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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Preseason Picks

NFC East
Philadelphia 10-6
Washington 10-6
New York Giants 8-8
Dallas Cowboys-7-9

NFC North
Chicago 8-8
Green Bay 8-8
Detroit 5-11

NFC South
Atlanta 13-3
New Orleans 10-6
Carolina 8-8
Tampa Bay 5-11

NFC West
Arizona 12-4
Seattle 9-7
San Francisco 6-10
St Louis 3-13

AFC East
New England Patriots 10-6
Miami 9-7
Buffalo Bills 6-10
NY Jets 4-12

AFC North
Pittsburgh 10-6
Baltimore 9-7
Cleveland 3-13
Cincinnati 5-11

AFC South
Indianapolis 12-4
Houston 8-8
Jacksonville 7-9

AFC West
San Diego 13-3
Kansas City 7-9
Oakland Raiders 6-10
Denver Broncos 3-13

A very early 2010 Mock

1. Seattle Seahawks- QB- Sam Bradford-Oklahoma. Pick is from the Denver Broncos
2. St Louis Rams-S-Taylor Mays-USC
3. Cleveland Browns-NT-Terrance Cody-Alabma
4. New York Jets-DT-Ndamukong Suh-Nebraska
5. Detroit Lions-DT-Gerald McCoy-Oklahoma
6. Cincinatti Bengals-Arrelious Benn-WR-Illinois
7. Tampa Bay Buccaners-Greg Hardy-DE-Mississippi
8. San Franciso 49ers-Russell Okung-OT-Oklahoma State
9. Jacksonville Jaguars-Brandon Spikes-LB-Florida
10. Oakland Raiders-Eric Berry-S-Tennessee
11. Kansas City Chiefs-Jonathan Dwyer-RB-Georgia Tech
12. Houston Texans- Ciron Black-OT-LSU
13.Buffalo Bills-Jermain Gresham-TE-Oklahoma
14. Seattle Seahawks-Trevard Lindley-CB-Kentucky
15. Green Bay Packers-Carols Dunlap-DE-Florida
16. Denver Broncos-Tim Tebow-QB- Florida- pick from the Bears
17. Dallas Cowboys-Brandon Fell-WR-LSU
18. New York Giants-Trent Williams-OT-Oklahoma
19. Tennessee Titans-Jared Odrick-DT-Penn State
20. Miami Dolphins-Sergio Kindle-OLB-Texas
21. Minnesota Vikings-Colt McCoy-QB-Texas
22. San Francisco 49ers-Dan LeFevour-QB-Central Michigan
23. Baltimore Ravens-Marvin Austin-DT-North Carolina
24. Washington Redskins-Bryan Bulaga-OT-Iowa
25. Philadelphia Eagles-George Selvie-DE-South Florida
26. San Diego Chargers-Joe Haden-CB-Florida
27. New England Patriots-Sean Lee-LB-Penn State
28. Pittsburgh Steelers-Brandon Lang-OLB-Troy
29. Arizona Cardinals-Sean Weatherspoon-OLB-Missouri
30. New Orleans Saints-Antonia Coleman-DE-Auburn
31. Indianapolis Colts-Mike Pouncey-OG-Florida
32. Atlanta Falcons-Dez Bryant-WR-Oklahoma State

2009 Draft Grades

Drafts can really only be properly graded after 3 years but here is my preliminary draft grade for 2009
Arizona Cardinals-A- The Cardinals have been drafting much better the last few years. Running back Chris Wells was good Value at the end of Round 1. Good value in linebacker Cody Brown from U Conn and I like small school Defensive back Greg Toler from St. Pauls in round 4.

Atlanta Falcons- B- Not bad. 1st rounder Jeria Perry might just be average but I like Safety William Monroe in round 2 and DE Lawrence Sidbury from Richmond in round 4

Baltimore Ravens-B- Michael Oher will not be Jonathan Ogden but he'll start for the next 7-10 years. DE Krugar from Utah might be a good pass rusher

Buffalo Bills-A+- Aaron Maybin will get 10 sacks. Eric Wood in late round 1 from Louisville was good value but I also think they got starters with their round 2 picks. Defensive back Jarius Byrd and Guard Andy Levitre could also be starterss from day one

Carolina Panthers-C- 1st round pick Everette Brown is too small to have any kind of impact at defensive line and too slow to have any impact at linebacker. Best pick was guard Duke Robinson in round 5 from Oklahoma.

Chicago Bears-B- They got Jay Cutler by trading their 1st round pick. Got some value in the middle rounds. I like 5th rounder Marcus Freeman from Ohio State

Cincinnati Bengals-A- First 3 picks were really good. Tackle Andre Smith and LB Rey Maualuga will be day one starters. 3 rd rounder Michael Johnson has a ton of upside. They will also get some production from 3rd round TE Chase Coffman from Missouri.

Cleveland Browns-B+- Center Alex Mack will be their center for the next decade. WR Brian Robiskie should have been a first rounder and will be a solid pro.

Dallas Cowboys-F- sorry there is no better way I can explain it. They drafted a hodge podge of training camp fodder and traded their frist rounder away from the less than stellar WR Roy Williams.

Denver Broncos-C- Part of drafting is knowing where other teams have players slotted. No one was going to draft running back Knowshon Moreno in the first 20 picks . They passed up one of the better defensive ends in the draft in Brian Orapko to take Moreno then took an average defensive end 6 picks later with Robert Ayers. Fourth round guard Seth Olsen will be a nice player though.

Detroit Lions-B- I thought Sanchez would have been the better pick. Got some nice value all the way through the draft. 3rd rounder Derrick Williams could be a steal.

Green Bay Packers-B+- DT BJ Raji and LB Clay Matthews will be good players for a
long time.

Houston Texans-B- Brian Cushing might be a smidge slow to be a dominant player but has great football instincts. I like 2nd round defensive end Connor Barwin from Cincinnati.

Indianapolis Colts-C+- Donald Brown from Connecticut fills a need but he was never asked to block in college. DT Fili Moala fills a need for size on their interiro line

Jacksonville Jaguars-B-- Fillled their need for bookend offensive tackles for the next 7 years. Tackles Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton will be immediate starters.

Kansas City Chiefs-C- Tyson Jackson at #3 overall was a reach but it is often difficult to trade out of the top draft spots. Jackson fills a need for an 3-4 defensiv end

Minnesota Vikings-B- Should get immediate production from Wideout Percy Harvin. Phil Loadholt at tackle could be dominent if he applies himself

New England Patriots-C- With 2nd rounders the Patriots should have done much better. Only Darius Butler from Connecticut will pay immediate divididends. Major reach on Houston tackle Sebastion Vollmer at the bottom of round 2.

New Orleans Saints-D- Malcolm Jenkins was a reach at pick 14 in round 1. They could have traded down. No 2nd and no 3rd round choice

New York Giants-A-- Real solid 1st day picks landed them WR Hakeen Nicks, LB Clint Stintim, and OT Will Beatty.

New York Jets-B-- They really didn't give up much to move up to land Marc Sanchez. Only had 3 picks. Iowa running back Shonn Greene could suprise.

Oakland Raiders-F-- What in the world is Al Davis thinking? Wideout Darrius Hewward-Bey was on no ones radar screen at pick #7 overal. To make matters worse the raiders reached badly to take Safety
Michael Mitchell at the top of the 2nd round.

Philadelphia Eagles-B- I am not sold on this being a great draft. Wideout Jereby Maclin was a nice pick but LeSean McCoy does not translate into a dominent runningback at the next level

Pittsburgh Steelers-C- Other than first round pick Evander Hood I see little more than training camp fodder with their other picks.

San Diego Chargers-C- Larry English could be a pass rushing specialist but the rest were reach picks including a DT from the University of Western Ontario in round 4.

San Franciso 49ers B-- The idiocy of the Raiders allowed Crabtree to fall into the 49ers lap but little else with the rest of their picks

Seattle Seahawks-A-Top three picks were very good. LB Aaron Curry and C Max Unger will start right away. Deon Butler was the best receiver at Penn State and will get deep with his 4.3 speed.

Tampa Bay Buccaneeers-D- needed a quarterback so they reached for Josh Freeman and the rest of the picks were not very good.

Tennessee Titans-A- They got good value with their 1st 3 picks. WR Kenny Britt and TE Jared Cook will be productive.

Washington Redskins- B- They lucked out that DE Brian Orapko landed in their laps. CB Kevin Barnes was a reach in Round 3. 7th rounder Marko Mitchell might surpise and was a good pick for round 7