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Old 04-01-2008, 10:05 AM   #19
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Default Pat Kirwans Mock 2.0

Originally Posted by 19ward86 View Post
who sucks??? kirwan sucks!!!

Mock draft 2.0: Gholston is the new No. 1

It's amazing what one or two twists at the top of the draft can do to the rest of the first round. This week, there is a legitimate twist at the very top and it changes much of the top 10 picks. Also, there are still some important pro days to come -- as well as medical information that can lead a player to rise or fall. The USC pro day is April 2, and it will affect the first round with as many as four players possibly causing a ripple effect. (Note: Don't put to much credence into which head coaches or GMs are in attendance at a workout as a clue to the team's interest in a prospect.)

This week, I am in attendance at the NFL owners' meetings and will have a chance to sit down with a number of NFL decision-makers and get a feel for what they are thinking about as they start to close in on the first-round talent. The first GM I ran into in the lobby of the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Fla., didn't want to discuss his pick specifically but he had some strong opinions about how the first-round talent might peel off most draft boards. Keep in mind that between the 32 teams there are probably 45 different players with first-round grades which makes mock drafts very volatile.

Does the idea that Bill Belichick worked out one corner but not another mean he likes one over another? Is the medical situation surrounding Deuce McAllister changing the Saints' draft plans? Did Brian Brohm's 4.6 forty time at his personal workout change his status? Are Malcolm Kelly's knees injured enough to drop him from the first round until he runs for the scouts? Can Buffalo commit to help the offense when the run defense was ranked 25th last season?
9. New England Patriots (Projected trade with Cincinnati)
Branden Albert
G, Virginia

Don't be surprised to see the Patriots look at their offensive line for two reasons. One, they gave up a lot of sacks and pressures in the Super Bowl; and two, Belichick has taken many big offensive linemen with his first-round picks. Albert can play guard or tackle. The Patriots did not sign any significant talent to help the offensive line so far in free agency.

Previous mock pick: Derrick Harvey (Bengals' pick)

14. Chicago Bears
Jeff Otah
OT, Pittsburgh
The Bears offensive line problems are easy to see. Otah can be plugged in at right tackle. He is raw and doesn't have a lot of experience but his upside makes him a good pick at this spot.

Previous mock pick: Rashard Mendenhall
Pittsburgh Steelers
Gosder Cherilus
OT, Boston College
Cherilus is a very physical player who is a better fit at right tackle, but has played left tackle. He has a "Steelers attitude" when he plays the game.

Previous mock pick: Gosder Cherilus
i still think the packers taking brohm could yield immense value. at the end of this season the packers have to make a choice to give rogers "schaub, romo, or gerrard" type money, or risk losing him to free agency after the following season. they traded the guy justin harrell replaced for a 2nd round pick and saved tons of cash.
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