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Playoffs 04-21-2012 12:00 PM

Peter King mock draft
 
1 Colts QB Andrew Luck Stanford Jr. 6-4 235
(Should pick: Andrew Luck). Tough duty ahead for Luck, who'll be fortunate in 2012 to win as many games as the Colts' last No. 1 overall, Peyton Manning, did as a rookie in 1998 (three). Indy has been stripped bare of stars (except for graybeards Reggie Wayne, 33, and Dwight Freeney, 32) and needs to be sure it doesn't overhype Luck's arrival. It'll be a long road back to the playoffs.

2 Redskins QB Robert Griffin III Baylor Jr. 6-2 220
(Should pick: Robert Griffin III). This way to the backseat, Stephen Strasburg and Alex Ovechkin and John Wall, there's a new sports phenom in Washington. If the electrifying Griffin is even 85% the QB that Cam Newton was as a rookie last year -- and he could well be -- the Skins will be reborn, and the only person in the nation's capital getting more press will be Barack Obama.

3 Vikings OT Matt Kalil USC Jr. 6-7 295
(Should pick: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU). I don't get it. I know the Vikes want to protect Christian Ponder from eternal damnation (and a boatload of sacks), but they have six games a year against Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford, who'll throw a combined 100 TD passes each season. Minnesota's secondary is horrible -- even worse than its offensive line. The Vikings don't need a corner. They need two.

4 Browns RB Trent Richardson Alabama Jr. 5-11 224
(Should pick: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State). That's right -- I wouldn't take quarterback Ryan Tannehill here. I'd take the guy who gives Cleveland's offense a chance to shape up for Colt McCoy or whoever the QB of the future is. (See pick No. 27.) Blackmon and Greg Little would give the Browns their first set of top-flight wide receivers since the franchise returned to the league in 1999.

5 Buccaneers CB Morris Claiborne LSU Jr. 6-0 185
(Should pick: Morris Claiborne). Ronde Barber is 37, and free agent corner Eric Wright is plenty leaky, so this is Tampa Bay's position of greatest long-term need. The Tigers trusted Claiborne on an island; as a pro he'll have to hold his own against NFC South gunslingers Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Matt Ryan if the Bucs are going to have a chance to be competitive.

6 Rams WR Justin Blackmon Oklahoma State Jr. 6-1 215
(Should pick: Justin Blackmon). Consider it a gift for quarterback Sam Bradford. The Rams love Trent Richardson (join the club), and the 6-foot-1, 207-pound Blackmon doesn't have the size they prefer: Calvin Johnson has him by four inches and 29 pounds. But St. Louis is woefully deficient at receiver, and Blackmon's ability to get open on quick slants and deep routes is beyond instinctive.

7 Jaguars CB Stephon Gilmore South Carolina Jr. 6-1 193
(Should pick: David DeCastro, G, Stanford). Like Tampa, Jacksonville has a major hole at cornerback, and I hear the Jags like Gilmore a ton, which would have to be the case for them to reach for him here. Still, I'd solve a position of need for the next 10 years with the second-best offensive lineman in the draft -- and a guy with the mean streak Jacksonville's O-line needs -- then take the corner in Round 2.

8 Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill Texas A&M Sr. 6-4 222
(Should pick: Ryan Tannehill). If you're going to trust the coach you hired (Joe Philbin) to energize the offense and the coordinator you hired (Mike Sherman, who coached Tannehill in college) to tutor the quarterback, you've got to pick the triggerman they want. But you can't panic by moving up to take Tannehill, because that would most likely cost at least a second-rounder. Not worth it.

9 Panthers DT Fletcher Cox Mississippi State Jr. 6-4 295
(Should pick: Fletcher Cox). Carolina G.M. Marty Hurney doesn't like risky choices this high in the draft, and coach Ron Rivera is desperate for a penetrating defensive tackle. Cox had 19 1/2 combined sacks and tackles for loss last season in the SEC, and I'm betting the Panthers view him as a safer selection, in terms of productivity and reliability, than combine phenom Dontari Poe.

10 Bills WR Michael Floyd Notre Dame Sr. 6-3 224
(Should pick: Mark Barron, S, Alabama). Buffalo will break the Cardinals' hearts by stealing Floyd to pair with Stevie Johnson and give quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick a true second weapon and bona fide deep threat. But I'd rather have the kind of enforcer in the secondary that so many teams covet. The 6-1, 213-pound Barron is a player whom multiple teams will try to trade up to get.

11 Chiefs LB Luke Kuechly Boston College Jr. 6-3 237
(Should pick: Luke Kuechly). The all-time leading tackler in both school and Atlantic Coast Conference history is the perfect player for Kansas City G.M. Scott Pioli: whistle-clean character, great instincts. Kuechly isn't overwhelmingly physical, though. I'd like Dontari Poe here if I were sure he could consistently deliver on the athletic promise he showed at the combine.

12 Seahawks DE/OLB Melvin Ingram South Carolina Sr. 6-2 276
(Should pick: Mark Barron, S, Alabama). One note: Seattle will take Ryan Tannehill if he's there at 12. Write it down. If he's not, Ingram is the kind of versatile rush guy Pete Carroll could use both outside and inside; he had 25 tackles behind the line in 2011. Barron? Even with the Seahawks' terrific secondary, his addition would mean Carroll could play three thumping safeties on every down but first.

13 Cardinals OG David DeCastro Stanford Sr. 6-5 310
(Should pick: David DeCastro). When offensive line coach Russ Grimm sees DeCastro, he sees a young Russ Grimm: nasty, efficient, mistake-free. And though I'm sure that the Cardinals would love to see Michael Floyd fall to them here, the best guard to come out in several years is a good consolation prize, especially for a team that's had nothing but trouble on the O-line.

14 Cowboys S Mark Barron Alabama Sr. 6-2 218
(Should pick: Mark Barron). I wouldn't be surprised to see Dallas trade up to make sure it gets Barron, perhaps with Kansas City at 11. The Cowboys have no identity in the secondary. No big-time players either. Barron would immediately boost a unit that's been beaten down -- and provide the kind of tackler at safety that the 'Boys haven't had since Darren Woodson.

15 Eagles DE Quinton Coples North Carolina Sr. 6-6 285
(Should pick: Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama). One coach used these words to me about Coples: "Gifted. Sporadic." We're getting to the part of the draft -- mid first round -- where beauty's in the eye of the beholder, and teams reach for pass rushers who often don't pan out. Philly D-line coach Jim Washburn is as demanding as they come, and Coples will have a chance to make the Eagles more formidable up front.

16 Jets DT Dontari Poe Memphis Sr. 6-5 350
(Should pick: Dontari Poe). Rex Ryan's gleeful. Deep down he knows Poe has a chance to be another Haloti Ngata, a freakishly talented interior force against the run and pass. But Poe isn't known for being freakishly productive -- five sacks in three years at Memphis -- and Ryan and coordinator Mike Pettine will have their work cut out to make him a top NFL starter.

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Playoffs 04-21-2012 12:01 PM

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17 Bengals DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw Alabama Sr. 6-2 265
(Should pick: Courtney Upshaw). Good move by the Bengals -- instead of holding their defensive line together with spare parts, they're giving defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer a true three-down end who not only rushed the passer in college but also dropped into coverage effectively. If he's still on the board when Cincinnati picks, the choice won't be hard.

18 Chargers OT Riley Reiff Iowa Jr. 6-6 300
(Should pick: Riley Reiff). Marcus McNeill is gone, and no one in San Diego should believe that Jared Gaither is the long-term answer at left tackle. Reiff is a scrapper and a fighter in the tradition of Hawkeyes linemen, but he may not last this long given the tackle-needy teams drafting ahead of the Chargers, most notably the Bills, Seahawks, Cardinals and Jets.

19 Bears WR Kendall Wright Baylor Sr. 5-10 196
(Should pick: Jonathan Martin, T, Stanford). I'd be stunned if Chicago doesn't fortify its perpetually patchwork offensive line, but I've been stunned before. Coach Lovie Smith had dinner with Wright at Baylor's pro day in March, and I hear he was impressed -- enough so to select Wright to go with Brandon Marshall, creating a suddenly formidable wideout corps for quarterback Jay Cutler.

20 Titans DE/OLB Whitney Mercilus Illinois Jr. 6-4 254
(Should pick: Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State). This is a good season: 16 sacks, nine forced fumbles. That was Mercilus' breakout 2011 campaign at Illinois, and that's why he'll be a first-round pick this year. But he's not as versatile as McClellin, whose stock is rising because he has the speed (a 4.6 40 at 260 pounds) to be an edge rusher and is a sure-enough tackler to play inside if needed.

21 Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick Alabama Jr. 6-3 192
(Should pick: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU). Cincinnati has but one good cover corner, Leon Hall, so Kirkpatrick makes sense here. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Bengals follow the advice of trusted front-office aide John Cooper, the former Ohio State coach, and grab a Big Ten offensive lineman here, but the better pick in my view would be another reinforcement for the defensive line.

22 Browns OT Jonathan Martin Stanford Sr. 6-6 304
(Should pick: Jonathan Martin). Love this pick. Right tackle is a trouble spot for Cleveland -- waiver pickup Oniel Cousins is the nominal No. 1 on the depth chart right now -- and Martin, who helped protect Andrew Luck, should be able to win the job in camp. If not, the Browns can take their time and groom him to be Joe Thomas' bookend. Not a sexy choice, but a smart one.

23 Ravens LB Dont'a Hightower Alabama Jr. 6-4 269
(Trade with Lions; Should pick: Dont'a Hightower). For years Baltimore has wanted a top-shelf playmaking linebacker to be trained by Ray Lewis. Here he is. I see the Ravens swapping first-round spots with Detroit (who'll receive a third-rounder too) to sneak in front of the Steelers, because Hightower is a Dick LeBeau special -- heavy and fast. Another positive: He was a two-year captain for Nick Saban.

24 Steelers OG Kevin Zeitler Wisconsin Sr. 6-4 315
(Should pick: Kevin Zeitler). Pittsburgh's got to stop treating its offensive line problems with stopgaps and take a tough guy like Zeitler, whom I've heard compared to Logan Mankins. A 6-4, 315-pound masher, Zeitler will step in on opening day next to Maurkice Pouncey and give the Steelers the stability in front of Ben Roethlisberger that they've lacked for the last several years.

25 Broncos DT Michael Brockers LSU Soph. 6-6 306
(Should pick: Michael Brockers). Denver will be stunned that Brockers is still on the board. And delighted. The Broncos lost free agent defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley to the Saints a month ago, and this raw but promising 6-5, 322-pounder could play nose or a more versatile tackle role. "On potential," one coach told me, "Brockers deserves to be a top 10 pick."

26 Texans WR Rueben Randle LSU Jr. 6-4 208
(Should pick: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech). Kendall Wright makes sense if he lasts this long, but Randle is a good fallback. Houston thinks that at 6-4 and 210 pounds he'll be another matchup problem along the lines of Andre Johnson. What team has the corners to cover two wideouts 6-3 or taller? Then again, if that's the logic, I'd take Hill, who's bigger (6-5) and a speed threat.


27 Browns QB Brandon Weeden Oklahoma State Sr. 6-4 218
(Trade with Patriots; Should pick: Brandon Weeden). Cleveland sends a third-rounder to New England to move up 10 spots, from 37 to 27, and prevent the other Weeden fans -- Chiefs, Eagles, Bills, Niners -- from grabbing him. I know he'll be 29 in October, but if you think a player can be a good starting quarterback in the league for eight years, and several teams do, he's worth a lot more than the 27th pick.

28 Packers DT Jerel Worthy Michigan State Jr. 6-3 310
(Should pick: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State). Worthy would be the long-term replacement for Cullen Jenkins, though I could see G.M. Ted Thompson going for a big-potential outside threat like Nick Perry or Shea McClellin as a bookend pass rusher for Clay Matthews. Martin is the kind of versatile cold-weather back who would fit the Pack perfectly. "He's this draft's Ray Rice," one personnel man told me.

29 Lions OG/T Amini Silatolu Midwestern State Sr. 6-3 320
(Trade with Ravens; Should pick: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State). Upset special of the first round. The Lions loved Silatolu when he visited them, and they probably can't wait until their second-round pick (54th) to get him. Powerfully based and more explosive than he looks at 6-4 and 312 pounds, he could succeed Jeff Backus at left tackle, where Silatolu dominated Division II opponents for two years.

30 49ers TE Coby Fleener Stanford Sr. 6-6 244
(Should pick: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech). Jim Harbaugh likes smart, physical, versatile skill players, and because he had Fleener for four years at Stanford (including Fleener's redshirt season of 2007), no coach knows a player in this draft better. Fleener isn't as athletic as Vernon Davis, but he did gain 17.8 yards per reception in his last two seasons for the Cardinal.

31 Patriots DE/OLB Nick Perry USC Jr. 6-3 250
(Should pick: Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State). All those who know what the Patriots are going to do with this pick, raise your hands. O.K., anybody besides Mike Mayock? After losing Mark Anderson in free agency and without knowing whether soon-to-be 33-year-old Andre Carter will be back -- those two combined for 20 of the Pats' 40 sacks in 2011 -- New England needs an edge rusher. Perry's my best guess.

32 Giants S Harrison Smith Notre Dame Sr. 6-2 215
(Should pick: Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State). A mature four-year starter for the Irish, Smith has the speed to play free safety and the tackling ability to play strong. The Giants could go in a lot of directions here, with McClellin and Mike Adams both possible because of positional need. But a 47-game college starter and eager special-teamer will be too much for G.M. Jerry Reese to pass up.

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bckey 04-21-2012 12:56 PM

Re: Peter King mock draft
 
Looks like he has a boner for Shea McClellin. Three times he says that he should have been a teams pick but doesn't have him going in the 1st round.

I'd rather see them take Hill or Fleener before Randle if they take a wr in the 1st but I would be ok with it. Wr is pretty hard to scout which always makes it risky in the 1st round.

Lucky 04-21-2012 01:52 PM

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29 Lions OG/T Amini Silatolu Midwestern State Sr. 6-3 320
(Trade with Ravens; Should pick: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State). Upset special of the first round. The Lions loved Silatolu when he visited them, and they probably can't wait until their second-round pick (54th) to get him. Powerfully based and more explosive than he looks at 6-4 and 312 pounds, he could succeed Jeff Backus at left tackle, where Silatolu dominated Division II opponents for two years.
King is saying the Lions view Silatolu as a LT? I wonder if the Texans see him as a Guard or possibly RT?

beerlover 04-21-2012 02:01 PM

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Guess King is considered an insider so better listen up. Still does not change my independent thinking :wesmantexanfan:

For one time believe Texans will beat the Patriots to the punch & get that call & trade down, either Giants, Fleener (if still available) or Browns for Weeden. Texans are in a strong position to add value.

Jackie Chiles 04-21-2012 02:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Lucky (Post 1939550)
King is saying the Lions view Silatolu as a LT? I wonder if the Texans see him as a Guard or possibly RT?

He might be the top guy I want at 26. Don't really care if the Texans want him to play G or if they want to try him at RT in that scenario, I'd trust them to find his best spot.

kiwitexansfan 04-21-2012 02:08 PM

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Originally Posted by beerlover (Post 1939553)
Guess King is considered an insider so better listen up. Still does not change my independent thinking :wesmantexanfan:

For one time believe Texans will beat the Patriots to the punch & get that call & trade down, either Giants, Fleener (if still available) or Browns for Weeden. Texans are in a strong position to add value.

I'd spew if our first pick was on a QB.

ChampionTexan 04-21-2012 02:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Lucky (Post 1939550)
King is saying the Lions view Silatolu as a LT? I wonder if the Texans see him as a Guard or possibly RT?

Russ Lande is kind of the guy who started all the Silatolu to the Texans talk - at least on this board (see "Texans 'are interested' in... rumors" thread). When he was on 790 yesterday, he said he thought the Texans could very well consider moving him Tackle after a year or two at guard.

With Butler heading into the last year of a two year deal, it might be a possibility for the Texans to consider.

Thorn 04-21-2012 04:44 PM

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Originally Posted by kiwitexansfan (Post 1939559)
I'd spew if our first pick was on a QB.

If they draft a QB in any of the first 3 rounds, that means they have a feeling Schaub isn't coming back on time, or even this season.

badboy 04-21-2012 04:47 PM

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Originally Posted by kiwitexansfan (Post 1939559)
I'd spew if our first pick was on a QB.

You did get that Beerlover was saying Browns would possibly trade up with Texans to select QB Weeden, right?

Playoffs 04-21-2012 05:05 PM

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Originally Posted by bckey (Post 1939546)
Looks like he has a boner for Shea McClellin.

I love me some Shea ... high motor guy, surprising long speed, good first step ... looks like a Texan defender, but hearing he's had 3 concussions already scares the poop out of me.

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Originally Posted by Lucky (Post 1939550)
King is saying the Lions view Silatolu as a LT? I wonder if the Texans see him as a Guard or possibly RT?

To me, he looks good at tackle. He pulls across the formation with ease. I'm sure whoever picks him will try him at tackle and feel safe that he can fall back to guard.

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Originally Posted by kiwitexansfan (Post 1939559)
I'd spew if our first pick was on a QB.

Will not happen. No way.

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Originally Posted by ChampionTexan (Post 1939567)
Russ Lande is kind of the guy who started all the Silatolu...

Actually, I think a little birdie chirped in LZ's ear and he's the original media source.

Lucky 04-21-2012 06:22 PM

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Originally Posted by ChampionTexan (Post 1939567)
With Butler heading into the last year of a two year deal, it might be a possibility for the Texans to consider.

That's the reason I have the Texans leaning to Tackle in the 1st round. This was the first time I had heard of Silatolu possibly staying at Tackle. I had been thinking that the Texans were going to pull off a major surprise and select a sleeper tackle like Bobbie Massie or Kelechi Osemele at #26. Now, I'm thinking it's Silatolu (if available).

bckey 04-21-2012 06:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Playoffs (Post 1939600)
I love me some Shea ... high motor guy, surprising long speed, good first step ... looks like a Texan defender, but hearing he's had 3 concussions already scares the poop out of me.


That is exactly how I feel about him.

SteveSlaton20 04-22-2012 12:13 AM

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Originally Posted by bckey (Post 1939546)
I'd rather see them take Hill or Fleener before Randle if they take a wr in the 1st but I would be ok with it. Wr is pretty hard to scout which always makes it risky in the 1st round.

agreed. i think they're better players/prospects than randle, but at the end of the day i wouldn't be mad. i still hope we pick best player available regardless tho, olb, wr, fleener, ot, g, etc.

mussop 04-22-2012 12:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Lucky (Post 1939618)
That's the reason I have the Texans leaning to Tackle in the 1st round. This was the first time I had heard of Silatolu possibly staying at Tackle. I had been thinking that the Texans were going to pull off a major surprise and select a sleeper tackle like Bobbie Massie or Kelechi Osemele at #26. Now, I'm thinking it's Silatolu (if available).

I have been leaning this way too. How confident can we be going into this season with Butler and Caldwell starting and virtually no quality backups for either? If there is a player that can start at RG and is talented enough to move to RT in case of emergency, this may be the best way to go with 26. We really need to come out of this draft with at least 2 quality OL.

Yaky 04-22-2012 01:50 PM

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Silatolu was manhandled by low-level competiton, and now he is a 1st round pick? LOL

Rey 04-22-2012 01:59 PM

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I'd rather have Worthy if the draft fell like this...

The Pencil Neck 04-22-2012 02:16 PM

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Originally Posted by kiwitexansfan (Post 1939559)
I'd spew if our first pick was on a QB.

That wasn't what he was saying. He was saying that the Browns might want to trade up so THEY can get Wheeden.

kiwitexansfan 04-22-2012 02:33 PM

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Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck (Post 1939775)
That wasn't what he was saying. He was saying that the Browns might want to trade up so THEY can get Wheeden.

you are right, misread it

GuerillaBlack 04-22-2012 02:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Rey (Post 1939771)
I'd rather have Worthy if the draft fell like this...

And take Quick with the second round pick because the Texans really do need a WR in the first two rounds. You guys have really turned me on to Worthy. Guy would be a stud in the middle on our line. The Texans D would be too sick if he is really Watt 2.0. Anytime you here that a defensive or offensive lineman is just tossing players around, then you draft him. Only good things can come out of guys like that.


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