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Old 02-03-2005   #61
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The Tennessee Titans select Kevin Burnett LB Tennessee.

Burnett has a good size and speed combo. He has been productive and shown leadership on the field. the titans have had injury concerns among its LBing cor and hopefully Burnett gives them a young player to develop next to Keith Bolluck. Not done for this reason, but the fact that Burnett is local makes the pick popular after the titans have purged the team of a ton of veterans.
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The theme of the Rams draft was to improve the talent level and depth on the defensive side of the ball, with a chance at also improving one of the leagues worst special teams units. The Rams entered the draft with a 1st, 2nd and two 3rd round picks and were pleased to parlay them into a 1st and three 2nd round picks.

With the first 2 picks, the Rams were able to stay within the abovementioned theme and still take players at positions of need in DE Math Roth and ILB Channing Crowder. The way the board broke, however, the Rams would have been better off with an interior OL or an OLB at the 40th pick, using pick 50 for Barrett Ruud. I messed up (is that Georgina Frontiere on the phone?)

Feeling that there isn't value at a primary position of need at this point, I focus on the theme of the Rams' draft and rely on my NASCAR roots (I feel the need for speed for the fast track that is the Rams home) and select a player to help with defensive depth and special teams.

The Rams select Oklahoma CB Antonio Perkins; 6'0" 188 lbs 4.35. He should provide immediate help on special teams while developing as a nickle/ backup corner, or possibly a FS.

QUICK STRENGTHS: Fluidity, return ability, closing speed

QUICK WEAKNESSES: strength

NFL COMPARISONS: Fast, fluid and a great punt returner, very similar to Deltha O'Neal.

All American punt returner entering his second year as a starter at cornerback. Set Oklahoma timing day record with a 4.31 forty and also posted a 42-inch vertical.

Excellent punt returner whose athletic ability also translates well to the cornerback position. A very fluid athlete, Perkins turns and runs well with receivers. He likes to play more physically than his listed size would indicate. He is thinly built but puts some big hits on receivers. Turns directions fluidly and quickly but sometimes gets fooled by double moves and loses his man. Has good closing speed and does a good job of getting a hand on the passes but doesn't have the greatest ball skills. Doesn't necessarily go for the interceptions and only has average hands. As a punt returner, he has excellent vision, patience and elusiveness. He has a great burst of speed and knows just when to turn it on. He is a big play man who can go the distace at any time.

Even if he had no ability at CB, his return ability alone with give him a spot in the pros. But the fact that he's improving quickly as a corner and that he has the size and athleticism to eventually become a top cover corner gives him a shot at the 1st Round. But he'll need a big senior season to validate that lofty post.

http://www.draftshowcase.com/AntonioPerkins.htm

Strengths: Amazing return man ... Good size ... Excellent speed ...Very good athletic ability...Has a lot of experience...Knows how to go get the football...A threat to score anytime he touches the ball.

Weaknesses: Lacks strength and can get pushed around ... Not very physical and only an average tackler ... Played on a very talented defense which was of great help ... Doesn't appear to have great instincts.

Notes: One of the best return men in NCAA history and could be a first day pick based on that skill alone ... Should at the very least develop into a great special teams player and backup corner if not more.

http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/pla...ioperkins.html
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Carnidals select Charlie Frye QB 6-4, 220 Akron. To add insurance to the QB positions, the Cardinals selected the best Senior QB in the draft to backup Josh McCown this next year. The move signifies the release of veteran QB King who has not shown the ability to overcome his 70% QB rating in any club situation.

QUICK STRENGTHS: Size, athleticism, toughness
QUICK WEAKNESSES: arm strength, consistency

After redshirting his first season, Charlie Frye went on to be a four year starter for Akron. He toyed with the possibility of entering the NFL Draft after his junior season. He returned and was touted as a possible Heisman candidate going into this senior season.
Frye is a big quarterback with the physical capabilities to be successful in the NFL. He has good height and a sturdy frame. He throws a nice ball with a good, tight spiral. His arm strength is not elite, but he can throw all the necessary routes and does not often throw wobbly passes. He has good athleticism and does a good job of getting outside the pocket. He keeps his head up when scrambling. Frye throws a nice ball on the run and his passes don't lose much velocity or spin when he's passing on the move. His accuracy is good, but there is room for improvement. He will make some bad reads and force some passes into coverage. He hasn't seen too many complex defenses and will need to improve his ability to read defenses and improve his sense of timing.
Frye's career has been a tough one to judge. He hasn't had the supporting cast around him that other MAC QBs have had. However, in terms of physical ability, he has the physical tools needed to succeed at the next level. However, he needs a great deal of technical and classroom work and he's at least 2-3 years away from being able to play.
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The Raiders have needs across the board. In the first round defensive playmaker Thomas Davis was the pick. The second pick was traded in the hope of a good Wr falling to r3. When the WRs with any upside at all started flying off the board, the Raiders had to move quick to get their man.

With the 52nd pick. The Raiders select are pleased to select WR. Craphonso Thorpe, Florida St.
6'2, 175, 4.37


Stengths- Speed, height, athleticism, toughness, leaping ability
Weakness- Weight, durability, route running

Thorpe is not a finished product. He had a down year after breaking his leg late last year. If he comes back strong after some down time he could be a steal. Needs to add 15 pounds of lean muscle.
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With the 53rd pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select

DT C.J. Mosley, 6-3 305, Missouri



With the Ravens switching back to the 4-3, they need more talent on an overachieving defensive line. CJ Mosley is powerful, quick and plays with a mean streak. He has been a star for the last two years and is a player that had to be double teamed to stop. He finished with 61 tackles, including 14 for a loss, and 6.5 sacks.

Pros: Good speed for the position, great size with room to grow. Has produced early and often, is a disrupting force on the line.

Cons: Is a junior declaration and has some finer points to sharpen in his game.

2004 OUTLOOK

All-star candidate who is developing into a force at tackle on the Tiger defensive line ... Is one of four returning starters on a defensive line which looks to be one of the top front lines in the Big 12 Conference … With excellent size, strength and athleticism, has all the tools to be a top-line player.

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The Bengals select Ben Wilkerson C LSU 6'4 298



This might be a little higher than most thought Wilkerson would have gone, but he is without a doubt the best center in this draft. He is coming off an injury, but that is fine with the Bengals because they don't need him to start right away. They have time to allow him to fully recover before grooming him for the starting position on the offensive line. The O-Line is a strength for the Bengals, and by picking up Wilkerson it ensures that it will remain a strength for many years to come. He has excellent athletic ability, he's strong, he's fast, he's great at making all the line calls, and he's an excellent leader. He's performs well in both running and passing situations, and he'll fit in well with a young Bengals team.
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The two positions that the SeaHawks are hurting on was RB with the departure of Alexander, and they badly need a ILB. All though no real good ILB are available since Crowder was picked, they SeaHawks look for talent they can use in the OLB to move inside. They best one still on boards they will have to go with. This guy has abilities, but needs some work. He is a OLB right now, but he will make great addition with a little work. The SeaHawks pick Lance Mitchell LB 6-3, 245 Oklahoma .
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In an effort to position a solid understudy behind Jake Plummer, who with time and coaching could become the Bronco's next great quarterback....

WITH THE 56TH PICK IN THE 2005 HOUSTONTEXANS.COM NFL MOCK DRAFT, THE DENVER BRONCOS SELECT

JASON CAMPBELL, QUARTERBACK, AUBURN

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The Jets select Vernand Morency RB 5-11, 215 Oklahoma State. C-Mart can't last forever.
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The Packers select Andrew Walter QB ASU 6'5" 235. Time to bring in Favre's succesor. Big Arm and student of the game. Decent mobility.
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The Indianapolis Colts select:

Kirk Morrison - MLB - San Diego State University




All 3 of last season's MLB's will be free agents on March 2nd. And they weren't very good, anyway. With the Colts strapped for cap space, we won't be able to find a starter in FA. Fortunately, a guy who's a perfect fit for Dungy's defense (great tackler with range) is available. Morrison was a 4 year starter who did nothing but make plays for the Aztecs.
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chargers take Vincent Jackson, WR Northern Colorado
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With the 62nd pick, the Rams select ...

Reggie Brown
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Georgia
6’1” 197 lbs. 4.50

Strengths: Very good pure athletic ability ... Good size with a solid frame ...Tremendous leaper ... Has good ball skills ... Is very strong ... Really came on as a senior.

Weaknesses: Inconsistent ... Has lapses in concentration and doesn't always give 100% ... Speed is only average ... Hands are questionable ... Isn't a deep threat.

Notes: A bit of an underachiever based on his measurables ... Projects as a solid #2 receiver in the pros ... Could be a steal if a team can get him to play up to his potential.

http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/pla...ggiebrown.html

“Has excellent size and hands and gained plenty of attention with a good Senior Bowl showing.” – Mel Keiper

http://proxy.espn.go.com/ncf/column...&CMP=ILC-INHEAD


The Rams draft is complete:

DE . . .Matt Roth;
ILB . . Channing Crowder.
CB. . . Antonio Perkins
WR . . Reggie Brown
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With the 63rd pick the Eagles select: Eric Shelton RB Louisville
Westbrook is a great player, but if he is taken away, there is no running game period. Shelton give the Eagles a different look, and with his size, he should be able to run inside for first downs and in the red zone.
I had a hard time with this pick, because I really like Barber from Minn. But he and Westbrook are about the same size and do about the same thing. It's tough being a GM.
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With the final pick in the 2nd round the Pats chose ILB Barrett Ruud from Nebraska. After winning back to back super bowls, the pats have proved that they don't have any needs since the only high profile FA is their kicker. Standing 6'2" and 240lbs, he will be the successor to Ted Johnson when he retires and will learn from brewski(?) as well as Belicheck.
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The 49ers select J.J. Arrington. Kevan Barlow has played four seasons and only been over 1000 yards once. The 49ers payed him a lot of cash, but he's just not that good. With an upgrade at QB, DE, and potentially RB, the 49ers are looking decent.

I was seriously considering Mcfadden at CB and Patterson at DT, but decided RB was more of a need. I wish I could have traded that number 1 pick.
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With the 66th pick in the draft, the Detroit Lions select Chris Spencer C/OG from Ole Miss.

Detroit has one of the best OL's in the NFL, with the weakest link being at LG. Spencer's played center & both guard positions, & will be expected to replace David Loverne at the LG position. David Carr only wishes that he had a line like this to work behind.
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With the 67th pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select

WR Fred Gibson, 6-4 196, SR, Georgia



Wonderful athlete with awesome leaping ability. Fred has incredible burst speed down field and easily separates from corners. Very agile player, with excellent hand eye coordination and balance. Solid hands, and is an improving route runner as well. Good size, he is a receiver that can go get the ball. He does not produce consistently and he sometimes slacks off during games. Gibson is a great athlete but not that great to dominate going half speed. Needs a little more toughness as well, is not great in space even though he has a large frame, needs to work catching the ball on short routes not just deep passes where he can jump and get it. Great athlete that has very good speed and is a pretty good kick return man as well. Flat out goes gets the ball, very good jumping ability and has size to match. Has great physical tools, but needs to put together the entire package to be great. But as far as athletes go, he is near the top in the nation at WR, the problem is, the production on the field just hasn't been there. Has all the talent in the world. Could develop into a star at the next level or continue his underachieving ways. Boom or bust player.

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The Tennessee Titans select Ciatrick Fason RB Florida 6'0 215" 4.4 speed. Fason has as much natural skill as any RB in the draft. He has a good /size speed combination and plays with both speed and power. Like many rookie RBs he needs to learn how to block better. From the information that I have been able to gather he does not have a history of injury nor problem with ball security, both of which have been issues with Chris Brown the team current starter. Becuase of the presence of Brown, there won't be a need to rush Fason in teh line-up, but in the third run this player is an excellent value.
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