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Durst's 2012 MEGA MOCK

This is the first edition of my "mega mock", a mock draft complete with team needs, some stats, analysis, and video.

See which of my 10 players I hate more than you I have warmed up on, and which of my 10 players I love more than you I have cooled off on.

28 of my top 32 from my For those about to MOCK....we salute you (2012 edition) post made it into the first round.

Three trades predicted...

1

Colts

Depth Chart

2011 record: 2-14

Draft Needs: Indianapolis Colts: A little Luck, more pieces for transition to a 3-4 defense, secondary

Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford (6-4, 235)

Depending on who all stays in Indianapolis, the "hand-off" from Manning to Luck, could be the most successful transition from a hall-off-fame QB since Montana to Steve Young, nearly ensuring a quarter of a century of stability at the NFL's most difficult position.

As pristine a prospect as he is, he had a dirty little secret: Luck was NOT a one-man show. Jim Harbaugh is an excellent coach, and Stanford's run-heavy offense, had two of the best offensive linemen in the nation, as well as a potential first round TE.

Passing G Att Comp Pct Yds Long Pass Effic. TD Int Yds/G
2009 12 288 162 .563 2575 63 143.5 13 4 214.6
2010 13 372 263 .707 3338 81 170.2 32 8 256.8
2011 13 404 288 .713 3517 62 169.7 37 10 27.5

An underrated athlete, at the combine, Luck ran an impressive 4.67 in the 40-yard dash, posted a 36″ vertical and recorded a 10’4″ broad jump. Compare this to Cam Newton's Combine: 40-yard dash time of 4.59, 35" vertical, and a 10’6″ broad jump.

It's All About Luck The Ultimate Scouting Report (ESPN) What makes Stanford's Andrew Luck the best QB prospect in the past 30 years?
2

Redskins

Depth Chart

2011 record: 5-11, Draft Needs: Redskins: Franchise quarterback, new owner

Secondary needs: #1receiver, OLine, secondary

PROJECTED TRADE: Washington give up it's 1st round picks in both 2012 and 2013, and it's 2012 second round pick.

The Washington Post reports the Redskins are willing to pay a "handsome price," including first-round picks this year and next year, to land Baylor's Robert Griffin III.

Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor 6-2 3/10, 223:

The Washington Redskins don't just need a quarterback, they need a franchise face.

2011: Robert Griffin III : From 2010 to 2011 he increased his already impressive 67% completion rate to an amazing 72.4% (NCAA record is 76.7%) increased his passing yards from 3501 to 4293, and increased his passing TDs from 22 to 37.

Griffin most commonly is compared to Michael Vick, but the former # pick threw for only 3279 yards, and 21 TD during his college career, numbers Griffin surpassed in Baylor's first ten games this year. Furthermore, RGIII is two inches taller and his extra 20 pounds should make him less of an injury risk.

Griffin ran an official 4.41 (I predict he will be around 4.30 at Baylor's pro-day) 40-yard dash, being the third-fastest quarterback in the NFL Combine era. Despite this, Griffin has said on multiple occasions that he considers the run a last option.

Is RG3 the second best QB prospect since Peyton Manning?

3

Vikings

Depth Chart

2011 record: 3-13, Draft Needs: Vikings: Left tackle, then wideout

Secondary needs: cornerback, safety, and linebacker, (RB? Peterson injury)

Vikings options at No. 3 (link to ESPN article)

Matt Kalil, OT, USC (6-6, 295, 34 1/2-inch arms)

Legit left tackles are rarely found later in the draft, and even more rarely hit the free agent market.

Kalil would provide an immediate answer at left tackle, thus helping Christian Ponders development, who will could be without Adrian Peterson for most of the 2012 season.

As an individual, Kalil did not allow a sack throughout the entire 2011 season

He ran an official 4.99 40-yard dash in Indianapolis and did 30 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press.

VIDEO with some tape study from NFL Network's Mike Mayock

4

Browns

Depth Chart

2011 record: 4-12, Draft Needs: Cleveland Browns: Offensive playmakers

Secondary needs: QB, WR, RT, RDE, CB, OLB, RB, OG, FS, DT

Free Agent QB Matt Flynn fits what Cleveland wants to accomplish offensely. The Browns appear antsy about giving up tons of draft picks for RGIII, and have many holes to fill to get out of the AFC North basement.

Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State (6-1/215)

Teams mesmerized by Blackmon's talents

Although the Browns spent a 2nd round pick last year on Greg Little, the former North Carolina RB still has a ways to go before he can be considered a number one WR. Meanwhile, Blackmon leaves OSU as a two-time Biletnikoff Trophy winner (awarded to the nations best collegiate WR). ESPN Sports Science : this

JUSTIN BLACKMON STATS Receiving
Statistics No Yds Avg TD
2011 121 1,522 12.6 18
2010 111 1,782 16.1 20
2009 20 260 13.0 2
Career 252 3,564 14.1 40

Most overrated draft prospect = Justin Blackmon

5

Buccaneers

Depth Chart

2011 record: 4-12, Draft Needs: Buccaneers: CB, OLB, RT, WR, OC, RB, LG

Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU: The Bucs have plenty of options that make sense, but in a division where Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Matt Ryan come calling six times a season, landing the draft's top cornerback qualifies as a no-brainer, especially with Ronde Barber's age, and Aquib Talib's legal troubles.

The Bucs now employ Claiborne's DBs coach from LSU on Greg Schiano's staff.

Additionally, a top high school track athlete (4-A state champ in 100-meter) "Mo" actually came to Baton Rouge as a successful high school wide receiver, but LSU coaches moved him to cornerback a week into fall practices.

Claiborne played well, starting opposite Patrick Peterson, finishing with five interceptions in 2010. He picked off six passes in 2011 and his 173 return yards off those swipes ranked second nationally. Claiborne also averaged 28.8 yards on kickoff returns and took one 99 yards for a score. On December 8, 2011, Claiborne won the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the year's best defensive back.

Career Kick Returns: 24 Ret, 609 Yds, 25.4 Avg, 1 TD
Career Defense: 11 Int, 274 Yds, 1 TD

Claiborne is at his best in zone coverage. He has a really solid understanding of zone concepts and spacing. He is constantly coming off his receiver in zone to make plays, all while maintaining his responsibility.

Year Height Weight Arm Length 40 Yd Dash 10 Yd Split Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump Short Shuttle 3-Cone
Jr 5'11 188 33 1/4 4.50s 1.68s DNP 34.5" 9' 9" 4.12s 7.01s

LSU CB Claiborne runs 4.47, 4.54 at Combine

Claiborne puts up strong 40 time

6

Rams

Depth Chart

2011 record: 2-14, Draft Needs: Rams: #1 WR, OT, S, OLB, #2 RB

It will be easier to find a WR at pick # 33 than to find a serviceable LT.

Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa (6-6, 300) Iowa is a factory for offensive lineman, whoever drafts him will be getting an NFL ready tackle. should be ready to start day one. A high school tight end/defensive tackle, who made the move to offensive guard and then stepped in for former All-American LT Bryan Bulaga in 2009.

Iowa’s Reiff has short arms for a left tackle | ProFootballTalk
Arm length is a prominent measurable for offensive linemen because it provides a glimpse of "reach" in pass protection. While arm length is not necessarily indicative of NFL success, it is a concern for teams as they attempt to project linemen to tackle or guard in the pros.

Riley Reiff's arm length (33 1/4) was really disappointing, left tackles typically should measure in at 34 inches. This is a trend for Iowa linemen. Robert Gallery, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, never panned out at tackle because of short arms. The same issue caused Bryan Bulaga - who many considered a potential Top 5 pick in 2010 - to fall all the way to No. 23, and now he's a right tackle.


7

Jets

Depth Chart

PROJECTED TRADE: The Jets trade #16 and #47 for the Jag's #7 pick.

2011 record: 8-8, Draft Needs: Jets: OLB, RT, S, WR, DE

Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama, 5'9" 228:

A possible "slider" on draft day, Richardson would have been a top 5 pick a decade ago, while draft experts would have compared him to hall-of-fame RB Jim Brown.

This year Richardson has run for 1,679 yards and has 21 rushing touchdowns and three as a receiver. Not bad for a first-year starter, who never let on publicly if he minded being the back-up to the slightly less talented Mark Ingram for two seasons.

Trent Richardson "The Beast" youtube

Richardson has been known as a "workout freak". His performance in the Tide Room Weight Room is downright legendary. He has a power clean of over 365 pounds, a 600 pound squat, and a bench press of 475 pounds all to go along with lightning quick speed of a 4.4 40 yard dash.

http://www.muscleprodigy.com/trent-richardson-workout-arcl-1737.html

8

Panthers

Depth Chart

2011 record: 6-10, Draft Needs: Panthers: CB, WR, LB, DT, DE, RT, S, RG

Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama:

With an offense capable of scoring points in bunches, Carolina needs help for it's once proud defense. Kirkpatrick is 6-2 and excels at lining up in press coverage and playing tight man coverage all over the field. Reminding me of former Eagle Bobby Taylor.

Year Height Weight Arm Length 40 Yd Dash 10 Yd Split Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump Short Shuttle 3-Cone
Jr 6'2" 186 33 5/8" 4.51 1.53 DNP 35" 10'0" DNP DNP

Kirkpatrick less than dazzling at workout, was also less than impressive during combine interviews after he was arrested for marijuana possession back in mid-January.

9

Dolphins

Depth Chart

2011 record: 6-10, Draft Needs: Dolphins: Franchise quarterback

Other needs: a piece or two for transition to 4-3 D. RT, DE, FS, RG, OLB, CB, TE

Right tackle is huge position of need for Miami with starter and pending free agent Marc Colombo not expected back, however they are set at left tackle and center and some of the other spots along the line, so they might be able to get some help in free agency.

Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina:

The Fins plan to convert back to a 4-3 defensive front, where Coples could play opposite pass-rusher Cameron Wake.

Experienced at both DT and DE, he racked up 40.5 career tackles for loss and 24 sacks. If he can keep his motor running on high, he looks like a top-five talent.

He had 10 sacks as a Junior and people have speculated that he may have been playing not to get hurt in 2011. However, his stats don't necessarily reflect that, as both his total tackles, and tackles for loss remained about the same, and in addition to his 7.5 sacks, he was also credited with seven quarterback pressures.


2008: 8 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery

2009: 22 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks

2010: 59 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 1 forced fumbles

2011: 55 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery

Year Height Weight Arm Length 40 Yd Dash 10 Yd Split Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump Short Shuttle 3-Cone
Sr 6'6" 285 33 1/4" 4.78 1.63 25 31.5" 9'1" 4.78 7.57


10

Bills

Depth Chart

2011 record: 6-10, Draft Needs: Bills: DE, LT, WR, TE, OLB, CB

Biggest need: Pass rush, Buffalo’s 29 sacks tied for third-lowest in the NFL.

Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina ( weight: 264, down 12 lbs from Senior Bowl)

With the Bills moving back to a 4-3 base defense, they must find players who can play defensive end in that scheme. While many rank Courtney Upshaw ahead, Ingram is the more explosive athlete with better pass-rush skills. At 6’1", 265-275, and with 31″ arms, Ingram has pretty much the same frame as Upshaw. While Upshaw looks more like a bull rusher who can set the edge against the run, what I saw from Ingram is an explosive player with versatility and the ability to dominate in all aspects of the game. At this years NFL combine, Ingram's combination of athleticism and speed was on full display during the combine drills.

Year Height Weight Arm Length 40 Yd Dash 10 Yd Split Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump Short Shuttle 3-Cone
Sr 6'1" 264 31 1/2 4.79 1.72 28 34.5" 9'01" 4.18 6.83

He displayed the explosive initial quickness, speed and flexibility in drills that gets NFL teams excited about edge pass rushers.

Ingram, who measured 6-1 7/8, 264 pounds and ran a 4.66 40 Monday, is one of the most gifted and versatile pass-rushing prospects to come out of the college ranks in recent memory.

He clearly has confirmed his status as a top-15 pick.

11

Chiefs

Depth Chart

2011 record: 7-9

Draft Needs: Kansas City Chiefs: NT, with Kelly Gregg hitting the free agent market

Seconday needs: QB, OT, OG/OC, TE, RB, ILB

Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford, 6-5, 312:

Limited at the combine by illness, the three-year starter at LT has enough good game film working out of a pro-style offense to be selected in the top half of the draft.

Greg Gabriel of nationalfootballpost says "The best part of his game is pass blocking. He has good feet, lateral agility and recovery."

12

Seahawks

Depth Chart

2011 record: 7-9, Draft Needs: Seahawks: QB, LDE, LB, OG, DT, CB

Nick Perry, DE, USC:

Like Jacksonville and Buffalo above them, the Seahawks are seeking pass rush help, The back two-thirds of the Seahawks defense grew up rapidly in the second half of this past season, but another threat up front is needed to balance out the unit. This year the focus will be on defense and the front seven. Carroll and his staff aren’t satisfied with a one-dimensional pass rush, with all the pressure dependent on Chris Clemons.

Perry was the top performer in the vertical jump for defensive lineman, and 38.5 is a great number for a guy who weighs 270 pounds. He had an all around great performance at the combine, but I am not really surprised by that. A lot of people knew Perry was a great athlete entering the draft, but he still managed to blow some scouts away with that type of performance.

Perry has made it known that he would prefer to play as a 4-3 defensive end

Year Height Weight Arm Length 40 Yd Dash 10 Yd Split Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump Short Shuttle 3-Cone
Jr 6'3" 271 33" 4.64 1.57 35 38.5 10'4" 4.66 7.25

13

Cardinals

Depth Chart

2011 record: 8-8, Draft Needs: Cardinals: O Line, rush OLB, speed WR

Hoping to land either Reiff or Martin, the OT desperate Cards take the 4th rated LT instead of the top-rated guard.

Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State, 6'6, 315:

The Cardinals have struggled to protect the quarterback in recent seasons, and Adams would give them a strong, physical tackle who at the worst could play on the right as a rookie before moving to the left side.

His struggles with speed rushers has him firmly behind other first-round tackles like Matt Kalil, Riley Reiff and Jonathan Martin. Injuries caused him to miss time as a freshman and sophomore. Adams stayed healthy, but was suspended five games to open the 2011 season for his part in the Ohio State "tattoos for jerseys scandal".

The National Football Post has this to say about him.

14

Cowboys

Depth Chart

2011 record: 8-8, Draft Needs: Cowboys: secondary, bottom-ten pass defense (despite 7th most sacks) secondary help for Dallas.

Secondary needs: OC, OG, DE, OLB, ILB

Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis:

Jerry Jones just cant help himself, and takes one of the work-out warriors from this years combine. Massive Memphis DT Poe has quickness to go with strength

Poe flashed brilliance at the combine and immediately people started talking to him about him as a top 15 pick. NFL teams would know more than I. Poe is one of the players I have not watched live, but was certainly aware of a lot of raw physical upside.

The Sporting News Russ Lande compares him to former first-round draft busts Ryan Sims and Jimmy Kennedy, and believes Poe is too much of a one-gap penetrator to be a classic 3-4 nose tackle : Russ Lande on Twitter

Many are questioning how someone with Poe's talents was not able to dominate; could the answer be poor coaching?

Memphis Tigers fire coach Larry Porter after 2-10 season - ESPN

Porter was 3-21 in his two years as Memphis coach, including 1-14 in Conference USA play.

Name Height Weight Arm Length 40 Yd Dash 10 Yd Split Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump Short Shuttle 3-Cone
Dontari Poe 6' 3½" 346 32 4.98s 1.68s 44 29½" 8' 9" 4.56s 7.9s
Haloti Ngata 6' 4⅛" 338 ?? 4.99s 1.73s 37 31½" 9' 2" 4.69s 7.97s
15

Eagles

Depth Chart

2011 record: 8-8, Draft Needs: Eagles: stop the run

Secondary needs: LB, DT, CB, S, WR, TE Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State:

Frequently willing to trade up (Jermemy Maclin, and Brandon Graham), the Eagles have also traded down (traded out of first round in 2007), and even traded players (could DeSean be next?) on draft day. What will happen in 2012 is anyone's guess.

Eagles head coach Andy Reed has always prioritized the Offensive and Defensive lines above all else, and will continue to do so. Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson are more than adequate, but if Cox makes it this far, Reed is likely to jump at the chance to add more talent in the trenches. He will add to the depleted LB corp in later rounds or free agency.

Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State:

Perhaps the best 3-technique in the 2012 draft, Cox is also thought by many to be a great 3-4 DE. At this time he is best as a run stopper, he finished career with eight 1/2 sacks.

2009: 29 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack

2010: 29 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 4 quarterback pressures, 1 forced fumble, 2 blocked kicks

2011: 56 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 3 quarterback pressures, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 2 blocked kicks

Overall, Cox is still a work in progress. He is a young player, being a true junior, who was a four-star 240 pound DE. Despite gaining 60 pounds in three year,Cox has maintained most of his speed. He gets off the ball quickly and flashes a very good first step.

Year Height Weight Arm Length 40 Yd Dash 10 Yd Split Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump Short Shuttle 3-Cone
Jr 6'4 298

34 1/2" 4.79

163 30 26.0" 8"07" 4.53 7.07
16

Jaguars

Depth Chart

2011 record: 5-1, Draft Needs: Jacksonville Jaguars: shakiest wide receiver corps in the NFL, then CB, DE, FS, RT, OC, LB

Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame:

Since the Jacksonville Jaguars decided to trade up in the 2011 NFL Draft and select Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert 10th overall, they need to surround him with more weapons than just MJD. Last year the Jags gave up a second to trade up, this year they gain a second by trading down.

A four year starter, Floyd has been productive in both former Irish coach Charlie Weiss' pro-style offense and new coach Brian Kelly's spread, then verified his draft position with an excellent performance at this year's NFL combine.

Year Height Weight Arm Length 40 Yd Dash 10 Yd Split Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump Short Shuttle 3-Cone
Sr 6'2 1/2 220 32 7/8 4.47 1.57 16 36.5 10'2" 4.03 6.7

MICHAEL FLOYD STATS Receiving
Statistics No Yds Avg TD
2011 100 1,147 11.5 9
2010 79 1,025 13.0 12
2009 44 795 18.1 9
2008 48 719 15.0 7
Career 271 3,686 13.6 37
17

Bengals

Depth Chart

2011 record: 9-7, Draft Needs: Cincinnati Bengals: Defensive backs, both CB and S

Secondary needs: RB, OG, WR, DE, DT, LB

(Trade from Oakland)

David DeCastro, G, Stanford (6'5, 315):

Offensive guards are extremely undervalued in the draft, and pure guards are rarely taken in the first half of the draft, but DeCastro "has everything you want in a guard". One scout states " "He will start and play 12 years, make a couple Pro Bowls, that kind of guy."

Year Height Weight Arm Length 40 Yd Dash 10 Yd Split Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump Short Shuttle 3-Cone
Sr 6'4 316

32 3/4 5.43 1.82 34 29.5 8'2" 4.56 7.3


18

Chargers

Depth Chart

2011 record: 8-8, Draft Needs: San Diego Chargers: Refurbished Oline

The Chargers offensive line was hit by the retirement of Chris Dielman, and injuries to LT Marcus McNeil, while his replacement, LT Jared Gaither, as well as C Nick Hardwick are free agents. Former first rounder DE Luis Castillo has been released, and WR Vincent Jackson is going to test the market. There is some uncertainty about NT Cam Thomas, and age and injuries are taking its toll on TE Antonio Gates.

Whitney Mercilus, DE-OLB, Illinois:

San Diego made a mistake drafting Larry English (a college DE) to play OLB a few years back and it never worked out. The Bills made a similar mistake with Aaron Maybin, and the Jets with Vernon Gholston. However, the recent success of the 49er's Aldon Smith, and the Redskin's Brian Orakpo show that the risk continues to be worth taking.

2011 Stats: 57 tackles (22.5 tackles for loss), 16 sacks, 9 forced fumbles

A one-year starter (and only a two-star defensive line recruit out of high school) in 2011, he led the NCAA in sacks, and forced fumbles, and was second in the nation in tackles for loss with 22.5. Check out Mercilus (#85) in this video.

While one-year wonder concerns exist about Mercilus, he answered questions about his natural athleticism in Indianapolis by running the fourth fastest forty time (4.68) among defensive linemen and showing explosive potential with a 32-inch vertical and 9-foot-10 broad jump. Mercilus' motor never stops running, and he is big enough to be an every-down NFL defensive end. After showing well in linebacker drills, Mercilus has shown potential as an outside linebacker with edge rush impact.

Year Height Weight Arm Length 40 Yd Dash 10 Yd Split Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump Short Shuttle 3-Cone
Jr 6'4 266 33 7/8" 4.68 1.56 DNP 32" 9'10" 4.53 7.17

PRODAY UPDATE: Mercilus improved upon his short shuttle (4.49) and 3-cone (7.03) but also weighed in at only 254. Afterwards he stated his metabolism is so fast, he has to eat 5,500 calories a day to maintain his weight. He sounds alot like a 3-4 OLB.

19

Bears

Depth Chart

2011 record: 8-8, Draft Needs: Bears: a No. 1 receiver

Secondary needs: OT, CB, DE, LB, OC, S, DT, back-up QB

I believe the Bears will be able to attract a WR like Marques Colston, or Vincent Jackson, and despite continued problems on the offensive line, I do not see the Bears taking a third consecutive collegiate left tackle who may not be able to handle the position in the pros. (due to Cutler trade, the last two Bears first round picks are OG Chris Williams and RT Gabe Carimi). Therefore, I don't see them drafting Mike Adams, or Cordy Glenn.

With what is certain to be my most controversial pick, the Bears select...

Luke Kuechly, MLB, BC:

With Brain Urlacher and Lance Briggs being 33 and 31 respectively, Kuechly will play the strong-side LB during for a year or two before moving to the middle and becoming the latest of a long lineage of great MLBs.

Inside linebackers don't typically go high on draft day, but none in this year's class has a better shot to crack the top 32 than the three-year starter with whopping production (532 tackles, including 35 1/2 for loss, and seven interceptions).

Many draft services have described him as not being a superior athlete, but at the Combine, Kuechly answered questions about his ability to be a three-down LB, as he ranked among the top-five linebackers in the forty-yard dash, vertical, broad jump, three-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle, and 60-yard shuttle (11.43).

Year Height Weight Arm Length 40 Yd Dash 10 Yd Split Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump Short Shuttle 3-Cone
Jr 6'3" 242 31 4.58 N/A 27 38" 10'3" 4.12 6.92

20

Titans

Depth Chart

2011 record: 9-7, Draft Needs: Titans: OLine, five free agent DBs, DE

The Titans are not going to resign cornerback Cortland Finnegan

When the Titans lost Jason Babin in free agency, they were left without a true pass rush presence. In a giant step backwards, Tennessee finished 31st in the NFL with just 28 sacks. Can they wait until the second round to find a DE to line up across from 2010 first round pick Derrick Morgan?

Michael Brockers, DT, LSU:

Those scouts who expected a huge combine performance were left disappointed, but Brockers is the youngest DT in the 2012 draft, leaving LSU as a red-shirt sophomore.

"Brockers is not nearly as fluid as Still, possessing average to below-average lateral quickness. He gets penetration from the inside, but he’s really more of a space-eater"

"Brockers can play 3-4 end or 4-3 DT...played just two seasons...he's a young kid and the light is just starting to go on...has incredibly long arms"

Year Height Weight Arm Length 40 Yd Dash 10 Yd Split Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump Short Shuttle 3-Cone
Soph 6'7" 322 35" 5.33 1.77 19 26.5" 8'09" 4..81 7.46

21

Bengals

Depth Chart

2011 record: 9-7, Draft Needs: Cincinnati Bengals: Defensive backs, both CB and S

Secondary needs: RB, OG, WR, DE, DT, LB

(Trade from Oakland)

Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama:

The Bengals lost Johnathan Joseph to Houston as a free agent last offseason, and Leon Hall is coming off a season-ending Achilles’ tendon injury. So the Bengals gamble and take Jenkins, who has first-round talent but also off-field concerns.

Janoris Jenkins tries to convince teams he's changed

Can Janoris Jenkins outrun his past?

Year Height Weight Arm Length 40 Yd Dash 10 Yd Split Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump Short Shuttle 3-Cone
Sr 5'9.5" 193 32" 4.46 1.47 DNP 33.5 10'1" 4.13 6.95

NFL.com says:

"Jenkins is a natural cover corner who has strong instincts and athletic ability to cover top wideouts. Size is also a concern for Jenkins, but he has shown the ability to match up with big-time SEC talent through the years". youtube Janoris Jenkins vs Julio Jones & AJ Green

22

Browns

(trade with Atlanta)

Andre Branch, OLB-DE, Clemson:

The Browns found two good pieces for their D line in last years draft, but Jabaal Sheard performed better lining up over the RT.

Branch has the prototype build for a weak-side pass-rusher. Last fall, Branch took over against Virginia Tech back in early October, helping the Tigers upset the Hokies on the road with 11 tackles and a ridiculous four sacks.

Youtube 4 sack performance against Virginia Tech.

2011 Stats: 10.5 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, 85 total tackles

Branch only started his last two years at Clemson thanks to the presence of former Tiger DEs Ricky Sapp and Da'Quan Bowers. Earned the "12th Man Award" in 2009, as he finished among team leaders in tackles, tackles for loss and sacks despite not starting a game. Branch had an ok junior year, when he had 55 tackles, and only five sacks, but an astounding seven passes broken up. He then had a very good senior season, posting 10.5 sacks.

Year Height Weight Arm Length 40 Yd Dash 10 Yd Split Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump Short Shuttle 3-Cone
Sr 6'4 259 34 4.7 1.56 DNP 32.5" 10'0" 4.25 7.19
23

Lions

Depth Chart

2011 record: 10-6, Draft Needs: Lions: CB, LT, OLB, S, OC, OG

Secondary needs: franchise left tackle (Jeff Backus is a 35 yr old free agent)

In addition to Backus, Center Dominic Raiola is also near the end, and RT Gosder Cherilus is entering the last year of his rookie contract, as a disappointment.

Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina:

He is one of the few CBs without height or speed concerns, and was athletic enough at South Carolina to be used as both punt returner and SC's wildcat QB earlier in his career, and may be the best blitzing CB in the draft. He led South Carolina in tackles as a sophomore and said he's tried to model his game after Charles Woodson "because he can play outside and inside and he takes pride in tackling."

Name Height Weight Arm Length 40 Yd Dash 10 Yd Split Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump Short Shuttle 3-Cone
Jr 6'0" 190 31" 4.4 1.50 15 31" 10'3" 3.94 6.61

Year

Games

Tackles

Sacks

TFL

FF

FR

Pass Def

INT

2009

13

56

3

6

2

2

8

1

2010

14

79

3

6

1

1

2

3

2011

12

41

1

2

1

1

7

3

Stephon Gilmore ran the 3rd fastest 40 among DBs (at the combine)

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Steelers

Depth Chart

2011 record: 12-4, Draft Needs: Pittsburgh Steelers: Offensive Line

Secondary Needs: youth at NT, ILB, DE, S, CB, RB (Mendenhall injury)

Alameda Ta'amu, NT, Washington: Ta'amu can be a dominant force in the middle of their 3-4 scheme. After a great week of practice at the Senior Bowl, he makes sense as a replacement for veteran Casey Hampton, who is coming off ACL surgery, but I consider Pittsburgh's OL issues to be its top priority.

Defense G Solo Asst. Total Sacks/Yds TFL/Yards FF FR P Def Int/Yds
2008 12 9 12 21 -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 12 12 7 19 3 / 16 5 / 19 -- -- -- --
2010 13 21 18 39 2 / 13 6 / 19 -- 1 1 --
2011 13 15 15 30 4 / 19 8 / 30 -- -- -- --
TOTAL 50 57 52 109 9 / 48 19 / 68 -- 1 1
Year Height Weight Arm Length 40 Yd Dash 10 Yd Split Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump Short Shuttle 3-Cone
Sr 6'3" 348 32 5.37 1.78 35 36" 8'07" DNP DNP
NFL.com on Ta'Amu, Alameda
25

Broncos

Depth Chart

2011 record: 8-8, Draft Needs: Denver Broncos: DT, CB, RB, LG, RT

Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State: For a team that made the NFL's final eight, the Broncos have a ton of needs, but the biggest is getting some interior pass rush to help outside pass-rushers Von MIller and Elvis Dumervil. The Broncos should have their choice of several interior defensive linemen (including Clemson DT Brandon Thompson) who represent immediate upgrades.

Worthy looks like he would be best as a one-gap penetrator in a 4-3. Although he only had 3.5 sacks, he also added 10.5 tackles for loss and two blocked kicks in 2011. Like many standout defensive tackles, Worthy made an impact on games that went far beyond the numbers. He topped every opponent's scouting report, and regularly commanded the attention of multiple offensive linemen.

Year Height Weight Arm Length 40 Yd Dash 10 Yd Split Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump Short Shuttle 3-Cone
Jr 6'2 308 33" 5.08 1.64 DNP 28.5" 8"11" 456s 7.6

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Texans

Depth Chart

2011 record: 10-6, Draft Needs: Texans: adding WR opposite Andre Johnson

Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech:

Very raw, Hill is a better athlete than WR at this point, but running as the Texans second WR, he should be able to move into the number one spot by the time Johnson's career is finished. Hill shows strong hands and gives the quarterback a huge target with his enormous catching radius (79 1/2-inch wingspan).

This past season, Hill caught only 28 passes, for 820 yards, and five touchdowns. However, his average of 29.3 yards per catch, both lead the nation, and set a Georgia Tech school record. In a scheme where the run comes first, second, and third, the ability of Hill was not put on full display. Like DemaryiusThomas and Calvin Johnson did before him, Hill hopes doing more with less shows he has the big play ability that many NFL teams look for in the draft.

How does Stephen Hill compare to Demaryius Thomas and Calvin Johnson?

Year Height Weight Arm Length 40 Yd Dash 10 Yd Split Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump Short Shuttle 3-Cone
Jr 6'3 1/2 215 33 3/8" 4.36 1.2 14 39.5" 11'1" 4.48 6.88

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks assesses Stephen Hill More ...

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Dolphins

(from New Orleans)

PROJECTED TRADE: The Pats trade it #27 for the Dolphin's #42 and #73.

We all know the Pats will try to trade one of their first round picks, but to a division opponent? Bill Belichick doesn't worry about things like that.

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M:

I personally, don't like Tannehill as a prospect: 10 players I hate more than you , but...

...now that former Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman is with the Dolphins, there's a high probability the 'Fins take a flyer on Aggies QB Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill was a high school QB that moved to WR, then back again. His raw tools compare to Jake Locker.

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2008 TexA&M 11 2 -8 -4.0 0 55 844 15.3 5
2009 TexA&M 13 4 -5 -1.3 0 46 609 13.2 4

Year Team G Cmp Att Comp % Yds Yd/A TDs Int Sacked Yds
2008 TexA&M 11 1 1 100.0 8 8.0 0 0 1 11
2009 TexA&M 13 4 8 50.0 60 7.5 0 0 - -
2010 TexA&M 13 152 234 65.0 1638 7.0 13 6 - -
2011 TexA&M 13 327 531 61.6 3744 7.1 29 15 9 44


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Packers

Depth Chart

2011 record: 15-1, Draft Needs: Packers: OLB, RB, CB, DE, S, LT, OC

Biggest need: Clay Matthews is Green Bay's only legitimate pass rusher

Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama. The Packers didn't get enough pass rush last season, and they need someone who can create some heat opposite Clay Matthews.

Upshaw’s height, however, is a major concern as an edge rusher. With an arm length just a hair over 31 inches, Upshaw will have major problems fighting off larger offensive tackles. I see some issues already in college, as Upshaw has trouble getting off of blocks.

Upshaw is excellent in pursuit, however, frequently chasing down backside runs and bubble screens. He’s a high-motor player who has really, really good play recognition. I watched five games of his and didn’t see him misread a single play. He stays in great position at all times, maintaining leverage to make plays. He sets the edge nicely, which is important for a 3-4 outside backer.

A short, heavy linebacker who gets blown off the ball at times and possesses a good but not great pass rush repertoire isn’t what I would be seeking in the first round. Yes, he has versatility to play a few positions, but a player with second or even third-round talent at a few positions doesn’t equate to a first-round draft pick.

NFL.com on Courtney Upshaw:

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Ravens

Depth Chart

2011 record: 12-4, Draft Needs: Baltimore Ravens: OC, LT, S, OG, WR, CB

Biggest need: Ben Grubbs’ replacement, and/or successor to C Matt Birk

Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin (6-5, 315): Devin STill

The Ravens are not shy about spending high draft picks on the offensive line, having spent first round picks on Michael Oher, and Ben Grubbs, two second rounders on Chris Chester, and Adam Terry, and also a third on Marshall Yanda since 2005.

Tall for a center, Konz is an excellent technician, an immediate starter, and could be a perennial pro bowler.

Konz did not perform at the combine (other than a poor performance in the bench press) or Wisconsin's pro-day because he is still recovering from a dislocated ankle.

Wes Bunting of the National Football Post ranks Konz No. 18 on his Big Board. Bunting sees Konz as a player who can step in and start for a team immediately.

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49ers

Depth Chart

2011 record: 13-3, Draft Needs: 49ers: Vertical receiver WR, S, CB

The 49ers need to add talent to their passing game, and I am beginning to buy into the theory that they draft TE Coby Fleener out of Stanford. Jim Harbaugh loves to run tight end packages, and did so during his time at Stanford. Combining him with Vernon Davis would give San Fransisco the best TE duo west of Boston.

Devon Still, DT/DE, Penn State: At 6-5/310, Still possesses the perfect frame for a 3-4 DE, and the strength of hold up against the double-team.

Justin Smith has been dominate, and has the right to feel irritated in not winning the last year's defensive player of the year, but Smith will be entering his twelfth NFL season, and with Still, the 49ers will continue to possess one of the best front-seven in the NFL long after Smith retires.

Year Height Weight Arm Length 40 Yd Dash 10 Yd Split Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump Short Shuttle 3-Cone
Sr 6'5 305 35" 5.08 N/A 26 29.5" DNP DNP DNP

After a torn ACL in his left knee as a freshman in 2007, Still fractured his fibula and broke his left ankle in preseason camp in 2008.

2009: 19 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks

2010: 39 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 4 sacks

2011: 55 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 2 quarterback pressures, 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble

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Patriots

Depth Chart

2011 record: 13-3, Draft Needs: Patriots: improved pass rush, DBs, WR

WR, CB, DT, OLB, S, RG, DE

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers:

After Greg Schiano left Rutgers for Tampa Bay, Bill Belichick spoke out about how NFL-ready draft picks coming out of Rutgers are. Although Brandon Llyod could come to New England, Sanu will be a nice addition to a team lacking at WR after Wes Welker.

Career Rushing Stats: 125 attempts for 653 yards, and nine TDs

Career passing Stats: 8 of 18 for 207 yards, and 4 TDs

Receiving
Season TEAM G RECPT YDS TDS
2009-10 Rutgers 13 51 639 3
2010-11 Rutgers 12 44 418 2
2011-12 Rutgers 12 109 1144 7
TOTAL 37 204 2201 12
Year Height Weight Arm Length 40 Yd Dash 10 Yd Split Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump Short Shuttle 3-Cone
Jr 6'17/8 211 32 1/2 4.67 N/A 19 36" 10'6" 4.22 6.88

Don Banks: Rutgers WR Sanu looks to prove he can run with the best of them

NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock expressed some concerns about Sanu's speed and ability to get open against NFL defensive backs. Wes Bunting of the National Football Post likes what he sees despite the lack of top end speed, and no one has knocked Sanu's hands according to Doug Farrar's combine analysis: Read More "

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Giants

Depth Chart

2011 record: 9-7, Draft Needs: Giants: "mismatch" TE

Secondary needs: MLB, CB (free agents), #3 WR ? (if Manningham leaves) Oline, RB?

Free agent Mario Manningham insists he wants to re-sign with the Giants, but the G-men's third best WR is a solid number two for 90% of NFL teams.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina:

South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery measured 6-foot-2 7/8 and 216 pounds at the Scouting Combine weigh-in, after reports of Jeffery’s weight possibly ballooning up to more than 240 pounds. The good news was his weight, the bad news was his height, still tall, but not Plaxico Burress tall.

Jeffery finished his collegiate career as the Gamecocks’ school leader in receiving yards with 3,042 yards., which also stands as the second-most receiving yards in SEC history.

Jeffery’s production took a hit in 2011, a season in which he entered the year as a Biletnikoff Award finalist. Not only was quarterback Stephen Garcia dismissed from the team after five games, South Carolina lost its top running back Marcus Lattimore two games later to a season-ending knee injury.

Alshon Jeffery STATS Receiving
Statistics No Yds Avg TD
2011 49 762 15.6 8
2010 88 1,517 17.2 9
2009 46 763 16.6 6
Career 252 3,564 14.1 40

Update: Weighing 213, Jeffery ran forty times of 4.47 and 4.54 at South Carolina's Pro Day.

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JUST MISSED THE CUT:

Cordy Glenn, RT/G, Georgia:

(6'5 6/10", 345, 35 3/4" arm length, 5.43 40, 34 bench, 29.5 vert., 8'2" broad jump)

I am not a big fan of 345 pound offensive lineman, even ones who display quick feet, not only do they often struggle with 265 pass rushers, but even 300 DTs. But even if I was a fan of Glenn, I prefer the value of Kelechi Osemele.

Bruce Irvin, OLB, West Virginia: In WVU's 3-3-5 defense, he was playing out of position as a five-technique defensive end. He is going to have to play as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 system. In 2010, he broke out onto the national scene with 14 sacks, however his liabilities as a run defender may keep him out of the first-round.

Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson: (6-2, 315) Donta' Hightower:

2011 Stats: 77 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a team-high 18 quarterback pressures.

Thompson, a standout defensive tackle in the ACC, is considered a fringe first-round pick. At the Scouting Combine, he did 35 reps. in the bench press, had a 9-feet, 7-inch broad jump, and posted an unofficial times of 5.0 and 5.12 in the 40-yard dash, before improving upon that with a 4.9 at Clemson's pro-day.

Dont'a Hightower: at 265-pounds, and battle-tested in 'Bama coach Nick Saban's 3-4 defense, Hightower might be the biggest ILB in the NFL as a rookie. He is a candidate to move to OLB (which would increase his value) as he frequently rushed the passer on third down. He tested better than expected at the combine, and may finally be recovered from the lingering effects of a 2009 ACL injury.

Mark Barron, S, Alabama: Only the rarest athletes at safety become first round picks, and for those that feel this will change as teams look for someone who can cover Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Smith, I only have one thing to say. Barron ain't it. He is much more effective "in the box". Already on my 10 players I hate more than you list, Barron's double-hernia surgery insures that he won't be picked until the second round.

Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia: Chase, the son of former Browns cornerback Frank Minnifield, is underrated, with smooth athleticism, and great ball skills, but measuring two inches shorter at the NFL combine (5'10") than his listed height will boot Minnifield out of the first round.

Is Chase Minnifield better than Chris Cook and Ras-I Dowling?

Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson: While he is a good blocker and strong receiver, Allen's lack of explosiveness and top-end speed will likely keep him from being a first-round pick. Allen, who clocked an unimpressive 4.89 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last month, didn't even run the 40 at Clemson's pro-day, and stated "I'm not a track guy -- I'm a football player," Allen said. "Just watch me on film. If you watch me on film, I play way faster, and that's all that matters." He had 50 catches, including eight for touchdowns, last season, and although he may not be the fastest straight-line runner, some consider him to be the best combination of size, speed, hands and blocking ability. Will at TE go in the first round in the 2012 NFL draft?

Orson Charles, TE, Georgia: only managed forty times of 4.75 and 4.90 at the Bulldogs' Pro Day, after skipping the 40 at last month's NFL Combine. Then on 3/9/12 Charles was arrested early in morning and charged with DUI in Clarke County, GA.

Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin: At Wisconsin's pro-day, Toon showed that he has the physical talent to be a top NFL receiver. The 6-2, 211-pounder ran well, clocking a 4.42 and a 4.41 in the 40. He also had a 39-inch vertical and a 10-foot, 10-inch broad jump. Toon may have proved to be a better athlete than once thought, but likely will only be a solid #2 in the NFL. As most already know, Toon is the son of former Jet Al Toon. Nick was not able to put up great stats playing in a run-heavy offense.

THE RUNNING BACKS:

As expected David Wilson, Lamar Miller, LaMichael James, and Doug Martin each had great performances at the combine. However MJD, Ray Rice, Arrian Foster, LeSean McCoy, Frank Gore, Matt Forte, Michael Bush, Fred Jackson, DeMarco Murray, LaGarrette Blount, Ahmad Bradshaw, Roy Helu, and Darren Sproles have each recently proven you don't have to spend a first round pick on a RB.

—Dare to compare—

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