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15 (15) Houston Brian Cushing OLB USC
They cannot pass on the chance to grab Cushing, who brings versatility and athleticism to the linebacker corps.
16 (16) San Diego Chris 'Beanie' Wells RB Ohio State
LaDainian Tomlinson's days are numbered and Darren Sproles is not a starter. So they grab Wells to become featured back in 2010.
17 (17) NY Jets Mark Sanchez QB USC
They must find quarterback, and Sanchez looks like a star who is used to dealing with a lot of media. He should be able to handle the New York media.


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I'd rather have Beenie..
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I'd rather have Beenie..
Well you and I have agreed on this for a while, but my opinion has slightly changed her Polo and I would rather have Moreno than Beanie.
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Well you and I have agreed on this for a while, but my opinion has slightly changed her Polo and I would rather have Moreno than Beanie.
I'd love to have either one. Moreno runs like Curtis Martin and Beanie runs like Stephen Davis. I'd also like linebacker Rey Maualuga or Clay Matthews over Cushing. Rey is a better run stopper and Matthews is a better pass rusher.
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I'd love to have either one. Moreno runs like Curtis Martin and Beanie runs like Stephen Davis. I'd also like linebacker Rey Maualuga or Clay Matthews over Cushing. Rey is a better run stopper and Matthews is a better pass rusher.
I'm still with that you said the other day Vinny, that the Texans don't take any of the LBs or at least Matthews. The whole thing seems too cookie cutter easy. I think they surprise and go outside the box..maybe RB. Of course I'd rather have one of the LBs..which is what I wanted starting the process.. than another D-lineman.
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I'm still with that you said the other day Vinny, that the Texans don't take any of the LBs or at least Matthews. The whole thing seems too cookie cutter easy. I think they surprise and go outside the box..maybe RB. Of course I'd rather have one of the LBs..which is what I wanted starting the process.. than another D-lineman.
Right now I'm thinking Vunta (he has to change his name if he comes here) Davis, Rey Maualuga, or a running back that will help us win on 3rd and short and first and goal. While we were a team that churned out lots of yardage, we lost a ton of goal line and 3rd and short situations. Converting those situations keeps the defense off the field and turns 3 points into 7. Rey Maualuga does the same thing that Wells would do for the offense for the D - win that battle for short space, extending drives and punching in TD's.
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I hope if it works out like this we trade down with a team that wants Sanchez.
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I'd love to have either one. Moreno runs like Curtis Martin and Beanie runs like Stephen Davis. I'd also like linebacker Rey Maualuga or Clay Matthews over Cushing. Rey is a better run stopper and Matthews is a better pass rusher.
I'm sooooooo with you there on Rey Vinny. He is better than all of those guys and we could make it work with him and Demeco.

And like you and Frog say, it does come off as a little to easy to just say who we want this entire time and just pick Mathews or Cushing. I sure hope that's the case, because I don't want either one of them. Cushing has been very injury prone and his numbers have never been that great. And Mathews may have upside and potential as a late bloomer, but how good will this guy be really to use a 15th pick on him?

And if we got Moreno Vinny, I know that a lot of posters are going to get ticked off at me for saying this, but he'll take Slaton's job as the starter. Slaton is great, but he isn't the talent that Moreno is man. Moreno is freaking awsome, and I wouldn't care who the starter was personally, because it would be more of a time share any way, and look at how great of a back up RB you would have with either one as the starter.
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Default Re: Last Mock Draft by Sporting News: Texans take Cushing

If Cushing were the pick, I would initially be very skeptical. Cushing has become my "I-Would-Rather-Have-Anyone-Else-But-Him" Player.

People may have doubts about all three USC backers, but the playmaking ability and potential seem to favor Rey and Matthews. Even if you doubt Rey can make it in the NFL, it's usually his speed/character that is in question...you can't deny his physicality and presence in the middle.

Matthew's doubts seem to be focused on lack of playing time. To me, Matthew's has one of the quickest bursts for a LB that I've seen since probably the late-great Derrick Thomas...IMO that 10-yard split that he ran immediately guaranteed someone will take him in the 1st. When you combine that with his character and work-ethic, he is my pick of the three (whether or not the FO decides that a LB is the pick is another topic altogether).

Cushing seems over-hyped and most footage I've seen of him, he seems to get to the ball just in time to be in the play, but not actually making the play himself. I've seen others post similar sentiments, and I tend to agree...he seems to run around and fall on players after they're down or as they're going down...not overwhelming evidence of a playmaker IMO. Cushing seems to be USC's defensive version of Reggie Bush...great measurables and speed, but I doubt whether he can be an impact LB in the NFL.
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Well you and I have agreed on this for a while, but my opinion has slightly changed her Polo and I would rather have Moreno than Beanie.
Honestly, I'm fine with either one...and I go back in forth with who I'd rather have on a daily...

Wells gives you something Slaton doesn't, plus he still has the speed and ability to be an everydown back instead of being labled a "bruiser"...

Moreno comes without the health concerns of Wells... a more shifty runner...can take it between the tackles....

I'm fine with either...I also like Rey and some other prospects...
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I like Rey just as much as the next guy, but to me, MIKE is D-Ryans and Rey's most suitable position. I don't think Rey will translate to SLB and I think they're both a liability in coverage.

If we choose a LB I think we go for more speed than what we have. Other than Adibi's potential, we really don't have the LB with speed that will not be a liability in coverage.

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I'm sooooooo with you there on Rey Vinny. He is better than all of those guys and we could make it work with him and Demeco.

And like you and Frog say, it does come off as a little to easy to just say who we want this entire time and just pick Mathews or Cushing. I sure hope that's the case, because I don't want either one of them. Cushing has been very injury prone and his numbers have never been that great. And Mathews may have upside and potential as a late bloomer, but how good will this guy be really to use a 15th pick on him?

And if we got Moreno Vinny, I know that a lot of posters are going to get ticked off at me for saying this, but he'll take Slaton's job as the starter. Slaton is great, but he isn't the talent that Moreno is man. Moreno is freaking awsome, and I wouldn't care who the starter was personally, because it would be more of a time share any way, and look at how great of a back up RB you would have with either one as the starter.
QFT. Knowshaun will carry the ball 18 ish times, Slaton 12 ish. With both of them, look for packages with one at slot with the other in the backfield. We would have to be creative, but I would like him more than the USC OLB's or Wells.
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I'd love to have either one. Moreno runs like Curtis Martin and Beanie runs like Stephen Davis. I'd also like linebacker Rey Maualuga or Clay Matthews over Cushing. Rey is a better run stopper and Matthews is a better pass rusher.
Which of the three can cover better??
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It appears to be a terrible mock. Maybe it's way ahead of everybody else,
but it's prbably way behind the curve.
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Which of the three can cover better??
Why does everyone want a coverage linebacker when we can't stop the run?
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Probably because we can't stop the pass either.
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Why does everyone want a coverage linebacker when we can't stop the run?
Why do people want a RB in the first when the defense sucks?

I guess I'd be a crappy GM because I'd be spending at least 5 picks on defense. Two of those would be on the first day. A RB in the 3rd or a 4th, C/G in the 4th or 5th.
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Which of the three can cover better??
The better question is probably who has the best combination of coverage and run stopping ability?

I would say Matthews is first and Cushing is worst.
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Cherry Pick.

1Knowshon Moreno
2Vontae Davis
3James Casey
4Chip Vaughn
4Trevor Canfield
5Tony Fiammetta
6Tim Jamison
7 Ellis Lankster

I would have taken Rey in the first but he was selected #10 so im not sure why everyone is taking about him in this thread like he was available.
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Why do people want a RB in the first when the defense sucks?

I guess I'd be a crappy GM because I'd be spending at least 5 picks on defense. Two of those would be on the first day. A RB in the 3rd or a 4th, C/G in the 4th or 5th.
converting 3rd and short keeps the d off the field and turns 3 into 7. The last time I checked, we moved the ball ok but always broke down in the red zone. The first pick isn't the only place to make your team better but it is a place to get great talent if you don't pick purely for isolated need.
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