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Re: Lance Z's mock 2.0
If neither Raji or Jenkins there at 15, I begin to pray for a solid trade down offer. I want no one else at #15.
I want to be able to recognize the difference between a "want" and a "need" and then I want to be satisfied with getting a need
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1. Detroit - Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia: Could the Lions use a LT like Jason Smith? Yes. Is he another Orlando Pace who was drafted with the first overall pick? No. Wake Forest LB Aaron Curry is getting a ton of buzz and supposedly the Lions have an interest in him, but I can't see it as the first pick. I'm going to go with Stafford again unless he looks bad throwing the ball at his pro day.
2. St. Louis - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor: The Rams have an aging LT in Pace and a disappointing RT in Barron. They need tackle help and Jason Smith in this spot is looking like more and more of a lock after his stellar combine.
3. Kansas City - Eugene Monroe, LT, Virginia : If there is one thing that Scott Pioli learned under Bill Belichick it is that the key to building a winner starts on the offensive and defensive line. I expect the Chiefs to look at best available on either side of the line and that would be Monroe who would team up with his college teammate, Branden Albert once again..
4. Seattle - B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College: The Seahawks defense was a huge disappointment last year and they could really use a hammer in the middle of that defensive line. Raji is that hammer. Raji will help against the run and can collapse the pocket on third downs.
5. Cleveland - Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest: The Browns need help at one OLB spot and on the inside. Curry is the type of active athlete that helps make the Steelers tick on defense each year. Why wouldn't the Browns want to grab that kind of guy?
6. Cincinnati - Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss : The Bengals will be looking for someone to replace Stacy Andrews at RT in the draft, and Oher's athleticism will be a nice addition on that side of the line.
7. Oakland - Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland: Surely the Raiders aren't this predictable, right? Surely they aren't going to keep drafting guys with size and speed despite limited productivity in college, right? Wrong. Al Davis is predictable and is said to be in love with Heyward-Bey already.
8. Jacksonville - Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech: With Reggie Williams being arrested recently, it makes the need at WR even greater for the Jaguars. While the Jags will be tempted to draft Andre Smith on the offensive line, the ability to add a potential No. 1 WR might be too tough for the Jaguars to pass up here. The Jags must address the offensive line at some point in this draft, however.
9. Green Bay - Andre Smith, OT, Alabama: The Packers have a hole at the RT spot and Smith would be a guy who could fill the RT spot or even a guard spot if you want to bump him down inside. Everyone is down on Smith because of his antics at the combine, but if he has a decent workout at his pro day, you'll see his stock go back up.
10. San Francisco - Everette Brown, DE/OLB, Florida State: The Niners have to make a decision on QB (Mark Sanchez) or defense and my guess is that they will view Everette Brown as a a player with a higher ceiling than Sanchez. Brown is an explosive player who can come in and help the Niners defense right away both against the run and the pass.
11. Buffalo - Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State: I know everyone is jumping off of the Pettigrew bandwagon because he didn't blaze the track at the combine, but he never has been a speed guy. He's a big target who can help with the Bills running game. He might be the safest pick on the board for the Bills at this spot.
12. Denver - Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU: Are you crazy Lance? I know this is very early for Jackson and I am more tempted to put Brian Orakpo here but the Broncos have some major personnel work to do with their defensive line in their new 3-4 and Jackson is the best 3-4 DE in the draft.
13. Washington - Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas: The Redskins have told Orakpo that they can see him as a 4-3 strongside LB. I don't know if that is a great fit for him, but he could definitely be used to rush the passer as a DE for them and every team loves his leadership and his high character. His history of injuries is what is the big concern.
14. New Orleans - Malcolm Jenkins, FS/CB, Ohio State: The Saints could go in a number of directions here, but all of them would be on defense. The Saints could look at CB in this spot, but their big need is at FS and Jenkins should be able to transition to FS. Jenkins might not have great straight line speed, but he's a willing tackler and a good football player who can help make the Saints better defensively.
15. Houston - Brian Cushing, LB, USC: Cushing brings physicality to the position and he has the ability to potentially put a hand on the ground and rush the passer on 3rd down. Worst case scenario is that Cushing is a better blitzer than anyone the Texans have had at the LB position so far.
16. San Diego - Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State: Even with Shawne Merriman coming back, the Chargers would be well served to add another pass rusher to the mix since the defense went into the toilet once Merriman went down. Maybe gives the Chargers another athlete and he could eventually press Shaun Phillips for playing time at OLB.
17. New York Jets - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri: The Jets cut Laveranues Coles so they could use a WR here. While they have a decent WR corps even without Coles, Maclin has the added value of being a very dangerous return man as well.
18. Chicago - Phil Loadholt, OT, Oklahoma: The Bears need a RT badly and if they wait around until the 2nd round, they might find all of the tackles that they covet off the board. This could be a "trade back" spot for the Bears.
19. Tampa Bay - Mark Sanchez, QB, USC: The Bucs have had QB after QB added to the roster, but finally they draft one in the first round. Sanchez is a guy they can work in slowly or throw right into the fire depending on how much they think he can absorb. While the Bucs would probably be better suited to draft a DT like Peria Jerry, the lure of a starting QB like Sanchez might be too much to pass up.
20. Detroit - Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois: The Lions have so many areas that they must address but one of the biggest holes is in the secondary. While Davis has some bust potential, his upside is something the Lions might be willing to gamble on.
21. Philadelphia - Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia: The Eagles could reach here and go with a tackle, but my guess is they go best available and look tackle a little bit later.
22. Minnesota - Percy Harvin, WR, Florida: The Vikings are in pretty good shape on the defensive side of the ball, but they lack a playmaker on offense. Not now.
23. New England - Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC: While Clay Matthews feels like more of a Patriot in this spot, Maualuga can thump inside like the Patriots like.
24. Atlanta - Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss: The Falcons need to get better on the defensive line and Jerry can step in right away and be productive for defensive-oriented head coach, Mike Smith.
25. Miami - Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State: The Dolphins defense is in pretty good shape, but they could still look on that side of the ball here. Instead, I'm gambling that Robiskie's impressive combine moves onto the Dolphins' radar.
26. Baltimore - Max Unger, C/G, Oregon With Jason Brown gone, the Ravens will either have to rely on Chris Chester, or they could draft Unger and play him at center. There is also a chance that Unger could kick out to RG and take over for Marshall Yanda who is average at best.
27. Indianapolis - Clay Matthews, LB, USC: The Colts defense has been an issue for far too long and the Colts would be smart o add the toughness and speed of Matthews here.
28. Philadelphia - William Beatty, LT, UConn: Since I gave the Eagles a RB earlier in the draft, this could be the spot where they look to address a glaring need at tackle. The Eagles are desperate for tackle and they might package their picks and move up to get one. If not, Beatty has the athleticism that teams like even if his strength could be a problem.
29. New York Giants - Darrius Butler, CB, UConn: While I believe Alphonso Smith is the better CB, his lack of size will hurt him. Butler is a fluid athlete with good size and might be able to transition into the Giants nickel packages fairly quickly.
30. Tennessee - Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina: I feel like a total sucker for putting Nicks here. Sure, the Titans need WR help, but they aren't going to just take one in this spot just because it is a need. If the Titans don't like Nicks or Kenny Britt here, it wouldn't shock me to see them draft a smart center like Alex Mack or Eric Wood to take over for Kevin Mawae.
31. Arizona - Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech: With Antonio Smith departing via free agency, the Cardinals will need to find a new strong-side DE. If Johnson plays to his measurables, he would be an upgrade over Smith.
32. Pittsburgh - Jarron Gilbert, DE, San Jose State: Steelers fans would probably rather the team address offensive line here, but Gilbert is a great fit for what the Steelers do and could fit into the defensive line rotation fairly quickly.
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Re: Lance Z's mock 2.0
I really hope we dont draft Cushing. Of course if we do I will be a fan but for some reason I just dont want him. Give me Clay Mathews at 15 over him all day long.
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