considering the Ravens are known as a defensive team, they will still have a lot of defensive picks showing up to camp, just not with their first selection. The WR will need some time to get settled playing in the NFL, and could drop out of the first round completely. IMO, he is a top 3 WR in this year's class and deserves to go in the first round.

27. Colts - Evandor Hood (DT) - the Colts have Peyton Manning and two Pro-Bowl calibour defensive ends. They need help in the middle of the their D-Line. The O-line isn't getting any younger. They could find another Anthony Gonzales with this pick but I don't see a WR being picked right away. The Colts can only get better from their dismal playoff performance last year. This is a Super Bowl contending team, and with Hood in the mix, learning from his peers, he could mold into a Pro Bowler a few years down the road.

28. Bills - William Beatty (OT) - The Bills need to replace Peters. They go with big-man Beatty to play for Buffalo. I had Brandon Pettigrew going here, but think there is more value with Beatty at this pick. There are a few tight ends available later, and with the addition of TO to their offense, another big play-maker may not be the answer. What the Bills need is help at Tackle. By trading Peters, they must grab a tackle here. If a big named tackle slipped to #11, they would go tackle first. Beatty could be a hidden gem overlooked by such a deep class of tackles.

29. Giants - Hakeem Nicks (WR; North Carolina) - I had Percy Harvin here. The New York media was salivating when he tested positive for weed at the combine. Harvin would not last in NY. Plaxico Burress already ignited the bad press by shooting himself in the leg. The Giants would be doing the same thing by bringing in a guy whom was so clueless to smoke a fatty before one of the biggest days in his life. Nicks on the other hand is a hard worker. He has solid feet and can run routes solidly. I can see a LB here, but the biggest need is getting lil Eli Manning another target to throw to. Nicks doesn't have the size that Plax does, but has some interesting upside they might want to go after.

30. Titans - Alex Mack (C, California) - Titans are known to avoid playmakers. Well, not-so-much the case after the Vince Young nightmare. The team is solid. They could use another DB aside Cortland Finnegan,  but I see Fischer and giving Chris Johnson and LenDale White some running room. Mack was a standout, both academically and physically for Cal. He is a quick learning, hard-working guy who can be a staple at the line for a decade or longer. Although he has room to learn, he can do so with the help of his new teammates and NFL coaches.

31. Cardinals - Michael Johnson (DE) - Everyone is saying the Cardinals need help on offense. They might get lucky for the draft and get rid of Boldin for a higher pick. If not, they could use some support on the pass rush. Johnson, a physical specimen to say the least, can come in for AZ and learn. The offense is golden. They were just in the Super Bowl and play in a weak NFC West. Bolstering their defensive unit is a priority, and if Wisenhunt really wants a RB, they can use Boldin for a trade or trade later on in the draft. Donald Brown, RB from UCONN still might be their pick.

32. Steelers - MAx Unger (OG, Oregon) - Steelers are the reigning champs, so they need to add some youth and depth to their championship roster. Unger is a beast who could play a few different positions on the line. Guys like Alan Fanaca aren't getting any younger, and Tomlin has a team whom is solid across the board. The can add depth where needed, but a guy like Unger, who is a blip under the radar, just might pan out.

 

 

Posted on: April 13, 2009 7:58 pm
 

MLB Power Rankings - 2009 Final

 With a week of games under the belt, I thought I would give my take on how this season will finish. Doesn't mean these teams who are with a winning record after 7 games mean they are winning their division, right??? Enjoy!

30. Nationals

29. Astros

28. Giants

27. Indians

26. Brewers

25. Orioles

24. Reds

23. Royals

22. Rockies

21. Pirates

20. Padres

19. Mariners

18. Twins

17. Rangers

16. Tigers

15. Mets

14. Athletics

13. Bluejays

12. White Sox

11. Yankees

10. Dodgers

9. Cubs

8. Red Sox

7. Phillies

6. Cardinals

5. Diamondbacks

4. Braves

3. Angels

2. Rays

1. Marlins

 

Category: MLB
Tags: 2009, MLB
 
Posted on: April 13, 2009 7:40 pm
 

Mock Draft 3.0 - Stafford falls to #17

Considering the latest trades, FA moves and player ranks, I put together this latest mock draft. These picks are whom I am guessing these team's GMs will take. The biggest thing here is the fact we are seeing such a weaker QB class, and such a heavy lineman class. With next year's draft class looking at being quite the opposite, here is my prediction two weeks before the draft. Enjoy.

1. Lions - Jason Smith, OT (Baylor).

2. Rams - Eugene Monroe, OT (Virginia)

3. Chiefs - Michael Crabtree, WR (Texas Tech)

4. Seahawks - Chris Wells, RB (Ohio State)

5. Browns - Brian Orakpo, OLB (Texas)

6. Bengals - Aaron Curry, LB (Wake Forest)

7. Raiders - Jeremy Maclin, WR (Missouri)

8. Jaguars - Andre Smith, OT (Alabama)

9. Packers - Malcolm Jenkins, DB (Ohio State)

10. 49ers - B.J. Raji, DT (Boston College)

11. Bills - Everette Brown, OLB (Florida State)

12. Broncos - Michael Oher, OT (Ole Miss)

13. Redskins - Tyson Jackson, DE (LSU)

14. Saints - Vontae Davis, DB (Illinois)

15. Texans - Aaron Maybin, OLB (Penn State)

16. Chargers - Rey Maualuga, LB (Southern Cal)

17. Jets - Matthew Stafford, QB (Georgia)

18. Broncos - Peria Jerry, DT (Ole Miss)

19. Buccaneers - Josh Freeman, QB (Kansas State)

20. Lions - Mark Sanchez, QB (Southern Cal)

21. Eagles - Darius Butler, DB (UCONN)

22. Vikings - Ebon Britton, OT (Arizona)

23. Patriots - Clay Matthews, LB (Southern Cal)

24. Falcons - Brian Cushing, LB (Southern Cal)

25. Dolphins- Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR (Mayland)

26. Ravens - James Laurinaitis, LB (Ohio State)

27. Colts - Percy Harvin, WR (Florida)

28. Eagles - William Beatty, OT (UCONN)

29. Giants - Hakeem Nicks, WR (North Carolina)

30. Titans- Alex Mack, C (California)

31. Cardinals - Donald Brown (UCONN)

32. Steelers - Max Unger, OL (Oregon)

 

 
 
 
 
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