Saturday, March 27, 2010

Post-FA Mock Draft

1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma: No change
The Rams seem pretty set on taking Bradford at this moment. In my opinion, they should take a QB but I think Clausen is less of a gamble given the fact that he is healthy, why take the damaged one?

2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska: No Change
Aside from having a heck of a cool name, Suh is the #1 ranked player on most teams' board. Easy pick that no one is going to complain about. I do feel however than an OT is also a high possibility here now.


3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma: No Change
Right now, the Bucs are ecstatic that the Rams are going to get a QB since that will allow them to get their hands on one of the top two DT in the draft.

4. Washington Redskins: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame: No change
Mike Shanahan new regime almost guarantees a new QB in town and Clausen would be a great fit for Washington's stable of wide receivers.Okung is the other possibility.

5. Kansas City Chiefs: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
Russell Okung is the without question the top tackle in the draft. The Chiefs can protect Matt Cassel blindside with Okung and slide Branden Albert inside where he is better suited. Eric Berry is also a possibility here.

6. Seattle Seahawks: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa. Previous: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
Bulaga's stock is on the rise. The Hawks inability up front has been well documented the last three seasons and Bulaga would go a long way toward restoring the offensive line to prominence.

7. Cleveland Browns: Joe Haden, CB, Florida. Previous: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
The Browns can't believe their luck and arguably the top player in the draft to shore up their heinous secondary. Haden put his bad combine 40-yd dash time behind him with a nice 4.43s at his pro-day.

8. Oakland Raiders: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland: No change
Taylor Mays is a possibility here given Al Davis penchant for 40 times. However, the Raiders have a stable of promising safeties in Tyvon Branch, Michael Huff and Michael Mitchell. Bruce Campbell is an offensive tackle who ran a 4.85, that's equally impressive and sure to have caught Davis' attention.

9. Buffalo Bills: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma: Previous: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
The Bills desperately need offensive line help and will be under pressure to pick Williams at #9

10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee. Previous: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida 
 There is also no doubt that the Jaguars will all OVER Tim Tebow. Expect the Jags to trade down a few spots to pick Tebow. Someone will trade up to grab Eric Berry if he ever falls that far.


11. Denver Broncos: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State: No change
With rumors that the Broncos want to trade Brandon Marshall, they will need a wide receiver to replace him. Dez Bryant is without a doubt the best receiver in the draft.Many draft have McClain going here, I am still unconvinced that the relatively slow LB with a potentially debilitating disease will be picked that high.

12. Miami Dolphins: Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas: No change
Parcells loves his linebackers and with the Joey Porter's departure, this opens the door for a pass rushing rookie.

13. San Francisco 49ers: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers. Previous: Taylor Mays, S, USC
The 49ers solidify their offensive line with Davis who could start at Right Tackle immediately

14. Seattle Seahawks: CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson. Previous: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Seattle gets the coveted running back who will no doubt be maximized by Pete Carroll. Spiller becomes Seattle's first franchise tailback since Shaun Alexander.


15. N.Y. Giants: Rolando McClain, ILB, Oklahoma: No change
The Giants let Antonio Pierce walk and need to replace him. Why not get McClain, a potential franchise middle linebacker for the next decade. McClain is a leader and a highly instinctive player, and that's what you need in the middle. Sean Weatherspoon's stock is (finally) rising so he could be the pick here too.

16. Tennessee Titans: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida. Previous: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
The Titans could use a corner to replace the aging and ineffective Nick Harper but the top corner Joe Haden is long gone. Expect the Titans to address their Defensive Line if they don't get a corner. Pierre-Paul might be this year's Vernon Gholston but that won't prevent a team from taking him early on.

17. San Francisco 49ers: Taylor Mays, S, USC. Previous: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
The 49ers are very high on Taylor Mays and would love to have him roaming their secondary. He is the pick here if available.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kyle Wilson, CB, Wake Forest. Previous: Jahvid Best, RB, California
The Steelers need to draft a corner badly and it might take precedent over everything else. Wilson here would be a good value pick.

19. Atlanta Falcons: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech. Previous: Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida St.
With the signing of Dunta Robinson, the Falcons move on to their next needs which are in the defensive front seven. Derrick Morgan should be a brainless pick here if he is still available.


20. Houston Texans: Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida St. Previous: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Sure, the Texans could use a running back such as Ryan Matthews but there is certainly some talented backs that can be had later in the draft. Drafting a corner now becomes a big priority with the loss of Dunta Robinson through free agency. Earl Watson is also a possibility here as some GM see him capable of playing corner.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma. Previous: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
With the release of Laveranues Coles and Chad Ocho Cinco's declining production, the Bengals would be wise to add another weapon to Carson Palmer's arsenal. Gresham will probably not make it past the Bengals

22. New England Patriots: Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan: No change
What do you expect here? They will probably trade down a few spots and accumulate gazillions 2nd and 3rd picks. Graham would be a great pick for the Pats who could use a little help in terms of pass rushing.

23. Green Bay Packers: Charles Brown, OT, USC: No change
The Packers need to shore up their offensive line at both tackles position as well as at offensive guard. Charles Brown is a good pass protector who will keep Aaron Rodgers upright. Look for him to be taken somewhere near the end of the first round or the beginning of the second round. The Packers also could use a corner or a pass-rushing OLB.

24. Philadelphia Eagles: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri. Previous: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
The Eagles signed CB/S Marlin Jackson in the offseason and the secondary isn't as much of a need anymore.I think the Eagles finally address their mismatched group of linebacker with the Missouri stud.

25. Baltimore Ravens: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers. Previous: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
Having traded for Anquan Boldin in the offseason, the Ravens will most likely address their defense which has been declining for the past several years.

26. Arizona Cardinals: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee. Previous: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
Karlos Dansby departure leaves a gaping hole in the Cardinals' front seven and the Cardinals would love to replace the aging Mike Gandy. However, no one at those position are available at this spot so the Cards get their franchise nose tackle for their 3-4 defense.

27. Dallas Cowboys: Mike Iupati, OG/OT, Idaho: No change
The Cowboys could use an upgrade at OG as well as depth along their offensive line. Mike Iupati, who can play both OT and OG is a valuable commodity in that aspect. Earl Watson here is also a strong possibility if still available.

28. San Diego Chargers: Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State. No change
The Chargers get LT's successor. The Fresno State product rushed for over 1,800 yds and is the most complete back in the draft.

29. N.Y. Jets: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame. Previous: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
The speedy receiver would be the perfect complement to Jerricho Cotchery and Braylon Edwards.


30. Minnesota Vikings: Earl Thomas, S, Texas. No change.
The Vikings pick late but they are in excellent position to grab one of the several outstanding defensive players who will unavoidably end up sliding into their lap.Thomas is an outstanding player but many teams are shying away from him. A corner like Patrick Robinson, or Devin McCourty are also extremely strong possibilities if still available.

31. Indianapolis Colts: Maurkice Pouncey, C/OG, Florida. Previous: Brian Price, DT, UCLA
The Colts get their hands on Pouncey who is easily the top Center in the draft and one of the two best interior blocker in this draft.

32. New Orleans Saints: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida. No change.
The Saints improve their pass defense with the explosive Carlos Dunlap who would line up opposite Will Smith.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

NBA MOCK DRAFT (Pre NCAA Tourny)

1. NETS
John Wall

2. TIMBERWOLVES
Evan Turner

3. WARRIORS
Wesley Johnson

4. WIZARDS
DeMarcus Cousins

5. PACERS
Derrick Favors

6. KINGS
Hassan Whiteside

7. PISTIONS
Cole Aldrich

8. 76ERS
Xavier Henry

9. JAZZ (from NY [unprotected] )
Greg Monroe

10. CLIPPERS
Devin Ebanks

11. BUCKS (MIL swaps with CHI [ bulls must be out of top 10] )
James Anderson

12. HORNETS
Donatas Motejunas

13. HEAT (from TOR [lottery protected] )
Al-Farouq Aminu

14. HEAT
Solomon Alabi

15. GRIZZLIES
Patrick Patterson

16. TIMBERWOLVES (from CHA [top 12 protected] )
Jan Vesely

17. ROCKETS
Eric Bledsoe

18. BULLS (MIL swaps with CHI [ bulls must be out of top 10] )
Jarvis Varnado

19. BLAZERS
Gani Lawal

20. SPURS
Avery Bradley

21. THUNDER (from PHX [unprotected] )
Larry Sanders

22. THUNDER
Kyle Singler

23. HAWKS
Elliot Williams

24. CELTICS
Stanley Robinson

25. TIMBERWOLVES (from UTAH [top 17 protected] )
Jerome Jordan

26. NETS (from DAL [unprotected] )
Da'Sean Butler

27. GRIZZLIES (from DEN [ lottery protected] )
Paul George

28. MAGIC
Ekpe Udoh

29. GRIZZLIES (from LAL [top 6 protected] )
Kalin Lucas

30. WIZARDS (from CLE [unprotected] )
Damion James

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Post-Combine Mock Draft (After FA)

1. Rams : Sam Bradford

2. Lions : Ndamukukong Suh

3. Bucs : Gerald McCoy

4. Skins : Russell Okung

5. Chiefs : Eric Berry



6. Hawks : Bryan Bulaga

7. Browns : C.J. Spiller

8. Radiers : Anthony Davis

9. Bills : Joe Haden

10. Jags : Rolando McClain



Picks 11-30 Coming after the draft!!!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

NFL Free Agency 2010

I will keep updating this list with significant free agent signings

Free Agent Signings:

LB Gary Brackett resigns with Indianapolis
QB Chad Pennington resigns with Miami
DE Julius Peppers signs with Chicago
RB Chester Taylor signs with Chicago
FB Leonard Weaver resigns with Philadelphia
DE Phillip Daniels resigns with Washington
OT Mike Williams resigns with Washington
CB Dunta Robinson signs with Atlanta
OT Chad Clifton resigns with Green Bay
LB Karlos Dansby signs with Miami
DE Kyle Vanden Bosch signs with Detroit
WR Nate Burleson signs with Detroit
S Antrel Rolle signs with New York Giants
OT Artis Hicks signs with Washington
DE Aaron Kampman signs with Jacksonville
QB David Carr signs with San Francisco
K Rhys Lloyd signs with Minnesota
S Will Allen signs with Pittsburgh
WR Chris Chambers resigns with Kansas City
DT Fred Robbins signs with Saint Louis
CB Leigh Bodden resigns with New England
S Ryan Clark resigns with Pittsburgh (YESSSSS!)
WR Antwaan Randle El signs with Pittsburgh
WR Amaz Battle signs with Pittsburgh
S Nick Collins resigns with Green Bay
OLB Will Witherspoon signs with Tennessee
CB Benny Sapp resigns with Minnesota
RB Thomas Jones signs with Kansas City
NT Jamal Williams signs with Denver
WR Antonio Bryant signs with Cincinnati
NT Jason Ferguson resigns with Miami
DT Maake Kemoeautu signs with Washington
CB Marlin Jackson signs with Philadelphia
S Brodney Pool signs with NY Jets
TE Benjamin Watson signs with Cleveland
CB Donald Strickland signs with San Diego
RB Larry Johnson signs with Washington
QB David Carr signs with San Francisco
OT Mark Tauscher resigns with Green Bay
LB Scott Fujita signs with Cleveland
WR Antonio Bryant signs with Cincinnati
QB Jake Delhomme signs with Cleveland
LB Andra Davis signs with Buffalo
S Sean Jones signs with Tampa Bay

Trades:
CB Antonio Cromartie to NY Jets for 3rd rd pick
DT Corey Williams to Detroit for late pick
WR Anquan Boldin to Baltimore for a 3rd, and 4th round pick
S Kerry Rhodes to Arizona for 4th round pick
QB Seneca Wallace traded to Cleveland for 2011 pick
QB Brady Quinn traded to Denver for FB Peyton Hillis, 6th rd pick

Expect another NFL mock draft in a few days when the dust settles

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Post-Combine Mock Draft

1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
The Rams seem pretty set on taking Bradford at this moment. In my opinion, they should take a QB but I think Clausen is less of a gamble given the fact that he is healthy, why take the damaged one?

2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Aside from having a heck of a cool name, Suh is the #1 ranked player on most teams' board. Easy pick that no one is going to complain about.


3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
Right now, the Bucs are ecstatic that the Rams are going to get a QB since that will allow them to get their hands on one of the top two DT in the draft.

4. Washington Redskins: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Mike Shanahan new regime almost guarantees a new QB in town and Clausen would be a great fit for Washington's stable of wide receivers.

5. Kansas City Chiefs: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
Russell Okung is the without question the top tackle in the draft. The Chiefs can protect Matt Cassel blindside with Okung and slide Branden Albert inside where he is better suited. Eric Berry is also a possibility here.

6. Seattle Seahawks: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
The Hawks get the top defensive back in the draft to shore up their mediocre defense. An offensive tackle is also a possibility here especially if Okung makes it to them.

7. Cleveland Browns: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
I find it surprising that few people have the Browns even considering a running back. Jerome Harrison had a strong finish to the season but that's what? 3 or 4 games. Are you going to pass on a gamebreaking running back because of that? Browns fans better hope they get Spiller.

8. Oakland Raiders: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
Taylor Mays is a possibility here given Al Davis penchant for 40 times. However, the Raiders have a stable of promising safeties in Tyvon Branch, Michael Huff and Michael Mitchell. Bruce Campbell is an offensive tackle who ran a 4.85, that's equally impressive and sure to have caught Davis' attention.

9. Buffalo Bills: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
The Bills desperately need offensive line help. Bulaga is the 2nd best OT in the draft.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida 
The Jaguars keep drafting defensive ends without success. Pierre-Paul might be this year's Vernon Gholston, an ultra athletic DE with only one good season under his belt


11. Denver Broncos: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
With rumors that the Broncos want to trade Brandon Marshall, they will need a wide receiver to replace him. Dez Bryant is without a doubt the best receiver in the draft.

12. Miami Dolphins: Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas
Parcells loves his linebackers and with the Joey Porter's departure, this opens the door for a pass rushing rookie.

13. San Francisco 49ers: Taylor Mays, S, USC
The 49ers solidify their defense with the athletic freak that is Taylor Mays

14. Seattle Seahawks: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Seattle gets an offensive tackle to be the new franchise left tackle which has been a gapping hole as of late.


15. N.Y. Giants: Rolando McClain, ILB, Oklahoma
The Giants let Antonio Pierce walk and need to replace him. Why not get McClain, a potential franchise middle linebacker for the next decade. McClain is a leader and a highly instinctive player, and that's what you need in the middle.

16. Tennessee Titans: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
The Titans could use a corner to replace the aging and ineffective Nick Harper. I could see Joe Haden fall out of the top 10 because of his poor 40 time at the combine. On tape, he is a very good player but I doubt someone would risk a top 10 pick on a slow corner.

17. San Francisco 49ers: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
The 49ers revived offense could move another step forward with a franchise left tackle. Davis might slide down a bit because a mediocre combine but he should stay firmly in the first round

18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jahvid Best, RB, California
The perfect complement to Rashard Mendenhall bruising style of running. Best would bring a homerun threat to the inconsistent Steelers offense. A defensive back such as Kyle Wilson or Earl Thomas are also a possibility

19. Atlanta Falcons: Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida St.
The Falcons atrocious secondary could use a top pick on a corner and Patrick Robinson, with his very good showing at the combine should be one of the top 3 or 4 corners taken in the first round


20. Houston Texans: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Sure, the Texans could use a running back such as Ryan Matthews but there is certainly some talented backs that can be had later in the draft. Drafting an explosive defensive end like Derrick Morgan would take a lot of pressure off Mario Williams and give them an opportunity to smother Peyton Manning and the Colts offense.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
With the release of Laveranues Coles and Chad Ocho Cinco's declining production, the Bengals would be wise to add another weapon to Carson Palmer's arsenal. Tate had a great combine and has been highly productive for Notre Dame.

22. New England Patriots: Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan
What do you expect here? They will probably trade down a few spots and accumulate gazillions 2nd and 3rd picks. Graham would be a great pick for the Pats who could use a little help in terms of pass rushing.

23. Green Bay Packers: Charles Brown, OT, USC
The Packers need to shore up their offensive line at both tackles position as well as at offensive guard. Charles Brown is a good pass protector who will keep Aaron Rodgers upright. Look for him to be taken somewhere near the end of the first round or the beginning of the second round.

24. Philadelphia Eagles: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
The Eagles get their hands on possibly, the second best corner in the draft.


25. Baltimore Ravens: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
The Ravens add a much needed weapon for Joe Flacco. Gresham is a huge target with soft hands, the kind that young QBs love to find in the middle of the field as their safety valve. A corner here is also possible.

26. Arizona Cardinals: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
Karlos Dansby departure leaves a gaping hole in the Cardinals' front seven. Weatherspoon is a terrific weak side linebacker who can fly around the field and will provide leadership from day one.

27. Dallas Cowboys: Mike Iupati, OG/OT, Idaho
The Cowboys could use an upgrade at OG as well as depth along their offensive line. Mike Iupati, who can play both OT and OG is a valuable commodity in that aspect. One of the top 3 safety in draft could also be picked here if they don't sign anyone in free agency.

28. San Diego Chargers: Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State
The Chargers get LT's successor. The Fresno State product rushed for over 1,800 yds and is the most complete back in the draft.

29. N.Y. Jets: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
The Jets are running a 3-4 and could use a stout franchise nose tackle which are so important in that scheme.


30. Minnesota Vikings: Earl Thomas, S, Texas
The Vikings pick late but they are in excellent position to grab one of the several outstanding defensive players who will unavoidably end up sliding into their lap. Earl Thomas could be one of them as concerns over his size (5'10, 203 lbs) could have some teams passing on him (just like Bob Sanders!) but he has shown last season that he is a ballhawk, amassing 8 interceptions and breaking up 16 passes. A corner or a defensive tackle are also strong options but obviously, you don't skip on Earl Thomas!!!

31. Indianapolis Colts: Brian Price, DT, UCLA
The Colts get their hands on Price, a nimble, disruptive and potent pass rusher who is also stout at the point of attack.

32. New Orleans Saints: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
The Saints improve their pass defense with the explosive Carlos Dunlap who would line up opposite Will Smith.

Out of 1st rd:
Navorro Bowman, LB, Penn State
Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
Everson Griffen, DE, USC
Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Positional Top 6

QB:

1. Jimmy Clausen
2. Sam Bradford
3. Colt McCoy
4. Tim Tebow
5. Jevan Snead
6. Tony Pike

RB:

1. CJ Spiller
2. Jahvid Best
3. Ryan Matthews
4. Jonathan Dwyer
5. Joe McKnight
6. Montario Hardest


WR:

1. Dez Bryant
2. Golden Tate
3. Arrelious Benn
4. Brandon Lafell
5. Demaryius Thomas
6. Damian Williams


TE:

1. Jermaine Gresham
2. Rob Gronkowski
3. Dorin Dickerson
4. Jimmy Graham
5. Ed Dickson

OL:

1. Russell Okung
2. Bryan Bulaga
3. Trent Williams
4. Mike Lupati
5. Anthony Davis
6. Bruce Campbell
7. Charles Brown
8. Vladimir Ducasse
9. Jon Asamoah
10. Jared Veldheer

DT:

1. Gerald McCoy
2. Ndamukong Suh
3. Dan Williams
4. Terrence Cody
5. Brian Price
6. Lamarr Houston

DE:

1. Derrick Morgan
2. Brandon Graham
3. Jean Pierre-Paul
4. Carlos Dunlap
5. Everson Griffen
6. Jerry Hughes

ILB:

1. Rolando McClain
2. Brandon Spikes
3. Pat Angerer
4. Daryl Washington
5. Donald Butler
6. Daryl Sharpton

OLB:

1. Sean Weatherspoon
2. Sergio Kindle
3. Navorro Bowman
4. Eric Norwood
5. Sean Lee
6. Dekoda Watson

CB:

1. Kyle Wilson
2. Joe Haden
3. Patrick Robinson
4. Devin McCourty
5. Jerome Murphy
6. Perrish Cox

S:

1. Eric Berry
2. Earl Thomas
3. Taylor Mays
4. Chad Jones
5. Nathaniel Allen
6. Reshad Jones

Minnesota Vikings Team Needs

1A. Cornerback: Cedric Griffin torn ACL during the playoff is a huge blow. Add in an aging Antoine Winfield who has missed 4 games last season and you have the recipe for a potential disaster. If a guy like Devin McCourty, Patrick Robinson or even Joe Haden slides to the Vikes at #30, there is no doubt that they should draft a corner. The Vikes can also address this in the second round with guys like Donovan Warren or Jerome Murphy

1B. Free Safety: Madieu Williams is not getting the job done, neither in coverage nor in run support. Think about the differences a playmaking safety would have made for the Vikings last year. That most likely would have been the difference for home-field advantage through the playoffs and possibly between winning and losing against the Saints. An upgrade here is a must. This is a deep draft and I would not be surprised to see one of the top DB slide all the way to the Vikes and they better take advantage of it.

2. Defensive Tackle: Pat Williams is getting up there in terms of age and is already not seeing the field as much. A big gap plugging DT like Terrence Cody or nimbler tackles like Lamarr Houston or Brian Price in the 2nd or 3rd round would be an extremely wise pick.

3. Linebacker: EJ Henderson will most likely not be ready to play at the beginning of next season. With the Vikes unable to sign free agents, that leaves us with Jasper Brinkley only. Additionally, Ben Leber is on his last year of his contract and albeit solid, could be upgraded for a more athletic and complete LB. If a stud like Rolando McClain gets to the Vikes, it would be wise to draft him as the run defense has been very shaky since EJ's injury.

4. Offensive Guard: Anthony Herrera could be upgraded. Adrian Peterson often had nowhere to go last season despite the revived air attack. This can be addressed later in the draft.

5. Quarterback: Brett Favre might come back for one more year but the Vikings better look for his successor if they don't want to be bottom feeders for the next 5 years afterward. Unfortunately, this is not a deep draft in terms of QB...

NFL Combine: DB

Cornerbacks: Looking for players who can run in the 4.40-4.49 range. Fluidity of backpedals, change of direction in and out of backpedal, burst out of backpedal, ability to turn and run, locate and adjust to ball in the air, catch ball at highest point, hands.

Perrish Cox (Oklahoma St): 5'11 3/8, 195 lbs. 12 bp, 4.53s

Dominique Franks (Oklahoma): 5'11, 194 lbs. 10 bp, 4.52s

Brandon Ghee (Wake Forrest): 5'11 5/8 192 lbs. 15 bp, 4.37s (4.45s official)

Joe Haden (Florida): 5'10 3/4 193 lbs. 18 bp, disappointing 4.57s a concern. Looked natural in drills. This could begin a significant slide especially if he doesn;t improve his time at his pro day and open the door for another corner to be taken ahead of him.

Chris Hawkins (LSU): 6'0 1/8 187 lbs. 16 bp, 4.43s

Devin McCourty (Rutgers): 5'10 3/4, 193 lbs.16 bp, 4.34s. Outstanding in drills. Stock rising and he will be a first round pick

Jerome Murphy (South Florida): 6'0, 196 lbs. 16 bp, 4.52s. Catches ball at highest point. Fluid in drills

Patrick Robinson (Florida State): 5'11, 190 lbs. 15 bp, 4.42s, 39 in vertical. Smooth and natural in drills. Excellent ball skills.

Donovan Warren (Michigan): 5'11, 193 lbs.4.59s

Kyle Wilson (Boise State): 5'10 194 lbs. 25 bp, no 40 (hamstring).

Safeties: 40-yd speed is important and looking for 4.5-4.6 range. Fluidity of backpedals, change of direction in and out of backpedal, burst out of backpedal, ability to turn and run, locate and adjust to ball in the air, catch ball at highest point, hands.

Eric Berry (Tennessee): 5"11 5/8. 211 lbs. 4.40s (4.47s official), 19 bp, 43 in vertical. Put on a show and looked like a man among kids in drills. Extremely fluid and smooth, great burst, a natural at adjusting to ball in the air, catches ball at highest point, can make tough catches effortlessly.

Chad Jones (LSU): Looked good in drill. 9 bp, ran a disappointing 4.57s. Looked good in drill.

Taylor Mays (USC) 6'3 1/8, 230 lbs. 24 bp, 4.24s WOW! (4.43s official). Fastest DB at 230 lbs. 41 in vertical. Not bad. Looked outstanding in drills.

Darrell Stuckey (Kansas): 5'11, 205 lbs. 17 bp, 4.49s, 39.5 in vertical. Shaky out of backpedal

Earl Thomas (Texas): 5'10, 208 lbs. 21 bp, 4.44s. Heavier than usual and still ran a 4.44s. Thomas is still growing and it's nice to see he has the frame to add more bulk.

Myron Rolle (Florida St) 6'1 7/8, 215 lbs. 21 bp, 4.68s. Rolle took a year off to go study at Oxford University as a Rhode scholar so the combine and senior bowl were a bit more important for him since he hasn't played football for over a year. Seriously, all the attention he is getting for skipping a year at Florida St is bull, a Rhode scholarship is an extremely prestigious scholarship that only a few people ever get to be selected for, props to him for trying to see beyond the football field. He did not look great but by no means bad either. As a football player, he doesn't really stand out and he will probably be a late round pick.

Wrap-Up:

This is a very deep draft in terms of OL, DL, and DBs. It's very likely that a very good DL or DB slides to the Vikings at the end of the first round. I would definitely not mind if they were to trade down a few spots into the second round and pickup another 2nd rounder to address their numerous needs on the defensive side of the ball. Think about how a playmaking safety would have helped the Vikings last year, definitely one of the main areas of upgrade for the team.

Wolves Pass the Blount


Mark Blount was waived by the Timberwolves before Monday's Midnight deadline. As a result Blount will be elegible to sign with a new team while retaining playoff eligibility should his new team make it to the post season. As soon as he clears waivers he will be free to sign with any of the remaining 29 teams (cause he cant and won't resign with us).

Blount was reacquired by Minnesota after an offseason trade where the Wolves sent newly acquired Q-Rich to Miami for Blount as cost cutting measure. After the deal was done both Blount and the Wolves front office agreed that Blount was not to report to the team. With a young rebuilding team there was no use for an aging big man. Especially one who struggles to defend in the paint while also being known to set up camp in the corners around the three point line on offense.

The only true value he had was his expiring contract which is about $7,962,000. The wolves were planing on keeping him on the roster but away from the team until after the trade deadline. Hoping that they would be able to trade his contract for additional assets (draft picks).

Now that Mark Blount is likely to fade away into basketball obscurity. As just another below average player that was able to swindle an All-Star type contract from some foolish GM. In the era that will forever be infamous for being a time when money meant more than the game its self, Blount can stand tall knowing that he was one of the best magic bean salesmen of his time!


One more thing, even if you have never heard of Mark Blount before you may have seen him once or twice if you grew up watching Looney Tunes...







Uncanny, I Know!



Even Ricky Davis sees it!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Why Eric Berry should be the First Pick:

Monte Kiffin to Berry: You’d be a fool to go back


Posted: March 1st, 2010 | Jason Feller
INDIANAPOLIS — There was no mistaking the message. When Tennessee safety Eric Berry asked Vols defensive coordinator, and former long-time Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, if he should enter the draft, the answer was pretty simple.
“He told me I’d be a fool to go back,” Berry said at his news conference at the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday before a laughing press corps.
Berry, who is expected to go in the top half of the first round, does have an important reason for going pro, after all. His father needs to have heart surgery, and Berry wants to help him out.
“I’d really just like him to sit down and enjoy life a little bit, and not have to (work two jobs)” Berry said. “So I just entered the draft to make that situation better.”
His father has worked for years painting and installing insulation. Berry thought back on being his dad’s painting assistant as a kid, making $5.50 an hour.
“He said I was cheap labor. … I mean, I worked for that $5.50. Don’t get me wrong,” Berry said.
Berry figures to be slightly more expensive labor in a few months.

http://blogs.nfl.com/2010/03/01/monte-kiffin-to-berry-youd-be-a-fool-to-go-back/

Enough said, dinkuses

NFL Combine: DL and LB

Very deep group. It's always interesting to see the contrast between defensive linemen and offensive linemen. Smaller quicker and smoother athletes against behemoth-type dudes.

Defensive Linemen

Ndamukong Suh: 6'4, 307 lbs. 32 bp, 4.98s, 35.5 in vertical. Very athletic and fluid for a 300 pounder.

Gerald McCoy: 6'4 1/8, 295 lbs. 23 bp, 4.96s, 30.5 in vertical.

Everson Griffen: 6'3 3/8, 273 lbs. 32 bp,4.64s

Brandon Graham: 6'1, 268 lbs. 31 bp, 4.69s. Tweaked hamstring

Sergio Kindle: 6'2 7/8, 250 lbs. 25 bp, 4.65s

Carlos Dunlap: 6'5 3/4, 277 lbs. 21 bp, 4.66s, 31.5 in vertical. Red flags came up in interview process

Terrence Cody: 6'4, 354 lbs. 5.64s, 20.5 vertical (LOL why did he even try???)

Lamarr Houston: 6'3 305 lbs. 30 bp, 4.85s

Dan Williams: 6'2, 327 lbs. 27 bp, 5.17s

Jason Pierre-Paul: 6'5, 270 lbs. 19 bp, 4.64s

Derrick Morgan: 6'3, 266 lbs. 4.72s, explosive first step

Brian Price: 6'1, 303 lbs. 34 rep, 5.13s

Linebackers

Donald Butler: 6'1, 245 lbs. 35 bp

Sean Weatherspoon: 6'1, 239 lbs, 4.57s, 34 bp, 40 in vertical. Great athlete

Navorro Bowman:  6'0, 242 lbs. 4.72s, 26 bp

Simoni Lawrence: 6'0 232 lbs, 4.60s

Lee Campbell: 6'2, 247 lbs, 4.89s

Nathan Tripplett: 6'3, 250 lb, 4.74s

Rolando McClain: 6'3, 254 lbs. 24 reps. No 40 (Hamstring)

Brandon Spikes: 6'3, 249 lbs. No 40

Daryl Washington: 6'2, 230 lbs, 4.57s

Reminder: You can watch the NFL combine live on NFL.com