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A mock draft of picks 1-13 by national media

For a few years now writers and columnists from the 32 NFL cities have been doing a live mock draft. The idea is to have folks with a solid finger on the pulse of their teams run through the exercise and see how the actual draft might go.

The first leg of that draft happened Sunday, as 13 selections were made. I made the selection for the Dolphins among the list of national media. (And I recognize you are now asking, 'Why did Salguero make the Miami pick if it's supposed to be done by someone with a good idea what the team will do?')

Folks, this isn't science. I made the pick for Miami, like it or not.

I am not predicting this will be Miami's pick.

The greater point is, judging from the picks made by folks ahead of the Dolphins, I would tell you the Dolphins will have quite a few talented players to pick from at No. 12 if the writers have any clue what their teams might do.

The exercise suggests that when Miami picks at No. 12 great talent will remain on the board for the Dolphins if they do not trade down. In this mock, Earl Thomas, Jimmy Clausen, Mike Iupati, Derrick Morgan, Dez Bryant, Sergio Kindle, and Dan Williams are all available to Miami at No. 12.

If that happens on draft day, I would tell you the Dolphins will try to bug out of No. 12. Clausen will have value to someone. Bryant may have value to someone. Thomas will have value to someone, as well as to Miami.

The Dolphins may be able to trade down and get back a second or third round pick. Of course, all this is speculation, an opportunity for you to disagree. It's a mock draft.

1: St. Louis Rams (By Jim Thomas, St. Louis Post Dispatch).

The skinny: After passing on Mark Sanchez and Matt Ryan in the past two years, the Rams won't pass on Sam Bradford this year. Only what GM Billy Devaney calls a "king's ransom" of picks and players in a trade down will keep St. Louis from taking Bradford. After three subpar seasons, two-time Pro Bowler Marc Bulger was released, leaving only A.J. Feeley, and small-school projects Keith Null, and Mike Reilly on the roster at QB. The pick: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma.

2: Detroit Lions (By Mike O'Hara, longtime Lions beat writer for Detroit News).

The skinny: The Leos have ranked last in the NFL in yards allowed for three straight years, and the interior defense has been especially soft. Ndamukong Suh can give them more than a run-stuffing tackle. He can get pressure up the middle on the quarterback, and his presence will free up players such as Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril to get single blocking to rush the passer. The pick: DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska.

3: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (By Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune).

The skinny: The Bucs finished last in rushing defense and their starting DTs were Ryan Sims and Chris Hovan. Enough said. It's hard to imagine the Bucs passing on either Suh or Gerald McCoy at No. 3. If both are gone, the Bucs will entertain offers to move down and perhaps land S Eric Berry. Other pressing needs are DE, WR, CB and G. Tampa Bay was strangely silent in the offseason for a 3-13 club, signing free agent S Sean Jones and trading for Eagles WR Reggie Brown. Second-year QB Josh Freeman desperately needs more weapons, but GM Mark Dominik and coach Raheem Morris are committed to rebuilding a once-proud defense and the D-line is in shambles. I believe they prefer Suh over McCoy, but they won't mind turning in a card with McCoy's name on it Thursday evening. The pick: DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma.

4: Washington Redskins (By David Elfin, longtime beat writer for the Washington Times).

The skinny: If there was any doubt that the Redskins would use the No. 4 on a LT to replace Chris Samuels (who had to retire because of spinal issues), that was erased when they traded for Donovan McNabb to replace incumbent Jason Campbell. After a 4-12 season, their worst since 1994, the Redskins have plenty of needs (see above) not to mention unhappy DT Albert Haynesworth and LB Rocky McIntosh, who skipped this weekend's "voluntary" minicamp, but they are bereft at LT beyond the marginal Stephon Heyer, who started at RT last season. Washington hopes that Okung can be a carbon copy of Samuels, who made six Pro Bowls in 10 seasons after being chosen second overall in the 2000 draft. The pick: OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State.

5: Kansas City Chiefs (By Randy Covitz, Kansas City Star).

The skinny: I would be lying if I said I had any idea what Scott Pioli is thinking other than I know it's something completely different than the rest of us (see Tyson Jackson). While they don't have a safety to line up and play a game, I'm not buying into the Eric Berry hype. Just too high a pick for a safety when the Chiefs can grab one with one of their two second-rounders. Of course, some say they can get an OT in the second round. I really think Pioli wants to trade down, pick up extra picks, take a Rolando McClain or an Earl Thomas later in the first round or one of the second-tier OTs. Short of predicting trades, I've been giving them Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga with the fifth pick in most mock drafts, though if Suh falls there, they'd have to grab him. They can play Bulaga at RT or move Branden Albert from LT to RT and plug in Bulaga at LT. He's a safe pick and fits their profile. The Chiefs allowed 45 sacks last season. Trent Williams' inconsistency and work ethic does not fit what Piioli calls The Right 53. The pick: OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa .

6: Seattle Seahawks (By Danny O'Neil, Seattle Times).

The skinny: General manager John Schneider is running his first draft, and in Green Bay he worked for a team that made a habit of trading down in the draft order to acquire more picks. Trading down will be a consideration at No. 14, but at No. 6, expect Seattle to take a left tackle. While Walter Jones has not officially retired, the Seahawks are planning as if he won't return. Seattle started four different players at left tackle last year, two of whom were not on the team's roster when training camp began (Brandon Frye and Damion McIntosh). Seattle held its first minicamp last week, which showed just how thin Seattle is along the offensive line. Both of the tackles on the second-string offensive line were tryout players. Seattle is high on safety Eric Berry, who played for Monte Kiffin last season at Tennessee. Kiffin remains a formative influence on new Seattle coach Pete Carroll, but the Seahawks' needs on offense are simply more urgent as Seattle hasn't chosen an offensive player in the first round since choosing center Chris Spencer in 2005. The pick: OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma.

7: Cleveland Browns (By Tony Grossi, Cleveland Plain Dealer). 

The skinny: Forget a trade up with Rams. Forget taking Jimmy Clausen. Mike Holmgren's statement to me about wishing he liked Clausen more was not a smokescreen; he was being candid. Could he have been won over by now? Possibly, but Holmgren realizes the team has many more urgent needs. He paid Jake Delhomme $7 million for 2010 and thinks the world of backup Seneca Wallace. Odds are down to 50-50 that Holmgren even picks a QB, perhaps using two 3s to move into 2d for McCoy. Otherwise, he might wait till 5th ... I seriously doubt they would trade up with Kansas City to take Eric Berry. I just don't think they like Berry enough to give up a 3 for him. Like everyone else, they like to move down. Potential move-down possibilities are Penn State DE Jared Odrick (they love him and they've got nothing but over-30s at DEs) and OG Mike Iupati. If they stay at No. 7 and Berry's there, I'd say Berry. If he's not there, they may consider Odrick that high, but my best guess would be Texas S Earl Thomas (if Berry's not there). CB Joe Haden was eliminated when they traded for Sheldon Brown. Dez Bryant or C.J. Spiller? I think Bryant scares them (post-Braylon Edwards). Spiller is a glorified Jerome Harrison, who they already have. Derrick Morgan or Jason Pierre-Paul? Neither are fits in the 3-4 and the Browns had more sacks (40) last year than 8 playoff teams, including God's gift to the NFL, the Jets. The pick: FS Eric Berry, Tennessee.

8: Oakland Raiders (By Nancy Gay, AOL Fanhouse)

The skinny: Al Davis is tempted – really tempted – to pick Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen here, since he is still on the board and even the owner seems to be losing patience with JaMarcus Russell. But can the Raiders afford another first-round quarterback mistake? No way. The team has four quarterbacks on the roster now (Russell, Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye, Kyle Boller) but has no legitimate left tackle to protect any of them. He may consider Oklahoma OT Trent Williams here and is intrigued by the potential of USF. DE Jason Pierre-Paul, but Davis won’t be able to forget what one of the Combine’s celebrated workout stars. The pick: OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland.

9: Buffalo Bills (By Mark Gaughan, Buffalo News).

The skinny: The Bills' entire 2009 season was held hostage by the OT position. But the top three tackles are gone. Don't think they will reach for Anthony Davis here. I don't think they will go with Clausen even though you could make a good case for it. They're kind of stuck. Look for a surprise pick. They will go best player available. Possiblities include C.J. Spiller, Dan Williams and Rolando McClain. The pick: RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson.

10: Jacksonville Jaguars (By Vito Stellino, Florida Times-Union).

The skinny: What they want to do is trade down. They hope somebody will want to trade up for Clausen. They want more picks and don't think they'll get value at 10. Think they'll have to overpay. They would have liked one of the 3 OT tackles and could play Eban Britton at guard but they're gone. So is Spiller. Gene Smith is a best available guy. The pick: ILB Rolando McClain, Alabama.

11: Denver Broncos (By Jeff Legwold, Denver Post)

The skinny: If the Jags or anybody else indeed take McClain as this scenario had unfolded, they're going to be looking to get out and move down. They're looking wide receiver at the top of the second, though Josh McDaniels (some smokescreen) went on and on Friday about how Dez Bryant is not a bad guy. So that is a slight possibility here. However, they would love to move down a little, get a pick and take Florida center Maurkice Pouncey, who could start from the moment they draft him. So, that's who I would give them here with the caveat they would try to move down to do it. They do like Dan Williams as well as a guy to go in the rotation at the nose so he is a possibility as well. But Pouncey would be my pick with a move down to do it. The pick: C Markice Pouncey, Florida.

12: Miami Dolphins (By Mando, The Miami Herald).

The skinny: The Dolphins are in the market for extra picks. They want to recover the second-rounder they gave up for Brandon Marshall. Another reason they want to add picks is they currently have no proven starter at FS, SOLB, and LG. NT is also a problem because 36-year-old Jason Ferguson will serve an 8-game suspension for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. He won't be availabe until November, meaning Miami has issues at NT as well. If Miami cannot get out of the pick and add a second- or third-rounder in the process, it will look to fill one of its top needs. Bill Parcells is still looking for his new Lawrence Taylor. After carefully considering Earl Thomas (who's visited twice and worked out) and Dan Williams (who has the measurables at NT), the Dolphins go with the pass-rusher. The pick: OLB Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech.

13: San Francisco 49'ers (by Nancy Gay, AOL Fanhouse).

The skinny: Offensive tackle (LT Joe Staley is very solid but RT Adam Snyder struggles in pass protection and is really a backup thrust into a starting role); cornerback (LCB Walt Harris is recovering from ACL surgery, big-money free agent bust Nate Clements was replaced in the starting lineup last season by ’07 fifth-round pick Tarell Brown and talented Shawntae Spencer is better as a nickel CB); outside linebacker (Niners need a hybrid pass rushing LB/end who can excel in both fronts); nose tackle; wide receiver. The 49'ers are thrilled to grab the top-rated CB in the draft, who excels in press coverage and should have an easier transition to the NFL than most college cornerbacks. Coach Mike Singletary isn’t worried about the knocks on Haden’s speed; he’s more impressed with Haden’s physical play against top SEC receivers. The pick: CB Joe Haden, Florida.

OK, the countdown is on before someone comments that my pick is wrong. 3-2-1...


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Mark in Toronto,

Not officially... waterboy is starting rumors :D

Great pick Mando!

I'm more of a Thomas fan but OLB is a big need so Morgan is a great pick. It looks like Miami will pick him too, of what i'm hearing anyway. Plus the FS and NT classes are deep so we should pick up a good one for good value. Although are going to get another E.Thomas in the later rounds, his type of playmaking ability??

Also read your blogs all the time, good work.


Read and learn;

His two seasons in Austin ended with various national honors for his ball-hawking play from the safety spot.

Carlito, ntohing Waterboy says is credible. He just spews off the cuff

If this Ronnie deal with the Lion's 34th pick is true, I would like to see the Fins use that pick to accumulate other picks. Seems like teams dont mind trading in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Say from 34 to 44 is about 100 points - an additional 4th. Taht way the Fins could trade back to an area where they convet someone like Joseph,C Thomas,Gronkowski,Tate...

Carlito, for a second rd pick I don't think the Fins would care if they play Detroit or not, that shouldn't even be in their minds...I mean, it's still Detroit

Has Brown signed his tender? Would a team trade for a player that still isn't fully recovered from an injury? I doubt it.

i don't care if Sparano said they won't pass on a guy cause he's an inch or two shorter than the norm, they aren't going to take a guy who doesn't fit the measurables they like. when talking with the media you say everyone is in play cause that is part of the game. but look at the track record.

Any News on JT??

Brown has not even signed his tender, so until that hapens the rumor of him being traded is a mute point people. It is only going to give us another void at a position in which we don't need to happen. Next year the RB position will be addressed if Brown has another injured year. Even if he has a great year, we will still take a young RB NEXT draft!

If we are able to trade back with a team like Philly or Dallas, assuming he's still there in the first round, it will be Graham or Hughes. I think this would be the regime's preferred way of doing things, assuming of course they are able to get an extra second round pick or two.


fishypete, where does that say he played FS? dan williams played DT, not NT as you pointed out. Morgan played DE not OLB as you pointed out. But you didn't point out that Thomas played SS at Texas and not FS. all the awards in the world don't change the position he played. roaming centerfield wasn't what he was asked to do at Texas. He was playing the underneath routes. Like for Williams and Morgan he's going to be undergoing a transition. And like them he excelled in college in the role he was in.

For all you guys on here who want Earl Thomas, I don't want you guys complaining all year about his tackling and about our lack of a pass rush. You guys wanted him....stick with your pick!! If you'd done your homework on this guy, you'd know he's a great cover safety and a very good athlete but his tackling leaves a lot to be desired. Don't start changing your tune half way through the season. I think we can get a FS later in the draft and free agency and our pass rush from OLB should be more of a priority.

Indiana, I agree that Brown can't be traded until he signs his tender...but I disagree that the Dolphins won't draft a RB....you can bet on it...that they will. If you haven't noticed that the Dolphins don't like to give certain player's new contracts...so this more than likely would be R. Brown's last year with the Dolphins, then add that RB's can be found in various rounds...just makes R. Brown future with the Dolphins a short one.

Irton Aguiar - You need to change the design of your blog. The color makes the text harder to read, especially the orange text. Just wanted to give ya a heads up.

fishypete - They may take a RB with a late round pick, but it is one of our lesser priorities. It kind of depends on who we draft throughout the rounds as to when and if we get a RB. We do need to get a young stud at RB position within the next year or 2, but I feel they are going to give Ronnie one more year of being our guy at the position.

Miami should trade down, it doesn't matter who is there. The same value you can get at 20 and draft either Surgio Kindle, Brandon Graham or Dan Williams.


If we draft a running back, then that's a sign that Ronnie is done with the team. I believe if he's going to get traded it will be when a team like Detroit is on the clock and not before. If he makes it through the draft I think he'll be in Miami this year. No way they draft a running back this year AND bring Ronnie back. There are four backs on the roster right now and I think that's the magic number for the team. If we draft a back this year, her has to play and that means somebody goes and Hilliard, Cobbs and Williams aren't going anywhere.


I'm probably the guy carrying the Earl Thomas torch as much as anyone. They won't use him as an in the box S. We already have Y Bell for that. Bell's weakness is in coverage, Thomas's weakness is playing the run. They compliment each other better. It is a passing league now. You need a guy back there who can make plays on the ball. Our pass rush got better merely by adding Mike Nolan. It is a deep draft, and I have a feeling we will add at least 2 LBs, regardless of round. I know you know what a coverage sack is. Also, Nolan is more likely to use crazy blitz packages if he knows he has guys like Davis, Smith, and Thomas back there. One thing I do worry about Craig is that Thomas probably won't be the opening day starter if he is the pick, it may be midseason before he cracks the starting lineup. My desire for Thomas to be the pick has much more to do with what our secondary looks like in 2012 when the young guys have gotten the experience to really be dominant.

The Jason Taylor contract is "close to done." I stand by my piece of crap reporting, darnit! I do! I really do!

Also, I'd rather teach a ballhawk better technique in regards to tackling than try to teach a good tackler to learn how to make plays on the ball and see things quickly. You can teach and improve technique, you can not teach instincts. It isn't Thomas' speed that has him rated so highly, it's his instincts. You guys all talk INTs, but it's also the guy being around the ball and not allowing the completion. Pass rush was a far cry from our worst problem last year. TEs killed us. We made average guys like Vince Young look amazing. Karlos Dansby helps, but he is not the end all solution.

i think the big issue with taking a safet to high in the draft---s give me one safety that has stayed healthy and played at a high level for a long time--without u havn a pass rush the safety has no impact on the game----u need ur pass rushers firstt

You guys saying the Dolphins should trade down I agree with. And isn't that what Mando said the Dolphins want to do anyway?

Am I the only one on here that can read English even though its not my mother tongue?

DC Dolfan, I'm in ACC country as well - live 5 minutes from the Maryland campus.

Spiller and Best both have big time speed - game and 40 time speed (Best actually was faster at the combine). Give either a seam and he's off to the races. Both can turn swing passes into big gains. Both are dangerous Kick Returners - average was about the same for their career until this year when Spiller added 5 yards to his average (32 a KR). Best didn't return punts and Spiller averaged less than 10 a return so neither probably will do that in the NFL. neither is great in pass protection.

main differences are Best runs behind his pads and Spiller doesn't. And that best is a much better running up the middle and part of that is just cause he's a lot more willing to run between the tackles. just a physicalness to Best game that Spiller doesn't have even though they are about the same size and speed.

i'd look at best in the brian westbrook mold while spiller is in the reggie bush mold. both are good, but one is the #1 guy and the other is the #2 guy.

3 way trade eagles get lb ernie sims lions get te tony scheffler broncos get undisclosed draft pick (reported by adam schefter)

We had 44 sacks last year with the worst S play in the league. If S are nothing without a pass rush, how did we finish 3rd in the NFL in sacks and were so terrible at the S position?

That's a good trade for DET. Pair Scheffler with Pettigrew and they have a great young TE combo. Ernie Sims also was a 9th pick in the draft if I remember, not a good week for guys picked #9.


I get what you are saying about Thomas and just to clear things up, I DO in fact like the guy. My problems lie in the fact I worry about his durability long term. Sanders, Reed and Polamalu are all starting to breakdown. I'd also like to know where our pass rush is coming from this season under your plan. Porter is gone (like him or not, he did contribute 9.5 sacks last year), JT might be gone (7 sacks last year), Wake might help some but we can't be sure and who else? Under your plan, we won't be able to address pass rush until the third round and that's not good enough. I'm off the opinion that FS is far from the most important position on the team and you can get by with average or above average safeties (don't bring up Wilson. He wasn't the only guy who struggled last year. If Ferguson was there and Crowder had done his job Wilson wouldn't have got the criticism he did). For me taking a safety like Thomas is too high at 12. Berry maybe, but not Thomas.


You can call Thomas what you want...but he was the one who played deep coverage as a DB. All you have to do is watch the tape on him. At 197 lbs...he sure wasn't a S.S., especially when Texas had players that played at the safety spot well over 200 lbs on the roster. In any event, I rather have him than either Williams or Morgan at 12...but my guess is the Dolphins already have a trade worked out for the Eagles...so the issue is moot.

I like Tony Scheffler. The labour agreement messed this guy out of being an unrestricted free agent. He would have been on the Dolphins radar as an UFA, IMO.

Man, Denver is just obsessed with absolving themselves of all offensive talent.

I like the Derrick Morgan pick Mando. I personally think it's going to be Sergio Kindle but I like Morgan too. I have posted before my personal favorite is Brandon Graham but don't see Miami taking him. Morgan might not be the next Lawrence Taylor or Demarcus Ware but maybe Willie McGinnest who was a great player in the NFL for a long time.

Three way trade -- Eagles get LB Ernie Sims, Lions get TE Tony Scheffler, Broncos get undisclosed draft pick.


You present a very interesting dilemma. The only drawback (and it is NO drawback lol) of trading the 2 for Brandon Marshall is that it does make it tough to figure out how to go. I believe Mort is very in tune with Parcells and Co, so I believe the Osi rumors have some legs. JT will be a Dolphin, I don't believe for one second he is going to the Jets. He won't sign until the Dolphins tell him they won't bring him back. That conversation will be sometime next week. If we can't trade down from 12, my dream scenario would be Earl Thomas at 12, trade 73 for Osi, and resign JT sometime next week.

well it is more of what miami is doing also getting their type of guys they like ... denver doing it also but through the draft and he is wasting no time getting picks ... not hoping that a player might work out for em there was acouple that were dolphins longer than needed to be

Andy, i agree. I see Morgan as the player who has Parcells' fingerprints all over him. I think there was only one Lawrence Taylor but he looks like he could be the next Abraham, McGinnest, or Ware that Parcells always brings in.

Couple of other points guys....I think everyone needs to give this trade back stuff a break. You guys all make it sound like it's an easy thing to do, like teams are just lining up to snap up our pick. Not the case!! Jacksonville is trying to trade back. There is talk Detroit wants to trade back. There's rumours that Cleveland and Washington want to trade back. So everyone is trying to do the same thing. We all want them to trade back and grab an extra pick, and then draft a Williams or Graham. Truth is it's just not that easy. So give us all a break with making it sound like it's a no-brainer. In reality it's a tought thing to do.

Also, I read this morning that the head of the NFLPA thinks there is a 95 per cent chance the players will be locked out by the owners in 2011. That would suck without football!! Alsom tell me the Jets and all their older, high-priced talent aren't crapping their pants!!

Indiana Dolfan - Thanks for the tip. Just changed it.

Derrick Morgan? He needs to be developed and isn't ready to be a solid starter this year. Why pick a project when you can get a starter at FS this year, with the ability to develop into a future pro bowl player?

i like Thomas, just not at #12. and not more than i like Morgan Burnett. and on the fence on whether i think he'll be a better pro than Major Wright.

One thing that Earl Thomas offers right away, IMO is the nickel CB role. If he is the pick, I believe they will still sign a vet FS, who will start at least for the beginning of the season. Thomas would be great as the nickel guy until he gets up to the speed of the game and his run diagnosing improves.


How are you figuring that Morgan needs to be devleloped? He had 12.5 sacks last year. He obviously did something right. Are you saying that Thomas will walk in and instantly be a star and that he won't have to be developed? I think any rookie that comes in will have some growing pains next year. It's just part of the process.

Scheffler not available anymore. The Eagles, Broncos and Lions just made a three team trade according to Adam Shefter. "BREAKING NEWS: ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter Reports: Eagles, Broncos, Lions make 3-team trade"

All things being equal, Morgan is the Dolphins pick t 12. In a trade down scenario, we pick Kindle, Williams or Graham.

No way we pick S over OLB at 12. We went after two safeties in FA and whiffed because we didn't want to meet the market value for that position. Now we're going to change our entire draft strategy and pick a safety at 12?

A safety that we need to pay 12 money and may not learn the system well enough for 2 years? NO WAY. Is this kid a lock to beat out Clemmons and Culver?

With the JT fiasco, we have a more glaring need on the D line at OLB and NT than at safety; we couldn't stop the run last year. No way you make JT wait if you you're not planning to pick an OLB at 12.

No way you resign Ferguson if you plan to pick NT at 12 either. You don't sign a kid number one and expect him not to start. Then what, you have Ferguson and Solei sitting the bench? Meanwhile we don't have starting quality OLBs? NT will come later.

I think the first pick will come down to strategy for the trifecta. If they think they can get a good safety and nose tackle later in the 3rd and 4th rounds, then they will go pass rusher with the first pick. Don't you think how they rate the rest of the draft will determine who they select in the first round? Especially if no player slips and all the players available rate out about equal.

when you guys are looking at potential picks remember the regime looks at there career as a whole and prefer they are consistant stats and on the up and up ...not one year wonders with huge upside those are projects and miami doesnt need projects

the Philadelphia Eagles announced Monday, April 19, a three-way trade involving the Eagles, Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns. The Eagles traded a 2010 fifth-round draft pick to the Denver Broncos. The Denver Broncos have traded TE Tony Scheffler and a seventh-round draft pick to the Detroit Lions. The Lions traded LB Ernie Sims to the Eagles.

Yes, Tommya, how is Morgan a project? he's the most NFL ready pass rusher in the draft???

What a bargain for Scheffler. he's an easy 600-700 yards receiving and 5 tds.


Great post at 12:00pm. I feel exactly the same.

By trading for a linebacker today it makes it more likely that the Eagles will more up to acquire either a F.S. or Haden.

Tommya you are way off base. Morgan is probably one of the more ready prospects to start and contribute right away. He has great size and can play the pass and run. You don't know what you are talking about, sorry bro.

fishypete, put on a Texas game from last year - they've been on ESPNU and EspnClassic a few times in the past week - colorado, nebraska, A&M and the title game. Thomas isn't the guy playing centerfield in any of those games, that fell to #21 Blake Gideon (6 INTs). Thomas usually was within 5-8 yards of the line of scrimmage at the snap unless its an obvious passing situation. And when he is lined up deeper its in a cover two look. he played to the side with two WRs in 3 wide sets.

I actually like Mandos pick. I have no problem with Earl Thomas but its funny to think about him (5'10") going up against Marshall (6'4").

A Trade down would be so awesome.

Rick Gosselin is mocking Ryan Mathews, HB, to the Dolphins because Ricky Williams is 32 and Ronnie Brown 29 this season. And we all know they wont get better over 30. OK if we can trade Brown for a 3 rounder this might make sense. He is injured way too often. Thats the same reason Smiley is on the trading block. So who knows.

Back to Mandos pick - I just see the only possibility in the 1st round is OLB - period. Because
1) The 4 value positions are QB, OT, OLB (3-4) and CB, who can play Saftey later in their career or if he is to bad at CB.
2)tons of DBs available in rd 3 and 4


Ok, the three way trade doesn't really make sense. Didn't the Lions draft Pettigrew last year in the second round and I know they are high on him. I sense another trade is coming and maybe with Miami.

I think Scheffler is a nice player but not better the Brandon Pettigrew who they drafted 20th overall last year. Maybe Detroit wants to run 2 TE sets. Sims had 3 straight 100 tackles seasons before he was hurt most of last year. With that said he runs around blockers to make tackles 5-10 yards later. I dont like Sims game at all. Detroit has to rid itself of the small Cover 2 guys the previous regime drafted. The Broncos wanted to get whatever they could for a player in McDaniels dog house.

Irton Aguiar - much better, now I will actually check out the blog and read it to see if it interests me or not. It hurt the eyes some to read the orange text on the blue background. Thanks for making the change.

You make a very good point about the Nt. spot. I still think it is the most important spot on the defense. I have been a Dan Williams guy, but the more I study the depth at this position(especially 3-4 guys) the more I think we can find similar value in later rounds. If we don't end up getting a second rounder, we have to go OlB in the first.

it is so pettigrew isnt rushed or felt rushed back from injury rehab ... it was an insurancy trade

Anyone remember Duper and Clayton?

Why not Marshall & Bryant?

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