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The NFL (mock) draft as beat writers see it

Jimmy Johnson used to spend hours reading mock drafts as part of his draft-day preparations. He used to say that some of the most accurate tidbits of information he got on what other teams were likely to do came from the beat writers that covered those teams.

And that's the reason he used to go so far as to call certain beat writers or journalists in various cities to pick their brains about their teams.

What follows is an wealth of information and opinion Johnson would love to have were he still making picks in this draft. Below you will find a mock draft compiled with the cooperation of two dozen beat writers and columnists that cover the NFL in the 32 NFL cities.

Every team's information is compiled by that team's beat writer or columnist, most of whom got on a conference call Tuesday and conducted a draft as if it were happening in real time.

This is the result. Some interesting things come out of this. Notice Percy Harvin is not picked in the first round. Notice the Dolphins have their choice of several outstanding players with the selection, made by me, perhaps surprising based on how this mock played out.

Anyway, won't keep you any longer. Have at it. And in the comments section, you tell me if the Dolphins would actually pick the player I picked based on his, shall we say, interesting sense of humor as seen in this youtube video below.

1. DETROIT: (8 picks, 2 in first, 2 in third, 2 in sixth.) Needs: QB, DT, OT/G, entire defense. Comment: Leos were last in the league in defense, 30th in rushing. As of today, they have narrowed choice to three players - Matthew Stafford, Jason Smith and Aaron Curry. Scott McEwen, protege of Ron Hughes in Pittsburgh, runs the college operation as he has in the past. Pick: Everything points to Stafford. Lions have one Pro Bowl appearance in the last 51 years by a QB, that being Greg Landry in 1971.

2. ST. LOUIS: (7 picks) Needs: OT, WR. Comment: Cut two seven-time Pro Bowlers in Orlando Pace and Torry Holt for cap reasons. Have lost 27 of last 32 games. No. 2 overall for second year in a row. It's down to 4 players: Matt Sanchez, Eugene Monroe, Jason Smith and Curry. They have just one bona fide OT on roster in Alex Barron. Donnie Avery is their most experienced WR on the roster (53 career catches). It won’t be Sanchez. If they have a higher grade on Curry, they’ll take him. PICK: Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia.

3. KANSAS CITY: (7 picks; no second, 2 in seventh) Needs: Pass rusher, LB, Speed WR, OT. Comment: The Chiefs had just 10 sacks last year, will be going to some 3-4 so there’s a LB need. They added Zach Thomas, Mike Vrabel and Monty Beisel to get them through this year at LB. PICK: OT Jason Smith, Baylor. If St. Louis goes Smith, they go Monroe.

4. SEATTLE: (10 picks, 4 in seventh) Needs: OLB, OT, QB, WR depth, S. Comment: LT Walter Jones is coming off microfracture surgery. QB Matt Hasselbeck missed nine games last year with a back injury. PICK: Aaron Curry, LB, Georgia Tech. Crabtree is an outside shot. 'Hawks like Jason Smith a bit better than Monroe.

5. CLEVELAND: (5 picks, 2 in 2nd, no 3rd, no 5th, no 7th) Needs: Pass rusher, 3-4 OLB, S, WR, RB. Comment: Mangini wants to overhaul the roster. He wants to trade and collect picks. We believe the Braylon Edwards trade will happen when they go on the clock on draft day. They will trade QB Brady Quinn if they can. The Browns are interested in Matt Sanchez, but the suspicion is they would trade down instead. The PICK: Mark Sanchez, QB, USC. The suspicion is they’ll take the WR with the pick they get from the Edwards deal. But guessing Crabtree would not be crazy.

6. CINCINNATI: (11 picks, 2 3rds, 2 in 6th, 3 in 7th) Needs: OT, C, WR, RB depth, pass rusher. Comment: At OT, Levi Jones has been injury prone, Stacy Andrews lost in free agency. They are happy with Anthony Collins at OT. If both top tackles are gone, the PICK: Andre Smith, OT, Alabama. They had him in for a meeting a week ago. Brian Orakpo is a possibility. Michael Crabtree is possible.

7. OAKLAND: (5 picks; no fifth, no sixth) Needs: WR, OT, S. It’s always about speed with the Raiders. They have nobody for Russell to throw to. They’re happy with run game. PICK: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri. Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech. They may like Maclin and Hayward-Bey. Michael Huff is on the trade block, we think.

8. JACKSONVILLE: (9 picks; 3 in seventh). Needs: WR, DT, S, OT, 3rd CB. Comment: They got Torry Holt, but they’re still hurting at WR. Dennis Northcutt and Mike Walker are their other two WRs. DT is a need since they dealt Marcus Stroud. Haven’t been able to play the type of D they like – clog the middle. The plan is to take the best player available. PICK: B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College.

9. GREEN BAY: (9 picks; 2 in third, 2 in sixth). Needs: Going 3-4. Could use DE, LB, OT, RB, S, DB. Comment: GM Ted Thompson has traded down 13 times in his first four drafts. In this scenario, they would trade down. PICK: Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech. Their current D-line is: Jolley-Pickett-Jenkins. So Raji or Tyson Jackson are perfect fits. Not sure how they feel about Oher. The other 3 tackles would fit. Malcolm Jenkins would be an outside shot.

10. SAN FRANCISCO: (9 picks, 2 in fifth, 2 in seventh). Needs: OT, edge rusher, WR. Comment: They’re content to go with the QBs they have instead of taking one in the first round. They could use a RT. Singletary wants to go strictly to a 3-4 defense. PICK: Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi.

11. BUFFALO: (9 picks, 2 in first, 2 in fourth). Needs: DE, T, TE, LB. Comment:They can get a TE in the second round, and I can’t see them taking Pettigrew this early. A wild card would be Cushing. PICK: Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas. If he’s gone, take Robert Ayers or Aaron Maybin.

12. DENVER: (10 picks; 2 in first, 2 in third, 1 in fifth, 2 in seventh). Needs: Going 3-4 so NT, OLB, ILB, DE, WR. Comment: We’re suspecting defense in the first round for sure. QB is the riddle. If they pick a QB, they’ve basically admitted they screwed up in trading Cutler. Can’t see that. There might be some interest in Quinn. PICK: Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU.  Shanahan ran 14 drafts, they have 3 No. 1s from those drafts and only 2 are starters – DJ Williams and Ryan Clady.

13. WASHINGTON: (5 picks; no second, no fourth). Needs: pass rusher, OLB, RT. Comment: After this, they don’t pick again until No. 80. They traded second for Jason Taylor. Jason Campbell’s contract is up after this year. They would want Sanchez. The would have taken Orakpo or Tyson Jackson. They like the So. Cal linebackers. They have a tendency to take big-school players from SEC. Larry English is possible, but he’s from a small school. PICK: Larry English, DE, Northern Illinois. They’re not big on Maybin. They would consider a trade-down here.

14. NEW ORLEANS: (4 picks; 1st, 2 fourths, 7th). Needs: S, DE, CB, RB. Comment: They run a standard 4-3, Maybin or E. Brown are outside candidates. PICK: Malcolm Jenkins, FS, Ohio State. If he fits at safety, that’s fine with them.

15. HOUSTON: (8 picks; 2 in fourth) Needs: OLB, RB, FS are top three needs. Comment: They will try like crazy to trade back and take Matthews a bit later. PICK: Brian Cushing, LB, Southern Cal. It’s Cushing or Matthews unless Jenkins were to fall.

16. SAN DIEGO: (8 picks, no 2nd, three in fourth). Needs: DE, ILB, ROLB, S. Comment: They would like to take Tyson Jackson, DE. If Jackson gone, PICK: Beanie Wells, RB, Ohio State. If Wells gone, take Rey Maualuga. If all three gone, pass. Just kidding. Knowshon Moreno. (Running back is more of a future need that could be addressed now if the right guy is there.)

17. N.Y. JETS: (6 picks; no fifth) Needs: WR, QB, DE, RB. Comment:  Kellen Clemens and Brett Ratliff, are the current QBs. The value here is QB Josh Freeman of Kansas State. Pick: Freeman. Illinois CB Vontae Davis is possible.

18. DENVER: (from Chicago) (see picks above). Comment: They need defense. PICK: Clay MATTHEWS, OLB. Other option is Peria Jerry.

19. TAMPA BAY: (8 picks, no second, 3 sevenths) Needs: D-line, CB, WR. Comment: In total overhaul mode, new head coach, new GM, new coordinators, new QB, no Derrick Brooks. Jim Bates is veering from Tampa 2. PICK: Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi.

20. DETROIT: (from Dallas) (See picks above). Needs: Defense. Comment:  The Lions would take Jerry. Lions worst in NFL in rushing defense. Saints converted 11 straight third downs vs. them late last season. Horrible. PICK: Ziggy Hood, DT, Missouri.

21. PHILADELPHIA: (10 picks; no 4th. four in fifth, two in sixth). Needs: RB, Interior OL, TE, WR, DE. Comment: Already traded away a pick for Jason Peters of Buffalo. PICK: Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia. Brian Westrbook about to turn 30 has balky knee.

22. MINNESOTA: (6 picks; no 4th, no 6th, 2 in seventh). Needs: RT, WR, CB, DT, C. Comment: RT is Ryan Cook, second round in 2006. WR need a second guy. Winfield is over 30 at corner. Need more bodies there. QB – they seem to be content with Rosenfels and Travaris Jackson. They like all the OTs. PICK: Eben Britton, OT, Arizona, Also: Harvin or Haywood-Bey are possible.

23. NEW ENGLAND: (11 picks; 3 in second, 2 in third; 2 in sixth). Needs: More pass rush, S, CB, LB. Comments: Six picks in the first 97 as rich get richer. Belichick said it’s the most flexibility he’s ever had. Expect them to move up and down. Defense was 26th on third down. PICK: Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee. Belichick loves the height weight guys. He also likes the UConn cornerback Darius Butler.

24. ATLANTA: (7 picks, 2 in fifth, no 7th). Needs: OLB, SS, TE, CB. The PICK: Brandon Pettigrew, TE Oklahoma State. They like Larry English. However, in this scenario, Aaron Maybin would be a strong consideration.

25. MIAMI: (9 picks; 2 in second, 2 in seventh). Needs: Starting CB, No. 1 WR, pass rushers. Comment: The Dolphins won’t be afraid to take the best player available. CB Will Allen is one starter. They signed mediocre CB Eric Green; They do not have a No. 1 WR in their popgun offense. They want more pass-rush help for 32-year-old Joey Porter, who had 43 percent of their sacks. Everybody’s talking about Virginia’s LB Clint Sintim because he played with Al Groh, but he’s a second-round pick. (If somebody real good falls - Clay Matthews, Rey Maualuga or even Moreno, they'll pick him based on value. Pick: Rey Maualuga, LB, USC. Second choice: Darius Butler, CB, UConn. Third choice: WR Hakeem Nicks. Fourth choice: WR Kenny Britt.

26. BALTIMORE: (6 picks, no 7th). Needs: TE, OT, WR, Comment: Must help young QB Joe Flacco and Cam Cameron will be crying for more help on offense. The PICK: Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State. Visited them. They could use Pettigrew. Feel free to flip-flop Maybin to Atlanta and Pettigrew to Baltimore in this mock draft.

27. INDIANAPOLIS: (8 picks; 2 in fourth). Needs: WR, DT, OLB, RB, OT. Comment: Marvin Harrison is gone but may still be re-signed if Colts don't find a replacement in the draft. Oh, too bad, they do find a replacement. PICK: Darrius Hayward-Bey, WR, Maryland. A fallback pick would be: Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State.

28. BUFFALO: (from Carolina & Philly) (picks see above). PICK: Phil Loadholt, OT, Oklahoma. Fills need for a starting right tackle.

29. N.Y. GIANTS: (10 picks; 2 in second, 2 in third, 2 in fifth). Needs: WR, OT, MLB. Comment: Toomer cut, Plaxico Burress is gone. In this scenario, the PICK: Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina. They checked out Kenny Britt, but he didn’t have a great workout.

30. TENNESSEE: (10 picks, 2 in fourth, 2 in sixth, 2 in seventh). Needs: WR, CB, OLB, OT. Comment: Best player available is in play here. Pick: Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers. A very good option for them would be CB Alphonso Smith. They would pass on Harvin due to off the field issues.

31. ARIZONA: (8 picks, 2 in 7th). Needs: RB, OLB, TE. Comment: Expected to release Edgerrin James, three of their OLBs are over 30 and have had injuries. They’ve been searching for a TE for 2 decades. PICK: Donald Brown, RB UConn. They’re high on Larry English, think he’s a great kid and a hard worker.

32. PITTSBURGH: (9 picks, 2 in fifth, 2 in seventh). Needs: OL depth, DL depth, CB depth. Comments: Steelers love picking here and would love to do it every year. PICK: DL Fili Moala, USC. Options are C Alex Mack or C Eric Wood.


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Just got back from the future and this is what happened:

Pick #25 - CB Sean Smith Ht: 6-4|Wt: 214
* Great in red-zone coverage and deep routes
Pick #44 - OLB Clint Sintim Ht: 6-3|Wt: 256
* Animal! Love his potenial
Pick #56 - DT Ron Brace Ht: 6-3|Wt: 330
* Huge, with the frame to get bigger, WOW!
Pick #87 - QB/WR Pat White Ht: 6-0|Wt: 197
* Play maker for wildcat
Pick #161 - OT/G Duke Robinson Ht: 6-5|Wt: 329
* Can you say bullllldozer!
Pick #181 - ILB Micah Johnson Ht: 6-2|Wt: 256
* Big & solid. Good in drop back coverage.
Pick #214 - CB Victor Harris Ht: 5-11|Wt: 198
* Hard hitter, great on slot coverage.
Pick #237 - TE Bear Pascoe Ht: 6-5|Wt: 251
* Good combo blocker/pass catcher.

This will no doubt go down in history as the best Dolphins draft in history!

Thanks Bill, Jeff, and Tony!!

Go Dolphins!!!!!!!

jets will get sanshaz some how ,every one is talking about it,GO PATS

GO TOM BRADY and show them what a QB should look like

Maualuga will almost certainly *NOT* be the Dolphins pick at 25. He's *WAY* too undisciplined and he takes horrible angles to the ball. Lauranitis has a better chance if he's still on the board but MLB in general is very unlikely in the first round.

so who wants a dirty sanchez

manny me
You are going to ruin to integrity of this blog if you keep chasing others away.
souljabeats yesterday and now chase today.
It's not my blog but I do know that Armando has asked you to town it down before. come on now you can do better show some class, stop writing all those bad faul mouthed words in spanish and stop baiting people into arguing with you. your better than that and lets give this blog and people who visit a chance to like it especially if they are Dolphins fans
Many americans speak and read spanish so when you put up that crap, for a lack of a better word, but appropriate non the-less, then I know I don't like seeing it.

mando, if the draft goes as you suggest your pick is wrong. It wouldn't be any of those in this case, it would be everette brown. Perfect 3/4 olb. Did I miss him somewhere? I double checked...

Sorry, in my excitement, I forgot Pick #108 where we swapped with the Raiders.

Pick #108 - WR Ramses Barden: Ht: 6-6|Wt: 227

Pick #25 - CB Sean Smith Ht: 6-4|Wt: 214
* Great in red-zone coverage and deep routes
Pick #44 - OLB Clint Sintim Ht: 6-3|Wt: 256
* Animal! Love his potenial
Pick #56 - DT Ron Brace Ht: 6-3|Wt: 330
* Huge, with the frame to get bigger, WOW!
Pick #87 - QB/WR Pat White Ht: 6-0|Wt: 197
* Play maker for wildcat
Pick #161 - OT/G Duke Robinson Ht: 6-5|Wt: 329
* Can you say bullllldozer!
Pick #181 - ILB Micah Johnson Ht: 6-2|Wt: 256
* Big & solid. Good in drop back coverage.
Pick #214 - CB Victor Harris Ht: 5-11|Wt: 198
* Hard hitter, great on slot coverage.
Pick #237 - TE Bear Pascoe Ht: 6-5|Wt: 251
* Good combo blocker/pass catcher.

Espn is reporting that the lions aand M.Stafford are very close to a deal.

MikeS. Keep dreaming ! Duke robinson in the 4rh round ? Victor Harris in the 7th round ? LOL. And miami isn't wasting a 3rd round pick on pat white. Miami wants to go away from the wildcat and be better in the base offense.

Zeus, you must stop writing under so many names and make people leave,please stop using your famlty routes sewer english and live and let live.

Do we have any interest in Alphonso Smith CB Wake Forest, James Laurinitis ILB Ohio St., Sheerod Martin F/CB Troy and/or Ramses Barden WR Cal Poly? I haven't heard much of us being interested in them but I know a few of them have been in for visits? If we wanted we could get all four. They're 4 of my favs in this draft so just curious. Also, I think we will be the ones who end up with Larry English not Washington.

i dont think ive been to a blog that keeps it clean either way... Hey culito how did u hear about that brown trade to the eagles?

id like to take drew rosenhaus with me to flea market aka swap meet.


Your picks, well I would love it if the dolphins got Rey at 25 but, he will not last that long. Rey should be long gone by the time number 25 is up, regarding the back up picks. Butler has reach written all over him in the first round.
Now Britt or Nicks, that would be the way to go, because you need that #1 reciever to open things up for the rest of the offense, and keep opposing defenses' from not crowding the line of scrimage. This in turn should help the running game blast wide open. Now, our passing game might have seemed like it was adequate last year (#10 league) but it lacked a number one, big play, go to reciever that if you need to pick up ten yards for the first, or a corner route into the end zone, then the last two picks that you mentioned fit the bill to a tee!
Lacking the go to reciever was never more evident than in the last game the Dolphins played in the playoffs against Balitmore, so when bloggers say that we finshed number 10 or 9 or what ever, take a look at the playoff game versus Bmore...Sure would have been nice to have had Britt or Nicks back then...moving on.
If Rey is still there, and (his character issues are over hyped by the way) we, the Dolphins have a chance to get him, pull the trigger because: Rey played all three downs at USC. Can be coached to correct his aggression and over-pursuit. Has a passion for the game and hits you like a bullet train. So I love this pick if Rey is still around, but I chances are...

Based on that if the Dolphins pick either a WR or Rey Maualuga with the 25 pick , either way,
you go after CB Sean Smith with the next pick at 44.



Someone from the dolphins legal department is my neighbor. She said its a hush hush until Saturday morning, they want to first work out the contract with this cry baby brown from the eagles before submitting to the league.

No manny me you have to stop witht the culito and harsh words that I and others can read and understand.
Por favor no mas

Culito i greatly apreciate the info thank u i hope u keep us up todate in this breaking news.

Mike S have to agree with the phin fan from nj.
Duke Rob should be gone in the second maybe out side chance last until the third.
Pat white is not on the Dolphins radar unless he last till the seventh round then maybe. Victor harris also should be gone where you have him picked in your mock draft. Just observation on your mockd.

Dolphin4life,you got it wrong,zeus today wrote uder these names so far,ZEUS---JETS FAN AND TOP OF THIS PAGE UNDER THE NAME CHASE,so her it ie,gopats is not CUILO but the trash you tlking about is written by mr CRLITO who's zeus,chase,gets fan of today and all follow the ALIEN MAN FROM ROMANIA

hey joey u aint from the golfito are u?

dolphins look like they are dying to get nicks even if the price high to help this team to go deep in the playoffs while jets trying to move higher to get sanshaz.


Joey devile, no i am not from golfito

zeus did u just change ur name from joey to zeus?

fins, 6-10
gets, 8-8
pats, 12-4
bills, 11-5
go jets

joey devile, sorry that was typo mistake

ohh ok just makeing sure zeus

joey deville, that was typo mistake

heyy... wait a minute.....

Dolphin4life, your post was good until you said the dolphins receivers did not play well in the playoffs. If U go back and watch the tape they won their one on one match-ups. It was the o-line that got whipped. Question. Has Chad Pennington ever beat an elite defense?


check this vid out it i think i found the cuban menace

joey, can you find zeus aka chase aka joey for us while you are at it ?

Sanchez at 5 to Cleveland?

Aren't they already trying to sort out between two QB's? And they are going to get rid of them both?

Throws the whole thing out of wack (and a trade will probably do that anyway to many a mock, but...)

But given the presented slate, nice choices Mando.

sure im all over it.


Those beat writers...Mark Sanchez and Seattle have a date with destiny at #4, I can not see the Seahawks passing on this kid, especially since Hasellback has missed all that time last year and he's 33 years old. I don't understand why the next two teams would even pass him up.

Mark Bolger and the Rams need alot of help like a LT but the team should look to rebuild. Meaning trade Bolger for what ever you can get.
KC is also rebuilding and need alot of help Tyler thigpen is not going to get it done but this team need more help, so trade out of the top of draft and get more picks. The chiefs are in good position to add more picks by trading out of the top of the first round. If they have no takers then take Sanchez.

Either way taking Mark Sanchez for either of those teams you wouldn't have to worry about your QB for the next decade...

can san chez becomes a big bust? it very well can happen ,i have the feeling that tuna has a big bomb in the works , he has been very quite lately


If you look at the tape, why do you think Bmore was able to SHUT down the run...the Dolphins had NO recievers to command attention away from the line of scrimage.
The Dolphins had no WR that you can line up on one side and isolate with a CB and play pitch and catch. That made the Dolphins one dimensional and for a great D like Bmore, resistence was futile. Tee off time!

The dolphins need to pick Hakem Nicks....think about it, this year, there is not an amazing CB selection...so, pick what's plentiful this year, and then next year there's bound to be a better CB selection, so u pick one then. The dolphins NEED a WR more than a CB.

When Harvin keeps making plays and scoring touchdowns as he has all his life...don't want to hear any whining from anyone! As an honest FinFan, how in the world can you not think we need a WR is a BAD way!

Dolphins4life. You forgot Matt cassell will be qb for KC not thigpen.


Don't get upset, thats just manny me and his colorful charcters of his.
I know how you feel, but seeing you and a few others who occasionally post on the blog is quite refreshing from manny me's personal twitter site here on this blog.

Knowledgeable, personalable people is what this blog needs, so I hope you and others who have left for one reason or another come back.

Or else as you said "this blog is going to shit" I hope not, I need to keep in touch with my peeps; dolfans!

!!Remember the Dolphins!!

nj phin fan
True that, true that...Matt Cassell is the QB good move Pioli good move.

NJ phin fan

True that, true that...Matt Cassell is the QB Pioli added...good move Pioli good move.

E&O: Excuse the double post

Ok Dolphin Fans

till tomorrow, just a few more days left till the draft and moment of truth...who the Trifecta picks on day one should be real interesting.

Yeeeeeeesssssss. I see that Mr. culito made a cameo on the palm beach post blog . LMAO!

mr bunglito is in the house,culito is carlito aka zeus

bunglito, what do you think of the draft? any ideaa you have ?


cause thas how i roll culon.

can u put the tag for the blog of mr c bungalito cause i couldnt find it maybe it got deleted?

yes mr bung enlighten us with ur mock draft please.

Are you still mad at me go pats? Were you born in the US? We all want to know, dude.

my mock draft. 1st round- cuban menace. 2nd round- Gort and Luggi from costa rica. 3rd round - monkey. 4rth round- Carlito from golfito . 5th round - culito. The rest who cares?

Dfan aka, i love you .where were you born in cuba?

mr buglito...how come you foget the azzzzzz DFAN AKA CARLITO


why you keep asking gopats where was he born? do you have a hood on your head ?bty did you find your real dad yet ?

I already stated in a previous post as to where I was born. How about you go pats? I am only Dfan not any others.

We allhave a right to know where he is born...azzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

ask your momy and she will tell you

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