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Posted on: April 21, 2010 9:44 pm
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Lazy's 2010 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

Here is my third and final mock draft of the offseason.  Instead of adding a full third round like I thought I might, I just finished the draft for my Lions.

2010 NFL Mock Draft

(Post Free Agency/Marshall Trade, 4/21/10)

First Round

1.  St. Louis Rams:  Sam Bradford – QB – Oklahoma
While I think Jimmy Clausen is the best pro ready prospect coming out of college this year (but not necessarily the best long term pro), Bradford jumps to the #1 spot after good measurables and interviews at the Combine.  Marc Bulger is gone, and Rams have not traded for Michael Vick yet, so this match makes too much sense not to happen.

2.  Detroit Lions:  Ndamukong Suh – DT – Nebraska
Not only does this pick fill a need, but he is also the best overall player on the Lions board.  However, I could see the Lions trading this pick if the right deal can along.  Even with a trade, I think Suh will go in this slot.

3.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Gerald McCoy – DT – Oklahoma
There will be a struggle in the war room between McCoy and Eric Berry.  Ultimately their need for a run stopper will be too much to overlook.

4.  Washington Redskins:  Russell Okung – OT – Oklahoma State
I am not so sure that Okung is the best OT prospect coming out of college this year, but I think the Skins won’t think twice about drafting him after a solid Combine - they need to protect Donovan McNabb.

5.  Kansas City Chiefs:  Eric Berry – S – Tennessee
As best safety in the draft, Berry will be a solid pick here.  The Chiefs need help on both lines, so that will be considered, and Scott Pioli will try to trade down a few spots and take, but if he can’t find a trade partner Berry will be the pick.

6.  Seattle Seahawks:  Bryan Bulaga – OT – Iowa
The choice here could be O-line, D-line, or safety, with Jimmy Clausen as a dark horse possible pick.  I think in the end the Charlie Whitehurst trade will make the Hawks lean toward Bulaga.

7.  Cleveland Browns:  Joe Haden – CB – Florida
The Browns need all kinds of talent, and Haden could be a shut down corner in the NFL.  This pick could go a few different ways, but I see them taking Haden.

8.  Oakland Raiders:  Jason Pierre-Paul – DE – South Florida
Sorry Raiders’ fans.  This guy had a fast and athletic Combine, but he only did 19 reps on the bench press.  Strength does not factor into Al Davis’ draft strategy.

9.  Buffalo Bills:  Trent Williams – OT – Oklahoma
The Bills need an offensive tackle badly after the departure of Jason Peters last year.  After Okung, there are a few tackles on the same level, but I say they go with Williams.

10.  Jacksonville Jaguars:  Derrick Morgan – DE – Georgia Tech
The Jaguars will jump at the chance to draft the best pass rusher in the draft.  They need to get more pressure on the QB next year, and Morgan paired with Aaron Kampman would be scary for any offensive line.

11.  Denver Broncos:  Dez Bryant – WR – Oklahoma State
Well, the Broncos have traded Brandon Marshall.  They have the need for a big time WR, and I think they will go with Bryant as the clear-cut best WR in the draft.

12.  Miami Dolphins:  Dan Williams – DT – Tennessee
With Marshall in the mix, the Dolphins will select the best NT prospect in the draft.

13.  San Francisco 49ers:   Anthony Davis – OT – Rutgers
Mike Singletary wants to run the ball and San Fran needs help on the o-line.  Great match here.

14.  Seattle Seahawks:  C.J. Spiller – RB – Clemson
Taylor Mays will be a temptation here, but I say Pete Carroll takes the most dynamic RB in the draft.

15.  New York Giants:  Rolando McClain – LB – Alabama
Big, fast, but most importantly smart.  Plus, the Giants like to hoard good defensive players.

16.  Tennessee Titans:  Carlos Dunlap – DE – Florida
With Kyle Vanden Bosch gone via Free Agency, the Titans will need a new pass rusher.  Everson Griffen could be the pick here also.

17.  San Francisco 49ers:  Earl Thomas – DB – Texas
Having already grabbed a lineman with the 15th pick, Mike Singletary can bolster his pass defense by selecting Thomas to replace Dre’ Bly as their number one corner.

18.  Pittsburgh Steelers:  Mike Iupati – OG – Idaho
The hype machine that is surrounding Iupati will finally spit him out to the Steelers.  While everyone else waited until it was “the appropriate time” to take him, the Steelers gladly walk away with the best guard in the draft.  However, this could be a QB if the Steelers trade Ben Roethlisberger.

19.  Atlanta Falcons:  Everson Griffen – DE – USC
The Falcons need a pass rusher.  Everson Griffen is the best one on the board.  They will try to trade down, but if they can’t, it will be a DE or CB.

20.  Houston Texans:  Kyle Wilson – CB – Boise State
With Dunta Robinson gone, the Texans will need to strengthen their defensive backfield.  They are always trying to top the Colts, and this is the next step.

21.  Cincinnati Bengals:  Jermaine Gresham – TE – Oklahoma
The Bengals could go a bunch of different ways here.  I had them taking a WR in my first mock and a safety in my second mock, but I think they may address a different part of the passing game.  They need a TE, and Gresham is the best this year has to offer.

22.  New England Patriots:  Brandon Graham – DE/OLB – Michigan
After lighting up the Senior Bowl, Graham has been shooting up draft boards.  This pick makes sense because the Pats need an edge rusher, and Bill Belichick knows how to effectively use “tweeners”.

23.  Green Bay Packers:  Charles Brown – OT – USC
Aaron Rodgers had very inconsistent pass protection this year, so the Packers have to improve the o-line in the draft.  They wanted Bulaga or Graham here, but since both are gone Brown will be the pick.

24.  Philadelphia Eagles:  Brandon Spikes – LB – Florida
The Eagles could go a couple different ways with this pick, but Spikes is the best inside LB on the board.  If he would have come out last year Spikes would have been a top-ten pick, so the Eagles will walk away happy.

25.  Baltimore Ravens:  Rob Gronkowski – TE – Arizona
The Ravens will take someone to help the passing game.  This pick could be a WR, but after acquiring Anquan Boldin, I say they go TE.

26.  Arizona Cardinals:  Jimmy Clausen – QB – Notre Dame
Unless a team trades up to get Clausen, I see him falling pretty far once he gets past Seattle’s pick at 14.  Arizona insists they are happy with Matt Leinart, but Clausen would be too much of a value pick here to pass.

27.  Dallas Cowboys:  Bruce Campbell – OT – USC
I think the pick here will be DT, OL, or safety.  However, after cutting Flozell Adams, I say they address the OL.

28.  San Diego Chargers:  Ryan Matthews – RB – Fresno St.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Matthews is gone by this pick.  However, if he is still there, the Chargers will scoop him up quickly.

29.  New York Jets:  Jerry Hughes – OLB – TCU
The Jets could stand to get some more help up with the pass rush, and that’s what Hughes will provide.

30.  Minnesota Vikings:  Devin McCourty – CB – Rutgers
With Clausen gone, I think this pick will be between Tim Tebow, Devin McCourty and Taylor Mays.  Lito Sheppard was signed today, but I don’t think that will persuade the Vikings to pass on McCourty

31.  Indianapolis Colts:  Rodger Saffold – OT – Indiana
This guy has been getting a ton of hype lately.  He played for 4 years at Indiana, and has all the right measurables to sneak into the first round.  Also, since Bill Polian called out his line, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Colts take Saffold here.

32.  New Orleans Saints:  Sean Weatherspoon – LB – Missouri
The Saints have enough fire power on offense to take a defensive player here.  Weatherspoon was a natural leader at the Senior Bowl and the best LB left.

 

Second Round

33.  Rams:  Kareem Jackson – CB – Alabama
34.  Lions:  Maurkice Pouncey – OL – Florida
35.  Buccaneers:  Demaryius Thomas – WR – Georgia Tech
36.  Chiefs:  Sergio Kindle – LB – Texas
37.  Eagles:  Jared Odrick – DL – Penn State
38.  Browns:  Colt McCoy – QB – Texas
39.  Raiders:  Taylor Mays – S – USC
40.  Chargers:  Terrance Cody – DT – Alabama
41.  Bills:  Brian Price – DT – UCLA
42.  Buccaneers:  Patrick Robinson – CB – Florida State
43.  Broncos:  Daryl Washington – LB – TCU
44.  Patriots:  Tyson Aluala – DL – California
45.  Broncos:  Chris Cook – CB – Virginia
46.  Giants:  Jahvid Best – RB – California
47.  Patriots:  Brandon Ghee – CB – Wake Forest
48.  Carolina Panthers:  Arrelious Benn – WR – Illinois
49.  49ers:  Nate Allen – S – South Florida
50.  Chiefs:  Cam Thomas – DT – North Carolina
51.  Texans:  Jonathan Dwyer – RB – Georgia Tech
52.  Steelers:  Lamarr Houston – DL – Texas
53.  Patriots:  Tim Tebow – QB – Florida
54.  Bengals:  Jimmy Graham – TE – Miami (FL)
55.  Eagles:  Koa Misi – OLB – Utah
56.  Packers:  Dominique Franks – CB – Oklahoma
57.  Ravens:  Mardy Gilyard – WR – Cincinnati
58.  Cardinals:  Donald Butler – LB – Washington
59.  Cowboys:  Dexter McCluster – WR – Ole Miss
60.  Seahawks:  Morgan Burnett – S – Georgia Tech
61.  Jets:  Golden Tate – WR – Notre Dame
62.  Vikings:  Tony Pike – QB – Cincinnati
63.  Colts:  Ricky Sapp – LB – Clemson
64.  Saints:  Lamarr Houston – DT – Houston

 

Detroit Lions remaining selections (barring trades)

66.  Vladimir Ducasse – OT – Massachusetts
100.  Ben Tate – RB – Auburn
213.  John Connor – FB – Kentucky
214.  Cody Grimm – SS – Virginia Tech
220.  A.J. Jefferson – CB – Fresno St.
255.  Dexter Davis – OLB – Arizona St.

I think the Lions will be moving back up into the 5th or 6th round using a couple of the 7th round selections as ammunition.  As it stands now, these are the selections I see them making.

Category: NFL
Posted on: April 7, 2010 4:34 pm
 

Lazy's 2010 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

Here is my second mock draft of the offseason.  I will try to squeeze out one more right before the draft, but I wouldn’t expect too much to change by then, so who knows.  If I do get one more in, it may include a full third round.

2010 NFL Mock Draft

(Post Free Agency/McNabb Trade, 4/7/10)

First Round

1.  St. Louis Rams:  Sam Bradford – QB – Oklahoma
While I think Jimmy Clausen is the best pro-ready prospect coming out of college this year, Bradford jumps to the #1 spot after good measurables and interviews at the Combine.  Marc Bulger is gone, and Rams have not traded for Michael Vick yet, so this match makes too much sense not to happen.

2.  Detroit Lions:  Ndamukong Suh – DT – Nebraska
Not only does this pick fill a need, but he is also the best overall player on the Lions board.  However, I could see the Lions trading this pick if the right deal can along.  Even with a trade, I think Suh will go in this slot.

3.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Gerald McCoy – DT – Oklahoma
There will be a struggle in the war room between McCoy and Eric Berry.  Ultimately their need for a run stopper will be too much to overlook.

4.  Washington Redskins:  Russell Okung – OT – Oklahoma State
I am not so sure that Okung is the best OT prospect coming out of college this year, but I think the Skins won’t think twice about drafting him after a solid Combine - they need to protect Donovan McNabb.

5.  Kansas City Chiefs:  Eric Berry – S – Tennessee
As best safety in the draft, Berry will be a solid pick here.  The Chiefs need help on both lines, so that will be considered, and Scott Pioli will try to trade down a few spots and take, but if he can’t find a trade partner Berry will be the pick.

6.  Seattle Seahawks:  Bryan Bugala – OT – Iowa
The choice here could be O-line, D-line, or safety, with Jimmy Clausen as a dark horse possible pick.  I think in the end the Charlie Whitehurst trade will make the Hawks lean toward Bugala.

7.  Cleveland Browns:  Joe Haden – CB – Florida
The Browns need all kinds of talent, and Haden could be a shut down corner in the NFL.  This pick could go a few different ways, but I see them taking Haden.

8.  Oakland Raiders:  Jason Pierre-Paul – DE – South Florida
Sorry Raiders’ fans.  This guy had a fast and athletic Combine, but he only did 19 reps on the bench press.  Strength does not factor into Al Davis’ draft strategy.

9.  Buffalo Bills:  Trent Williams – OT – Oklahoma
The Bills need an offensive tackle badly after the departure of Jason Peters last year.  After Okung, there are a few tackles on the same level, but I say they go with Williams.

10.  Jacksonville Jaguars:  Derrick Morgan – DE – Georgia Tech
The Jaguars will jump at the chance to draft the best pass rusher in the draft; they need to get more pressure on the QB next year.

11.  Denver Broncos:  Dez Bryant – WR – Oklahoma State
I think the Broncos will trade Brandon Marshall.  If that happens, I think they will go with Bryant as the clear-cut best WR in the draft.

12.  Miami Dolphins:  Dan Williams – DT – Tennessee
With Bryant already gone, the Dolphins will select the best NT prospect in the draft and not be too upset about it.

13.  San Francisco 49ers:   Anthony Davis – OT – Rutgers
Mike Singletary wants to run the ball and San Fran needs help on the o-line.  Great match here.

14.  Seattle Seahawks:  C.J. Spiller – RB – Clemson
Taylor Mays will be a temptation here, but I say Pete Carroll takes the most dynamic RB in the draft.

15.  New York Giants:  Rolando McClain – LB – Alabama
Big, fast, but most importantly smart.  Plus, the Giants like to hoard good defensive players.

16.  Tennessee Titans:  Carlos Dunlap – DE – Florida
With Kyle Vanden Bosch gone via Free Agency, the Titans will need a new pass rusher.  Everson Griffen could be the pick here also.

17.  San Francisco 49ers:  Earl Thomas – DB – Texas
Having already grabbed a lineman with the 15th pick, Mike Singletary can bolster his pass defense by selecting Thomas to eventually replace Dre’ Bly as their number one corner.

18.  Pittsburgh Steelers:  Mike Iupati – OG – Idaho
The hype machine that is surrounding Iupati will finally spit him out to the Steelers.  While everyone else waited until it was “the appropriate time” to take him, the Steelers gladly walk away with the best guard in the draft.

19.  Atlanta Falcons:  Everson Griffen – DE – USC
The Falcons need a pass rusher.  Everson Griffen is the best one on the board.  They will try to trade down, but if they can’t, it will be a DE or CB.

20.  Houston Texans:  Kyle Wilson – CB – Boise State
With Dunta Robinson gone, the Texans will need to strengthen their defensive backfield.  They are always trying to top the Colts, and this is the next step.

21.  Cincinnati Bengals:  Taylor Mays – S – USC
The Bengals could go a bunch of different ways here.  I had them taking a WR in my first mock, but I think they may address the secondary in the first round now.  Mays would have been a top 10 pick if he would have declared for the 2009 draft, so the Bengals will gladly take Mays here.

22.  New England Patriots:  Brandon Graham – DE/OLB – Michigan
After lighting up the Senior Bowl, Graham has been shooting up draft boards.  This pick makes sense because the Pats need an edge rusher, and Bill Belichick knows how to effectively use “tweeners”.

23.  Green Bay Packers:  Charles Brown – OT – USC
Aaron Rodgers had very inconsistent pass protection this year, so the Packers have to improve the o-line in the draft.  They wanted Bugala or Graham here, but since both are gone Brown will be the pick.

24.  Philadelphia Eagles:  Brandon Spikes – LB – Florida
The Eagles could go a couple different ways with this pick, but Spikes is the best inside LB on the board.  If he would have come out last year Spikes would have been a top-ten pick, so the Eagles will walk away happy.

25.  Baltimore Ravens:  Jermaine Gresham – TE – Oklahoma
The Ravens will take someone to help the passing game.  This pick could be a WR, but after acquiring Anquan Boldin, I say they go TE.

26.  Arizona Cardinals:  Patrick Robinson – CB – Florida State
If the Cards wouldn’t have signed Joey Porter, I would have them taking a LB here, and they still might.  As of now, I see them going DB.

27.  Dallas Cowboys:  Bruce Campbell – OT – USC
I think the pick here will be DT, OL, or safety.  With Taylor Mays off the board and unable to tempt Jerry Jones, and after cutting Flozell Adams, I say they address the OL.

28.  San Diego Chargers:  Ryan Matthews – RB – Fresno St.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Matthews is gone by this pick.  However, if he is still there, the Chargers will scoop him up quickly.

29.  New York Jets:  Jerry Hughes – OLB – TCU
The Jets could stand to get some more help up with the pass rush, and that’s what Hughes will provide.

30.  Minnesota Vikings:  Devin McCourtney – CB – Rutgers
It’s no secret that the Vikings need to improve the secondary, and if they still have this pick, I see them taking one of the CBs.  I say they go McCourtney, but Jimmy Clausen could be the pick here.

31.  Indianapolis Colts:  Rodger Saffold – OT – Indiana
This guy has been getting a ton of hype lately.  He played for 4 years at Indiana, and has all the right measurables to sneak into the first round.  Also, since Bill Polian called out his line, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Colts take Saffold here.

32.  New Orleans Saints:  Sean Witherspoon – LB – Missouri
The Saints have enough fire power on offense to take a defensive player here.  Witherspoon was a natural leader at the Senior Bowl and the best LB left.

Second Round

33.  Rams:  Brian Price – DT – UCLA
34.  Lions:  Kareem Jackson – CB – Alabama
35.  Buccaneers:  Jared Odrick – DL – Penn State
36.  Chiefs:  Sergio Kindle – LB – Texas
37.  Eagles:  Maurkice Pouncey – OL – Florida
38.  Browns:  Jimmy Clausen – QB – Notre Dame
39.  Raiders:  Jahvid Best – RB – California
40.  Chargers:  Terrance Cody – DT – Alabama
41.  Bills:  Colt McCoy – QB – Texas
42.  Buccaneers:  Brandon Ghee – CB – Wake Forest
43.  Dolphins:  Ricky Sapp – LB – Clemson
44.  Patriots:  Tyson Aluala – DL – California
45.  Broncos:  Chris Cook – CB – Virginia
46.  Giants:  Dominique Franks – CB – Oklahoma
47.  Patriots:  Tim Tebow – QB – Florida
48.  Carolina Panthers:  Demaryius Thomas – WR – Georgia Tech
49.  49ers:  Daryl Washington – LB – TCU
50.  Chiefs:  Cam Thomas – DT – North Carolina
51.  Texans:  Nate Allen – S – South Florida
52.  Steelers:  Lamarr Houston – DL – Texas
53.  Patriots:  Rob Gronkowski – TE – Arizona
54.  Bengals:  Jimmy Graham – TE – Miami (FL)
55.  Eagles:  Koa Misi – OLB – Utah
56.  Packers:  Arrelious Benn – WR – Illinois
57.  Ravens:  Mardy Gilyard – WR – Cincinnati
58.  Cardinals:  Donald Butler – LB – Washington
59.  Cowboys:  Dexter McCluster – WR – Ole Miss
60.  Seahawks:  Morgan Burnett – S – Georgia Tech
61.  Jets:  Golden Tate – WR – Notre Dame
62.  Vikings:  Jonathan Dwyer – RB – Georgia Tech
63.  Colts:  Donovan Warren – CB – Michigan
64.  Saints:  Lamarr Houston – DT – Houston


Detroit Lions remaining selections (barring trades)

I think the Lions will be moving back up into the 4th or 5th round using a couple of the 7th round selections as ammunition.  As it stands now, these are the selections I see them making if they stay put:

66.  Vladimir Ducasse – OT – Massachusetts
100.  Jordan Shipley – WR – Texas
213.  John Connor – FB – Kentucky
214.  Cody Grimm – SS – Virginia Tech
255.  Jeff Byers – G – USC

Category: NFL
Posted on: February 11, 2010 9:40 am
 

Lazy's 2010 NFL Mock Draft

Here is my first mock draft of the offseason.  I will update after major NFL offseason events (Combine, Free Agency, big trades, etc.).  As I study the players coming out of college this year, I will expand the draft and selections are sure to change.

2010 NFL Mock Draft

(Pre-Free Agency, 2/11/10)

First Round

1.  St. Louis Rams:  Jimmy Clausen – QB – Notre Dame
The best pro prospect coming out of college this year.  Charlie Weiss may not be the best head coach, but he sure can run an offense and teach quarterbacks.  Marc Bulger is thinking about retiring, and Rams have not traded for Michael Vick yet, so this match makes too much sense not to happen.

2.  Detroit Lions:  Ndamukong Suh – DT – Nebraska
Not only does this pick fill a glaring need, but he is also the best overall player on the Lions board.  However, I could see the Lions trading this pick if the right deal can along.  Even with a trade, I think Suh will go in this slot.

3.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Gerald McCoy – DT – Oklahoma
There will be a struggle in the war room between McCoy and Eric Berry.  Ultimately their need for a run stopper will be too much to overlook.

4.  Washington Redskins:  Sam Bradford – QB – Oklahoma
The second of back-to-back Oklahoma selections will be the Heisman winning quarterback.  With Mike Shanahan moving into town, he will want to start anew with Bradford instead of trying to remold Jason Campbell.

5.  Kansas City Chiefs:  Rolando McClain – LB – Alabama
Big, fast, but most importantly smart.  Scott Pioli will try to trade down a few spots and take McClain then, but if he can’t find a trade partner he will draft McClain at the 5th spot.  Pioli and Nick Saban were together with the Browns, so he will know everything there is to know about McClain.

6.  Seattle Seahawks:  Eric Berry – S – Tennessee
The choice here could be O-line, D-line, or safety.  As best safety in the draft, Berry will be a steal even at the 6th spot.  The secondary needs help, but Pete Carroll could pass on Berry in hopes of grabbing Taylor Mays later.  However, Berry’s talent is too great to let him slip any further.

7.  Cleveland Browns:  Joe Haden – CB – Florida
The Browns need all kinds of talent, and Haden could be a shut down corner in the NFL.  This pick could go a few different ways, but I see them taking Haden.

8.  Oakland Raiders:  Russell Okung – OT – Oklahoma State
Al Davis will be ecstatic that Okung falls to him.  It might be a record time for turning in the draft card for Robert Gallery 2.0.

9.  Buffalo Bills:  Anthony Davis – OT – Rutgers
The Bills need an offensive tackle badly after the departure of Jason Peters last year.  After Okung, there are a few tackles on the same level, but I say they go with Davis.

10.  Denver Broncos:  Dez Bryant – WR – Oklahoma State
Not only do I think the Broncos will trade Brandon Marshall, but I think Josh McDaniels will try to go after Anquan Boldin in a trade.  If that doesn’t work out, I think they will go with Bryant as the clear-cut best WR in the draft.

11.  Jacksonville Jaguars:  Derrick Morgan – DE – Georgia Tech
The Jaguars will jump at the chance to draft the best pass rusher in the draft, they need to get more pressure on the QB next year.

12.  Miami Dolphins:  Dan Williams – DT – Tennessee
With McClain and Bryant already gone, the Dolphins will select the best NT prospect in the draft and not be too upset about it.

14.  San Francisco 49ers:   Trent Williams – OT – Oklahoma
Mike Singletary wants to run the ball and San Fran needs help on the o-line.  The third Oklahoma player taken in the first round is a perfect fit here.

14.  Seattle Seahawks:  C.J. Spiller – RB – Clemson
After kicking himself for not taking one of the stud lineman with the 6th selection (which would have allowed him to take Taylor Mays here), Pete Carroll takes the most dynamic RB in the draft.

15.  New York Giants:  Taylor Mays – S – USC
The Giants could go D-line here, but the secondary is more a pressing need.  Mays would have been a top 5 pick if he would have declared for the 2009 draft, so the Giants will gladly take this steal of a pick.

16.  Tennessee Titans:  Carlos Dunlap – DE – Florida
With Kyle Vanden Bosch likely leaving in Free Agency, the Titans will need a new pass rusher.  Everson Griffen could be the pick here.

17.  San Francisco 49ers:  Earl Thomas – CB – Texas
Having already grabbed a lineman with the 14th pick, Mike Singletary can bolster his pass defense by selecting Thomas to eventually replace Dre’ Bly as their number one corner.

18.  Pittsburgh Steelers:  Mike Iupati – OG – Idaho
The hype machine that is surrounding Iupati will finally spit him out to the Steelers.  While everyone else waited until it was “the appropriate time” to take him, the Steelers gladly walk away with the best guard in the draft.

19.  Atlanta Falcons:  Everson Griffen – DE – USC
The Falcons need a pass rusher.  Everson Griffen is the best one on the board.  They will try to trade down, but if they can’t, it will be a DE or CB.

20.  Houston Texans:  Patrick Robinson – CB – Florida State
With Dunta Robinson likely leaving in the off-season, the Texans will need to strengthen their defensive backfield.  They are always trying to top the Colts, and this is the next step.

21.  Cincinnati Bengals:  Brandon LaFell – WR – LSU
The Bengals biggest need is WR, and Golden Tate is too much like Chad Ochocinco, so I don’t think he will be the pick.  This is another team that will try and trade down.

22.  New England Patriots:  Brandon Graham – DE/OLB – Michigan
After lighting up the Senior Bowl, Graham has been shooting up draft boards.  This pick makes sense because the Pats need an edge rusher, and Bill Belichick knows how to effectively use “tweeners”.

23.  Green Bay Packers:  Bryan Bugala – OT – Iowa
Aaron Rodgers had very inconsistent pass protection this year, so the Packers have to improve the o-line in the draft.

24.  Philadelphia Eagles:  Brandon Spikes – LB – Florida
The Eagles need a thumper inside, and Spikes is the best inside LB on the board.  If he would have come out last year Spikes would have been a top-ten pick, so the Eagles will walk away happy.

25.  Baltimore Ravens:  Jermaine Gresham – TE – Oklahoma
The Ravens will take someone to help the passing game.  This pick could be a WR, but I think they will be trading for one in the offseason (Brandon Marshall anyone?)

26.  Arizona Cardinals:  Donovan Warren – CB – Michigan
The Cards need secondary help in the worst kind of way, and I think Warren’s stock will rise after the Scouting Combine enough that he could be the pick here.

27.  Dallas Cowboys:  Terrance Cody – DT – Alabama
I think the Cowboys might try and trade up to get Taylor Mays.  If they are stuck in this spot, DT is a big need and Cody won’t fall to them in the second round.

28.  San Diego Chargers:  Ricky Sapp – LB – Clemson
The Chargers need to help out the defense in a few different spots – LB, CB, DT.  With Cody gone, their best bet is to take a LB here and address the d-line later in the draft.

29.  New York Jets:  Jared Odrick – DT – Penn State
The Jets could stand to get some more help up front on defense, and Odrick can play DT or DE.  They probably take him while planning to move him to DE

30.  Minnesota Vikings:  Dominique Franks – CB – Oklahoma
It is no secret that the Vikings need to improve the secondary, but this pick might end up getting traded for a QB (maybe Donovan McNabb?).  If they still have this pick, I see them taking Franks.

31.  Indianapolis Colts:  Jason Pierre-Paul – DE – South Florida
The Colts will need another pass rusher pretty soon, and Pierre-Paul has been rising up draft boards.  Perfect match here.

32.  New Orleans Saints:  Sean Witherspoon – LB – Missouri
The Saints have enough fire power on offense to take a defensive player here.  Witherspoon was a natural leader at the Senior Bowl and the best LB left.  Depending on what happens with Reggie Bush, this could be a RB, but I doubt it.

Second Round  (Bonus 5)

33.  Rams:  Kyle Wilson – CB – Boise State
34.  Lions:  Bruce Campbell – OT – USC
35.  Buccaneers:  Golden Tate – WR – Notre Dame
36.  Chiefs:  Cam Thomas – DT – North Carolina
37.  Redskins:  Jerry Hughes – OLB – TCU

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 23, 2009 5:31 pm
 

NFL Games Picks Competition - Week 2 Wrap Up

After Week 2, here is how my picks battle with Footbal418 stands:

My wins this week were the Falcons, Texans, Vikings, Cardinals, Raiders, Redskins, Bills, Giants, and Colts - 9 points

Footbal418's wins were the Saints, Raiders, Vikings, Redskins, Falcons, Bills, and Broncos - 7 points

I outscored him by 2 this week, increasing my lead to 3 points.  Overall standings are:

ImJustLazy03 - 21

Footbal418 - 18

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 16, 2009 7:25 pm
 

NFL Games Picks Competition - Week 1 Wrap Up

After the first week of action, here is how my picks battle with Footbal418 stands:

ImJustLazy03 - 12

Footbal418 - 11

We both got the Falcons/Dolphins, Bengals/Broncos, Texans/Jets, and Cardinals/49ers games wrong.  Footbal418 got the Titans/Steelers game wrong, which gave me the one game edge.

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 10, 2009 5:20 pm
 

NFL Games Picks Competition

These are my predictions for the entire 2009 NFL season.  I will be having a competition with Community Member Footbal418, which will run from the first snap of the season, all the way through the last play of the Big Game.

The rules for the battle between Footbal418 and myself are as follows: 1 point for a regular season victory, 5 points for getting a division winner correct, 3 points for getting the wild cards right, 3 points for a Wild Card round playoff win, 5 points for a Divisional round playoff win, 7 points for a Championship round playoff win, 10 points for the Big Game winner.

Updates will be posted weekly to track our competition and to compare our standings with the actual NFL standings.

 

WEEK 1

Tennessee at Pittsburgh                                  Steelers

Kansas City at Baltimore                                  Ravens

Philadelphia at Carolina                                 Eagles

Minnesota at Cleveland                                   Vikings

Miami at Atlanta                                              Dolphins

Detroit at New Orleans                                    Saints

Jacksonville at Indianapolis                           Colts

Denver at Cincinnati                                       Bengals

Dallas at Tampa Bay                                        Cowboys

N.Y. Jets at Houston                                       Texans

St. Louis at Seattle                                           Seahawks

Washington at N.Y. Giants                               Giants

San Francisco at Arizona                                Cardinals

Chicago at Green Bay                                     Packers

Buffalo at New England                                   Patriots

San Diego at Oakland                                     Chargers

 

WEEK 2

Carolina at Atlanta                                     Falcons

New Orleans at Philadelphia                        Eagles

Houston at Tennessee                                  Texans

Minnesota at Detroit                                      Vikings

New England at N.Y. Jets                                Patriots

Arizona at Jacksonville                                   Cardinals

Oakland at Kansas City                                   Raiders

St. Louis at Washington                                 Redskins

Cincinnati at Green Bay                                 Packers

Tampa Bay at Buffalo                                     Bills

Seattle at San Francisco                                 Seahawks

Pittsburgh at Chicago                                     Steelers

Cleveland at Denver                                       Browns

Baltimore at San Diego                                  Chargers

N.Y. Giants at Dallas                                        Giants

Indianapolis at Miami                                     Colts

 

WEEK 3

Jacksonville at Houston                                 Texans

Tennessee at N.Y. Jets                                  Titans

Green Bay at St. Louis                                    Packers

Washington at Detroit                                   Redskins

San Francisco at Minnesota                           Vikings

Atlanta at New England                                 Patriots

N.Y. Giants at Tampa Bay                              Giants

Cleveland at Baltimore                                  Ravens

Kansas City at Philadelphia                           Eagles

Chicago at Seattle                                        Bears

New Orleans at Buffalo                                 Saints

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati                                 Steelers

Denver at Oakland                                          Broncos

Miami at San Diego                                         Chargers

Indianapolis at Arizona                                    Colts

Carolina at Dallas                                            Cowboys

 

WEEK 4

Detroit at Chicago                                            Lions

Cincinnati at Cleveland                                    Bengals

Tennessee at Jacksonville                               Titans

N.Y. Giants at Kansas City                                Giants

Baltimore at New England                                Patriots

Oakland at Houston                                        Texans

Tampa Bay at Washington                              Redskins

Seattle at Indianapolis                                   Colts

N.Y. Jets at New Orleans                                 Saints

Buffalo at Miami                                            Dolphins

St. Louis at San Francisco                                49ers

Dallas at Denver                                            Cowboys

San Diego at Pittsburgh                                  Chargers

Green Bay at Minnesota                                 Vikings

 

Open date: Arizona,Atlanta,Carolina,Philadelphia

 

WEEK 5

Cincinnati at Baltimore                                   Ravens

Cleveland at Buffalo                                       Bills

Washington at Carolina                                   Panthers

Pittsburgh at Detroit                                       Steelers

Dallas at Kansas City                                        Cowboys

Oakland at N.Y. Giants                                    Giants

Tampa Bay at Philadelphia                             Eagles

Minnesota at St. Louis                                     Vikings

Atlanta at San Francisco                                    Falcons

New England at Denver                                      Patriots

Jacksonville at Seattle                                    Seahawks

Houston at Arizona                                         Cardinals

Indianapolis at Tennessee                               Titans

N.Y. Jets at Miami                                            Jets

 

Open date: Chicago,Green Bay,New Orleans,San Diego

 

WEEK 6

Carolina at Tampa Bay                                    Panthers

Detroit at Green Bay                                      Packers

St. Louis at Jacksonville                                  Jaguars

Baltimore at Minnesota                                   Ravens

Houston at Cincinnati                                     Bengals

Kansas City at Washington                           Redskins

N.Y. Giants at New Orleans                            Giants

Cleveland at Pittsburgh                                 Steelers

Philadelphia at Oakland                                 Eagles

Arizona at Seattle                                            Seahawks

Tennessee at New England                               Patriots

Buffalo at N.Y. Jets                                          Jets

Chicago at Atlanta                                            Bears

Denver at San Diego                                       Chargers

 

Open date: Dallas,Indianapolis,Miami,San Francisco

 

WEEK 7

Indianapolis at St. Louis                                 Colts

New England at Tampa Bay                           Patriots

San Francisco at Houston                              Texans

Minnesota at Pittsburgh                                 Vikings

Chicago at Cincinnati                                      Bengals

San Diego at Kansas City                               Chargers

Green Bay at Cleveland                                 Packers

N.Y. Jets at Oakland                                        Jets

Buffalo at Carolina                                           Panthers

New Orleans at Miami                                       Dolphins

Atlanta at Dallas                                                Falcons

Arizona at N.Y. Giants                                      Giants

Philadelphia at Washington                             Eagles

 

Open date: Baltimore,Denver,Detroit,Jacksonville,Seattle,Tennessee

 

WEEK 8

Denver at Baltimore                                       Ravens

Houston at Buffalo                                          Texans

Cleveland at Chicago                                      Bears

St. Louis at Detroit                                           Lions

Minnesota at Green Bay                                   Packers

Miami at N.Y. Jets                                            Dolphins

San Francisco at Indianapolis                           Colts

Seattle at Dallas                                            Seahawks

Jacksonville at Tennessee                               Titans

Oakland at San Diego                                     Chargers

N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia                                Eagles

Carolina at Arizona                                          Cardinals

Atlanta at New Orleans                                     Saints

 

Open date: Cincinnati,Kansas City,Pittsburgh,Tampa Bay,Washington,New England

 

WEEK 9

Green Bay at Tampa Bay                               Packers

Arizona at Chicago                                           Bears

Kansas City at Jacksonville                            Jaguars

Miami at New England                                   Patriots

Washington at Atlanta                                   Falcons

Baltimore at Cincinnati                                   Bengals

Houston at Indianapolis                                Colts

Carolina at New Orleans                               Panthers

Detroit at Seattle                                          Seahawks

San Diego at N.Y. Giants                              Chargers

Tennessee at San Francisco                         Titans

Dallas at Philadelphia                                   Cowboys

Pittsburgh at Denver                                    Steelers

 

Open date: Buffalo,Minnesota,N.Y. Jets,Oakland,St. Louis,Cleveland

 

WEEK 10

Chicago at San Francisco                               Bears

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh                                   Bengals

Atlanta at Carolina                                           Falcons

Tampa Bay at Miami                                       Dolphins

New Orleans at St. Louis                               Saints

Jacksonville at N.Y. Jets                                 Jets

Buffalo at Tennessee                                     Titans

Denver at Washington                                   Broncos

Detroit at Minnesota                                      Vikings

Kansas City at Oakland                                   Chiefs

Dallas at Green Bay                                         Packers

Philadelphia at San Diego                               Chargers

Seattle at Arizona                                            Cardinals

New England at Indianapolis                            Colts

Baltimore at Cleveland                                  Ravens

 

Open date: N.Y. Giants,Houston

 

WEEK 11

Miami at Carolina                                        Panthers

Indianapolis at Baltimore                              Ravens

Seattle at Minnesota                                     Vikings

New Orleans at Tampa Bay                            Buccaneers

Atlanta at N.Y. Giants                                     Giants

Washington at Dallas                                      Cowboys

Pittsburgh at Kansas City                                Steelers

Buffalo at Jacksonville                                    Jaguars

Cleveland at Detroit                                        Lions

San Francisco at Green Bay                             Packers

Arizona at St. Louis                                          Rams

Cincinnati at Oakland                                      Raiders

San Diego at Denver                                       Chargers

N.Y. Jets at New England                                Patriots

Philadelphia at Chicago                                  Eagles

Tennessee at Houston                                  Texans

 

WEEK 12

Green Bay at Detroit                                      Packers

Oakland at Dallas                                          Cowboys

N.Y. Giants at Denver                                     Giants

Cleveland at Cincinnati                                  Bengals

Carolina at N.Y. Jets                                        Jets

Tampa Bay at Atlanta                                     Falcons

Seattle at St. Louis                                        Seahawks

Arizona at Tennessee                                    Titans

Chicago at Minnesota                                    Bears

Miami at Buffalo                                           Dolphins

Washington at Philadelphia                           Eagles

Indianapolis at Houston                                Texans

Jacksonville at San Francisco                          49ers

Kansas City at San Diego                               Chargers

Pittsburgh at Baltimore                                 Ravens

New England at New Orleans                          Patriots

 

WEEK 13

N.Y. Jets at Buffalo                                          Bills

Tampa Bay at Carolina                                    Panthers

St. Louis at Chicago                                          Bears

Tennessee at Indianapolis                              Titans

Philadelphia at Atlanta                                   Falcons

Oakland at Pittsburgh                                    Steelers

Detroit at Cincinnati                                        Bengals

New Orleans at Washington                             Saints

Denver at Kansas City                                     Chiefs

Houston at Jacksonville                                   Jaguars

San Diego at Cleveland                                  Chargers

Dallas at N.Y. Giants                                        Giants

Minnesota at Arizona                                     Vikings

San Francisco at Seattle                                 Seahawks

New England at Miami                                   Patriots

Baltimore at Green Bay                               Ravens

 

WEEK 14

Pittsburgh at Cleveland                                  Steelers

Green Bay at Chicago                                     Bears

New Orleans at Atlanta                                 Falcons

Detroit at Baltimore                                        Ravens

Denver at Indianapolis                                   Colts

Seattle at Houston                                          Texans

St. Louis at Tennessee                                   Titans

Miami at Jacksonville                                      Dolphins

Buffalo at Kansas City                                     Bills

Cincinnati at Minnesota                                Bengals

Carolina at New England                               Patriots

N.Y. Jets at Tampa Bay                                   Jets

Washington at Oakland                                 Redskins

San Diego at Dallas                                      Chargers

Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants                             Giants

Arizona at San Francisco                                Cardinals

 

WEEK 15

Indianapolis at Jacksonville                            Colts

Dallas at New Orleans                                    Saints

Arizona at Detroit                                          Falcons

Cleveland at Kansas City                               Browns

San Francisco at Philadelphia                           Eagles

Chicago at Baltimore                                       Bears

New England at Buffalo                                    Patriots

Green Bay at Pittsburgh                                   Steelers

Miami at Tennessee                                       Titans

Houston at St. Louis                                        Texans

Atlanta at N.Y. Jets                                          Jets

Oakland at Denver                                          Raiders

Cincinnati at San Diego                                   Chargers

Tampa Bay at Seattle                                      Seahawks

Minnesota at Carolina                                     Vikings

N.Y. Giants at Washington                              Giants

 

WEEK 16

San Diego at Tennessee                              Titans

Denver at Philadelphia                                  Eagles

Oakland at Cleveland                                     Browns

Seattle at Green Bay                                      Packers

Houston at Miami                                            Texans

Tampa Bay at New Orleans                              Saints

Carolina at N.Y. Giants                                   Giants

Buffalo at Atlanta                                             Falcons

Baltimore at Pittsburgh                                   Steelers

Kansas City at Cincinnati                                Bengals

Jacksonville at New England                           Patriots

Detroit at San Francisco                                 49ers

St. Louis at Arizona                                        Cardinals

N.Y. Jets at Indianapolis                                Colts

Dallas at Washington                                     Redskins

Minnesota at Chicago                                    Vikings

 

WEEK 17

Chicago at Detroit                                            Lions

New England at Houston                                  Texans

Jacksonville at Cleveland                                Jaguars

Atlanta at Tampa Bay                                     Falcons

Pittsburgh at Miami                                        Steelers

San Francisco at St. Louis                                Rams

Cincinnati at N.Y. Jets                                     Bengals

Philadelphia at Dallas                                      Eagles

Indianapolis at Buffalo                                   Colts

New Orleans at Carolina                                Panthers

N.Y. Giants at Minnesota                                Vikings

Green Bay at Arizona                                      Packers

Kansas City at Denver                                    Broncos

Tennessee at Seattle                                     Titans

Washington at San Diego                              Chargers

Baltimore at Oakland                                      Ravens

 

Regular Season Standings:

 

NFC South:

Falcons (3)                          11-5

Saints                                 8-8

Panthers                              7-9

Buccaneers                          1-15

 

NFC North:

Packers (2)                         12-4

Vikings (5)                          12-4

Bears                                   9-7

Lions                                    4-12

 

NFC East:

Giants (1)                          13-3

Eagles (6)                          12-4

Cowboys                              7-9

Redskins                             6-10

 

NFC West:

Seahawks (4)                        9-7

Cardinals                              7-9

49ers                                    3-13

Rams                                    2-14

 

AFC South:

Texans (3)                           12-4

Titans (5)                             12-4

Colts (6)                               12-4

Jaguars                                 5-11

 

AFC North:

Steelers (4)                         12-4

Ravens                               11-5

Bengals                               11-5

Browns                                 3-13

 

AFC East:

Patriots (1)                         14-2

Dolphins                              7-9

Jets                                     7-9

Bills                                     4-12

 

AFC West:

Chargers (2)                         13-3

Broncos                                3-13

Raiders                                 3-13

Chiefs                                   2-14

 

 

PLAYOFFS

 

Wild Card Round:

NFC

Philadelphia @ Atlanta                                  Eagles

Minnesota @ Seattle                                     Vikings

AFC

Indianapolis @ Houston                              Colts

Tennessee @ Pittsburgh                              Steelers

 

Divisional Round:

NFC

Philadelphia @ New York                              Giants

Minnesota @ Green Bay                               Packers

AFC

Indianapolis @ New England                          Patriots

Pittsburgh @ San Diego                                 Steelers

 

Championship Round:

NFC

Green Bay @ New York                                 Giants

AFC

Pittsburgh @ New England                             Patriots

 

Big Game:

New England vs. New York                          Patriots

 

 

Highlights:

Packers and Vikings split season series, then meet in playoffs.

Runner up in 2008, Cardinals miss playoffs.

Cowboys fade down the stretch, losing last 5 games.

Texans win first division and make playoffs for the first time.

Three teams from the AFC South make the playoffs.

Ravens and Bengals both finish 11-5, yet miss playoffs.

AFC West is the weakest division in the league.

Nine teams finish the season with 4 wins or fewer.

Colts and Patriots meet in the playoffs yet again.

Rematch of Super Bowl 42, different outcome this time.

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Posted on: May 1, 2009 9:26 am
Edited on: May 1, 2009 9:57 pm
 

After 0-16, Rebuilding Starts with the 2009 Draft

The Lions are essentially an expansion team; that needs to be understood.  What Matt Millen did to deplete this roster is unbelievable.  A trained elephant probably could have done a better job than Millen.  The only past draftees that will be major contributors on the Lions in a few years will be Calvin Johnson, Kevin Smith, Gosder Cherilus, Ernie Sims, and possibly Jeff Backus and Daniel Bullocks.

That said, the depth chart at every other position might as well be blank in the eyes of Martin Mayhew.  I like the stop gap signings of Phillip Buchanon, Grady Jackson, Daunte Culpepper, Bryant Johnson, Ronald Curry, and Maurice Morris.  Furthermore, I like the trades for Anthony Henry and Julian Peterson.

First Round:

Matthew Stafford, QB:  Jim Schwartz said that he had never seen such a consensus number one pick, so I am not surprised that the Lions broke and paid Stafford what he wanted.  Before he was even hired, The Schwartz said that it was about time to find a replacement for Bobby Layne, and the Lions now have their guy.  Martin Mayhew and Schwartz have staked their jobs with the Lions on this kid.  If he does not work out, they will take heat and likely be fired.  I am excited about the Stafford pick, but I obviously would have liked them to trade down and acquire more draft picks.  Since that was not an option, you grab the best player.  If they think that Matt-Staff is franchise QB, then I agree with the pick.

Brandon Pettigrew, TE:  During the draft, I would have rather seen Michael Oher or Peria Jerry here, maybe Rey Maualuga.  However, the only way they can justify this pick is if the Lions are looking at this team as having a blank depth chart at most positions.  After further review, I would rather have the number one tight end from the last few years as opposed to the number two or three DT, or the number four or five OT.  Pettigrew will help with blocking and give Matt-Staff another great option to throw to.  A young QB’s best friend is a great TE.  I am not sure that TE should have been the pick here or this year, but it will be needed in the next year or two, so why not now?

Second Round:

Louis Delmas, S:  Again, the Lions took the number one player at a position.  I like Delmas, and I think that if he had played a bigger football program in college, he would have been a mid-first round pick.  This might be my favorite pick of the draft.  He can play either safety spot, and played some corner at Western Michigan, so he has some good coverage skills as well.  That type of versatility is exactly what The Schwartz wants.

Third Round:

DeAndre Levy, LB:  Most "experts" had Levy going in the later rounds, but obviously the Lions had him rated higher on their draft board.  The Schwartz said he will be moving inside to play MLB.  He has good height, but will definitely need to add bulk to be able to play the middle.  Hopefully the Lions sign Larry Foote after the Steelers release him, that should give Levy a few years to learn the new position.

Derrick Williams, WR:  This was one of the puzzling picks the Lions made.  For a team that needs so much defensive help, most figured they would pick a bunch of defensive players this draft.  The only explanation is that he was the most talented player left on the Lions draft board, because WR is not one of the teams most pressing needs.  The huge upside here is that he was rated as one of the best returners in the draft.  He will probably be the starting punt returner Week 1, and will add depth to the WR corps.  Hopefully he will learn under Bryant Johnson and Ronald Curry and be able to step in as a slot receiver in a few years.

Fourth Round: 

Sammie Lee Hill, DT:  I like this pick here.  One thing I know is that you can't teach size.  Hill, at 6'4" 331 lb, is a large man.  He played at Stillman College, a small school, and will need more time than most to adjust to the NFL.  However, with Grady Jackson to learn from, and a few other DTs in the rotation, he can adjust slowly to taking on NFL o-lineman.  Hill will probably only be a one down DT until he learns the nuances of the position.

Sixth Round:

Aaron Brown, RB:  Another case of "best talent available" draft choice here.  Like Derrick Williams, Brown is a return man.  I personally think the Lions envision him as fitting the Darren Sproles role for the team: a change of pace back that will contribute on kick-off returns.

Seventh Round:

Lydon Murtha, OT:  Murtha is a very athletic tackle, having the fastest 40-yard dash time at the combine.  Again, you can't teach size, and he has it (6'7" 307 lb).  He will probably just add depth to the tackle position his first year, but may be able step in and start at RT a few years down the road, if he can shake his injury bug.

Zack Follett, LB:  I love this guy.  He publicly stated that he wanted to make every team that passed on him to pay for doing so... by knocking their players out of the game.  He made the All-Pac 10 first team as a senior (over Clay Matthews), and is a hard hitter.  He will contribute on special teams, and get reps as an OLB on defense.

Dan Gronkowski, TE:  Again, this had to be a case of "best talent available", because the Lions took Pettigrew in the first round.  He might make the roster, but if he doesn't I am sure the Lions will sign him to the practice squad.

 

Grade:  It is ridiculous to grade a draft immediately after it is complete; you have to wait about three or four years to accurately do that.  However, I will do a twofold grade:  In terms of the impact on this year roster, I give the draft a C.  In terms of future potential, I will give the draft an A.

I think that the Lions didn't do too much to improve their defense with the draft, but the special teams looks to be significantly improved.  However, the defense has been improved by all the transactions Martin Mayhew made before the draft.  Also, the new coaching staff is so much better than the old one; that alone will improve defensive play.

Brandon Pettigrew will make an immediate impact on the offensive side of the ball, both receiving and blocking.  Other than that, Williams and Brown will get some reps during the year, but will mainly be special teams guys.  Stafford will probably just get clean up time late in out of reach games, so that won't really add anything to the offense this season.

Here is how I see this year's draftees contributing during the 2009 season [and a few years down the road]:

Matthew Stafford - Number 2 QB  [Franchise, Pro Bowl QB]

Brandon Pettigrew - Starting TE  [Pro Bowl TE]

Louis Delmas - Starting FS  [Game changing Safty]

DeAndre Levy - Reserve LB, assuming Larry Foote signs with the Lions  [Solid MLB]

Derrick Williams - Starting PR/KR, #4 WR  [Solid PR and slot WR]

Sammie Lee Hill - Reserve DT  [Solid DT]

Aaron Brown - Reserve RB, #2 KR  [Same exact role]

Lydon Murtha - Reserve OT  [Reserve OT, maybe the starting RT]

Zach Follett – Reserve LB, Special teams bowling ball  [Starting OLB]

Dan Gronkowski -Practice squad, on 53-man roster by the end of the year  [#2 TE]

If the Lions get even close to what I have listed there, this will go down as one of the best drafts in team history.  To rebuild after 0-16, they will need the 2009 draft to result in more than just a few impact players.

Det-POV

Posted on: January 5, 2009 8:53 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2009 7:51 am
 

After 0-16, Rebuild the Right Way!

It is time to rebuild the Detroit Lions the right way.

 

Going 0-16 is a complete joke, and it reflects directly on the moves Matt Millen made during his time here.  In some ways I wish he would have been around at the end of the season to be a part of those last few weeks.

 

Due to the fact that he was such a terrible talent evaluator, Millen could never find good players in later rounds.  It really showed when his first and second round picks did not pan out, and there was no talent to fall back on (Charles Rogers and Mike Williams to name a couple).  Those two are also a good example of another reason the Lions are so talent depleted: you cannot take so many wide receivers in the first round and expect to have a chance to compete.  That is something I don’t even want to get into, or it will bring back terrible memories for me, and it is time to look toward the future.

 

To begin the rebuilding process, William Clay Ford Sr. promoted two executives from within.  Martin Mayhew is the new General Manager, and Tom Lewand is the new President.  I have no problem with Lewand as he is a money guy and deals mostly with the cap.  But to have no interview process, and just promote Mayhew from within is not right.

 

I am not here to bash Mayhew, and I think he got it right during his opening press conference when he said to judge him on his actions, not on how he got to Detroit.  However, there needed to be at least interviews with execs outside of the organization.  He has been described as one of the brightest young execs in the NFL, and it was rumored that he was one of the voices against many of the Millen draft picks, so I have hope… I guess.

 

As for the talent that is currently on the team: The Muffin Man has a good blog explaining some of the bright spots currently on the roster (http://the-muffin-man.blogs.sportsl
ine.com/mcc/blogs/entry/8737312/125
48295
).  Calvin Johnson, Kevin Smith, Ernie Sims, Nick Harris, Gosder Cherilus, Daunte Culpepper, Keary Colbert, Mike Furrey/Shaun McDonald, Jeff Backus, and Jason Hanson is about all they have.  Some serviceable players they can use during the rebuilding process are Dominic Raiola, Leigh Bodden, Shaun Cody, and Paris Lenon.

 

As you may have noticed, I mentioned Culpepper in that talk.  I almost started to say that I do not think that he is the long term answer here.  However, after realizing that he is getting up there in age, I reexamined my thought.  I believe that with a solid line in front of him, he could be the Lions starting QB for the next 4 or 5 years, which would pretty much be until he retires.  He has a Randy Moss type guy in Megatron and a soon-to-be good run game behind him with K-Smith.  Furthermore, when he got here midway through the season, he showed some leadership in the locker room and won over some teammates.

 

Now that segues me to the draft.  Since the Lions have a quarterback in place for the next few years, they can wait to draft their franchise QB for a year or two.  So, if they are unable to trade the top pick, which would be the best option because they need so much help, they need to start building from the inside out.  That means Offensive and Defensive Line.

 

The best line prospect out there is Andre Smith from Alabama.  Yes, he just got suspended and did not play in the Sugar Bowl, but that was because he allegedly contacted an agent too early.  If the Lions draft him to play left tackle, they can move Jeff Backus to Guard, and that would all but complete the O-Line.  A free agent signing or 4th round pick for the other guard should do it.  The line would be set for a long time to come.

 

My plan differs from most people because I would advise the Lions to pass on a QB this year and go with a Tackle.  To back this up, I did some research.  I looked up where all of the 32 starting quarterbacks at the end of the year were drafted.  Also, for the purposes of this I used Tom Brady and Matt Cassell, since the Patriots are supposedly going to put their Franchise Tag on Cassell.  Also, I used Carson Palmer.  So, I am using a total of 33 QBs for 32 teams.

 

Of the 32 starting QBs, 16 were drafted in the first round.  So that automatically gives the Lions a 50-50 shot at drafting a good quarterback with this first overall pick.  Of those 16, three were taken first overall.  So, only 3 teams out of 32 start a quarterback that was taken first overall, not good odds.  By the way, those three are Peyton and Eli Manning, and Carson Palmer.  I don’t think any of the QBs coming out this year are of that quality.

 

As for the other half of the league: three starters from round 2, two starters from round 3, two starters from round 4, zero starters from round 5, three starters from round 6, two starters from round 7, and 5 undrafted starters.  Some highlights: Drew Brees (2), Brett Favre (2), Tom Brady (6), Matt Cassell (7), Kurt Warner (Undrafted), and Tony Romo (Undrafted).

 

Pretty much what I am saying is that the Lions have just as good of a chance at drafting a franchise QB in the later rounds as they do in the first round, let alone the first overall pick.

 

For the rest of the picks I propose this: primarily defense until the 3rd or 4th round, then take a QB and hope he pans out to be one of those unexpected guys.  Also, take an O-Lineman in the 4th round too.  Then defense again for the rest of the draft, as that is what needs the most help.

 

To wrap it all up, The Lions should try to trade down and get Michael Oher from Mississippi.  However, the first pick has become impossible to trade in today’s NFL.  Therefore the Lions need to rebuild the right way, offensive line by the way of Andre Smith, and then defense. Then take a QB in the latter rounds every year if that’s what it take to get a guy to replace Culpepper. 

 

The Lion’s time is now.  They can make a 5 or 6 game improvement with a few good picks in this year’s draft.  They can then continue that progress with some smart picks in the 2010 draft.  Maybe by 2011 they will be back in the playoff hunt if they choose a good coach.

 

As for that, I have not mentioned the coaching prospects yet have I?  They need a coach with mental toughness and a strong belief in Mayhew’s system.  Now if that does not sound like Rod Marinelli, I don’t know what does.  The fact of that matter is that Marinelli was not a good head coach.  The only hope I have is that Martin Mayhew knows what he wants in a head coach and gets one of the guys that is expected to be a good head coach in this league.  They cannot go after the “next great unknown guy” again.  I would really like a coach with head coaching experience, but that seems a bit rare this year.

 

 The Detroit Lions need to rebound from the worst season in NFL history, and from the last eight years.  Get that bad taste of Matt Millen out of their mouths.  The time to rebuild is now, and it’s time to Rebuild the Right Way.

 

Det-POV

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