AFC East: Taylor Mays

We walked a mile in these mockasins

April, 22, 2010
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Finally, it's draft day.

Time for one last AFC East mock roundup for you to mull over.

These are the latest projections from ESPN's Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and the Scouts Inc. crew, ESPN.com's NFL Blog Network, Dallas Morning News writer Rick Gosselin, the NFL.com trio of Bucky Brooks, Charles Davis and Pat Kirwan, the National Football Post's Wes Bunting, and the CBSSports.com quartet of Clark Judge, Pete Prisco, Rob Rang and Chad Reuter.

No. 9 Buffalo Bills

  • Kiper's pick: Anthony Davis, Rutgers tackle
  • Scouts Inc.'s pick: Bryan Bulaga, Iowa tackle
  • ESPN.com Blog Network's pick: Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame quarterback
  • Brooks' pick: Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame quarterback
  • Bunting's pick: Tim Tebow, Florida quarterback
  • Davis' pick: Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame quarterback
  • Gosselin's pick: Dan Williams, Tennessee defensive tackle
  • Judge's pick: C.J. Spiller, Clemson running back
  • Kirwan's pick: Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame quarterback
  • Prisco's pick: C.J. Spiller, Clemson running back
  • Rang's pick: Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame quarterback
  • Reuter's pick: Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame quarterback
No. 12 Miami Dolphins

  • Kiper's pick: Sergio Kindle, Texas outside linebacker
  • Scouts Inc.'s pick: Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech defensive end
  • ESPN.com Blog Network's pick: Dan Williams, Tennessee defensive tackle
  • Brooks' pick: Earl Thomas, Texas safety
  • Bunting's pick: Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech defensive end
  • Davis' pick: Sergio Kindle, Texas outside linebacker
  • Gosselin's pick: Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech receiver
  • Judge's pick: Williams, Tennessee defensive tackle
  • Kirwan's pick: Sergio Kindle, Texas outside linebacker
  • Prisco's pick: Williams, Tennessee defensive tackle
  • Rang's pick: Jerry Hughes, Texas Christian defensive end
  • Reuter's pick: Dan Williams, Tennessee defensive tackle
No. 22 New England Patriots

  • Kiper's pick: Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma tight end
  • Scouts Inc.'s pick: Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma tight end
  • ESPN.com Blog Network's pick: Sergio Kindle, Texas outside linebacker
  • Brooks' pick: Brandon Graham, Michigan outside linebacker
  • Bunting's pick: Jared Odrick, Penn State defensive tackle
  • Davis' pick: Jared Odrick, Penn State defensive tackle
  • Gosselin's pick: Earl Thomas, Texas safety
  • Judge's pick: Jerry Hughes, Texas Christian defensive end
  • Kirwan's pick: Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State receiver
  • Prisco's pick: Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma tight end
  • Rang's pick: Jared Odrick, Penn State defensive tackle
  • Reuter's pick: Tim Tebow, Florida quarterback
No. 29 New York Jets

  • Kiper's pick: Linval Joseph, East Carolina defensive tackle
  • Scouts Inc.'s pick: Jared Odrick, Penn State defensive tackle
  • ESPN.com Blog Network's pick: Taylor Mays, USC safety
  • Brooks' pick: Jared Odrick, Penn State defensive tackle
  • Bunting's pick: Nate Allen, South Florida safety
  • Davis' pick: Everson Griffen, USC defensive end
  • Gosselin's pick: Patrick Robinson, Florida State cornerback
  • Judge's pick: Taylor Mays, USC safety
  • Kirwan's pick: Carlos Dunlap, Florida defensive end
  • Prisco's pick: Tyson Alualu, California defensive end
  • Rang's pick: Everson Griffen, USC defensive end
  • Reuter's pick: Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech receiver

Draft Watch: AFC East

April, 21, 2010
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NFC dream/Plan B: East | West | North | South AFC: East | West | North | South

Draft Watch: Biggest needs (2/17) | Busts/gems (2/24) | Schemes, themes (3/3) | Recent history (3/10) | Needs revisited (3/17) | Under-the-radar needs (3/26) | History in that spot (3/31) | Draft approach (4/7) | Decision-makers (4/14) | Dream scenario/Plan B (4/21)

Each Wednesday leading up to the NFL draft (April 22-24), the ESPN.com blog network will take a division-by-division look at key aspects of the draft. Today’s topic: dream scenario/Plan B.

Buffalo Bills

The Bills have so many needs, they can go any number of directions and land the right player in the ninth slot. As ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has forecasted, the Bills will make a pivotal pick that affects the rest of the draft. They could have the option of taking the third- or fourth-best offensive tackle on their board, Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen, Tennessee nose tackle Dan Williams or maybe even Clemson running back C.J. Spiller or Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant. Whomever they've identified as the player who can help them most would be their dream scenario. If stuck with any of the above names, he would make a fine Plan B. The dilemma, however, is if the Bills pass on Clausen, another quality quarterback prospect might not be around when they pick again at No. 41.

Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins needed help before Jason Taylor split for the New York Jets. The Dolphins' indifference toward Taylor would suggest they'd already identified a player to handle that job. The Dolphins would love to see Georgia Tech pass-rusher Derrick Morgan still on the board with the 12th selection. If Morgan isn't there and Williams hasn't been picked up yet, then the Dolphins wouldn't be upset to settle. They need a young nose tackle to hold down the middle of their 3-4 defensive line for the future. Veteran Jason Ferguson will open the season with an eight-game suspension.

New England Patriots

The Patriots own four picks from the 22nd through 53rd slots. That affords them flexibility to go after any number of positions with their first-round pick and then concentrate on others in the second round. The Patriots need to bolster their pass rush. Sergio Kindle from Texas and Brandon Graham seem like great fits for a Bill Belichick outside linebacker, but both could be gone by the time the Patriots are on the clock. USC defensive end Everson Griffen would be another prudent option here. Griffen has been generating some late buzz.

New York Jets

In many ways, the Jets already have held their draft. They've picked up a running back (LaDainian Tomlinson), receiver (Santonio Holmes), pass-rusher (Taylor), cornerback (Antonio Cromartie) and safety (Brodney Pool). The Jets still have needs, but none of them critical. They have the luxury of taking the best player available, and it won't be the wrong choice. But if the Jets want to draft a player who will start on opening night, then a safety would appear to be the position -- as the roster looks Wednesday morning -- to target. USC's Taylor Mays would look good in Jets gear. Of course, general manager Mike Tannenbaum has a penchant for trading up to grab the prospect he believes will make an impact. By Thursday night, a veteran on the roster could be traded to make room for a position that looks filled now.

AFC East draft nuggets from Scouts Inc.

April, 17, 2010
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Those who don't have ESPN Insider subscriptions have been missing out on fantastic analysis by that Scouts Inc. squad on the NFL Draft Blog.

I wanted to share some AFC East-oriented highlights from the past few days.

Steve Muench sketched out what the New England Patriots could do with their four picks in the first two rounds. He proposed USC pass-rusher Everson Griffen at No. 22, Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski at No. 44, USC receiver Damian Williams at No. 47 and Penn State linebacker Sean Lee at No. 53. Muench shared his reasoning for each pick and explained why it's a fit. Check it out.

Muench also wrote an item the Buffalo Bills' options with the AFC East's earliest pick. Scouts Inc. is not high on Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen and believe he's a reach at No. 9. If the Bills don't like the best offensive tackle still on the board Muench's recommendation was Tennessee nose tackle Dan Williams. Muench then listed Indiana tackle Rodger Saffold, Citadel receiver Andre Roberts and Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour as a solid draft for Buffalo.

Also on the NFL Draft Blog, Kevin Weidl adjusted the New York Jets' needs since they obtained receiver Santonio Holmes. Weidl wrote Jets have no reason to draft an offensive player. Top candidates with the 29th pick include Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick, Texas Christian defensive end Jerry Hughes and USC safety Taylor Mays.

But Weidl also suggested they could trade up -- Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum would do that? No way! -- and grab Texas safety Earl Thomas.

Visit the AFC East Mockefeller Center

April, 1, 2010
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Welcome to April. We've finally reached draft month, which is a good time to survey the mock landscape to see what forecasters have what prospects going to what teams.

In this edition of the AFC East mock roundup, we get the latest projections from ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, NFL.com's Charles Davis and Pat Kirwan, the National Football Post's Wes Bunting, and the CBSSports.com quartet of Clark Judge, Pete Prisco, Rob Rang and Chad Reuter at CBSSports.com.

No. 9 Buffalo Bills

  • Kiper's pick: Trent Williams, Oklahoma tackle
  • McShay's pick: Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame quarterback
  • Bunting's pick: Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame quarterback
  • Davis' pick: C.J. Spiller, Clemson running back
  • Judge's pick: Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame quarterback
  • Kirwan's pick: Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame quarterback
  • Prisco's pick: Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame quarterback
  • Rang's pick: Bryan Bulaga, Iowa tackle
  • Reuter's pick: Bryan Bulaga, Iowa tackle
No. 12 Miami Dolphins

  • Kiper's pick: Dan Williams, Tennessee defensive tackle
  • McShay's pick: Dan Williams, Tennessee defensive tackle
  • Bunting's pick: Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State receiver
  • Davis' pick: Dan Williams, Tennessee defensive tackle
  • Judge's pick: Sergio Kindle, Texas outside linebacker
  • Kirwan's pick: Sergio Kindle, Texas outside linebacker
  • Prisco's pick: Brandon Graham, Michigan outside linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Dan Williams, Tennessee defensive tackle
  • Reuter's pick: Dan Williams, Tennessee defensive tackle
No. 22 New England Patriots

  • Kiper's pick: Brandon Graham, Michigan outside linebacker
  • McShay's pick: Brandon Graham, Michigan outside linebacker
  • Bunting's pick: Brandon Graham, Michigan outside linebacker
  • Davis' pick: Sean Witherspoon, Missouri linebacker
  • Judge's pick: Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma tight end
  • Kirwan's pick: Jared Odrick, Penn State defensive tackle
  • Prisco's pick: Ricky Sapp, Clemson defensive end
  • Rang's pick: Jared Odrick, Penn State defensive tackle
  • Reuter's pick: Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma tight end
No. 29 New York Jets

  • Kiper's pick: Taylor Mays, USC safety
  • McShay's pick: Jared Odrick, Penn State defensive tackle
  • Bunting's pick: Jared Odrick, Penn State defensive tackle
  • Davis' pick: Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech receiver
  • Judge's pick: Mike Iupati, Idaho guard
  • Kirwan's pick: Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State receiver
  • Prisco's pick: Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech receiver
  • Rang's pick: Jerry Hughes, Texas Christian defensive end
  • Reuter's pick: Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech receiver

Party like a mockstar

March, 19, 2010
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Two weeks into free agency, teams have made several acquisitions that have changed the outlook of next month's draft.

Let us then browse the draft boards of the various analysts who dare to guess how the picks will fall.

In this edition of the AFC East mock roundup, we get the latest forecasts from ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay Insider, Sports Illustrated's Don Banks, NFL.com's Bucky Brooks and Pat Kirwan, Los Angeles Times reporter Sam Farmer and the CBSSports.com quartet of Clark Judge, Pete Prisco, Rob Rang and Chad Reuter at CBSSports.com.

No. 9 Buffalo Bills

  • Kiper's pick: Trent Williams, Oklahoma tackle
  • McShay's pick: Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame quarterback
  • Banks' pick: Bryan Bulaga, Iowa tackle
  • Brooks' pick: Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame quarterback
  • Farmer's pick: Trent Williams, Oklahoma tackle
  • Judge's pick: Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame quarterback
  • Kirwan's pick: Dan Williams, Tennessee defensive tackle
  • Prisco's pick: Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame quarterback
  • Rang's pick: Trent Williams, Oklahoma tackle
  • Reuter's pick: Bryan Bulaga, Iowa tackle
No. 12 Miami Dolphins

  • Kiper's pick: Dan Williams, Tennessee defensive tackle
  • McShay's pick: Dan Williams, Tennessee defensive tackle
  • Banks' pick: Dan Williams, Tennessee defensive tackle
  • Brooks' pick: Sergio Kindle, Texas outside linebacker
  • Farmer's pick: Rolando McClain, Alabama inside linebacker
  • Judge's pick: Sergio Kindle, Texas outside linebacker
  • Kirwan's pick: Sergio Kindle, Texas outside linebacker
  • Prisco's pick: Brandon Graham, Michigan outside linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Dan Williams, Tennessee defensive tackle
  • Reuter's pick: Dan Williams, Tennessee defensive tackle
No. 22 New England Patriots

  • Kiper's pick: Brandon Graham, Michigan outside linebacker
  • McShay's pick: Brandon Graham, Michigan outside linebacker
  • Banks' pick: Sergio Kindle, Texas outside linebacker
  • Brooks' pick: Jared Odrick, Penn State defensive tackle
  • Farmer's pick: Sergio Kindle, Texas outside linebacker
  • Judge's pick: Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma tight end
  • Kirwan's pick: Jared Odrick, Penn State defensive tackle
  • Prisco's pick: Ricky Sapp, Clemson defensive end
  • Rang's pick: Sergio Kindle, Texas outside linebacker
  • Reuter's pick: Carlos Dunlap, Florida defensive end
No. 29 New York Jets

  • Kiper's pick: Taylor Mays, USC safety
  • McShay's pick: Jared Odrick, Penn State defensive tackle
  • Banks' pick: Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech receiver
  • Brooks' pick: Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech receiver
  • Farmer's pick: Dan Williams, Tennessee defensive tackle
  • Judge's pick: Mike Iupati, Idaho guard
  • Kirwan's pick: Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State receiver
  • Prisco's pick: Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech receiver
  • Rang's pick: Golden Tate, Notre Dame receiver
  • Reuter's pick: Jared Odrick, Penn State defensive tackle

Mock 'em, sock 'em draftniks

March, 10, 2010
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Dueling draft analysts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have released their latest head-to-head mock draft at ESPN Insider.

The article is for Insider subscribers, but The Hauge has awarded me special dispensation to reveal their picks for the AFC East. Click on the link to check out the entire first round and to read their reasoning for each projection.

(An explanation: You might have noticed Clemson running back C.J. Spiller was listed in this blog as Kiper's pick for the Patriots at No. 22. This item was written Wednesday after seeing the original version of the head-to-head mock, which Kiper subsequently updated after speaking with more sources.)

No. 9 Buffalo Bills

No. 12 Miami Dolphins

  • Kiper's pick: Tennessee nose tackle Dan Williams
  • McShay's pick: Tennessee nose tackle Dan Williams
No. 22 New England Patriots

  • Kiper's pick: Michigan outside linebacker Brandon Graham
  • McShay's pick: Michigan outside linebacker Brandon Graham
No. 29 New York Jets

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