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This will be an ongoing discussion associated with the NFL Draft 2010!

 

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The NFL Draft reaches prime time status!!

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Thanks for hosting Papa Voo. I have to get up super early tomorrow so I for one will hang as long as I can with you. Looking forward to your comments.

Bradford will go #1 right? Lots of people saying "no" -- I am guessing that's a "smokescreen" and the Rams take Bradford. Right?

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I foresee Bradford going to the Rams, but I am one of those who are not sold on Bradford as being a prospect destined for stardom in the NFL.  I think there are better players and better impact players to take in that No. 1 position. 

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Adam Schefter  is reporting that the following teams to monitor that are interested in moving up in the draft are: Giants, Titans, Packers, Steelers, Eagles, Chargers. 

The Eagles were under heavy speculation of moving up for Eric Berry, but now, there are some reports stating that Earl Thomas is the guy on their radar.  The loss of Dawkins must be haunting them.

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The loss of Dawkins must be haunting them.

They tried at least four guys last year in Dawkins role and none of it worked

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Rams should have traded down.

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Bradford it is for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 Draft as he goes to the Rams. 

Potential risky pick for the Rams, but only time will tell.  Injuries and a lack of running a pro-style offense are the risks associated with Sam Braford.

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The next two selections should be locks.

Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska going to Detroit.

Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma going to Tampa.

 
I still got a feeling one of these is going to be a superstar and the other will be just okay or a bust.  It is like karma whn two players are matched up equally at the same position. 

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Lions had the 32nd ranked defense....this should be an improvement.

 

There have been plenty of defensive tackles who turned into busts as Round 1 picks.

Steve Emtman (1991 No. 1 overall), Dan Williams (1993), Dan Wilkinson 1994 No. 1 overall), Darrell Russell (1997 No. 2 overall), Gerard Warren (2001 No. 3 overall). 

 

 

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No. 4  pick goes to the Washington Redskins

Look for them to take Russell Okung, OT.

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Papa Voo wrote: The next two selections should be locks.

Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska going to Detroit.

Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma going to Tampa.

 


The first 3 players are/were obvious picks.

Now the draft begins.

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Big 12 owning this draft so far.

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Sort of a surprise there with the Redskins taking Trent Williams, OT out of Oklahoma over Okung.  Williams better athlete than Okung. 

Now, the question is where Okung will and, maybe Seattle.

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Did Goodell just call Trent Williams a "silverback?"

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LAF wrote: Did Goodell just call Trent Williams a "silverback?"
Yes, that is the cool nickname in football now.  James Harrison has that nickname for the Stillers.

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The Chiefs could be an interesting pick.  Maybe some wheelin' and dealin' going on?

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I say KC drafts

1.Berry

2. Okung

3. or Derrick Morgan

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Eric Berry it is...going to the Chiefs.

I think this was a very good pick for the Chiefs.   He is a manager out on the field.  Smart player.  They compare him to Ed Reed.

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Seattle on the clock.  Many had them taking Trent Williams, so maybe Okung goes here.

Seattle has another pick at #14, so this could get interesting.

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Seattle should go Okung or Spillner

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Cowboys reportedly in discussion with Miami about trading up.

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Today, they were reporting that Dez Bryant's stock is dropping and the Cowboys were possibly making him their target.

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Benlen wrote: Seattle should go Okung or Spillner
I think Seattle is hoping he is around at Pick #14.

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Derrick Morgan, OLB,  going to Cleveland?

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Browns all messed up. They could go clausen, Haden, Morgan

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Joe Haden to the Stains. 

They need help everywhere, so this should be an improvement for the team.

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Papa Voo wrote: Joe Haden to the Stains. 

They need help everywhere, so this should be an improvement for the team.

Pick fucks up the Niners. They had him targeted

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Uh-oh!!!  Here come the Raiders!!

 

They reached last year with Darrius Heyward-Bey.

 

 

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Raiders go

1.Rolando  McClain
2.Clausen
3.Demaryious Thomas

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Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama goes to the Raiders.

Sort of a reach for the needs of the Raiders, but it could have been a lot worse.  McClain was moving up the board.

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LAF, where ya at?

Buffalo on the clock.

My poll has them taking Dan Williams.

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Papa Voo wrote: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama goes to the Raiders.

Sort of a reach for the needs of the Raiders, but it could have been a lot worse.  McClain was moving up the board.

I say  its a good pick for once

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Wow!  Spiller to the Bills is the first surprise for me in the draft.

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Papa Voo wrote: Wow!  Spiller to the Bills is the first surprise for me in the draft.

Surprised me too. Glad he didn't go to Seattle.

Marshawn Lynch must be a hated man in Buffalo

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Last chance for Clausen to go in first round. If not Jacksonville he goes in second round

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Shocker with the Raiders taking McLain. Every mock I've seen had him going to the Broncos at 11 or the Giants at 15. That said, Mike Mayock says he can't run fast enough so I'll hope that the next LB the G-Men take is more athletic (??????? wtf does that even mean?)

See, this is the whole problem with the draft. Overanalyzing guys who didn't achieve on the field but test/drill well. McLain was an achiever who didn't do well in tests. I'll bet he WOULD have been great, but now he's stuck in HELL.

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Jags on the clock.

It has to be defense.

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Benlen wrote:
Papa Voo wrote: Wow!  Spiller to the Bills is the first surprise for me in the draft.

Surprised me too. Glad he didn't go to Seattle.

Marshawn Lynch must be a hated man in Buffalo


3rd for me. The Oktung guy was heads and tails the best OT at the end of the season as rated by everyone, but he was passed over for Trent Williams of Oklahoma by the Redskins. The Raiders taking McLain is another, and Spiller is the 3rd. Talk about not fixing your issues! They need a QB badly. I want to hear LAF's take on this.

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Alright-I've never even heard of the guy the Jags just drafted.

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What!  That is going to be the reach of the First Round.  No way does he go at #10.

Tyson Alualu, DE, California

An established force as a defensive end in the 3-4 and projecting nicely as a 4-3 defensive tackle, Alualu is scheme-versatile and a high-effort player. He lacks the athletic upside of some of the other defensive linemen of this class, but he's viewed as one of the safer players in the draft. The Steelers made a similar selection with Ziggy Hood last year.

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He's probably related to the Wild Samoans.

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Papa Voo wrote: What!  That is going to be the reach of the First Round.  No way does he go at #10.

Tyson Alualu, DE, California

An established force as a defensive end in the 3-4 and projecting nicely as a 4-3 defensive tackle, Alualu is scheme-versatile and a high-effort player. He lacks the athletic upside of some of the other defensive linemen of this class, but he's viewed as one of the safer players in the draft. The Steelers made a similar selection with Ziggy Hood last year.

Way too high but good for a local guy.

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Trade between the 49ers and the Broncos.

It must be somebody that they want bad and are scared that Miami would take them.

 

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How about Kyle Wilson going to the 49ers?

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Papa Voo wrote: Trade between the 49ers and the Broncos.

It must be somebody that they want bad and are scared that Miami would take them.

 

Niners want Anthony Davis BAD

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Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers is a good pick. 

Considered to be one of finest athletes in the 2010 NFL Draft, Davis has the long wingspan, large hands, balance and body control teams look for in a quality pass protector. With his ability to come off the snap at a low pad level, along with his lateral agility, he could even be considered a potential pulling guard at the next level.

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Another trade between the Chargers and the Dolphins.

Boomer thinks they are going running back.

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Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno St. going to the Bolts.

Mathews is a classic downhill runner who used his explosive power and burst to put his name in the record books alongside fellow Western Athletic Conference standouts such as LaDainian Tomlinson and Marshall Faulk. The Bulldogs tailback has that great ability to make one cut and burst through the hole for consistent positive gains. He has exceptional balance and undoubtedly one of the strongest stiff arms at the collegiate level, and when put together, it makes for one tough runner.

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Papa Voo wrote: Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno St. going to the Bolts.

Mathews is a classic downhill runner who used his explosive power and burst to put his name in the record books alongside fellow Western Athletic Conference standouts such as LaDainian Tomlinson and Marshall Faulk. The Bulldogs tailback has that great ability to make one cut and burst through the hole for consistent positive gains. He has exceptional balance and undoubtedly one of the strongest stiff arms at the collegiate level, and when put together, it makes for one tough runner.

Best all round rb in draft

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Philly trades with Denver

Iggles on the clock.

Here comes Earl Thomas to the City of Brotherly love.

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Earl Thomas

One of the youngest players eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft, Thomas is also one of the most debatable. A collegiate strong safety, he has shown the man coverage skills to make a successful move to cornerback, as some teams do not feel that his frame is suited to play strong safety at the next level.

However, with his natural hands and ball-hawking skills, along with playmaking ability, Thomas could be the perfect solution for a team looking for a game-changing type of free safety. One only needs to look at the success and rapid development of New England's Brandon Meriweather as an example of what Thomas can offer a professional defensive backfield.


 

Good pick.

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Papa Voo wrote: Philly trades with Denver

Iggles on the clock.

Here comes Earl Thoms to the City of Brotherly love.

Much needed Safety. I thought they would do this sooner

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Papa Voo wrote: Wow!  Spiller to the Bills is the first surprise for me in the draft.
I figured this early in the week. Lynch has no burst and is toast anyway and Fred Jackson is 30. But they still don't have a QB, offensive tackles, or a defensive line.

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Eagles take Brandon Graham

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In the words of Gomer Pyle, "Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!"

 

Wow!

 

Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan

 

Pass rush: Relentless rusher able to pressure the quarterback lining up on the strong or weak side. Lines up at five-technique in some passing situations. Uses his strength, balance and lack of height to get under shoulder pads of tackle. Strong, violent hands to beat his man straight-out or disengage. Lacks a consistent counter move. Has an inside spin move but rarely shows it. Despite his stout build, Graham drops into zone coverage easily and shows some fluidity in space. Backpedal is slow, as expected, but he will still get a shot as a linebacker for a 3-4 team. Lines up wide so he can turn the corner against slower tackles, will struggle to do so against NFL tackles.


Run defense: Can punch the tackle to disengage or maintain the angle to force the action inside when run plays are coming his way. Occasionally gets skinny to penetrate on inside runs. Stays home to contain, watch for bootlegs and stop reverses. Must be more consistent using his hands to defeat cut blocks, although he can still make the tackle after a cut as he recovers fairly well. Has a good motor, works hard to get down the line on runs away from him. Lacks elite speed to chase down NFL backs consistently.


Explosion: Good first step off the ball and pounds his man's jersey on contact when in pure pass-rush mode. Has some pop off the snap when looking for the run, and is able to stand his ground against much bigger linemen. Brings full effort from the first quarter to the fourth, and smells weakness in his opponent. Closes quickly and explodes into the quarterback on a sack.

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Principal_Raditch wrote: Eagles take Brandon Graham
WOW. That leaves Thomas to Niners if he's around.

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Broncos are trading down because they want Tebow

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LAF wrote: Broncos are trading down because they want Tebow
He is not a First Rounder.  Tebow picked in the First Round is a reach.

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Papa Voo wrote: LAF wrote: Broncos are trading down because they want Tebow
He is not a First Rounder.  Tebow picked in the First Round is a reach.

I think that is why they keep trading down

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Finally, Earl Thomas gets selected by Seattle.  Impact player.  Good pick for the hawks.

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Papa Voo wrote: Finally, Earl Thomas gets selected by Seattle.  Impact player.  Good pick for the hawks.
SHIT!!!

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Giants on the clock.  They need some defense.

Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

Derrick Morgan, OLB, Georgia Tech

Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida

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Moron Fewell is the D-Coordinator, so I'll guess DB. Dan Williams is more of a 3-4 DT

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Or Jason Pierre-Paul

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Jason Pierre-Paul to the Giants.

 

Pass rush: Lined up on both sides of the defensive line (and stood up as an outside linebacker) and has the length, effort and closing speed to be a very good pass rusher. Has the height, length and excellent vertical jump to clog passing lanes. Gets to the pocket in a hurry against most tackles, but struggles to turn the corner against better linemen because of a lack of flexibility. Flashes ability to beat tight ends with quickness but is not consistent. Very raw in his pass-rush technique -- only capable of going outside and can bull rush effectively against lesser competition. Does not get off blocks to offer a secondary rush. Dances on the edge, even when running backs meet him to chip. Not effective on twists.


Run defense: Only fair change-of-direction agility for his size; he ends up on the ground too often when ballcarriers elude him. Uses his length and good effort to grab running backs coming through the hole if not engaged. Hustles to plays run away from him or downfield when fresh, but isn't fast enough to chase down running backs or mobile quarterbacks from behind. Does not know how to use his hands to get off blocks from tackles or tight ends. Often on the sideline in short-yardage situations because can't get low or stand his ground against strong tackles.


Explosion: Explodes out of his stance when rushing the passer out of a three-point stance, especially if the quarterback does not change up the snap count. Little pop into his man's jersey playing against the run game and typically was dominated by NFL-caliber tackles.

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Papa Voo wrote: Jason Pierre-Paul to the Giants.

 

Pass rush: Lined up on both sides of the defensive line (and stood up as an outside linebacker) and has the length, effort and closing speed to be a very good pass rusher. Has the height, length and excellent vertical jump to clog passing lanes. Gets to the pocket in a hurry against most tackles, but struggles to turn the corner against better linemen because of a lack of flexibility. Flashes ability to beat tight ends with quickness but is not consistent. Very raw in his pass-rush technique -- only capable of going outside and can bull rush effectively against lesser competition. Does not get off blocks to offer a secondary rush. Dances on the edge, even when running backs meet him to chip. Not effective on twists.


Run defense: Only fair change-of-direction agility for his size; he ends up on the ground too often when ballcarriers elude him. Uses his length and good effort to grab running backs coming through the hole if not engaged. Hustles to plays run away from him or downfield when fresh, but isn't fast enough to chase down running backs or mobile quarterbacks from behind. Does not know how to use his hands to get off blocks from tackles or tight ends. Often on the sideline in short-yardage situations because can't get low or stand his ground against strong tackles.


Explosion: Explodes out of his stance when rushing the passer out of a three-point stance, especially if the quarterback does not change up the snap count. Little pop into his man's jersey playing against the run game and typically was dominated by NFL-caliber tackles.


The next Jervon Kearse

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I like George Selvie better than Pierre-Paul

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Benlen wrote:
Papa Voo wrote: Jason Pierre-Paul to the Giants.

 

Pass rush: Lined up on both sides of the defensive line (and stood up as an outside linebacker) and has the length, effort and closing speed to be a very good pass rusher. Has the height, length and excellent vertical jump to clog passing lanes. Gets to the pocket in a hurry against most tackles, but struggles to turn the corner against better linemen because of a lack of flexibility. Flashes ability to beat tight ends with quickness but is not consistent. Very raw in his pass-rush technique -- only capable of going outside and can bull rush effectively against lesser competition. Does not get off blocks to offer a secondary rush. Dances on the edge, even when running backs meet him to chip. Not effective on twists.


Run defense: Only fair change-of-direction agility for his size; he ends up on the ground too often when ballcarriers elude him. Uses his length and good effort to grab running backs coming through the hole if not engaged. Hustles to plays run away from him or downfield when fresh, but isn't fast enough to chase down running backs or mobile quarterbacks from behind. Does not know how to use his hands to get off blocks from tackles or tight ends. Often on the sideline in short-yardage situations because can't get low or stand his ground against strong tackles.


Explosion: Explodes out of his stance when rushing the passer out of a three-point stance, especially if the quarterback does not change up the snap count. Little pop into his man's jersey playing against the run game and typically was dominated by NFL-caliber tackles.


The next Jervon Kearse


I truly hope you are right. Everything I've read about this guys led me to believe the Raiders would take him.

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Benlen wrote:
Principal_Raditch wrote: Eagles take Brandon Graham
WOW. That leaves Thomas to Niners if he's around.


I'm a Michigan fan who likes Graham but the knock on him from the "scouts" was always his speed. If you watch the game film, he's pretty fucking fast on the field. Nice pick, again, by the Eagles from the Wolverines. I wish the Giants would learn which Michigan guys to take (none good since Jumbo Elliott) and might learn something from the Eagles!:X

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LAF wrote: Papa Voo wrote: Wow!  Spiller to the Bills is the first surprise for me in the draft.Lynch has no burstHis car does!

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Derrick Morgan finally goes off of the board to the Titans.

 

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Chris OtL wrote: LAF wrote: Lynch has no burstHis car does!

In the man's defense though, he was driving a vehicle the size of a tank as an intoxicated 300-lb broad from Canada was tiptoeing across the street toward the Wonder Hostess store.

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Any guesses for the Niners?

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LAF wrote: Chris OtL wrote: LAF wrote: Lynch has no burstHis car does!

the Wonder Hostess store.

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Papa Voo wrote: Any guesses for the Niners?

1. Dez Bryant
2. Mike Iupati

 

They still need a safety

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Iupati.

Steelers will take Maurkice Pouncey

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Mike Iupati

 

Iupati was named one of three finalists for the 2009 Outland Trophy, alongside Russell Okung of Oklahoma State and eventual winner, Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska. Since the inception of the award in 1946, only major college players were bestowed that honor. The last time a non-BCS school featured a player who was even a finalist for the award was in 1992 -- offensive tackle Willie Roaf of Louisiana Tech.
Iupati is no stranger to the media that covered the Western Athletic Conference, though.


The two-time winner of Idaho's Wayne Anderson Coaches Award, he was recently selected to the WAC's All-Decade Team. He was the only active player chosen to that unit.


The left offensive guard led the major colleges with a blocking consistency grade of 90.38% in 2009, as he went on to solidify his "pedigree" with an excellent week of displaying his skills vs. the more publicized linemen during practices leading up to the Senior Bowl. He was just the eleventh player in school history to play in that prestigious all-star classic, and the first since 2000. Based on reports from every pro team, he certainly made a lasting impression.


"Mike's performance this season has established himself as potentially the best offensive guard in the upcoming NFL draft," Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale said. "Anyone who watched him play this year knows that he was clearly a difference maker for the Vandals."

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I am hoping for Maurkice Pouncey, Guard or C,  or Kyle Wilson, DB, Boise St..

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How bad was the 49ers line? Having Bryant and Crabtree lined up for the next 10 years is potentially an all-time great pairing based on draft rank. Of course, I think this is a really shitty year for WR's so who the fuck knows?

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Got him!

 

Pouncey started 39-of-41 games in which he appeared at Florida, providing excellent pass protection while using his explosion off the snap to regularly attack second-level defenders. His consistency and dominance at the line of scrimmage helped him become the first player in school history to capture the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the nation's best center.


One of the toughest offensive linemen in the collegiate game, it was fitting that he recorded one of his best blocking efforts in his final appearance for the Gators, despite being in obvious pain. Prior to the 2010 Sugar Bowl, Pouncey spent five-plus hours at a local hospital because of kidney stones. He received a CT scan which showed no kidney obstruction, got some IV fluid and suited up. He would hold the Cincinnati defensive line to no tackles, record seven knockdowns that included two touchdown-resulting blocks and graded 94 percent for blocking consistency.

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Papa Voo wrote: Mike Iupati

 

Iupati was named one of three finalists for the 2009 Outland Trophy, alongside Russell Okung of Oklahoma State and eventual winner, Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska. Since the inception of the award in 1946, only major college players were bestowed that honor. The last time a non-BCS school featured a player who was even a finalist for the award was in 1992 -- offensive tackle Willie Roaf of Louisiana Tech.
Iupati is no stranger to the media that covered the Western Athletic Conference, though.


The two-time winner of Idaho's Wayne Anderson Coaches Award, he was recently selected to the WAC's All-Decade Team. He was the only active player chosen to that unit.


The left offensive guard led the major colleges with a blocking consistency grade of 90.38% in 2009, as he went on to solidify his "pedigree" with an excellent week of displaying his skills vs. the more publicized linemen during practices leading up to the Senior Bowl. He was just the eleventh player in school history to play in that prestigious all-star classic, and the first since 2000. Based on reports from every pro team, he certainly made a lasting impression.


"Mike's performance this season has established himself as potentially the best offensive guard in the upcoming NFL draft," Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale said. "Anyone who watched him play this year knows that he was clearly a difference maker for the Vandals."

If Iupati and Davis work out the Niners line is set for next 6-8 seasons.

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Make a wish foundation announcing the Steelers pick is choice.

"We wish Ben would act like a responsible human being"

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Chris OtL wrote: Make a wish foundation announcing the Steelers pick is choice.

"We wish Ben would act like a responsible human being"

Fans were chanting "She said no" as the pick was made

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Sean Weatherspoon from Missouri goes to the Falcons

 

Read & React: Good instincts and reaction speed -- knows the game and plays very fast. Reads plays quickly. Easily identifies screen and bootleg and takes away the open check-down receiver in the flat. A bit overzealous against the run. Will take false steps, bite on play-action and run past the ball in the backfield.


Run defense: Very good chase defender who comes downhill in a hurry, especially if the play goes east-west. Scrapes down the line and finds the opening to attack the running back. Physical but tries to avoid linemen in traffic, picking his way through to the ball. Spies the quarterback to prevent long runs on scrambles, and will beat them to the corner from the middle. Usually takes the right chase angle, but is quick enough to recover if the ballcarrier cuts back. Will take on fullback and lineman blocks inside, but does not have the size or punch needed to regularly disengage. Also has troubles getting off run blocks from larger receivers.


Pass defense: Recognizes routes in zone coverage, and is quick enough to lay a lick on receivers coming into his area. Gets deep in his drop and covers a lot of ground. Good enough change-of-direction agility in space to stick with receivers on the edge and run with backs and tight ends over the middle. Runs down the seam with almost any receiver. Natural athlete with very good hand-eye coordination for the interception or pass breakup. Uses quickness and hands to avoid cut blocks by receivers in space. Will face matchup difficulties against taller, faster tight ends at the next level.


Tackling: Wraps up elusive ballcarriers in space. Can line them up for the explosive tackle if given the chance. Pounds receivers coming over the middle, using his shoulder to lay them out. Will overpursue plays or hit a hole before the runner has reached it, opening a cutback lane. Relies on hitting with his shoulder, which will be an issue at the next level. Undisciplined breaking down in space, allowing elusive runners to go around him.


Pass Rush/Blitz: Effective blitzer who finds a hole and explodes through it. Quick enough to elude fullbacks in the hole to get to the quarterback. Can close quickly on quarterbacks and puts on major hits. Works through blocks from tight ends on the edge and linemen or running backs inside to rush the passer. Times jumps to knock down passes on his way to the quarterback.

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LAF wrote: Chris OtL wrote: Make a wish foundation announcing the Steelers pick is choice.

"We wish Ben would act like a responsible human being"

Fans were chanting "She said no" as the pick was made
LOL

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HBF wrote: How bad was the 49ers line? Having Bryant and Crabtree lined up for the next 10 years is potentially an all-time great pairing based on draft rank. Of course, I think this is a really shitty year for WR's so who the fuck knows?
Frank Gore has a big smile on his face.

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Houston Texans select Kareem Kackson, DB, Alabama.

 

Read & React: Good route recognition. Reads the body lean of his opponent and has the athleticism to react accordingly. He anticipates the path of the ball and extends to reach around a receiver to break up passes. Reads run quickly and attacks the run on the perimeter.


Man Coverage: Good bump-and-run corner. Provides a good, physical pop at the line of scrimmage and keeps his hand on the receiver downfield to control. Good use of body to push the receiver outside, using the sideline to help cut off the space in which the quarterback can throw the ball. Allows too much separation on deep routes and has stiffness in his hips when suddenly changing direction. Face guards at this level, but won't be allowed to do so in the NFL.


Zone Coverage: Good awareness for zone coverage. A bit high in his backpedal and has some stiffness in his hips, but trusts his eyes and locates the football quickly. Savvy, physical player. Likes to use his hands to re-route the receiver. Has quick feet and a good burst out of his breaks to close.


Closing/Recovery: Lacks an elite second gear to recover if beaten initially, but has an impressive burst downhill to close on the ball. Plants his foot and drives, showing good body control to adjust around the receiver and get his hands on the ball. Times his leaps well and has an explosive vertical. Good hand-eye coordination and ball skills to extend and pluck outside of his frame.


Run Support: Aggressive to the line of scrimmage to help against the run, protecting the edge and forcing the back to cut back inside. Fights through the receiver's block and has the agility to elude bigger blockers in tight quarters. Good vision and effort to cut through the trash in pursuit. Takes good angles in pursuit.


Tackling: Strong wrap-up tackler. Brings his hips through and can be a big hitter on the boundary. Willing to face up bigger ballcarriers. Will lead with his shoulder when he sees the receiver in a vulnerable position. Good strength for the drag-down tackle when trailing the receiver across the middle.

*Reports said Ravens were hot on this guy.

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Benlen wrote:
HBF wrote: How bad was the 49ers line? Having Bryant and Crabtree lined up for the next 10 years is potentially an all-time great pairing based on draft rank. Of course, I think this is a really shitty year for WR's so who the fuck knows?
Frank Gore has a big smile on his face.


You'd know better than I.

I'm hoping the Giants score either Kimble or Lee later in the 2nd to shore up the LB core. Fuck! They need some LB's something fierce.

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Isn't nice not having to listen to Michael Irvin screaming during the picks??!!

I think this is his second year out, but Gruden is alot better with Young.

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The Bungels select Jermaine Grisham, TE, Oklahoma.

Release: Despite his height, he gets off the line quickly whether standing up or in three-point stance. Finds second gear to accelerate past linebackers. Does not face the jam often, and must learn to use his hands to defeat it.


Hands: Has worked hard to improve consistency here, and makes some very difficult catches in traffic - but still short-arms some balls and allows others into his chest. Adjusts to poorly thrown balls in any direction. Typically secures the ball before heading upfield, but gets a bit loose on occasion. Superior height and excellent vertical for his size make him a top jump ball target.


Route running: Runs short, intermediate and deep routes effectively. Smooth runner. Quicker feet than expected, and runs tight routes inside and out. Sits down in zones and presents a large target. Will use head and body fakes before planting to cut. Constantly threatens the deep seam, as teams use a cornerback to cover him. Uses his big body to shield defenders over the middle and especially in the red zone.


After the catch: Runs like a large wide receiver but is as strong as an ox after the catch. Makes defenders miss with a quick stop move and is strong enough to push oncoming tacklers by. Also able to leap defenders going for his legs. Not in the Tony Gonzalez mold for fluidity but comes fairly close. Will lean forward to run through arm tackles, sometimes requiring three defenders to bring him down.


Blocking: Effective, if not dominating, blocker in-line and on the edge when lined in the slot or in motion. On run plays he will get wide and put hands into the numbers to anchor. Latches onto defensive backs on downfield blocks, and will take them 25-30 yards downfield in front of screens. Strong enough to pancake smaller ends crashing down the line. Could be more consistent using his hands and feet to sustain. Must learn to pick up corner blitzes.

Good pick up for the Bungels.

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Fuck!!! I keep hoping Dez Bryant will slide so the Cowboys can grab him at 27. But I don't think he's gonna be there.

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New England to Denver.  Denver takes Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech.

Release: Adequate lateral quickness and good upper-body strength to defeat press coverage. Long-strider with good build-up speed to eat up the cushion. Doesn't possess a clear second gear to accelerate and separate.


Hands: Strong, generally secure hands. Too often allows the ball into his pads on shallow routes, though he does a good job of securing. Good jump-ball candidate due to his height and leaping ability. Times his jumps well and high-points the ball, showing good hand-eye coordination to make the reception while competing for position. Good to very good body control to contort in space for a receiver of his size. Will leap, catch the ball and continue twisting so that when he hits the ground he's in position to keep running downfield instead of back toward the quarterback. Like a lot of bigger receivers, only has marginal overall flexibility to reach the low pass despite his long arms.


Route running: A significant area of concern. Not asked to run many pro-style routes in this offense. Most often used on simple go, drag or quick screens designed to get him one-on-one against smaller corners. May not have the suddenness in changing directions to generate separation against NFL defensive backs. Has to do a better job of coming off the line hard to sell his route when his team runs the ball. Can tip off his opponents by his effort to get downfield off the snap.


After the catch: One of his better areas. While far from nifty in the open field, shows some vision to set up his blocks and cut back against the grain, a strong stiff-arm and legitimate speed when he's in stride. Good balance and body control to sneak down the sideline for a receiver of his size. Tough for any cornerback to bring down one-on-one.

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Chris OtL wrote: Fuck!!! I keep hoping Dez Bryant will slide so the Cowboys can grab him at 27. But I don't think he's gonna be there.

I think this may occur evenif Dallas needs to trade down.

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Where does the Pack go with their pick?

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The Pack goes with Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa

 

One of the more athletic big men eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft, Bulaga's versatility as a prep star made him one of the most sought after recruits coming out of high school. After playing four different positions at Marion Central High School, he began his Iowa career as a left offensive guard. Obviously more talented than any lineman the university has had since Robert Gallery (2000-03), the coaching staff decided to insert the true freshman into the starting lineup midway through the 2007 campaign.


Bulaga's powerful frame and long arms made him more suited to play on the edge. He was shifted to the demanding left tackle position as a sophomore, showing marked improvement in utilizing his long reach and strong hands to engage defenders, rather than turn his opponents inside, like he did when blocking from the interior position.

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Papa Voo wrote: Chris OtL wrote: Fuck!!! I keep hoping Dez Bryant will slide so the Cowboys can grab him at 27. But I don't think he's gonna be there.

I think this may occur evenif Dallas needs to trade down.

I think Baltimore gets dez Bryant before the Cowboys

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Benlen wrote: Papa Voo wrote: Chris OtL wrote: Fuck!!! I keep hoping Dez Bryant will slide so the Cowboys can grab him at 27. But I don't think he's gonna be there.

I think this may occur evenif Dallas needs to trade down.

I think Baltimore gets dez Bryant before the Cowboys

There it is!  Dallas moves up!

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Jerry traded up. Yes!!!! :)

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Dez Bryant goes to the Cowboys.

 

Can somebody explain to me why he was not allowed to talk to Deion Sanders?

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Big 12 owning this draft, 9 of the first 24 picks

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Would you take Jimmy Clausen at #30 if you were the Vikes?

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LOL, is Tebow going before Claussen?

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Papa Voo wrote: Dez Bryant goes to the Cowboys.

So far my favorite pick of the first round.

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I called it. Denver trading down to take Tebow

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clawmaster wrote: Would you take Jimmy Clausen at #30 if you were the Vikes?
How is Denver picking?  Well, if there was a trade, then it looks like Tebow. Tebow going to the Broncos?  Stupid pick!

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Tebow going in the first round is gross.

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He does not need to go now, even if he turns out to somehow become a star QB.

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Huge "Tebow Sucks" chant

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I would have taken Clausen first over Tebow.  This is ridiculous.

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Papa Voo wrote: I would have taken Clausen first over Tebow.  This is ridiculous.agreed.

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He makes me want to break things just listening to him talk.   He just sounded like Bob Backlund in the late 1970's.

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Papa Voo wrote:
I would have taken Clausen first over Tebow.  This is ridiculous.

This

Fuck-I just saw Weatherspoon is gone. Now it's just Kimble or Lee that are left for the Giants 2nd round LB need. Fuckin A!

I like the Dez Bryant pick for the Cowboys. Nice pick when he's got top 10 talent.

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Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee goes to the Cards.

Pass rush: Relies on good to very good power as a bull rusher to collapse the pocket. Uses a swim move effectively, but lacks the burst and lateral agility to be a consistent factor in the pass rush. Works hard, but has only phone booth quickness. Requires an open lane to close. Alert defender that gets his hands up in the passing lanes.
 
Run defense: Greatest asset to the defense due to his build, strength and ability to locate the football. Good burst off the snap to explode into the offensive lineman. Tough to move off the line of scrimmage, as he naturally sprawls his feet, keeps his pads low and has the upper-body strength to hold up even to double-teams. Strong hands and an effective swim move to disengage. Natural candidate to move to nose guard. Keeps his head up and finds the ball. Only phone booth quickness, but hustles laterally and even downfield in pursuit.
 
Explosion: Good initial burst off the snap. Good upper-body strength to shock his opponent and quickly separate. Needs a lane to gather momentum and provide a big hit, but can deliver a jarring blow when he gets one.
 
Strength: Arguably his best trait. Low center of gravity due to a thick, wide lower body which helps in the leverage battle up front. Good use of hands and good upper-body strength to stack and shed in the running game. Relies on his strength as a bull rusher to collapse the pocket from the interior. Slides off blocks to make the play at or near the line of scrimmage.

 

 

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Papa Voo wrote:
Chris OtL wrote: Fuck!!! I keep hoping Dez Bryant will slide so the Cowboys can grab him at 27. But I don't think he's gonna be there.

I think this may occur evenif Dallas needs to trade down.


Now reading through this thread, how the fuck does Demaryious Thomas go ahead of Dez Bryant? That's just retarded. Overthinking by guys who simply needed to watch the game tape.

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The Pats take Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers

 

Read & React: Reads receiver's body language to see if his man is the primary target. Quick to jump routes because he reads the quarterback well. Doesn't bite on stop-and-go routes. Supports the run quickly, even when the play is between the tackles or on the other side of the field.
 
Man Coverage: Can press or play off effectively. Has fluid hips, transitions smoothly and stays low and is quick in his backpedal. Sticks to receivers on their routes, showing excellent change of direction. Plays more physically than you would expect for his size, using his hands to jam on the line and maintain contact downfield. Larger receivers will use their size to shield him from slants and crossing patterns.
 
Zone Coverage: Should make a very good zone corner in the NFL. Good awareness, keeping one eye on the short receiver and another on any players trying to hit the hole behind him. Comes off his man to react to a ball in the air. Makes the easy interception, goes up to get the ball and has strong hands. Will freelance when no receiver lines up on his side, leaving his zone open.
 
Closing/Recovery: Baits quarterbacks into throwing in his direction, closing very well when the ball is in front of him. Good plant and drive with body control. Takes the proper angle to the receiver. Lacks elite speed, but can recover quickly enough when picked on crossing or drag routes to make the tackle.
 
Run Support: Very willing (and able) to support the run. Attacks running backs coming into his area, bringing them down with veracity. Holds up his man to force plays inside. Hustles across the field to plays on the opposite sideline. Tough player, but still lacks the size to consistently get off downfield blocks from larger receivers.

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Papa Voo wrote:
He makes me want to break things just listening to him talk.   He just sounded like Bob Backlund in the late 1970's.

Welcome to the last four years of my life. I hate Florida to begin with, he was the only thing the SEC announcers talked about (Danielson and Raftery) and my cousin is a Florida alum.

I want him to fail tremendously in the NFL.

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HBF wrote: Papa Voo wrote:
Chris OtL wrote: Fuck!!! I keep hoping Dez Bryant will slide so the Cowboys can grab him at 27. But I don't think he's gonna be there.

I think this may occur evenif Dallas needs to trade down.


Now reading through this thread, how the fuck does Demaryious Thomas go ahead of Dez Bryant? That's just retarded. Overthinking by guys who simply needed to watch the game tape.


I would guess


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NE takes another sub 6-footer to take on the Brandon Marshalls and Braylon Edwards' of the world. Not a great pick, IMO.

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Hammer to Fall wrote:
Papa Voo wrote:
He makes me want to break things just listening to him talk.   He just sounded like Bob Backlund in the late 1970's.

Welcome to the last four years of my life. I hate Florida to begin with, he was the only thing the SEC announcers talked about (Danielson and Raftery) and my cousin is a Florida alum.

I want him to fail tremendously in the NFL.


Salut! I will drink to that!

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Jared Odrick, DE, Penn St. to the Phins.

 

Pass rush: Has good height, strength, agility and length to be a consistent penetrator. Bowled over many college linemen with his bull rush and seems to be in motion with the snap of the ball. Has some shiftiness and is able to penetrate with a swim or an inside-out move when blocked one-on-one. Uses his hands to discard linemen. Disrupts passing lanes with his long arms and big hands, keeping his eyes in the backfield. Can accelerate to the quarterback after initial contact but does not have elite quickness or change-of-direction ability to come back and make the sack or chase down plays in the backfield.

 

Run defense: Usually holds his ground inside or pushes back against double-teams. Disengages from blocks to get back into the play and has made stops four or five yards downfield. Not quick enough laterally, but uses his strength to move down the line while engaged on stretch plays. Must be more aware of protecting his knees from cut blocks.

 
Explosion: Good quickness and pop off the snap. Able to knock his man back a step or two into the pocket. Improved his get-off as a senior playing the three-technique and is able to consistently penetrate from that spot.
 
Strength: Brute strength makes him a tough assignment in pass protection for college linemen. Stacks his man and rips off in either direction to fill a hole. Pushes the pocket as a pass rusher, even when double-teamed. Plays tall but controls the line on almost every snap when straight-up or doubled.
 
Tackling: Solid wrap tackler inside because of his strength and length at the point. Lacks the change-of-direction ability to regularly rein in elusive ballcarriers or make plays from behind. His height also prevents him from consistently breaking down in space.

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Jared Odrick, DE, Penn St. to the Phins.

 

Pass rush: Has good height, strength, agility and length to be a consistent penetrator. Bowled over many college linemen with his bull rush and seems to be in motion with the snap of the ball. Has some shiftiness and is able to penetrate with a swim or an inside-out move when blocked one-on-one. Uses his hands to discard linemen. Disrupts passing lanes with his long arms and big hands, keeping his eyes in the backfield. Can accelerate to the quarterback after initial contact but does not have elite quickness or change-of-direction ability to come back and make the sack or chase down plays in the backfield.

 

Run defense: Usually holds his ground inside or pushes back against double-teams. Disengages from blocks to get back into the play and has made stops four or five yards downfield. Not quick enough laterally, but uses his strength to move down the line while engaged on stretch plays. Must be more aware of protecting his knees from cut blocks.

 
Explosion: Good quickness and pop off the snap. Able to knock his man back a step or two into the pocket. Improved his get-off as a senior playing the three-technique and is able to consistently penetrate from that spot.
 
Strength: Brute strength makes him a tough assignment in pass protection for college linemen. Stacks his man and rips off in either direction to fill a hole. Pushes the pocket as a pass rusher, even when double-teamed. Plays tall but controls the line on almost every snap when straight-up or doubled.
 
Tackling: Solid wrap tackler inside because of his strength and length at the point. Lacks the change-of-direction ability to regularly rein in elusive ballcarriers or make plays from behind. His height also prevents him from consistently breaking down in space.


Another guy I've not heard much about, and being a Michigan fan I don't really remember him either. Maybe I've been too focused on SEC football the past few years. Is this guy worth this pick?

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HBF wrote: Papa Voo wrote:
Jared Odrick, DE, Penn St. to the Phins.

 

Pass rush: Has good height, strength, agility and length to be a consistent penetrator. Bowled over many college linemen with his bull rush and seems to be in motion with the snap of the ball. Has some shiftiness and is able to penetrate with a swim or an inside-out move when blocked one-on-one. Uses his hands to discard linemen. Disrupts passing lanes with his long arms and big hands, keeping his eyes in the backfield. Can accelerate to the quarterback after initial contact but does not have elite quickness or change-of-direction ability to come back and make the sack or chase down plays in the backfield.

 

Run defense: Usually holds his ground inside or pushes back against double-teams. Disengages from blocks to get back into the play and has made stops four or five yards downfield. Not quick enough laterally, but uses his strength to move down the line while engaged on stretch plays. Must be more aware of protecting his knees from cut blocks.

 
Explosion: Good quickness and pop off the snap. Able to knock his man back a step or two into the pocket. Improved his get-off as a senior playing the three-technique and is able to consistently penetrate from that spot.
 
Strength: Brute strength makes him a tough assignment in pass protection for college linemen. Stacks his man and rips off in either direction to fill a hole. Pushes the pocket as a pass rusher, even when double-teamed. Plays tall but controls the line on almost every snap when straight-up or doubled.
 
Tackling: Solid wrap tackler inside because of his strength and length at the point. Lacks the change-of-direction ability to regularly rein in elusive ballcarriers or make plays from behind. His height also prevents him from consistently breaking down in space.


Another guy I've not heard much about, and being a Michigan fan I don't really remember him either. Maybe I've been too focused on SEC football the past few years. Is this guy worth this pick?

 

In my opinion, yes.  He was on my list for the Steelers.  He reminds me of Aaron Smith of the Steelers.  I think he will make an excellent DE in a 3-4. Don't know what the Phins are running down there?

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Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise St. goes to the Jets.  One of my favorites in this draft.  Wow!  Add him with Revis and the Jets got some very strong d-backs.

 

Release: Quick out of his stance; can put a move on corner if in press or flat-out fly by zone corners and safeties waiting for him at the second level.
 
Hands: Has small hands, but is a reliable receiver. Snatches the ball out of the air on high and wide throws, even in traffic. Uses his hands when facing the quarterback as well. Tracks the ball over either shoulder and can leap to make the catch if the pass is overthrown. Will drop one occasionally when trying to make a move before securing the ball.
 
Route running: Owns the foot quickness to be a two-way threat from the slot. Stops quickly and gets a good angle on inside routes. Hesitation on stop-go routes freezes defenders and allows him to explode past. Will be a major threat on crossing routes at the next level. Will need work on his hand play near the line as he will be challenged within the five-yard area. Good burst to the ball when it's in the air.
 
After the catch: Jitterbug on the edge on quick screens, using jump step to elude defenders. Also used on inside screens, where he can weave his way through traffic. Good body control to head upfield after making the catch toward the sideline. Tough runner for his size; will lower his head to get to first down marker (though he's not strong enough to bowl over linebackers). Vision with the ball is good, not great, will run into blockers. Good punt returner because of his hands and acceleration. Doesn't always make the first man miss, but will make teams pay for low punts and poor coverage with good speed and shifty hips in the open field.
 
Blocking: Willing inside blocker for the run who gets into his man's jersey. Gives good effort to sustain and has upper-body strength, but is too small to hang on for long against larger defenders. Resorts to cut block at times, but will get into the thigh of the defender to stop him from reaching the ballcarrier. Looks for someone to hit downfield to help teammates.

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Thanks Voo.

I love the pick by the Jets with Kyle Wilson. That guy's another nice CB and they've already got Cromartie and Revis. Nobody should pass on them with that D. They need a DT to help fill in for Jenkins and I would have liked Terrence Cody here (again, watch game film and stay away from the combine) but this is a good pick.

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Vikes up next.  Is Clausen the pick here?

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Papa Voo wrote:
Vikes up next.  Is Clausen the pick here?

I'd bet on it.

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HBF wrote: Papa Voo wrote:
Vikes up next.  Is Clausen the pick here?

I'd bet on it.
I wouldn't.

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The Vikes trade with the Lions.

Lions select Jahvid Best, RB, California

 

Inside: Lacks the size and strength to consistently be effective in this area, though he isn't intimidated by the big bodies inside and is a threat to break off a big run due to his burst to and through the hole. Prefers to attack the gap and squirt through, but has learned to run with patience and will take advantage of cutback lanes.
 
Outside: His most impressive area. Good speed to beat the linebacker to the edge and is dazzling in the open field. Rare lateral agility and balance to elude in tight quarters and when running at full speed in the open field. Very quick to accelerate out of line and has rare top-end speed to pull away. Good vision for the cutback. Legitimate start-stop-accelerate move to allow his pursuers to fly past him. Switches the ball to his outside arm when he gets into the open field.
 
Breaking tackles: Spins and dances his way out of more tackles than his size would indicate. Keeps his feet moving after contact and flashes a decent stiff-arm to push free. Doesn't have the leg drive, however, to consistently break NFL caliber tackles.
 
Blocking: An area of concern due to his lack of bulk and strength. Supplies a marginal pop to the oncoming defender, but more often relies on the cut-block.
 
Receiving: Soft, reliable hands out of the backfield. Has the burst out of his cuts to line up out wide, but was typically used on underneath dumpoffs, screens and an occasional wheel route. Tracks the ball and catches it cleanly. Can adjust his body to catch poorly thrown passes due to good body control and hand-eye coordination for the position.

 

*More of a scat back in my opinion.

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Indianapolis select Jerry Hughes, OLB, TCU

 

Read & React: Good instincts with a nose for the ball. Lacks elite timed speed but is quick to close when a lane to the quarterback or ballcarrier opens. Recognizes misdirection and stays at home to contain the edge.
 
Run defense: Undersized defensive end likely to move to linebacker. Pushed around on plays run at him, but has enough leverage and length to disengage from tight ends or fullbacks and chase when the ballcarrier bounces outside. Hustles downfield and through trash inside to make tackles -- promising if he plays linebacker. Avoids cuts and when he doesn't avoid, he can recover quickly enough to chase down backs five or six yards downfield.
 
Pass defense: Drops into zones at times. Not exceptionally fluid or quick but has just enough speed and change-of-direction agility to stay with running backs and tight ends in the flat -- and run with them down the sideline. Can make the easy catch for the interception and knock the ball away from backs when in coverage.
 
Tackling: Explosive tackler in the backfield. Good length to wrap up and chops the ball out of the hands of ballcarriers. Usually takes correct angles in pursuit. Breaks down in space, getting a good part of even the more elusive backs.
 
Pass Rush/Blitz: Relentless chaser of the quarterback, even when facing double- and triple-team blocks. Turns the corner using quickness to get under the shoulder of the tackle. Reaches in to knock the ball out of the quarterback's hands even if engaged. Can push some tackles into the backfield using his leverage to bull rush under the pads of bigger, taller blockers. Gets caught up in trash when twisting but gives good effort to fight through. Did take advantage of slow college right tackles (lines up on the strong side despite his lack of size) and an aggressive defense to get his sack numbers. Relies on pure speed and must learn how to have violent hands to beat NFL tackles. Will need some variation in his pass-rush moves.

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Here is a list of some of the top players remaining on the board.  Jimmy Clausen and Sergio Kindle are the only ones who remain on the first page.

http://www.nfl.com/draft/2010/tracker#dt-tabs:dt-by-grade/dt-by-round-input:1/dt-by-grade-input:2

 

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Clausen's agent ready to shoot himself after seeing his cut drop by a ton with Jimmy passed over in round 1.

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Who dey!  The Saints select Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State, with the final pick of the First Round and of the night.

 

Read & React: Good instincts for the position. Reads the receiver and is athletic enough to mirror routes. Willing to take gambles and will bait the quarterback. Showed better focus as a senior. Aggressively attacks the line on outside runs and wide receiver screens.
 
Man Coverage: Lanky athlete with long arms. Built to play press coverage. Aggressive use of hands at the line of scrimmage helps knock receivers off routes. Good low, tight backpedal. Good balance and foot quickness to turn and mirror the receiver's route.
 
Zone Coverage: Good low, tight backpedal. Good route recognition for zone coverage. Reads the quarterback's eyes and closes quickly. Needs to improve his discipline in zone coverage, as he too often trusts his eyes and can wander out of his zone.
 
Closing/Recovery: Explosive burst to close toward the passer. Shows a legitimate second gear to recover if beaten initially. Former wide receiver with natural hands for the interception. Can pluck the ball outside of his frame and secures it quickly. Competes well for the jump ball. Times his leaps and has explosive athleticism. Natural playmaker with good vision for the return. Elusive and has very good straight-line speed to pull away.
 
Run Support: Looks smaller on film than his listed size. Has a cover corner mentality -- steers clear of head-on physical contact in run support. Will make the tackle when needed, but isn't likely to throw his body into the ballcarrier. Showed improved recognition of the sweep as a senior, rushing up to the line of scrimmage to beat the block and make the tackle behind the line. Will struggle to take down bigger ballcarriers. Will grab on, but is too often taken for a ride until teammates arrive to clean up.
 
Tackling: Efficient wrap-up tackler in the open field. Breaks down in space and isn't afraid to take on the bigger man, though he typically relies on duck-and-swipe type tackles. Quick, active hands to rip the ball away. Forced two fumbles in 2009.

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Thanks for joining in the discussion tonight.  See you all tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. for Rounds 2 & 3.

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I'm hoping the Giants between now and the start of tonight's draft can swing a deal with Steve Spagnalo. Trade Osi for the 1st pick of the 2nd round. Spags loves Osi, though I doubt he'd do it. We could then pick up Sergio Kindle for LB and maybe even another LB with the 14th pick.

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LAF wrote: Denver trading down to take Tebow
From what the announcers were saying, you are very lucky LAF. The Bills wanted Tebow.



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