NFC East: Beanie Wells
Feeling good: Arizona ranks 25th in the NFL in passing defense, allowing 250.2 yards per game, and has just nine interceptions in 11 games. Tony Romo and the Cowboys, even with Miles Austin still on the shelf, ought to be able to make plays in the passing game to beat a suspect Cardinals secondary. Arizona is okay at rushing the passer, but as long as the Cowboys' protection holds up on the outside, Romo could have a big day throwing the ball.
Cause for concern: Beanie Wells. The Cardinals' running back rushed for 228 yards last week against the Rams, and while the Rams are by far the league's worst run defense, the Cowboys haven't been as tough or consistent against the run lately as they were earlier this season. The threat of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald threatens to draw Dallas' attention downfield, but they need to make sure and be tough up front against Wells, who's a powerful, determined runner and a major threat in the red zone, where Dallas has struggled.
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Oh wait, you guys do that anyway! But we're providing another wonderful second-guessing opportunity with today's NFL blog network mock draft. We took a very scientific approach to this draft, which required NFC West blogger/database manager Mike Sando to spend most of his day Tuesday calling the other seven bloggers and demanding they make selections on the spot.
Unfortunately, things didn't turn out anything like the Beast mock draft, which is set to be released in Times Square at noon ET on Friday. Sando took Virginia left tackle Eugene Monroe at No. 2 for the Rams -- but that wouldn't happen. If the Lions go ahead and take quarterback Matthew Stafford, the Rams won't even flinch before taking former Baylor Bear Jason Smith.
In our mock draft, Sanchez falls all the way to Denver at No. 12. On Saturday, I'd bet at least three of my NFL draft magazines (purchased yesterday) that Sanchez doesn't make it past the Seahawks at No. 4. But since we're focused on the Beast, I thought linebacker Brian Cushing was a no-brainer at No. 13. He'll start immediately, and I think he'll give the team another pass-rushing threat. Yes, the Redskins were hoping that Brian Orakpo or Aaron Maybin slipped to 13, but Cushing should be an outstanding player for them.
The Eagles watched their guy Knowshon Moreno go to the Lions at No. 20, so they panicked and took the next best running back in Chris "Beanie" Wells. In reality, I would've tried to trade down a few slots and selected tight end Brandon Pettigrew out of Oklahoma State. Tremendous, tremendous player. The Eagles may say that Brent Celek's The Man, but that would change once Pettigrew showed up on the club's South Philly campus.
I have the Giants taking Rutgers wide receiver Kenny Britt at No. 29. There will be a run on wide receivers right before this pick, and Britt's a guy the Giants have liked for a long time. What happens if the Giants trade for Braylon Edwards? We may find out. Everyone assumes the Giants will have to give up a ('09) first-rounder for him. But general manager Jerry Reese has some other options. Trust me. Just this once.