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Old 04-22-2009   #1
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Ok folks this is it. The NFL draft is this weekend and its time to put out my final mock. Over the years of doing mocks I have come to one conclusion: there are two mocks that can be done. You can either try to pick what the team will do or do what would be good for the team. I choose the later because I do not have Gosselin's contacts. If a team disagrees with me, I like to take solace that I will be proven correct a few years later. In my first final mock, I had Htown taking Julius Peppers. How did that one work out Asserly?

So, here it is, my final draft for the 2009 draft. This mock is a combination of what I would do/what the team should do. This final mock lists players I have been high on for awhile plus a couple of surprises.

I make a draft day trade of Dunta for a 2nd this year and a 2nd next year.

1. Trade down
So, basically there is no player worth the 15th pick for us. We find a team that covets Freeman and extract their second rounder and swap first rounders. With our new first rounder I take: Robert Ayers-DE Tennessee. He is an excellent 4-3 DE and can start as part of our rotation right away. This is a great pick because on passing plays, Smith moves to DT, and Ayers can play DE. What do you think of a Dline of Mario, Smith, Amobi, and Ayers. Scary!

2a Max Unger: C.
He has the versatility to play OG or C and is the prototypical center for the ZBS. I like Mack better, but he is better suited for a power scheme (and will be gone anyway at this point). This pick cements Max as our starting C and moves Myers into a backup C/G role, which is really is best spot. Unger is a quality pick here and would start from the day he signs his contract.

2b Patrick Chung- S Oregon
A guy with a non stop motor that can play either safety position. He can tackle, he can make a big hit, and he has decent enough hands. Can we use him, Yes we can!

2c Alphonso Smith-CB Wake Forest
With Dunta gone, we could use another solid CB and we get him right here. Aside from him we have Molden, Bennett, and Reeves. I think Smith is a perfect for our scheme. One drawback is that he is a little short and has trouble with taller (6’4”) receivers. Well guess what, everyone does. Take Smith here!

3. Gerald McRath- OLB Southern Miss
Confused as to how McRath will play the Sam? Don’t be. He won’t. He is the top Will in the draft. But Awtysst, you are not going to bench Adibi are you? Of course not, gentle reader, I am moving him to Sam. Adibi came into the league at 235 lbs. He dropped weight due to a medical condition. I fully expect him to be in the 240-245+lb range when he reports. That is big enough for a Sam. As we saw last year he was able to hold down the position at 225, now at 245, I am sure he can do it full time. Adibi moving to Sam is great because he is a tackling machine. McRath has the speed and ability to cover the Will side. Oh, and we still have June too to play Will.

4 (Texans) Andre Brown-RB N.C. State
A BIG complimentary back to Steve. He can also catch balls out of the backfield and can block. He can grind out those last few yards and can be the difference between punting the ball and getting a fresh set of downs.

4(Minnesota) Vance Walker-DT Georgia Tech
Here is a guy that can collapse the pocket, play stoutly against the run, and can occupy some blockers. He has a great motor, is coachable, and has a nasty demeanor. So why is he here in the fifth round and not in the first with Raji? Simple, he does all these things well, but is not a superstar. Fine by me. I will take him in the fifth. Don’t be surprised if he is starting pretty soon.

5. Antone Smith-RB Florida State
Yep, 2 A Smith’s on the team! We take another RB, but look at his size. He is only 5’8 and weighs 191 lbs. He runs a blistering 4.33 40. I think he can put on about 15 lbs and still have 4.39 40. If he did that he would be 5’8”, 206lbs, and running a 4.39 40. Know who is 5’8” 208lbs, and runs a 4.39 40? You should. We see him twice a year. His name is Maurice Jones Drew. Wouldn’t you like to have a rb that slips between the tackles and picks up yardage too? I would. Oh, and Smith can also return punts too. Are you willing to spend a 5th rounder to try this guy out? I am.

6. Dan Gronkowski-TE Maryland
Mark Bruener is getting up there in age and we could use a solid blocking TE on the team. While he can catch too, Gronkowski’s forte is blocking. I say lets address this position here in the 6th round.

7. Derek Walker-DE Illinois
We start and end our mock with another DE. Here is a guy that played as a LE and had a knack for getting to the QB. He is not great against the run and would be a pure situational passer. I could live with that in the 7th!

And there it is. See yall on Saturday!
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Old 04-22-2009   #2
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If those trades happen and we end up with those picks, I'd be very happy to say the least. All the 2nd rounders are good picks, Chung is the only one I can disagree with a little.. Unger and the Fonz would be great though. I've been thinking along the same lines of what you see in McRath in moving Adibi to SAM now that he's healthy and back up to his optimal weight and drafting a young, talented WILL LB to learn from Cato. Also like the pick Walker from GT, seems like he could develop into a solid player. Don't really know a whole lot on the last two but they round out the draft nicely. Nice work on this one.
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While I'm not against trading Dunta on draft day, I would want all our draft picks up front, not future ones. Dunta leaving is going to leave a hole in our defense, one which will have to be addressed in the draft with more than just one pick. 'Cause if that one pick doesn't pan out or gets injured, we're screwed again at the CB position.
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While I'm not against trading Dunta on draft day, I would want all our draft picks up front, not future ones. Dunta leaving is going to leave a hole in our defense, one which will have to be addressed in the draft with more than just one pick. 'Cause if that one pick doesn't pan out or gets injured, we're screwed again at the CB position.
Yeah, here is the thing though. This draft class is weak. Next year's is strong. I would love to get an extra second in next year's class. Good teams like Evil England make trades that allow them extra picks down the line. They pick smart and get extra picks in subsequent years. Thats what we need to begin to do too. We need to stop trading picks away and start accumulating them.

I have enough faith in Reeves, Moulden, Bennet, and Smith to hold it down. In fact, I am actually pretty high on Smith. He has great hands, good speed, can jump high to deal with tall WRs, and will come up and support the run. In my mind, he can be a starter for this team.
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I'd be pleased with that draft..... but like Thorn, I would like to see more attention to the backfield. Not because there will be such a whole left by Dunta.... but we're flat out pathetic in the defensive backfield...... with or without Dunta.
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i've never been a huge fan of losing Dunta. i think he brings more to the table than just his game and is a big part as to why the D started to mold together last year. having said that i'd be happy getting those two picks if it comes down to the point where he's unwilling to sign with the team now or at the end of next year.
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If those trades happen and we end up with those picks, I'd be very happy to say the least. All the 2nd rounders are good picks, Chung is the only one I can disagree with a little.. Unger and the Fonz would be great though. I've been thinking along the same lines of what you see in McRath in moving Adibi to SAM now that he's healthy and back up to his optimal weight and drafting a young, talented WILL LB to learn from Cato. Also like the pick Walker from GT, seems like he could develop into a solid player. Don't really know a whole lot on the last two but they round out the draft nicely. Nice work on this one.
Thanks. Sometimes we need to get creative and having versatile lbs allows us to to do. Suddenly that Cato June signing looks a lot better because it basically allows us to shift Adibi over and have Diles as his backup. We can then let June and McRath compete for the starting Will. It even allows young McRath to learn how to play at the optimal level from the experienced veteran. Never a bad thing in my mind.
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