AFC East: Connor Barwin

Around the AFC East: Jets after Brady Quinn?

April, 24, 2009
4/24/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

New York Jets

Buffalo Bills

Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots

Making of the bloggers' mock draft

April, 22, 2009
4/22/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

NFL general manager is a pretty simple job when your opponents leave players such as Vontae Davis and Brandon Pettigrew on the board in the bottom third of the first round.

ESPN.com's eight divisional bloggers put our heads together for a first-round mock draft, and I'd like to think I served the AFC East quite well.

Although I have to admit I screwed up the process because I didn't realize nobody had taken Davis, the Illinois cornerback, when the New England Patriots were on the clock at No. 23.

Assuming he was long gone, I gave them Cincinnati outside linebacker Connor Barwin -- until I realized Davis was sitting there like Napoleon Dynamite at the prom.

The rest of my selections were straightforward. If the Buffalo Bills can get out of the first round with Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin and Pettigrew -- can the Oklahoma State tight end really slide to No. 28? -- then Ralph Wilson will do cartwheels.

I did have some mulling to do for the New York Jets at No. 17. Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree and Missouri's Jeremy Maclin were the only receivers off the board, giving the Jets several options there. But I had to go with Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman.

My selection for the Miami Dolphins' at No. 25 was a pure hunch, but in my mind it seems like a great fit. Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis would've been a top-10 pick had he entered the draft after his junior season. He has the potential to be explosive.

Around the AFC East: The book on left tackles

April, 19, 2009
4/19/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

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New York Jets
  • Associated Press reporter Dennis Waszak Jr. takes a look at outside linebacker Vernon Gholston's quest for sophomore salvation.
  • Brian Costello of the New York Post gives the Jets a list of dos and don'ts for next weekend's draft.
  • New York Daily News reporter Rich Cimini analyzes the Jets' quarterback decision as they head into the draft and weigh Southern California's Mark Sanchez and Kansas State's Josh Freeman.
  • George Bretherton at The Fifth Down tries to quantify fun as an element to success.

Check out your AFC East mock portfolio

April, 11, 2009
4/11/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

In this week's AFC East mock report, you'll find the latest from ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, NFL.com's Charles Davis and Steve Wyche, Sports Illustrated's Don Banks, NFL.com's Steve Wyche, Dallas Morning News columnist Rick Gosselin, CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco and Clark Judge and NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang and Chad Reuter.

No. 11 Buffalo Bills

  • Kiper's pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/linebacker
  • McShay's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Davis' pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Wyche's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Banks' pick: Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech receiver
  • Gosselin's pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/linebacker
  • Prisco's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive en
  • Judge's pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Brian Orakpo, Texas defensive end
  • Reuter's pick: Robert Ayers, Tennessee defensive end

No. 17 New York Jets

  • Kiper's pick: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland receiver
  • McShay's pick: Percy Harvin, Florida receiver
  • Davis' pick: Josh Freeman, Kansas State quarterback
  • Wyche's pick: Josh Freeman, Kansas State quarterback
  • Banks' pick: Percy Harvin, Florida receiver
  • Gosselin's pick: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland receiver
  • Prisco's pick: Josh Freeman, Kansas State quarterback
  • Judge's pick: Knowshon Moreno, Georgia running back
  • Rang's pick: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland receiver
  • Reuter's pick: Josh Freeman, Kansas State quarterback

No. 23 New England Patriots

  • Kiper's pick: Donald Brown, Connecticut running back
  • McShay's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Davis' pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Wyche's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Banks' pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Gosselin's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Prisco's pick: Vontae Davis, Illinois cornerback
  • Judge's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Connor Barwin, Cincinnati outside linebacker
  • Reuter's pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/outside linebacker

No. 25 Miami Dolphins

  • Kiper's pick: Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State cornerback
  • McShay's pick: Vontae Davis, Illinois cornerback
  • Davis' pick: Kenny Britt, Rutgers receiver
  • Wyche's pick: Kenny Britt, Rutgers receiver
  • Banks' pick: Rey Maualuga, Southern California linebacker
  • Gosselin's pick: James Laurinaitis, Ohio State linebacker
  • Prisco's pick: Connor Barwin, Cincinnati outside linebacker
  • Judge's pick: Vontae Davis, Illinois cornerback
  • Rang's pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/linebacker
  • Reuter's pick: Brian Cushing, Southern California linebacker

Hickory dickory mock: AFC East on the clock

April, 4, 2009
4/04/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

This week's edition of the AFC East mock roundup is a little thinner than usual because I've decided to go with only simulations updated since the Jay Cutler trade.

In this installment you will find the latest from Todd McShay, Sports Illustrated's Don Banks, NFL.com's Steve Wyche and NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang and Chad Reuter.

No. 11 Buffalo Bills

  • McShay's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Wyche's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Banks' pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Reuter's pick: Robert Ayers, Tennessee defensive end

No. 17 New York Jets

  • McShay's pick: Percy Harvin, Florida receiver
  • Wyche's pick: Josh Freeman, Kansas State quarterback
  • Banks' pick: Percy Harvin, Florida receiver
  • Rang's pick: Jeremy Maclin, Missouri receiver
  • Reuter's pick: Josh Freeman, Kansas State quarterback

No. 23 New England Patriots

  • McShay's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Wyche's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Banks' pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Connor Barwin, Cincinnati outside linebacker
  • Reuter's pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/linebacker

No. 25 Miami Dolphins

  • McShay's pick: Vontae Davis, Illinois cornerback
  • Wyche's pick: Kenny Britt, Rutgers receiver
  • Banks' pick: Kenny Britt, Rutgers receiver
  • Rang's pick: Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina receiver
  • Reuter's pick: Vontae Davis, Illinois cornerback

Mock, mock ... Who's there?

March, 28, 2009
3/28/09
8:35
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

In this installment you will find the latest from ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, NFL.com's Charles Davis, Jamie Dukes and Steve Wyche, Sports Illustrated's Don Banks, NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang and Chad Reuter and the National Football Post's Wes Bunting and Michael Lombardi.

McShay's version provides an intriguing twist. He drew his up to answer the question "What would happen if the Lions didn't select Matthew Stafford with the first pick?" The trickle down affect was significant throughout, but impacted his projections for only two AFC East clubs.

McShay changed the Jets' No. 17 pick from Southern California quarterback Mark Sanchez to Florida receiver Percy Harvin and the Miami Dolphins' No. 25 choice from Southern California linebacker Brian Cushing to Illinois cornerback Vontae Davis.

Lombardi's mock is the first I've seen involving an AFC East trade, with the Jets and Buffalo Bills swapping first-round picks.

No. 11 Buffalo Bills

  • Kiper's pick: Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State tight end
  • McShay's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Davis' pick: Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State defensive back
  • Dukes' pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/linebacker
  • Wyche's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Banks' pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Reuter's pick: Robert Ayers, Tennessee defensive end
  • Bunting's pick: Robert Ayers, Tennessee defensive end
  • Lombardi's pick (trade down to No. 17 from Jets): Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State tight end

No. 17 New York Jets

  • Kiper's pick: Percy Harvin, Florida receiver
  • McShay's pick: Percy Harvin, Florida receiver
  • Davis' pick: Josh Freeman, Kansas State quarterback
  • Dukes' pick: Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest cornerback
  • Wyche's pick: Josh Freeman, Kansas State quarterback
  • Banks' pick: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland receiver
  • Rang's pick: Jeremy Maclin, Missouri receiver
  • Reuter's pick: Josh Freeman, Kansas State quarterback
  • Bunting's pick: Josh Freeman, Kansas State quarterback
  • Lombardi's pick (trade up to No. 11 from Bills): Josh Freeman, Kansas State quarterback

No. 23 New England Patriots

  • Kiper's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • McShay's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Davis' pick: Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest cornerback
  • Dukes' pick: Darius Butler, Connecticut cornerback
  • Wyche's pick: Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest cornerback
  • Banks' pick: Larry English, Northern Illinois outside linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Reuter's pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/outside linebacker
  • Bunting's pick: Sean Smith, Utah defensive back
  • Lombardi's pick: Larry English, Northern Illinois outside linebacker

No. 25 Miami Dolphins

  • Kiper's pick: Vontae Davis, Illinois cornerback
  • McShay's pick: Vontae Davis, Illinois cornerback
  • Davis' pick: Percy Harvin, Florida receiver
  • Dukes' pick: Hakeen Nicks, North Carolina receiver
  • Wyche's pick: Percy Harvin, Florida receiver
  • Banks' pick: Clint Sintim, Virginia outside linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Connor Barwin, Cincinnati outside linebacker
  • Reuter's pick: Vontae Davis, Illinois cornerback
  • Bunting's pick: Ron Brace, Boston College defensive tackle
  • Lombardi's pick: Brian Cushing, Southern California linebacker

Around the AFC East: Jets S Rhodes no Cutler fan

March, 27, 2009
3/27/09
9:54
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

New York Jets

 Buffalo Bills

Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots

Mock, mock 'til you drop

March, 17, 2009
3/17/09
9:00
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

In this installment you will find a merged mock from ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay and the latest from NFL.com's Pat Kirwan, Sports Illustrated's Don Banks and Jim Trotter, Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com, NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang and Chad Reuter and the National Football Post's Wes Bunting.

You'll notice the projections are starting to fall in line with each other, but take note of Bunting's free-wheeling picks. Not one of his AFC East selections matches that of another mock maker.

No. 11 Buffalo Bills

  • Kiper's pick: Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State tight end
  • McShay's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Kirwan's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Banks' pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/linebacker
  • Trotter's pick: Andre Smith, Alabama tackle
  • Prisco's pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Reuter's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Bunting's pick: Robert Ayers, Tennessee defensive end

No. 17 New York Jets

  • Kiper's pick: Percy Harvin, Florida receiver
  • McShay's pick: Mark Sanchez, Southern California quarterback
  • Kirwan's pick: Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina receiver
  • Banks' pick: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland receiver
  • Trotter's pick: Mark Sanchez, Southern California quarterback
  • Prisco's pick: Mark Sanchez, Southern California quarterback
  • Rang's pick: Mark Sanchez, Southern California quarterback
  • Reuter's pick: Mark Sanchez, Southern California quarterback
  • Bunting's pick: Josh Freeman, Kansas State quarterback

No. 23 New England Patriots

  • Kiper's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • McShay's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Kirwan's pick: Larry English, Northern Illinois linebacker
  • Banks' pick: Larry English, Northern Illinois outside linebacker
  • Trotter's pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/linebacker
  • Prisco's pick: Clint Sintim, Virginia outside linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Vontae Davis, Illinois cornerback
  • Reuter's pick: Connor Barwin, Cincinnati outside linebacker
  • Bunting's pick: Sean Smith, Utah defensive back

No. 25 Miami Dolphins

  • Kiper's pick: Vontae Davis, Illinois cornerback
  • McShay's pick: Brian Cushing, Southern California linebacker
  • Kirwan's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Banks' pick: Clint Sintim, Virginia outside linebacker
  • Trotter's pick: Alex Mack, California center
  • Prisco's pick: Larry English, Northern Illinois outside linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech defensive end
  • Reuter's pick: Larry English, Northern Illinois outside linebacker
  • Bunting's pick: Ron Brace, Boston College defensive tackle

Around the AFC East: Colts, Bills in Toronto?

March, 16, 2009
3/16/09
8:54
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills

Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots

New York Jets

  • Newark Star-Ledger reporter Dave Hutchinson previews the start of the Jets' offseason program under rookie head coach Rex Ryan.
  • New York Daily News reporter Rich Cimini writes the Jets are looking closely at Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman.

Mock and awe

March, 7, 2009
3/07/09
8:45
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Behold the latest compilation of AFC East draft projections from NFL draft cognoscenti.

Most of these were freshly updated Friday, so enjoy the mocktastic stylings of ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, NFL.com's Pat Kirwan, Charles Davis and Steve Wyche, Sports Illustrated's Don Banks, CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco, NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang and Chad Reuter, Chris Steuber of Scout.com and the National Football Post's Wes Bunting.

No. 11 Buffalo Bills

  • Kiper's pick: Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State tight end
  • McShay's pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/linebacker
  • Kirwan's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Davis' pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Wyche's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Banks' pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/linebacker
  • Prisco's pick: Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State tight end
  • Rang's pick: Brian Orakpo, Texas defensive end
  • Reuter's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Steuber's pick: Jeremy Maclin, Missouri receiver
  • Bunting's pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/linebacker

No. 17 New York Jets

  • Kiper's pick: Percy Harvin, Florida receiver
  • McShay's pick: Vontae Davis, Illinois cornerback
  • Kirwan's pick: Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina receiver
  • Davis' pick: Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest cornerback
  • Wyche's pick: Jeremy Maclin, Missouri receiver
  • Banks' pick: Jeremy Maclin, Missouri receiver
  • Prisco's pick: Rey Maualuga, Southern California linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland receiver
  • Reuter's pick: Mark Sanchez, Southern California quarterback
  • Steuber's pick: Percy Harvin, Florida receiver
  • Bunting's pick: Mark Sanchez, Southern California quarterback

No. 23 New England Patriots

  • Kiper's pick: Brian Cushing, Southern California linebacker
  • McShay's pick: Brian Cushing, Southern California linebacker
  • Kirwan's pick: Larry English, Northern Illinois linebacker
  • Davis' pick: Eben Britton, Arizona tackle
  • Wyche's pick: Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest cornerback
  • Banks' pick: James Laurinaitis, Ohio State linebacker
  • Prisco's pick: Larry English, Northern Illinois outside linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Vontae Davis, Illinois cornerback
  • Reuter's pick: Connor Barwin, Cincinnati outside linebacker
  • Steuber's pick: Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest cornerback
  • Bunting's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker

No. 25 Miami Dolphins

  • Kiper's pick: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland receiver
  • McShay's pick: Connor Barwin, Cincinnati outside linebacker
  • Kirwan's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Davis' pick: Alex Mack, California center
  • Wyche's pick: Robert Ayers, Tennessee defensive end
  • Banks' pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Prisco's pick: Clint Sintim, Virginia outside linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/linebacker
  • Reuter's pick: Larry English, Northern Illinois outside linebacker
  • Steuber's pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/linebacker
  • Bunting's pick: Brian Cushing, Southern California linebacker

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