AFC East: Malcolm Jenkins

Another AFC East mockwave

April, 23, 2009
4/23/09
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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

On the Clock: New York Jets

March, 30, 2009
3/30/09
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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.

 
  Jody Gomez/US Presswire
  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.

Safeties about more coverage, less stuffage

February, 22, 2009
2/22/09
2:23
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

INDIANAPOLIS -- Like many clubs, the New England Patriots could stand to upgrade their secondary.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick, breaking away from player evaluations to meet with reporters at the NFL scouting combine, shared his thoughts on the crop of defensive backs available in this year's draft.

Belichick responded with an interesting take on safeties turning more into a cornerback lining up in a different spot than that of a run stopper.

Maybe safeties like Rodney Harrison and John Lynch are being overtaken by the Ed Reed types.

"I think that the safety position is becoming more and more of a corner position in the National Football League," Belichick said. "There were times when some of the safeties, particularly the strong safeties, fit more almost like linebackers than they did as defensive backs.

"I think that's changed gradually, but now to the point where your defensive backs a lot of times either have to cover wide receivers or they have to cover tight ends who are very, very good in the passing game -- not little guys that are running 5-yard hook routes and stuff like that.

"The tight ends in the league, which it seems like just about every team has one, can get downfield, make athletic and acrobatic catches and get open and beat tight coverage. I think the demands of that position have changed, and I think that has changed the evaluation a little bit.

"So maybe some of those hybrid guys that have played corner, have played safety -- like [Ohio State cornerback Malcolm] Jenkins, for example, is a guy that's played both -- what his best fit will be for a team, where he would be most valuable is certainly an interesting discussion for all teams."

Jets are now on Kiper's mock clock

January, 22, 2009
1/22/09
9:50
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Now the 10 picks on the air Thursday, but he has released his entire first round on ESPN.com. You need to be an Insider to see all 32 of his projected selections, but we're allowed to show you the first 16.

  1. Lions: Matthew Stafford, Georgia quarterback
  2. Rams: Andre Smith, Alabama tackle
  3. Chiefs: Mark Sanchez, USC quarterback
  4. Seahawks: Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech receiver
  5. Browns: Aaron Curry, Wake Forest linebacker
  6. Bengals: Jason Smith, Baylor tackle
  7. Raiders: Jeremy Maclin, Missouri receiver
  8. Jaguars: Eugene Monroe, Virginia tackle
  9. Packers: Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State cornerback
  10. 49ers: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end
  11. Bills: Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State tight end
  12. Broncos: B.J. Raji, Boston College defensive tackle
  13. Redskins: Brian Orakpo, Texas defensive end
  14. Saints: Vontae Davis, Illinois cornerback
  15. Texans: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  16. Chargers: Knowshon Moreno, Georgia running back

The Jets have the 17th selection.

OK, Jets fans. With all of those players off the board, that leaves you with an awful lot to choose from.

Who do you like?

Mel Kiper puts Buffalo on the clock

January, 22, 2009
1/22/09
8:00
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Mel Kiper's latest mock-draft video runs 10 selections deep.

The Buffalo Bills have the No. 11 pick.

Here are Kiper's projections leading right up until the Bills are on the clock:

  1. Lions: Matthew Stafford, Georgia quarterback
  2. Rams: Andre Smith, Alabama tackle
  3. Chiefs: Mark Sanchez, USC quarterback
  4. Seahawks: Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech receiver
  5. Browns: Aaron Curry, Wake Forest linebacker
  6. Bengals: Jason Smith, Baylor tackle
  7. Raiders: Jeremy Maclin, Missouri receiver
  8. Jaguars: Eugene Monroe, Virginia tackle
  9. Packers: Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State cornerback
  10. 49ers: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end

All those guys are off the board, Bills fans. You can have any other draft-eligible player in the country.

Fortunately, the Bills wouldn't be targeting a quarterback or offensive tackle anyway. That leaves the best one or two players in the country available at several positions.

Who do you want, and why?

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