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Pick 256's Mock Draft V. 5.0

Another look at how the 1st round of next week's NFL Draft could turn out.

Pick 256's Mock Draft V. 4.0

With the offseason in high gear, free agency and trades have significantly changed some teams' draft needs. Here's an updated look at how the 1st round of April's draft could go:

Pick 256's Pre-Free Agency Mock draft

We're approaching free agency and the draft is only 6 weeks away. Here's another mock draft:

Offseason Needs: Miami Dolphins

For a team coming off of a very disappointing 6-10 season and a coaching change, the 2012 Miami Dolphins are surprisingly solid at many positions. There is every reason to believe that a good offseason by GM Jeff Ireland and new coach Joe Philbin could get the Dolphins into playoff contention. Here’s a look at their 2012 offseason needs

Offseason Team Needs: New York Jets

2011 was a disappointing year for the New York Jets and coach Rex Ryan. Coming off of two straight AFC Championship appearances, the always confident Ryan saw his team take a step back and end the year at 8-8. If Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum are serious about dethroning the New England Patriots atop the AFC East, they will have their work cut out for them this offseason.

Offseason Team Needs: New England Patriots

The 2011 AFC Champion New England Patriots enter the offseason with a number of high draft picks and a ton of cap space. Here are their biggest needs:

Goodbye 2011 Season. Combine Here We Come.

The 2011 NFL season is just about in the books and the offseason is upon us. The first stop is the NFL Scouting Combine in just over two weeks. While some of us will be watching each and every drill and keeping our eyes and ears open for draft-related rumblings, others will just pay attention to the big daily headlines. Here are some things to watch:

Pick 256's Mock Draft V. 3.0

The Senior Bowl is in the books and for all intents and purposes, the 2011 college football season is behind us. With less than a month until the scouting combine and less than three months until the draft, things are starting to come into focus a bit. Here's a mock draft of how I see things shaking out if the draft were held today:

Kendall Wright: Does Size Matter?

Baylor standout and 1st round hopeful Kendall Wright is an impressive wide receiver prospect. However, listed at (a generous?) 5'10 190, Wright is smaller than most potential 1st round WR's . While he might be the most exciting of all the top players in the 2012 WR class, Wright is looking to become just the 15th WR shorter than 6'0 selected in the top 20 picks since 1980.

Pick 256's Mock Draft V. 2.0

With the college football season in the books, it's time for another mock draft. While things are still very fluid, an early picture of the 1st round is starting to form. At this point, it looks like the 1st round will be heavy on offensive talent with perhaps as few as 12 defensive players being selected. Here's how I see things playing out as things stand right now.

Pass Rushing Class Of 2012 Has Tough Act To Follow

The 2011 class had more sacks in their rookie year than any draft class since sacks became an official stat in 1982. While the 2012 class doesn't appear to be as strong, there are still a few guys who could make an impact as pass rushers in their rookie year.

Winners And Losers From Barkley's decision

For weeks, even months, fans of teams in need of a franchise QB have been salivating over the number of options to pick from in round 1 of the 2012 draft. While Andrew Luck has been the consensus #1 pick in 2012, Matt Barkley had established himself as a top 10 pick. With Barkley headed back to college, here are the top winners and losers from today's decision:

Pick256's Pre-Bowl Mock Draft

Bowl season is nearly upon us, and NFL draft talk is starting to kick into high gear. While things will change a lot between now and April's draft, here is how I envision things could play out:

Five Prospects To Watch In College Postseason

While there are still nearly five months until the 1st pick is announced, things will start to move very quickly for prospects and NFL personnel men. For many prospects, Bowl week, All-Star games and the Combine can make or break a prospect's chances. For some, millions of dollars in guaranteed money are at stake. Here are five guys who need to shine over the next few months.

Is The 2nd Round The Best Place To Find A Quality RB?

The success of recent 2nd round picks Matt Forte, LeSean McCoy, Maurice Jones-Drew and Ray Rice combined with the devaluation of RB's league-wide has led a lot of draft observers to conclude that the 2nd round is the "sweet spot" for finding a RB. What's the likelihood that 2012 will produce the next Forte, McCoy, Jones-Drew or Rice?

Is Trent Richardson The Last Of A Dying Breed?

There is a new prevailing wisdom amongst many draft experts and NFL talking heads: the days of RB's going early in the draft are coming to an end - evidenced by Mark Ingram being the only 1st round RB in 2011 and he didn't go until 28th overall. Is this really true though? Is Trent Richardson one of the last 1st round RB's we'll see?

2nd Tier (and beyond) QB Prospects

By now, most NFL draft watchers know the top QB prospects: Andrew Luck, Matt Barkley, Landry Jones, Ryan Tannehill and Robert Griffin III. As we move into the Bowl season and pre-draft workouts, those five guys will get the bulk of the hype - and deservedly so. However, there are a few other guys that will go later on who could find success in the NFL as starters.

Who Will Be 2012's Marques Colston or Donald Driver?

  If your favorite team needs a wide receiver, chances are that guys like Alshon Jeffery, Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd are already on your radar - all three project to be top 15 picks in next...

1st Round Bust No More? Alex Smith's Improvement

"Suck For Luck!" has become the rallying cry emanating from Miami, Indianapolis and even St. Louis. With all the hype surrounding Luck, one can't help but think back to other QB's who have gone 1st overall in the draft. One of whom is currently playing for Luck's former coach - 2005 1st overall pick Alex Smith.

College Quarterbacks: How Much Attention Should We Give Their Stats?

Just over three months from now, Super Bowl XLVI will be in the books and a new NFL champion decided. Almost immediately thereafter, analysts will start dissecting the next wave of rookies to enter the league. Leading the way will be the Class of 2012 QB's. What, if anything, can we learn about these young quarterbacks' chances of NFL success from looking at their college stats?

1st Round WR: 2005-2009

The 2012 NFL Draft looks to be absolutely loaded with quality receiving prospects. While it's unlikely that all the top underclassmen will declare, there should be enough to make 2012 one of the deepest WR groups in history. With that in mind, it's useful to look back at the last 10 years of 1st round WR's to get an idea of what to expect from the Class of 2012.

1st Round WR's 2000-2004: A Real Horror Story

When the spring rolls around and your favorite team is considering a WR on Day 1 of the draft, don't get your hopes up too high. As exciting as it is to imagine Alshon Jeffery, Justin Blackmon or Michael Floyd as the next Wayne, Fitzgerald or Andre Johnson, the WR class of 2012 is likely to produce more tricks than treats.

1st Round WR's: What Should We Expect?

Drafting wide receivers is risky business. While there is always a lot of risk in a high draft pick regardless of position, wide receivers tend to flop at a higher rate than many other positions. So, what should you expect if your team is brave enough to select a WR in the 1st round of next year's draft?

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