Matt, When does Jerry afmit that Roy Williams is a bust and trys to move on? We all know his ego won't allow him to admit the mistake but at some point you would think Stephen Jones and others try and talk some sense into the Jerry. By the way thanks for the great writing, it keeps me entertained thru the winters here in Alaska!
Good morning and welcome to our annual marathon draft chat. It will be a long time before Jones admits this one. I wouldn't hold my breath. Tell everyone in Deadhorse hello for me.
What are the odds that the Eagles trade up in the first round to draft one of the top Safeties, Berry or Thomas?
There's no way they go up that high, Chris. Berry and Thomas are both great players, but the Eagles aren't going to move up that high in the first round. Now if someone like a Joe Haden started slipping a bit, then you have to think about it.
I'm an Eagles fan but love McNabb... Do you think the skins could take Okujg at 4 and then trade Haynesworth to say Atlanta in an attempt to get Dez Bryant? That would make the skins offense one of the top offenses in the league.
Eagles might not be able to get a first-round pick for Haynesworth -- as crazy as that might sound.
Hi Matt,A lot of people have been comparing Campbell and McNabb's stats from last season and concluding that there won't be much of an upgrade in yardage, touchdowns, etc. Doesn't it make more sense to look at what Campbell did and say that McNabb as a superior quarterback would have made a little more out of those situations?
Raz:Campbell played behind one of the worst offensive lines of the modern era. It's really tough to come up with any fair comparison. Neither guy had much of a running game.
Matt, how likely do you think it is that the Eagles will use their 24 pick on a CB (either the one from Albama or Boise State) and then use the #37 pcik to draft Nate Allen, the safety from Florida?
That would be a good scenario for the Eagles. I'm also seeing Pouncey show up to the Eagles at No. 24 in some mocks. But Kyle Wilson would be my pick. Excellent corner out of Boise. Then you hope Allen's there at No. 37. There's a chance he is.
Can the Cowboys get someone that can start this year....or will we be getting someone to be a backup for a couple of years?......and any word on Atogwe?
Oh, I think you can definitely find a starter at No. 27. But if you take some guy like USC LT Charles Brown, he's probably not an immediate starter.
Any chance of Barber being traded? How about to my Browns for a 3rd?
It's more likely that Spears gets traded.
In the mock draft, the Steelers landed Joe Haden. How likely is that to happen in the real draft?
He won't slide that far, Jim. Sorry.
Matt, While Okung is definitely the favorite for the #4 pick there has been a lot of buzz about the redskins preferring Trent Williams for his athletic ability in the ZBS. Do oyu think the skins could bypass Okung for Williams? Is there a scenario where they could trade down just a couple picks to get TW at a spot more appropriate for his draft grade?
I don't think the Skins will be able to trade out of that No. 4 spot. Everyone wants to move down, but you have to be sitting on a player another team's in love with. Skins will sit right there and take Okung. Never look back.
Hi Matt. In your comment about the Eagles trying to trade up you refer to the draft pick value chart from 20+ years ago. I think that the cost of the top 10 picks has devalued these picks and we see this every year where half the teams want to trade down and no one is interested. Do you think the value chart still reflects reality?
I think we need to revisit the value chart given the current economic climate. But it's really hard to quantify all that stuff. For now, the numbers are still pretty helpful. I was just going over the chart before we started the chat.
Skins don't have a second-round pick, Chris.
Will Haynesworth be traded? And if so are the Saints a legitimate suitor
I think it's still a possibility. And I think another team will make a run at him. Shanahan doesn't want the guy hanging around.
Will the Skins trade Haynesworth before or after the draft?
It would likely be DURING the draft -- if it happens.
How about taking a Giants question every now and then? Do you think DT might be a bigger hole than MLB? Maybe the young LBs can perform if they had a Dan Williams out of Tennessee clearing the path.
I think Dan Williams will be the pick -- if he's there. McClain will already be off the board when the Giants pick at No. 15. I gave them Mike Iupati, but Williams will be the guy if he's there. But those big nose tackles don't stick around for long.
It has been a while since I have asked a question but I am really curious and can't seem to get an answer. What happens if the first 3 picks of the draft go: Bradford, Okung, McCoy...What do the Redskins do? Trade the pick? Take Suh or Williams? What if McCoy was available instead of Suh (though McCoy is better suited for a 4-3 not 3-4)?
Well, you'd see if anyone wanted to move up first. If not, you'd take one of those DTs and never look back. In fact, you'd probably go ahead and take Suh without a second thought. But this is an unlikely scenario.
Hey Matt, if the Cowboys were to draft Odrick, would they use him at DT to back up Ratliff, DE, or both?
Both. Very versatile player. I have him going late in the first.
Hey Matt, Alot of talk has been going into replacing Antonio Pierce at MLB with either Mclain or Weatherspoon, but the fact that the Giants are slated to start second year Pro Clint Sintim at SLB this year has flown under the radar. Do you feel Sintim is ready for this jump to the starting lineup or do you expect him to struggle?
Like a lot of young players, he'll definitely struggle. But he has enough athletic ability and knowledge to overcome some of those moments. I'm not that worried about young Sintim.
Hi matt, What are the odds jerry jones takes taylor mays with the 27th pick is he is available?
I think it will be tough to pass on him. But the Cowboys will probably do just that. If someone really likes Mays, the Cowboys will bail out on the pick. I've been saying that for a good while now.
Matt,Although everyone is thinking RB for the Chargers, if McCourty or Wilson fell in the first round, would AJ pull the trigger on a CB again?
No way Wilson's there. But McCourty's a really good player out of Rutgers. Yes, I think there's a chance the Chargers go with the young corner. But the Mathews kid might be more likely.
head to head to redskins outmatch the eagles now?
Not ready to say that, no.
Instead of going Safety and Corner with the top two picks should the eagles trade up and go after a LB? Or do you think they can get a killer SAM at 24? LB help is huge and I recently read the article about how the drop off in LB quality outside of the 1st round is historically bad? Kind of disturbing considering the Eagles haven't drafted a LB in the 1st round since Ray Lewis was 3... But hey in the devout Mormon Bradley I trust (DUDE IS AN ANIMAL!)
I think Weatherspoon could be a possibility, but I think a corner or a safety is a more likely scenario. Nate Allen at No. 37 is something to look for. He'd be a great value at that pick.
who do you see the eagles targeting with their first 3 picks?
Cornerback, safety and interior OL
Recently Taylor May's draft stock has been slipping. Last draft he was being compared to the former USC safety, maybe you have heard of him Troy Polamalu and was a top 5 pick. He returned to USC to improve his game before entering the NFL. Now a year later he was a high first, late first now possibly slipping to the second. What has caused this recent slip? Also what if Berry went back to Tennessee would his value also have dropped this badly?
It's the risk you take when going back to school. Mays lost himself some money, but it sounds like he doesn't have any regrets. I don't ever rip a kid for playing his senior year. Mays will go late in the first round and have a chance to prove everyone wrong. It's not that big of a deal in the whole scheme of things. He doesn't make a ton of plays on the ball, so his draft stock dropped. Simple as that. And the nature of the position has changed...
Its clear the Giants need help at linebacker, but is 15 too high for Sean Weatherspoon? If Mclain is gone by their first pick should they go BPA at 15 and select Sean Lee in round 2, or do they reach for 'Spoon?
That pick seems a little rich for Spoon. He'll probably be available in the late 20s.
I'm about the Giants questions too...with the major struggles on defense last year the running game is really getting a pass this off-season, what is the likely hood of the Giants addressing this situation? Are they waiting on Andre Brown to return from injury?
Jerry Reese found Bradshaw late in the seventh round. No rush on RBs. And I don't think Spiller's THAT much better than some of the other guys in the draft.
Matt, is there any real possibility for the 'skins to trade Portis, Cambell, and Haynesworth for more picks to bolster the line? What team would want all three?
No team would want all three. Portis' contract prevents him from being trade bait. The Bills or Raiders could make a play for Campbell if they don't take Clausen. Haynesworth is the unknown. If I'm another team, I'd try to see if the Skins would do it for a second-round pick.
is there any chance the cowboys get dez bryant
This is going to be fascinating to watch. There's a chance Bryant goes to the Ravens at No. 25. If he falls that far, Jerry might be interested in moving up. We'll see what Ozzie N. makes him pay. He'll want the Cowboys' No. 59 pick. And I think Jones would strongly consider it.
Matt, Do you think there's any chance the Giants trade up in the first or second rounds to nab Spiller or McClain, or do they try to trade down from the 1st round and grab weatherspoon? Thanks!
They'll stay right there and take the best player. Perhaps Williams the DT.
Any talk regarding jacksonville swapping 1st round picks with the eagles? Makes sense with Jax not having a 2nd round pick.
Nope, haven't heard any of that.
Do you feel that the Redskins have the proper personnel to run a 3-4 defense?
There will be a transitional period. They're OK on the backend. I don't think London Fletcher will excel in a 3-4, but that's not breaking news. Orakpo will absolutely love it. I can assure you that.
Back to the an earlier questions about the Giants and specifally 2nd year player Clint Sintim...what are the chances he makes the move to DE and the Giants trade Osi and take a MLB and SOLB this year?
Very remote chance -- if that.
Which developmental QB do you see the Eagles targeting? A higher graded one like McCoy? Skelton in a Round 3? Stull in 7? Does Kolb need a young QB breathing down his neck?
I think they like the Fordham kid Skelton. You could get him a little later than what you're talking about.
Why would the Redskins decide to switch from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 defense when the lack the proper personnel?
That's what your new DC does. And that's the way of the league. This is a copycat league.
Why would any team pay a ton for early draft picks? If the player holds out, he doesn't get paid for 2 years and then there'll be a rookie structure.
Players are basically slotted throughout the draft. As the first-rounders starts signing, things just fall into place. If you want to play hardball for two seasons, you're really just penalizing your team and fan base.
You have a lot of football knowledge and I respect you for that. I have not heard your NFC East Mock Draft. Who do you think the Eagles, Giants, Cowboys, and Redskins take Thursday night?
Chris, you can take a peek at our blogger mock draft, which is currently featured on ESPN.com. I think I have the Giants taking Mike Iupati at No. 15. Skins taking Okung. Go check it out.
Any chance eagles take a qb in the middle rounds
In the sixth or seventh round, sure.
IF the Skins were looking to move Haynesworth - would it be logical/worth it to simply move up 2 spots with the Lions and have their pick of TOP OL or DT?
probably not getting a first-rounder for Al.
Where does Myron Rolle, the FSU safety who went to Oxford fro a year, fall in the draft, and which teams could use him the most?
Incredibly intelligent player who could certainly help a team. I have him in the fourth or fifth round.
If McClain is gone should the Giants trade down? Why not try to get Pouncey to play Guard until he's ready to take over for O'hara?
Not as easy to trade down as you might think.
Im curious, why dont the Rams trade there number one pick to Washington for Campbell and there 1st rd draft pick? They would end up with a proven NFL QB starter and could add a top O-lineman or Defensive player and Washington could pick up a top D-lineman and trade away Hanyesworth.
Someone else want to take this one?
Why do you think the dolphins are trying to give Ronnie Brown away for a third rounder? Do you think they could draft CJ spillar?
Now that they have marshall, it opens things up a bit. Spiller's certainly a possibility if he gets past the Jags. But it's more likely they go with a DT such as Williams.
Matt, what if dallas traded spears to the browns for a 2nd or 3rd then package some picks to move up.
They'd do it in a heartbeat. But Spears will only command a fourth or fifth at this point.
Any chance the Steelers really think about trading Ben? Would you?
Nope, I don't think it's a consideration at all.
Can the Skins do anything else between now and start of season to change your mind on them being #4 in the beast?
probably not, but I can't wait to see how they play with McNabb
If Bruce Campbell does indeed fall to Dallas at the end of the 1st round, do you think Jerry will take a chance on this boom or bust prospect that has a lot of potential?
will you be surprised if tebow goes inn first round?
It would not shock me, no.
Matt, Any chance Earl Thomas falls to Dallas, and if he does, is it no doubt that Jerry jumps on it and takes the kid?
Not a chance, sir. Thomas is a great player. He'll be gone within in the first 15 picks. If he's there for the Giants, watch out for Reese. This is his kind of player. Even though he has all the safeties.
the cowboys have o'line issues wil that be their focus ithe first couple rounds?
Just depends who's there. If Bryant's hanging around, you have to think about it.
You think that nate Allen will be around for the cowboys 2nd pick?
No I don't
Is Dallas looking at Jordan Shipley out of Texas in the 3rd or 4th rounds? They could use a slot receiver like him...
They're not overly interested in him.
When is the next time the Redskins will have more than 5 picks in a draft?
Bruce Allen loves the way the 2015 draft is shaping up.
If the Redskins picked McCoy or Suh do you think the lions would take Haynesworth and give us their second rounder. and if so who would the skins take?
Skins won't get that opportunity, Jason.
Which team in the Beast is better prepared to do a draft that gets an A+ rating?
what are the chances that the cowboys will trade down or out of the first round?
To Chris in MO...Would would the Skins move up two more spots to take the same player(Okung) but now have to pay him more guaranteed money? And why would the Rams want Campbell, over a potential franchise QB in Bradford?
How do you feel about the right side of the redskins line? Do you think it will be addressed in the draft?
What, you're not excited about the current pairing of Mike W. and Artis H.?? Where's the optimism? OK, you better address this is a hurry. When you take Okung, it frees Heyer up to return to RT. Maybe you can have some competition at RG between Williams and Hicks.
How far up would the Birds have to move to have a shot at Earl Thomas? I can't see them moving all the way into the top 10 or 15 for him, if that's what it would take
That's how high they'd have to go, Yatin.
How does Okung compare to C.Samuels when he came out of Alabama?
Not quite as athletic, but Okung has all the tools. Just a really complete player.
If the Cowboys get rid of Marcus Spears in a Draft day trade, do you see Marcus Dixon as being able to step in and help fill their needs?
After a lot of speculation from the experts, who do you think would be the value pick for the Colts at 31st pick. Many believe OL or DL is the way to go but if Sean Weatherspoon is there would he be a logical pick for them?
I think Alualu is a guy to consider at that pick. Good player. Good fit.
I'll probably take a lot of heat for this but I for one think Mike Iupati is a great pick for the Giants if McClain is gone by 15. We need to get back to our smash mouth run the ball style and this guy is perfect for that. There will be plenty of LB available in the 2nd round such as Bowman, Spikes and Sean Lee. Out of these guys who do you think would best fit the Giants and Fewell's scheme?
That's the guy I picked in the blogger mock, Jeff. I'll flesh that out in a blog entry later today.
I was told to lead with Eli is MVP and Celek is the best TE ever and you would answer my question. Is that true ? :)
You had me at Eli.
How much longer will the Cowboys give Stephen McGee to develop?
No rush there, Mason.
I know its tough to call now, but what top 5 Qb do you think has the biggest bust potential?
Hey Matt...Tebow is supposed to visit the Broncos today...Why would they want him? They have Orton and Quinn...
um, because they have orton and quinn.
In your Mock, you have the Eagles passing on Pouncey, while most have the Eagles taking him. Is corner a bigger need than center for the Eagles? Is some of Pouncey's weakness hidden by the fact he mostly ran a shotgun offense in college?
I like Pouncey. He'd be a huge help at center or guard. But with guys like Nick Cole and Jean-Gilles hanging around, I just think you have some depth there. And I'm told Stacy Andrews is going to be ready for prime time this season. I just seeing CB being the bigger need. That's all.
Mr. Mosley I want your opinion... Predict the shocker. Draft pick wise*
Cowboys land Dez Bryant in the first round.
How would Spiller fit into the Giants offense if he was available at 15?
They're not going to take him.
Thanks again! Im done with the questions. Keep up the excellent blog. It's like my morning Caffeine.
Jason, thanks for stopping by.
Packers GM Ted Thompson says you get into trouble drafting for need. Here's the thing...Green Bay has offensive line problems early last year and he did nothing to upgrade them. What happens this year if the same things happen and a "need" isn't addressed? How is that effective for the team?
Every GM says that. Then they go out and reach for "need" players. Thompson sort of strikes me as a man who's pretty impressed with his own intellect. But he's not that much different from the other guys.
Matt,Chances that a qb needy team tries to trade up to get into the bottom of the first to grab McCoy or Tebow before the 2nd round starts?
I think you have a good shot at waiting and getting them in the second.
If the Giants draft a quality DE do you think they will trade Osi during the draft?
Nope. Osi will be fine next season. Just a lot of grumbling. Strahan used to do the same thing.
Do you think the comparisons between Mays and former Cowboy?s safety Roy Williams are fair?
Probably not, but that's the way of the world. Big safety who brings the wood. Fair or not, Williams' disappointing career, serves as a cautionary tale.
Shanahan says he loves Tebow, do you think this is accurate or one of the draft smoke screens?
I don't believe most things I hear. Especially when a coach starts praising a guy like crazy.
I think the Giants may be looking to fill the wrong position. I think its overlooked @ how moist (soft) the defensive line was. Don't you think they should look to draft a defensive tackle?
I think Dan Williams would be a good pick, yes. OK, it's time for me to leave you in the capable hands of Paul Kuharsky. He covered Haynesworth in Nashville, so ask him a ton of Redskins trade questions. Thanks for making this so much fun. I'll talk to you guys next week sometime. All my best!
Greetings people. Let's shift our focus as much as we can to AFC South.
What is the biggest need for The Texans and will there be a player at their pick who fits that need? If not, who do they take?
Corner biggest need probably, and there will be one there. But they could go RB or FS and wait on CB.
Paul K, you do realize that by predicting that the Colts will draft Jerry Hughes, they most definitely will *not* draft Jerry Hughes? I've never seen a mock draft in the last ten years that successfully picked the Colts first pick.
Yup. Hard to predict 31st. Hard to predict Colts. Put them together and trouble river...
Per MM's advice - what do you think it would take for the Titans to land Fat Albert?
More than they are willing to give. I don't see it happening. And if they were dealing him for cheap, couldn't they get better form a team with a second?
Do the Titans draft for production or potential? Especially in DE's in this draft.
That's a good question, but it's not a one or the other deal. Have to look at whole picture and who will be the best player over five years or more.
colts pick- tim tebow to understudy peyton manning??????
Why? Manning will play a lot longer. His understudy right now isn't in line to replace him.
Paul $1000 says Polian doesn't take OL in the first round with the recent busts (Pollack and Ugoh). Do you want to take that bet?
Nope. Please note I took a DE for them in our mock draft, which everyone needs to check out on the AFC South page from this morning.
How does a guy with 4.3 speed (Taylor Mays) not have cover abilities? He should be able to blanket any 3rdWR or TE with that type of speed right?
Speed doesn't assure coverage skills.
The Jags are in a tough position at 10, and rumors are they are trying to trade down in the draft. Paul, which teams could be possible trading partners? If the trade doesn't work out, who do they select at 10?
It depends on who is available at 10. You can't predict who the trade partner is without knowing what they are trading up to get.
What are the chances Matthews or Best goes before Spiller on Thursday?
Zero, I think.
Hey Paul. You think the jags would take Earl Thomas or Mclain at pick 10?
I went with McClain. Nice choice to have, huh?
Paul,I e-mailed you this question but I'm an instant gratification kind of guy:You have the Texans taking Ryan Mathews in your mock draft with the rationale of completing the offense over addressing defensive need. Why do you think that it's more important to upgrade an offense that is very good than it is to upgrade a very marginally above-average defense with more needs?
I don't necessarily think so. I think they may think so. Also, if they think Mathews is a better RB than X is a corner or Y is a free safety, then you take Mathews.
Paul, if Clausen slips past the Bills at 9, is there any chance of the Jags selecting him at 10? Jack Del Rio doesn't seem like he is a big fan of Garrard.
All indications are they feel they are set at No. 1 and No. 2 at quarterback. Unless all of that's been a smoke screen. I think they'd try to trade out or pass on Clausen.
Why don't the colts trade their 2nd rounder for Haynesworth???
Washington would have to do it. Washington now says it isn't dealing him. If the Skins do deal him, perhaps they can get a better second. Also, it's not the Colts' style.
I read a column titled "Lendale White Potential Trade Bait". Who wants him? Seriously, his style of self destructive, slow paced running can be found in most large backs. He is no Jerome Bettis.
I don't think he has a lot of value. But show me all the guys with 15 touchdown seasons on your list of similar backs?
do you think the jags want t. tebow, but are forced to take him in the first, even if they find a trading partner such as Pit (who might move up for someone like Haden)
I don't think they want him, and there is not way they are taking him at 10.
I have a question why ndumkong suh should be the second overall pick. do you believe it is the correct decision to pay ndumkong suh, no matter how good he is, is he worth 4 million more dollars per year than the franchise tender, the average of the top 5 salaries for a dt which is abouts 6 million. a defensive tackle has never the 2nd or 3rd most valuable commodity in the draft. he may be the best dt, but is he worth the 6 year 60+ million dollar contract when the average of the top 5 dts is 6 mil per year?
Who is worth it if he is not?
You had the Titans passing on Joe Haden in the Mock Draft...even if he were to fall that far do you really think they would pass on him? Also, lets say Dez Bryant falls character issues aside would the Titans take him or pass?
Since I passed on him, that means I could see them passing on him. I don't see them gong WR in the first two years in a row.
IN the latest mock draft that I have seen it shows jacksonville taking Derrick Morgan REALLY?!?!? Another DE? Especially a guy who has been known to quit on plays WHY? why didn'tjacksonville do more in free agency?
What moves didn't they make that you were upset about? Kampman was a big move. They need a DE and Morgan would probably be a good fit.
the texans are always this close to being a good team...are they going with defense or will they address the o-line?
I don't think they are addressing interior O-line in the first round.
PK. I read somewhere that the Lions may be looking for a running back. Do you think there is a chance they could offer their second round pick to the Titans for White or will there still be a number of good RBs that are still out there when Detroit makes their second pick?
It seems pretty clear the league doesn't view White as worth a second round pick. Neither do I.
Rolando McCain gets mocked to Jags quite a bit. McCain seems more suited to a 4/3 and isn't that fast. If Jags are a BAP team then how do you justify taking him over other players?
The Jags are a 4-3. He's a playmaker. I'd like him in Jacksonville. I put him there in our mock.
Is CJ Spiller going to make a big impact as a returner and RB? Would the Jags select him if available?
It's possible. As for returning: Guys get graded up for their return skills. The as they emerge as very god offensive or defensive players, teams rarely use them as returners.
What do you think we can get for lendale, would we be better off keeping him even tho he will be un happy/
Who cares if he is unhappy? He was unhappy last year. Did it destroy the team? You going to make roster decisions with player happiness as a priority? I am not. If CJ gets hurt, White would get the work.
Will Pierre-Paul be a flop?
The fortune teller I use is off today, unfortunately.
what are your thoughts on Carlos Dunlap and do you think he could end up in the AFC South next year?
Second rounder. As Titans and Jags don't have second-rounders and are big on character, the odds we see him in the division are low.
Hey Paul...several people have mentioned the value chart designed years back. is there a most recent version of the chart posted somewhere, or is the original chart still used?
There are different versions everywhere. Here's the one I've been looking at when I get questions: http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcsouth/post/_/id/8441/why-moving-to-no-1-wont-work-for-bucs
Here's an interesting scenario - the Lions trade the #2 overall pick to Washington for Haynesworth, straight up in anticipation of the Redskins taking Suh. Does this trade make sense for either team? Haynesworth's contract is attractive because so much was paid in the first year, and might cost less than a rookie contract in an uncapped year. Thoughts?
Interesting, yes. But how often do we see something like that? Suh is a lot younger, and if he goes on to great career Lions would be filled with regret even if they got great play out of Haynesworth.
what are the chances of bob sanders ever playing a full season?? colts should replace him, no?
They pretty much have. They are fine when he's not there with Bullitt in his place. When they have him, he's a bonus.
If Earl T slips past the Browns do the Texans grab him?
Long way between the two, no?
Hey Paul, Ali here from your days at Tennessean. If JPP, Graham and Haden are all on the board (as per the bloggers mock draft) - do you think the Titans would resist the upside JPP potentially gives? He seems the type of player who the Titans love to draft - though does the lack of a second round pick effect how risky a first pick they make?
Where've you been? Yeah, I lean Morgan there, as you saw. Though JPP upside will certainly be a temptation. I would think lack of second rounder reduces willingness to be risky with first rounder.
considering the possibility that the Titans could trade down a couple spots and still get a one of the top tier DE's, are they looking for trade partners?
Always. But finding them is the issue. And they need multiple people they like still on the board to want to move down.
Paul, in the mock draft you said Houston would take Ryan Matthews or Devin Mccourtney at #20. Do you think the Texans value Devin over Kyle Wilson? Devin is more physical, but I think Kyle Wilson's cover abilities make him more appealing for the Texans scheme. What are your thoughts on the two Dbs?
Both good. Have an inkling they like McCourty is all.
would Brandon Graham be a good fit in Indy, I think so
He will be long gone.
I'm here if you need me, Paul.
Can you give me an AFC South seven-round mock?
Is Pierre-Paul a Kearse-like athlete, or is he not at that level? Someone with his limited production would need that kind of athletic ability to warrant that early of a pick, in my opinion.
Not at that level. Kearse was a once in a generation type of deal, I think. Had way more football experience than JPP. JPP not nearly as fast.
The Eagles are rumored to want to trade to 10 to get either Berry or Thomas. Could you see that or is just that a rumor?
Everything is just a rumor. But the Jags would be a good team to call.
If yo'ure the Jags and when its your turn to pick do you pick Thomas, Morgan, or Pierre Paul? Which DE has the most up side Pierre-Paul or Morgan?
Is Rolando McClain there? I might pick him as I did in the mock. Of your choices, I think Morgan. Upside is hard to define. Is Morgan closer to the player he will ultimately be now than JPP is? Absolutely.
Help me out, what is BAP team that Paul in Fl. asked about?
BAP = best available player.
colts building thru the draft= them always being consistent, they did nothing in FA- whats their biggest need and how do they fill it?
Beefing up offensive line, finding a third end to replace Raheem Brock, corner depth. They did a little bit, they've added a couple big offensive linemen they think can fit with them.
In the mock draft that is posted on your AFC South blog, you have Haden going at # 18 to the Steelers. I know the Texans have a history of standing pat or trading down in the draft ( and put an extremely high value on draft picks ), but would they not have to seriously entertain trading up a few spots to land him? If so which teams from 14 -18 do you think would be good partners and what would it take?
I feel like Houston has a lot it needs to touch on: running back, cornerback, free safety, defensive tackle, interior offensive line. With all those spots to address, giving up picks to go up seems unlikely to me.
I agree with you that Hughes seems like a guy that would appeal to the Colts defense, and think it would be a good pick for them. But, do you think their pass rush would be helped more by adding a 3rd pass rushing DE, or by getting a DT that has the ability to get after the QB? ... Muir and Johnson were good last year, but neither are great pass rushing guys.
I think they feel OK about defensive tackle if Fili Moala is ready to start contributing. But sure, they could still address things there.
How come you are not prone to make predictions. I mean what harm is there in giving us your opinions. If we didn't want them we wouldn't ask.
I predict some stuff. I don't pick games because I've found it's unhealthy for the blog for me to be rooting for a result that makes me look smart as opposed to focusing on other things as a game is winding down.
Will there be more trades because of the new format or less trades because it is such a deep draft?
More between days, I suspect. Don't know that it will be any different during.
Nobody seems to think the Titans will grab a linebacker in the first round. Do they have a viable replacement for Bulluck on the roster right now, or do they go LB in round three?
I think they think Witherspoon-Tulloch-McRath is a viable starting three.
With all the new additions the Lions added in FA to the D-line, do u think the lions really would consider not taking Suh? I mean did you see his "Sports Science" performance?
I thikn they take Suh. That Sports Science piece was incredible, wasn't it?
Will Ringer see some play this year?
He shouldn't if everyone is healthy.
Hey Pk. Just got out of a meeting. Sorry for being late. I noticed you took Derrick Morgan as our 16th pick for the Titans. Is there any possibililty with the personal that was availabe around that time we could have possibly traded out of the 16th spot, and picked up 2 second rounders. I see it coming. then we can get the next best available DE, and CB with first round potential in the Second. What do you think about this scenario???
I actually took Graham. Your scenario is possible, but two seconds aren't necessarily better than one first.
Paul, with the running backs available in the 2nd round or later(Gerhart, McKnight, Blount) the Texans should draft a CB?
I think you can make that case. Get the best corner you can, then there should be solid running back options available later. But Mathews vs. any of those guys wins.
What's with everyone having Dez Bryant going to the Broncos? Why would they trade a talented and proven wr who had issues just to draft a talented unproven wr with issues?
a) Different issues. b) They need someone to catch passes.
What are the chances that the Texans take a wide receiver early in the draft? I don't really see it, but if the guys they like are gone they could use another skilled receiver. Do you think they have anyone in particular they like at WR?
Once the re-signed Kevin Walter, I think they took receiver out of the mix high in the draft considering the list of needs elsewhere.
What about Joe Haden at 10 for the Jags? Mathis is getting older and his contract is about to expire. It also seems like the jags staff likes him....wouldn't a combo of Cox and Haden sound good against the AFC passers (i.e. Manning, who is in this division)?
It would. We probably underrate corner as a Jaguars' need.
Here is something I can't understand. It is hard to trade up, because the top 10 teams want so much for the pick. It is hard to trade down, because no one wants to pay the salary. Why not take less in compensation to trade down?
I am with you. If you know you're getting someone you like when you trade down, go ahead. They don't because fans and media will kill them for not getting what the chart says.
Where will you be watching the draft?
It would seem to most that Earl Thomas isn't going to be available when the Texasn pick at 20. If he is and so is Kyle Wilson who do they choose? CB seems to be the bigger need with the loss of Dunta and Pollard played solid down the stretch at S. Who do they pick?
I still suspect Ryan Mathews. I cannot imagine Thomas lasting to 20.
Has Steve Slaton fallen completely out of favor with the Texans?
No, but he's coming off neck surgery and those fumble problems.
"The Texans may be the most unpredictable AFC South team because they have the most needs and could go a lot of different directions". I am not sure I agree with you there Paul. Are you saying despite the fact that they finished 9-7 they have more needs than the rest of the division? I think it's more of a case of the Texans being hard to mock for because where they are at in the draft order and what will be available there for them. You mock drafters just don't what direction they will go because there are so many different ways they could go depending on how things shake out. You can't tell me they have more needs than the rest of the division.
I do think they have a lot of needs. As I've said: running back, cornerback, free safety, interior d-line, interior o-line. It doesn't make them the worst team in the division or anything like that. But it's easier to draw up a list of what where they need upgrading than for any of the other three teams, I believe. In a way that's good -- they know what they have and what they lack.
You mean you'll be watching it from the building, or will they actually let you in the war room?
The press room, not the war room. If I got war room access you've have been reading about it a lot already!
i don't think it's a stretch that Tebow would be a good backup plan to Manning. He'd have a chance to sit back and learn from one of the best, and IF Manning got hurt, I'd put him, his leadership abilities, and his desire to win and be a great player ahead of Jim Sorgi. Plus, I'm sure he'd get on the field playing special teams and maybe the occasional H Back, maybe a goal line back... thoughts?
Jim Sorgi is on the Giants. Curtis Painter is the backup. I think if Manning goes down the Colts are in trouble, like any team with their best player. Wasting energy and resources on backing him up at this point is not something I think they plan to do, especially a year after drafting a QB. And I'm fine with that.
Which round do the Jags take a QB of the future in?
First round, 2011.
Is there a scenario where the Colts trade any WR not named Reggie Wayne to the Broncos for a pick or multiple picks? The Colts are definitely blessed with talent at that position.
I think they are happy to be deep and will remain that way.
Is the Texans' OL set, or are they looking for upgrades in the draft?
One add in the draft, an interior guy, I think.
Why are you chatting on a Monday? You promised you would help make campaign buttons and posters!!
First thing on Monday, buddy, you'd be wise to look at the family calendar.
Is it likely that the Titans trade up or down in the 1st round?
Most likely, stay put. Second most likely, trade down.
Just curious...What happens with the draft next year if the NFL players assoc. stages a lockout? If there's no football, would they still have a draft that year? or would the players eligible get bumped to the next draft? thx
It's the league that does the locking out, not the players. League says there will still be a draft. Awkward stuff though, drafting guys to lock them out.
Your thoughts? who's better Sam Bradford now, or Jake Locker a year from now?
A very good question. I lean Locker from the little I know.
why doesn't white have any value, he was a decent back before CJ came along, i think people are comparing him to CJ which is....... well no comparison. but i think he can be a #1 back somewhere else......
People would rather use their pick and get their guy instead of giving it up for the Titans' guy. Some teams didn't like him coming out and still don't.
Do Titans think QB at all?
Maybe middle or late rounds, yes.
Denver should take the best player on the board at 11 - Rolando McClain - if he's not gone already. Dez Bryant is the sexy pick but McCalin is a safer choice.
I think McClain may be gone.
We are mere moments away from Pat Yasinskas, NFC South guru. Keeping it in the South.
If all the NFL nation bloggers got in a cage match, MMA style, who reigns supreme? I bet Mosely is first to tapout
I'm not sure he'd even show.
Paul: I do not like Mathews @ 20, I think McCourty is the call unless Thomas or Dan Willimas fall that far........MM
Where can I find you're mock draft?
I'm originally from TN, so if Haden does fall to the Titans, why would they not draft him? Instead of getting a DL...they are thin at CB. Or trade RB White and the 16th pick and trade down for a late 1st Rd and 2nd Rd pick.
I don't think you'd want to see any of us doing MMA. Maybe basketball, softball or golf, but I don't think any of us are the MMA type. Thanks to Paul. Let's switch it over to NFC South.
Numbers-wise, they are actually better at corner than end right now. They could certainly draft Haden. Or they could think Graham is a better end than Haden is a corner and go that way.
Hi Pat! All of the talk around the Saints pick revolves around Defense, but is there an Offensive player that they couldn't pass up if he is still on the board?
Not unless there's a major surprise and an offensive player really tumbles down the board. Pretty sure Saints will go with defense.
Stay tuned for the start of my four-part scout series later today at the AFC South blog.
Here comes Pat and a focus on NFC South. Thanks for coming, it was fun.
Even if Carlos Dunlap is the best value at the 32nd pick, is he really a good fit for the Saints? He doesn't really fill a need and Loomis and Payton are wary of guys with character concerns
They do have a long-term need at DE because Smith, Brown and McCray are older. Plus, Saints aren't as strict with character as some teams.
PY-I like your pick for the Saints at 32 but don't you think it is very possible they just take the best player available on the board, even if an Offensive player like a TE?
TE wouldn't totally surprise me.
Rumor out of New Orleans is Saints will trade Jamaal Brown To the Redskins for Albert Haynes and a 2nd rd pick in the draft pick. Hae you heard anything on this as of yet?
Nothing firm or official or anything like that. Just a rumor. But it wouldn't totally surprise me.
WHy do you have the 49ers taking CJ spiller? They have Frank Gore already, why waste #13 in a weak running back draft on a back up? Why not Joe Haden or a QB(if clausen is still there).
Our Mike Sando made that pick. Not sure of his logic, but I'm sure he had his reasons.
What will the broncos do with there pick?
I'm an NFC South guy, but everything I hear on Broncos points to Dez Bryant.
Hello Pat, I have wondered every since things went south with J. Peppers and the Carolina Panthers what exactly the issue was. Did Peppers just dislike the city, players, coaching staff, or all of the above?
Loaded question and way too involved to get into here. Go back on my blog to sometime in February, where I did a lengthy column on Peppers situation. Think the headline was something like "King Julius wouldn't wear the crown". That's probably as close to a full explanation as I can give you.
By the way, anyone that considers anything outside of NYC upstate NY is a tool. You actually have to get to the finger lakes to be in upstate.
Binghamton doesn't count? I grew up 30 miles south of there and thought of it as upstate.
Pat, even if JPP is there at 19 do you think the falcons would take him over a guy like Weatherspoon who went to the cardinals in the blogger's mock? i just see to much of jamal anderson?
I didn't feel great about that pick and I don't know if Falcons would really do it. He's a potential over production guy. But there is tremendous upside. I wanted to take Graham with that pick, but he was gone.
Pat I honestly think Dunlap will end up like Grant and be a disappointment, or he'd be just like Peppers but without the good stats, and that's not a good thing. With Everson Griffen or Daryl Washington still on the board, I think the Saints would have gone with either of them.
You could be right. It's just a mock draft. We'll find out Thursday.
WILL THE PANTHERS GRAB JACOBY FORD AND TIM TEBOW ?
Ford possibly. Tebow now way.
Had you known about the Falcons attending the Ga. Tech WR workout, would you have gone that route in the mock draft instead?
I might have. Just did a post on the blog where I explained logic behind my picks and said they were done late last week before I found out about them being out in force at the Thomas workout.
Will Carolina look for a QB in the first round? Could it be McCoy?
Only if they trade and actually get a first-round pick. Right now, they don't have one.
Is it a lock that TB goes McCoy at #3 if he's there?
I think so, assuming Suh is gone, which seems to be a safe assumption.
Will I ever be a starting QB in the NFL and should I start looking for a house in Carolina?
No and no.
Would Carolina really waste a 3rd or 4th on an unproven QB instead of trying to bring in a D-Linemen or a WR? I just couldnt understand why they would
I don't see them going QB that early. Too many other needs. They'll get a project QB late in the draft and sign a vet to back up Moore.
If every lie a GM told this week weighed a dollar, could we collect them and pay off the national debt?
How many teams, that you know of, have brought in Sean Weatherspoon for a personal workout?
Honestly don't have a number for you. I don't track every visit. But I'm sure he's been to see a bunch of teams.
Do you think the Saints will take a quarterback in the late rounds to back up Brees?
No, I think they'll sign a vet to back up Brees. They could draft a guy late, but it would be to be a No. 3 guy and a project.
Do you think that Toby Gerhart, Riley Cooper and Jordan Shipley are legitimate first rounders?
Everything I've heard and seen points to second round for all three.
Pat, in your mock draft, you selected Jason Pierre-Paul while Sean Weatherspoon was still available. Why is that? Do you really believe Pierre-Paul is a better talent. I'm nervous about drafting another Jamal Anderson. Weatherspoon is more safe in my opinion.
Yep, but I think they need a pass rusher above all else. Pierre-Paul might be a little bit of a risk. Honestly, I wanted to take Brandon Graham with that pick, but he was gone.
Who do you like better Suh or Gerald McCoy?
In your expert opinion what is the likelyhood the McCoy will be a buccaneer(percent). I bid you many thanks. Pat you are my brother
I'll go with about 80 percent. If Bradford and Suh go 1 and 2, I'll bump it up to 99 percent.
do you think the panthers could get mccoy? or do you think theyre dead set on a defensive lineman or wide reciever?
Just my opinion, I think they HAVE to get a DT with their first pick.
Any possibility of TB trading down.
Possible, but let's not get too carried away with that. It's easy to talk about trading down. But it's hard to actually do it. Not very many teams are going to want to trade up.
What will the panthers address as their top need? They don't pick until 48 -- do they think QB at all?
DT and WR have to be addressed early. QB might come late.
Are they any signals that you have seen that Fox will trade next years first round pick for a first round this year?
No, but it's happened before. So anything's possible.
With the long separation between rounds this year, do you think there will be more trading of picks, etc.?
Yep, that's my guess. I think it's gonna make the whole draft a lot more interesting.
What do you think the Saints need to get out of this draft to stay ahead of the pack in the South?
Solidify OLB. Add some depth at DE, DT and OL. Maybe TE, too.
Pat, is it a done deal for the Saints if either Weatherspoon or Hughes are still around at 32?
Yep, I think either of those would be a nice fit.
Any chance the Saints draft a Safety within first two picks, since Sharper is unsigned?
No, they've got options already on the roster and I still think there's a good chance Sharper comes back.
After McCoy at #3 What do you see TB doing with the next two picks early in the 2nd
I'll say WR Golden Tate and the best CB available with the second of the two second-round picks.
Pat, I've heard you mention that you think OLB Nicholas can be a really good player, but then I hear the falcons looking at LB's early. Do the Falcons like Nicholas, is he not a 3 down LB?
I think they're looking because Mike Peterson is getting older.
Why aren't you high on Sean Weatherspoon for the Falcons? You said you would take Graham but he was gone. Weatherspoon, Lofton & Nicholas would be a force to reckon with don't you think?
It's not that I'm not high on him. I think he's a good player. I just think their overwhelming need is a pass rusher.
Pat, if the Saints need OLB then Navaro Bowman would be a solid pick?
I wouldn't argue with that one.
I know the Falcons like Beybey out of GA tech, but he's a first round talent and the falcons seem to be locked into a DE or OLB. So do you think the falcons will draft a WR in the 3rd or below? and if so, who? (ANSWER PLEEEEEAAAASSSEEE)
Sorry, I'm not Mel Kiper. I don't know lots about every WR that could be there in rounds 3 or 4. Some names of guys that could be -- Carlton Mitchell, Mike Williams, Taylor Price.
Pat - when is the NFL going to release this year's schedule??!
The Saints at this point just need some quility backs up or is that a wrong assumtion?
I'd say that's pretty fair, but maybe a starting OLB in this draft.
What Wr do you think the bucs will end up with?And what round?
Golden Tate or Jordan Shipley in Round 2.
Is there any chance that the Bucs get Suh?
Sure, if the Lions take McCoy. Could happen, but most indications are they're thinking Suh.
Hello Pat! A question that most Panther fans are wondering is do you think that the Carolina Panthers are really sold on Matt Moore? They tried really hard to make J. Delhomme the franchise QB, so do you believe they will stand by Moore's side as they did Delhomme?
Yep, I think they just want Moore to be like Delhomme was in his early years -- a solid game manager.
Where would I need to go to have the best chance of being a starting NFL QB? God Bless
Why are you so set on the Panthers needing a DT more than a WR?
Look at their history. They've drafted Keary Colbert and Dwayne Jarrett in the second round. Both were busts. They desperately need a DT to fix that run defense.
Should the Raiders be happy with Clausen in round 1 and Saffold in round 2?
Sure, but I'm an NFC South guy. Might want to ask Bill Williamson that question.
Pat, how many WRs do you see Carolina taking? Just one in the 2nd or 3rd, or do they grab a couple of late-rounders to take a shot on? If so, any ideas who they might be looking at in the late rounds who could surprise?
Good chance you see multiple WRs for them.
How many starters do you think the Bucs leave with this weekend?
3, maybe 4.
Pat, If Tamps Bay could trade down, possibly they could target Dez Bryant?
Nah, don't think that would be the guy. I think they go WR in 2nd round.
Pat I still need a job. Do you think it is possible that I will receive a phone call by any NFC South teams?
Nope, Carolina, Atlanta and Tampa Bay wouldn't want your baggage. Saints already have all the WRs they need. Call the Orlando Tuskers, maybe you and Tebow can be a dynamic duo.
Pat, could you see carolina targeting Mike Williams WR in 3rd round could be a good WR2 to go with S Smith?
Sounds reasonable enough. Williams should go around third round.
Please answer....Where do you think ma boy Colt Mccoy will go on Thursday?
Think he might have to wait until Friday to go.
We don't want Tebow either.
Thought Jim Haslett was the coach?
Pat, which WR fits the Bucs the best that could be available to them at 35? Personally i like Golden Tate
I'm with you on Golden Tate. Jordan Shipley would be my next choice. I also really like Carlton Mitchell out of USF, but he's more of a big receiver. Bucs need a burner to stretch the field.
Is Benn expected to go in the top 2 picks in round 2? I haven't seen him mocked in the first round much, and you and Mel both have Tate going to Tampa. Is Tate now rated higher than Benn?
Seems that way and I don't really know why. Benn was in the top 3-4 WRs when the draft magazines started coming out.
Hi Pat....it sounds like the Bills are really in love with Tebow.....do you think they work out a deal and select him late in the first round or will they go a different direction at QB??
For the good people of Buffalo and all of western New York, I can only hope the Bills go in a different direction. Tebow's not going to solve your problems.
Why wouldn't Carolina go after Clausen?
They don't have a first-round pick.
DO U THINK THE PANTHERS JUST MIGHT TAKE A WR IF SAY A ARRNELIUS BEEN IS THERE
Certainly possible, but I'd go DT.
Why take someone in the 1st (Tebow) when he still will be there in 2, probably 3?
Do you think that Fordham QB Skelton will be a surprise.
Could be. Honestly, haven't seen the kid play. But some scouts I know like him and think he might have a future.
You're the only football writer who isn't all of a sudden on the Tebow bandwagon.
Think I've been pretty consistent with my opinion on Tebow. Great kid and probably the best college football player ever. But I don't think he's an NFL starting QB. You have to be able to throw the ball to do that.
IF the Bucs need a burner at WR wouldn't Thomas out of Georgia Tech be the pick?
Yeah, but they're not taking Thomas at No. 3 overall.
I read that TD is "not locked in" to drafting Brandon Graham and mentions the possibility of trading up and down. Any idea what the Falcons will be doing, and who their targets really are?
Think Graham remains a possibility. Pierre Paul would have to be a consideration. Same with LB Witherspoon and the WR (Thomas) from Georgia Tech. Heck, I'd even include the Florida center (Pouncey). Falcons can go a lot of different ways at No. 19.
Should I be packing my bags for an NFC South team?
With the Bucs ineptitude at WR, what are the chances they take more than one in the draft?
Very high. You could see two or three WRs for them.
If the Saints trade for Haynesworth (as rumored)...could they then look to take a LT in round 1...if Brown is the guy out...
If that happens, yeah, I think they'd have to look for a LT.
Vince Young laughs at the "Tebow is the best college player ever" claim!
So does Herschel Walker.
As much as i love Gerald McCoy (saying Suh is taken) would it be smarter for Tampa to trade the 3 for two more first rounders and take maybe McClain and Spiller and then a DT and WR in 2nd?
Again, it's really difficult to trade down. Easy to talk about, but tough to make it happen.
Any chance that the Buccaneers take Eric Berry?
Chances are slim.
WILL CAROLINA MAKE THE PLAYOFFS.HISTORY SAY THEY WILL
Think you mean Ron Green. This is a draft chat. We'll do playoff predictions before the season.
I know he's gone, but can you ask Kuharsky if Barry Manilow knows that he raided his wardrobe?
LOL. I'll let PK know.
I keep hearing rumors that the Saints may trade for Haynesworth. Do you know where these rumors are being generated? It seems an awful lot of what get's reported as a rumor is purely speculation, not a quiet lead from inside an organization.
Yep, to my knowledge it's pure speculation at this point. Nothing more. All right, my time is up. Thanks to all for stopping by.
Hi everyone. Let's move this than over to the NFC North. We had a pretty big trade today, and plenty of draft stuff to discuss. I'll consider all such questions. Let's get to it.
Kevin what are the chances of the Lions taking someone other than Suh (McCoy or Okung)?
I'm not ruling that out. If I had to say who the likeliest choice, I'd say it would be Suh. I'd put it around 60 percent, meaning there is definitely room for discussion. Which is just the way Martin Mayhew wants it.
I would really like the packers to take a OLB in the first round. Which ones have a legitimate likelihood of still being around by the time they pick?
In our blogger mock draft, Sergio Kindle was taken at No. 22 -- one spot ahead of the Packers. Jerry Hughes was also available.
I understand that Sims may not have been a fit in the new scheme in Detroit, but with all the holes on defense, CB, S, DE, DT, why create another hole, OLB, on the league's worst defense? A trade for a defensive player and/or picks would have made more sense IMO. Are there any salary implications or other factors in this deal that you could offer?
I'm guessing the Lions thought his spot was a hole with or without him, so the net change at WLB is zero while the TE position is stronger. That's how I would guess they look at it. You can't force a team to give up a comparable player at the position you want. Scheffler was available and he's a good one.
Kevin - I love Colt McCoy, and think the Vikes' pick is the perfect place to take him. Do you think they go for Colt with their first pick, or do you think they ignore QB early(at least one in the first 4 rounds)?
If I had to guess, I would say they're targeting Tebow more than McCoy. Could be wrong, but if that's the case, it might make sense to trade back into the top of the second round to get him. And if they do want McCoy, there is a decent chance he'll be there in the second as well.
Is there really no chance the Vikings draft a quarterback for the future? No one seems to think they will.
Pickins' are slim, but it's not out of the question.
Kevin, you have the Pack taking Brown a guy who has a tendency to ony give 50% on occasion. Do the packers really want a "Project" player? I think they have enough problems with TJ.
There is definitely room for debate here. I went with Brown because at that point, I preferred the next-best tackle over the next-best cornerback. The Packers probably think have some time to develop a project because they gave Chad Clifton starter's money this season. It all goes back to whether they like Brown as a player. We have no way of knowing that for sure. But if they do, this could be a good year to take him.
Did Donavan McNabb ever sign an extension with the Redskins? Reason I ask he still could be a viable option for the Vikings in 2011
Not yet, but I wouldn't count on that if I were the Vikings.
Any chance the Lions go after free agent Keith Bulluck now that Sims is gone? Or will they wait until after the draft to make that move?
That's being rumored, but right now it's just a rumor.
does the lions trade for Scheffler mean they are disappointed with Pettigrew? I dont like the trade for the Lions, Ernie sims is a very good player
I don't think the Lions shared that opinion on Sims. I also don't think they're disappointed in Pettigrew. Scott Linehan loves two tight-end sets. Sheffler is a really good player who was made available because of a personality conflict with a coach that it seems a lot of players have conflicts with.
Should we take TT's words yesterday about the CB's being ready for training camp with a grain of salt? What teams at the bottom of 1 or top of 2 will be looking to move up with Ted?
He kind of covered all of his bases in that quote, however, saying that there was still a long way to go. It's all based on medical projections that could change at any point. The Harris injury is the one that's really up in the air. He suffered the injury late in the year and had two procedures on it. But I bet Blackmon and Lee are ready.
Kevin, what do you think is a bigger need for the Bears, Free Safety or an Interior Linemen? Do you think the Bears will trade up to grab one, or see who has the most value at the 75th pick?
In the short-term, it's safety. But in the long-term, they have to wonder how much longer Kreutz and Garcia will play. And at this point, I have no idea who is starting at left guard.
I remember when he was with the Packers, Favre made the comment that it wasn't his responsibility to help Rogers become a good QB. Do you think he'd still have that same attitude if the Vikes pick up Tebow or McCoy, or do you think he's softened a bit as the gray hair has creeped in?
I don't recall that exact quote, but I do laugh when people suggest the benefits of a potential rookie coming in to play "under Favre." They will see him operate up close, but I don't think he has a strong "mentor" complex.
It appears that the Rams are "trying" to make it seem that they are still open with their pick. It seems the Lions at 2 probably will have a whole lot more action if Bradford is not chosen. Is this part of the reason Mayhew is saying that the Lions have not decided on their pick yet?
Probably, although no one is going to believe that he might take Bradford if the Rams pass. I think it's more along the lines of not ruling out the possibility that someone would move up to take Clausen or maybe Okung or Suh.
Am I crazy to think that Grandpa Al will snatch up Taylor Mays with pick number 8?
Good call. He's all about speed/size/measurables, right?
Lost, lost, lost. Is there any possibility that the Lions trade for a running back like Ronnie Brown or Marshawn Lynch during or after the draft?
Ha, funny. I wouldn't rule it out. But a veteran runner is not as valuable as veterans at other positions. How about drafting Best in the second round?
ESPN should change there name to NBA playoff channel! Can Someone Please tell ESPN NHL Playoffs are on too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry. It's neither. It's DRAFT SEASON!!!!!!!
will the bears ever find me a true #1????
I don't see it on their priority list. Sorry.
The lions got a an 7th rd pick, in addition to Scheffler, should they have gotten more for Sims?
His tape has looked bad for a while. But remember, Scheffler is a really good pass-catching tight end.
Schefter reported that the Packers are one of the teams looking to trade up into maybe the Jags spot... what would they have to give up and would they be targeting Davis from Rutgers or someone else?
If I had to guess, I would say it would be for a tackle. Bulaga could be there, also.
Schefter mentions that the Pack is looking to trade up. Not sure how much I buy that, but hypothetically, they have to either be targeting a S or an OT with a trade-up. Which do you think is more likely?
Yeah, tackle. And to follow up on the previous question, to move from 23 to 10 on the traditional draft value chart would take the Packers' first round pick, their second round pick and probably a second-day as well. Steep.
I've seen some mock drafts saying the Packers pick up Taylor Mays--why do so many people think they need a safety? In my opinion they are set on safety with Nick Collins and Atari.
I agree. I don't get the safety talk, except for the fact that Bigby has been injury prone. Mays is a good athlete. Maybe they could use him in a couple of different positions.
As a Lions fan who absolutely despised the Pettigrew pick with Oher still on the board at 20....isn't this trading of Sims for Scheffler kind of admitting that we screwed up and need a contigency plan at TE? I'm not buying the fact that Linnehan likes 2 TE sets as a good enough reason.
I really don't think so, no. My beef was always that at tight end in the first round was a luxury the Lions couldn't afford. I think most people who saw Pettigrew play thought he has a lot of potential. He was worthy of a first-round pick. Should it have been the Lions? Not sure. But I really do think Scheffler and Pettigrew could and will play together.
Why is it so disheartening that mock drafts don't even mention the thought of a Bears draft pick?
Because 74 players will be off the board before the Bears have their first choice.
Pick up the pace Kevin - 2 mins between answers is equal to Rich Eisen's 40 time....horrible
Sorry. I pulled a finger muscle in the first minute.
Are the Bears going to let me go?
Don't think so. In fact, looking at who the Bears have at the position, I think you have a pretty good chance of playing a lot this year.
I keep hearing a number of teams draft boards look vastly different than the mocks posted all over the internet. Does the NFL still use scouting services like they used to or are all teams gathering information independently?
Most mock drafts have never been anything other than fun pre-draft exercises to promote discussions. Most teams stack completely independently.
Should I be worried if my team drafts Jimmy Clausen?
No. Not a fan.
u say no they wont find me a number one option. obviously they cant in the draft only having what 75 for their first pick... but waht about T.O. we can give him one last shot at a pretty cheap price- he seemed ok in the bill locker room last year???
Yeah, he was better in the locker room than on the field, unfortunately.
Why would the Lions take a RB in the 2nd when they desperately need OL help? No running back is gonna be worth anything running behind that line not to mention the fact they are gonna get Stafford killed if they don't upgrade!
Agreed. But they have upgraded themselves at left guard with Rob Sims. That was by far their worst position last year.
Thoughts on Packers and Westbrook?
Sounds like it's not totally out of the question. You wonder if it could heat up if the Packers don't get a running back in the draft.
So what day can I start watching the draft?
Late Friday night.
Seems like a somewhat realistic possibility Minnesota trades down out of the 1st round. With that in the back of my mind, tell me why I should be excited for the first day of the draft? I hate this new format!
You get to stay up late to find out whether they pick or not! Imagine the suspense!
Will the Packers take OT Brown if he is available or will they take BPA?
I went with Brown in the NFL Blog Network mock draft, but to this point Ted Thompson hasn't asked for my opinion.
I'm ok with the Pack not dipping into free agency, but I would like to see them pick up a veteran backup QB in case Rodgers goes down--I just don't think Flynn can get it done. Do you think it would be smart for them to pick up Jeff Garcia or maybe even Marc Bulger?
They had some low-level discussions with Jake Delhomme. But the Packers have shown Flynn a lot of faith the past two years. What would make that change now that he conceivably has two years of experience?
What's your opinion?
I thought you would never ask. You've got to find a left tackle.
Where will i end up at come friday evening?
Right where you are. I could be wrong, but I don't see how the Bears make a net gain by trading you for a second-round pick to draft a safety.
Alright, what do I do here???
First, find the phone.
What are the odds of Chicago trading Tommie Harris for a draft pick? I know the guy has talent, but he has attitude issues and doesn't give it his all.
If they could get a second- or third-round pick for him, I'd do it. Given his contract, I don't think they will.
The Lions now have about 400 7th round draft picks, probably closer to 4. Do you see them using these to reposition in the draft or do you think they will load up on 7th round talent in the hopes of finding a sleeper?
I think it's a jillion. Anyway, my guess is they'll use most of them -- even if it means getting some players they would have to compete to sign as undrafted free agents. That could be the "improving special teams" portion of the draft. Not a bad way to do it. The best undrafted free agents get more money than 7th-round picks.
West Coast offense. Short routes. Peterson controls the game and McCoy gives you a 70% completion percentage. What do you think about Colt McCoy in purple?
It could work. But Childress wants strong arms to keep open the possibility of the deep ball (even if he doesn't want many thrown.) Not sure if McCoy fits there.
I know it was posed earlier and shot down by the NFC East Blogger, but do you at all see it a possibility the Skins offering the Lions Haynesworth and the number 4 pick for the Lions number 2...allowing us to address OT with Bulaga or Trent Williams as well as getting a cheaper DT?
It makes some sense, but would Washington really be willing to write off the $32 million its paid Haynesworth? Hard to imagine that.
Are we ok? Is management looking to secure players because of our injuries?
Not so far, no. I've assumed the Vikings will use the same arrangement to replace you if needed: Jasper Brinkley and Ben Leber in the nickel.
Is there any news on whether the steelers have opened talks to other teams to trade Big Ben?
Realize this isn't an NFCN question, but I've heard nothing to believe they are looking to trade him. But I know I would be giving it serious consideration. The Steelers should thank him for the two Super Bowls and move on before he self-destructs. Plus, they could write off a lot of the contract acceleration in a non-capped year.
Followup to Brad (Washington DC)'s question: What if the skins added Portis to dump salary?
Yeah, I've seen that mentioned a few places. I would think that makes the deal less attractive to Washington. Do they want to rent Portis for a year at $7 million?
Have the Vikes called the Steelers to see what it's going to take to trade for Ben?
They haven't decided yet.
Do you think I will have any issues recovering from a torn ACL?
It sure sounds like your injury was pretty serious. You have always been in phenomenal shape, so if anyone can make it back, it's you.
With the Vikings/Packers strong and the Bears and Lions on the rise, do you see the NFC North becoming the toughest division in the league?
It's getting there. Although if I had to say right now, I wouldn't change last year's order of finish for a 2010 prediction, assuming Favre plays. If that's the case, I think it's still MIN-GB-CHI-DET.
Why would Brown be a project player?
Sounds like he needs some technique and attitude adjustments, but has a lot of potential.
Where doth art thou Tim Graham?
He'll be here at 5ish I believe.
Thanks Kevin. If the Bears don't address Safety strongly in the draft, have they considered going after Darren Sharper? He mentioned he would be fine with returned to a Cover 2 Scheme.
He would be fine with it. Not sure the Bears would be.
If Kindle and K. Wilson still on board at 23, who do you think is more likely for the Packers if they don't go o-line?
Lots of ifs there. I'll add another one: If the top four tackles are gone, and Kindle is there, I go with Kindle.
Kevin, in your honest opinion, doesn't it look like the Bears are poised to finish last in the division at this point? I mean, the lack of any draft picks in the first two rounds is just another indication that my Bears are getting worse, not better.
The defense has to be better with Peppers. The offense will catch at least some people by surprise or at least flat-footed. I'll reassess after the draft, but that's where I am right now.
Kevin, this window sticker is dangerous and inconvenient, but I do love Fig Newtons!!!!
Yes, you do like to party.
Will I get any protction help or am I just going to get burried again next year?
It got a lot better for you in the second half of the season. Finley helps you there, as does a quicker release.
What are my chances of replacing Lovie in chicago next season?
You've got the obvious history there. But teams usually look to go in a different stylistic direction. Would the Bears replace a quiet, defensive-oriented head coach who favors the Tampa-2 with a quiet, defensive-oriented head coach who favors the Tampa 2?
Kevin, TT and I agree that we like your style. Please provide us your in-depth player report through seven rounds and unsigned free agency by tomorrow morning. We are asking you!!
Really appreciate it guys. I will burn the midnight oil.
Given the new draft configuration I believe, after much debate, that nachos are a better choice as draft sustenance. With the short draft night, there is less of a chance for the nachos to get cold, what do you think?
Will need some protein at some point.
Kevin, you are a great good man. Who do you see the Pack selecting with their 7th rounder? Please answer with a complete list of players you expect to remain available, alphabetized preferrably.
Thanks James. I believe they will take a player who has both a first and last name. He'll have played college football, probably in America, and will be a guy the Packers couldn't believe was still available. That should narrow it down enough.
do you think im worth near double the franchise tender for a defensive tackle? because thats what youre going to have to pay me if you draft me.
That's the big question when it comes to drafting defensive tackles that high. I believe Suh is. You? A little more projection is involved.
Are there any real potential takers on the Lions first round draft pick that would allow the Lions to trade down and gather picks?
I honestly doubt it.
I am the one that liked to party with the cheese waterfall with nine different types of cheese.
Oh, right. Sorry. Shake and Bake!
One thing that annoys me is when the draft analysts heap praise on a GM for his selections...and then a few years later those picks don't pan out and, and those same analysts are critical. Just shows it is one giant crapshoot.
Agreed. But we also shouldn't always blame GMs when a pick doesn't work out. The stats show that only a minority percentage of the players taken will amount to big-time players. That's the nature of it.
I'm probably just gonna go ahead and draft Jimmy Clausen. What do you think of that?
That will take the pressure off everyone else. The Browns could go back-to-back wipeouts with Notre Dame QBs.
Should we be concerned that we have not been resigned yet?
Nope. There's nowhere for you to go.
As a psychology researcher and professor, I have long been advocating for behavioral measures and statistical modeling of athletic performance to become more commonplace. Measuring variables such as motivation, drive, judgment, etc. seem to be crucial in who becomes a successful QB, WR, Center, and in other more "cerebral" positions. I know the Wonderlic is commonplace today, and background checks are much more thorough, but when do you think other psychological variables will be taken more seriously in talent evaluation for the NFL draft? I personally think there is a future for such assessments.
Unfortunately, it probably won't happen until psychologists -- and not football people -- are running the draft.
Hey, who was the fastest guy at the combine again?
I believe it was Bryan Bulaga. Go for it!
Ok, a couple more and then my colleague Bill Williamson of AFC West fame will take over.
hey kevin what about the report that the lions will pursue keith bullock to replace ernie sims any truth to that sir or just rumors
Just informed speculation at this point.
So looking ahead, who will Jon Gruden select with the Bears number one pick next year?
Knowing him, a quarterback.
Where's the love? I think I'm pretty awesome. Alot of people think the Packers are weak at safety--I beg to differ. Also--don't you think I have the best name in professional sports?
You do. It's just that as a restricted free agent, your time period to sign elsewhere has passed. You're now bound to the Packers for 2010.
OK everyone, thanks so much. Bill is on his way.
Hi everyone, let's get going.
Is there anybody that Denver can draft that will make their team decidedly better at 11?
Dez Bryant and Rolando McClain would be instant contributors.
who should the redskins get with the 4th round pick?
Okung or Trent Williams would be great. Shanahan's offenses satrt with dominant o-line play and these left tackles would be gret starts.
The person I would like to see in a Lions uniform is Eric Berry, any chance of that happening?
Perhaps if they traded down. I could see Kansas City taking him at No. 5.
may have been asked, but when do you suspect the real Hero of the draft being taken (myron Rolle)
I'm interested to see that myself. Mel Kiper has him as a late pick.
questionTO BILWILLAMSON AT 2.25 PM WIIL THE BRONCOS PICK DEZ BRYANT OR DEFENSE TACKLE
I;'m saying Bryant. They have a huge need at receiver.
BW,The following players are on the board, who do you pick for the chargers: Best, Cody, McCourty...
Why didn't the Chiefs jump on the chance to get a player like Sims or Ginn for just a 5th round pick? Couldn't they have used one of those guys and they have three 5th rounders. Do you think they are holding onto them for a draft day package?
I thought Ginn would have been a great fit for the Chiefs. Cheap,too.
Bill it's got to be Matthews for the Chargers at 28 right? Please tell me it won't be Mt. Cody!
If Mathews is there. But Houston may nab him at No. 20.
Are the Raiders talking to the steelers at all about Big Ben?
Not that I have heard. If I was the Raiders I'd get on the phone and see what the Steelers are thinking about concerning Big Ben's future.
Bill - percentage chance the Broncos trade down to take Pouncey
Fairly high. I think the Broncos will wheel and deal. They could also move up to get Pouncey. They could really use him.
Bill, I have Denver taking Rolando McClain in my mock. What do you think the chances are of this? How do you think McClain will translate to the NFL?
I like McClain. I think he will be a difference make. If he's on the board. Denver will seriously considr him if it keeps No. 11.
Do I have ANYONE to throw to this year?
Not really, bro.
So I saw that we got Scheftler and a 7th but you said it was a three team trade. What did Denver get from Philly?
Fifth-round pick. No. 137 .... Yes, not much.
How much impact do you think Pat Bowlen has had on the trades coming out of Denver? Is there a time when you think he needs to step in?
He sits back and trusts his staff. He has veto power, of course, but he stays out of that stuff for the most part.
Who do you see as a likely trade partner for Denver to move down from #11?
Adam Schefter reported that Green Bay and Philly are looking to get into the No. 10-12 range.
Please tell me Al Davis does the smart thing and drafts an OT not name Bruce Campbell.
No promises, sir.
Hey Bill, is this Tebow visit to Denver just a smoke screen to pressure the Jags into picking him @ 10, or is there serious talk about McD actually picking him @ 11?
I don't see him going at No. 11. But the team could take him in the second round.
Do you see the Chargers trading up to get a DT like Dan Williams?
I'm expecting anything and everything from A.J. Smith. He could do anything this week. He has the drft power and he's going to use it.
Being a chief fan these recent years have been very painful but with a new quarterback and head coach, I see the frachise changing slowly but surely. I think the chiefs should take Berry in the draft because he will probably the bigger "star" in the league. Who do you think the chiefs should take in the draft Berry or Okung?
I think I'd take Berry. I think he can change that defense.
If Bryant and McClain are both still on the board at 11, who do the Broncos take?
Tough call, man, tough. The Marshall trade leaves Denver with a big hole at receiver. Bryant is riskier than McClain, but he's needed more.
Bill, many draftniks are projecting Bulaga as the Chiefs pick at #5 but Pioli has yet to draft any of Kirk Ferentz's boys. Give me their pick, insider!
I'm thinking Berry.
Bill,Love the blog from here in Thailand. I was wondering why you don't think the Broncos would trade down to grab a guard like Iupati or a center like Pouncey? Instead of Bryant at 11, they could grab Arrelious Benn or Demaryius Thomas at 43 or 45. Does any of that make sense? Or do I need to get better at my English?
Wow, welcome. very cool. I think you may be onto soemthing. I do think Dnever could trade down. Both those offensive linemen would fit Denver.
BW,Odds that a qb Hungry team tries to trade with SD to get back into the late first and get Tebow or McCoy?
That is the time to do it. I think San Diego would be interested considering it has a lot of draft options.
Hey Bill...honestly, do you think the Chiefs would take Berry at 5? I love him, think he will be a stud for a long time, but would Pioli take him? What have you heard?
Pioli has a history of taking defneders from the SEC in the first round.
Who will the Raiders starting quarterback be next season?
A guess right now: Gradkowski.
Hi Bill, I've read most questions from today's marathon chat, and a ton of them revolve around "when my team trades down...". Considering the depth of this draft, do you see teams breaking from the value chart and getting less for moving back, or perhaps a lot of 2011 picks getting flipped?
Where does oakland go at 8? Claussen? or maybe baluga and then tebow at 39?
This is a deep draft, so i don't think teams are going to accept less. It will be a seller's market.
I know it's a stretch (if logically assessed), But do you think there's someone crazy enough to go and pick Tebow in the 1st round? and of course, who'd that be?
New England or Buffalo (with a trade up).
Pegging the Raiders is hard, but who is the best fit and who is most likely to be picked?
I think they need to go with the best tackle available. Bulaga or Williams. They will be tempted by McClain and Joe Haden.
Do the Chiefs have any hope to improve this year? What is their main problem?
Sure... They Chiefs need to get better, much better, on defense.
How important is it that the Chiefs address the NT in this draft?
I think it is a positon the Chiefs will look to address early. That could go a long way in improving the defense.
If Ryan Mathews is available at pick 28, do you see the Chargers passing him up for a DT like Cody?
Good question. I think the Chargers really like Mathews. I think he'd probably be the choice there.
What are the odds of Denver replacing Baby T.O. with... T.O. ?
I mentioend that last week. If the Broncos don't get Bryant. Owens could be a possibility after the draft. The Broncos need a big receiver. He is declining, but he'd help in the short term.
Who do you see the Broncos grabbing with their two second round picks, or is a trade more likely to move into the late 1st?
I think the Broncos will move around a lot. Their top needs are WR, OL, and LB.
If the Raiders go D in round 1, who should be the target in round 2?
Is Matt Cassel the Cheifs long term plan? Could we see the Cheifs go after Colt McCoy with their 2nd round pick?
They gotta get that LT.
To answer the KC question: I think the Chiefs are commited to Cassel.
I hope the Okung is on the board for the Chiefs, if not I think the Chiefs should trade down for more draft picks, What do you think. Prediction Raider take CJ Spiller since Davis loves Speed. GO Chiefs
I've heard Oakland loves Spiller. But wow, that would be a crazy move ... so, yes, it could be possible.
Does Tobey Gerhart wind up in the AFC West?
I think he could. San Diego and Denver really like him. He is someone to keep an eye on this weekend. He's rising up boards across the league. Grene Bay and New England also like him.
Bill, please tell me the addition of Kyle Boller by the Raiders makes taking Clausen 8th overall impossible..... we dont need 3 busts on that team!!!
Sorry, don't think they are related., Not saying Oakland will take Clausen but Boller's addition makes little difference.
Which running back do you see the chargers picking up in the draft, I look at plenty of mock draft and it look like they are going to be looking for one in the second round.
Several options: Mathews, Dwyer, Gerhart, Haredesty, McKnight, Tate.
Could the Broncos have gotten a little more than a fifth round pick out of the Scheffler deal?
I would have thougth so. I was thinking a fourth rounder. But to send Scheffler and seventh for a fifth is just dumping the guy.
Hey Bill. I think Al Davis is itchin' to make a big move, so do you think the Raiders try to trade up to #1 or #2 to get Suh?
Maybe, I'm mean the Raiders have been real quiet. I could see something big happen.
What impact player would you suggest that Oakland Raiders take in the first round to make their team better.
The Raiders need a LT badly. Great hour folks, James Walker is next.
Let's talk some AFC North football for the next hour.
Do you think there is a chance the Browns will draft Spiller #7???
I would say not great. He's a bit down on the Browns' list. Unless it's Sam Bradford, I really see Cleveland going defense in the first round, especially if the team stays at No. 7.
James, what percentage Jared Gaither isn't a Raven after the Draft is all said and done?
I don't like the "percentage" question, Yianni, because there's no way to accurately nail that. I wouldn't be surprised either way. But right now I would say there's a better chance that Gaither stays than he goes.
Say on the Bengals draft board, there is somebody higher up then Gresham, not named Dez Bryant, who would it be? Or do you think they are going to draft for need with there first pick?
Cincinnati really likes S Earl Thomas. If, for some reason, he falls to No. 21, I think the Bengals would love to take him. But I don't think that's realistic.
J-Walk - im hearing the browns will trade down from 7 if the guy they want (Berry) is not there - what is the likely team to move up to our spot so we can get E. Thomas in the middle of the round?
The Browns have talked to every team ahead and some teams behind them, Iain. So they are looking to move out of No. 7. The best chance for Cleveland to move down would be if someone gets hot on Jimmy Clausen. QBs always have a way of making teams react to make a move. Cleveland did it last year when the Jets wanted Mark Sanchez.
What are the chances of the Ravens making a play for Dan Williams. We're getting old up front!
Solid player. But I think he's too solid for the Ravens to have a chance at No. 25. Williams is a player that could be in play for Miami or Pittsburgh in the middle of the round. I don't see him going that far to Baltimore. Jared Odrick would be a more realistic DL option for the Ravens. He would be a good fit also.
In fact, there are probably a half dozen DL in this draft that I think could turn out to be studs. Very deep class this year at that position.
James, will Golden Tate still be around in the 2nd round for the Steelers to grab?
I think Tate could be gone by the time the Steelers come up in the second round. He's a good prospect and I think a great value early or mid second round. It's questionable if someone will get hot on him late in the first.
How come people are no longer marking the Browns to get Joe Haden? I know they got Sheldon Brown, but he is aging, and his play has been declining. Why not groom Haden?
The Browns have so many immediate needs that CB is no longer one of them after the Sheldon Brown trade. Cleveland can line up right now and be fine at CB with Brown and Eric Wright. But the same can't be said at a lot of positions like safety, right guard, and receiver.
Hi James,Which QB do Clowns (hopefully no more) want most? Besides Bradford. Could it be Locker?
The Browns are not even thinking about Jake Locker right now. That's next year's class. Cleveland really likes Colt McCoy. Bradford is the best QB in this draft, but the Browns feel they can work with McCoy's skills and mold him into the offense. Not sure Cleveland can get him though at No. 38.
Since Rubin looked good at NT down the stretch, why not trade Rodgers to Wash for Haynesworth. Wash gets their NT while Haynesworth gets to play end. Cleve needs all the impact players they can get.
Might work in Madden. Doesn't work in real life.
Do you see the Steelers taking a chance on one of the mid-tier QB's in the draft like Tony pike or Dan Lefevour
The Steelers, in my opinion, do not seem all that urgent. That surprises me a little. But they have confidence in Dennis Dixon and like Charlie Batch's veteran presence. So I'm not sure Pittsburgh really goes all-out to land a top prospect at QB. If the Steelers take one in the second, third or fourth round, then they may have to cut Batch or Dixon. Four QBs aren't making the team.
Do you think Colt McCoy will be around when the Browns pick in the 2nd round? Holmgren seems to like him.
The breaks in between the first and second round could really hurt Cleveland. Teams will have overnight to really study the second round, and if Colt McCoy is still there, I anticipate the Rams getting a lot of calls with the first pick in the second round. The Browns may be one of those teams, but they may not be.
at 7 do you believe that haden or thomas is a better selection. with haden brown could move to safety or draft thomas and leave him where he is
I think Earl Thomas is the best fit for the Browns. He would fill an immediate need. Cleveland does not have an immediate need at CB right now.
Some talk on SportsCenter that the Browns want to trade up (for McCoy) and the Ravens want to trade down. Would they make trades within the division?
The last time that happened, the Ravens got Haloti Ngata and Cleveland got Kamerion Wimbley. I wouldn't do it. Bad karma.
There are plenty of other teams to trade with.
what are the chances of the steelers making a move up to get Haden and how far up would they be willing to move to get him?
I would say the chances are decent as long as Joe Haden falls into the teens. If he gets into that No. 13-15 range, which I'm not sure will happen, then Pittsburgh could barter some of its picks to move up. The Steelers don't need all their picks anyway. They don't have a lot of holes this year.
there are bound to be some teams near the bottom of the first round that want to move into the second and pick up an extra pick. Do you see the Browns trying to move up to say 30-32 and pick McCoy?
The Browns are really impressed by McCoy and they may have to. But other teams like Buffalo, for example, could be looking to move up for McCoy in the second round also. I'm hearing the Bills are showing interest in McCoy, as well.
Hands off Jake Locker - he's staying here in Seattle if we have to give up every one of our picks for him next year.
I don't even bother looking more than a year ahead with football. It's just too unpredictable. Last year everyone thought QB Jevan Snead was going to be a top 5 pick in this year's draft, and look what happened.
If the Ravens trade Gaither, what can they get for him? High 2nd? Or a 1st?
A first-round pick is out of the question. Pro Bowl players like Brandon Marshall, Donovan McNabb and Anquan Boldin aren't getting those kind of deals. A second rounder is possible, but not promised. I have doubts a trade will be made with Gaither.
The Ravens will take a WR/TE in the first, but what position should they draft in the secind round?
Not a sure thing Baltimore goes WR/TE in the first round, Chris. The Ravens could take any combination of DL/TE/CB/WR in the first and second rounds and be fine. They are truly in a good spot to take the best available player.
James, if the Browns want McCoy - might they need to leapfrog the Vikings? If so, are we looking at another Jets-Browns trade?
Good question, Akiva. The Vikings are a possibility but I don't think they want to draft a probable backup QB in the first round. Minnesota is contending for a championship and would be better off using its first-rounder on a player who can help them right away get closer to that goal.
Over/Under 7 total players drafted by the Ravens. (They currently have 5 picks)
whats the chance Haden falls to the steelers at 18? Also if Hadden and Pouncey are there which player do the steelers take?
If Pittsburgh knew for sure Florida CB Joe Haden would fall to No. 18, the Steelers would probably turn in their card right now and prepare for Friday's second round.
Assuming Berry and Clausen are gone at #7 and no trade can be made, is Earl Thomas the most likely pick for the Browns?
Yes, assuming the Browns can't move down.
Do you think that assuming Joe Hadden is gone by the time the Steelers have their first round pick that they could go with Devin McCourty out of Rutgers over Wilson, due to McCourty's ability to help out on special teams as well as being a solid cover corner?
The Steelers are more likely to address other needs in this scenario. If Haden is gone, OG Mike Iupati or C Maurkice Pouncey have better chances than the CBs you mentioned, Dan.
Are the Bengals comfortable with Benson in the backfield? Could they add depth later in the draft?
Yes, they are comfortable with Benson. (Why not?)The Bengals also like Bernard Scott and think he can grow into a bigger role next year. RB is not a huge concern for Cincinnati this year.
Does Iuputa fall to the Bengals and if so do they snag him to help solidify the line. They don't have a LG as of right now.
I like Mike Iupati and think he's a great fit for the AFC North. I stood next to him at the combine and the guy is huge. But I don't think he falls to No. 21. Too many teams feel the same way I do about him and thinks he could be a future stud in waiting.
I see Haden slipped all the way to the Steelers in the blogger mock draft! Nice job James! What are the chances the Steelers get Haden in the real draft?
I pulled off the steal of the blogger mock draft. But in real life, I think Pittsburgh may have to move up a few spots to get Joe Haden.
If you were GM of the Bengals, who would you select if Gresham and Mays are there at 21?
I don't think the Bengals have that as an official position. But if they did have a GM and I was that person, I would take TE Jermaine Gresham.
With Ed Reed thinking about retirement, do you thing the ravens will draft a safety in the first or second round.
I don't see it, Davon. Everytime I talk to someone with the Ravens, they seem very confident that Reed is coming back. He still hasn't given official word, but I don't think the Ravens would just feel that way if they weren't almost sure of it.
Do the steelers have any interest in Colt McCoy
No interest there. The Steelers are not going to take a QB in the first or second round.
Good chatting with everyone. It's time for me to pass things on. Take care.
The NFC West portion of the chat is under way.
Sando, do you see the Hawks taking Eric Berry and C.J. Spiller with their first two picks? Todd Mcshay thinks so. I think Seattle needs an elite left tackle, but I also like explosive playmakers like these two. What do you see Carroll doing?
Those are value decisions. They would not take those guys no matter what, in other words. But sure, there are scenarios whereby those players would make sense, in my view. They do need to get an starting tackle out of this draft. It doesn't matter whether Alex Gibbs would rather "make" linemen than "take" them. They need that position filled with elite talent.
Hey, I am 49ers fan. Since we made a trade for Ted Ginn Jr., do you think Josh Morgan will be traded?
That would surprise me. They like Josh Morgan. Ginn comes in to solve the return issues and to possibly play a role as a third receiver type. He gives them some speed and shiftiness at a position where size and strength define the 49ers.
Some mock drafts have Seattle taking Clausen in the first round. I thought the aquisition of Whitehurst was an absolute steal. Your thoughts.
You're the first person I've heard call the Charlie Whitehurst deal a "steal" from the Seahwaks' perspective. I do think it's unlikely the Seahawks would draft Jimmy Clausen, particularly at No. 6, after making the moves they've made at quarterback this offseason. I base that perception on the Seahawks' obvious needs throughout the roster and the impression that Clausen isn't seen as a surefire prospect. The possibilities become more interesting at No. 14 because so many other players will be off the board at that point. I suppose it's possible that Clausen would look like the best value at that point.
What are the chances of the Rams moving their second pick to a team wanting to jump up and grab Colt McCoy or Tim Tebow? Cleveland probably can't move to No. 1, but maybe something similar in Round 2?
I'm hearing mixed opinions from NFL personnel people as to whether Colt McCoy might go in the first round. And most seem to think Tim Tebow would go later than that. It takes only one team to change all that, but I do wonder whether a team might trade up into the late first round, thereby avoiding the overnight wait and accompanying drama, to take Colt McCoy.
Why in the world have the 49ers shown no interest in Jared Gaither? Seems like their second-rounder could do it and the they could look at a combination of Spiller, Haden, Iupati, or Thomas in the first?
Let's turn around the question. Why is a young left tackle available? Something doesn't smell right there. If Gaither were the answer, the Ravens wouldn't be shopping him. Just my view.
Mike, NFL.com's Pat Kirwan's latest mock draft has the Hawks picking up Gerald McCoy with the 6 pick. Is there actually any chance that Suh or McCoy would fall that low?
Sure, I would call it an outside chance at this point. But if Gerald McCoy were there at No. 6, I think the Seahawks would be very happy.
Ok so now that the 49er's have Ginn, Crabtree, Morgan, and Davis....whats gonna be their overall plan in the draft? No way they look for another WR right?
I would say there's no way they look for another wide receiver anytime early. They weren't really looking for one last year when Michael Crabtree fell into their lap. Demaryius Thomas is the receiver with an injury situation similar to the one afflicting Michael Crabtree a year ago. That could push him down in the draft, but I still would not see the 49ers taking him or another receiver early.
Is there any possibility that the Cardinals will look to draft a quarterback like Colt McCoy or Dan LeFevour, maybe in the 2nd-4th rounds for more competition or in case Matt Leinart doesn't pan out a few years down the road?
The situation is intriguing while Brian St. Pierre remains unsigned. There were reports a couple weeks ago that St. Pierre would be signing with Arizona pretty soon. St. Pierre subsequently visited with the Patriots. The Cardinals need to pick up a third quarterback from somewhere. If not St. Pierre, then why not draft one?
What's the ideal situation (besides trading down) for the Rams at 33? My WISH list: Weatherspoon, Hughes, Demaryious Thomas, Brian Price, Arrellious Benn.
I think they need to address the offense in a big way. If they take Sam Bradford first overall, they need to arm him with weapons at receiver and tight end. If they take a defensive tackle first overall, then there's even more reason to go offense in the second round. A receiver in the second round could make quite a bit of sense for the Rams.
It seems to me the Rams are going to be horrible this year anyways. Why not trade the No. 1 pick or draft Suh and wait for Locker or Andrew Luck next year who are better QB's and stockpile some athletes this year. Chances of this?
Planning to be bad is no way to play. So many things could disrupt that type of strategy. Jake Locker could get hurt. Another team could be worse. It's just not a strategy the Rams can pursue actively.
I know Adam Snyder was getting beat left and right (literally) last year, but if the top 4 OTs are gone, SHOULD the Niners take Iupati at 17 if he's available? I think your first round pick should be as sure-fire as possible. Your opinion?
I have a hard time in general saying a team should take a very good -- but not great -- guard prospect in the first round (top 17 choices here).
Do you think the deal the 49ers did for Ginn for a 5th round pick was a good move, considering that the Jets were able to land Holmes for a 5th round pick and the fact that this draft seems to have a lot of talented players in a very deep draft?
Yes, good deal. Ginn fills a specific need heading into the draft. The price was relatively low. Ginn is under contract for multiple years, whereas Santonio Holmes is under contract for 12 games. I understand why the Dolphins dumped Ginn. I'm not saying they made a mistake or "lost" the Ginn trade. They had their reasons. But the 49ers were not acquiring what Ginn represented to Miami. They were getting a situational player with talent at a low price.
If Jimmy Clausen is still on the board when the 13th pick comes around, should I be worried?
Not really. The 49ers probably aren't going to throw a rookie quarterback onto the field as the starter right away. They tried that with Smith and ruined him (or came close to it). Smith will get a chance to play this season and if he plays well, he'll have value in the league -- whether or not the 49ers have a spot for him past 2010. His deal expires after this season anyway.
With such a deep draft this year, teams are looking to pick up extra picks this year. Doesn't it make sense for the 49ers to do the same thing they did last year and deal their 2nd rounder this year for a 1st rounder next year? If Alex Smith doesn't progress this year, they are armed with 2 firsts next year in a draft which could include Jake Locker, Andrew Luck and Ryan Mallet as opposed a guy like Clausen this year who many are not high on. They can still get 2 great players in the first round this year.
I don't have a huge problem with your thinking.
How come on your mock draft board you have Joe Haden dropping so low? What do you guys know that we don't know about Joe Haden? I thought he was a premium pick at 13 for the 49ers?
It's not what we know. It's a reflection of what happens when you have eight people participating in a mock draft. Seemingly illogical things happen. You might have some guys going for perceived need, other guys going for perceived value and other proceeding on a combination. More seemingly illogical things will happen when 30 teams pick in the first round (that's how many teams hold first-round choices at present). The odds might be low that a Joe Haden would be perceived to have fallen, but someone will probably realize that fate.
Rams could use a change of pace RB... Jahvid Best at the top of Round 2 a possibility?
Wow, that would add some sizzle. I just have a hard time with a rebuilding team using so much draft capital for a player who would be siphoning away snaps from the best player on the team every time he got onto the field (assuming Best and Steven Jackson would not play together in the offense).
Gibbs is known for taking OL late. That being said is it possible that Seattle could select two defensive backs with their two top picks? Berry at 6th and Haden 14th? I would love that personally. Good idea or Bad?
Yes, Alex Gibbs does like to draft linemen later. He likes to develop guys. The question is really whether the organization can afford to take its chances at that position after what happened last season. I don't see how they could justify taking two defensive backs early while ignoring obvious needs at tackle and defensive end. They should be able to get value at tackle and/or defensive end early, even if they do use one of their top two choices to help the secondary.
What do you think the niners chances of going corner in the first round, cut Nate Clements and his contract, and then sign a free-agant tackle?
They tried to sign a free-agent tackle last offseason. Marvel Smith was the guy. Did not work out. They need to draft a tackle this year, in my opinion. The other move -- drafting a corner, then deciding what to do with Clements -- could be separate.
I was wondering the other day, what if the 49ers traded up to take Eric Berry? The 9ers need secondary help and have the ammo to trade up and take one of the most talented players in the draft at a position of need. We have two first round picks so giving up a 2nd or 3rd round pick to get the guy we want isn't going to cripple our draft. What do you think?
Berry is the type of player the 49ers should snatch up if he falls to them unexpectedly, based on value. Don't see the need for them to trade picks and move up for him.
Hey, Mike! Do you think Atogwe would rather be playing for the Saints?
I have not asked him, but all things being equal, most guys would presumably want to play for a winner. I think there's a chance the Rams might not upgrade their tender, at which point Oshiomogho Atogwe would become a free agent. If they weren't willing to commit the nearly $7 million to him as a restricted free agent, why would they value him at that level after the draft? It's a question at least worth asking.
Mike, who do you personally think are the best picks for the Cardinals in the first 2 rounds of the upcoming draft?
Who will be available? Ideally, they get a nose tackle and an inside linebacker.
The Rams seem to be forced into Bradford at #1. If they take Suh or McCoy they'll be killed by their fans, and they're trying to create some positive buzz among the fans. Problem is, Bradford's durability is a big question and he is going to be expensive. I really feel the Rams would be better off trading down (the Browns would be best) and picking up extra early round picks. They just have too many holes to fill. They of course need to throw out the whole "first pick is worth 3,000 points" stuff in order to do that, but if they can pick up 3 early round draft picks in the deal I really think they should do it.
Sound in theory, but I question whether the Browns would "mortgage the ranch" (as Holmgren put it) to make that type of move.
I have a mock draft going. In order i have for the top 6: Bradford, Okung, Suh, Williams, Bulaga, McCoy. If Okung goes #2, whats the chance this happens??
If Russell Okung goes No. 2, what do the Lions do with Jeff Backus? Moving him to left guard seems unlikely after the Rob Sims trade. That's why one of the defensive tackles seems to make more sense. But if the top five go that way, I suspect the Seahawks would pounce on Gerald McCoy.
I know Ginn is outstanding on kickoff returns, but how is he on punt returns where the Niners REALLY struggled last year?
Ted Ginn Jr. averaged more than 9 yards per punt return as a rookie, with an 87-yarder for a touchdown. He hasn't returned punts much over the last two seasons. He needs to be good in that category to make this move pay off in full.
Atogwe is gonna be a part of the 49er family!
He already is, sort of, assuming he's still dating Mike Singletary's daughter.
Admit it, you just wanted to type 'Oshiomogho Atogwe' didn't you?
Yes, it took me a little while to learn how to type Oshiomogho Atogwe. The Oshiomogho part is a little challenging. Now that I know it, I need to type it periodically to stay sharp.
Nice thought earlier about Niners trading a second this year for a first next year. Isn't going to happen. Their second doesn't have that value at number 49. You had them drafting Spiller. Do you really believe that would match what they are looking to do? Seems that any kind of upgrade at O Line or DB would be more important than a part time RB at this point when considering Ginn has plugged to special teams hole. Although Spiller may have a better long term upside, this team needs to win NOW in order to satisfy the fan base, win the stadium vote, and justify another ticket price increase.
I gave them C.J. Spiller in an eight-man mock conducted before the Ted Ginn Jr. trade, based on perceived value, not what I thought the 49ers would want to do.
After reviewing the bloggers mock draft, the most shocking drop was Haden to 18 and Pittsburgh. I know the Hawks are in need of a DE and Morgan would be a great pick there, but if Morgan were gone and Haden were available...any chance Seattle goes that route?
I would sure think so. I didn't agree with how that eight-man mock went even though I was part of it. The other seven guys probably felt similarly.
Mike, what do you think the difference is between CJ Spiller and Jahvid Best. I've seen both play and I think Best is faster and has better change of direction skills. He did prove it in the combine, so why is Spiller considered to be the #1 RB of this draft class?
Jahvid Best has those concussion concerns. That is probably the No. 1 thing.
Can you explain why you have the 49ers picking CJ Spiller? We don't really need him in the return game anymore and we have Frank Gore. I understand Gore has injury issues and what not, but they seem pretty confident in Coffee as a backup plan. Why not go for a more important need?
It would only be based on perceived values of the players available at that point. I agree that they have bigger needs elsewhere.
The Sam Bradford situation reminds me of someone. Not necessarily worthy of the number 1 pick and going to a team with a defensive minded first time headcoach and no offensively. In my opinion they should start him from day one and then blame him if things don't work out.
The Cardinals will have to find somebody to (sort of) replace Boldin. Do they draft a guy, or sign a veteran cut loose after the draft? They won't get T.O., will they?
I don't see them adding Terrell Owens. That would sure be fun, though. I think they need to strongly consider drafting for the position. They've subtracted Anquan Boldin, Jerheme Urban and Sean Morey. They have good quality depth, but not much beyond the top three.
What is the earliest pick that you would anticipate the Cardinals would use to draft a wide receiver in 2010?
My guess would be third round. They hold the 88th and 89th overall choices, both in the third round.
If Dan Williams and Terrence Cody are off the board when the Cards pick at 26, should they reach for Brian Price or wait until later rounds to add a nose tackle?
If that would be reaching, no, they should not do it. They should not reach to fill a need. They should go for value.
Why is D. Lutui holding out so long with is contract? Will this make the Cardinals want to trade him in the draft or have them look for some help in the draft. How strong do you think they will look to add another WR since Boldin is gone too?
It's usually about the money. Lutui has arguably earned a long-term deal, but he is not getting one, apparently. A lot depends on whether he's in shape when he does report. If he is, he doesn't lose much by staying away. If he is not, his future in Arizona becomes very sketchy.
Mike, the Cards clearly have need at OLB. Are there any obvious fits at the bottom of the first round? Do you see Sergio Kindle possibly slipping to them or are they looking at Weatherspoon?
From a pure need standpoint, the inside linebacker position would be more of a priority, and the scouts project Sean Weatherspoon to that position. I'm skeptical as to whether one of the few highly rated ILB candidates will be there at No. 26.
No one really seems to have a bead on what the Cardinals are going to do on draft day, other than the needs they have to address, is it out of the question that they would trade up for a Dan Williams or Rolando McClain? Or are they content with the late-round prospects?
The Cardinals have a high degree of confidence and trust in Steve Keim and their personnel people. They also have two third-round choices. That means they have additional flexibility in considering whether to trad eup in a round.
Sando! Do the Niners or Cards have the fewest holes to address in the draft? I know many believe the Niners have the chance to steal the division away due to the Cards personnel losses, but I don't think you can totally discount the Cards either. Whats your view?
Do not discount the Cardinals or take the 49ers for granted. Neither team feels great about its quarterback situation, which means lots of things can happen. There's even a chance Seattle will have the best quarterback situation in the division this season. Take nothing for granted.
How's Beanie Wells going to do in year 2, where running will supposedly become a bigger part of the Cards O?
I thought Beanie Wells could be the rookie of the year last season. He missed time early in camp and that hurt him. I think he can become a 1,000-yard rusher this season. He also answered some questions about his toughness. He took on contact and dished out punishment last season, an indication the culture in Arizona encourages such things. You've got guys with swagger on that team -- Darnell Dockett and Adrian Wilson come to mind -- and Wells seemed to respond.
Do you have the point totals for the draft picks handy? If the Rams gave Cleveland their first pick and their 65th pick in exchange for Cleveland's first, second, and 3 third rounders, plus a second rounder next year how would that add up? It would give the Rams 6 picks in the first 3 rounds this year, and still leave Cleveland with 7 pick this year as well - definitely not "mortgaging the ranch" as I see it.
Glad to help, Axel. Go to the NFC West blog and download the file from the 2010 updated draft order blog entry. All the point totals are there.
Thanks for dropping by the NFC West portion of the predraft chat. Nice little flurry of Cardinals questions late.
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Let's talk some AFC East until 6 on the p.m.
with Moss entering is last year on the pats contract, are the pats going to resign him or are they going to g for T.O?
Thankfully for Patriots fans, that's not an actual either-or scenario. I predict the Patriots will let Moss leave after his deal (as Moss publicly predicted) and I'd be shocked if they have any interest in Terrell Owens now let alone in another year.
But just stop and thin for a moment what an offense would like with Moss and Owens. Two iconic receivers who don't like each other all that much. It would be fun to watch.
Tim, Any shot CJ Spiller ends up a Miami Dolphin? Sounds amazing to me, thoughts?
Spiller is going to be a star and is the best running back in the draft. They would have to trade up to get him because he won't be there at No. 12.
if Mays, Dunlap, Odrick, E. Griffen, Kindle or Jerry Hughes are there, who do the Jets take? please rank
No way all of those players are still on the board at No. 29.
Tim do you think the jets will move back in the draft this year or do you think they will stand pat and draft best avilable player which if it isn't mays and hopefully its not who would it be. hughes cody, kindle if he falls
I'd be surprised if they Jets don't move up in the draft because of Mike Tannenbaum's track record. That said, they really need to gather draft picks this year to replenish their depth and populate the pipeline for the future. They can't live off of undrafted rookies and waiver-wire pickups forever. As their chief college scout Joey Clinkscales joked last week, he will forbid Tannenbaum from trading picks this year.
I've heard that the Bills are somewhat content with their QB situation. I cannot understand why this is--in my opinion they have one of the worst QB situations in the NFL. Why is there so much question on whether or not the Bills are going to draft Clausen? it seems like a given to me.
I don't believe the Bills are content at all with their quarterbacks. Any time GM Buddy Nix or head coach Chan Gailey have spoken about it, they always make it a point to mention a fourth quarterback being added -- whether it be through the draft or free agency. Clausen is a good candidate, but the Bills have many other needs. A quarterback isn't a given when you desperately need a left tackle and a nose tackle.
I see the division as wide open between the Pats and Jets, and the Bills are clearly on another level (that being pee-wee). But where do you see the Dolphins? With a good draft could they make a run at the division or a wild card? I know there's a lot of what-ifs involved, but I appreciate your knowledge.
The Brandon Marshall trade keeps the Dolphins viable. It will be fun to see how much their offensive transforms. Will they remain run-dominant? Will they be balanced? Do they abandon the Wildcat? I still see the Jets as the favorites (for now, it's still April)with the Patriots and Dolphins right there. Maybe three AFC East teams reach the playoffs this season.
Tim, if youre buddy nix thursday, do you pass on a qb in hopes that you can land locker next year and address the huge wholes on your roster this year, or do you go after clausen and miss out on OTs
No way any GM can draft this year with a player in mind for next year. Remember when Brian Brohm was the clear-cut, n-doubt nest prospect in the country heading into his last season at Louisville? And even if you were dead certain how a player will translate a year from now, how can orchestrate where you draft unless you tank the season?
What are the chances Vernon Gholsten is a decent player?
Any chance that Colt is still there for the Bills 2nd Round pick? I think the Bills surprise us with their first round pick (ie, whitner, mcgahee, etc.)
The people who ran those drafts aren't with the Bills anymore. I'm interested to see what Buddy Nix does Thursday, but I have a feeling he'll draft a solid player without much of a shock. And I'm skeptical McCoy will be there at 41.
Tim, based on who you think is available at 12, what's the best direction for the Dolphins to go in?
They really need a nose tackle and value the position greatly. Dan Williams would be my pick if he's still on the board.
I hope the Bills use the 9th to work on their O Line. Who do you think is a better fit (if they are even available)... Bulaga or Trent Williams?
I'm not an offensive line expert, but people whose opinions I trust seem to like Bulaga more.
Do you see a scenario where the Browns trade their second and third to the Jets to move up to 29 and pick McCoy?
You raise an intriguing thought. Those are two teams that have good trade chemistry. It's quite plausible.
what sense does it make for the dolphins to part ways with ronnie brown. How will they then fill the hole at rb?
It doesn't make a lot of sense to me, either. He's a gifted player, and unless the Dolphins have already made up their minds they're going to abandon the Wildcat, then it would seem counterintuitive to trade the guy who makes it work.
would the Jets really go for that trade with the Browns? I know they need picks but who is there in the 2nd round for them?
Maybe the Jets will actually use more than three college scouting reports this year.
Tim, who do you see NE drafting with their 1st and 2nd rounders? ...it doesnt matter if you say name or just wich positions they will adress...
They can justify picks at pretty much any position other than quarterback, nose tackle and maybe safety inside the first two rounds. I think we'll see the picks sprinkled around the field -- if they keep them.
I love the Bills questions! I think they're the biggest mystery, because they have so many needs. But where they are, a lot of the best OL and QB could be gone. At what point does quality, like Rolando McClain or C.J. Spiller, surpass need?
That's part of the fun, Matt. Buddy Nix has no track record. We have no idea what he's thinking, what to read into his pre-draft comments, whether he's telling the honest truth or being coy. But his philosophy is to build through the draft and the Bills have been stubborn about getting involved in free agency. The Bills have so many needs, best available player regardless of position is a real possibility, especially if too many tackles already are off the board.
why do all the experts think the jets will take me? don't the jets have more important needs? like dl
Maybe they need defensive line more than safety, but who at No. 29 can you pretty much pencil into the opening-day starting lineup along the defensive line? That's a much tough position to project at that slot. I think Mays you can be sure would start right away and fill a positional need.
Is Albert Haynseworth on Miami's radar?
Not that I've heard, and the reason he's not viewed as a fit in Washington anymore is because they're switching to a 3-4 defense and he doesn't seem to fit. That's what the Dolphins run.
i tought you would add also CB ... expecting Butler and Willhite o Whatley to step up .. Bodden Solid CB .. so i rewrite my question... who you think BB really wants to drop by his 22nd pick and iuf he isnt there he would though to trade down ...
I almost did add cornerback, but you never can have too many quality corners. The most obvious area the Patriots need to upgrade is their pass rush. That's why everybody is projecting an outside linebacker to New England at No. 22.
Tim does it seem like the dolphins will make a strong push to get back a second round pick through either trade or moving back in the first and maybe swapping picks with lets say Philly?
Tough to say, but aside from Pat White, the Dolphins have done quite well with their second-round picks, finding their quarterback, a cornerback and a defensive end with the other three the past two years. I'm sure they'd love to get another one.
Any chance the Bills are talking to Jeff Garcia? What could it hurt?
I think veteran free-agent quarterbacks will be getting lots of phone calls Saturday. That's when teams will re-evaluate what they have. They'll know whether they got the quarterback they wanted Thursday or Friday night.
In the (unlikely) event the Pats move UP in the first round, who could galvanize Patriots brass into making such a bold move? McClain? An OT? Spiller?
There's not much galvanization that needs to take place. Only one man needs to want a player badly enough, and that's Bill Belichick. As meticulously as he runs his front office, I'm sure they've already identified those scenarios and how they'll proceed if they can get the player they want. Who is it? Well, the Patriots are way too good at keeping secrets for us to know that.
Tim,With all of these LT supposedly available like Jammal Brown, Jared Gaither, and even FA Flozell Adams, dont you think it would be worth it for a team like Buffalo to take a flyer for a 2nd round pick and then take Clausen at 9?
Only if they already have one of those players lined up by Thursday night. ... The Bills very well could target Clausen without the intention of picking up a veteran tackle, but in regard to your proposed scenario, the Bills wouldn't be able to count on getting one of those tackles later.
Can you explain the Pat White pick ? I mean it looks terrible now as it did then. Was this a scouting choice or a coaching choice ? Is anybody going to own up to it or is it like the jets and Gholston ?
I thought it was an OK pick ... Until I saw Pat White with my own eyes at rookie camp. He looked so slight, and his passes were all over the place. I think the Dolphins' front office had a vision for White, and it just didn't work out.
what are your predictions for final AFC East standing?
This is dated April 19 ... I'm only responding because somebody asked, and with the full understanding a lot can change between now and opening night: 1) Jets, 2) Patriots, 3) Dolphins, 4) Bills.
But I think the Dolphins are a playoff-caliber team. Just because I have them listed third doesn't mean that's a bad third. The Bills are a distant fourth.
Everyone is so quick to throw Pat White under the bus, but everyone is similarly quick to give other questionable NFL QBs (Smith, Vince Young, etc) so much time to develop. Why?
Pat White is a quarterback in roster terms only. The others are actual quarterbacks, not guys who need to run the option to gain yards. White played in 13 games and completed zero passes.
A couple more questions before the SportsNation bouncers kick us out.
When the Bills finish 13-3 this year I want a personal apology
I'll engrave it on a plaque.
Since you're making predictions...who is starting at QB for Buffalo next year?
I can't predict, but this would be my wager just based on the odds and not knowing what's going to happen Thursday and Friday: Trent Edwards.
Will Tim Tebow end up in the AFC East?
I like those odds because the Patriots have those three second-round picks. I also get a sense the Bills are intrigued.
That's all from me ... Very nice of everybody to drop by today. On behalf of the entire NFL Blog Network, thank you for making us a part of your day.