AFC East: Rahim Moore

Readers like Reed to Jets in AFC East mock

April, 25, 2011
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With the 30th pick in the 2011 AFC East reader mock draft, the New York Jets select ... Brooks Reed, defensive end, Arizona.

Readers came through with a flurry of suggestions that evolved into an interesting race.

UCLA outside linebacker Akeem Ayers was the early leader. Baylor nose tackle Phil Taylor generated slower, steadier action.

But Reed proponents came on late for a convincing victory. Others to get attention were UCLA safety Rahim Moore and Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea.

A lot of Pac-10 love there.

Regular voter zack10bearden weighed the options:
Akeem Ayers is probably the best pass rusher left, but I don't think he is angry enough for a Rex Ryan defense. They need Phil Taylor to make their current pass rushers better. The key to these 3-4 type defenses is the nose tackle and DEs making the OLBs better.Phil Taylor is a better value at 30

Reader willparuta21 wrote:
Brooks Reed is a monster. He has to be the pick here. Fastest split 10 time out of any DE at the combine. Everyone know that the only way to win the AFC East is if you can pressure Tom Brady. Brooks Reed will help the Jets do that from both the down lineman and outside linebacker position!

Our weeks-long project almost has reached its conclusion.

This is where we stand ...
  1. Carolina Panthers: Auburn quarterback Cam Newton
  2. Denver Broncos: Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus
  3. Buffalo Bills: Texas A&M outside linebacker Von Miller
  4. Cincinnati Bengals: Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert
  5. Arizona Cardinals: Louisiana State cornerback Patrick Peterson
  6. Cleveland Browns: Georgia receiver A.J. Green
  7. San Francisco 49ers: Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara
  8. Tennessee Titans: Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley
  9. Dallas Cowboys: USC tackle Tyron Smith
  10. Washington Redskins: Alabama receiver Julio Jones
  11. Houston Texans: North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn
  12. Minnesota Vikings: Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers
  13. Detroit Lions: Boston College tackle Anthony Castonzo
  14. St. Louis Rams: Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget
  15. Miami Dolphins: Alabama running back Mark Ingram
  16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith
  17. New England Patriots: Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt
  18. San Diego Chargers: California defensive end Cameron Jordan
  19. New York Giants: Florida center Mike Pouncey
  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan
  21. Kansas City Chiefs: Wisconsin tackle Gabe Carimi
  22. Indianapolis Colts: Colorado tackle Nate Solder
  23. Philadelphia Eagles: Mississippi State tackle Derek Sherrod
  24. New Orleans Saints: Temple defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson
  25. Seattle Seahawks: Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith
  26. Baltimore Ravens: Miami cornerback Brandon Harris
  27. Atlanta Falcons: Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn
  28. New England Patriots: Baylor offensive lineman Danny Watkins
  29. Chicago Bears: North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin
  30. New York Jets: Arizona defensive end Brooks Reed

The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the mock clock with the 31st pick.

Even though we've gone through all the AFC East clubs, let's sprint through the finish line on these last two choices. Please submit your Steelers recommendation in the comments section below this article or in the underneath the link on my Facebook page.

Draft Watch: AFC East

April, 21, 2011
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Each Thursday leading up to the NFL draft (April 28-30), the ESPN.com NFL blog network will take a division-by-division look at key aspects of the draft. Today's topic: dream scenario/Plan B.

Buffalo Bills

Dream scenario: The Bills went 4-12 last year and haven't made the playoffs in 11 years. They're entering their second season under general manager Buddy Nix and head coach Chan Gailey. They're still laying an organizational foundation. As such, there are holes all over the place. So many, in fact, the Bills can go almost any direction and not make a misguided pick. Their dream player would be Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, but his availability at No. 3 isn't within their control. I believe if Newton is there, the Bills will pounce.

Plan B: If Newton's gone, then Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert almost certainly will be on the board for them. At least two of the top three defensive players -- Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, Texas A&M outside linebacker Von Miller and Louisiana State cornerback Patrick Peterson -- would be there, too.

Miami Dolphins

Dream scenario: The Dolphins' dream scenario would be to get a draft-day phone call from another team desperate to move into the middle of the first round. The Dolphins own the 15th pick, and none of their most pressing needs matches up favorably with that spot. The top two -- maybe three -- quarterbacks will be gone. The Dolphins also need interior line and backfield help, but No. 15 seems too early for those top prospects: Florida center Mike Pouncey and Alabama running back Mark Ingram. But the Dolphins cannot afford to pass on a player they really like and hope he falls to them in the second round because they don't have a second-rounder. They traded it to the Denver Broncos in the Brandon Marshall deal. So the Dolphins would love to trade back in the order a little, snag Pouncey or Ingram or a quarterback such as Ryan Mallett, Christian Ponder, Andy Dalton or Jake Locker and collect another draft choice in the process.

Plan B: If they can't trade back, then they'll be stuck with reaching a little for a player they identify as the best fit for their team.

New England Patriots

Dream scenario: The Patriots hold three of the top 32 picks and two selections in each of the first three rounds. They'll gladly listen to every trade offer and definitely will field some calls. Bill Belichick's dream scenario is to have maximized value when they've made their final selection. If that means collecting more picks and still landing players they like, then so be it. If that means moving up in the order for a specific player and not having to give up much to do so, then so be it. If that means standing pat and making the best pick off their in-house draft board, then so be it.

Plan B: The Patriots have so many picks that they have more than a Plan B. However the draft shakes out, they'll have a Plan Z, Article XXXIV, Section 16, Subsection vii -- and an appendix with 23 more sets of instructions. No other front office enters the draft process with such flexibility.

New York Jets

Dream scenario: The Jets don't seem to be worried much about a dream scenario. Head coach Rex Ryan has laughed and shrugged when discussing the No. 30 slot. They don't have much control over who will be available. Their trade options are severely limited. The Jets don't have a second-round pick to dangle because they lost it in the trade for cornerback Antonio Cromartie. The NFL lockout allows clubs to trade draft choices only, preventing the Jets from packaging players like they did to move up and draft quarterback Mark Sanchez fifth overall in 2009. The Jets probably will be forced to await their turn and hope another team wants to jump in at the end of the first round. Maybe then they can turn their 30th pick into multiple picks.

Plan B: If no one wants their 30th pick, then they'll check out players such as Baylor nose tackle Phil Taylor or UCLA safety Rahim Moore.

Scratching your AFC East mock itch

March, 28, 2011
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We haven't compiled a mock roundup in a while, but several of the notable analysts updated theirs on Monday.

So let's take a spin around cyberspace to see who has what drafting whom.

Let's take a look at the latest projections from ESPN's Mel Kiper Insider and Todd McShay Insider, the National Football Post's Wes Bunting, NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan, Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly, CBSSports.com analysts Rob Rang and Chad Reuter and a computer simulation from Draft Tek.

No. 3 Buffalo Bills
  • Kiper's pick: Marcell Dareus, Alabama defensive lineman
  • McShay's pick: Blaine Gabbert, Missouri quarterback
  • Bunting's pick: Marcell Dareus, Alabama defensive lineman
  • Kirwan's pick: Patrick Peterson, Louisiana State cornerback
  • Nawrocki's pick: Von Miller, Texas A&M outside linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Cam Newton, Auburn quarterback
  • Reuter's pick: Blaine Gabbert, Missouri quarterback
  • Draft Tek's pick: Nick Fairley, Auburn defensive tackle
No. 15 Miami Dolphins
  • Kiper's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • McShay's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Bunting's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Kirwan's pick: Prince Amukamara, Nebraska cornerback
  • Nawrocki's pick: Jake Locker, Washington quarterback
  • Rang's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Reuter's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Draft Tek's pick: Anthony Castonzo, Boston College tackle
No. 17 New England Patriots (from Oakland Raiders)
  • Kiper's pick: Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue outside linebacker
  • McShay's pick: J.J. Watt, Wisconsin defensive end
  • Bunting's pick: J.J. Watt, Wisconsin defensive end
  • Kirwan's pick: Tyron Smith, USC tackle
  • Nawrocki's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Rang's pick: J.J. Watt, Wisconsin defensive end
  • Reuter's pick: Cameron Jordan, California defensive end
  • Draft Tek's pick: Aldon Smith, Missouri outside linebacker
No. 28 New England Patriots
  • Kiper's pick: Leonard Hankerson, Miami receiver
  • McShay's pick: Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue outside linebacker
  • Bunting's pick: Danny Watkins, Baylor guard
  • Kirwan's pick: Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple defensive tackle
  • Nawrocki's pick: Nate Solder, Colorado tackle
  • Rang's pick: Danny Watkins, Baylor guard
  • Reuter's pick: Danny Watkins, Baylor guard
  • Draft Tek's pick: Christian Ballard, Iowa defensive end
No. 30 New York Jets
  • Kiper's pick: Rahim Moore, UCLA safety
  • McShay's pick: Phil Taylor, Baylor nose tackle
  • Bunting's pick: Akeem Ayers, UCLA outside linebacker
  • Kirwan's pick: Akeem Ayers, UCLA outside linebacker
  • Nawrocki's pick: Phil Taylor, Baylor nose tackle
  • Rang's pick: Brooks Reed, Arizona outside linebacker
  • Reuter's pick: Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh defensive end
  • Draft Tek's pick: Phil Taylor, Baylor nose tackle

Dilfer: Jets' defense is 'smoke and mirrors'

March, 16, 2011
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New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan's pride and joy has been -- and probably always will be -- his defense.

ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer hasn't been too impressed lately.

For an installment of a "SportsCenter" series on team-by-team draft needs, Dilfer stressed the Jets have too many holes to warrant Ryan shooting off his mouth with Super Bowl guarantees.

"It's smoke and mirrors," Dilfer said. "It is bells and whistles. They will not be a great defense until they get some dynamic play out of their front three in that 3-4 defense. They must, must identify their bigs on the defensive front before they become great and before they can fulfill this promise of winning the Super Bowl."

The roundtable discussion also included ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen and draft expert Mel Kiper Jr.

Mortensen noted Ryan is desperately missing a Terrell Suggs-type outside linebacker like he had with the Baltimore Ravens and claimed the Jets are "tricking [the defense] up so much it catches up to them at some point."

Kiper suggested the Jets draft UCLA safety Rahim Moore because they need a free safety. Kiper considers Moore the best safety in this year's draft class, with a big drop in quality to the next prospect.

You can't argue with Mel Kiper; Or can you?

March, 10, 2011
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ESPN draft monger Mel Kiper has released his first post-combine mock draft.

Along with his projections for the AFC East's five first-round picks, I've added my opinions.

No. 3 Buffalo Bills

Kiper's pick: Marcell Dareus, Alabama defensive tackle

My thoughts: Kiper has the Carolina Panthers taking Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert and the Bills passing on Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. No one can argue the Bills need better D-line play, and Dareus is highly versatile. He could play five-technique defensive end. But a couple things Bills general manager Buddy Nix said at the combine stick out to me. Nix was asked specifically about having two defensive tackles in Pro Bowler Kyle Williams and Torell Troup and flatly replied, "I don't think that's an area of need. I don't." Nix added that Troup, last year's second-round draft pick, would rate "probably first or second" on this year's draft board at nose tackle. But maybe the Bills are comfortable Dareus can play the end and go with him here.

No. 15 Miami Dolphins

Kiper's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back

My thoughts: Ingram to the Dolphins in this spot is the most common projection among all the mocks out there because it makes so much sense. In all three of Kiper's mocks, he has stuck with Ingram at No. 15. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams aren't under contract. Ingram is considered the best running back in this year's draft, and analysts believe he'll be available when the Dolphins hand their card to the commissioner. The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner is explosive. The biggest knock is that he ran his combine 40-yard dash in a disappointing 4.62 seconds. But he came in at 4.55 seconds at his pro day.

No. 17 New England Patriots (from Oakland Raiders)

Kiper's pick: Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue outside linebacker

My thoughts: Kiper has slotted a different player in this spot for each of his mocks. He originally pegged Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt, who's now projected 11th to the Houston Texans. Then Kiper had California defensive end Cameron Jordan ticketed to New England here. But the Ouija board is spelling Kerrigan this time. Coach Bill Belichick certainly could use a nasty pass-rusher. The Patriots were close to average with their 36 sacks, but their outside linebackers combined for only 13.5 sacks. Four individual outside linebackers had that many elsewhere in the league.

No. 28 New England Patriots

Kiper's pick: Leonard Hankerson, Miami receiver

My thoughts: I don't see receiver as a first-round need for the Patriots. Kiper acknowledges the Patriots make for tricky speculation because they own two picks in each of the first three rounds and aren't bashful about trading. But he has liked an offensive skill player at No. 28 all along -- just not the same prospect. His first mock named Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure. The second mock had Maryland receiver Torrey Smith. But Hankerson's stock is rising, as evidenced by his debut on Kiper's radar. Hankerson is thin at 6-foot-1 and 209 pounds, but he has a knack for making difficult catches look easy.

No. 30 New York Jets

Kiper's pick: Rahim Moore, UCLA safety

My thoughts: Kiper leaves the 30th slot unchanged from his last mock. Coach Rex Ryan must get a safety. Brodney Pool, Eric Smith and James Ihedigbo all are without contracts. Jim Leonhard is rehabbing from a broken shin. Kiper admits the Jets need defensive linemen in a bad way, but justifies his prediction by noting this year's D-line class is deep. Moore is considered by many to be the best safety amid a pedestrian group. In other words, if the Jets don't get a safety here, then they might regret not plucking the best one off the board. Moore is ball hawk who intercepted 10 passes two seasons ago. He had only one interception last year, but his tackle total soared in more of a strong safety role.

Get your mocks off: Pre-combine roundup

February, 21, 2011
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The NFL scouting combine opens Thursday in Indianapolis. It's one of the pivotal offseason events and certainly will shuffle draft boards within every personnel department.

Let's take another pre-combine glance at some of the latest AFC East mock drafts.

In this edition, we have ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, the National Football Post's Wes Bunting, Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly, CBSSports.com analysts Rob Rang and Chad Reuter and an intriguing computer simulation from Draft Tek.

No. 3 Buffalo Bills
  • Kiper's pick: Cam Newton, Auburn quarterback
  • McShay's pick: Von Miller, Texas A&M outside linebacker
  • Bunting's pick: Cam Newton, Auburn quarterback
  • Nawrocki's pick: Patrick Peterson, Louisiana State cornerback
  • Rang's pick: Marcell Dareus, Alabama defensive lineman
  • Reuter's pick: Patrick Peterson, Louisiana State cornerback
  • Draft Tek's pick: Robert Quinn, North Carolina outside linebacker
No. 15 Miami Dolphins
  • Kiper's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • McShay's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Bunting's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Nawrocki's pick: Ryan Mallett, Arkansas quarterback
  • Rang's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Reuter's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Draft Tek's pick: Cam Newton, Auburn quarterback
No. 17 New England Patriots (from Oakland Raiders)
  • Kiper's pick: Cameron Jordan, California defensive end
  • McShay's pick: Cameron Jordan, California defensive end
  • Bunting's pick: Prince Amukamara, Nebraska cornerback
  • Nawrocki's pick: Mark Ingram, Alabama running back
  • Rang's pick: Aldon Smith, Missouri outside linebacker
  • Reuter's pick: J.J. Watt, Wisconsin defensive end
  • Draft Tek's pick: Cameron Heyward, Ohio State defensive end
No. 28 New England Patriots
  • Kiper's pick: Torrey Smith, Maryland receiver
  • McShay's pick: Dan Watkins, Baylor guard
  • Bunting's pick: Benjamin Ijalana, Villanova tackle
  • Nawrocki's pick: Clint Boling, Georgia guard
  • Rang's pick: Mikel Leshoure, Illinois running back
  • Reuter's pick: Dan Watkins, Baylor guard
  • Draft Tek's pick: Mikel Leshoure, Illinois running back
No. 30 New York Jets
  • Kiper's pick: Rahim Moore, UCLA safety
  • McShay's pick: Phil Taylor, Baylor defensive tackle
  • Bunting's pick: Dan Watkins, Baylor guard
  • Nawrocki's pick: Akeem Ayers, UCLA outside linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Phil Taylor, Baylor defensive tackle
  • Reuter's pick: Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue defensive end
  • Draft Tek's pick: Phil Taylor, Baylor defensive tackle

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