Archive for March, 2011

2011 Mock Draft Primer: The Complete Recap

March 27th, 2011 Comments off

Here is a recap of all the picks from my month-long breakdown of teams in the first round of the draft:

1. Carolina – QB Blaine Gabbert
2. Denver – CB Patrick Peterson
3. Buffalo – QB Cam Newton
4. Cincinnati – DT Nick Fairley
5. Arizona – LB Von Miller
6. Cleveland – DE Da’Quan Bowers
7. San Francisco – DE/LB Robert Quinn
8. Tennessee – WR A.J. Green
9. Dallas – DT Marcell Dareus
10. Washington – WR Julio Jones
11. Houston – CB Prince Amukamara
12. Minnesota – DT Corey Liuget
13. Detroit – OT Tyron Smith
14. St. Louis – DE Aldon Smith
15. Miami – RB Mark Ingram
16. Jacksonville – DE J.J. Watt
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2011 Mock Draft Primer: The Packers

March 26th, 2011 Comments off
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DE Cameron Heyward

The Green Bay Packers are coming off a Championship season, and many think they are at the beginning of what could potentially become a dynasty for them.

The Packers have a lot of things going in their favor, they have a relatively young franchise QB in Aaron Rodgers, who will only be 27 at the start of this season. They have some young receivers surrounding him that he can continue to grow with in Greg Jennings, James Jones, Jermichael Finley, and Jordy Nelson. They have a solid young core of offensive linemen with Josh Sitton and Bryan Bulaga. Defensively, most of their key players are well under 30 such as B.J. Raji, Clay Matthews, Desmond Bishop, Tramon Williams, and Nick Collins.

If the Packers can add a few more pieces to the puzzle, they can solidify a team that should be a contender each and every year for the foreseeable future.

I think the piece they will look to add to that mix is Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward.

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Falcons to work out Cal’s Conte

March 26th, 2011 Comments off

Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that the Falcons will work out California safety Chris Conte. Conte has good size (6-2/197) and speed (4.52 40 time), showing good athleticism at the Combine last month. He began his career as a cornerback before being moved to safety as a junior. He only started one year at Cal, but made the most of it. He had 72 tackles, 1 interception, 3 pass breakups, and a blocked kick on the year.

If selected by the Falcons, Conte would join former Cal teammate Thomas DeCoud in the team’s secondary. The Falcons are likely looking for depth at safety due to the departure of Erik Coleman this off-season.

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2011 Mock Draft Primer: Steelers

March 26th, 2011 Comments off
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CB Aaron Williams

The Pittsburgh Steelers got all the way to the Super Bowl, but a subpar game hurt their chances. They will be hoping to use this draft to shore up their weak areas to make a third run in five years under head coach Mike Tomlin.

Offensively, Steelers are a team that thrives on the shoulders of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, with his improvisational skills in the pocket and big arm. But the Steelers are known for their defense, and it returned to previous levels last year where they were at the top of the league.

But both ares of their roster could improve. Their offense needs to be shored up as their offensive line was atrocious last year as injuries and subpar play decimated them. On defense, they are starting to show their age, and at several key spots could do with more infusion of youth.

With that said, I think the Steelers will use their first round pick on Texas cornerback Aaron Williams.

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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/25

March 26th, 2011 Comments off

Today’s pro days include Arizona State, Ball State, Massachusetts, Miami (FL), and Wofford. Miami’s pro day was rescheduled due to weather from March 10.

So far, the Falcons have been confirmed at the UMass pro day according to the Minutemen Nation Blog.

UMass has three main prospects: QB Kyle Havens, RB John Griffin, and OG Greg Niland. All three were in attendance and worked out at Boston College’s pro day on Wednesday, which the Falcons did attend. Also LB Mike Mele and WR Anthony Nelson are two Minutemen that worked out in front of scouts at Boston College. Perhaps the Falcons saw something they liked from one of those players.

The Falcons were also on hand to see Miami prospects work out, where the Falcons likely got another look at defensive end Allen Bailey, as well as WR Leonard Hankerson and CB Brandon Harris, the Hurricanes top prospects.

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Draft order set with compensatory picks

March 25th, 2011 1 comment

The Falcons did not receive any compensatory draft picks in this year’s round of picks that are awarded to NFL teams that lose key free agents in the previous year’s off-season. But with the league’s unveiling of the 32 picks awarded to other teams, the 7-round draft order has been set. Here are the Falcons picks:

77210From Detroit. Acquired via CB Chris Houston trade
727230From New England. Acquired via Quinn Ojinnaka trade



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Falcons look at trio of Terrapins

March 25th, 2011 Comments off

Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times reports that the Falcons were at the University of Maryland yesterday working out RB Da’Rel Scott, WR Torrey Smith, and TE Will Yeatman. It was previously reported that the Falcons would work out Scott, but it was clear the Falcons used their time to take a look at two other Maryland prospects.

Smith is considered a potential first round pick and possible target for the Falcons at No. 27.

Yeatman is a former Notre Dame transfer that caught 13 passes in his final year at Maryland, working as the backup tight end. In 3 years at Notre Dame, he caught 8 passes. Likely the Falcons are looking at him as a blocking tight end, after he measured 6-6/270 at his pro day. He likely caught the Falcons eye with a strong pro day workout on March 16.

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2011 Mock Draft Primer: The Jets at No. 30

March 25th, 2011 Comments off
DT Muhammad Wilkerson

DT Muhammad Wilkerson

The New York Jets with their thirtieth overall selection have to find a way to get the pieces to push them over the top. Two consecutive AFC Championship Games means they’re close to winning a coveted title, but they need that last bit of umph to get them over the hump.

Most would blame QB Mark Sanchez as the biggest obstacle for them to overcome. With a solid running game, two quality receivers, and one of the league’s best offensive lines, there isn’t much to dislike about the Jets offense, except the quarterback. Sanchez is still growing up as an NFL quarterback and the Jets may be in the market to add a few more pieces to help him along.

But they could also look to shore up a defense that had some drop-off from being the best in the league in 2009 to being the sixth best. That’s still better than what most teams sport on defense, but they do have their share of weaknesses.

One of the issues the Jets face is that they were built for last year to be their Super Bowl run, with several of their key players becoming prospective free agents once the labor crisis gets settled. Wide receivers Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards, cornerback Antonio Cromartie, defensive end Shaun Ellis, safeties Brodney Pool and Eric Smith, as well as inside linebacker David Harris are all potential free agents. And since the Jets aren’t expected to bring back all of those players, their first round pick might be used on a potential replacement.

And the player I see the Jets landing at this spot is Temple defensive end/tackle Muhammad Wilkerson.

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Titus Young will workout for Falcons

March 24th, 2011 Comments off

Nate Kuester of the National Football Authority reports that the Falcons will have a workout with Boise State wideout Titus Young. Young has been pegged as a potential first round candidate for the Falcons with the No. 27 overall pick. Young led Boise State in receiving the past two years, averaging 15.0 yards on 150 receptions and 19 touchdowns.

Today, the Falcons sent representatives to Boise State’s pro day. There, Young reportedly ran a 4.35 40, showcasing his explosive vertical speed.

You can click here to read a scouting report on Young.

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Falcons Pro Day Round-Up 3/24

March 24th, 2011 Comments off

Thursday’s pro days include: Boise State, Maine, Middle Tennessee, New Hampshire, New Mexico State, San Diego State, South Florida, Southern Illinois, Tennessee State, UNLV, and Western Kentucky.

Boise State features the biggest named prospects with wide receivers Titus Young and Austin Pettis, as well as safety Jeron Johnson. San Diego State has a pair of wide receivers in Vincent Brown and DeMarco Sampson that could get drafted. South Florida also has a few potential late round prospects in DT Terrell McClain, DE Craig Marshall, DE David Bedford, DB Mistral Raymond, and C Sampson Genus. Also on NFL teams radars are New Mexico OT Byron Bell and Southern Illinois CB Korey Lindsay.

So far, the Falcons have been confirmed at three of the pro days: Boise State, South Florida, and Southern Illinois.

Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that the Falcons sent their secondary coach to Boise to check out safety Jeron Johnson, among others.

Adam Adkins of the Tampa Bay Tribune reports that all 32 teams are represented at USF’s pro day. Early reports on the workouts indicate that DT Terrell McClain ran a pair of 40 times of 4.8 seconds (with wind) and 4.9 seconds (against wind). OC Sampson Genus put up 28 bench reps of 225 pounds.

Todd Hefferman of the Southern Illinoisan has the scoop on the Falcons being present among 10 teams at SIU’s pro day.

Reports on the other pro days…

Middle Tennessee – 15 scouts present. (Source)
New Mexico – 5 teams, not including the Falcons. (Source)
San Diego State – 5 teams, not including the Falcons. (Source)
Tennessee State – 15 teams. (Source)

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