AFC East: Darrius Heyward-Bey

AFC East Week 13 X factors

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New England Patriots (8-3)

Opponent: Indianapolis Colts (0-11)

X factor: LB Rob Ninkovich

Analysis: The Patriots do not really need an X factor against the winless Colts. But a player who is quietly playing well in recent weeks is Ninkovich. He's a heady player who stays around the football, which has resulted in some big plays for New England's defense. Ninkovich has two sacks, two interceptions and a defensive touchdown the past three games. Keep an eye on Ninkovich this week and down the stretch.

New York Jets (6-5)

Opponent: at Washington Redskins (4-7)

X factor: RB LaDainian Tomlinson

Analysis: Tomlinson is back, and he returns at a good time. The Jets are in must-win mode and need their running game. Starting tailback Shonn Greene is banged up and Joe McKnight still is inexperienced. Tomlinson can be a solid bridge between the two. He's proven and has fresh legs. He's sat out the past two games with a knee injury and only has 46 carries this season. Look for the Jets to rely on Tomlinson more down the stretch.

Buffalo Bills (5-6)

Opponent: Tennessee Titans (6-5)

X factor: DL Marcell Dareus

Analysis: Buffalo's defense can't stop anyone right now. The Bills are struggling against the run and pass and need someone to step up and turn it around. This is where Dareus has to come in. Yes, he is a rookie. But Dareus is this year's No. 3 overall pick and one of the few difference-makers on Buffalo's defense. Dareus has shown flashes of dominance — but the Bills need him to be consistently stout in the middle, especially this week against the Titans and Pro Bowl running back Chris Johnson.

Miami Dolphins (3-8)

Opponent: Oakland Raiders (7-4)

X factor: S Yeremiah Bell

Analysis: Bell is playing solid football. He has eight tackles and an interception his past two games. But here is why Bell is very important this weekend: Oakland has tremendous speed on offense. Expect the Raiders to challenge the Dolphins vertically with deep threats such as receivers Denarius Moore, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Jacoby Ford. It will be key for Bell to maintain his deep responsibility. Oakland's offense thrives on big plays.

Early reaches will improve Bills' options

April, 25, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills have to absolutely love the way the draft is breaking seven picks into it.

Two players projected to go after the Bills pick at No. 11 have been taken, which means two players they might not have had a crack at have slipped back.

The developments could provide the Bills with a replacement for Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters, who they traded to the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

The two butterfly effect draftees so far are Louisiana State defensive end Tyson Jackson, who went third overall to Kansas City Chiefs, and North Carolina receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who went seventh overall to the Oakland Raiders.

Heyward-Bey was the stunner. He was evaluated in most mock drafts as a late first-round pick. Texas Tech star Michael Crabtree and Missouri's Jeremy Maclin still were on the board.

Another AFC East mockwave

April, 23, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Unless there's trade activity or a bombshell revelation over the next couple days, no additional work can be done to a mock draft at this stage.

We know all the team needs. Prospect evaluations have been completed.

So this very well could be the final edition of the AFC East mock report.

In this rundown, you'll find the latest from ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, Sports Illustrated's Don Banks, NFL.com's Pat Kirwan, Dallas Morning News columnist Rick Gosselin, CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco and Clark Judge and NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang and Chad Reuter.

You'll notice a few regulars have been omitted from this edition. Some mocks have not been updated to show the Bills drafting at No. 28.

I'm also listing the cumulative results of SportsNation's interactive NFL Mock Draft Machine. Those projections are as of Thursday morning and may change.

No. 11 Buffalo Bills

  • Kiper's pick: Robert Ayers, Tennessee defensive end
  • McShay's pick: Brian Orakpo, Texas defensive end
  • Kirwan's pick: Michael Oher, Mississippi tackle
  • Banks' pick: Robert Ayers, Tennessee defensive end
  • Gosselin's pick: Tyson Jackson, Louisiana State defensive end
  • Prisco's pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/linebacker
  • Judge's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Rang's pick: Brian Cushing, Southern California linebacker
  • Reuter's pick: Brian Orakpo, Texas defensive end
  • SportsNation's pick: Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State tight end

No. 17 New York Jets

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

No. 23 New England Patriots

  • Kiper's pick: Donald Brown, Connecticut running back
  • McShay's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Kirwan's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Banks' pick: Darius Butler, Connecticut cornerback
  • Gosselin's pick: Rey Maualuga, Southern California linebacker
  • Prisco's pick: Brian Cushing, Southern California linebacker
  • Judge's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Darius Butler, Connecticut cornerback
  • Reuter's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • SportsNation's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker

No. 25 Miami Dolphins

  • Kiper's pick: Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State cornerback
  • McShay's pick: Vontae Davis, Illinois cornerback
  • Kirwan's pick: Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina receiver
  • Banks' pick: Kenny Britt, Rutgers receiver
  • Gosselin's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Prisco's pick: Larry English, Northern Illinois defensive end
  • Judge's pick: Vontae Davis, Illinois cornerback
  • Rang's pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/linebacker
  • Reuter's pick: Robert Ayers, Tennessee defensive end
  • SportsNation's pick: Brian Cushing, Southern California linebacker

No. 28 Buffalo Bills (from Philadelph
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  • Kiper's pick: Eben Britton, Arizona tackle
  • McShay's pick: Eben Britton, Arizona tackle
  • Kirwan's pick: Larry English, Northern Illinois defensive end
  • Banks' pick: Eben Britton, Arizona tackle
  • Gosselin's pick: Eben Britton, Arizona tackle
  • Prisco's pick: William Beatty, Connecticut tackle
  • Judge's pick: Chris Wells, Ohio State running back
  • Rang's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Reuter's pick: Eben Britton, Arizona tackle
  • SportsNation's pick: Eben Britton, Arizona tackle

Check out your AFC East mock portfolio

April, 11, 2009
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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

Video: Jets draft preview

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AFC East blogger Tim Graham takes a look at what the New York Jets might do in the draft.

On the Clock: New York Jets

March, 30, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Team needs: Quarterback, receiver, cornerback

Dream scenario: The Jets went into the offseason with numerous positional needs to address, and they got around to all but two of them through free agency. The leftovers are biggies: quarterback and receiver.

 
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  The Jets could use help at QB, but will one of the top three prospects, such as former Trojan Mark Sanchez, be available at No. 17?

Brett Favre retired, leaving a three-way competition among Kellen Clemens, Brett Ratliff and Erik Ainge. They have a combined eight NFL starts. Many observers considered receiver an area the Jets needed to improve even before veteran Laveranues Coles negotiated his way off the team.

The Jets hold only six draft picks, the fewest among AFC East teams. Unless they make a trade, their first crack is at No. 17, and they'll have to wait until No. 52 to go again.

If the Jets want to take a quarterback, most draft evaluators insist they'll need to get one of the top three: Georgia's Matthew Stafford, Southern California's Mark Sanchez or Kansas State's Josh Freeman.

There's a significant drop-off after that trio, and there are no guarantees any will be there at No. 17. The Jets might have to swing a deal to elbow ahead in the draft order. Next up is West Virginia's Pat White, who likely will be drafted as a receiver. Nate Davis of Ball State is considered the fourth-best passer, and he still might be available in the third or fourth round.

If the Jets want to go receiver, Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree and Missouri's Jeremy Maclin will be long gone at No. 17. If the Jets can come away with Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey or North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks, they will be filling a significant need.

Florida's Percy Harvin also could be available, but what makes him so valuable is his versatility. The Jets might have trouble getting Harvin and Leon Washington on the field at the same time.

Plan B: Another possibility is cornerback. Although the Jets have bolstered their secondary with Lito Sheppard and Donald Strickland, the Jets could snag another for the future. Ohio State's Malcolm Jenkins could slip to them, but probably not. Illinois' Vontae Davis might be a reach at No. 17.

If Louisiana State defensive end Tyson Jackson somehow slides, the Jets should be thrilled. Jackson projects as a stellar 3-4 run-stopper.

Scouts Inc. take: "As the offseason has shown, they're a very defensive-minded, decision-making group right now. But their offensive needs are glaring. They need to find a passing game. They need to find at least one receiver, preferably a No. 1-type guy because Jerricho Cotchery is not a No. 1, but if Sanchez is there, you've got to pounce on him. If he starts to fall, maybe you even make a package to move up and grab him." -- Matt Williamson

Who has final say: General manager Mike Tannenbaum and rookie head coach Rex Ryan will work in concert.

Now On the Clock: San Diego Chargers, March 31.

Previous On the Clock: Chicago Bears. The team-by-team series.

Mock, mock ... Who's there?

March, 28, 2009
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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

Mock, mock 'til you drop

March, 17, 2009
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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

Mock and awe

March, 7, 2009
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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

Mock-a-doodle-doo: AFC East draft projections

February, 26, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Here is your first post-combine AFC East mock draft roundup extravaganza.

We bring you the latest from ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Charles Davis, Sports Illustrated's Don Banks, CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco, NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang and Chad Reuter, Chris Steuber of Scout.com, the National Football Post's Wes Bunting and Pro Football Weekly.

No. 11 Buffalo Bills

  • Kiper's pick: Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State tight end
  • McShay's pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/outside linebacker
  • Kirwin's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Davis' 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 Cushing, Southern California linebacker
  • Reuter's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Steuber's pick: Jeremy Maclin, Missouri receiver
  • Bunting's pick: Brian Orakpo, Texas defensive end
  • PFW pick: Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State tight end

No. 17 New York Jets

  • Kiper's pick: Percy Harvin, Florida receiver
  • McShay's pick: Mark Sanchez, Southern California quarterback
  • Kirwin's pick: Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina receiver
  • Davis' pick: Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest cornerback
  • Banks' pick: Jeremy Maclin, Missouri receiver
  • Prisco's pick: Rey Maualuga, Southern California linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Mark Sanchez, Southern California quarterback
  • Reuter's pick: Mark Sanchez, Southern California quarterback
  • Steuber's pick: Percy Harvin, Florida receiver
  • Bunting's pick: Mark Sanchez, Southern California quarterback
  • PFW pick: Mark Sanchez, Southern California quarterback

No. 23 New England Patriots

  • Kiper's pick: Brian Cushing, Southern California linebacker
  • McShay's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Kirwin's pick: Knowshon Moreno, Georgia running back
  • Davis' pick: Eben Britton, Arizona tackle
  • Banks' pick: James Laurinaitis, Ohio State linebacker
  • Prisco's pick: Larry English, Northern Illinois linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Reuter's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Steuber's pick: Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest cornerback
  • Bunting's pick: Brian Cushing, Southern California linebacker
  • PFW pick: Clint Sintim, Virginia outside linebacker

No. 25 Miami Dolphins

  • Kiper's pick: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland receiver
  • McShay's pick: James Laurinaitis, Ohio State linebacker
  • Kirwin's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Davis' pick: Alex Mack, California center
  • Banks' pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Prisco's pick: Clint Sintim, Virginia outside linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Larry English, Northern Illinois linebacker
  • Reuter's pick: Percy Harvin, Florida receiver
  • Steuber's pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/linebacker
  • Bunting's pick: D.J. Moore, Vanderbilt cornerback
  • PFW pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker

Mocked and loaded for the combine

February, 17, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

With the NFL scouting combine a few days away, let's take a look at how some mock drafts project for the AFC East.

In this installment are the latest from ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, Sports Illustrated's Don Banks, Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com, NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang and Chad Reuter, Scout.com's Chris Steuber, the National Football Post's Wes Bunting and Pro Football Weekly.

No. 11 Buffalo Bills

  • Kiper's pick: Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State tight end
  • McShay's pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/outside linebacker
  • Banks' pick: Pettigrew
  • Prisco's pick: Pettigrew
  • Rang's pick: Maybin
  • Reuter's pick: B.J. Raji, Boston College defensive tackle
  • Steuber's pick: Jeremy Maclin, Missouri receiver
  • Bunting's pick: Brian Orakpo, Texas defensive end
  • PFW pick: Pettigrew

No. 17 New York Jets

  • Kiper's pick: Percy Harvin, Florida receiver
  • McShay's pick: Mark Sanchez, USC quarterback
  • Banks' pick: Vontae Davis, Illinois cornerback
  • Prisco's pick: Rey Maualuga, Southern California linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Maclin
  • Reuter's pick: Harvin
  • Steuber's pick: Harvin
  • Bunting's pick: Sanchez
  • PFW pick: Sanchez

No. 23 New England Patriots

  • Kiper's pick: Brian Cushing, Southern California linebacker
  • McShay's pick: Clay Matthews, USC linebacker
  • Banks' pick: Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest cornerback
  • Prisco's pick: Larry English, Northern Illinois linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Davis
  • Reuter's pick: Matthews
  • Steuber's pick: Smith
  • Bunting's pick: Cushing
  • PFW pick: Clint Sintim, Virginia outside linebacker

No. 25 Miami Dolphins

  • Kiper's pick: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland receiver
  • McShay's pick: James Laurinaitis, Ohio State linebacker
  • Banks' pick: Laurinaitis
  • Prisco's pick: Sintim
  • Rang's pick: English
  • Reuter's pick: Heyward-Bey
  • Steuber's pick: Maybin
  • Bunting's pick: D.J. Moore, Vanderbilt cornerback
  • PFW pick: Matthews

Dolphins on the clock: Rang chimes in

February, 11, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Rob Rang, the senior analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, graciously shared his time and insight with an overview of how the first round might go down for AFC East clubs.

I provided Rang a list of three needs, and he projected who was likely to be available.

The Miami Dolphins are in 25th position. They're in the market for a center. They would like to upgrade at inside linebacker. They're in desperate need of a receiver.

Here is Rang's take:

Rey Maualuga would be the perfect fit at inside linebacker, but he isn't likely to last until the 25th pick. Many will point to Ohio State's James Laurinaitis, but Miami's 3-4 alignment requires a stout defender capable of disengaging quickly from blocks and most scouts feel this is one of Laurinaitis' relatively weaker characteristics. Inside linebacker might be an area that gets filled in the later rounds.

There should be a run on receivers from picks 20 through 40, with several taller, speedy options available. Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey has a combination of height and speed that no other receiver in this draft can match, but he might be too much of a "track guy in pads" for Bill Parcells' liking. One player to keep in mind is North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks. He may not have elite speed, but he has the size, soft hands and body control to make an immediate contribution as a possession receiver. Considering Miami's speed outside with Ted Ginn and the emergence of slot receiver Davone Bess, Nicks is a logical option.

The versatile Max Unger from Oregon, who earned All-Pac-10 honors at both left tackle and center, makes some sense for the Dolphins in the first round. With many of Samson Satele's problems coming against bigger, more physical defenders in the AFC East, a stouter center/guard like Alex Mack of California also makes sense.

Jets on the clock: Rang chimes in

February, 11, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

I recently checked in with Rob Rang, senior analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, for his insight on the first-round possibilities for each AFC East club.

I provided Rang a list of three needs, and he projected the best candidates available when the time comes.

The New York Jets are slotted for their first selection at No. 17. High on Rex Ryan's want list will be a cornerback or a receiver. And even though they already have three youngsters on the roster and a legend who could leave them dangling, the Jets might not have a quarterback.

This is Rang's response:

With little assurance that Brett Favre will return in 2009, the Jets would be wise to scout this year's quarterback class heavily. It doesn't appear likely that Southern California's Mark Sanchez would slip all the way to No. 17, but crazier things have happened -- especially considering the trepidation scouts are feeling about the Trojan's 16 career starts. Don't rule out Kansas State's Josh Freeman, either. The big, strong passer is capable of flying up the board with a strong workout.

Wide receiver might be the Jets' biggest need at this point, however. There could be several worthy of strong consideration. The elite playmaker of the position isn't Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree, but Missouri's Jeremy Maclin. His speed outside would provide an added dimension to the Jets' offense, something it hasn't had since trading away Santana Moss. Percy Harvin and Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey also have the speed worthy of consideration.

A stout run defender with plenty of upside like Vontae Davis would make some sense opposite Darrelle Revis. Perhaps an even better idea would be to wait until the second round, where a playmaking, but smaller corner like Alphonso Smith or Darius Butler, might still be around.

Mockin' in the free world

February, 7, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The mock drafts are starting to stack up. Here is a sampling of projections from various sources.

In this installment you will find the latest from ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, Sports Illustrated's Don Banks, NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang, Pro Football Weekly and the National Football Post

No. 11 Buffalo Bills

  • Kiper's pick: Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State tight end
  • McShay's pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/outside linebacker
  • Banks' pick: Pettigrew
  • Rang's pick: Brian Cushing, USC linebacker
  • PFW's pick: Pettigrew
  • NFP's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end

No. 17 New York Jets

  • Kiper's pick: Percy Harvin, Florida receiver
  • McShay's pick: Mark Sanchez, USC quarterback
  • Banks' pick: Vontae Davis, Illinois cornerback
  • Rang's pick: Jeremy Maclin, Missouri receiver
  • PFW's pick: Sanchez
  • NFP's pick: Cushing

No. 23 New England Patriots

  • Kiper's pick: Cushing
  • McShay's pick: Clay Matthews, USC linebacker
  • Banks' pick: Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest cornerback
  • Rang's pick: Davis
  • PFW's pick: Clint Sintim, Virginia outside linebacker
  • NFP's pick: Matthews

No. 25 Miami Dolphins

  • Kiper's pick: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland receiver
  • McShay's pick: James Laurinaitis, Ohio State linebacker
  • Banks' pick: Laurinaitis
  • Rang's pick: Pettigrew
  • PFW's pick: Matthews
  • NFP's pick: Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech defensive end

Scratch your mock itch

February, 5, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Here's another roundup of what the latest mock drafts are projecting for the AFC East. In this installment, we have ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, Sports Illustrated's Don Banks and the crew from Pro Football Weekly.

As the mocks are released, we're starting to see common threads among the experts.

No. 11 Buffalo Bills

  • Kiper's pick: Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State tight end
  • McShay's pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/outside linebacker
  • Banks' pick: Pettigrew
  • PFW pick: Pettigrew

No. 17 New York Jets

No. 23 New England Patriots

No. 25 Miami Dolphins

  • Kiper's pick: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland receiver
  • McShay's pick: James Laurinaitis, Ohio State linebacker
  • Banks' pick: Laurinaitis
  • PFW pick: Matthews

McShay's mock draft goes into the second round.

He has the Bills selecting Florida tight end Cornelius Ingram at No. 42 ... the Dolphins taking Oregon safety Patrick Chung at No. 44 (acquired from the Washington Redskins in the Jason Taylor trade) ... the Patriots picking Connecticut cornerback Darius Butler at No. 47 ... the Jets taking Georgia cornerback Asher Allen at No. 52 ... the Dolphins taking South Carolina tackle Jamon Meredith at No. 56 ... and the Patriots taking Connecticut tackle William Beatty at No. 58.

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