Mock Draft v6.0

Here is my updated mock draft.  Some interesting changes occurred in the draft order, particularly when you consider that the Browns beat the Steelers.

Without much ado, here we go:

  1. Bucs:  Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska – Right now, Suh is considered the obvious pick to help the Bucs get their defense back on track.
  2. Rams:  Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame – Marc Bulger is not the quarterback of the future for the Rams, and since they have no “present” it is probably time to move on.
  3. Lions:  Eric Berry, S, Tennessee – It has to be killing Jim Schwartz to see his defense playing this poorly.  He has no patience for poor defense, and I get the feeling he’s going to start replacing just about everyone in Detroit’s defensive backfield.
  4. Browns:  Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma – A lot depends on who the heck will be in charge in Cleveland by the time the draft rolls around.  Right now I give them the best available player.
  5. Chiefs:  Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama – A leader is needed on this defense, and McClain could very well turn out to be just that.  A solid force in the middle will be just the beginning of the journey for this awful defense.
  6. Redskins:  Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State – The Skins may decide to keep the Jason Campbell experiment going, as he actually hasn’t been too bad of late.  Regardless, the O-Line needs major help.
  7. Raiders:  Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma – The Raiders just signed J.P. Losman.  Think they’re happy with their current quarterback situation?
  8. Seahawks:  Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland – The Seattle O-Line is in complete shambles.  I don’t know if they’ll have the patience to wait until draft time to address the need.  However, Campbell will provide a young rock in the trenches.
  9. Broncos:  Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas – The Broncos don’t have a ton of needs, but Kyle Orton is due to be a free agent and they may want to find their gunner for years to come.
  10. Niners:  Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa – Help is needed at right tackle, and this pick makes too much sense to pass up, especially when they get another pick later on.
  11. Bills:  Charles Brown, OT, USC – Trading Jason Peters didn’t work out so well for the Bills.  Now they’re stuck trying to fill yet another hole on this problematic roster.
  12. Titans:  Joe Haden, CB, Florida – The Titans need depth and quality in their secondary.  Haden is fantastic value at this point, and fell unintentionally in this mock.
  13. Niners:  Earl Thomas, FS, Texas – Singletary loves his defense, and improving his secondary will make this team more complete and poised for a playoff bound season.
  14. Steelers:  Taylor Mays, S, USC – Mike Tomlin will probably losing two of his three top safeties this year.  Combine that with a certain long-haired safety having trouble staying healthy and this pick becomes fairly forced.
  15. Texans:  Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan – Dunta Robinson might be walking in free agency.  Either way, the Texans need help in their secondary if they want to win on a regular basis.
  16. Falcons:  Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech – The Falcons seem to have it going on offense, so defensive help is a must.  Morgan will help them get to opposing quarterbacks, an area they would surely like to improve in.
  17. Jets:  Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State – The Jets are probably regretting their trade for Braylon Edwards.  Maybe.  Either way, they need to get Sanchez a reliable target that can, you know… catch footballs.
  18. Giants:  C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson – Brandon Jacobs is locked up for the long term, but he has proven that he needs to be part of a committee.  Spiller could provide a considerable upgrade over Ahmad Bradshaw.
  19. Dolphins:  Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama – Jason Ferguson’s career is pretty much over.  The Fins need that big run stopper in the middle of their D-Line.
  20. Jaguars:  Tim Tebow, QB, Florida – Tebow is an icon in Florida and the Jags need to desperately sell tickets.  Tebow could be their only hope.
  21. Ravens:  Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia – Baltimore has proven to be weak in the secondary.  Dawan Landry is set to be a free agent and Dowling can play safety as well as corner. 
  22. Patriots:  Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU – The Patriots need help on defense, and any defensive back would be a reach at this point.  No harm in boosting the front seven. 
  23. Seahawks:  Jahvid Best, RB, California – It is time for the Seahawks to settle on a featured back once and for all.  Julius Jones should be sent packing, leaving Forsett to spell an exciting rookie.  That sounds better than what they currently have.
  24. Cowboys:  Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers – Flozell has generated a lot of negative attention this year, both because of his poor play and his dirty play.  The Cowboys would love to find a potential replacement… though Davis would probably take some time to develop.
  25. Cardinals:  Joseph Barksdale, OT, LSU – The tackles in Arizona have played terribly this year.  Time for some new blood on the offensive line.
  26. Eagles:  Greg Hardy, DE, Ole Miss –  They would love a linebacker here, but Hardy is too good to pass up at this juncture. 
  27. Packers:  Jason Fox, OT, Miami – If Ted Thompson doesn’t fix that O-Line, then he’ll be run out of town with Mike McCarthy packed in his suitcase.
  28. Bengals:  Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida – Take a risk on a player with a bad reputation?  Sure, the Bengals are good for it.  And who could blame them in this instance?  They have a good thing started on defense, and getting a talent like Dunlap this late is awful tempting.
  29. Chargers:  Dan Williams, NT, Tennessee – Troubles in the middle of the D-Line will be San Diego’s downfall this season.  A player as good as Williams will go a long ways towards making them feel more comfy next season.
  30. Saints:  Travis Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma – The Saints have been lucky their defense has held up as well as it has so far this year.  Upgrading the outside linebackers and the secondary will continue to be a focus for them.
  31. Colts:  Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma – The Colts are a force on both sides of the ball.  Keeping Peyton protected well has got to be their top priority so that they can keep him playing until he is 82 years old.
  32. Vikings:  Everson Griffen, DE, USC – After winning the Super Bowl (I’ll leave them at #32 until I know otherwise) the Vikings have very few holes to fill.  Griffen provides them with some needed depth at defensive end despite not being a huge need.  A quarterback would be coveted here, but the Vikings have the luxury of selecting the best available player because of their current roster.  With so many offensive line players being taken so early in this mock, it is not worth reaching on one here.

Other Considerations for the Vikings at this point:  QB Tony Pike, CB Brandon Ghee, WR Damian Williams, OLB Sean Weatherspoon, WR Brandon LaFell, DE Greg Romeus, CB Kareem Jackson, G Mike Iupati, TE Jermaine Gresham, and ILB Brandon Spikes.

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38 Responses to “Mock Draft v6.0”

  1. bigjohnny84 says:

    I would think the Vikes would go with Pike over a DE with that pick. Adam would that be to much of a reach?

    • Tomb says:

      I agree with Johnny, what are you thinking Adam???

      Jared is Jared, and Edwards is almost starting to look like an actual NFL player.

      Pike is an attractive pick!

      Tim Tebow: Stop. Just stop.

  2. jeege says:

    Interesting picks, definitely…I’m still completing my mock, but these are some good picks.

    Though there is no way in hell the vikes take a DE that early…

  3. Tomb says:

    Our history with drafting DE’s has been abysmal. Isn’t that why we dealt with it in free agency instead?

  4. Adam Warwas says:

    Haha, I was curious how you would all respond to a DE. When I got to #32, I looked at my list of players, and it isn’t that i felt Pike was a reach, I just felt that Griffen was WAY better value at that point.

    There is a chance that Pike falls to the Vikings in the second round… so why not take that chance and get TWO players that you like?

    Similar to what the Vikes did with Loadholt.

    • Tomb says:

      Well, at that time (issues aside) Harvin was clearly BPA…ESPECIALLY for Chili’s anemic offense. I’m sure it was a no-brainer for the draft-squad of the Vikes. Loadholt was certainly the icing on the cake.

      …and as you pointed out in an earlier story, it was one HELL of a good draft last year for us. Maybe because we avoided DE’s. =>

      I’m no QB guru, but I like what I see in Pike, and I honestly don’t see him lasting past #40 or so.

  5. bigjohnny84 says:

    It would be cool to get a peek at Speilman and Studwells draftboard. Maybe Tomb could sneek into their office some night.

    • Adam Warwas says:

      Strangely, I have seen it. It is what is referred to as a Horizontal Board. So from left to right is the positions listed in order of need/value. Then, the players ranked went vertically down the row of their position. It was very intricate and quite impressive.

      It was on NFL Network last year, and I found it highly interesting.

  6. Fran the Man says:

    I will be so pissed if we don’t move up and get our QB of the future. Whoever it is, will have at least a year to sit on the bench and watch Favre play. That is an experience that just won’t be there if we wait until 2011 to go after a quality QB in the draft.
    We have ALL the pieces right now to be a dominating team for several years, except a QB. (And maybe a head coach)

  7. Adam Warwas says:

    QB’s that might be available via trade next year: Marc Bulger, David Gerrard, Brady Quinn, Derek Anderson, Brodie Croyle, Donovan McNabb…

    Is there an answer in there?

    • Tomb says:

      McNabb’s the only one that even hints at blowing my skirt up…but not by much.

      I hope, like Fran, we draft a possible QB of the future and Favre comes back for another year.

    • bigjohnny84 says:

      None of these guys except McNabb is more than 2nd string backups. Isnt McNabb getting a little long in the tooth to be a Qb of the future?

    • Fran the Man says:

      Nope, nothing there. We either draft our fuure this year or risk seeing our spectacular team grow old before we have the final piece.

      Trouble is, with the exception of Clausen everyone else looks like a 2-4 year project to me. Bradford, I’m not too sure about that. He could come right in after a year and start tearing it up.

    • jeege says:

      Absolutely nothing there. McNabb is not a good fit for us (despite Chilly’s infatuation with him) and would only be good for another year or two. Not to mention he’d come at too high a price.

  8. bigjohnny84 says:

    Adam, does Mayock have a mock draft yet? or does he wait till season is over?

  9. B. Grant says:

    I’m still recovering from the mental visual of Tomb’s skirt being blown up. And right after lunch, no less. Sheesh!

  10. Fragile Freds says:

    Freds expects Childo to trade down out of the first round and accumulate picks. I suspect our guys now are so cocky they will think they can produce riches in later rounds.

    Fred hopes :

    Round 1 – Offensive Line or MLB
    Round 2 – QB – Pike?
    Round 3 – Corner
    Round 4 – Corner
    Round 5 – Tebow

    Fred knows his punishment for being such a jackass will be that Tebow will be in Purple next year. It will happen. Fred doesn’t mind the guy, just not in round 1.

    By the way, AKs, please name a couple college QBs that whet from the college ranks to the pros who had a slow release and were (successfully) coached to have a quick one. Freds can’t think of one.

  11. Fragile Freds says:

    No, not Flacco.

    Below is a somewhat typical scouting report on each in their senior year in college.

    Tebow…
    so it remains to be seen how he will respond in passing situations against NFL defenses. Tebow has no fear sitting in the pocket, but he needs to do a better job of feeling pressure. His delivery on passes also starts way too low and has to change before he can become an NFL quarterback. Defensive linemen will have a field day of knocking the ball out of his hand if he continues with this same throwing motion.

    Flacco…

    Flacco possessed one of the strongest arms in college football. With a good frame, tall and thickly built, he is unusually accurate for a quarterback of this size. He shows very good RPMs and sometimes the ball explodes out of his hands. Flacco throws the deep out better than some current NFL QBs and he can complete any throw asked of him. He is a prototype drop-back passer. He can run if need be, but tends to stay in the pocket.

  12. Fragile Freds says:

    Interesting article.

    Flacco and Ben didn’t have to change how they threw the football, both are really pretty accurate passers pocket passers, even in college. Tebow is not terribly accurate, not much experience being a pocket passer who has had to read defenses without a run option & poor throwing mechanics. Can he be a pro QB, perhaps. But the idea that each of these items needs to be addressed presents great risk as a first rounder. Too much risk to waste a 1st round pick.

    Now Kenny Stabler…. that might be more of a comparison.

    • Adam Warwas says:

      Or Andre Woodsen?? :)

      I am actually beginning to agree with you Freds. I still think he is a great talent that has the will to succeed. But there are a lot of legitimate question marks.

      He will stay in the first in my mock draft, however, as long as the Jaguars have a first rounder .

  13. Fragile Freds says:

    If the Jags are smart, they will trade down, acquire a couple of 2nd round picks and make Tebow a lower round pick, pay him less and who knows, the guy may end up a good one. Your right, a very competitive guy, a winner.

    If he doesn’t make it in 3 years, dude should take up broadcasting while his iron is hot.

  14. Viking John says:

    Now Freds? You sure of all this draft talk? You should be drinking Colt’s and not worrying so much. Go Vikes

  15. Fragile Freds says:

    Johns,

    Thanks for letting Freds know he lost in FF. Fred forgot to check it the next day. A vast improvement from last year, but a long way to go!!

  16. B. Grant says:

    Good stuff, as always, from our resident shut-down corner. How are you Freds, my man? Sorry to hear of your early exit in FF. I suffered a similar fate, everyone went belly up the same week.

    Is your youngster still stateside? Hope all is well there.

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  18. Fragile Freds says:

    Well hello to Fred’s old Pal Buds. Young Fragile Freds is still state side. We expect he will be home Friday for Christmas. It will be good to have the entire Freds family home this year, it’s been a while. Young Fragile will be retiring from his day job as a M240 machine gunner in his MRAP vehicle.

    Young Fred’s office…

    http://troopscoop.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54fda48ff88340120a5658e48970b-800wi

    It will be good to see him. Fred hopes your family is well.

    • B. Grant says:

      Good news indeed, Freds, and prayers answered. The Grant household is blessed as well, with all the descendants employed and grandchild #2 coming any day. Should be quite a holiday!

      Not into the draft much yet, gang, – just soakin’ up a good season. We gotta keep it on the ground to own that line of scrimmage, and cut way back on penalites. Dang, they fry my beans! Lovin’ my man “The Load”. Our lines have looked pretty good this year.

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