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Deja Vu Mock Drafts – 2008

Just to add (or subtract) from my credibility, I’m posting past mock drafts. Here are my versions from 2008.
Mock Draft
As of 4.16.08

1. Miami – OT Jake Long, Michigan
2. St. Louis – DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU
3. Atlanta – QB Matt Ryan, Boston College
4. Oakland – DE Chris Long, Virginia
5. Kansas City – OT Ryan Clady, Boise State
6. New York Jets – RB Darren McFadden, Arkansas
7. New England (from San Francisco) – DE Vernon Gholston, Ohio State
8. Baltimore – OG-OT Branden Albert, Virginia
9. Cincinnati – DT Sedrick Ellis, USC
10. New Orleans – LB Keith Rivers, USC
11. Buffalo – WR Devin Thomas, Michigan State
12. Denver – OT Ryan Clady, Boise State
13. Carolina – DE Derrick Harvey, Florida
14. Chicago – RB Jonathan Stewart, Oregon
15. Detroit – CB Leodis McKelvin, Troy
16. Arizona – CB Aqib Talib, Kansas
17. Minnesota – OT Jeff Otah, Pittsburgh
18. Houston – RB Rashard Mendenhall, Illinois
19. Philadelphia – OT Gosder Cherilus, Boston College
20. Tampa Bay – CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Arkansas State
21. Washington – DE Philip Merling, Clemson
22. Dallas (from Cleveland) – WR Limas Sweed, Texas
23. Pittsburgh – DT Kentwan Balmer, North Carolina
24. Tennessee – DE Calais Campbell, Miami
25. Seattle – OT Chris Williams, Vanderbilt
26. Jacksonville – DE Lawrence Jackson, USC
27. San Diego – LB Jerod Mayo, Tennessee
28. Dallas – RB Felix Jones, Arkansas
29. San Francisco (from Indianapolis) – CB Mike Jenkins, South Florida
30. Green Bay – TE Dustin Keller, Purdue
31. No pick (New England)
32. New York Giants – LB Dan Connor, Penn State

feel free to check this after the draft and make fun of how i did…
Mock Draft
As of 4.25.08

1. Miami – OT Jake Long, Michigan (signed)
2. St. Louis – DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU
3. Atlanta – QB Matt Ryan, Boston College
4. Oakland – RB Darren McFadden, Arkansas
5. Kansas City – DE Vernon Gholston, Ohio State
6. New York Jets – DE Chris Long, Virginia
7. New England (from San Francisco) – DT Sedrick Ellis, USC
8. Baltimore – OG-OT Branden Albert, Virginia
9. Cincinnati – DE Derrick Harvey, Florida
10. New Orleans – LB Keith Rivers, USC
11. Buffalo – WR Devin Thomas, Michigan State
12. Denver – OT Chris Williams, Vanderbilt
13. Carolina – OT Ryan Clady, Boise State
14. Chicago – OT Jeff Otah, Pittsburgh
15. Detroit – RB Jonathan Stewart, Oregon
16. Arizona – CB Leodis McKelvin, Troy
17. Kansas City (from Minnesota) – OT Gosder Cherilus, Boston College
18. Houston – RB Rashard Mendenhall, Illinois
19. Philadelphia – CB Aqib Talib, Kansas
20. Tampa Bay – LB Jerod Mayo, Tennessee
21. Washington – DE Philip Merling, Clemson
22. Dallas (from Cleveland) – WR Limas Sweed, Texas
23. Pittsburgh – DT Kentwan Balmer, North Carolina
24. Tennessee – CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Tennessee State
25. Seattle – QB Chad Henne, Michigan
26. Jacksonville – OT Sam Baker, USC
27. San Diego – WR DeSean Jackson, California
28. Dallas – RB Felix Jones, Arkansas
29. San Francisco (from Indianapolis) – CB Mike Jenkins, South Florida
30. Green Bay – CB Brandon Flowers, Virginia Tech
31. No pick (New England)
32. New York Giants – S Tyrell Johnson, Arkansas State

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Deja Vu Mock Drafts – 2007

Just to add (or subtract) from my credibility, I’m posting past mock drafts. Here are my versions (along with follow-up thoughts) from 2007.

NFL mock draft, try 1

 OK, those who know me or hear me in my occasional cameos on ESPN 1400 know I’m a football geek, so I figured I’d go ahead and post my first take at a mock draft for this year. Enjoy…

1. OAK – QB JaMarcus Russell
2. DET – OT Joe Thomas
3. CLE – QB Brady Quinn
4. TB – WR Calvin Johnson
5. ARIZ – DE Gaines Adams
6. WASH – DE Jamaal Anderson
7. MINN – DT Amobi Okoye
8. ATL (from HOU) – S LaRon Landry
9. MIA – CB Leon Hall
10. HOU (from ATL) – OT Levi Brown
11. SF – LB Patrick Willis
12. BUFF – RB Adrian Peterson
13. STL – DT Alan Branch
14. CAR – DE Adam Carriker
15. PITT – LB Lawrence Timmons
16. GB – RB Marshawn Lynch
17. JAX – LB Paul Posluszny
18. CIN – TE Greg Olsen
19. TENN – WR Dwayne Bowe
20. NYG – WR Ted Ginn Jr.
21. DEN – DE Jarvis Moss
22. DALL – CB Darrelle Revis
23. KC – WR Dwayne Jarrett
24. NE (from SEA) – CB Aaron Ross
25. NYJ – DE Anthony Spencer
26. PHIL – OG Justin Blalock
27. NO – CB Chris Houston
28. NE – S Reggie Nelson
29. BALT – WR Robert Meachem
30. SD – S Michael Griffin
31. CHI – OT Joe Staley
32. IND – DB Eric Weddle

NFL mock draft, take 2

 

Here’s take 2, 1 week out…

1. OAK – QB JaMarcus Russell
2. DET – WR Calvin Johnson (Johnson goes 2 in a trade)
3. CLE – QB Brady Quinn
4. TB – DE Gaines Adams
5. ARIZ – OT Joe Thomas
6. WASH – OT Levi Brown
7. MINN – S LaRon Landry
8. ATL (from Hou) – DT Amobi Okoye
9. MIA – CB Leon Hall
10. HOU (from Atl) – RB Adrian Peterson
11. SF – LB Patrick Willis
12. BUFF – CB Darrelle Revis
13. STL – DE Jamaal Anderson
14. CAR – DE Adam Carriker
15. PITT – LB Jon Beason
16. GB – WR Ted Ginn Jr.
17. JAX – S Michael Griffin
18. CIN – LB Paul Posluszny
19. TENN – WR Robert Meachem
20. NYG – DT Alan Branch
21. DEN – LB Lawrence Timmons
22. DALL – CB Aaron Ross
23. KC – WR Dwayne Bowe
24. NE (from Sea) – OT Joe Staley
25. NYJ – TE Greg Olsen
26. PHIL – DE Jarvis Moss
27. NO – CB Chris Houston
28. NE – WR Anthony Gonzalez
29. BALT – OG Ben Grubbs
30. SD – WR Dwayne Jarrett
31. CHI – DE Anthony Spencer
32. IND – CB Eric Wright

how did i do?

 

OK, time for a little self-evaluation. Here’s my mock draft from last week and what actually happened…

1. OAK – QB JaMarcus Russell – dead on
2. DET – WR Calvin Johnson (Johnson goes 2 in a trade) – no trade but dead on
3. CLE – QB Brady Quinn – Quinn went 22, but I got the team right
4. TB – DE Gaines Adams – dead on
5. ARIZ – OT Joe Thomas – actually went 3
6. WASH – OT Levi Brown – actually went 5
7. MINN – S LaRon Landry – actually went 6
8. ATL (from Hou) – DT Amobi Okoye -actually went 10
9. MIA – CB Leon Hall – actually went 19
10. HOU (from Atl) – RB Adrian Peterson – actually went 7
11. SF – LB Patrick Willis – dead on
12. BUFF – CB Darrelle Revis – actually went 14
13. STL – DE Jamaal Anderson – actually went 8
14. CAR – DE Adam Carriker – actually went 13
15. PITT – LB Jon Beason – actually went 25
16. GB – WR Ted Ginn Jr. – actually went 9
17. JAX – S Michael Griffin – actually went 19
18. CIN – LB Paul Posluszny – actually went 2nd round
19. TENN – WR Robert Meachem – actually went 27
20. NYG – DT Alan Branch – actually went 2nd round
21. DEN – LB Lawrence Timmons – actually went 15
22. DALL – CB Aaron Ross – actually went 20
23. KC – WR Dwayne Bowe – dead on
24. NE (from Sea) – OT Joe Staley – actually went 28
25. NYJ – TE Greg Olsen – actually went 31
26. PHIL – DE Jarvis Moss – actually went 17
27. NO – CB Chris Houston – actually went 2nd round
28. NE – WR Anthony Gonzalez – actually went 32
29. BALT – OG Ben Grubbs – dead on
30. SD – WR Dwayne Jarrett – actually went 2nd round
31. CHI – DE Anthony Spencer – actually went 26
32. IND – CB Eric Wright – actually went 2nd round

At PFW, we had a competition where you got points if you got the right person in the right spot. Under that system, I had 1+2+4+11+23+29, which is 70 points, a good total. I also hit 27 of 32 first rounders, which I feel pretty good about. So at the least, it’s not embarrassing.

Woo-hoo for me. (that’s sarcasm, folks)

draft – who i liked

 

Since I’m going to be on ESPN 1400 tomorrow to talk draft, I thought I’d share the teams who I liked in the draft

(you can listen to 1400 AM in Spartanburg 5/1 at 3:40 p.m. to hear me…)

The top 8, in alphabetical order:

ARIZONA — (Key picks: OT Levi Brown, DT Alan Branch, LB Buster Davis, WR Steve Breaston) Got productive guys from big colleges; Branch has top-10 talent and could become cornerstone of Arizona’s D

ATLANTA — (Key picks: DE Jamaal Anderson, OT Justin Blalock, CB Chris Houston) Got 2 first-round values in the 2nd round in Blalock and Houston

CAROLINA — (Key picks: LB Jon Beason, WR Dwayne Jarrett, C Ryan Kalil, DE Charles Johnson) The 2 second-rounders look like steals. Their trade-down from 14 to 25 was savvy because the board dropped off at 14 except at CB, which wasn’t their need area. Beason is a solid player who could help outside or in the middle if Dan Morgan gets hurt again. Jarrett is Keyshawn Johnson’s clone and potential replacement. Kalil is just a center, which is the reason he fell, but his presence allows the Panthers to upgrade at C and RG, which were trouble spots last year. Johnson is a talented DE who can apprentice for a year behind Mike Rucker before stepping in. 2 other picks, KR Ryne Robinson and TE Dante Rosario, provide depth at key areas. The one thing they didn’t get was a safety, unless 7th-rounder CJ Wilson steps up.

INDIANAPOLIS — (Key picks: WR Anthony Gonzalez, OT Tony Ugoh, CB Daymeion Hughes) Maybe my favorite draft. Gonzalez will step in for Brandon Stokely immediately as the 3rd wideout and could replace Marvin Harrison eventually. I liked him just below Bowe and Meachem, ahead of the others in that group. Ugoh is a good value pick, and Hughes is a steal at a need position.

MINNESOTA — (Key picks: RB Adrian Peterson, WR Sidney Rice, CB Marcus McCauley, WR Aundre Allison) Their offense will undoubtedly get better with Peterson and Rice, who should be more productive than his rating. McCauley was a great value as well.

OAKLAND — (Key picks: QB JaMarcus Russell, TE Zach Miller, DE Quentin Moses, WR Johnnie Lee Higgins, RB Michael Bush) Had a lot of picks and used them well for a change. Moses and Bush were first-round talents who fell because of inconsistency and injury, respectively, but if the Raiders hit on either, this draft is great value. I also liked them taking a shot on Mike Williams in a trade from the Lions. (Remember, new coach Lane Kiffin was Williams’ offensive coordinator at USC.)

SAN DIEGO — (Key picks: WR Craig Davis, S Eric Weddle, LB Anthony Waters) I don’t know about Davis, who may be a reach but at least is at a need position. But Weddle was a good player to target at one of their few need positions, and Waters will be a really good pro if he can come back from his ACL injury.

SAN FRANCISCO — (Key picks: LB Patrick Willis, OT Joe Staley, WR Jason Hill, DE Ray McDonald) This team on the rise decided to go for it this year with several aggressive and promising moves. Willis should step in and start right away. Staley cost them next year’s 1st-rounder, but if he can start at OLT he’s worth it. Hill and McDonald were good value picks. But maybe the best move was trading for WR Darrell Jackson, who immediately becomes their No. 1 and fills a huge need.

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