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2011 Player Prospect HQ

Discussion in 'NFL Draft' started by ThunderHorse17, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    This may be early, it is for me anyway. But I think we need a thread for links to the upcoming info like 40s combine results pro days risers fallers in position rankings and all the rest.

    Well to get this kicked off, Ill just post this early list of the top ranked players coming out.
    Heres the link for the site:
    NFL Draft Scout Rankings, From Prep to Pro Coverage - Powered by the Sports Xchange

    EDIT: I just realized this probably would be better read on the site.
    Top 25

    DSRank Name College Proj Hgt Wgt 40 20 10 Bench Vert Jump Broad Jump Shuttle 3Cone
    1 Amukamara, Prince CB, Nebraska 1 6-0 205 4.49
    Prince Amukamara heading into Sr season: 2010 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES)...2009: Registered five interceptions to rank second on the team behind Matt O'Hanlon. Amukamara had a team-high 11 pass breakups, including four games with at least a pair of breakups. Amukamara finished 19th nationally in passes defended at 1.14 per gamee. He also contributed 64 tackles, including a pair of sacks, and had at least five tackles in five games...2008: Played in all 13 games in 2008, including starts against Western Michigan, New Mexico State and Virginia Tech. He started the opener with Murillo slowed by injury, then replaced an injured Anthony West against the Aggies. He made 34 tackles, including 21 solo stops, ranking as one of the leading tackles among non-starters...2007: Amukamara did not play in the first three games, but saw action in eight of the season’s final nine games. In addition to providing depth at cornerback, Amukamara was a regular on Nebraska’s kickoff coverage unit.

    2 Sherrod, Derek OT, Mississippi State 1 6-5 305 5.22
    Derek Sherrod heading into Sr season: 2009: Selected All-Southeastern Conference Second Team by the SEC Coaches...Helped pave the way for the Mississippi State running attack that finished the regular season ranked ninth nationally with a 227.58 yard-per-game average. The Bulldog offensive line allowed just 20 sacks on the season, down from 36 the year prior. Sherrod lead the team in blocking grades nine times, and posted a remarkable 97 percent grade in State's season-ending win over its in-state rival...2008: Played in 11 games, starting 10 times at left tackle . . . Did not play in the season opener at Louisiana Tech due to injury, and did not start Week 2 . . .2007: Played in all but two games (11 of 13) during regular season in his freshman season at Mississippi State . . . Failed to see game action only in the season opener against LSU and in Week 5 at South Carolina.

    3 Clayborn, Adrian DE, Iowa 1 6-3 286 4.79
    Adrian Clayborn heading into rSr season: 2009: Most Valuable Player in Iowa's 24-14 win over Georgia Tech in FedEx Orange Bowl first team all-Big Ten by league coaches and media . . .Started all 13 games at defensive end . . . recorded 36 solo tackles and 34 assists in 13 games, with 20 tackles for loss, 11.5 QB sacks and four forced fumbles . . .2008: Recorded 50 tackles, including 15 solo tackles and 353 assists . . . ranked second on the team with eight tackles for loss . . .2007: Listed as second team defensive end following spring practice . . .2006: Redshirted.

    4 Solder, Nate OT, Colorado 1 6-8 315 4.89
    Nate Solder heading into rSr season: 2010 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES)...2009: Earned firstteam All-Big 12 honors by the Big 12 Coaches and also earned secondand thirdteam mention from various outlets and honorable mention by the Associated Press...started all 12 games in 2009 and has played in 37 games in his career, starting 28, including each of the last 24 games over the past two seasons...played on all but one snap offensively in 2009 (850 of 851) and graded out to 80 percent or better in all 12 games and had seven games grading out at 90 percent or better...led CU with 97 finishes or knockdown blocks, seven touchdown blocks and gave up just three sacks on those 850 snaps...He had 10 games with five or more knockdown blocks, including a high of 14 against No. 17 Kansas in a 34-30 win...2008: Moved from tight end to tackle for spring practice (adding 30 pounds to his frame for the position switch), and adapted quite well to his new position to the point where he assumed the starting role at the key spot to protect the blindside for right-handed quarterbacks: left tackle. He started all 12 games in playing every snap on offense (843), matched by just one other player. He graded out to 80 percent or better six times and 90 percent or higher three times, including the best single-game grade by any CU lineman for the year, an amazing 98.8 percent against Kansas State, the highest by a CU lineman since 1990...2007: Played in all 13 games including the Independence Bowl, making four regular season starts. He was utilized on special teams and on offense, where he was primarily as a blocking tight end. He did catch three passes for 50 yards, a 16.7 average, with all the grabs coming in the Miami-Ohio game. He added 25 pounds to his frame since arriving at CU, but it's not affected his speed...2006: Redshirted... Practiced all fall at tight end, and was a key scout team performer.

    5 Miller, Von OLB, Texas A&M 1 6-2 243 4.56
    Von Miller heading into Sr season: 2010 BUTKUS AWARD WINNER...2009: A first-team All-America selection by Sporting News and Sports Illustrated ... Became the first Aggie since Jason Webster in 1999 to earn first-team All-America accolades ... A second-team All-America selection by The Associated Press and the Walter Camp Football Foundation and a third-team pick by rivals.com ... A unanimous first-team All-Big 12 honoree ... Leads the nation in sacks (17) and is fifth in tackles for loss (1.75/game) after the regular season ... Has started all 12 games at the hybrid "jack" position ... 21 of 44 tackles in 2009 (48 percent) have been for loss ...2008: Big play defender saw action in all 12 games while starting four at outside linebacker ... Notched 44 tackles including 25 solo stops ... Explosive pass rusher led the team with 3.5 sacks ... Also logged 7.5 tackles for loss ... Forced a pair of fumbles and recovered two more ...2007: Named to the Freshman All-Big 12 team by The Sporting News ... Posted 22 tackles including 10 solo stops ... Recorded two quarterback sacks and four tackles for loss.

    6 Kerrigan, Ryan DE, Purdue 1 6-4 263 4.82
    Ryan Kerrigan heading into Sr season: 2010 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES)...2010 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES)...2009: Named to Ted Hendricks Award watch list (nation's outstanding defensive end) ... First team All-Big Ten by media and second team by coaches ... Second team Academic All-American ... Received team's Most Valuable Player Award for defense ... Started all 12 games ... Led nation with school-record-tying seven forced fumbles (also James Looney, 1979) ... Seven forced fumbles are second-most in Big Ten history (Jonal Saint-Dic of Michigan State had eight in 2007) ... Topped Big Ten and ranked third nationally with 13.0 sacks...ranked fourth in Big Ten with 18.5 tackles for loss ... Fourth on team with 66 tackles (41 solo, 25 assists) ... Had two pass breakups and one fumble recovery ...2008: Honorable mention All-Big Ten by media ... Appeared in all 12 games, including 11 starts ... Ranked seventh in Big Ten in sacks (7.0) and 10th in tackles for loss (11.5) ... Topped team in both categories ... Shared team lead with two forced fumbles ... Ranked fourth with 56 tackles (31 solo, 25 assists) ... Had four pass breakups and one interception ...2007: Appeared in 12 games ... Had 18 tackles (12 solo, 6 assists), including 1.0 sack.

    7 Locker, Jake QB, Washington 1 6-3 230 4.53
    Jake Locker heading into rSr season: 2009: Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 by league coaches ... selected as a Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award semifinalist ... finished third in national fan voting for the O'Brien Award ... served as a team captain ... finished the season with 2,800 passing yards, the third-highest single-season total in UW history ... his 3,188 yards of total offense ranked second in UW history and led the Pac-10 Conference ... in terms of passing, his season ranked fourth in total attempts (394), fourth in completions (230), 11th in completion percentage (.584), and fourth in touchdown passes (21) ... through his junior season, ranks No. 6 on the UW career passing yardage list with 5,374 yards, No. 5 in career attempts (815), No. 6 in completions (435), and tied for No. 3 in touchdown passes (36) ... 1,554 rushing yards are already a UW career record for rushing yards by a quarterback…2008: Played in, and started, the season's first four games before breaking his thumb vs. Stanford ... finished his abbreviated season with 512 yards passing on 50-of-93 passing ... rushed for 180 yards on 56 carries, with three rushing touchdowns …2007: Named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year ... earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors ... also received Academic All-Pac-10 honorable mention ... set a UW and Pac-10 record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 987 yards ... 987 yards were also good enough to rank second most in a career by a UW quarterback and the most-ever for a freshman ... 3,048 yards of total offense were second-most in UW single-season history ... also established a Pac-10 record for longest pass play with a 98-yard TD completion to Marcel Reece vs. Arizona ... finished fifth in the Pac-10 in rushing with 82.2 yards per game, most by any player who will return in 2008 ... 82.2 yards also ranked No. 51 in the nation and No. 3 among quarterbacks …2006: Won the UW's Pepsi Player of the Week Award for his work on the service team after the Fresno State, Arizona and Washington State games ... made the travel squad for every game, and suited up for all 12, but didn't see any game action ... quarterbacked the UW service team.

    8 Jordan, Cameron DE, California 1-2 6-4 285 4.85
    Cameron Jordan heading into Sr season: 2009: All-Pac-10 honorable mention, started all 12 games with 43 tackles, 8.0 TFL (No. 14 Pac10) including 5.0 sacks (No. 11 Pac-10), five QB hurries, one pass breakup and a fumble recovery ... recipient of team's Bob Tessier Award as most-improved defensive lineman ...2008: An honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection that took over a starting defensive end job in the fifth game of the season and completed the campaign with 47 tackles, 11.0 TFL (No. 12-T Pac-10, No. 100-T NCAA), 4.0 sacks (No. 19-T Pac-10), one interception, two fumble recoveries (No. 6-T Pac-10, No. 72-T NCAA) and one forced fumble ...2007: Played in all 13 games as a reserve during his true freshman season and recorded 18 tackles ... earned the team's Bob Tessier Award as its Most Improved Defensive Lineman.

    9 Castonzo, Anthony OT, Boston College 1-2 6-7 308 5.06
    Anthony Castonzo heading into Sr season: 2009: Started every game at left tackle for the second-straight year and has started every game since arriving on campus in 2007 (41 games)... SI.com All-America honorable mention...All-ACC first-team selection and named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic District 1 first team...BC ranked 39th in the country in sacks allowed (1.54)…2008: Made the move from right tackle to left tackle where he started all 14 games… BC ranked 25th in the country in tackles for a loss allowed (4.77) and 49th in sacks allowed (1.69)…2007: First true freshman to start on the BC offensive line in 10 years…named to the Sporting News 2007 All-ACC Freshman Team…helped pave the way for the Eagles’ 5,924 yards in total offense…helped hold opponents to only 61 tackles-for-loss (fifth in the nation) and 22 sacks…also supported Matt Ryan in his record-setting year.

    10 Heyward, Cameron DE, Ohio State 1-2 6-5 288 4.92
    Cameron Heyward heading into Sr season: 2009: Had 10 TFL, 6.5 sacks for the Rose Bowl champs … second team all-Big Ten … Lombardi Award nominee …2008: Rotating starter along the defensive front who is equally comfortable at tackle or end … 36 tackles, three sacks for season …2007: Became a starter along the defensive line as a true freshman … 30 tackles, 9 TFL, 2.5 sacks and 2 PBU...Son of former NFL running back Craig “Ironhead” Heyward.

    11 Carimi, Gabe OT, Wisconsin 1-2 6-7 327 5.12
    Gabe Carimi heading into rSr season: 2010 OUTLAND TROPHY WINNER...2010 BIG TEN OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES)...2009: Started all 13 games at left tackle...First-team All-Big Ten by media and second-team All-Big Ten by coaches ... Fourth-team All-American by Phil Steele ... Preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection by Lindy's ... Named first-team Midseason All-Big Ten by Phil Steele ... Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List ... Preseason second team by Phil Steele and third team by Athlon …2008: Earned second letter ... Played in 10 games and started all 10 ... Started his 23rd career game against Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl ... Returned to the starting lineup at Michigan State on Nov. 1 after missing games vs. Penn State, at Iowa and vs. Illinois due to injury …2007: Earned first letter ... Started at left tackle in all 13 games, taking over the position from 2006 Outland Trophy winner and No. 3 overall NFL Draft choice Joe Thomas ...2006: Redshirted.

    12 Love, DeMarcus OT, Arkansas 1-2 6-5 315 5.18
    DeMarcus Love heading into rSr season: 2009: Played in and started 13 games at offensive tackle for the Razorbacks. He increased his total to 24 career starts for the Razorbacks...Was selected as a 2009 team captain...Member of the offensive line that blocked for an offense that led the SEC in scoring offense (36.0), pass offense (295.5) and was third in total offense (427.3)... Arkansas was nationally ranked in passing offense (10th), total offense (20th), scoring offense (ninth) and passing efficiency (11th)...Arkansas’ offensive line did not allow a sack against Missouri State, Eastern Michigan and East Carolina and only allowed one sack in the Mississippi State game...Blocked for seven 100-yard games from the Arkansas receivers and three 100-yard games from the Razorback running backs...2008: Started eight games for the year, all at strong guard, and played in 11. He started the first four games against Western Illinois, Louisiana-Monroe, Alabama and Texas, and the final four against Tulsa, South Carolina, Mississippi State and LSU...missed the Florida contest with an injury...2007: Played in eight games and started the final three contests of the year at right guard against Mississippi State, LSU and Missouri in the Cotton Bowl. He earned a season grade of 80.2 with 16 knockdowns. He helped Arkansas’ line pave the way for an SEC-leading and school-record 3,725 rushing yards, an average of 286.5 yards per game, which was fourth in the nation...2006: Redshirted.

    13 Smith, Jimmy CB, Colorado 1-2 6-2 205 4.49
    Jimmy Smith heading into rSr season: 2009: Earned secondteam All-Big 12 honors in 2009 by the Associated Press and was an honorable mention selection by the Big 12 Coaches...started all 12 games for CU in 2009 and has played in 35 games in his career, starting 15...finished the 2009 season with 70 tackles (52 solo) and was second on the team with 10 pass break-ups...also had seven third down stops, one forced fumble and fumble recovery and had three tackles for loss and three other tackles for no gain...2008: Played in 10 games, starting the last three at right cornerback, after missing the opening pair of the season with an injury. He was in for 407 snaps on defense, racking up 39 tackles (34 solo, one for a loss), with five third down stops, five passes broken up, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery...2007: Saw action in all 13 games (no starts), playing in all on special teams; he appeared in six on defense at cornerback (99 snaps from scrimmage). He had four tackles (thee solo), a third down stop and a pass broken up on the season...2006: Redshirted.

    14 Nevis, Drake DT, LSU 1-2 6-1 285 5.04
    Drake Nevis heading into Sr season: 2009: Played in 12 games with no starts ... Led all LSU defensive linemen with 48 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and four sacks ... Had at least a half-tackle for a loss in nine of LSU’s 12 games ... Came on strong at the end of the year, recording 18 tackles, five tackles for loss and a pair of sacks in LSU’s final four games ...2008: Played in a reserve role at defensive tackle and saw time in 11 games ... Earned starts at left defensive tackle against South Carolina and at right defensive tackle against Florida ... Concluded the year with 16 tackles and tied for fourth on the squad in tackles for losses with 5.5 ...2007: A true freshman that saw action in eight games, with two starts (Louisiana Tech and Arkansas) ... Got the starting nod in place of Marlon Favorite at left tackle ... Finished the year with 17 tackles and two broken up passes.

    15 Paea, Stephen DT, Oregon State 1-2 6-1 312 4.98
    Stephen Paea heading into rSr season: 2010 PAC-10 PAT TILLMAN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES)...2009: Co-recipient of the Pac-10's Morris Trophy, given annually to the league's top defensive lineman as voted on by the league's offensive linemen ... Bronko Nagurski Award Watch List ... All-Pac-10 First Team... Team-leading 8.5 tackles for loss and co-leader for sacks with three ... Four forced fumbles ties the OSU single season record ...2008: Paea made an immediate impact on the Beavers' defense ... Bruce Feldman of ESPN.com picked him as having the eighth best performance in a bowl game for being a "disruptive force" ... Bothered the last month of the season with a bursa sack on his knee, forcing him to miss the start of the season finale ... 41 tackles for the season, including a career-high 6 vs. California and WSU ... 11 TFLs and five sacks - impressive numbers for a tackle in the OSU system ...JC: Helped Snow to an undefeated regular season and national ranking of No. 3 ... Redshirted in 2006 ... Graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree early so that he could enroll at OSU ... Was a teammate of current Beaver Sioeli Nau.

    16 Wisniewski, Stefen C, Penn State 1-2 6-3 306 5.16
    Stefen Wisniewski heading into Sr season: 2009: Spent the 2009 spring practice and preseason camp transitioning from guard to center and was recognized for his efforts by being selected first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media. He and senior tackle Dennis Landolt anchored a line that had four different starting lineups in the first six games, but meshed well in the second half of the season. Wisniewski saw action on 905 snaps, the third-highest total on the team in 2009, led by 86 in the wins over Minnesota and LSU. The O-Line played a huge role in Penn State ranking No. 2 in the Big Ten in total offense at 406.9 ypg. The Nittany Lions were the only Big Ten team ranked in the top five of the conference’s four primary offensive statistical categories in 2009...2008: Started 12 games at guard, playing an instrumental role in Penn State ranking in the Top 20 nationally in rushing (17th, 205.8 ypg), total offense (14th, 448.9 ypg) and scoring offense (11th, 38.9 ppg) in 2008. Eleven of his starts were at right guard. The Nittany Lions led the Big Ten in total and scoring offense, were second in rushing and third in passing offense (243.1 ypg). Wisniewski earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in helping pave the way for Evan Royster to become Penn State's fourth consecutive 1,000-yard rusher (three different players)...2007: Played in eight games and was joined by linebacker Chris Colasanti as the only true freshmen to earn time on the field. He was named to The Sporting News Freshman All-Big Ten team. He saw action on 230 snaps, led by 42 in the Alamo Bowl win over Texas A&M, as he helped the Lions run for a season-high 270 yards.

    17 Hudson, Rodney OG, Florida State 1-2 6-2 284 5.26
    Rodney Hudson heading into Sr season: 2010 ACC JACOBS BLOCKING TROPHY AWARD WINNER...2009: Posted team-high season average grade of 88 over 11 starts after missing final two games with knee sprain...injury ended streak of 28 consecutive starts...did not allow a sack or quarterback pressure all season...penalized only twice and charged with four missed assignments on year…2008: Graded out second on the line four other times giving him a top two grade in nine of 13 games...received the top grade overall or in run or pass blocking 16 times as a sophomore...ranked as the team's best run blocker or pass blocker 11 times...led the team with seven pins and 64 knockdowns...missed just eight assignments...the lowest number on the team missing just one assignment per 112 plays...led all linemen in plays with 893...whistled for the first penalty of his career (false start) versus Virginia Tech...a streak that covered 1,024 snaps and 20 games from his true freshman season…2007: Started 10 of Florida State's 13 games with nine starts coming at the left guard position and one at the left tackle position in the Music City Bowl...allowed only one sack and had 14 knockdown blocks in the final five games of the season...missed only five offensive assignments during the entire season according to the coaching staff...was not flagged for a penalty throughout the season.

    18 Beal, Jeremy OLB, Oklahoma 1-2 6-3 267 4.79
    Jeremy Beal heading into rSr season: 2010 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES)...2009: Hendricks Award finalist ... Third team AP All-American ... All-Big 12 first team by AP, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Oklahoman and ESPN.com and second team by the coaches... Honorable mention Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches ... Led team with 19 TFLs and 11 sacks ... Had a sack in seven of the last 11 games ... Racked up a career-high three sacks in back-to-back games against Tulsa and Miami ... Was first player in school history to have two, three-sack games in the same season ...2008: All-Big 12 first team by the AP and second team by the coaches and Dallas Morning News ... Leading tackler on the defensive line ... Led team with 8.5 sacks and 15.5 TFLs ... Tied for second on the team with three forced fumbles ... Led all lineman with four PBUs... Seven tackles in BCS title game...2007: Career-high six tackles in Big 12 Championship victory over Missouri ... Also recorded first career sack in win over the Tigers in San Antonio ... 2006: Redshirted.

    19 Sheard, Jabaal DE, Pittsburgh 2 6-3 260 4.76
    Jabaal Sheard heading into Sr season: 2010 BIG EAST CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES)...2009: Starting defensive end in all 13 games…had 42 tackles, 10.5 TFLs, five sacks and a team-high 12 QB hurries…2008: Started all 13 games and compiled 45 tackles, 10.5 TFLs, 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...had team-high 11 QB hurries...also had seven PBUs...2007: Lettered as a true freshman, contributing as a reserve defensive end...played in nine games and had three tackles and two PBUs.

    20 Bailey, Allen DE, Miami 2 6-4 285 4.79
    Allen Bailey heading into Sr season: 2009: Led the `Canes in sacks (7.0) and tackles for a loss (11.0) ... Played both defensive tackle and defensive end during the season ... Led all UM defensive linemen with 34 total tackles on the year ... Ranked fourth in the ACC in sacks per game (0.58) and tied for seventh in tackles for a loss per game (0.92) ... Named First Team All-ACC... Was awarded the Strength Training Athlete of the Year at the team's annual awards banquet on Dec. 6...2008: Played in 12 games with four starts at defensive end ... Played defensive tackle in some third down situations ... Led the team with five sacks and tied for the team-lead with nine tackles for loss ... Registered 36 tackles (16 solo, 20 assisted) ...2007: Played in all 12 games, practically all of it on special teams.

    21 Taylor, Phil DT, Baylor 2 6-4 340 5.26
    Phil Taylor heading into rSr season: 2009: Played all 12 games and started nine at defensive tackle as junior in first season at Baylor in 2009... Totaled 25 tackles (2.5 for loss), an assisted sack, five QB hurries, two blocked kicks and one interception on season...2008: Transferred to Baylor from Penn State in September 2008, sat out season in compliance with NCAA Division I transfer policy but practiced with team... Redshirted to retain eligibility...2007: At Penn State: Played 12 games... Credited with 20 tackles, 12 solo efforts, with 6.5 tackles for loss resulting in loss of 26 yards... Tallied 3.0 sacks, good for loss of 18 yards, and recovered two fumbles... Sixth on team in minus-yardage hits...2006: Made collegiate debut as true freshman against Michigan in 2006... Played season's final seven games... Logged 53 plays, including 14 against Illinois and 12 against Temple.

    22 Williams, D.J. TE, Arkansas 2 6-2 251 4.59
    D.J. Williams heading into Sr season: 2010 JOHN MACKEY AWARD WINNER...2009: Second-team All-SEC (coaches)...Named to Lombardi and Mackey Award watch lists...AFCA Good Works Team nominee...FedEx Orange Bowl Courage Award nominee...Tied for 24th in the SEC in receptions per game (2.46) and was 23rd in receiving yards per game (31.62)...Ranked third on the Arkansas roster in catches with 32 for 411 yards, a total that ranked fourth on the team...Caught passes in nine of 13 contests on the season, and had multi-catch showings in all eight games...2008: Williams had a record-setting season that saw him become the first Mackey Award (presented to the nation’s top tight end) semifinalist in school history. He finished as the team leader in receptions (61), receiving yards (723) and receiving touchdowns (3). He set school records for catches by a tight end in a season (61) and in a game (10 for 129 vs. Ole Miss). His 61 catches and 723 receiving yards ranked sixth among all tight ends nationally in 2008. His 24 catches and 275 yards against Top 25 teams were the third-highest totals for any tight end in the nation in 2008. Nearly half of his catches resulted in a first down for the Razorbacks (29 of 61, 47.5 pct.) and he accounted for nearly 25 percent of Arkansas’ receptions and receiving yards in 2008...2007: A backup at tight end to Andrew Davie, he played in every game except the Cotton Bowl. He was Arkansas’ lone starting tight end against Kentucky and started along with Davie in a two-tight end set against Chattanooga. For the year, he had five receptions for 94 yards, and was named to the SEC All-Freshmen first team. His 18.8 yards-per-catch average ranked third on the team.

    23 House, Davon CB, New Mexico State 2 6-0 184 4.46
    Davon House heading into Sr season: 2009: Played in all 13 games for the Aggies in 2009 at the defensive back position. House was named a first team All-WAC selection, after leading the league and the Aggies in passes defended and interceptions. House also broke the school record for most interception return yards for a career. He tallied 68 tackles on the season and three interceptions. House also recorded two touchdowns on the year, one interception return for a touchdown against Hawai'i (11/14) and the other a fumble recovery and return for a touchdown at Louisiana Tech (10/17)...2008: Started all 12 games for the Aggies at the left defensive back spot in 2008. Recorded 40 tackles, a tackle-for-a-loss, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions...2007: Aggies starting defensive back in 13 games in 2007 as a true freshman. He finished the season with 37 tackles, 21 solo efforts, eight pass breakups, two tackles-for-a-loss, four interceptions with 171 return yards, 94 kickoff return yards and 283 yards of all-purpose yardage. His four interceptions led the team and his 171 interception return yards broke the school record that was set back in 1981.

    24 Carter, Quinton FS, Oklahoma 2 6-1 200 4.57
    Quinton Carter heading into rSr season: 2009: All-Big 12 second team by coaches and honorable mention by AP ... took over starting position at free safety spot and responded as team's second-leading tackler with 80 stops ...2008: Started two games at safety when defense shifted to five starting defensive backs ... third on team with 14 special teams tackles ... led team with 14 solo special teams tackles...2007: Redshirted...2006: Played in five games, all on special teams units ... earned a reputation as one of the secondary's most physical players.

    25 Franklin, Orlando OG, Miami 2 6-7 315 5.30
    Orlando Franklin heading into rSr season: 2009: Named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week after his performance in the regular season finale at USF when he started at left tackle ... Graded out at 95 percent with 51 pancake blocks and 13 lumberjacks in helping anchor the left side of the offensive line while starting all 11 games at left guard and one game at left tackle ... Helped a Miami offense rack up 5,199 yards (3,405 passing, 1,794 rushing), which is the most since the 2004 season (4,593 yards) as the Miami offense is in line to become just the eighth team in school history to gain 5,000 yards in a season...2008: Played in all 13 games at left guard with 11 starts... Tallied a team-high 38 pancake blocks and graded out at 94 percent ...2007: Shared team's Rookie of the Year Award with Graig Cooper ... Played in all 12 games, starting three times ... Graded out at 95 percent, with 27 pancakes in 407 downs played ... Played in his first collegiate game against Marshall ... Started at left guard against NC State, Virginia Tech and Boston College.

    DSRank Name College Proj Hgt Wgt 40 20 10 Bench Vert Jump Broad Jump Shuttle 3Cone
    26 Jernigan, Jerrel WR, Troy 2 5-09 190 4.34
    Jerrel Jernigan heading into Sr season: 2009: First team All-Sun Belt as a wide receiver and all-purpose player by coaches and media ... Second team All-Sun Belt as a kick-off returner ... First team All-Sun Belt honoree by Phil Steele ... Preseason first team All-Sun Belt ... Averaged 103.8 receiving yards per game in conference play and 173.2 all-purpose yards per game ... Became just the fourth Troy player in program history to post a 1,000-yard receiving season with 1,101 yards as a junior ... Ranks fourth in Sun Belt history in career receptions and sixth in receiving yards ... Also ranks fifth in career all-purpose yards ...2008: Voted first team All-Sun Belt as a wide receiver by coaches and media ... Broke Troy's 40-year-old record for season receptions with 77 ... Set a school record with 6.4 receptions per game, eclipsing a mark that stood for 42 years ... Led team in receptions (77), receiving yards (868) and touchdown receptions (5) despite missing the equivalent of two games due to injury ... Also was second on team in rushing yards (254) and threw one touchdown pass from "Wildcat" formation ...2007: Exploded onto the scene late in the year, ranking fourth on the team in receptions (30) and third in receiving yards (337) while sharing the team-lead with three TD catches.

    27 Jones, Greg ILB, Michigan State 2 6-1 240 4.64
    Greg Jones heading into Sr season: 2009: Consensus All-American ranked first in the Big Ten and third in the nation with 154 tackles (11.8 avg.) . . . ranked fifth in the Big Ten and tied for 30th in the nation with nine sacks (53 yards) . . . also ranked 10th in the conference and tied for 51st in the FBS with a team-high 13.5 tackles for loss (68 yards) . . . his 154 tackles were the seventh-highest single-season total in MSU history . . .2008: First-team All-Big Ten selection by the league's head coaches and second-team pick by the media . . . first Spartan linebacker to earn All-Big Ten first-team honors since Josh Thornhill in 2001 . . . named to CollegeFootballNews.com's All-Sophomore Team (first team) . . . presented MSU's Outstanding Underclass Back Award . . . started all 13 games (eight at SAM linebacker and five at middle linebacker) . . . led the team in tackles for the second straight season with 127 (80 solos, 47 assists)...2007: Named first-team Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com . . . led the team with 78 tackles in 2007, becoming the first true freshman to lead the Spartans in tackles since Dan Bass made 111 stops in 1976 . . . also ranked first among Big Ten freshmen with 78 stops, including 40 solos and 38 assists . . . ranked third on the team in sacks (4.5 for 25 yards) and fourth in tackles for loss (8.5 for 33) . . . appeared in all 13 games, including seven starts at SAM linebacker.

    28 Cannon, Marcus OT, TCU 2 6-5 350 5.34
    Marcus Cannon heading into rSr season: 2009: Had a dominant season at right tackle ... a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection ... named a Top 10 Workout Warrior by ESPN.com ... started all 13 games ... did not allow a sack all season ... neutralized Clemson standout defensive end Ricky Sapp in a 14-10 victory in Death Valley ... got better by simply going against TCU two-time consensus All-America defensive end Jerry Hughes in practice each day...2008: Honorable-mention All-Mountain West Conference ... had an outstanding season in his first year as a starter ... was dominant in the 17-16 Poinsettia Bowl victory over Boise State ... started 11 of 13 games at right tackle ... did not play against BYU and UNLV due to injury ...2007: Saw action in all 13 games ... served in a back-up role to Nic Richmond at right tackle...2006: Redshirted.

    29 Herzlich, Mark OLB, Boston College 2 6-4 245 4.75
    Mark Herzlich heading into rSr season: 2009: Entered the 2009 season as the defending ACC Player of the Year and the league’s active leader in career tackles with 247...missed the entire season due to Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, which he overcame...earned numerous honors for his courage and outreach, including the Disney Spirit Award, an honorary Lott Trophy and the ACC Commissioner’s Cup…2008: First Team All-American by Rivals.com and Scouts.com ... AP Third Team All-American and honorable mention by Pro Football Weekly and SI.com...ACC Defensive Player of the Year...finalist for the Butkus Award, presented annually to the nation's top linebacker...quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy...three-time ACC Player of the Week...his six interceptions were the eighth most in the country and the most by a linebacker...returned two picks for touchdowns which was tied for best in the country...his 5.79 solo tackles per game ranked 11th in the nation...led the team with 110 tackles and 81 stops, six interceptions, eight pass break-ups, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries...also had 13 tackles for a loss which ranks second…2007: Started all 14 games...finished the season second in total tackles with 97 (55 solos, 42 assists)...led the team with 12 tackles-for-loss (60 yards) to go with 1.5 sacks, 4 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, one quarterback hurry and an interception…2006: Played in all 13 games as a true freshman; started vs. Buffalo and at Miami...finished the season with 42 tackles (32 solo), including 5.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sacks; had one interception and forced two fumbles.

    30 Austin, Marvin DT, North Carolina 2 6-3 310 4.96
    Marvin Austin heading into Sr season: 2009: Second-team All-ACC selection ... Played in all 13 games and made 11 starts ... Played at a high level all season and finished with 42 tackles, 6.0 tackles for losses, four sacks, three pass breakups, six quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery …2008: Played in all 13 games and started 11, including the Meineke Car Care Bowl ... Tied with E.J. Wilson for the most tackles by a Carolina defensive lineman with 38 ... Also had 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and one blocked kick…2007: Played extremely well for a true freshman on the defensive line, making three starts and playing in all 12 games ... Finished the season with 26 tackles, 6.0 tackles for losses and 4.0 sacks.

    31 Moch, Dontay OLB, Nevada 2 6-1 242 4.38
    Dontay Moch heading into rSr season: 2009: Moch was Nevada's first ever WAC Defensive Player of the Year. He had 19.5 tackles for loss and 6 sacks in 2009...2008: Earned his first career All-WAC honor with second-team accolades ... Finished the regular season tied for second in the WAC, and 17th nationally, in sacks with 9.5 and 0.79 per game ... He was also fourth in the WAC and 30th nationally in tackles for loss at 15.0 on the year and 1.25 per game ...Converted to defensive end full-time (he played linebacker in 2007 as a freshman), Moch flourished in Nevada’s 4-3 scheme...2007: Did not start but saw playing time in all 13 games in the linebacking corps as a defensive end and on special teams … Recorded 13 tackles with 3.5 sacks on the year …2006: Redshirted.

    32 McDaniel, DeAndre SS, Clemson 2 6-0 215 4.54
    DeAndre McDaniel heading into Sr season: 2009: Had eight interceptions and 102 tackles in 2009. The interception total was tied for third in the nation and he was the only player in college football last year with at least eight interceptions and at least 100 tackles. He was the first player in Clemson history to do both in the same season...2008: Came on strong during the second half of the season; he had 51 of his 77 tackles in the last seven games, including a team-high 11 tackles against South Carolina..had 10 special teams tackles, tied for second-most on the team...2007: First-team All-ACC freshman pick by Sporting News...played 438 snaps, second among Tiger freshman...tied for the most tackles by a Tiger freshman with 33...had at least one tackle in every game.

    33 Patrick, Johnny CB, Louisville 2 5-11 190 4.47
    Johnny Patrick heading into rSr season: 2009: Was one of two players to start all 12 games... recorded a career-high 53 tackles and notched a pair of interceptions...2008: Finished third on the team in tackles... recorded six tackles and one pass-breakup against West Virginia... had five tackles (four solo) against Cincinnati.. had five solo tackles at Pitt... picked off South Florida's Matt Grothe to seal Cards' win over No. 14 South Florida...2007: Appeared in nine games, making four starts... tallied a career-high nine tackles against Utah... made first career start against NC State where he notched his first interception...2006: Redshirted.

    34 Watkins, Danny OT, Baylor 2 6-4 310 5.17
    Danny Watkins heading into Sr season: DOB: 11/6/1984, will be 26 year old NFL rookie…2009: Starter at left tackle in all 12 games in first season at Baylor as junior in 2009… Earned first Baylor letter… One of 11 Bears to start all 12 games in 2009… Averaged an 89 percent grade over season from offensive line coaches… Totaled 103 knockdowns in 12 games…JUCO: Junior college All-American offensive lineman from Butte College in Oroville, Calif… Canadian with only two seasons of football experience… Rated No. 39 on Rivals.com's junior college top 100 listing… Ranked 56th on SuperPrep's Juco 100 listing… Named 2008 first-team All-America by JC Athletic Bureau as sophomore… Led Butte to perfect 11-0 season and 2008 California Community College Athletic Association championship as sophomore… Unanimous All-NorCal Conference selection at offensive tackle in 2008… Part of Butte line which accounted for 398.3 yards per game in 2008… Named to Region I All-California first team as sophomore… Played in all 22 games as freshman and sophomore at Butte.

    35 Murray, DeMarco RB, Oklahoma 2-3 6-1 208 4.48
    DeMarco Murray heading into rSr season: 2009: All-Big 12 second team by coaches and honorable mention by AP ... All-Big 12 Academic second team ... second on the team in both rushing and receiving ... had two 100-yard rushing games with 107 against Baylor and 101 against Idaho State ... four multi-touchdown games (13 in his career)...2008: All-Big 12 first team by the coaches and second team by the AP ... All-Big 12 Academic first team ... suffered hamstring injury on opening kickoff of Big 12 Championship and missed BCS Championship ... set OU single-season record for all-purpose yards with 2,171 total yards ... became Oklahoma's 67th 100-yard rusher with 100 yards in the third game of the season ... team's leading kick returner with 774 yards, second best in a season in OU history ... blossomed into a receiving threat with 31 receptions, the fourth most by an Oklahoma receiver in a season ... eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark in five games ... also topped the century mark in kick return yards on three occasions, including 196 yards against Oklahoma State ...2007: Suffered a dislocated knee cap in game No. 11 at Texas Tech, then missed the remainder of the season and the subsequent spring workouts ... honorable mention All-Big 12 by the coaches and Associated Press ... honored by the AP as both a running back and all-purpose player ... first team Academic All-Big 12 ... averaged 29.3 yards per kickoff return, the second-highest average in team history ... 15 touchdowns tied the OU freshman record set by Adrian Peterson ...2006: Redshirted.

    36 Young, Titus WR, Boise State 2-3 5-11 180 4.48
    Titus Young heading into rSr season: 2009: Was the only player in the WAC to earn two first-team awards receiving the honors on offense and as the league's top kick return specialist...Became the first Bronco in school history to record two kickoff returns for touchdowns in a career and season when he returned the opening kickoff 95 yards to the end zone against Nevada... Recorded his first career kick-off return for touchdown against Idaho when he returned a kickoff 100 yards for a TD...Finished the regular season with a team high 79 receptions for 1,041 yards and 10 receiving touchdowns, all are career highs...Became just the eighth player in Bronco history to surpass the 1,000 yard mark for receiving yards in a season...Ranked second in WAC averaging 5.64 receptions per game...Finished second in WAC in all-purpose yards (143.7 ypg) and kick return average (26.9), was third in receiving yards (74.4 ypg) and tied for seventh in scoring (TDs) averaging 6.4 points per game...2008: Played in three games, catching 10 passes for 168 yards and one touchdown ... Also rushed for 52 yards on five carries and scored two touchdowns... 2007: Caught at least one pass in all 13 of Boise State's games ... Finished third on team in receptions (44) and second in receiving yards (639) while catching third-most touchdown passes (five) ... Led team in yards per catch (14.5) ... Also rushed for 66 yards and two touchdowns.

    37 Thomas, Daniel RB, Kansas State 2-3 6-2 228 4.63
    Daniel Thomas heading into Sr season: 2009: Earned Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year honors, while also being named First Team All-Big 12... Named a midseason All-Big 12 performer by Phil Steele... Finished the regular season as the Big 12's leader in rushing yards, attempts and yards per game... His 247 attempts were 2nd in school history, while his 1,265 yards ranked 4th in school history and 2nd among juniors... in Tied for first in the Big 12 and 6th in school history with 5 100-yard rushing games... Was 6th in the Big 12 in all-purpose yards per game (128.9)... His 1,547 all-purpose yards are tied for the 11th most in school history... He also finished the regular season 12th in the league in total offense per game (109.6), the most by a non-QB... Completed the regular season 22nd nationally in rushing yards per game and 10th in rushing attempts...JUCO: A four-star prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 35 junior college prospect in the nation... Also a three-star prospect by Scout.com... Rated as the No. 8 JUCO prospect in the state of Mississippi by the Sun Herald... Rushed for over 500 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman and helped lead Northwest to a division championship... Accounted for 618 yards and six touchdowns last season on 103 carries... Also threw for 450 yards and two scores... A JUCO All-American.

    38 Ballard, Christian DE, Iowa 2-3 6-4 298 4.86
    Christian Ballard heading into Sr season: 2009: Started all 13 games at defensive tackle and has started 26 straight games over last two seasons . . . totaled 18 solo tackles and 36 assists in 13 games, with nine tackles for loss and 5.5 QB sacks . . . recorded one solo stop and two assists in Orange Bowl win...2008: Recorded 40 tackles on the season, including 14 solo stops and 26 assists . . . started at defensive end in 31-10 Outback Bowl win over South Carolina as defense allowed just 43 net rushing yards . . . recorded two solo tackles and one caused fumble vs. South Carolina...2007: Did not see action in opening win over Northern Illinois . . . saw first career action in win over Syracuse as defense allowed just 24 rushing yards and 103 yards total offense . . . recorded five tackles at Northwestern, including two solo stops and 2.5 QB sacks.

    39 Ponder, Christian QB, Florida State 2-3 6-2 227 4.68
    Christian Ponder heading into rSr season: 2009: Started the first nine games of the season before being sidelined with a shoulder injury that required surgery... returns to action on a limited basis this spring...despite missing the final three games of the regular season, still ranks first in the ACC and third in the NCAA in total offense (321.78), first in the ACC and sixth in the NCAA in passing yards per game (301.89)...recorded at least 250 yards passing in eight of nine games, including four 300+ yard games...ranks ninth at FSU in career passing yards (4,828)and third in career completion percentage (61.9)…2008: In his first season as a starting quarterback, led FSU to a nine-win season for the first time since 2004.Started all 13 games...named offensive MVP and Seminole Warrior at the football awards dinner...also the junior class academic award winner for the offense...ranked fifth in the ACC in total offense and sixth in pass efficiency...eighth in the conference in passing per game...a major weapon with his feet, Ponder is the first FSU quarterback to run for 400 yards in a season since Charlie Ward ran for 504 in 1992…2007: Played in one game - the first game of his career - as he was forced into action against Virginia Tech when starting quarterback Drew Weatherford was injured in the second quarter of the game on the road…2006: Redshirted.

    40 Pouncey, Mike OG, Florida 2-3 6-4 310 5.29
    Mike Pouncey heading into Sr season: 2009: A 2009 Outland Trophy Watch List candidate…A 2009 AP Second-Team All-American…Played in and started all 14 games for Florida his junior season as a Gator, including the 2009 SEC Championship versus Alabama and the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl win versus Cincinnati…His final start of the season against the Bearcats was his 28th consecutive start…2008: A 2008 second-team All-SEC selection by vote of the league’s head coaches…The starting right guard for the Gators all 14 games during the season…2007: Saw significant playing time in his true freshman season…Made the move from offensive line to defensive line the week prior to the Vanderbilt game due to several injuries on the defensive line…Had only seen the defensive side of the ball on goal-line situations in high school and made the transition with ease…Saw action in every contest and started the final four regular-season games of the year: Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Florida Atlantic and Florida State…Ended the season with eight tackles, five solo and three assisted.

    41 Powe, Jerrell DT, Mississippi 2-3 6-2 320 5.16
    Jerrell Powe heading into rSr season: 2009: Named All-SEC second team by the AP and fourth team by Phil Steele ... Saw action in all 13 games with 10 starts at nose tackle ... Tied for team lead and tied for 8th in the SEC in TFLs (12.0) ... Recorded 34 tackles (25 solo) ... Helped the Rebel defense top the SEC and rank 11th nationally in TFLs (7.38) and 14th in sacks (2.77) ... Helped Ole Miss hold the opposition under 300 yards of total offense seven times this year, including five SEC games ...2008: Saw action in 12 games, missing only Arkansas ... Totaled eight tackles with 3.5 TFLs and 1.5 sacks ... Also recorded an interception ...2007: Attended Ole Miss in 2007-08 on financial aid but could not practice or participate ...2006: Member of 2005 Ole Miss signing class, but attended Hargrave Military Academy where he played in 2005 ... Coached at Hargrave by Robert Prunty ... Rated as the No. 3 prep school player in the nation by Rivals.com ... Also rated as the No. 5 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com.

    42 Brown, Curtis CB, Texas 2-3 6-0 185 4.42
    Curtis Brown heading into Sr season: 2009: Started 14 games at defensive back ... tabbed honorable mention All-Big 12 by The Associated Press and league's coaches ... helped UT rank 12th nationally in scoring defense (16.7 ppg), third in total defense (251.9 ypg), first in rushing defense (72.4 ypg), 10th in pass efficiency defense (100.5 rating) and 19th in pass defense (179.6 ypg) ... UT also ranked first nationally in INTs (25) and tied for first in forced turnovers (37) ... posted 53 tackles (34 solo), an INT, which he returned for a TD, two TFL, a forced fumble and a blocked punt ... ranked second on the team with 15 PBU ... led the team with 15 special-teams tackles ...2008: Appeared in all 13 games, starting four of the final six games ... helped UT rank first in the Big 12 in scoring defense (18.8 ppg/18th NCAA), total defense (342.9 ypg), rushing defense (83.5 ypg/third NCAA) and second in pass efficiency defense (124.2 rating) ... recorded 27 tackles (24 solo), nine PBU and two pressures ... tied for second on the team with nine special-teams tackles ...2007: Appeared in all 13 games at defensive back and on special teams ... tallied 14 tackles, a PBU and a sky-kick recovery ... also led the team with nine special-teams tackles.

    43 Sturdivant, Quan ILB, North Carolina 2-3 6-2 230 4.63
    Quan Sturdivant heading into Sr season: 2009: Became the first Tar Heel linebacker named first-team all-conference since Kivuusama Mays in 1997 ... Named one of 16 semifinalists for the Butkus Award ... Started all 13 games in his third season as a starting linebacker ... Moved from outside linebacker to middle linebacker at the beginning of the season, but played outside linebacker in the last seven games ... Led the team with 79 tackles and was second with 12.0 tackles for losses...2008: Started all 13 games at outside linebacker ... Led the nation with 87 unassisted tackles ... Led the team with 122 tackles ... Ranked third in the ACC and 20th in the country with 9.4 tackles per game…2007: Played in all 12 games as a true freshman and started five at linebacker ... Finished the season with 47 tackles, 1.5 tackles for losses, one sack, one interception and blocked one punt.

    44 Hankerson, Leonard WR, Miami 2-3 6-3 208 4.52
    Leonard Hankerson heading into Sr season: 2009: Led Miami with a career-high 801 receiving yards on a team-high 45 receptions ... Also the team leader with six receiving touchdowns ... Started 12 of 13 games and was only Hurricane receiver with a catch in all 13 games ... Had a catch of 20 or more yards in 12 of 13 games which includes three touchdown grabs of 20-plus yards ... Had 645 receiving yards in ACC games which is the second-most in the ACC ... Fifth-most receiving yards in the ACC with 773 yards ...2008: Saw action in eight games with starts coming vs. Florida State and NC State ... Had 11 receptions for 140 yards ...2007: Played in seven games and made two starts ... Caught six passes for 63 yards, including his first collegiate touchdown.

    45 Black, Ahmad SS, Florida 2-3 5-10 190 4.51
    Ahmad Black heading into Sr season: 2009: Honorable Mention AP All-SEC...Ranked second on the team and led all defensive backs with 70 total tackles (36 solo)...2008: Started every game at strong safety for the Gators, totaling 59 tackles and a team-leading seven interceptions...Named second-team All-SEC by the leagues’ coaches and honorable mention All-SEC by the Associated Press...2007: Saw action in seven contests at cornerback as a true freshman...Collected seven total tackles in his first season with the Gators.

    46 Stocker, Luke TE, Tennessee 2-3 6-5 253 4.78
    Luke Stocker heading into rSr season: 2009: Break out year for strong but agile tight end … Finished with 29 catches for 389 yards … Second on 2009 team with five TDs … One of five Vols with at least 20 catches … Saved best game statistically for regular season finale, with five catches for 78 yards and touchdown against his home state school of Kentucky...2008: Emerged from crowded depth chart to lead tight end position with 13 catches for 139 yards ... Started all 12 games for Vols, including debut assignment against UCLA in Rose Bowl ... At least one catch in season's first six games and in nine different games overall...2007: Appeared in all 14 games as part of Vols' deep tight-end playing rotation ... First career touchdown came against Crimson Tide and longest pass play went for six yards against Louisiana-Lafayette...2006: Redshirted.

    47 Ijalana, Benjamin OG, Villanova 2-3 6-4 320 5.34
    Benjamin Ijalana heading into Sr season: 2009: Helped Villanova win the FCS National Championship by earning a spot on both the Sports Network and Walter Camp All-America teams. A two-time first team All-CAA selection, Ijalana has started all 39 games of his Villanova career...2008: Named first team All-CAA; Started all 13 games at offensive tackle...2007: Started all 11 games at offensive tackle as a true freshman.

    48 Pinkston, Jason OT, Pittsburgh 2-3 6-4 308 5.12
    Jason Pinkston heading into rSr season: 2009: SI.com and Rivals.com All-America Team (second team)...First Team All-Big East...starter at left offensive tackle in all 13 games…owns 28 career starts overall...2008: Started all 12 regular-season games at left tackle...2007: Started the first three games at right tackle before suffering a season-ending left shoulder injury at Michigan State Sept. 15...underwent surgery and received a medical redshirt...2006: Worked at defensive tackle through fall training camp before moving to offensive tackle in September...played in seven games during his true freshman campaign to letter...in addition to serving as a backup left offensive tackle, he also appeared in Pitt's "jumbo" set in short yardage situations as a fullback...also contributed on the extra-point/field goal block unit.

    49 Jenkins, Jarvis DT, Clemson 2-3 6-4 315 4.98
    Jarvis Jenkins heading into Sr season: 2009: Honorable mention All-ACC selection...had 69 tackles, tops on the team among defensive linemen, and he added 11 tackles for loss. Jenkins was a big reason Clemson ranked in the top 25 in the nation in seven different defensive categories last year, including total defense and scoring defense...2008: Ninth in the ACC in tackles for loss per game in league contests; he had nine in eight ACC games...had a team-tying-high 10 tackles for loss and two sacks...had 36 tackles (30 first hits)...10th on the team in tackles...2007: Played as a first-year freshman in 2007... played 100 snaps in 10 games as a reserve.

    50 Dowling, Ras-I CB, Virginia 2-3 6-2 200 4.54
    Ras-I Dowling heading into Sr season: 2009: All-ACC second-team selection ... all-ACC second-team selection by Phil Steele’s Postseason Publication ... presented the team’s Speed Elliot Award as the most improved player ... ACC Defensive Back of the Week after he had a career-high nine tackles, including his first career sack against Indiana ... ranked No. 6 in ACC in passes defended with 11 ... ranked No. 11 in ACC in interceptions with three ... helped anchor the ACC’s No. 4 and the nation’s No. 21 pass defense ...2008: Played in 11 games, starting the final nine games of the season ... led the team with three interceptions and 11 pass breakups ... had a total of 43 tackles... his interception total was the most by a Cavalier since Marcus Hamilton had in 2006 ... ranked third in the ACC in passes defended (PBUs + INTs) with 14...2007: One of five true freshmen to play ... did not play in opener at Wyoming, but played in the last 12 games ... finished with 44 tackles ... averaged 3.7 tackles per game, eighth among all ACC freshmen and fourth among true freshmen ... led the team with nine pass break-ups ... shared the team lead with two interceptions to become the first true freshman to lead the team since Jerton Evans in 1999 ... 16 tackles in kickoff coverage led the team by a wide margin ... second on squad with five tackles on the punt team.

    Oyea also this could be a good place to post Charger picks from the inet mocks and critiuqe.

    As always GO CHARGERS!!!
  2. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    Here is a early Mock from draftseason. They just changed it around a bit too, the other day when I saw it they had Luck as CAR #1 pick. Now hes goin back and Gabbert is coming out and now Gabbert is also a new face on the list to Ariz at 5.

    Outhouse 2011 NFL Mock Draft | 2011 NFL Draft

    1. Carolina – Da’Quan Bowers, DE Clemson: The Panthers ran out of “luck” for this year’s draft. Taking Bowers is the only option I have for them at this time, knowing what a good pass rusher can do for your team.

    2. Denver – Nick Fairley DT, Auburn: The Broncos need a lot of help on all three levels of their defense. Fairley can come in and change their d-line from day one.

    3. Buffalo – Patrick Peterson CB, LSU: The Bills have a tough decision to make at QB with Ryan Fitzpatrick playing so well. I think they stick with him for another year and roll with the top corner in the draft.

    4. Cincinnati – AJ Green WR, Georgia: We all know that the Bengals are going to have a whole new look next year. With Marvin Lewis returning, TO & Ocho probably won’t be. AJ Green would give them the fresh face they need.

    5. Arizona -Blaine Gabbert QB, Missouri: The Cardinals have been lost this season without Kurt Warner around. The question is if they’re ballsy enough to spend another high pick on a QB this soon after the Leinart debacle.

    6. Cleveland – Prince Amukamara CB, Nebraska: Lining up Amukamara with Joe Haden would give the browns one of the best young CB tandems in the league.

    7. San Francisco – Cam Newton QB, Auburn: The Smith squared experiment is over in San Fran. Now we’ll see what Newton can do in the NFL with Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree around him.

    8. Tennessee – Marcell Dareus DT, Alabama: There was talk of bringing back Albert Haynesworth earlier this year, but by taking Dareus, they can avoid the drama and get a better player.

    9. Dallas – Janoris Jenkins CB, Florida: Here’s my “reach” of the draft so far. Dallas is horrible in the defensive backfield and the top two studs are gone. Here’s hoping this years Jenkins is better 2008′s.

    10. Washington – Ryan Mallet QB, Arkansas: The McNabb/Shanahan situation is “weird” to say the least. Shanahan will start fresh next year, and hopefully the dynamic father/son duo won’t destroy Mallet’s young career too.

    11. Houston – Robert Quinn DE, North Carolina: The Texans showed just how bad their pass defense is this year. They need to either start pressuring the QB more or add some CB talent. Quinn should be a good start to getting something started in Houston.

    12. Minnesota – Nate Solder OT, Colorado: The Vike’s top need is without a doubt a quarterback, but I see them picking one up in free agency. They need to take the top OT on the board to bring some life to a very mediocre offensive line.

    13. Detroit – Gabe Carami OT, Wisconsin: With the top three corners off the board, the Lions work on protecting the oft injured Stafford.

    14. St. Louis – Julio Jones WR, Alabama: Sam Bradford did one hell of a good job with the receivers he had this year. Adding a talent like Jones should make him even better.

    15. Miami – Mark Ingram RB, Alabama: The Dolphins will need to find an every down back since Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown will both be looking for new jobs in 2011. Ingram should be able to come in and give them 20 carries a game.

    16. Jacksonville Jaguars – Adrian Clayborn DE, Iowa: The Jaguars can’t seem to find anyone who can get to the quarterback if their life depended on it. I almost feel sorry for Clayborn for putting him here, because he’ll be a bust if I do.

    17. New England (via Oakland) – Ryan Kerrigan DE, Purdue: The Pats defense is much improved over the last couple of years and Kerrigan’s versatility is what Belichick looks for.

    18. San Diego – Von Miller LB, Texas A&M: The Chargers have been missing their defensive spark ever since Merriman got off the juice. Miller should be able to bring back some credibility to the unit.

    19. New York Giants – Anthony Castanzo OT, Boston College: The Giants need to solidify a once great O-Line. Castanzo could be the top OT in this years draft.

    20. Tampa Bay – Mike Pouncey OF/C,Florida: The Bucs are only a couple of players away from being a contender. If Pouncey is as good as his brother, they’ll be that much closer.

    21. Seattle – Jake Locker QB, Washington: Pete Carroll would love for Locker to slip to him so he can come and compete for the number one spot on the depth chart.

    22. Kansas City - Justin Blackmon WR, Oklahoma State: Dwyane Bowe solidified himself as a top WR in the NFL this year, now they need to find another receiver to take some coverage off him.

    23. Indianapolis – Derek Sherrod OT, Mississippi: The Colts haven’t been able to protect Peyton Manning as well as they’d like the past couple of seasons. They need to bring in the top OT on the board with their first round pick.

    24. Philadelphia – Aaron Williams CB, Texas: Philly’s defense was too streaky this year, and horrible in the red zone. A talented guy like Williams should be a good start to getting them back on track.

    25. Green Bay – Brandon Harris CB, Miami: With the injuries they had this year, the Pack needs to bring in some youth & depth on their defense. Harris, Charles Woodson, & Truman Williams isn’t a bad group of corners to have on your team.

    26. New Orleans – Akeem Ayers OLB, UCLA: The Saint’s defense needs help, which was exploited this year when their offense wasn’t as productive as the last few years.

    27. Chicago – Michael Floyd WR, Notre Dame: The Bears are showing to be the real deal this year, and that’s with a bunch of B-list receivers. Floyd’s stock rose after the Sun Bowl, and the Bears should look closely at him.

    28. New York Jets – Rahim Moore S, UCLA: The Jets are a pretty solid team all around, but showed some weakness at safety this year. I’m guessing Rex will take a long look at Moore, and more disturbingly, his feet!!

    29. Baltimore – Kyle Rudolph TE, Notre Dame: Todd Head can still get it done when healthy, and let’s face it, he’s no spring chicken. Flacco would only benefit from a play maker like Rudolph joining the offense.

    30. Pittsburgh – Tyron Smith OT, USC: Pouncey helped the Steelers O-Line last year, but it still needs some work. Smith has all the ability in the world, he just needs to have the rough edges taken off.

    31. Atlanta – Stephen Paea DT, Oregon State: The Falcons are a solid football team that only need to add depth to their roster. Paea would add that depth and be an every down starter for them next year.

    32. New England – Jonathan Baldwin WR, Pitt: The Patriots usually make do with whoever is catching the ball for them, but Belichick needs to bite the bullet on another receiver to bring into the mix this year.

    I found a nice mock the other night too that had picks for the teams and went a little into team needs that could also come into play for their 1st picks.
  3. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

    Aug 14, 2008
    Von Miller? Interesting. I'd much rather have a defensive end taken in the first but I don't know if Clayborne or Kerrigan are the guys I would draft. Hopefully Smith, John Spanos, and the rest of the college scouting crew have their eyes on the ball, so to speak, because the team probably needs a really good draft with all the luck it has with injuries.
  4. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

    Aug 14, 2006
    Kerrigan is a 4-3 guy to the core. I think a 3-4 team taking him would be a huge mistake.

    Sharrod, Clayborn, Miller, and Paea are all high on my list right now. And Gabe Carimi impressed me in the bowl game, I think he'd make an ideal power RT prospect in the mold of Jeff Otah.
  5. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    Well after trying to find the mock I saw, I finaly googled it out of nowhere by jus lookin for the chargers pick in the mock which was Anthony Costonzo.
    Picks 1-16:
    Draft Countdown - 2011 NFL Mock Draft

    Good mock. Not so much the players and where as it is the first mock I have found that is listing team needs and possible alternate picks depending on if other teams do or dont go with the chosen picks before them.
  6. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

    Aug 14, 2006
    It has us picking 16...?

    And there is no way Fairley makes it out of the top 10.
  7. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

    Aug 14, 2008
    I didn't have the time to include that, but I know, and I agree.

    Well Von Miller has some great closing speed and wraps up consistently...in college. I started watching Clayborn after hearing Mayock on his jock, and I'm not convinced he's what the Chargers are (should be) looking for. Against some teams, he does look NFL ready, but others have him beat all game long. I haven't paid much attention to offensive tackles.
  8. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    Well as far as the early draftnits, they seem to be thinking OT or OLB. I do like some of the choices at either that will be available still at 16.

    Think I said it, but that mock site when I first found it had us taking OT Anthony Costanzo.

    One thing for sure, I am not seeing as many as last year anyway players with injury ?s or character ?s. Maybe its early or maybe this draft class will turn out to be as good as some of the top talent its scouting out to be so far.
  9. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    How good is Ryan Mallett? - CBSSports.com

    Now that Ryan Mallett is going to the pros I have two questions: Where does he go and what are the concerns?

    So I contacted a couple of scouts I trust, both of whom agreed that Mallett is a first-round pick, though maybe not a high one. OK, I think we expected that. But both voiced concerns about a couple of hiccups on Mallett's resume, too -- like his inability to close out big-time games and his body language.

    The former was evident in this week's 31-26 loss to Ohio State when Arkansas threatened to catch the Buckeyes, only to have Mallett throw a game-ending interception. I know it happens. Only it happened before ... and in another big game. Try last September's 24-20 loss to Alabama when Mallett staked the Razorbacks to a 20-7 lead, then punctuated their last two drives with interceptions.

    "He just doesn't seem to have the ability to put it over the top," said one NFC scout."I'm not saying he's a choker because he's big and can throw the ball. But he can't seem to finish big games."

    That could be a problem. The quality that separates guys like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees from others is their ability to produce critical plays at critical times, and I didn't see that from Mallett. Neither did our scouts, who gushed about the guy's arm, size and accuracy but who also pointed out that Mariano Rivera he's not.

    "It's got to be a worry," said an AFC scout. "It could be the difference from being the 10th player taken to the 20th to the 30th. It's certainly an issue, let's put it like that."

    But so is Mallett's demeanor. I confess that I didn't see all that much of him this fall, but when I did I noticed his body language enough that I mentioned it to our consultants.

    "You said it, not me," said one. "But it's a problem. Especially for the position. I know there's been a lot of talk about it in video rooms, and maybe you buy into it, maybe not. But I know some guys have an issue with it."

    One who did was an NFC scout who conceded he hadn't seen Mallett outside of three or four games on TV this season. He raved about Mallett's talent, but then he complained about his demeanor and football IQ.

    "I'm not sure if he's a real confident kid," he said. "You know whom he reminds me of? Tim Couch. A talented kid who doesn't have the makeup to be great at that position. He may be a good quarterback at the next level, but that body language bothers me. Players don't respect a quarterback who gets down with each interception."

    Tim Couch was the first pick of the 1999 draft. Ryan Mallett will not be the first pick of the 2011 draft. But he will be a first-round draft choice. He has an abundance of talent, and quarterbacks with his size, accuracy and talent are prized. But buyer, beware: It can be the intangibles that make a quarterback special, with Brady the best example. One head coach who worked him out prior to the 2000 draft told me that's where he and his team missed on the guy.

    Maybe someone hits on Mallett; maybe not. All I know is that there are a couple of alarms that need to be addressed -- and will be in the coming months.

    I do like watching what happens with the top 5 *if there are that many* QBs as they get drafted.

    Im not so up to speed on Mallet, but being compared to Tim Couch is gonna hurt his fan building rep. Like it matters to them at this juncture I know.
  10. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    Mallett has all the tools and potential to be a star but, as someone whose watched him just about every game, I tend to agree that he just doesn't seem to have "it" when the game is on the line.

    I'm not so sure I agree with the "body langauge" thing mentioned there, though.
  11. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    By the way, I'd love to bring DJ Williams to San Diego if he falls to a reasonable level in the draft.
  12. JohnnyX

    JohnnyX ☆☆☆☆☆

    Oct 7, 2010
    Please draft a high caliber defender. English is bust we need to upgrade.
  13. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

    Aug 14, 2006
    I wonder if a move back to 4-3 would help him. Although it doesn't matter cuz he's never healthy.
  14. JohnnyX

    JohnnyX ☆☆☆☆☆

    Oct 7, 2010
    He's the Buster Davis of the defense. I can't believe this guy was suppose to be the replacement to merriman. Even merriman sucks now he has yet to live up to the 05-07 merriman. That's what he was brought in to do. Total fail of a pick by AJ.
  15. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

    Aug 14, 2006
    Two of the most inexplicably awful picks by AJ Smith. At least a full round reach for both guys. Neither was graded in the round they were taken in.

    What could he have possibly seen in Buster??? Who was feeding him that information, that this little skinny weakling who was the #2 WR in his offense and had only 3 carrer TDs in college would even approach worthy of a first round pick?
  16. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    I agree we need to bring in another top talent at OLB. I beleive it will be a priority pick in our draft.
  17. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

    Aug 14, 2006
    I want to see us sign a couple FAs for once so we can check off those needs before the draft.
  18. LT-Express

    LT-Express Bolttalk.com Janitor since 06' Staff Member Super Moderator

    Aug 4, 2006
    I'll take Gabe Carimi in the first over just about anybody that will be in that slot at #18. Moving Carimi to RT and have bookends Carimi/McNeil both aspects of our offense will be in good shape.

    Carimi comes from a Run heavy offense in Wisconsin and has some lateral movement issues that can be fixed. However, his run blocking alone is a huge upgrade to this offense.
  19. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

    Aug 14, 2006
    Why are there no good safties in this draft? I'm envious watching Eric Berry right now, dude is the real deal. He shows the value of having better players than stupid Paul Oliver back there.
  20. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    Not sure if FAs should have a thread of its own, but what the hell they are potential new players for various landing spots.

    Lookin at the list of qbs, and damn there are alot of contracts up. Alot of contracts you know will get resigned by the players team.
    But a loong list of other guys that are 50-50 status.

    2011 NFL Free Agents
    Top Quarterbacks

    Peyton Manning (IND) – The Colts have gone on the record insisting that Manning will be made the league’s highest paid player at the conclusion of this season. There’s no need to rush—the interest will be mutual.

    Michael Vick (PHI) – How much do the Eagles like Kevin Kolb? Well, they liked him enough to trade Donovan McNabb to the Redskins, but I don’t think they’ll like him enough to let Michael Vick go. Vick still has debts to pay back from his previous trials and settlements, but that will be soon erased. Expect Michael to stay loyal to the only organization that gave him a second chance.

    Brett Favre (MIN) – I’ve heard jokes every offseason for the last decade (or so it seems) that Favre will die on the football field before he hangs it up. Bruised and battered, his consecutive starts streak was put to an end and this offseason he’ll be teamless following a less than impressive campaign. Any takers? I doubt he’ll subject himself to the market this year, but come November next year, may he get the itch again?

    Seneca Wallace (CLE) – Wallace has often been an underrated quarterback when he gets his opportunities. He maneuvers well in the pocket and can cause problems on the perimeter, but also manages offenses very well. Finding success in both Seattle and Cleveland, he appears to be the most proven back-up quarterback on the market. He may not drum up a lot of attention, but he’ll successfully execute orders when asked to enter the game.

    Matt Hasselbeck (SEA) – It’s been four years since Matt Hasselbeck has been a statistically good quarterback when he posted a 91.4 QB Rating in 2007. However, there’s been a clear drop-off in the level of talent on the Seahawks roster since then as well. Hasselbeck may be the best back-up option on the free agent market on a team with talent, like Jon Kitna in Dallas. Though it’s not out of the realm of possibilities, I don’t expect Pete Carroll’s team to re-sign him, but instead go in a younger direction.

    Matt Moore (CAR) – The collapse of the Panthers still remains an enigma to me. In the past, the team responded well to Matt Moore at quarterback. He fitted nice passes and protected the football, two things he absolutely didn’t do this year. To top it off, he suffered a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder in November, which won’t allow him to throw until March. He’s played the back-up role well in the past, so it seems that’s what he’s best suited to do.

    Alex Smith (SF) – Many often wonder how Alex Smith would have panned out if he had a stable offensive coordinator for his entire career, but he’s been plagued by offensive changes like no other young quarterback. He’s looked okay in short bursts, but hasn’t been able to sustain success. His potential has been eaten and his interest around the league may be miniscule, but he has some talent where he could sit on the bench for a couple years and become a decent veteran back-up. His days in San Francisco, though, are surely numbered.

    Matt Leinart (HOU) – Given the Cardinals’ quarterback woes, it sure seems like they made a mistake in cutting Matt Leinart before the regular season, especially given his 78.6 completion percentage this preseason. His biggest problem was his inability, or rather unwillingness to push the ball down the field, which ultimately caused Wisenhunt to pull the plug on Leinart. If he can find a quarterback coach that can get him over the hump, he may still have some value as a starting quarterback. He’s one of the wildcards in this free agent class.

    Other Notable Free Agents:
    Marc Bulger (BAL)
    Todd Collins (CHI)
    Caleb Hanie (CHI)
    Brady Quinn (DEN)
    Drew Stanton (DET)
    Trent Edwards (JAC)
    Luke McCown (JAC)
    Brodie Croyle (KC)
    Chad Pennington (MIA)
    Tyler Thigpen (MIA)
    Tarvaris Jackson (MIN)
    Jim Sorgi (NYG)
    Kellen Clemens (NYJ)
    Kyle Boller (OAK)
    Bruce Gradkowski (OAK)
    Dennis Dixon (PIT)
    Billy Volek (SD)
    Troy Smith (SF)
    Kerry Collins (TEN)
    Rex Grossman (WAS)

    2011 NFL Free Agents: RB
    DeAngelo Williams (CAR) – Jonathan Stewart and the emergence of Mike Goodson could make DeAngelo Williams expendable to the Panthers. After a short-lived, ineffective 2010 season, a tag and trade seems less likely. If he’s an unrestricted free agent after this year, Williams could leave Carolina for a team willing to offer him a starting position and the money that comes along with it.

    Arian Foster (HOU) – With little else to play for, the Texans remain committed in helping Arian Foster win the rushing title. After spending time on the team’s practice squad last year, he was promoted late in the season and rolled his success into this year. He’s quickly become of the league’s most talented and polished running backs. He’ll likely be an exclusive rights free agent, giving the Texans all the leverage in the world to re-sign him below market value.

    Ahmad Bradshaw (NYG) – While sharing the run game with Brandon Jacobs, Bradshaw put together his most impressive season yet with over 1500 yards from scrimmage. Still, there seems to be some sort of hex on Giants’ running backs who just can’t protect the ball. First it was Barber and now Jacobs and Bradshaw, who lost 6 of 7 fumbles this year. Turnovers were a big part of Giants’ losses, including a crucial one to Green Bay on the road, but it would be surprising to see New York part ways with a good runner and receiver because of fumble problems after watching Tiki Barber get over the same issues later in his career.

    Cedric Benson (CIN) – The former first-round bust ran for over 1000 yards in his 2nd consecutive season, though far less efficiently this year. The Bengals are also high on Bernard Scott who ran effectively late in the season, but Cincinnati seems like a good home for Benson where he can run between the tackles.

    Mike Tolbert (SD) – The 2010 season ushered in the return of the bruisers at running back and few were more effective than the former fullback, Mike Tolbert. With first round pick, Ryan Mathews, banged up for much of the year, Tolbert took control of the Chargers backfield and plowed over defenders for nearly 1000 yards from scrimmage. The organization is very high on Tolbert and will make all efforts to re-sign him this offseason, where he’ll probably be a restricted free agent, regardless of how the CBA plays out.

    Darren Sproles (SD) – With Tolbert seizing the hype out of San Diego, the need for Sproles may have diminished enough where the Chargers may allow him to leave in free agency for a more lucrative offer elsewhere. They heavily utilized him as a receiving back where he eclipsed the 500 yard mark on around 60 receptions. Including returns, he averaged about 10 touches per game, which is probably his ideal number.

    BenJarvus Green-Ellis (NE) – Heading into the final week, BenJarvus Green-Ellis has a shot at eclipsing the 1000-yard mark for the first time in his career. He’s been effective bouncing between the tackles and is a perfect fit in New England. He’ll most likely be a restricted free agent in any CBA scenario, giving the Patriots the edge to re-sign Ellis, a tough back who lacks long speed.

    Ronnie Brown (MIA) – In a contract year, Brown accomplished something he’s never done in his entire six-year career: start all 16 games. He also posted another first and that is finishing the season with a YPC below 4. At 29 with an injury history and a lone 1000 yard season in his career, Brown hasn’t earned his second big contract, despite the talent that would warrant it. He may look for a short deal—either in Miami or elsewhere—hoping to recapture some of his youth and cash in on one larger one in the very near future.

    Ricky Williams (MIA) – Williams continues to defy the odds as he turned in another successful rushing season over the age of 30. The Dolphins would be wise to offer him an incentive-laden contract and continue to use him in a timeshare role in the offense, whether or not it’s with Ronnie Brown.

    Michael Bush (OAK) – Even with McFadden’s breakout season, his lingering injuries may concern the Raiders enough to keep Michael Bush as an insurance policy. Bush hasn’t been explosive enough to warrant consideration as a starter around the league, improving the odds he stays Oakland.

    Pierre Thomas (NO) – Thomas hasn’t been very effective this season even when healthy. However, a good postseason could go a long way into earning himself some coin this offseason. If he can shine in the spotlight, the Saints may feel obligated to re-sign Thomas.

    Leon Washington (SEA) – The dynamic returner will surely receive a long-term offer from the Seahawks after his sensational year. After getting his legs back, he should expect an expanded workload on offense in addition to his special teams duties where he’s single-handedly kept them in several games.

    Vonta Leach (HOU) (FB) – The Pro Bowl fullback loves smashing heads with linebackers and has paved the way for what may be the league’s leading rusher. Houston will look to keep its ground success going, which very much includes Leach.

    Le’Ron McClain (BAL) (FB) – McClain will probably ask for more carries and given the success of Peyton Hillis, a similarly proportioned back, maybe he’ll find it elsewhere. The Ravens will still have strong interest in retaining his services though.

    John Kuhn (GB) (FB) – Kuhn has become a fan favorite and a locker room leader in Green Bay. He’s a lunch pail guy who provides versatility on offense and consistency on special teams. The Packers tend to take care of their own.

    Other Notable Free Agents:
    Tim Hightower (ARZ)
    Jerious Norwood (ATL)
    Mike Bell (CLE)
    Laurence Maroney (DEN)
    Kevin Smith (DET)
    Brandon Jackson (GB)
    Derrick Ward (HOU)
    Joseph Addai (IND)
    Mike Hart (IND)
    Patrick Cobbs (MIA)
    Sammy Morris (NE)
    Kevin Faulk (NE)
    Fred Taylor (NE)
    Danny Ware (NYG)
    Jerome Harrison (PHI)
    Mewelde Moore (PIT)
    Brian Westbrook (SF)
    Kenneth Darby (STL)
    Michael Spurlock (TB)
    Cadillac Williams (TB)
    Jason Snelling (ATL) (FB)
    Brian Leonard (CIN) (FB)
    Lawrence Vickers (CLE) (FB)
    Jerome Felton (DET) (FB)
    Korey Hall (GB) (FB)
    Lex Hilliard (MIA) (FB)
    Naufahu Tahi (MIN) (FB)
    Tony Richardson (NYJ) (FB)
    Heath Evans (NO) (FB)
    Marcel Reece (OAK) (FB)
    Ahmard Hall (TEN) (FB)

    QBs and RBs alone, that is alot of great talent in limbo for now.
  21. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    FA Safetys for Mati.

    Tho not sure if there is a talent there that wont be resigned.


    Quintin Mikell (PHI) – It looks like the Eagles will be set at safety if they can re-sign Quintin Mikell at strong safety next to rookie Nate Allen at free safety. Mikell hasn’t been as impressive this season as last, but is still one of the league’s better starting strong safeties. The Eagles secondary has struggled this year and will look to bring back one of their most consistent pieces in the back end.

    Roman Harper (NO) – The Saints feel they have something going in the secondary and their top 10 defense reflects just that. The entire defense was snubbed from the Pro Bowl, but the tandem of Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper at safety is about as good as it gets. Jenkins, a converted corner, has developed into a fine coverage safety, while Roman Harper is a great hitter and tough in run support. Aside from reinvesting in their offensive line, Harper will be one of the team’s highest priorities this season.

    Eric Weddle (SD) – Though Weddle hasn’t made too many impact plays this season, he’s been a great emerging player for them in the secondary. He’s a well-rounded player—which stems back from his days at Utah—who can play both the run and pass effectively. The Chargers have several expiring contracts, primarily on offense, but re-signing Weddle defensively seems like a solid logical bet.

    Dawan Landry (BAL) – Dawan Landry is having a bounce back season after a pair of disappointing ones in coverage. The Ravens had high expectations following a superb rookie season, but had been beaten over the top too often the next two years. Though he hasn’t made as many impact plays as his rookie year, or even last season, Landry has been far more consistent and is building off of his career high in tackles.

    Tanard Jackson (TB) – Jackson is an impressive young safety on the football field and figured to be a difference maker for the Buccaneers early this season. However, after the 2nd game, he was suspended indefinitely for his 3rd violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. The Buccaneers are standing behind him, but it comes as a big disappointment. He won’t be eligible to be reinstated until September 22, 2011, making him a big gamble for whoever looks to retain his services.

    Bernard Pollard (HOU) – The Texans had reason to be ecstatic over their free agent signing of 2009, who immensely improved the team’s run defense. This year has brought a different tune and shown why Pollard was cut from the Chiefs last year to begin with. While he’s still strong in run support, he’s been victimized more than any other Texan for touchdowns this season. His lousy pass defense is further accentuated by poor cornerback play. Pollard is a marginal safety, but can be a decent fill-in for a team with an already strong secondary, something the Texans cannot claim to have.

    Atari Bigby (GB) – Bigby has plenty of potential as a safety, but also embodies the definition of injury-prone. Rookie Morgan Burnett was playing well before his season-ending injury and Charlie Peprah has been more than adequate as his replacement. Peprah’s also a free agent, but should be a cheaper alternative to the hard-hitting Bigby.

    Other Notable Free Agents:
    Matt Ware (ARZ)
    Haruki Nakamura (BAL)
    Tom Zbikowski (BAL)
    George Wilson (BUF)
    Gerald Alexander (CAR)
    Chinedum Ndukwe (CIN)
    Gibril Wilson (CIN)
    Danieal Manning (CHI)
    Abram Elam (CLE)
    Sabby Piscitelli (CLE)
    Alan Ball (DAL)
    Gerald Sensabaugh (DAL)
    Charlie Peprah (GB)
    Anthony Smith (GB)
    Melvin Bullitt (IND)
    Sean Considine (JAC)
    Tyrell Johnson (MIN)
    Husain Abdullah (MIN)
    Brandon McGowan (NE)
    Jarrad Page (NE)
    Darren Sharper (NO)
    Michael Johnson (NYG)
    Deon Grant (NYG)
    Brodney Pool (NYJ)
    Eric Smith (NYJ)
    Lawyer Milloy (SEA)
    Reed Doughty (WAS)

    Weddle is deffinatly gettin a new deal. Would the ravens opt to draft a new dawon Landry... probably not.
  22. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    Sands, WVU's all-Big East safety, declares for draft
    CBSSports.com wire reports
    Jan. 9, 2011
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia safety Robert Sands plans to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
    Sands announced his intentions Sunday, saying he wants to pursue his dream.
    The 6-foot-5 Sands is projected by some scouting services to be among the top three safeties available in the draft.
    The first-team all-Big East selection had 53 tackles in 2010, including 1.5 sacks. He also had a forced fumble and made an interception.
    Sands was part of a defense that ranked in the top five in several statistical categories last season.
  23. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    Illinois star running back LeShoure leaves for NFL Draft - NFL - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com

    LeShoure rushed last season for 1,697 yards -- 16 more than the old Illini record set in 2007 by Rashard Mendenhall -- and ran for 17 touchdowns. His 330-yard, two-touchdown day in a 48-27 win over Northwestern at Wrigley Field was the best rushing performance in the country last season.

    The only doubts about whether LeShoure might leave school were based on the possibility of an NFL lockout that could disrupt the coming season and the possibility that he could compete for the Heisman Trophy this fall. He averaged 130.5 yards a game in 2010, fifth-best in the country.

    LeShoure said he considered both possibilities but, after praying and talking with NFL players, family and others, his gut feeling was he needed to enter the April draft.

    "I believe that I've accomplished everything I can on the college level," he told a gym packed with students and teachers as he sat beside his mother, Jazz Jones.

    Two of LeShoure's three seasons in Champaign ended with more losses than wins, but the Illini went 7-6 in 2010 and finished with the 38-14 bowl win over Baylor.

    Mendenhall was the last Illini back to leave school early. He was drafted in 2008's first round by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    LeShoure might not be taken that high.

    He said he's been told and read that he could be drafted anywhere from the first round to the seventh, a range that could mean a difference of many millions of dollars for the 6-foot, 230-pound back.

    "Me personally, I think I can be the No. 1 or No. 2 back in the draft," LeShoure said.

    LeShoure is the second Illinois junior to announce that he'll enter the draft. Linebacker Martez Wilson said Monday he'll skip his final college season.

    Another Illinois junior, defensive lineman Corey Liuget, is considered a candidate to leave early. School officials say they still don't know whether he will return. Many draft experts say he's a likely first-round pick.
  24. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    Never realy used Draftdog, but this mock setup is almost exactly what I want in player info.

    2011 NFL Mock Draft

    Updated: 7 January 2011
    Team Player Comments:
    1. DE Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson (JR) A rising star; Bowers is #1 in the nation with 15.5 sacks and 26 TFL (Tackles for loss).
    With Andrew Luck deciding to stay in school, the Panthers will likely take the best player available. Bowers or Nick Fairley look like the two best players in the 2011 NFL Draft.

    2. DT Nick Fairley, Auburn A beast, he has recorded 10.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss this year.
    At 6' 5" 300 pounds, Fairley could play any position along the defensive line.

    3. Marcel Dareus, Alabama (JR) Powerful, quick and excellent size (6' 4" 300 lbs).
    Strong enough to play tackle and quick enough to play end.

    4. WR A.J. Green, Georgia (JR) At 6' 4" 207 pounds Green has blazing speed and soft hands.
    Tons of NFL potential. Green caught 57 passes for 848 yards and 9 TDs in 2010.

    5. QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri (JR) Gabbert (6' 6" 235 lbs) is raw but has excellent NFL potential.
    The Cardinals might be scared to draft a QB this high after getting burned by Matt Leinart. In 31 career games at Missouri, Gabbert threw for 6,822 yards and 40 TDs. His pass efficiency rating of 132.59 is the second-highest in Missouri history.

    6. QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas (JR) A giant (6'6" 238 lbs) quarterback with a powerful, accurate arm.
    I have noticed a strange "hitch" in his throw, so we will see who else notices this leading to the 2011 NFL Draft. Doesn't throw well on the move, a pure pocket passer.

    7. CB Patrick Peterson, LSU (JR) The top cover corner in the land with great size and ball skills.
    Peterson is a 6' 1" 211 pound ball hawk. Locker might be an option here.

    8. QB Jake Locker, Washington Had an off year only completing 55% of his passes. The Titans are giving up on Vince Young.
    Would have been a top 5 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Locker is a big kid (6' 3" 226 lbs) with a strong arm and 4.4 speed.

    9. CB Prince Amukamara The Prince has excellent size (6' 1" 204) and might even move to free safety.
    An amazing defensive back that could be a top 10 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. The Cowboys could get a tackle here, but the Prince is too good to pass up. CB Terrance Newman is getting old and his skills have greatly diminished.

    10. OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College Very experienced, tall (6' 7" 306 lbs) with long arms.
    This is a little high for Castonzo, but the Skins need to get a tackle that could start as a rookie.

    11. LB Akeem Ayers, UCLA Ayers is a big (6' 4" 251 lbs), strong, fast run stuffer.
    The Texans need help all over; Ayers might be the best available player here.

    12. C/G Mike Pouncey, Florida A very athletic, versatile player that has nice size (6' 4" 310 lbs) and good blood lines.
    The Vikings need help at center and they want to run the ball more in 2011.

    13. DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue Quick, talented and at 6' 4" 259 pounds could be the next DeMarcus Ware.
    Very productive, Kerrigan recorded 26 TFLs and 12.5 sacks this year.

    14. WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State (Soph) The top receiver in the nation recorded 1,282 receiving yards and 20 TDs this year.
    Look for the Rams to be a playoff team in 2011. Blackmon is talented and has nice size (6' 1" 208 lbs).

    15. QB Cam Newton, Auburn (JR) The Dolphins need some talent at QB and Newton could be special.
    Newton (6' 6" 250 lbs) runs like Vince Young, but has a much better arm than people give him credit for. The 2010 Heisman Trophy winner, Newton ran for 1,409 yards and 20 TDs and passed for an additional 2,589 yards and 28 TDs.

    16. OLB/DE Von Miller, Texas A&M Miller recorded 14.5 TFL and 9.5 sacks.
    At 6' 4" 240 pounds he could be a powerful force rushing the passer.

    17. OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin From Raiders: A nice sized (6' 7" 327 lbs) book-end.
    Has dominated every defensive end he has came up against this year. Its almost unfair, an excellent team like the Pats with two number one draft picks.

    Updated: 10 January 2011

    18. WR Julio Jones, Alabama (JR) Jones has been playing in a run oriented offense so his numbers aren't eye popping.
    Jones is (6' 4" 211 lbs) very physical, an excellent blocker and difficult to tackle. He recorded 1,133 yards and 7 TDs this year.

    19. TE Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame At 6' 6" 260 pounds he is a supreme talent.
    Rudolph had a season ending hamstring injury and won't workout at the combine.

    20. OT Nate Solder, Colorado Prototype size, 6' 8" 313 lbs, and very athletic.
    Solder has enough talent to start as a rookie.

    21. WR Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh (JR) A giant (6' 5" 225 lbs) receiver that is a biscuit away from being a tight end.
    Baldwin reminds me a little of Terrell Owens.

    22. OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi St. A good value here, Sherrod is a high character player with athletic ability.
    A very talented tackle with nice size (6' 6" 305 lbs). He could compete for a starting spot as a rookie.

    23. DE Robert Quinn, North Carolina (JR) Character issues might cause him to slip, but he is a top ten talent.
    He has been suspended in 2010 but, the 6' 5" 270 pounder finished 2009 with 19 TFLs and 11 sacks.

    24. LB Justin Houston, Georgia (JR) An excellent pass rusher. He recorded 18.5 TFL and 10 sacks.
    The Chiefs need help at receiver and also offensive tackle but linebacker has to be a priority.

    25. DE Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma Beal has great closing speed and might make the transition to linebacker.
    With his speed and size (6' 3" 261 lbs) he could play linebacker or end. Very productive player, he recorded 9 sacks and 19 TFL this year. The Seahawks made it to the playoffs with a losing record.

    26. RB Mark Ingram, Alabama The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner was made for the NFL.
    The Bears could use a "special" running back and Ingram could be special in the NFL. RB Daniel Thomas from Kansas State is also an option here. Thomas rushed for 1,585 yards and 19 TDs this season.

    27. DE Cameron Heyward, Ohio State Nice sized, (6' 5" 292 lbs) explosive playmaker.
    There is going to be a lot of defensive linemen drafted early in the 2011 NFL Draft.

    28. DE JJ Watt, Wisconsin (JR) Watt is a big time playmaker. He recorded an amazing 21 TFLs this season.
    JJ Watt (6' 6" 290 lbs) is the unsung here for a very good Wisconsin team.

    29. CB Janoris Jenkins, Florida Very athletic corner (5' 11" 188 lbs) with great instincts.
    Jenkins is one of the top defensive backs in the nation.

    30. DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa Clayborn is a difference maker and can be a pro bowl defensive end.
    Clayborn is the complete package, at 6' 3" 282 pounds he can rush the passer and stop the run.

    31. DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina Austin (6' 3" 307 lbs) is an elite athlete and would be a steal here.
    Out of football this year because he had illegal contact with an agent, but Austin could have been a first round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

    32. DE Drake Nevis, LSU A high effort player with decent size (6' 1" 292 lbs).
    Nevis has been rising up the 2011 NFL Draft Boards this year with a very productive season.
  25. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    Ok just saw Tampas pick of Nate Soldier. WTF is he seriously 6' 8?? Damn they are gettin taller indeed. Al might be all over this guy if his 40 time is under 5.4 seconds.
  26. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    Found another cool Mock site with a build your own feature.
    The Mock 2011: Driveway Edition - Pigskin Heaven

    1. Carolina Panthers - Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
    After the hiring of Coach Ron Rivera, there's a change at the top. Nick Fairley becomes the pick here based on Rivera's need for defensive talent.

    2. Denver Broncos - Marcell Dareus, DE, Alabama
    If there's one thing the Broncos need, it's defensive linemen. Unfortunately, it's not the only thing they need, but Dareus is a good start.

    3. Buffalo Bills - Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
    I'm sticking to my guns on this one, the Bills need a franchise quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick is just not going to get them much further than he did last year.

    4. Cincinnati Bengals - A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
    The beneficiary of the coaching change in Carolina is...Cincinnati! Green gives them a number one receiver who probably won't be changing his last name to the Spanish translation of his number any time soon.

    5. Arizona Cardinals - Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
    The Cardinals' leader in sacks this past season: Calais Campbell, a 3-4 defensive end, with 6. That can't happen if they want to contend in the NFC West. The pass rush needs an upgrade here (among other things).

    6. Cleveland Browns - Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
    With the Browns heading back towards a 4-3 defense, the biggest need to add pass rushers to the outside of this defense. I'm concerned about Bowers' consistency with just one big year, but the Browns need to take the chance that he can repeat his performance.

    7. San Francisco 49ers - Jake Locker, QB, Washington
    Trent Baalke's pretty confident their quarterback of the future is not on the roster as of now. I'm fairly confident they'll go that route early in the draft, if they don't trade for one first.

    8. Tennessee Titans - Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
    Tennessee is in a similar spot, and needs a franchise quarterback. Mallet has accuracy on his deep throws, which could make him and Kenny Britt a dangerous combination.

    9. Dallas Cowboys - Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
    Peterson has great potential as a cover corner, and the Cowboys are going to need one (or two).

    10. Washington Redskins - Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
    Newton didn't impress with his ability as a passer in the national title game, but he didn't exactly get blown off the field as a playmaker either. Definitely needs to sit on the bench for the first year or two of his career.

    11. Houston Texans - Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
    The Texans have enough defensive ends to run Wade Phillips' scheme, but they need someone who can control the middle of the field at the nose tackle. Paea has enough strength to man the middle in their new one-gap 3-4 scheme.

    12. Minnesota Vikings - Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
    Their corners are not getting any younger, despise the Vikings best efforts over the years. Amukamara at 12 is just too good to pass up.

    13. Detroit Lions - Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
    With Janoris Jenkins heading back to Florida, the next best option here for the Lions is to improve their situation at left tackle.

    14. St. Louis Rams - Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
    Sam Bradford needs receivers who can make their own plays. Jones is big enough and has enough speed to create separation on the short routes and get open deep.

    15. Miami Dolphins - Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
    Ingram should form a powerful 1-2 punch with Ronnie Brown, and eventually take over as the featured back in Miami.

    16. Jacksonville Jaguars - Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri
    Jacksonville's defensive line is solid, but they can't generate a consistent pass rush. Smith is an athletic freak who they'd be lucky to get at this point in the draft.

    17. New England Patriots (from OAK) - Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
    After the loss to the Jets, one thing stood out about the Patriots defense: they can't get a consistent pass rush. Miller may be the best pure pass rushing specialist at linebacker in this draft.

    18. San Diego Chargers - Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia
    And the second best pure pass rushing linebacker in the draft goes to San Diego.

    19. New York Giants - Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
    This might as well be referred to as linebacker's row. Ayers adds much needed athleticism and youth to the Giants' linebacking corps.

    20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - J.J. Watt, DT, Wisconsin
    Imagine Watt and McCoy chasing quarterbacks together for the next ten years. If you're Matt Ryan and you're reading this, I apologize for any recurring nightmares I may be causing.

    21. Kansas City Chiefs - Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
    Kerrigan would move outside to linebacker in the Chiefs' 3-4, and would help upgrade their pass rush by adding a piece opposite Tamba Hali.

    22. Indianapolis Colts - Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
    The Colts need a left tackle, and it's part of the reason Peyton Manning is sitting at home right now rather than preparing to face the Patriots in the AFC Championship

    23. Philadelphia Eagles - Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
    The Eagles early playoff exit was in large part due to their inability to stop the pass rush of the Packers. Castonzo can help upgrade their line immediately.

    24. New Orleans Saints - Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
    There's a recurring theme here with the teams that just missed or just left the playoffs, rushing the passer, protecting the passer. The Saints need to get more of a pass rush up front, and Clayborn can help with that.

    25. Seattle Seahawks - Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
    And then there's the teams that just couldn't shut anyone down through the air. Seattle's in this group.

    26. Baltimore Ravens - Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
    The Ravens blew a three touchdown lead against the Steelers, in part due to their inability to stop the pass. The problem is at corner.

    27. Atlanta Falcons - Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
    With the Falcons, they'll need to replace Tony Gonzalez's production in the middle, whether it's this year or next. Rudolph can start to make that transition as a rookie.

    28. New England Patriots - Cameron Heyward, DT, Ohio State
    Another way to upgrade your pass rush if you're New England: get a defensive lineman who can not only command the double team, but beat it.

    29. Green Bay Packers - Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech
    It's a two back league anymore, and even if James Starks can continue his production, the Packers will eventually need a second back.

    30. New York Jets - Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
    The Jets are looking at the distinct possibility of losing one of Santonio Holmes or Braylon Edwards this offseason. Baldwin can be a down the field threat, and a force in the red zone at 6'6.

    31. Chicago Bears - Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
    The Bears, if they make the Super Bowl, will have a problem with the outside pass rush with whoever they play.

    32. Pittsburgh Steelers - Marcus Cannon, OG, Texas Christian
    The Steelers need to get healthy up front, but they could still use an upgrade at guard.
  27. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    The Mocks are really kickin up now with only 4 positions unknown.

    Seahawks Draft Blog Mock Draft – 01/17 « Seahawks Draft Blog

    By Rob Staton

    Give me your feedback: rob@seahawksdraftblog.com

    #1 Nick Fairley, DT Auburn (6-5, 298lbs)
    It’s impossible to accurately predict what Carolina will do. I’m not convinced Fairley is worth this pick but you could the same for any of the other candidates.

    #2 Da’Quan Bowers, DE Clemson (6-4, 280lbs)
    Denver had the least amount of sacks and worst total defense in the NFL. Getting Elvis Dumervil back is crucial but drafting Bowers will also help.

    #3 Cam Newton, QB Auburn (6-5, 250lbs)
    The Bills are a complete wild card. Newton would be a logical fit in Chan Gailey’s system but he did commit to Ryan Fitzpatrick. It’s a tough top-five to project.

    #4 A.J. Green, WR Georgia (6-4, 208lbs)
    It looks like the days of Owens and Ochocino are numbered. If that proves true it opens the door for the talented Green to become a top-five pick.

    #5 Blaine Gabbert, QB Missouri (6-5, 235lbs)
    With so many teams needing a quarterback – Gabbert won’t last long. Unless the Cardinals bring in a starter before the draft – you can’t look past a quarterback here.

    #6 Robert Quinn, DE UNC (6-5, 270lbs)
    Quinn needs to have a good combine to maintain high pre-season grades. This is a tough pick to call and it’ll change a lot between now and April.

    #7 Patrick Peterson, CB LSU (6-1, 222lbs)
    I’m a big fan of Peterson but I’m not buying him as a potential #1 overall pick. No cornerback has ever gone first overall. I’ll be surprised if that changes in 2011.

    #8 Marcell Dareus, DT Alabama (6-4, 306lbs)
    They need a quarterback but the top two are off the board. Jeff Fisher is basically working on a one-year contract. If the CBA sorts itself out, they may look to experience.

    #9 Jimmy Smith, CB Colorado (6-2, 205lbs)
    I’m sold on his ability and expect a big rise after work outs. He’ll blow up the combine with a fast 40-time. He’s not far behind Peterson and could have a better career.

    #10 Jake Locker, QB Washington (6-3, 230lbs)
    Mike Shanahan is a big fan of Locker and the Redskins will draft a quarterback this April. This is close to a lock unless someone trades above Washington.

    #11 J.J. Watt, DE Wisconsin (6-5, 279lbs)
    The Texans are switching to a 3-4 and while the needs in the secondary continue, we have to look at scheme-specific prospects. Watt had a strong 2010.

    #12 Tyron Smith, OT USC (6-5, 290lbs)
    Scouts are all over Smith at the moment and he could be the first OT off the board. Whoever starts at quarterback for Minnesota next year, they could use better protection.

    #13 Prince Amukamara, CB Nebraska (6-1, 205lbs)
    He reminds me a lot of Mike Jenkins, who was considered a top-10 pick for a long time before falling to #13. Jenkins is now a safety – and the same could happen with Amukamara.

    #14 Julio Jones, WR Alabama (6-4, 220lbs)
    There’s absolutely no doubt what St. Louis’ biggest need is after watching the NFC West ‘title game’. Jones would be perfect fodder for Sam Bradford. They need a receiver.

    #15 Mike Pouncey, OG/C Florida (6-4, 313lbs)
    This could end up being a lock. Some say he won’t make it out of the teens and Miami are desperate for a center. He won’t get past Kansas City at #21 - despite playing a low value position.

    #16 Ryan Mallett, QB Arkansas (6-6, 238lbs)
    Team meetings will define Mallett’s stock. Jacksonville are a complete wild-card but someone’s going to buy into this guy. He could start late in 2011 as a rookie.

    #17 Ryan Kerrigan, DE Purdue (6-4, 263lbs)
    Kerrigan’s all-out effort and solid production the last two years should interest New England. They could use extra pass rushing help and this seems like a good fit.

    #18 Cameron Jordan, DE California (6-4, 283lbs)
    He’s high on a lot of boards and could go earlier than this. Big personality and a bit of a joker. Capable 5-technique who can move inside and pass-rush.

    #19 Derek Sherrod, OT Miss. State (6-5, 306lbs)
    This pick came down to Sherrod and Ayers. I went with the tackle due to the premium nature of the position, but both prospects seem logical for the Giants.

    #20 Aldon Smith, DE Missouri (6-5, 260lbs)
    Despite the size I think his best fit is right end in a 4-3. He gave Nate Solder and Colorado a nightmare last year – that tape convinced me he can go early (top 15?).

    #21 Justin Houston, OLB Georgia (6-3, 258lbs)
    With eleven sacks this year and a growing reputation it wouldn’t surprise me if Houston went early. He looked the part against Florida and is a pure pass rusher.

    #22 Stephen Paea, DT Oregon State (6-1, 305lbs)
    His six sacks this year added to the fact he’s excellent against the run could put Paea in top-20 contention. I like him higher than this and it’s a good fit for Indy.

    #23 Brandon Harris, CB Miami (5-11, 195lbs)
    Harris didn’t have a great game in the Sun Bowl – but he’s still got tons of potential. He’s shown on numerous occasions what a good open-field tackler he is.

    #24 Akeem Ayers, OLB UCLA (6-4, 255lbs)
    Ayers offers a pass-rush at outside linebacker, but he’s capable in coverage and this fills a need. I considered Drake Nevis and Mark Ingram here too.

    #25 Jonathan Baldwin, WR Pittsburgh (6-5, 230lbs)
    If Seattle keeps this pick, they have to go with the best player on their board at a position of need. That could be Baldwin – who can get downfield despite his unique size.

    #26 Torrey Smith, WR Maryland (6-0, 205lbs)
    I had Smith in the round 2-3 range but with prospects going back to school he could rise. He can get deep and Flacco’s got the arm to exploit his speed.

    #27 Mark Ingram, RB Alabama (5-10, 215lbs)
    I rate Ingram much higher than this but a lack of elite speed and a so-so 2010 season could lead to a fall. This would be a perfect match for both parties and the steal of the draft.

    #28 Nate Solder, OT Colorado (6-8, 315lbs)
    Atlanta need to keep building. They have Sam Baker at left tackle but he can move accross to the right allowing Solder to be the finesse blind side blocker.

    #29 Anthony Castonzo, OT Boston College (6-7, 295lbs)
    The Bears have really improved their line play and really it’s the interior that needs most help now. However – this could be a BPA situation.

    #30 Cameron Heyward, DE Ohio State (6-5, 288lbs)
    He hasn’t flashed that Sugar Bowl performance in many other games over the last two years. He’s here because others have gone back to school, diminishing the overall depth.

    #31 Adrian Clayborn, DE Iowa (6-4, 285lbs)
    Everytime I watched Clayborn in 2010 I was disappointed. He only had four sacks this season. I’m not sure he’s capable of recovering his stock but he’s worth a good look here

    #32 Mikel Leshoure, RB Illinois (6-1, 230lbs)
    Big, bruising running back who had 1697 rushing yards and twenty total TD’s in 2010. Another who rises due to others going back to school.

    I could see a top DE with our first. But I dunno about Cam being the 1st QB off the board. Unless Buff and Gailey have some kind of Titans/VY strategy in mind. Im not 100% that Gabbert is the best QB coming out, but he is the most NFL ready as far as I have seen of him.

    I dont care where, but someone needs to take Ingram just so NE cant. I would hate to see him there. It would honestly be one of those perfect storm scenarios.
  28. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

    Aug 14, 2006
    I can't remember the last time I was less enthusiastic about a draft class. I don't know if its the fact that we have no clear priority needs, or that this is just a shallow class, or the looming lockout, or just an angry hangover after the travesty of a season we just witnessed......but I really don't give two shits who we draft in the first round.

    I know everyone wants DE, OLB, OT....but if we went WR, CB, or S in the 1st I wouldn't be shocked or angry.
  29. LT-Express

    LT-Express Bolttalk.com Janitor since 06' Staff Member Super Moderator

    Aug 4, 2006
    I think it's a combination of Shallow class, along with no clear priority needs to focus on.

    There really isn't a cant miss prospect, and AJ Green is about the most athletic in this draft which makes it pretty boring.
  30. AnteaterRaider

    AnteaterRaider Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006
    Still think there's a good mix of players who could fill our need in the first three rounds but yeah doesn't look like there's much talent after that. A few standout names but nothing much. If anything I think our five picks will be enough and the sixth pick is just a throw away.

    Could easily though get good players to meet all our needs in one shot

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