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Aussie_steeler
01-31-2008, 06:08 AM
Aussie Steeler Mock Draft version 2

Things have been a bit slow for all of us draft geeks so I thought it was time for me to put up another mock draft, with changes due to the Senior bowl. I hope this stimulates a bit of debate and gets some discussion happening. ( I am so over this superbowl coverage)

I have changed a little from my first projection on the January 7th.

Round 1 - OT Sam Baker ( I think he will be there) or CB Leodis McKelvin
Round 2 CB D. Rodgers - Cromartie or OT G. Cherilius
Round 3 - WR Adarius Bowman or G Roy Schuening
Round 4 - OG Eric Young or WR Paul Hubbard
Round 5 - RB Jacob Hester or DE Kendall Langford
Round 7 - OC F. Velasco or RB Ryan Torain



My second draft includes a trade. I believe that the first round graded OT?s will be gone by pick 23 so I have offered up a trade for best value. I think the 49er?s will still be smarting about giving up the 7th overall to the Pats and they will want to make amends. Martz will want a stud WR ( he likes Manningham by some reports) but the FO will also want a stud 3-4 DE. I am guessing Calais Campbell is available at #23 so the 49ers will want to have a serious go at him, so a trade is viable with the Steelers.

I propose for my mock draft that the Steelers trade their #23 in the first ( 760 points) to the 49er?s for their #40 in round 2 ( 500 points), #71 in round 3 ( 235 points) and their 6th round pick ( 24 points).

Mock draft version 2 ( February 1 2008)

Round 2 #40 Gosder Cherilius OT Boston College. 6?7 315lbs
Cherilius is a true right tackle that has a mean streak and can start from day one. Marvel Smith stays at Left OT and Starks is let go. Quick feet and long arms will allow him to handle RT. Leave Marvel at LT for another season and replace him down the line. I think his credentials have been made well aware by all draft nuts on this site so I wont go into any more detail. I think Right OT was the major weakness for 2007. Time to fix it.


Round 2 #56 Branden Albert OG / OT Virginia 6?7 315lbs
He is an instant replacement for Alan Faneca at left guard. Tall, strong with long arms. Wont be pushed off the ball or beaten by speed rushers. Will start for a year at left guard and quite possibly could move to Left tackle in 2009 if needed. Smash mouth run blocker who will play in the same style as Faneca. He will create running space for FWP alongside Marvel Smith. ( Maybe a higher pick come draft day)

I almost put Mike Pollack, center from Arizona State here. I am not convinced totally he is worth this high a pick considering he may not totally fit our system / style of running. Might be more of a zone blocking type scheme. This was one of the hardest picks to make. If a stud center were available I would take him in a heartbeat. Come April I expect both Albert and Godfrey to be on the rise.



Round 3 #71 Charles Godfrey CB Iowa 6?0 207lbs 4.38 sec
Godfrey is a fast cover guy who can and will play physical against the run. Spent time at FS in the senior bowl. Can turn and run with any receiver. Blazing speed that would suit the gunner role on special teams. Reads a lot like Ike and I think Tomlin will be keen to groom a DB to replace Deshea. Bryant McFadden will push for Townsend?s spot but is he the long-term solution? Instant help on special teams and will find a place in the secondary rotation. (with that speed he will likely move into the 2nd round)

Round 3 # 89 Kendall Langford RDE Hampton 6?6 275 lbs ( weighed heavier at Senior Bowl 290lbs I think)

Loads of people are talking about Langford. There are not many 3-4 DE?s with his physical stature and he has grabbed the attention of a lot of teams. I think this is a bit high for him to be taken but if we miss out on him our D line could be in trouble in terms of quality of depth. There is not much on offer except for Harrington from Texas A& M. Rotating Keisel and Langford could really help on the right side of the line.

Round 4 # 120 Quintin Demps FS / Kr Texas El-Paso 6?0 203 lbs

His strengths at free safety are his vision, nose for the ball and coverage abilities. Can also play corner back and as a Punt Returner he ranked 15th nationally in punt returns with a 13.3-yard average. This pick will allow the team to consider releasing Carter and moving Anthony Smith to strong safety. Demps and Godfrey would give Tomlin a young duo to work with for future roles. Remember that in the Steelers secondary defensive scheme players need almost two years to be ready to play fulltime, eg Troy, Ike, Hope. By this time Deshea will definitely be gone.

Round 5 # 151 Fernando Velasco OC Georgia 6?3 318 lbs
I was close to picking Pollack in round 2 but I believe this player is much better suited to the steeler way of playing and provides great value. Reports from NFLdraftscout.com show that ?Velasco possesses a strong punch and anchor that could make him a solid center candidate for a power running scheme. Could also play a strong drive blocking guard. Improving his footwork in pass protection could make him a very good pro?. Between Velasco and Stapleton one of these guys will be a major upgrade over Mahan. If not cut, Mahan will be left to compete for the left guard position (unsuccessfully).

Round 6 # 168 Ahtyba Rubin DT Iowa State 6?3 320 lbs
Casey Hampton needs a backup for future use in a rotation system to ensure that the NT position is not suffering from fatigue. Rubin reads like a raw version of Hampton who will make a good 3-4 NT. Senior bowl comments from NFLdraftscout.com ?A powerful nose tackle prospect who took on double teams and held his ground. In one-on-one drills, he got into his man and drove him back more often than not. Has a short, stout frame and plays with good strength and leverage. He lacks the burst teams want for the 4-3 alignment, but is stout enough at the point to possibly work as a nose guard prospect.?


Round 6 # 183 Jalen Parmele RB/ KR 6?0 222 lbsToledo

Time to reach with our last pick (maybe not?). Tomlin wants young special teamers and guys that will play hard. Look for Russell and Parmele to force Davenport out the door. His workout at the combine will probably see him on the rise. Parmele will be a nice counter punch to support Fast Willie Parker. I consider a linebacker here and maybe J Lehman would be a great option, For some reason his stocks seem to be falling. This pick needs to a special teams gamble in my view.

Reports from NFLdraftscout.com ?2007 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: TB Jalen Parmele stepped up with a huge season, rushing for 1,511 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. A big-play threat in the kickoff return game as well, Parmele gobbled up all-purpose yards and topped the 100-yard mark for seven straight games.?


I hope this draft creates some discussion. It has taken some time to put together and I am keen to see how it measures up amongst the seasoned vets who live for this kind of stuff. As a result of these choices I realise my O line come mid season would therefore be M.Smith, B. Albert, F. Velasco, K. Simmons and G. Cherilius. Three rookie starting is hard to handle but our schedule is a monster and we might struggle to get above 500 whoever is on the line. Reshaping the O line this way would allow for the formation of a formidable core for the future.

Like all posters I know that until the combine has come and gone that this group of selections is bound to change. Feel free to blow off some steam and give me your thoughts (likes / dislikes). I am not precious so I can handle some constructive criticism.

lamberts-lost-tooth
01-31-2008, 07:04 AM
Well thought out....very nice.

I wasnt sold on Mike Pollack as a fit for our system either..but the senior bowl showed me that he has very nice technigue and more power than I had been led to believe. But I do agree that we can wait until the later rounds to pick up a center and I like both Legursky and Velasco on the second day.

I think if there is no value at OT at #23, there is a chance we go CB with the first pick...then pick up OT and OG in the 2nd & 3rd.

I still have hopes that we look to FA to take care of the LT side and move Smith to RT.

I am still thinking that Langford will be a stud and if he is gone I might take a gamble on Chris Norwell out of Illinois in the later rounds.

Possibly more value at picking up a FA WR than a third or fourth rounder....and if we dont look at OT in free agency I think that we may pick up a Veteran reciever...but IF we are looking at WR after the second round...I would take a flyer on Wisconsin's Paul Hubbard (6'4 4.47) who may be available in the later rounds due to missing 7 games to a knee injury.

Lehman is coming off an ankle injury and has now dropped to a 5th round projection

Elvis
01-31-2008, 03:07 PM
These are my opinions, I Do Not Work for the NFL
1. Dolphins DT Glenn Dorsey LSU
2. Rams OT Jake Long Michigan
3. Falcons QB Matt Ryan Boston College
4. Raiders RB Darren McFadden Arkansas
5. Chiefs QB Brian Brohm Louisville
6. Jets DE Chris Long Virginia
7. Patriots (clev) DE/LB Vernon Gholston Ohio State
8. Ravens LB Keith Rivers USC
9. Bengals DT Sedrick Ellis USC
10. Saints S Kenny Phillips Miami, Fla
11. Bills DB Antoine Cason Arizona
12. Broncos LB Dan Conner Penn St.
13. Panthers DB Leodis McKelvin Troy
14. Bears DB Mike Jenkins South Fla.
15. Lions RB Jonathan Stewart Oregon
16. Arizona DE Calais Campbell Miami, Fla
17. Vikings QB Andre Woodson Kentucky (Bears are crying)
18. Texans WR DeSean Jackson California
19. Eagles OT Ryan Clady Boise St.
20. Tampa Bay DE Quintin Groves Auburn
21. Redskins OT Jeff Otah Pitt
22. Cowboys (Clev) DT Kentwan Balmer UNC
23 STEELERS OT Gosder Cherilus Boston College
24. Titans TE Fred Davis USC
25. Seattle RB Felix Jones Arkansas
26. Jaguars WR Malcolm Kelly Oklahoma
27. Chargers WR Limas Sweed Texas
28. Cowboys DB Reggie Smith Oklahoma
29. 49ers WR Early Doucet LSU
30. Green Bay OT Sam Baker USC
31. N.Y. Giants DB Aghib Talib Kansas
32. Forfeited
Everyone Feel Free to Grade My Draft and Have Fun

Elvis
01-31-2008, 03:26 PM
Hey Aussie, I love the work that you put into your draft with all the info on each player, that takes alot of time and effort. I like your draft but, I really dont see Cherilus lasting that long bud, I think that if the Steelers dont take him the Packers will. The Steelers must get better and deeper on both lines, offense and defense to have a chance at next years tittle. I think that Smith at DE is as solid as there is here on this team right now, but the others are very suspect other than Hampton at NT. What ever happened to the Chris Hoke guy? I thought maybe he should be playing in the absence of Smith at DE.
:cheers:

MasterOfPuppets
01-31-2008, 03:28 PM
aussie, what makes you think the 9er's are lookin to move up? they do have the 29th pick, so why not trade that one to move up? thier second pick is only 10 spots away form thier first.

Aussie_steeler
01-31-2008, 06:57 PM
aussie, what makes you think the 9er's are lookin to move up? they do have the 29th pick, so why not trade that one to move up? thier second pick is only 10 spots away form thier first.


I think they are cut about the Patriots getting the 7 pick. They could have had Gholston with that pick and been set for the next 10 years.

They really want a DE and that is the position they will have to move up for. IMO with two first rounders they meet both needs. If they sit where they are they miss that blue chip DE. With their current first round pick they are a lock to get the WR they want. Their options change a little with the second rounder and may have to look at best player available.

In all truth I am just trying to find a way for us to pool more picks so that we can provide some talent for the future on both O line, D line and secondary. I just dont see with 6 picks finding a way to provide the upgrades that are warranted.

Aussie_steeler
01-31-2008, 07:26 PM
Well thought out....very nice.

:cheers:

I wasnt sold on Mike Pollack as a fit for our system either..but the senior bowl showed me that he has very nice technigue and more power than I had been led to believe. But I do agree that we can wait until the later rounds to pick up a center and I like both Legursky and Velasco on the second day.

Someone is going to invest heavily in Pollack. He is not a Nick Mangold but he will be good. If you look through all the rosters most quality centers develop over time and usually have come late in the draft.

I think if there is no value at OT at #23, there is a chance we go CB with the first pick...then pick up OT and OG in the 2nd & 3rd.
I still have hopes that we look to FA to take care of the LT side and move Smith to RT.

A corner back would be great value, but they would have to be a return specialist to get playing time in the first year. Our system takes time to learn and as a CB they wont make in instant impact. This draft is loaded with quality CB's

I am still thinking that Langford will be a stud and if he is gone I might take a gamble on Chris Norwell out of Illinois in the later rounds.

This draft is very light with tall run stopping 3-4 DE's. There could be a big drop off after the round 4 projections. I will check out Norwell


Possibly more value at picking up a FA WR than a third or fourth rounder....and if we dont look at OT in free agency I think that we may pick up a Veteran reciever...but IF we are looking at WR after the second round...I would take a flyer on Wisconsin's Paul Hubbard (6'4 4.47) who may be available in the later rounds due to missing 7 games to a knee injury.

WIth a weak O Line Ben still put up career numbers. I give the receivers plenty of credit for their play last season. I am prepared to give Dallas Baker a chance instead of Wilson. A stud WR is needed in a couple of years to eventually replace Hines. I think we can wait another year. Willie Reid will also get a chance to step


Lehman is coming off an ankle injury and has now dropped to a 5th round projection

Lehman could be the best value pick of the whole draft if he stays where he is currently projected. He will be a special teams demon that would eventually make his way into a teams starting lineup. I love his passion and determination. He really looks like he is a player.

What are you thoughts on the make up of our safeties? There balance just doesnt seem right to me. The return of Ryan Clark will help but what are the best options for depth behind Troy at Strong Safety?

MasterOfPuppets
01-31-2008, 07:37 PM
I think they are cut about the Patriots getting the 7 pick. They could have had Gholston with that pick and been set for the next 10 years.

They really want a DE and that is the position they will have to move up for. IMO with two first rounders they meet both needs. If they sit where they are they miss that blue chip DE. With their current first round pick they are a lock to get the WR they want. Their options change a little with the second rounder and may have to look at best player available.

In all truth I am just trying to find a way for us to pool more picks so that we can provide some talent for the future on both O line, D line and secondary. I just dont see with 6 picks finding a way to provide the upgrades that are warranted.well, here's the flaw in your thinking....san fran uses the 3 - 4 defense....gholston doesn't have the size to play DE in a 3-4....so he'd have to be an olber. the problem there is he has 0 experience in pass coverage. they could possably land calias campbell or kentwan balmer at 29.

Aussie_steeler
01-31-2008, 07:47 PM
Are they prepared to sit back and watch Campbell slip by? I dont know know. If they are sold on Balmer then they sit and take him with no stress at 29. Then in the second they can still pick up a WR. I am just hoping that stress might induce an itchy trigger finger and a trade come our way.

I just wonder what kind of influence Martz will have? He will want a WR to groom in his new offence. Who will will the face off that might eventuate?

I know that their is less than a 5% chance of my scenario ever developing. I just hope that we can manage to score an extra pick or two somewhere to help with depth on both lines.

MasterOfPuppets
01-31-2008, 07:57 PM
Are they prepared to sit back and watch Campbell slip by? I dont know know. If they are sold on Balmer then they sit and take him with no stress at 29. Then in the second they can still pick up a WR. I am just hoping that stress might induce an itchy trigger finger and a trade come our way.

I just wonder what kind of influence Martz will have? He will want a WR to groom in his new offence. Who will will the face off that might eventuate?

I know that their is less than a 5% chance of my scenario ever developing. I just hope that we can manage to score an extra pick or two somewhere to help with depth on both lines.i'm thinkin thier gonna go WR in the 1st, and they can still grab dre moore or trevor laws in the 2nd.

Aussie_steeler
01-31-2008, 11:04 PM
Hey Aussie, I love the work that you put into your draft with all the info on each player, that takes alot of time and effort. I like your draft but, I really dont see Cherilus lasting that long bud, I think that if the Steelers dont take him the Packers will. The Steelers must get better and deeper on both lines, offense and defense to have a chance at next years tittle. I think that Smith at DE is as solid as there is here on this team right now, but the others are very suspect other than Hampton at NT. What ever happened to the Chris Hoke guy? I thought maybe he should be playing in the absence of Smith at DE.
:cheers:


:cheers:Thanks for the feedback.

I agree that both lines need to add some youth. Chris Hoke is the back up Nose Tackle behind Casey Hampton. The only options left to cover Aaron Smith were Eason and McBean. This is exactly where and why the cover is needed. I dont see many options in free agency. The only guys appear to be the other side of 30 eg. Spicer from the Jags.

Rhee Rhee
02-01-2008, 01:47 AM
a reminder... more and more teams are trading away their 1st round pick of the next years draft... we don't always have to look at 2nd or 3rd rounders this year... i'd much rather have a 49ers 1st pick next year than their 2nd pick this year...

aside from cherilus being our pick im overall satisfied... i think u should really look at chris williams as our 1st pick.... also im thinking that WR is a position we should take a flier on... find a guy who is tall and fast and see if we can make anything out of him..

Elvis
02-01-2008, 12:15 PM
Rhee Rhee
Does this last thread of yours have anything to do with what Ben just said recently? I really think that the Steelers should maybe try to get someone in the 2nd or later rounds at WR myself. Our O Line and D Line are alot more need right now to select a receiver in the 1st. Of course I understand that you have your opinion and that is great, but what would be the smartest move on the Steelers Front Office?... a WR with the 6' 5" size or a top notch LOT or ROT? I think that our O line is more needy right now ..
:wave:

Aussie_steeler
02-01-2008, 05:23 PM
a reminder... more and more teams are trading away their 1st round pick of the next years draft... we don't always have to look at 2nd or 3rd rounders this year... i'd much rather have a 49ers 1st pick next year than their 2nd pick this year...

aside from cherilus being our pick im overall satisfied... i think u should really look at chris williams as our 1st pick.... also im thinking that WR is a position we should take a flier on... find a guy who is tall and fast and see if we can make anything out of him..

That is a strong possibility ( trading for next years pick) but I think we need an influx of talent now. Williams is a great talent and if he is there at #23 then we should take him. I am covering bases as I feel the OTs we are after might be gone.

I think the WR debate is intriguing. My main line of thinking is that we are going to have to replace Hines in 2 or 3 years so soon we will need to find a possession type receiver who is willing to support the running game and also play tough over the middle. We arent ready to do that this year.

We have just invested in Santonio Holmes and need to give Washington, Reid, Baker and a few others a chance to blossom. (Holmes, Reid and Washington are our flyers already) I also think Spaeth needs to play more TE so Heath Miller could possibly be used to play the tall receiver role when needed.

Thanks for the feedback:cheers:

Rhee Rhee
02-03-2008, 04:47 PM
Rhee Rhee
Does this last thread of yours have anything to do with what Ben just said recently? I really think that the Steelers should maybe try to get someone in the 2nd or later rounds at WR myself. Our O Line and D Line are alot more need right now to select a receiver in the 1st. Of course I understand that you have your opinion and that is great, but what would be the smartest move on the Steelers Front Office?... a WR with the 6' 5" size or a top notch LOT or ROT? I think that our O line is more needy right now ..
:wave:

good point elvis and aussie good point...

but my idea is kinda like this... we got to the playoffs this year with a horrible o-line... in the second i see us taking anthony collins or carl nicks who are both OT's... there is no way our o-line can be worse than it was... so i guess my idea is adress the o-lines in rounds 2-3 and CB and WR in 4,5 so i guess it would look something like this..

2. Anthony Collins OT Kansas OR Carl Nicks, OT Nebraska
3. Kerry Brown OG App. State
4. Simeon Castille CB Alabama or Darnell Terrell CB Missouri OR Marcus Monk, WR, Arkansas
5. Amarri Jackson South Florida, WR OR Edward Williams WR, Lane
6. Marcus Dixon DE Hampton

Elvis
02-04-2008, 05:28 PM
I really just hope that the Steelers org. watched last night's Super Bowl Thrashing that the Giants laid upon the Patriots. A strong running game and a good defense goes a long way in getting Tittles, and the Rooney's I believe understand that more than any other front office in the league. I think with this, that they must see that we must get stronger up front of both lines. And that means free agency and the draft mean more this year than really even in the past few years. We are getting some age on our Defense that needs attention. Like NT and DE and OLB ( which should be taken care of with last years first 2 picks) Our secondary at the corners arent getting any younger either.

Rhee Rhee
02-04-2008, 09:13 PM
I really just hope that the Steelers org. watched last night's Super Bowl Thrashing that the Giants laid upon the Patriots. A strong running game and a good defense goes a long way in getting Tittles, and the Rooney's I believe understand that more than any other front office in the league. I think with this, that they must see that we must get stronger up front of both lines. And that means free agency and the draft mean more this year than really even in the past few years. We are getting some age on our Defense that needs attention. Like NT and DE and OLB ( which should be taken care of with last years first 2 picks) Our secondary at the corners arent getting any younger either.

ur right about the defense going a long way... but i really dont think the running game is that important neither team went over 100 yards rushin... and neither back had a particularly good day on the ground... and neither team had an avergae yard per rush of over 4... i think more and more the passing game will be featured in the future...

Aussie_steeler
02-05-2008, 01:35 AM
ur right about the defense going a long way... but i really dont think the running game is that important neither team went over 100 yards rushin... and neither back had a particularly good day on the ground... and neither team had an average yard per rush of over 4... i think more and more the passing game will be featured in the future...

A good running game is needed to take time out of the clock. This is the one factor that allows for our defence to be great.

Short offensive series dont allow our speed orientated linebackers to recouperate and the D line just get worn down.

If we do go down the line of a passing offence then we seriously need depth on both D line and linebackers to continue to play the fast paced Le Beau defence.

Rhee Rhee
02-08-2008, 01:40 AM
A good running game is needed to take time out of the clock. This is the one factor that allows for our defence to be great.

Short offensive series dont allow our speed orientated linebackers to recouperate and the D line just get worn down.

If we do go down the line of a passing offence then we seriously need depth on both D line and linebackers to continue to play the fast paced Le Beau defence.

Hawaii had the most exciting (in my mind) offense this year.... they were a pure passing team AND were great at holding on to the ball at the end of the game because they had plays that allowed them to milk the clock... quick passes screen passes were basicallly running plays for them... they were great at holding on to the ball and although you might not know it there longest drive this season was around 7:00 (maybe a little less)... which is basically half the quarter...

Aussie_steeler
02-08-2008, 04:18 AM
Hawaii had the most exciting (in my mind) offense this year.... they were a pure passing team AND were great at holding on to the ball at the end of the game because they had plays that allowed them to milk the clock... quick passes screen passes were basicallly running plays for them... they were great at holding on to the ball and although you might not know it there longest drive this season was around 7:00 (maybe a little less)... which is basically half the quarter...

No doubt it works in college football for some. In the pro's I have my doubts for its long term success. I am not that switched on about college football, but how would Hawaii's offence stack up against LSU, USC and other college power houses who have great defences week in week out? They would eventually have to find a balance between run and pass to sustain drives for long periods.

I am not trying to diss Hawaii. I just think that its offensive style would not suit the steelers in our division.

My justification is that as the O line has deteriorated, so to has the ability to run the screen play. If you show run and can still run that is a fantastic tool for breaking a teams spirit. ( i still love smashmouth football personally)

Personally, I would like to see a return to steelers play that has a mean streak that intimidates. We are and will run over you. We challenge you to stop it. Then the screen can become a big play weapon when needed. Then the passing game can become explosive.

Rhee Rhee
02-09-2008, 12:25 PM
Personally, I would like to see a return to steelers play that has a mean streak that intimidates. We are and will run over you. We challenge you to stop it. Then the screen can become a big play weapon when needed. Then the passing game can become explosive.

quite honestly i would LOVE to see are steelers just pound it out 40 times a game...

the only thing is with ben we can't bottle him up with 15-20 pass attempts per game... uk and i both know he's a top 5 QB and should be treated like one... let him just go off some games with 30 pass attempts...

but anywho.... that's my wish but my feeling is also that w/e works better for the steelers and what helps them to suceed should be the type of football we play... (or maybe we could do both! somehow...)

Aussie_steeler
02-09-2008, 10:58 PM
the only thing is with ben we can't bottle him up with 15-20 pass attempts per game... uk and i both know he's a top 5 QB and should be treated like one... let him just go off some games with 30 pass attempts...


I think that assessment is spot on. A two headed offensive monster that can run first and foremost but if/ when it is needed to then rely on the passing game for first downs(when playing teams like Baltimore/ Jags with run orientated D). I believe that this is what the Offence can morph into with an upgrade on the O line over the next two years.

Back to the draft he more I think about it the more I am beginning to shift towards the idea of drafting Pollack in the second round round. OT/OG in the first and Center in the second and a quality Free agent OT could provide us with the type of line that would really control the time of possession battle. ( Old school steelers football)

I have been watching some games from 2007 again and the more you look at the center position play the more you worry for Bens safety.

Rhee Rhee
02-10-2008, 02:04 PM
Agreed although I might have C and G positions switched...

the center position is soo thin that i think it's one of the worst center positions of all time...

there are no guards warranting 1st roudn consideration but plenty that warrant second round picks... we can also nab a center in the third or fourth if need bee...

Aussie_steeler
04-09-2008, 08:37 AM
I havent posted a mock for two months so its time for my third and hopefully final attempt at a mock.

Round 1. ANTOINE CASON, Arizona CB
6-0, 190 40 time: 4.54 1st round
NFL Comparison: Chris McAlister, Ravens
Read & React: Makes plays on the ball. Shows the instincts, vision and anticipation to time and break on a play. Alert and is quick to diagnose the play.
Man Coverage: Shows good foot quickness, agility and body control to turn but isn't always fluid. Gets turned around and doesn't have the top-end speed and burst to recover. Maintains contact throughout routes and has the timing for deflections.
Zone Coverage: Has a good feel for zone coverage, adjusting to the receiver through the route progression. Has the hands and timing to break and make plays on the ball consistently.
Closing/Recovery: Comes out of his backpedal with urgency. Is a good athlete and moves to the ball, but doesn't have the burst to close or recover.
Run support: Active in run support but his effort in this area in inconsistent. Hits and wraps adequately but fails to generate power on contact. Did force five fumbles.
Intangibles: A hard worker from an athletic family, Cason welcomes a challenge and has the experience and ability to be an asset in the return game.

Deshea's future replacement and punt return man this year

http://www.lindyssports.com/content.php?id=2196

Round 2 DRE MOORE, Maryland DE / DT
6-4, 307 40 time: 5.04 2nd round
Positives: Unique build with rare straight-line speed for the position. Flashes quickness off the snap. Improved play recognition and motor as a senior. Still developing and played only two years of high school football. Dedicated in the weight room. Owns school strength records.
Negatives: Not the sum of his parts. Better athlete than football player. Has quickness but will fail to read keys, which opens running lanes. Doesn't use his hands well to disengage. Inconsistent motor. Can be moved off the line too easily.
In Our View: Moore is a player on the rise with good upside. He hasn't improved at the rate many would like, but with his quickness and upper-body strength, he's an enticing prospect who could fit in the second round.

future RDE for 3-4 or DT for 4-3 change in future

http://www.lindyssports.com/content.php?id=2189

Round 3. SHAWN CRABLE, Michigan OLB
6-5, 241 40 time: 4.65 3rd round
Positives: Well-built athlete who relies on quickness, speed, range and flashes good acceleration. A bit high-cut, but has room to bulk up to 260 pounds for possible use as a hybrid DE/OLB. Not explosive, but enough giddyup to get an edge on the outside shoulder of an offensive tackle. Shows good production coming off the edge to disrupt the pocket and is solid vs. outside run containment. Team-first athlete who enjoys his role on special teams.
Negatives: Slender in his thighs and legs and appears to lack the bulk to anchor vs. double teams. Still learning how to break down plays in space (better at the line of scrimmage), where he seems to be late recognizing action happening away from his immediate territory. Because of his lanky frame, he fails to generate good pad level, getting too tall in his stance and struggles to shed. Prone to taking extra steps in transition, causing problems when trying to mirror tight ends and backs in space.
In Our View: Crable will need to improve his lower-body strength for the next level, as his only value right now is as a pass rusher. He is a very good edge rusher and blitzer, but he lacks the sand in his pants to generate a good anchor and must do a better job of using his hands to protect his body from combo blocks and cut blocks.

replaces Harrison in future and forms an awesome tandem at OLB with Woodley

http://www.lindyssports.com/content.php?id=2204

Round 4 KIRK BARTON , Ohio State (OT)
Height: 6-5. Weight: 311. Projected 40 Time: 5.08.
Combine 40 Time: Did not run. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.95.
Arm: 33 1/4. Benchx225: 34.

Big tackle would be at home playing tackle in a steeler uniform
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Round 5 RYAN TORAIN, Arizona State (RB)
Height: 6-0. Weight: 222. Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
Combine 40: 4.64. Pro Day 40: 4.51.
Benchx225: 21. Vertical: 34.
Hard runner who was robbed through injury of round 1 or 2 status. This has been my homer pick throughout the off season so I cant give up on him now.
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6. CALEB CAMPBELL, Army (SS)
6-2, 223 40 time: 4.53 5th round
Positives: Well-built athlete with broad shoulders. Legitimate straight-line speed. Versatile player who has experience at linebacker and safety. Instinctive. Reads the action quickly and brings a physical nature to a defense. Prototype size. Reliable, forceful open-field tackler. Solid week of practice at the East-West Shrine Game solidified his stock.
Negatives: Struggles to change direction fluidly. Not a quick-twitch athlete who shows explosiveness out of his breaks. Speed on the field doesn't always match his 40 time. Torn ACL in his right knee in October 2006 limited him early in '07 and will certainly be evaluated further.
In Our View: An intriguing athlete and potential NFL surprise, Campbell ran in the 4.5s for scouts despite his rare size and after rehabbing a torn ACL. In coverage, he has rather marginal change-of-direction agility. Regardless of his pro position, Campbell's physicality and instincts make him a developmental candidate and sure special-teams demon.


I have changed my mind so many times that it is time to make a stand and deliver my final mock.

In the past our picks in rounds 5, 6 & 7 have not been stellar. Thats why I have gambled on Torain who was a first round projection before injury who would make an awesome complement to FWP and a smart guy like Campbell who could make a name for himself on special teams and one day maybe grow into a SS or MLB backup role. The other picks all fill needs and represent their current value.

I am going to be away for the next ten days so unfortunately I will not be around to defend my picks. I am going to struggle not reading what is going on in Draft Central.
Fortunately though I am off to compete in the Australian Amatuer Golf Championship (our national championship) in Adelaide starting next Monday. Looking forward to competing against some of the future superstars of Australian and world golf.

Talk to everyone soon.:tt02::tt02::tt02:

DACEB
04-09-2008, 09:27 AM
Not bad Aussie, and everyone thought I was crazy when I went defense the first three rounds. Not sure about the RB pick, but the kid has good measurables.

Good luck in your tournement!

Galax Steeler
04-10-2008, 04:50 AM
Good luck aussie