NFL
Draft Rant... Sort of...
Category: NFL


   Well folks, we're three rounds into the 2010 NFL Draft, and the Lions are already done til later on Saturday. Honestly... I loved the #2 pick of Ndamukong Suh (Is that how you spell the first name? Fuck that's gonna be a pain in the ass to learn). By getting Suh, the Lions might just have grabbed the best overall player in the draft... and instantly improved their defense.

   Then there was the trade... with the Vikings... to get back into the first round at #30... even though you pick again at #34, and nobody out of the Vikings, Colts, Saints or Rams can possibly take a running back with their first round/second round picks. The guy they got, Jahvid Best, is a hell of a football player; when he's healthy. Hell, Best might just be the best running back in this draft when all is said and done. But the concussion history worries me, especially with him running behind a shitty Lions offensive line. He will be hit... early and often. Hopefully he's fully recovered... and done with the flips into the end zone.

   But getting Jahvid Best gives the Lions the kind of gamebreaker at running back... again, assuming he's healthy... they haven't had since the days of #20. Not going to mention his name in the same sentence as Best... at least not for a couple of years. At any rate, though, it'll be great watching the guy in Honalulu Blue and Silver.

   The trade to get him, giving up a 4th rounder, wasn't very good. This is a team that literally needs all the fucking help it can get, especially on the O-line and on defense... every position! Not to mention WR... but that's a sad enough story in its self. Don't know much about the guy got in the third, the corner form Iowa, Amari Spivey. According to ESPiN's write up... he might be able to start right away... and eventually become a starter... at safety. But in the Lions secondary, aside from Delmas, the guy in row 43, seat 12 could fuckin start at corner for the Lions these days.

   So all in all, right now, I'll give Mayhew a B- for the day. Made the obvious pick with Suh, got a good guy in Best, but gave up too fuckin much, and got a potential starter in Spivey in round 3.

  As far as my retard pick of the draft so far... how about a big shout out to the Broncos. Trading up to land Tim Tebow... a guy who won't start at QB for at least two years... if he EVER starts. I don't know what the hell McDaniels put in the Kool Aid in their pre draft party. Look, I know after Marshall and Cutler you want to bring in some "character", but fuckin Mickey Mouse ain't helpin you win any games.

  I figured if anybody would have done the "reach for TebLow" dance, I would have guessed Jacksonville trades down and gets him... right around where the Broncos did. Either way, would have been a shity pick... but at least it would have put a few more asses in the seats down there. Now it looks like they're screwed... and on the way to LA.

  Other QB's... Jimmy Claussen falls to the second round... but much to BDub's delight, fell right into the Panthers laps. As for the Browns; they passed up Colt McCoy... three times, and he still falls to them at #86. Got a little lucky there, Brownies, but you got a few other good players in the meantime.... well, if you want to call the two schmucks they grabbed good players. Hardesty? Should have grabbed Tate... get McCoy somebody to throw to. T. J. Ward... over the guys that were left? Not much of a pick there either, Holmgren. But at least you didn't pass on him the third time... and that's all that matters.

  Overall, when you look at this draft class... a lot of talented players who are either damaged goods or have "character issues". Only time will tell who's a boom and who's a bust.

Roethlisberger, Plain and Simple
Category: NFL

--The punishment for Big Ben's behavior works for me... 

--It was brilliant to announce the suspension the day before the draft. By doing that, the NFL gives this negative story much shorter legs...

--The Steelers should not trade Big Ben. Give him one last chance. I believe he has learned his lesson...

--If I had a top ten draft pick, I would offer it straight up for Big Ben... maybe even throw in a lower round pick as well...

--All of this trade stuff that's going on is just a bunch of posturing to satisfy the disgruntled... nothing will happen...

--I like the word "disgruntled" (unhappy), but on the opposite side of the spectrum, if someone is happy, do you call them "gruntled"???

 

 

 

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Roethlisberger Exposed Himself
Category: NFL

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- The young woman who accused Ben Roethlisberger of sexual assault said she tried to get away from the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and told him "no, this is not OK," according to police documents released Thursday.

In a statement to police on March 5, the 20-year-old college student said Roethlisberger encouraged her, and her friends, to take numerous shots of alcohol. Then one of his bodyguards escorted her into a hallway at the Capital City nightclub, sat her on a stool and left. She said Roethlisberger walked down the hallway and exposed himself.

"I told him it wasn't OK, no, we don't need to do this and I proceeded to get up and try to leave," she said. "I went to the first door I saw, which happened to be a bathroom."

According to her statement, Roethlisberger then followed her into a nearby bathroom and shut the door.

"I still said no, this is not OK, and he then had sex with me," she wrote. "He said it was OK. He then left without saying anything."

In 500-plus pages of documents released Wednesday, Nicole Biancofiore, a friend of the accuser, told investigators from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations her friend, a student at Georgia College & State University, "was dragged by a bodyguard to the back room in Capital [City, a local nightclub]. She was extremely intoxicated and not aware of what was happening."

Two of the woman's friends said they saw the bodyguard lead her into the hallway and then saw Roethlisberger follow. They said they couldn't see their friend but knew she was drunk and were worried about her.

Ann Marie Lubatti told police she approached one of Roethlisberger's two bodyguards and said, "This isn't right. My friend is back there with Ben. She needs to come back right now."

She said the bodyguard wouldn't look her in the eye and said he didn't know what she was talking about. The GBI later identified that bodyguard as Ed Joyner, and the GBI also determined that the man who led Roethlisberger's accuser down the hallway was Anthony Barravecchio. Joyner is a Pennsylvania trooper and Barravecchio is an officer on the force in the Pittsburgh suburb of Coraopolis.

Attorney Michael Santicola, who represents Barravecchio but said Joyner also is a longtime friend, confirmed on March 10 that the two officers were present, but not in an official capacity. He said the two men are friends with Roethlisberger and did not witness any criminal activity or inappropriate behavior. He said the officers "have no memory" of meeting Roethlisberger's accuser.

Roethlisberger was not charged in the incident, which occurred in the early morning hours of March 5 in Milledgeville, a central Georgia college town about 30 miles from where Roethlisberger owns a lake home.

Ocmulgee Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright said Monday that after exhaustive interviews and inconclusive medical exams, the student's accusations could not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. He also revealed the young accuser no longer wanted him to prosecute. Roethlisberger is being sued in civil court by a former Nevada hotel employee for an alleged sexual assault in 2008. No criminal charges were filed in that case.

According to the investigators' summary of events, Roethlisberger's friend Brad Aurila had a conversation with the quarterback when they returned to his house that night and asked him why police showed up at the nightclub. In an interview with police, Aurila said Roethlisberger told him nothing had happened and that he "was in the back with a girl and they were 'messing around.'" Aurila said he "took 'messing around' to mean 'kissing, whatever.'"

In her first statement to police hours after the incident, the woman said she and her friends first saw Roethlisberger at Velvet Elvis.

"He then met us at the Brick and called us a 'tease.' Eventually, we saw him at the Capital City and saw him there. We said 'hey' and he started talking to [redacted] [nothing in particular] and his bodyguard took him back to the room w/ bathroom," she wrote. "I said, 'I don't know if this is a good idea' and he said, 'It's OK.' He had sex with me and meanwhile his bodyguards told my friends they couldn't pass them to get to me."

In a second statement on March 5, the woman went into more detail about the encounters with Roethlisberger, saying that he made "crude, sexual remarks" when the two groups encountered each other at the second bar, before they went to Capital City.

There, Roethlisberger was surrounded by women, according to statements made by the accuser's friends.

"At the back of Capital City, the room was blocked off for him and females only," Nicole Biancofiore wrote in a statement to police.

After the accuser emerged from the bar and told Biancofiore and Lubatti about the encounter, the women left.

"I walked up to the first cop car we saw and told them what happened," Lubatti said in a statement.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is reviewing the matter and Steelers president Art Rooney II said Thursday that the league and team probably won't settle on any punishment until after next week's draft.

"When we get to the point where we have agreed with the commissioner on what that action will be, that's when it will be imposed," Rooney said. "After imposing an appropriate level of discipline and outlining the steps we feel will be necessary to be successful as a player and a person, we intend to allow Ben the opportunity to prove to us he is the teammate and citizen we all believe he is capable of being."

Rooney said the team is prepared to discipline Roethlisberger now, but will wait for the league's decision. Roethlisberger told him that he will accept the punishment, Rooney said.

Sparked partly by the Roethlisberger incident, Goodell sent a memo last week to NFL owners, executives and head coaches emphasizing the importance of the league's personal conduct policy. The memo was first reported by The New York Times.

"Unfortunately, in recent weeks there have been several negative incidents," the memo stated. "These incidents include subjects that we have previously identified as particularly troublesome, such as alcohol-related offenses, allegations of violence against women, and weapons offenses. ... The policy makes clear that NFL and club personnel must do more than simply avoid criminal behavior. We must conduct ourselves in a way that is responsible, that promotes the values upon which the league is based, and is lawful."

The Roethlisberger case has infuriated the Steelers.

"I have made it clear to Ben that his conduct in this incident did not live up to our standards," Rooney said. "We have made it very clear to Ben that there will be consequence for his actions, and Ben has indicated to us he is willing to accept those consequences."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

As Posted on ESPN.com

The Greatest Pro Football Defenses Without A Title
Category: NFL

Sometimes having the best defense doesn't always mean you are guaranteed a title. Though the Pittsburgh Steelers have won four times with the top rated defense in points allowed, the Dallas Cowboys have won six total titles despite never once having the top rated defense in points allowed in their entire franchise history.

Here is a list of some of the greatest defenses in pro football history to have not won a title during their magical seasons.





1967 Los Angeles Rams



This was the heyday of the Fearsome Foursome, maybe the greatest defensive line in pro football history. It is also the only year they finished first overall in defense, giving up 14 points per game.

The Rams finished first again in 1974 and 1975, and only Merlin Olsen was left from the legendary line. A true statement of his greatness. There were five members of the defense to make the Pro Bowl that year, Olsen, Deacon Jones, Roger Brown, Maxie Baughn, and Eddie Meador. The offense was the top ranked in the league and boasted five Pro Bowlers, Tom Mack, Roman Gabriel, Bernie Casey, Jack Snow, and Les Josephson.

Olsen, Jones, and Mack are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Baughn, Brown, and Meador should be as well. Under their second year head coach, Hall of Famer George Allen, the Rams were dominant by posting an 11-1-2 record under the defensive genius.

They then were soundly beaten 28-7 by the Green Bay Packers in the NFL Division Title Game just two weeks after having beat them 27-24. It may be the best team to have never won a title. Many Rams from that era say it was the best team they ever played on.



1975 Los Angeles Rams



They blew through the season at a 12-2 record, beating the eventual champion Pittsburgh Steelers 10-3 in the last week of the regular season.

The defense gave up a paltry 9.6 points per game, and put five men, Merlin Olsen, Jack Youngblood, Fred Dryer, "Hacksaw" Jim Reynolds, and Isiah Robertson in the Pro Bowl. The offense saw Tom Mack, Harold Jackson, and Lawrence McCutcheon also went to the Pro Bowl. Olsen, Youngblood, and Mack are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

They made it to the NFC Championship before Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach threw four touchdown passes, including three to Preston Pearson, in leading the Dallas Cowboys to a 37-7 win.

Though they fell a game short of the Super Bowl, they had a season worth remembering.





1977 Atlanta Falcons



Before the famed "46" Chicago Bears defense, there was the "Gritz Blitz". The philosophies were the same. You sent EVERYONE at the quarterback on virtually every play. The Falcons gave up a measly 9.6 points per game, yet this was a team of understated superstars. Only Claude Humphrey and Rolland Lawrence, along with punter John James, made the Pro Bowl off their defense.

The Falcons problem that year was offense, which finished 25th out of a then 28 team league. They averaged just 12.8 points per game, which helped Atlanta go 7-7 that year. A little more offense could possibly have taken them a long way that season.





1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers



The Buccaneers of the 1970's are most remembered for winning just one game between 1975 and 1976. People tend to forget they turned it around by the end of the decade. Led by Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon, their only Pro Bowler that year, the defense was ranked first in the NFL. They gave up just 14.8 points per game.

Making it all the way to the NFC Championship Game, they fell short by losing to the Los Angeles Rams 9-0, thanks to their quarterbacks completing just four passes on 26 attempts.

They weren't the prettiest team to watch that season, but they had many fans cheering them on because of their underdog status that was enhanced by their awful beginnings.







1945 Washington Redskins




Eerily similar to the 1943 Redskins team that finished first in the NFL in defense, but lost to the Chicago Bears in the championship game.

What makes this team different is that they started six rookies, including two rookie left tackles that split time. They also has two players with one year of experience and one player with two years of experience. The entire roster had just 2.4 years of experience as a whole.

What they did have was Hall of Famer "Slinging" Sammy Baugh at quarterback, safety, and punter. Baugh and rookie running back Steve Bagarus were the only Redskins named First Team All-Pro. Bagarus was out of the NFL by 1948.

The Redskins made it to the NFL Championship Game, but lost to the Clreveland Rams 15-14. Baugh was hurt in the game, missing most of it, but not before making history. He threw a pass out of his own end zone and hit the goal posts that used to stand on the goal line at the time. It was ruled a safety, where the rule was changed soon after the game that would determine passes like that would be dead balls or incomplete passes.

The team gave up just 12.1 points per game that year, and Baugh's four interceptions for 114 yards led the team. A surprising team that no pundits could have foreseen them having the successes they ultimately had.






1964 Baltimore Colts



This may have been one of the greatest Colts teams ever. Hall of Famer Don Shula was in his second season as a head coach, and he had Pro Bowlers Johnny Unitas, Lenny Moore, Jim Parker, Raymond Berry, Dick Szymanski, and Bob Vogel on offense. Unitas, Moore, Parker, Berry, and John Mackey were members of that offense that were later inducted into Canton.

The defense was good too. They finished first in the NFL, giving up 16.1 points per game and has a plus 22 Takeaway/Giveaway Differential. Hall of Famer Gino Marchetti made the last of his 11 Pro Bowls that year at the age of 37. Bobby Boyd was the only other defensive player to make the Pro Bowl.

They made it to the NFL Championship Game after posting a 12-2 record. They ran into the Cleveland Browns in the title game, who dismantled them in a 27-0 victory. Though other Colts teams won championships, the 1964 team was as good as them.





1992 New Orleans Saints



Much like the 1991 Saints that were ranked first in defense, giving up just 13.2 points per game, the 1992 team ranked first and gave up just 12.6 points per game. They were called the "Dome Patrol".

All four of their starting linebackers, Ricky Jackson, Sam Mills, Vaughn Johnson, and Pat Swilling, made the Pro Bowl in 1992. Jackson is a member of Canton. They weren't as good at creating turnovers as the year before, having a plus 9 Takeaway/Giveaway Differential as opposed to plus 18 the year before, but they could get at the opposing quarterback. The starters got at them 54 times that year, led by defensive end Frank Martin's career best 15.5 that year. They got 45 the year before as a starting unit.

What always hurt them was a lack of offense, which helped them get bounced out of the first round of the playoffs each season. This lack of postseason success has left these great defenses largely forgotten in the annuals of NFL history.





1967 Houston Oilers



This is the only team in franchise history to finish first in their league in defense, giving up just 14.2 points per game. The offense scored just 18.4 points per game, which gave them a 9-4-1 record.

The defense had four Pro Bowlers, Jim Norton, Miller Farr, Pat Holmes, and George Webster. They also had a rookie who turned out to be the greatest strong safety in football history in Hall of Famer Ken Houston. The offense sent Bob Talamini, Walt Suggs, Woody Campbell, and Hoyle Granger to the Pro Bowl.

They then faced the Oakland Raiders in the AFL Championship Game, and were destroyed 40-7. The offense coughed up the ball three times, and were shut down to just 146 total yards. Oilers fans may remember their team going to the first two AFL Championships and winning in 1960 and 1961, but the 1967 team was very good in their own right.




1980 Philadelphia Eagles



Head coach Dick Vermeil came into town in 1975, and quickly built a winner. The 1980 and 1981 teams both finished first in the NFL in defense.The first Eagles defenses since 1950 to reach this status, and the last so far.

The 1980 team is best remembered for reaching Super Bowl XV before losing to the Wild Card Oakland Raiders 27-10. The defense had just one Pro Bowler that year, nose tackle Charles Johnson, but they did also have such gridiron greats like Bill Bergey and Claude Humphrey along with excellent players like Carl "Big Daddy" Hairston, Frank LeMaster, John Bunting, Jerry Robinson, and Herman Edwards.

The offense had Pro Bowlers Ron Jaworski and Harold Carmichael, along with Wilbert Montgomery, Stan Walters, Jerry Sisemore, Guy Morriss, and Wade Key. It was a solid squad that scored 24 points per game and gave up just 13.9 points per game.

Though they did not win it all, this team holds a special place in Philadelphia lore. Fans saw this team grow up year by year into a force to be reckoned with.






1968 Kansas City Chiefs



Hall of Fame head coach Hank Stram had four teams in Kansas City, 1968 and in their 1969 championship year, finish first in the NFL in points allowed. The 1960 Dallas Texans also accomplished this feat in their expansion season, and again in their 1962 championship season.

The 1968 team featured seven Pro Bowlers on defense, Bobby Bell, Buck Buchanan, Emmitt Thomas, Willie Lanier, Johnny Robinson, Jerry Mays, and Jim Lynch. The offense had three in Len Dawson, Ed Budde, and Jim Tyrer, as well as kicker Jan Stenerud. Bell, Lanier, Thomas, Buchanan, Dawson and Stenerud are inducted into Canton.

The Chiefs bolted out to a 12-2 record behind a defense that gave up just 12.1 points per game with a plus 22 Takeaway/Giveaway Differential. They reached the AFL Division Game, but were dominated by the Oakland Raiders 41-6 after coughing up the ball four times.

Though they went on to win Super Bowl IV the next year, the 1968 defense was statistically superior to the team that won it all.



1966 Buffalo Bills




The Bills had just won two consecutive AFL Championships heading into the season behind two top ranked defenses. The 1966 team was again ranked at the top, giving up 18.2 points per game.

The defense featured six Pro Bowlers, Ron McDole, George Saimes, Mike Stratton, Butch Byrd, John Tracey, and Jim Dunaway. The offense had six, Jack Kemp, Wray Carlton, Bobby Burnett, Paul Costa, and Hall of Famer Billy Shaw.

They reached their third straight AFL Championship Game, but were soundly defeated 31-7 by the Kansas City Chiefs. Though modern fans recall the Bills teams that lost four Super Bowls, they shouldn't forget the time that Buffalo won two titles in three tries.








1970 Minnesota Vikings



Most people know the Vikings went to four Super Bowls between 1969 to 1977 without a win, but many forget about the squad that got bounced out of the first round of the playoffs in 1970.

Three defensive linemen, Alan Page, Carl Eller, and Gary Larsen, went to the Pro Bowl, as did strong safety Karl Kassulke. Page, Eller, and free safety Paul Krause, the NFL interception king, are in Canton.

The offense ranked third in the league despite replacing quarterback Joe Kapp with journeyman Gary Cuozzo one year after making it to Super Bowl IV. Running Back Dave Osborn and wide receiver Gene Washington made the Pro Bowl behind a great Vikings offensive line that featured Hall of Famer Ron Yary, Ed White, and Mick Tingelhoff.

The defense allowed just 10.2 points per game and their Differential of 192 points also led the NFL, as did their yards allowed, first downs allowed, passing yards allowed, touchdowns allowed total and passing and rushing, and turnovers forced.

Their 1969 team was comparable in that they allowed a paltry 9.5 points per game allowed, which led the leagues, as did their Differential of 246 points. Though ranked first in points, first downs, and yards allowed, as well as every passing defense category, their run defense and turnovers created that year ranked second.

The 1970 Vikings may have been the best defensive season of the glorious Purple People Eaters.

2010 NFL Mock Draft - Another Version
Category: NFL

1. Saint Louis Rams : Sam Bradford, Quarterback

 

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Though the Rams should grab Ndamukong Suh immediately, we are about to witness a draft blunder by a franchise in chaos at the top levels.

Marc Bulger, the starting quarterback for the last few years, has been released. Bradford will be the 2010 starter.

Though they could get Suh to line up next to former first round draft picks Adam Carriker and Chris Long, giving them a very promising unit, they will choose not to wait until the second round to draft a Colt McCoy to be their starter.

This move could haunt them for years.

 

 

 


2. Detroit Lions : Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle

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About two seconds after Lions general manager Martin Mayhew sends the Rams a gift basket as a "Thank You", he will grab easily the best player in the entire draft.

Suh will be brought in to stir memories of Roger Brown, Alex Karras, and the original "Fearsome Foursome".

If he stays healthy and plays to his abilities, Suh will one day join Lions legend Lou Creekmur as the only defensive tackles in Canton.

Unless the voters wake up and induct Brown finally.

 

 

 

 

 


3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers : Gerald McCoy, Defensive Tackle

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Timing is everything. Tampa would prefer Matt Millen were still in Detroit so they could get their hands on Suh, but McCoy is a solid consolation prize.

He will improve the interior of their defense immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


4. Washington Redskins : Russell Okung, Offensive Tackle

 

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This is the pick most of Redskins Nation has been screaming for since the draft countdown began.

Even before they got their hands on future Hall of Fame quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Washington couldn't block in 2009, and they even lost left tackle Chris Samuels to a career ending spinal injury.

This may the only no brainer pick of the draft.

 

 

 

 

 


5. Kansas City Chiefs : Bryan Bulaga, Offensive Tackle

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IF the Rams wisely draft Suh, it is possible the Lions and Chiefs swap picks so Kansas City gets Okung.

Baluga will be the second offensive lineman drafted most likely in any scenario.

As desperately as they need blocking, this might be the right pick. Yet they can go in several directions because they have several holes to fill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


6. Seattle Seahawks : Jimmy Clausen, Quarterback

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Seattle has two first round picks this year, and I think they grab Clausen here because it is conceivable that Buffalo would before their second pick came around.

New head coach Pete Carroll knows Clausen well, and he can allow the kid a year on the bench to learn from veteran Matt Hasselbeck.

This is a move for 2011, unless the oft-injured Hasselbeck goes down again with his bad back.

 

 

 

 

 

 


7. Cleveland Browns : Eric Berry, Safety

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Few teams have a tradition as rich as the Browns. Yet, they have never had a safety inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Stunning, considering they have 16 players inducted. It is the fourth most in NFL history.

Not saying Berry is headed for Canton, but he would be a huge upgrade over the current free safeties Mike Adams and Ray Ventrone.

The Browns have a ton of excellent cornerbacks, so Berry will offer them a wrinkle of versatility needed to get their defense back on top and the "Dawg Pound" rowdy again.

 

 

 

 

 

8. Oakland Raiders : Bruce Campbell, Offensive Tackle

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Oakland needs blockers like a fish needs water.

They need to run the ball to win, and are full of questions at quarterback.

Good blocking solves a lot of problems.

 

 

 


9. Buffalo Bills : Trent Williams, Offensive Tackle

 

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The Bills have hit hard times in the trenches on the offensive side of the ball. Williams is needed, especially in the run game.

He also helps soothe the sudden loss of guard Brad Butler to retirement.

 

 

 

 

 


10. Jacksonville Jaguars : Jason Pierre-Paul, Defensive End

 

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If ever there was a pick looking to get traded, this might be it.

Jacksonville needs depth at running back, the secondary, and linebacker.

I have them grabbing Pierre-Paul for a few reasons.

They need pass rushers, and there is no guarantee newly signed Aaron Kampman is 100 percent coming off a major knee injury.

Even if Kampman is ready, head coach Jack Del Rio can't get enough pressure on the ball.

Pierre-Paul is a local kid, so that somewhat helps satisfy the franchises hopes for drawing larger crowds. He is also a incredible athlete whose football skills and knowledge are very raw.

Having Del Rio, a former NFL linebacker, teach him the ropes will be a huge help.

 

 

 

 

 


11. Denver Broncos: Dan Williams, Nose Tackle

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Even if Denver just signed veteran nose tackle Jamal Williams, this is a smart move.

Jamal Williams has been injury prone lately, and has shown definite signs of slowing down. The Chargers let him go, despite needing help in the trenches.

These Williams' won't remind you of the Minnesota Vikings Williams', but Dan Williams is easily the third best defensive tackle in the draft.. He immediately upgrades the team in a huge area of need.

 

 

 

 

 

12. Miami Dolphins : Rolando McClain, Inside Linebacker

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This makes the seventh linebacker Bill Parcells has drafted in the first round.

McClain pick allows newly acquired Karlos Dansby to move to the outside to help Cameron Wake rush the passer. He will also help the inconsistent Channing Crowder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. San Francisco 49ers : Joe Haden, Cornerback

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The Niners need help in the secondary. Their current group of CB's had five interceptions last year, and veteran Nate Clements is entering his ninth season.

Haden was considered a top ten selection before his mediocre showing at the combine, but it is hard to see him dropping too far in the draft.

 

 

 

 

 


14. Seattle Seahawks: Dez Bryant, Wide Receiver

 

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Now that all of the top blockers are gone, Seattle could use an infusion at wide receiver after losing Nate Burleson.

Bryant is big and strong, with hr ability to jump high.

He is the best player on the board at this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 


15. New York Giants : Derrick Morgan, Defensive End

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The Jints get a gift here. Morgan fits nicely into their 4-3 scheme, and will help if they lose both 2009 starters after this season.

Linebacker Sean Witherspoon might get a look, because his game fits G-Men defensive coordinator Perry Fewell's scheme.

 

 

 

 

 

 


16. Tennessee Titans: Everson Griffen, Defensive End

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This workout warrior just ran an impressive 4.59 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. He fits the Titans recent run at drafting guys who have great workouts, plus he fills a need. Jeff Fisher's USC ties don't hurt either.\

 

 

 

 

 

 


17. San Francisco 49ers : Anthony Davis, Offensive Tackle

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Davis had his stock drop after a poor combine, but is has the measurables highly sought after.

He is only 20 years old, so he can be developed at right tackle for now with an eye on the left side for the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18. Pittsburgh Steelers : Mike Iupati, Guard

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Iupati fills a big need on a Steelers offensive line that was not very good last year. He can play either guard slot and even right tackle.

He brings a nasty streak that Steelers fans want from their blockers, which will help a rushing attack that is uncertain right now.

 

 

 

 

 

 


19. Atlanta Falcons : Brandon Graham, Defensive End

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Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon could go here, but the Falcons had a paltry 28 sacks in 2009. They need to do better.

Graham is smallish, but his motor and pass rush moves make him perhaps too intriguing to pass up here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


20. Houston Texans : Earl Thomas, Safety

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The Texans absolutely need a free safety right now, and Thomas fills that void. It also doesn't hurt that he attended college at the University of Texas and has some ability to play cornerback.

Though Houston could look at running back, their issue at free safety is too great to ignore right here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


21. Cincinnati Bengals : Jermaine Gresham, Tight End

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Even if the Bengals do sign wide receiver Terrell Owens, they need more receiving options for quarterback Carson Palmer.

Especially at tight end, where they got little production from in 2009.

Though Cincinnati could look at guard or defensive tackle here, Gresham is easily the best tight end in the draft and may be too tempting to pass up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22. New England Patriots : Ryan Matthews, Running Back

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He is a do-it-all type of back who is not afraid of running in between the tackles.

The Pats are full of specialist backs, but lack that bell cow they can lean on.

Matthews could be that guy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23. Green Bay Packers : Kyle Wilson, Cornerback

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Wilson has shot up the boards recently. He is a four year starter who never missed a game, and is extremely smart.

He can also return punts.

Considering Charles Woodson is 33 and entering his 12th season, now may be the time to bolster their cornerbacks unit.

Of course, the Pack could get younger at the offensive tackle. So that is a possibility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24. Philadelphia Eagles : Devin McCourty, Cornerback

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Sheldon Brown is gone, and Asante Samuels probably will be at the end of this season.

The Igglez go local, grabbing a kid who ran a blazing 4.34 forty at the combine. He can spend a year learning to get ready for 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


25. Baltimore Ravens : Jared Odrick, Defensive Tackle

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The Ravens just lost Dwan Edwards and Justin Bannen, so reinforcements is a must. They could go cornerback, but Odrick has shot up a lot of draft boards recently.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


26. Arizona Cardinals : Sean Weatherspoon, Linebacker

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The Big Red lost do everything linebacker Karlos Dansby, and they luck out getting a replacement in Weatherspoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


27. Dallas Cowboys : Maurkice Pouncey, Center

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Pouncey is such a nice prospect, it is conceivable Pro Bowler Andre Gurode could get shifted to guard. Some think that is his natural position, plus Gurode has been prone to mental errors the last few years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28. San Diego Chargers : Jahvid Best, Running Back

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Best fits the Chargers scheme of a back who can do a bit of everything. Quarterback Philip Rivers would enjoy having this kid from nearby Vallejo, California, who also attended college at University of California, Berkeley, by his side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29. New York Jets : Golden Tate, Wide Receiver

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Tate could push for a starting job right away by providing a deep threat and opening things up underneath. His ability to stretch the field is something the Jets desperately need on offense.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


30. Minnesota Vikings : Brian Price, Defensive Tackle

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Pat Williams still has not committed to returning next year. Even if he does, it will most likely be his last.

Price is an intriguing talent that can end up being drafted much higher. He is excellent on the pass rush, and he could help Kevin Williams if Pat Williams decides to retire before training camp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


31. Indianapolis Colts : Charles Brown, Offensive Tackle

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Brown is a former tight end specializes in pass blocking, which is something that fits the Colts scheme. Protecting the franchise, named Peyton Manning, is really THE priority that the Colts have.

Brown represents an upgrade over current starter Charlie Johnson at left tackle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32. New Orleans Saints : Sergio Kindle, Defensive End

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Kindle really fills two needs. He can be used much like his former college teammate Brian Orakpo.

The Saints recently dumped oft-injured defensive end Charles Grant, so Kindle can fill in here. He can also rush from the edge in a two point stance at strong side outside linebacker.

Carlos Dunlap surely could go here and provide those same abilities.

 

 

 

 

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