Sunday, April 17, 2011

NFL Mock Draft

The NFL Draft is fast approaching and it is time for us to reveal our mock drafts. My colleague Cody is hard at work with his mock draft and will be posting his in the next few days so once again, I will go first.

Please note, this is exactly how the draft is going to unfold pick by pick on April 28. Unlike every single other mock drafts that can be found on the internet, this is facts for I have been to the future. For that reason, I don't feel the need to explain the reasoning behind every each pick.

1. Carolina Panthers: QB Cam Newton, Auburn
2. Denver Broncos: DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama
3. Buffalo Bills: OLB Von Miller, Texas A&M
4. Cincinnati Bengals: WR AJ Green, Georgia
5. Arizona Cardinals: QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
6. Cleveland Browns: WR Julio Jones, Alabama

7. San Francisco 49ers: CB Patrick Peterson, LSU
8. Tennessee Titans: DT Nick Fairley, Auburn
9. Dallas Cowboys: OT Tyron Smith, USC
10. Washington Redskins: DE Robert Quinn, North Carolina
11. Houston Texans: OLB Aldon Smith, Missouri
12. Minnesota Vikings: CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
13. Detroit Lions: DE Cameron Jordan, California

14. Saint Louis Rams: DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
15. Miami Dolphins: OL Mike Pouncey, Florida
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: DE JJ Watt, Wisconsin
17. New England Patriots: OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College
18. San Diego Chargers: OLB Akeem Ayers, UCLA
19. New York Giants: RB Mark Ingram, Alabama
20. Tampa Bay Bucs: DE Justin Houston, Georgia
21. Kansas City Chiefs: DT Phil Taylor, Baylor

22. Indianapolis Colts: OT Nate Solder, Colorado
23. Philadelphia Eagle: OL Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
24. New Orleans Saints: DT Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple
25. Seattle Seahawks: CB Brandon Harris, Miami
26. Baltimore Ravens: CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado
27. Atlanta Falcons: DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
28. New England Patriots: DE Brooks Reed, Arizona
29. Chicago Bears: OT Derek Sherrod, Mississipi St.
30. New York Jets: DE Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburg

31. Pittsburgh Steelers: DB Aaron Williams, Texas
32. Green Bay Packers: DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina

Any thoughts or comments?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Code's NFL Mock Draft: 2011

1. A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
The Panthers use the most sense of any other team in the league by playing it safe with the selection of a SURE THING at WR, instead of taking an at risk QB. Also lets face it this team is bad enough to have a good shot at drafting there ideal QB at the top of next year's draft.

2. Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
Last year Denver used two 1st round picks in order to solidify the WR and QB positions for the near future. This Year the focus shifts to their Defense, where by drafting Dareus they add a player capable of anchoring their front 3.

3. Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
The Bills are doing their due-diligence by putting all of the top QB prospects under the microscope. But when all the facts are in I think they will realize they are better off with Fitzpatrick under center for the time being. As deficient as they are on the defensive side of the ball adding a ball hawk like Peterson will instantly give them a the presents that they have been sorely missing.

4. Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
Being the 1st QB off the board Newton better be prepared to earn those strips as he is projected to be the Bengals starting QB in week 1 (when ever that might be).

5. Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M
QB or Best Player Available? Thats a decision I think AZ will be flip-flopping on right up until they find themselves on the clock.

6. Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
If Cleveland EVER decides to take their QB problems serious they will first have to have substantial talent surrounding their chosen QB in order to make a proper evaluation. Jones would be the 1st Browns WR that would be able to start for all the other 31 teams since Braylon Edwards' one shining moment montage that was the 2007-08 NFL season.

7. Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
Q:How Much longer can the Alex Smith Saga go on? A: Just long enough for Gabbert to understand what not to do as a QB. Although he really needs to sit out and watch for a year, I expect him to take over the reins Mid-season in San Fran.

8. Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
While DT is not one of the Titans greatest needs, Jeff Fisher would be smart to take the most talented player on the board rather than reach for an unproven LB.

9. Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
Jerry Jones LOVES his athletes! Instead of helping out the often bruised and battered Tony Romo by giving him some much needed protection, The Boys quickly rush their draft card up to the podium to select Quinn (only because his knees are slightly better than Bowers').

10. Jake Locker, QB, Washington
From everything we have heard up to this point the Huskies QB is Coach Shanahan's guy. So until I hear otherwise I expect Jake to have a locker ready and waiting for him in Washington. I mean really, how can Washington NOT draft the QB from Washington? Its Brilliant!

11. Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
Just as the Texan's offense made huge strides last season with the emergence of Foster, so too will their defense next year now that they have a Prince to lead them.

12. Mike Pouncey, OG/C, Florida
I was 99.9% ready to plug in Anthony Castonzo as the Vikings pick. However that was before it dawned on me that as of now Ryan Cook would be staring at OG if the season started today. And like any loyal Vikings fan would tell you, it is the state of Minnesota's #1 priority to make sure Cook doesn't line up for a single down. Also any QB under center for the Vikings will surly need the occasional supportive hug now & then.

13. Tyron Smith, OT, Southern Cal
After drafting a QB and a RB with 2 of their last 3 1st round picks, the Lions sure up the O-line with the selection of Smith. While I have Castonzo ranked as the better OT teams love drafting athletes with upside over proven products.

14. Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
By now Rams rams should have gotten over the fact that Julio Jones was bound to be off the board by 14. Instead they should be smart enough to realize that the get a great value in a player who is not only one of the BPA (Best Player Available) but also plays a PSN (position of significant need).

15. Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
By all means if Pouncey is indeed of the board by the Dolphins pick, this becomes the most difficult pick to determine. Since nothing matches a need and because Miami doesn't have a 2nd round pick I anticipate them trading this pick. Bowers is simply BPA while also a MIR (major injury risk)

16. Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
After getting burned by an athletic project player like Harvey the Jags wise up and go after a player with strength and an extremely high motor.

17. Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
With two picks in the 1st round the Pats would be smart to grab the best available tackle. Then wait till the 28th pick (as long as they don't trade it) to select a DE since this years Crop is ripe with DEs.

18. J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
Being the hard worker he is Watt will bring some much needed energy to the Bolts D-line.

19. Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
If the Giants want to do any more than just tread water in the NFC then their offensive game will have to stay sharp. The best way to do that is to give Manning the time and space to make plays and Solder can do just that.

20. Cameron Jordan, DE, Cal
Jordan will have a good shot to earn a starting spot on a line that has had its share of problems putting pressure on the opposing QB.

21. Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
This young and emerging offense will only get more exciting now that KC adds a human snow plow in Carimi to clear space for both the QB and RB.

22. Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple

23. Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

24. Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

25. Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa

26. Brandon Harris, CB, Miami

27. Cameron Hayward, DE, Ohio State

28. Alden Smith, DE, Missouri

29. Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi

30. Marvin Austin, DT, UNC

STEELERS 31. Arron Williams, S, Texas

32. Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor

Monday, April 11, 2011

Look Closer...

... I think I can see all the Minnesota teams down there.

Minnesota Vikings: 6-10
Minnesota Timberwolves: 17-63 (Tied for last in the NBA)
Minnesota Wild: 39-35 (No playoff in 3 years)
Minnesota Gophers Football: 3-9 (LOL)
Minnesota Gophers Basketball: 23-26 (No postseason)
Minnesota Twins: 3-6 (.500 ball at best in the weakest division)