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Beerlover Final Cut Mock Draft
1. Detroit Lions - Matt Stafford, QB, Georgia ~ Able to read & check down coverage, good mobility, solid character, experience & strong arm give him the edge @ QB position.
2. St. Louis Rams - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor ~ Rams replace Orlando Pace, franchise LT 6050 309 bench 33 reps. needs to develop base, feet not as fluid as Eugene Monore but has more upside combined with good work ethic should improve & very durable without injury or character concerns.
3. Kansas City Chiefs - Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest ~ The Cheifs need a defensive leader & playmaker. generally regarded as both the safest pick & best defensive player in this draft.
4. Seattle Seahawks - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia ~ Seattle has a chance here to address the aging wonder LT Walter Jones. Monore has excellent footwork & fluidity to handle speed off edge but only did 23 reps, needs to get stronger & does have some injury concerns which is the reason why I rated Smith ahead of him. Still a legitimate top 5 pick in area of need for the Seahawks.
5. Cleveland Browns - Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech ~ Braylon Edwards has got to go, his lack of focus & determination on the field represent a Browns slide one year removed from the playoffs. Crabtree is everything Edwards is not, less than ideal measureables but all the production & game changing plays on the positive you look for in a #1 WR.
6. Cincinnati Bengals - Andre Smith, RT, Alabama ~ Protection for Carson Palmer is essential, Andre is also excellent in run blocking & surprisingly mobile. remember I did have him as the top rated OT in the draft before the combine & projected his natural position @ LG. He is also should easily fill RT position which is an area of need with loss of Stacy Andrrews. Natural knee bender with fluid hips for size biggest question is conditioning & how hard he can be pushed, which could be addressed with incentive layden contract.
7. Oakland Raiders - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri ~ Very sound fundementals, can be used in return game, very productive money player something the Raiders are desperate to find & exploit JaMarcus Russell's arm strength. Not saying the Raiders are this smart but Maclin is a very safe pick @ a position of need.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars - B.J. Raji, NT/DT, Boston College ~ Jacksonville blew it trading Stroud away now realize they must fill a HUGE HOLE with best interior DT. most people priject him @ the nose but while he could just as easy fill interior gaps in Jacksonville 4-3. would complement Henderson, has excellent burst, fluid for size & disruptive.
9. Green Bay Packers - Brian Orakpo, DE/OLB, Texas ~ physical specimen, elite pass rushing skill that translates to OLB in revamped 3-4. Aaron Kampman lines up on the left side while Brady Poppinga is all they have coming off the right edge they need to upgrade.
10. San Francisco 49ers - Mark Sanchez, QB, USC ~ if Stafford slides it stops here but I expect Detroit takes Stafford, which leaves Sanchez as next best option. Mark likes to treated like a football player not a QB his workout & mentality match-up well with HC Mike Singletary who loves competitive players.
11. Buffalo Bills - Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss ~ I would not have traded Jason Peters for the 28th pick, however Buffalo did so they must address LT with the best prospect available.
12. Denver - Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU ~ The Broncos rush defense has been the league's biggest joke for years Tyson projects to be a perfect fit as Broncos new 3-4 DE.
13. Washington Redskins - Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee ~ Need 4-3 RDE to compliment interior DT "expensive-agent" Albert Haynesworth. I realize this is high for Ayers but his stock is soaring, a natural RDE with size & speed coming from the outside w/repertoire of pass rush moves.
14. New Orleans Saints - Malcolm Jenkins, CB/FS, Ohio State ~ Cannot imagine the Saints not taking Jenkins if available. gives that defense much needed back-side support.
15. Houston Texans - Aaron Maybin, DE/OLB, Penn State ~ Struggled with the Texans pick who hasn't? Aaron has that explosive first step & natural pass rush skills Texans covet. In a Frank Bush defensive scheme his upfield, aggressive style can fit @ OLB just as long as he keeps his weight down & focuses on speed. if he grows into his body @ somepoint he may have to kick inside to RDE but if thats the worse thing that can happen its not such a bad downside is it? With Antonio Smith crashing from LDE & improved interior play Maybins private workout & game film tape may be enough to sway the Texans brass if they can't trade down to select him #15 overall to solidify DeMeco & Company.
16. San Diego Chargers - Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC ~ There was a time when I thought that Maualuga would be the last USC starting LB off the board, but the Chargers 3-4 gives him a chance to thump in run defense while covering him up in passing situations. Tough player - good fit.
17. New York Jets - Percy Harvin, WR Florida ~ I don't think the Jets panic again & make another Farve move. Clemens could be decent given a chance & Ratliff is a productive back-up to compete for significant minutes. I think the Jets look to next years draft, specificly the 1st overall pick & Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow or Colt McCoy. I guess I'm the only one who is not sold on Josh Freeman, but the Jets have other needs to address & have things set up for the next guy like WR. Harvin is this years DeSean Jackson but bigger, more durable & much stronger.
18. Denver Broncos - Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia ~ The Broncos are going to be more of a run oreinented offense, to spread weapons out & keep defenses honest. Last years RB meltdown, demonstrates how important talent & depth are for Denver to address. Moreno is immediate starter & helps Orton who likes to check down, excellent receiver out of the backfield too. BPA on the board @ this stage in the draft.
19. Tampa Bay - Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State ~ Not crazy about this pick for Tampa, but who do they have? Luke McCowen? Brian Griese? Josh Johnson? I like Peria Jerry better here but what do you do, too many question marks.
20. Detroit Lions - Eben Britton, OT, Arizona ~ Follow the Atlanta model, QB 1a./OT 1b. If your going to take a franchise QB who better find & buy him some protection, this mistake we know all too well as Texans. Stafford/Britton should rival Ryan/Baker.
21. Philadelphia Eagles - Chris "Beanie" Wells, RB, Ohio State ~ Westbrooks carries should decline & Wells between the tackles should extend his longevity. If he falls this far the Eagles would have a tough time bypassing help in this area with an elite talent still on the board.
22. Minnesota Vikings - Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois ~ Pass coverage ability in this division will be essential, however still have physcial abiltiy to hold up in aggressive run support means the more impressive physical specimen Vontae is rated higher on the Vikings board than slight-build framed Darius Butler. with Adrian Peterson the star, & solid defensive linemen the Vikings should have no fear of holding Davis character issues in check.
23. New England Patriots - Brian Cushing, OLB, USC ~ Throw a blanket over Cushing/Matthews/Laurinaitis all excellent OLB prospects, of the three I still have Cushing rated #1 of the groupl @ 3-4 OLB position because of pass rushing ability.
24. Atlanta Falcons - Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss ~ The Falcons should address their defense but could be tempted with Brandon Pettigrew. Honestly I have no problem with either pick, actaully like Brandon more but Jerry seems like a safe enough pick in area of need.
25. Miami Dolphins - Clay Matthews, OLB, USC ~ Seems like a Parcells kind of guy to me who fits the 3-4 OLB position better than the 4-3. If the Texans where to trade back & Matthews the target instead of Maybin they could not trade down past Miami & still feel safe about it.
26. Baltimore Ravens - Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland ~ Flacco has ability to stretch the field yet has nobody to fill that role. there is also some tempting defensive talent to replace Bart Scott so thats a possiblity but if they fall in love with a WR Darrius has the speed, long arms & frame to compete in this league.
27. Indianapolis Colts - Evander Hood, DT, Missouri: ~ Been saying Ziggy for at least a month, could also take a WR like Robiskie but they have to address the defense or they won't be able to stop anybody as this group is undersized & aging. The Colts could also be a team who wants to trade up for Peria Jerry?
28. Buffalo Bills - Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State ~ The Bills like in-line blocking TE's & Pettigrew is the best in this draft, they would be so lucky if still here on the board & almost automatic if this scenero plays out. This should also soften the blow of losing Peters & starting a rookie LT.
29. New York Giants - Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers ~ System fit big framed /sure handed WR to replace recently released Plaxico Burress. very familar with his game, playing in own backyard familarity big w/Tom Coughlin.
30. Tennessee Titans - Evertte Brown, DE, Florida State ~ I feel people are jumping to conclusions when they say this draft is not decent, just look @ who is still on the board? I really like Evertte as a DE because he is such a good pass rusher, a little undersized & reason I rated Ayers higher, but great motor & skill set to fit into a Jeff Fisher defense. maybe the Texans should think about addressing their offensive line?
31. Arizona Cardinals - Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut ~ Feature back who fits well with Zona offense, can slip out of the backfield & run after the catch. very durable, tough with great instincts, Cardinals stay on a roll, teams will not be able to lock on Warner with improved running game.
32. Pittsburgh Steelers - Eric Wood, C/G, Louisville: ~ Center seems to be the popular pick & Wood the most physical, mauler of the group who just fills out a Steeler uniform to perfection. They won't get another shot until the end of the 2nd so they have their choice here of the lot @ Center position.
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