03-04-2012, 11:25 AM
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Agree to disagree. I think williams reed and smith are all smaller speed wrs. Getting another would help the return game but add nothing to the wr corps we dont already have. Smoth has rare elite speed, having another would help but not give us something we dont have. A guy like hill or streeter or even quick maybe gives us a tall wr able to take the top off (maybe not quick) but also a red zone threat. I see the gain of adding another deep threat id just prefer it be a guy that gives us something we dont have. like i said i agree with you that pr/kr is a need im just not sure its addressed at wr instead cb or s. Typically those tall guys arent returners and theres guys that specialize in that area you can definitely get later in the draft.
Originally Posted by alien bird
03-04-2012, 04:40 PM
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I don't even think he's going to fall to 29. The Steelers are more than likely going to get him at 24 unless Glenn falls which I can't see happening. Baltimore will take Hightower if he's there at 29. No doubt in my mind
Originally Posted by The Excellector
03-04-2012, 04:55 PM
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I just hope either Upshaw or Hightower falls to us. We need to carry on adding young players to maintain our dominance on defense, it makes perfect sense to draft players from Alabama's legendary defense.
03-04-2012, 04:55 PM
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Yeah, Hightower will be gone. I can only see Pitt or Baltimore really taking a stab at him, he's just that kind of player for either team that would fit and most likely thrive. Pittsburgh has a lot of holes IMO. Their secondary blows but I fully expect Kirkpatrick and Jenkins to be off the board. Their OL also blows but again I see Glenn, DeCastro, and other 1st round worthy OL off the board. The only thing I could see them taking is a NT or an ILB at that point in which it would be Hightower. Maybe Barron? I just can't see Pitt not taking Hightower. I won't mind too much if we can land Courtney Upshaw. Again, I kind of doubt it, but here's to hoping he has a very mediocre pro day.
03-04-2012, 05:31 PM
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I cant see them not taking OL. I think wed be very lucky to have glenn fall to us past them. G/RT Or Konz even who might help by playing G. I think pitt goes OL As theyre obviously gearing up for one last run with their vets. Ol is their biggest need with a hobbled ben they were nothing and mendenhall couldnt run. I really hope they reach for a guy like mike adams instead of best ol available.
Originally Posted by Lime in the Coconut
03-04-2012, 05:36 PM
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Ideal scenario for the Ravens is if they bring Birk back for another year, Konz is sitting there when we pick and we grab him, and then he plays guard for a year and then moves to center when Birk retires.
And Konz has the size to play guard rather easily. He is massive for a center.
03-04-2012, 05:58 PM
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Wouldn't be a bad idea, but then next year you're still dealing with a hole at LG.
Originally Posted by TheJoeFlaccoShow
Regardless, I think Konz on the Ravens is a good thing.
03-05-2012, 08:43 AM
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ROUND 1: Version 4 POST COMBINE
1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford (6’4” 235lbs). Luck really showed folks at the combine how athletic he really is. His numbers are pretty comparable to what Cam Newton did last year, but Luck is a significantly more accomplished passer than Newton ever was. The rumors leaked from the Colts have all been pretty evident that they are ready and willing to move on from Peyton Manning and go with Andrew Luck as their day-1 starter in 2012. Previous Pick: No Change.
2. Washington Redskins (Trades 2012 1st & 3rd, 2013 1st) – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor (6’2” 220lbs). There are several teams that I can see making plays for RGIII, but for some reason I think Dan Snyder will do whatever it takes to bring the Heisman winner to Washington DC. Griffin is super athletic and draws a lot of comparisons to guys like Michael Vick when it comes to his ability to scramble, but I think he compares more to Aaron Rodgers. RGIII is an incredible athlete, but he’s also an outstanding passer with great accuracy. He’d be a great fit in Mike Shanahan’s offense. Previous Pick: Dre Kirkpatrick.
3. Minnesota Vikings - Matt Kalil, OT, USC (6’6” 306lbs). Kalil demonstrated the strength and athleticism that makes a premier left tackle in the NFL. I think the Vikings would like to be the team that field offers to trade out of their pick so someone can take Robert Griffin here, but if they stand pat I think they’ll take the best player available and that without a doubt is Matt Kalil. The Vikings have invested in Christian Ponder and it is always a good idea to give young QB’s as much protection as possible otherwise they end up like David Carr. Kalil is also a fantastic run blocker, so Adrian Peterson should be happy about this selection as well. Previous Pick: No Change.
4. Cleveland Browns – Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama (5’10” 224lbs). Cleveland should pick Robert Griffin III, however comments from the coaching staff recently have made me think that they could perhaps be looking in another direction. The Cleveland faithful won’t like it, but I think the Browns are going to go after Trent Richardson here. They have the OL to be a power running team and the idea is if they can generate a good ground game then that will take pressure off of Colt McCoy and give him some better weapons than they currently have. Richardson is a downhill runner with tremendous power and quickness. Previous Pick: Robert Griffin III.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU (5’11” 188lbs). Claiborne is a natural cover corner with fluid hips and incredible ball skills. He isn’t overly physical and a lot of people want to compare him to Patrick Peterson, but I don’t see why. They both play the same position, but neither really plays the same way. Tampa has a tough situation at corner with Rhonde Barber considering retirement and Aqib Talib facing some serious potential jail time. The Bucs may double-dip at corner in this draft. Previous Pick: John Martin.
6. St. Louis Rams (From Washington)– Michael Brockers, DT, LSU (6’6” 322lbs). It’s rare to find a guy this size, this strong, that can move this well. Jeff Fisher built one of the best defensive lines in Tennessee while he was the head coach there and I think by taking advantage of the Redskins’ willingness to trade up for RGIII, he will have the opportunity to really draft a lot of talent and get the Rams back into the mix in the NFC West. Previous Pick: Michael Floyd to Washington Redskins.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Quinton Coples, DE, UNC (6’6” 281lbs). The Jaguars have been trying to fill the void at DE for years now. Even though there is a new coaching regime and ownership in town I still think that they will be looking to get better on defense and it all starts up front. Coples is the top rated 4-3 defensive prospect and could start right away opposite of Jeremy Mincey if the Jags are able to re-sign him. Previous Pick: No Change.
8. Miami Dolphins – Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame (6’3” 223lbs). Floyd answered a lot of questions about his speed and quickness. He posted a great performance at the combine and he really boosted his stock with his mature answers during the interview process. Floyd is a little stiff getting in and out of his cuts, but he does sink his hips and he has a great knack for getting to the ball at its highest point and making big plays downfield. Across from Brandon Marshall he would give the Dolphins a pretty fierce WR duo. Previous Pick: Justin Blackmon.
9. Carolina Panthers – Devon Still, DT, Penn State (6’5” 311lbs). Still has a great burst off the line and can get into the backfield quickly. He’s extremely quick for a guy his size and is just a powerfully framed kid. He’d be an ideal 4-3 under tackle and the Panthers desperately need help on their DL. Previous Pick: Reilly Reiff.
10. Buffalo Bills – Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois (6’4” 265lbs). The Bills have been flirting around with a lot of pass rushers, but Mercilus has a tremendous amount of upside and would function extremely well in Buffalo’s defense. Line him up beside Marcel Dareus and watch the QB’s run for their lives. If they ever want to compete in the AFC they have to get better up front and getting a DE with the quickness and pass rushing skills of Mercilus is imperative for the future success against Tom Brady and the Patriots. Previous Pick: Courtney Upshaw.
03-05-2012, 08:44 AM
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11. Kansas City Chiefs – Reilly Reiff, OT, Iowa (6’6” 308lbs). Reiff has a bit smaller wing span than you’d ideally like to see from your premier left tackles in the NFL, but he’s still a hell of a player and would be a stand out pick for the right side of the OL, which KC definitely needs to upgrade. The Chiefs want to get back to a power ground game and their bread and butter has always been getting Jamaal Charles out on the perimeter of the line and letting him use his speed and quickness to make plays. Reiff is an outstanding run blocker with a lot of power and tenacity that Iowa lineman are famous for. Previous Pick: Michael Floyd.
12. Seattle Seahawks – Nick Perry, DE, USC (6’2” 271lbs). One of the knocks on Perry was his size and whether or not he could play DE in the NFL. He was listed at USC as 250lbs, but he showed up to the combine at a powerful 271lbs. He proceeded to blow the combine out of the water with a ridiculous 40-yard dash and 10-year split. He can really move for a 271lb defensive end. The Seahawks are a team that really needs better production from their DE positions in the pass rushing department and being that Pete Carroll recruited Nick Perry, there is also that connection. This is a really good fit and good value considering Perry’s upside and where is at right now. Previous Pick: Ryan Tannehill.
13. Arizona Cardinals – Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State (6’1” 209lbs). I think Blackmon drops a little and not because he’s not a good prospect, but because Michael Floyd was just incredible at the combine and answered a lot of questions about his quickness and ability to separate and run good routes. Still, Blackmon is an excellent route runner and displayed great hands at the combine. He drew a lot of comparisons to Larry Fitzgerald for his ability to pluck the ball out of the air with his hands and rarely let a pass get into his body. Great value pick for Arizona who needs another receiver to draw attention away from Larry Fitz and is likely losing Early Doucet in free agency. Previous Pick: David DeCastro.
14. Dallas Cowboys – Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina (6’1” 264lbs). Anthony Spencer has never lived up to his 1st round status and has never been a consistent pass rusher even though he played opposite of one of the better pass rushers to play the game. Ingram may be on the stocky side, but he moves extremely well and is just a good all-around football player. The Cowboys definitely need to fix their defense, but with a healthy pass rush comes an improved secondary. Previous Pick: Nick Perry.
15. Philadelphia Eagles – Kendall Wright Jr, WR, Baylor (5’11” 195lbs). Wright may not have run a blazing 40 time at the combine, but make no mistake about it this kid is a speedy game breaking receiver. The Eagles are likely going to keep DeSean Jackson, but I think taking Wright here will give them options that they normally wouldn’t have. Unlike Jackson Wright has excellent hands, can run any route you want, and is a great team player. He immediate can start out in the slot and give the Vick another weapon to work with. The Eagles definitely need to address the defensive side of the ball, but they started playing a lot better the 2nd half of the season and that will be enough to keep Andy Reid interested in bringing in another big play receiver over a LB or DT. Previous Pick: Vontaze Burfict.
16. New York Jets – Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis (6’4” 346lbs). Poe probably did the most for himself at the combine. He’s already a high valued target simply because 3-4 guys are at a premium and it’s rare to have a guy with his size be able to move like he does. The tape is already there, but the combine performance definitely made his draft stock sky rocket. Teams that run the 3-4 who need a big DT are going to be falling over themselves to get this kid. Rex Ryan needs a powerful DT in the middle to anchor his defense and keep his backers clean. Previous Pick: Luke Kuechly.
17. Cincinnati Bengals – (From Oakland) David DeCastro, OG, Stanford (6’4” 310lbs). DeCastro is a nasty run blocker who can anchor down and mirror defenders well in pass protection. The Bengals have a great young team going for them, but they’d definitely like to get back to abusing defenses with a power running game. Bobbie Williams is old and has been contemplating retirement and DeCastro could probably start right away at RG or LG. Previous Pick: Trent Richardson.
18. San Diego Chargers – John Martin, OT, Stanford (6’6” 305lbs). Martin drops a bit, but not because he’s not a good value player. He drops because the amount of talent on the DL is incredible in this draft and there are a lot of teams picking ahead of San Diego that need help across their DL’s. The Chargers have been dealing with a make shift RT for a few years now and picking Martin also gives them insurance in case Jared Gaither’s back starts to b other him again (assuming they resign him to play LT). Previous Pick: Whitney Mercilus.
19. Chicago Bears – Cordy Glenn, OT/G, Georgia (6’5” 346lbs). Though Glenn played this past season at LT for Georgia, there is no way he could be successful at the LT position in the NFL. He just doesn’t have the footwork for it. However, as a RT or as an OG, he’d be in a much better position to find success. He’s really been impressive down at the Senior Bowl and has displayed good ability to anchor down when being bull rushed. Chicago needs to bolster their OL. They were terrible last year and they are going to get Jay Cutler killed. A player like Glenn will also dramatically increase the Bears’ success with running the ball. Previous Pick: No Change.
20. Tennessee Titans – Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama (6’2” 190lbs). There is a high probability that Cortland Finnegan will be playing for the Rams or Lions in 2012, which would leave the Titans with Jason McCourty as the only returning starting corner. Alteraun Verner is a good slot corner, but they definitely need another guy who can match up against a team’s #1 receiver. Kirkpatrick is rare for a corner in that he is extremely quick for his size and has very long arms for a corner, which allow him to be an effective press-man corner. Previous Pick: Michael Brockers.
03-05-2012, 08:47 AM
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21. Cincinnati Bengals – Janoris Jenkins, CB, N. Alabama (5’10” 193lbs). Make all the jokes you want about Cinci’s history of taking players with questionable character, but it would appear from recent interviews that Jenkins has really been trying to turn his life around since being dismissed from Florida’s program. The guy is incredibly talented and no one threw at him while he was at North Alabama. The Bengals’ secondary was severely exposed once Leon Hall went down and they tried to put a band aid on the position once Jon Joseph left for Houston, but it really just didn’t do a whole lot for them. Previous Pick: Markelle Martin.
22. Cleveland Browns – (From Atlanta) Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M (6’4” 222lbs). Cleveland fans rejoice! No seriously, I do think that Cleveland will make a play for either Tannehill or RGIII, however Pat Shurmur and Mike Holmgrem seem to think that Colt McCoy can get the job done as long as he is given better skill players and a better OL. Still, the Browns should really take advantage of Tannehill dropping a little and take the athletic signal caller here at 22. He could sit for a while and watch Colt McCoy and then do the exact opposite. Shurmur was able to really get a lot of production out of Sam Bradford with the Rams and Tannehill may not be as polished of a passer as Bradford was coming out of Oklahoma, but he is arguably just as athletic and coming out of Mike Sherman’s WCO at Texas A&M, he’d be able to pick up Shurmur’s offense a lot easier. Previous Pick: Devon Still to St. Louis.
23. Detroit Lions – Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College (6’3” 247lbs). The Lions and MLB Stephen Tulloch aren’t getting anywhere on contract negotiations and it may get to a point where Tulloch gets an offer from another team that he just can’t turn down. Schwartz relies on having an intelligent guy in the middle of the defense who is a tackling machine. Kuechly can do it all and gives the Lions a lot of leadership on the defensive side of the ball. Previous Pick: Mike Adams.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State (6’4” 298lbs). Cameron Heyward didn’t do much as a rookie, Brett Keisel’s play dropped off significantly last year, Aaron Smith is retiring and Ziggy Hood has been mediocre at best so far. Fletcher Cox is a quick-twitch athlete with a plethora of pass rushing moves and can get skinny along the DL, which is rare for a 300lb defensive lineman. The Steelers need to get young in a hurry and being that they are up against the cap they are going to have to capitalize on their draft picks, so getting a guy like Cox in the bottom of round 1 is great value with tremendous upside. Previous Pick: Dont’a Hightower.
25. Denver Broncos – Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford (6’6” 247lbs). Tim Tebow is one of those QB’s that really likes throwing to the tight end. He often targeted Daniel Fells in the intermediate passes because his downfield accuracy just isn’t good enough to really take advantage of Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas. Fleener is an outstanding receiver and red zone target. He also provides a lot of upside as a blocking TE. Previous Pick: Mark Barron.
26. Houston Texans – Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech (6’4” 215lbs). Hill absolutely blazed the combine. Not only did he post a 4.3 flat, but he was exceptional in the positional drills and showed that he can in fact run more than just a 9 route. Guys his size with that kind of speed is rare and I think Gary Kubiak is a guy that could really get the most out of Hill. The Texans really need another receiver to line up opposite of Andre Johnson because Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones aren’t getting it done. Previous Pick: Alshon Jeffrey.
27. New England Patriots – (From New Orleans) Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama (6’2” 271lbs). The Patriots need to do a lot better on the defensive side of the ball and Belichik knows it. This draft is probably going to be nothing but defensive players that can function in his 4-3 sets as well as 3-4 sets. Upshaw isn’t an athletic freak, but he’s just a great football player. He plays the run extremely well, he has some pass rushing skills, and he’s able to diagnose the play and react quickly. He can play DE or OLB in a 3-4 and given that Belichik likes running multiple defensive packages, having a guy with Upshaw’s utility brings a lot of value to the defensive side of the ball. Once Andre Carter went down the Patriots’ had a hard time getting to the QB and I think they’ll try to keep Mark Anderson, but they still need another guy who can line up opposite of Anderson or Carter. Previous Pick: Kendall Reyes.
28. Green Bay Packers – Peter Konz, OC, Wisconsin (6’5” 315lbs). Green Bay has no interest in re-signing Scott Wells and they are looking at Chris Myers, but Ted Thompson has never been one to invest a lot of money into high priced free agents. I think they’ll look to the in-state mauler here and gladly take him. Konz is a jack of all trades when it comes to pass blocking and run blocking and the upside is definitely there. It’s not a sexy pick, but it’s a foundation laying pick for Green Bay after investing 1st round picks in Bryan Bulaga and Derrek Sherrod. Previous Pick: Brandon Thompson.
29. Baltimore Ravens – Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama (6’2” 265lbs). I don’t necessarily believe that Hightower is worth a 1st round pick, but the Ravens are definitely interested in the thumper and they are definitely interested at getting younger and better depth at ILB. Hightower can rush the passer from the OLB position, but I think they envision him as someone that can take over for Ray Lewis. Hightower is a high character guy with solid tackling skills and for a 265lb linebacker he moves pretty well and takes good angles in pursuit. I think he’ll need some coaching in coverage, but he’d be a great personality fit in the Ravens locker room. Previous Pick: Peter Konz.
30. San Francisco 49ers – Alshon Jeffrey, WR, South Carolina (6’3” 216lbs). Jeffrey is without a doubt one of the more athletic “big” receivers in this class. He dropped about 15lbs from his normal playing weight around 230lbs, which showed that he does care about putting up good numbers at the combine and his pro-day. I think he is someone that could really help the Niners because outside of Crabtree they really don’t have a receiver who can split out wide and create mismatch problems. I wouldn’t be surprised to see San Fran actively pursue a free agent receiver as well and push Crabtree down into the slot where he could utilize his route running skills. Previous Pick: Chase Minnifield.
31. New England Patriots – (From New Orleans) Mark Barron, SS, Alabama (6’1” 213lbs). The entire back end of the Patriots’ defense last season stunk. They couldn’t cover, they couldn’t tackle, and if it weren’t for Kyle Arrington being able to get interceptions they wouldn’t have been able to stop anyone at all. The entire defense needs retooled, but they definitely need some upgrades at the safety position and Barron is the best safety in this draft. He tackles well, is a big hitter, and he’s decent in coverage. Previous Pick: Kendall Wright Jr.
32. New York Giants – Orson Charles, TE, Georgia (6’2” 250lbs). Eli Manning likes throwing to the tight end and considering that both Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum tore their ACL’s in the Super Bowl, there is a massive hole at TE. Part of the success that the Giants aerial attack has enjoyed is directly stemming from their ability to get their tight end involved in the red zone and moving down the field. Charles can flat out fly for a 250lb tight end and he’s most dangerous when he splits out wide, which the Giants also like to do with their TE’s. Previous Pick: Dwayne Allen.
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03-05-2012, 08:50 AM
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33. Indianapolis Colts – Andre Branch, DE, Clemson (6’5” 260lbs). Chuck Pagano is going to be looking for 3-4 defensive components and Branch projects to be one of the better 3-4 rush OLB prospects in this draft. Previous Pick: Alfonzo Dennard.
34. St. Louis Rams – Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest (5’11” 198lbs). Givens can absolutely fly and is a threat to take it the distance every time he touches the ball. The Rams definitely need better play makers at the WR position and they have no one with any kind of vertical speed. Previous Pick: Mohamed Sanu.
35. Minnesota Vikings – Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina (6’ 190lbs). The Vikings are going to have to re-tool their secondary as Cedric Griffen is a free agent, Chris Cook isn’t exactly well liked after being arrested, and Antione Winfield is getting up there in age. Gilmore gambles from time to time, but he’s got the size to match up with any receiver. Previous Pick: Zac Brown.
36. Cleveland Browns – Rueben Randle, WR, LSU (6’4” 210lbs). The Browns really need to get better on offense and whether or not they go with Colt McCoy or one of the rookie QB’s in this draft they are going to need better receivers. Randle needs some coaching on routes, but he’s pretty athletic for a bigger receiver. Previous Pick: Vinny Curry.
37. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers (6’2” 215lbs). This is the ideal pick for Greg Schiano because Sanu already knows how he is. It’s also a good pick because Arrelious Benn really has not lived up to expectations and Mike Williams isn’t interested in putting in the work to get better. Josh Freeman needs consistent weapons and Sanu is the definition of consistent. Previous Pick: Casey Hayward.
38. Washington Redskins – Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State (6’7” 323lbs). Jamaal Brown is a free agent, so Adams could probably start right away on the right side of the OL, which is probably where he’s better suited. It also provides insurance for the oft-injured Trent Williams. Previous Pick: Zebrie Sanders.
39. Jacksonville Jaguars – Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas (5’11” 180lbs). The Jags aren’t going to give up on Blaine Gabbert, but they really do need to give him some better weapons to work with because Mike Thomas and Jason Hill aren’t going to cut it. Adams is an outstanding receiver with great hands and great route running ability. Previous Pick: Marvin McNutt.
40. Miami Dolphins – Kelechi Osemele, OT, Iowa State (6’6” 333lbs). Marc Columbo was a decent pick up at RT, but Miami definitely needs to upgrade their OL on the right side and with Vernon Carey hitting FA, Osemele wouldn't be a bad option at guard due to him exceling as a run blocker. Previous Pick: Melvin Ingram.
41. Carolina Panthers – Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska (5’11” 202lbs). Dennard isn’t a bad corner, but he needs some coaching on being a bit more fluid of a cover guy. He functions very well in zone schemes, which Ron Rivera is known for, and he’s physical at the line of scrimmage. Previous Pick: Alameda Ta’amu.
42. Buffalo Bills – Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson (6’4” 255lbs). Allen may be the best dual threat TE in this draft in that he’s an exceptional receiver and can get down the field in a hurry and he is a solid blocker. The Bills have been looking for a dynamic player at the TE position for a few seasons now, so I’d expect Allen to be pretty high on their big board. Previous Pick: Andrew Datko.
43. Kansas City Chiefs – David Wilson, RB, Virgnia Tech (5’10” 205lbs). As soon as Jamaal Charles went down with an injury the Chiefs became very one dimensional on offense and had a tough time moving the ball. Most NFL teams prefer to have at least two competent RB’s on their squad and there is no guarantee that Charles will come back 100% healthy for the start of the season. Wilson has great vision and speed and provides value as a receiver out of the backfield. Previous Pick: Kelechi Osemele.
03-05-2012, 08:52 AM
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44. Seattle Seahawks – Brandon Weedon, QB, Oklahoma State (6’4” 217lbs). Weedon can throw the ball around as well as anybody, but being a 29 year old rookie is going to turn a lot of coaches and GM’s off. The Seahawks are a pretty complete team and really just need better production from their QB. Weedon is mature, accurate, and has a good understanding of how to play the position. He’s pretty pro-ready and getting a QB in the 2nd round who could start right away is good value for Pete Carroll. Previous Pick: Lamar Miller.
45. Philadelphia Eagles (From Arizona) – Zach Brown, LB, UNC (6’1” 244lbs). This kid can absolutely fly for a 245lb linebacker. He’s a big hitter and can cover. He needs some coaching on discipline and being a consistent tackler, but he strikes me as someone that could really make a name for himself in Philadelphia. Previous Pick: Rueben Randle.
46. Dallas Cowboys – Antonio Allen, FS, South Carolina (6’1” 210lbs). The Cowboys have been avoiding their safety positions for a couple of years now, but it can’t really be ignored anymore. They need an upgrade and they need a guy who can take over the deep part of the field and make sure nothing gets over the top. Allen is a good cover safety with decent range and quickness. Previous Pick: Janoris Jenkins.
47. Philadelphia Eagles – Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech (5’10” 178lbs). Assante Samuel doesn’t want to be an Eagle anymore after they traded for Rodgers-Cromartie and while Samuel is still a heck of a cover corner, he’s a major liability in run support. Assuming DRC will move to a perimeter corner, the Eagles could use another guy who can play the slot. Enter Hosley. He is super aggressive and plays a lot bigger than what he is. Also provides depth as a return specialist. Previous Pick: No change.
48. New York Jets – Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (5’11” 212lbs). Shonn Greene is a decent short yardage back, but they need a guy who can be out there every down. Sanchez’s best production came when the Jets were able to run the ball effectively. Lamar Miller is a home run threat with great hands. He hits the hole hard and given that he’s only 20 years old he has a ton of upside. Previous Pick: Dontari Poe.
49. Cincinnati Bengals – LaMichael James, RB, Oregon (5’9” 195lbs). The Bengals can go a lot of different directions in this draft because the only position that was really a weakness for them last season was corner. Cedric Benson is a free agent and could be brought back, but he’s more of a short yardage guy now and they really need someone who can be a homerun threat for them. I’m not sure James can be an every down back, but he’s incredibly gifted and in open space he is entirely dangerous. Previous Pick: Kevin Zeitler.
50. San Diego Chargers – Bruce Irvin, OLB, West Virginia (6’3” 245lbs). Irvin was without a doubt one of the most impressive linebackers at the combine. He definitely boosted his stock with an unprecedented performance. He is athletically one of the more gifted players in this draft and San Diego needs to find that stud pass rusher for their 3-4. Previous Pick: Mike Brewster.
51. Chicago Bears – Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall (6’3” 266lbs). Israel Idonije is a decent left end, but he provides very little in the pass rushing department. Curry could probably step in and earn a starting role at left end quickly. He’s a high motor guy and would do well with Peppers opposite of him. Previous Pick: Marvin Jones.
52. Tennessee Titans – Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin (6’4” 315lbs). Mike Munchak was extremely disappointed in the OL’s inability to open up holes for Chris Johnson throughout the season. Jake Scott is a free agent and likely won’t be back. The Titans’ offense lives and dies with the run and this past season, the run wasn’t there and their offense suffered b ecause of it. Zeitler is a nasty mauler who can play guard or center. Previous Pick: Brandon Washington.
53. New England Patriots – Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State (6’3” 305lbs). DT might not appear to be a need for the Pats, but Wilfork isn’t getting any younger and their best pass rushing DT (Mike Wright) is probably going to be forced into early retirement due to concussions. Worthy is a guy who can play in a 3-4 or a 4-3, which Belichik employs both, so that would work. Previous Pick: Brandon Taylor.
54. Atlanta Falcons - Ronnell Lewis, LB, Oklahoma (6’2” 245lbs). Curtis Lofton may be too pricey for the Falcons to keep around and they don’t really have a ton of depth at the LB position. Ronnell Lewis is a violent hitter who tackles well and is solid in coverage. He also can drop down and rush the passer if need be and given the success Von Miller had as a pass rushing 4-3 OLB guys like Ronnell Lewis are going to see their value go up a bit. Previous Pick: Orson Charles.
55. Detroit Lions – Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State (6’6” 320lbs). Sanders is definitely an athletic tackle who can play RT or LT. He’s probably going to need some coaching on footwork for LT, but he mirrors defenders well and he fires off the ball on running plays. The Lions need to seriously consider an upgrade over Jeff Backus who has durability concerns and was never really that good of a LT to begin with. Previous Pick: Andre Branch.