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Tryptophan N' Tequila Holiday mock
Ok, I did not plan to do a mock, but after a lot of tryptophan and holiday drink, your old friend does bizarre, things. While some people become rambunctious, others become funny. This loser thinks about the NFL draft!
So, for your amusement (and likely bemusement), here it is.
1. Earl Thomas-FS Texas
Thomas is an underclassman and may not declare, but he has also had an outstanding season (currently 126 tackles, 5 forced fumbles, and 10 ints) that will be hard for him to duplicate next year. Last year he finished with 70 tackles and 2 ints, so this has clearly been a big jump. If he comes out now, he can be a first rounder. If he goes back and “only” gets 5-6 Ints for the year, it will be viewed as a regression and will hurt his draft stock. So, coming out now, may be the best move for him. If here he would provide the type of FS ballhawk we need to compliment Mr. Pollard.
2. Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
I think we can all agree we have a problem with the running game. Is it our RBs or is it our Oline? I think part of the problem is the O-line. What we need is a fleet footed bulldozer that can create holes for the running game and block in the passing game. I believe this guy could start day 1 on either OG side. And he is Samoan. Every team needs a Samoan on the team! If I had my way, I would stick him in at the LG position next to Brown. Then I would slide Caldwell over to Center. Brown-Iupati-Caldwell would be a good 3/5 of an Oline that could utilize Zone or power schemes! Versatility!
3. Mike Johnson, OG, Alabama
Wait, did I just lose my mind and draft ANOTHER OG?! Possibly and Yes. Possibly I have lost my mind, but yes I did draft another OG. Simply put I do not think that Studdard, Brisel, or Myers should be starting anywhere on the Oline. I think Caldwell is the future Center and Johnson could be a great RG. Place him next to Winston and we have a stout O-line. He should be able to start immediately and will benefit from being next to former teammate Caldwell.
4. Lamarr Houston, DT Texas
I have disclosed numerous times I am a Texas fan, but this is not a homer pick, look at his numbers. He has 37 tackles, 13.5 TFL and five sacks in 11 games. Plus if you watch UT games, you will see him constantly pushing forward and getting in the backfield.
5. Javarris James, RB Miami
THE U! Yeah. Ok. Edge’s little cousin would be a solid choice. I think Slaton needs to drop a little weight (maybe get back to 207 or so). This would get him back to last year’s speed. It seems the extra weight has slowed him down a touch. JJ would be a good back to compliment and keep Slaton fresh. JJ is a 215 lbs who can hit the hole and go forward.
6. Zane Beadles, OT Utah
A solid OT that can be used for depth.
6. Jermaine Cunningham, DE Florida
A high energy motor high that just doesn’t give up. A guy that busts his butt on every play while a more talented higher rated teammate takes plays off. He isn’t a star but with time may be able to become part of our DL rotation.
7. Leigh Tiffin-PK, Alabama
Yeah, I know. I might get grief for this, but the fact is that KB has been having the yips with his kicking. I say lets bring in Graham Geno from the USFL and let him try out. But we may as well draft a kicker and see if we can get some solid competition. KB has made some big kicks for us over the years and I thank him for all he has done, but football is a business. And quite frankly, he is no longer a good investment.
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-awtysst on 4/28/2011
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