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BlackGold4vr
02-01-2007, 12:09 AM
Much of the board will change between now and April, but here’s my first look at the first two rounds.

1. Oakland - JaMarcus Russell, QB LSU

The NFL is a quarterback-driven league and Oakland doesn’t have one. Owner Al Davis always loves players who have eye-popping physical stats and will naturally fall in love with Russell’s size, arm and athletic ability.

2. Detroit - Brady Quinn, QB Notre Dame

Somehow current QB Jon Kitna managed to throw for over 4,000 yards, but he still threw more interceptions than touchdowns and is merely a stop-gap player. If the Lions are ever going to turn their franchise around, it has to start with a premier player like Quinn. His ability and experience in Charlie Weis’ offense make him a franchise player.

3. Cleveland - Calvin Johnson, WR Georgia Tech

Pick three is where things will get interesting. The Browns could opt for LT Joe Thomas or DT Alan Branch, but Johnson is the highest player on the board (and is rated number one on most boards). Receiver Braylon Edwards is solid, but Joe Jurevicious is over 30. At 6’4” 220 and with legit 4.4-speed, Johnson can make Cleveland’s perimeter weapons among the best in the league.

4. Tampa Bay - Jamaal Anderson, DE Arkansas

After notching 13.5 sacks to lead the SEC last year, Anderson decided the time was right to declare for the Draft - much to the delight of NFL teams. With a 6’6” 260 pound body, he looks the part and should be an immediate starter for the Bucs, who are expected to let veteran DE Simeon Rice go.

5. Arizona - Joe Thomas, OT Wisconsin

If the board falls this way, the Cards will be among the happiest teams in Round 1. No team needs offensive line talent like Arizona does and grabbing Thomas, a dominating left tackle for the past two years, is a no-brainer. He’d instantly be the best player on an offensive line that needs significant improvement.

6. Washington - Gaines Adams, DE Clemson

Obtaining a defensive end seems to be the consensus pick for Washington among most of the NFL media and for once they all may be right. The Redskins are far too old and unproductive on the outside and desperately need an edge rusher to apply pressure on the quarterback. Adams has been at the top of the DE rankings for the past two years and can help immediately.

7. Minnesota - Ted Ginn, WR Ohio State

Former #1 pick Troy Williamson has disappointed thus far and adding a premier playmaker is always a good move. Ginn has been the most dangerous on the field for the majority of his college career and although he lacks elite size, his speed and return ability will earn him a pick in the top 10.

8. Houston - Adrian Peterson, RB Oklahoma

If last year’s #1 overall pick, DE Mario Williams, would’ve had a 10-sack season, the Texans would be laughing in everyone’s face about passing over RB Reggie Bush last year. Unfortunately for Houston, Williams didn’t have the immediate impact they’d hoped for, but they can still take Peterson. He has the size and ability to be a Pro Bowl running back and take some pressure off of QB David Carr.

9. Miami - Alan Branch, DT Michigan

Branch may not fall this far in April, but if he’s on the board and the Dolphins are on the clock, some intern is going to be running up to the podium with this pick. Branch has elite size (6’5” 330) and pushes people around. Whether he’s asked to get up-field or take on blockers, he has the ability to do both at en elite level. This move also brings some much needed youth to a defensive line that’s approaching AARP status.

10. Atlanta - Amobi Okoye, DT Louisville

How can you not be impressed by this kid? At only 19 years old, Okoye’s already notched 4 starting seasons at the Division 1 level and just made a mockery of Senior Bowl offensive lineman. He’s a bit light (recently under 290), but he’s just a pup and will excel in a 1-gap defense.

11. San Francisco - Dwayne Jarrett, WR USC

Jarrett will have to run under 4.5 to earn this pick, but if he does the Niners would be wise to take him. His 6’5” 215 size and hands make him a dangerous weapon, especially for a team lacking premier weapons on the outside.

12. Buffalo - Leon Hall, CB Michigan

The Bills are expected to lose CB Nate Clements via free agency and finding a replacement will be a necessity. Hall is the most complete corner in this year’s Draft and would’ve been a Round 1 pick had he come out last year.

13. St. Louis - Dwayne Bowe, WR LSU

The combination of Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce has been extremely good for the Rams, but Bruce has slowed down considerably and adding a true starter opposite Holt is necessary. Bowe has solid size (6’2” 220), great hands and is a solid route runner. He had a very solid showing at the Senior Bowl and looks to have a nice future.

14. Carolina - Adam Carriker, DE Nebraska

Another player who had a very nice Senior Bowl, Carriker’s a guy who jumps out at you on tape. He’s huge (6’6” 290) and uses his hands extremely well to gain separation from would-be blockers. While he’s capable of notching double-digit sacks at the next level, his overall play is what will earn him this pick.

15. Pittsburgh - Anthony Spencer, DE/OLB Purdue

It’s uncertain whether new head coach Mike Tomlin will keep Pittsburgh’s 3-4 defense or make the switch to the 4-3 defense he’s become accustomed to. However, Spencer’s flexible enough to play OLB in a 3-4 or as a RE in the 4-3. He should have an impact wherever he lines up and will get every chance to start.

16. Green Bay - Daymeion Hughes, CB Cal

Hughes’ lack of elite speed will drop him a bit, but not too far. The Packers’ defense improved last year thanks to some solid draft picks and free agent signings, but Hughes would add another piece to the puzzle. He has good size (5’11” 188), instincts and makes plays on the ball. Veteran corners Al Harris and Charles Woodson will start, but Hughes would be a nice move for the future.

17. Jacksonville - LaRon Landry, S LSU

Starting free safety Deon Grant may leave via free agency, but even if he stays, this team could use a player like Landry. Strong safety Donovin Darius has been a valuable player for the Jags, but he’s not the youngest guy on the field anymore. Landry’s production has been consistent and he’d have been taken in Round 1 last year if he turned pro. He needs to work on catching the ball, but he’s a solid prospect.

18. Cincinnati - Levi Brown, OT Penn State

The Bengals really want a defensive tackle, but none are worthy of this pick. A defensive end also might be a possibility, but Brown offers a ton of flexibility. He can play tackle or guard at a high level, works hard and would be a nice addition on an offensive line that had serious injury problems last year. It should also be noted that LG Eric Steinbach is a free agent, and despite his All Pro status, RT Willie Anderson can’t play forever.

19. Tennessee - Robert Meachem, WR Tennessee

Expect Meachem to have a Donte Stallworth-like workout session, thereby sky-rocketing him up Draft boards. He has good size (6’3” 200) and had tremendous numbers last year, but he’ll have to work on his consistency at the next level.

20. New York Giants - Marshawn Lynch, RB Cal

Brandon Jacobs is a very nice change-of-pace and goaline back for the G-Men, but Lynch is the complete package. He has good size, vision and has been very productive throughout his entire career. This selection makes sense for a team trying to replace Tiki Barber.

21. Denver - Reggie Nelson, S Florida

One of the best defenders in college last year, Nelson has is the epitome of a ball hawking center fielder. He has solid instincts, playmaking ability and covers a ton of ground.

22. Dallas - Jarvis Moss, DE/OLB Florida

The last two years America’s team has taken two outside linebackers in the Draft’s first round (DeMarcus Ware and Bobby Carpenter), but after they lost Greg Ellis to injury and the season dragged on, they lost their pass rush. Moss is cat-quick and can play as a 4-3 end or a standup LB in a 3-4. It’s not the biggest need for the Cowboys, but a solid pick nonetheless.

23. Kansas City - Sidney Rice, WR South Carolina

Rice definitely passes the eyeball test. He’s 6’4” 210 and should run in the 4.4 range. But despite two solid years for the Gamecocks, he’s still raw and will need time to develop. On a team sorely lacking elite receiver talent, the Chiefs might be willing to wait.

24. New England (from Seattle) - Patrick Willis, MLB Mississippi

An absolute stud that makes plays all over the field, Willis would be a tremendous asset for the Pats. As their current linebackers keep aging, Willis would be a nice pick for the future, but with the instincts and ability to get on the field immediately.

25. New York Jets - Quentin Moses, DE/OLB Georgia

Highly rated as a Junior, Moses disappointed this season and had scouts scratching their heads. He’s athletic enough to play on the outside in Eric Mangini’s 3-4 defense, but could also put his hand down in obvious passing situations.

26. Philadelphia - Lawrence Timmons, LB Florida State

Amazing athlete that explodes into ball carriers, Timmons is only 20 years old and definitely has his best football ahead of him. The Eagles have been burned on outside linebackers recently, but that shouldn’t deter them from taking a hard look at Timmons, a linebacker that can play either outside spot.

27. New Orleans - Darrelle Revis, CB Pitt

Solidly built, two-time All-Big East player that has upside, Revis is finally starting to turn some heads. He may need a season to crack the starting lineup, but will be given an opportunity to start and can be a factor in the return game.

28. New England - Paul Posluszny, LB Penn State

How do you fix an aging LB unit? Draft two in the first round. Posluszny has always been a bit overrated to me, but his production is absolutely undeniable. He isn’t the most athletic player on the field, but he’s one of the most instinctive and can have an impact as a rookie.

29. Baltimore - Tony Ugoh, OT Arkansas

Not a sexy pick, but one that’s needed. Ugoh’s been moving up boards all season. He’s athletic, has above average feet and can get to the second tier of the defense. With LT Jonathan Ogden considering retirement and the right side in a state of flux, Ugoh’s a nice pick.

30. San Diego - Brandon Meriweather, S Miami

The University of Miami keeps the “Draft streak” alive as Meriweather sneaks into Round 1. A very solid athlete that can man slot receivers and cover ground in a zone defense, Meriweather makes sense for the Chargers, who’ve struggled in coverage.

31. Chicago - Zach Miller, TE Arizona State

Most scouts thought the Bears would’ve pulled the trigger on a tight end last year, but they didn’t. Is this the year they finally get one to open up their offense? For their sake, I hope they look at Miller, who’s drawing comparisons to former Sun Devil Todd Heap. I don’t think he’s that good, but he’s pretty close.

32. Indianapolis - Tank Tyler, DT N.C. State

Head coach Tony Dungy finally rallied his troops into stopping the run during the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean the problem is fixed. Defensive tackles Booger McFarland and Corey Simon aren’t locks to be back, and even if they are, they need some help. Tyler’s been inconsistent, but he has the size (6’2” 315) that’s needed in the middle.


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Round 2

33. Detroit - Charles Johnson, DE Georgia
34. Oakland - Kenny Irons, RB Auburn
35. Tampa Bay - Aaron Ross, CB Texas
36. Cleveland - Marcus McCauley, CB Fresno State
37. Arizona - Aaron Sears, G/T Tennessee
38. New York Jets (from Washington) - Greg Olsen, TE Miami
39. Minnesota - Lamar Woodley, DE/OLB Michigan
40. Houston - Tanard Jackson, CB Syracuse
41. Miami - Ben Grubbs, G Auburn
42. Atlanta - Anthony Gonzalez, WR Ohio State
43. San Francisco - Chris Houston, CB Arkansas
44. Buffalo - Justin Blalock, G/T Texas
45. St. Louis - Tim Crowder, DE Texas
46. Carolina - Brandon Siler, LB Florida
47. Pittsburgh - Ray McDonald, DE Florida
48. Green Bay - Ryan Kalil, C USC
49. Jacksonville - Victor Abiamiri, DE Notre Dame
50. Cincinnati - Michael Griffin, S Texas
51. Tennessee - Joe Staley, OT Central Michigan
52. New York Giants - Brandon Mebane, DT Cal
53. Denver - Ryan Harris, OT Notre Dame
54. Dallas - Aundrae Allison, WR East Carolina
55. Kansas City - Ray McDonald, DT/DE Florida
56. Seattle - Josh Beekman, G Boston College
57. New York Jets - Ryan McBean, DT Oklahoma State
58. Philadelphia - Drew Stanton, QB Michigan State
59. New Orleans - Jay Moore, DE Nebraska
60. New England - Brian Leonard, RB Rutgers
61. Baltimore - Troy Smith, QB Ohio State
62. San Diego Chargers - Earl Everett, LB Florida
63. Chicago - Marcus Thomas, DT Florida
64. Indianapolis - Rufus Alexander, LB Oklahoma

Anthony Spencer and Ray McDonald........2 DE with first 2 picks? Interesting choices although I take absolutely no stock in other peoples mock drafts as they tend to magically land the players they would like to see on their favorite team! Likelyhood of either of these players ending up in black and gold? Slim, but here are their bio's anyway.

1st round: 49 Anthony Spencer DE 6-3 261 01/23/1984 SR* Purdue
2nd round: 95 Ray McDonald DE 6-3 280 09/02/1984 SR* Florida

Koopa
02-01-2007, 12:15 AM
for future reference....not to be an ***, but draft stuff should be posted here

http://www.steeleraddicts.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=34

anyway, decent mock, i like going defense first 2 rounds...... but 15 seems high for spencer even though i've read good stuff on him........

K Train
02-01-2007, 12:16 AM
if we draft someone from florida i want it to be moss

Black@Gold Forever32
02-01-2007, 12:29 AM
for future reference....not to be an ***, but draft stuff should be posted here

http://www.steeleraddicts.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=34

anyway, decent mock, i like going defense first 2 rounds...... but 15 seems high for spencer even though i've read good stuff on him........

I'm telling you Koop, Spencer is going to be a badass. You might as well make me President of the Anthony Spencer Fan Club with the way I have been pimpin him on here.

I just like the fact he can play both DE/OLB and plus I seen the guy make a ton of plays this year.

Koopa
02-01-2007, 12:32 AM
I'm telling you Koop, Spencer is going to be a badass. You might as well make me President of the Anthony Spencer Fan Club with the way I have been pimpin him on here.

I just like the fact he can play both DE/OLB and plus I seen the guy make a ton of plays this year.

well he's the kind of player i want, a dude that can play both de and olb.......... and the way you keep talking him up, i like him more and more......... but you don't think 15 is a reach??? or has he worked himself up the ladder with a good senior bowl week??......damn this draft is so confusing......so many players i want lol............

BlitzburghRockCity
02-01-2007, 12:33 AM
As long as the guy can convert to OLB and DE depending on the scheme; he'll fit in just fine and that's just the type of player we need. Versatile enough to do both and be a beast at it.

Steelersfan
02-01-2007, 12:33 AM
Moved this to the draft section.

Do we really need two DL in the first two rounds? I think our o-line needs the most help. Not saying take two OL but was thinking we would take one of each depending on who was where.

Black@Gold Forever32
02-01-2007, 12:35 AM
well he's the kind of player i want, a dude that can play both de and olb.......... and the way you keep talking him up, i like him more and more......... but you don't think 15 is a reach??? or has he worked himself up the ladder with a good senior bowl week??......damn this draft is so confusing......so many players i want lol............

The Steelers could trade down and draft Spencer.

I know there is a ton of players I want also. I like Okoye alot to.

Koopa
02-01-2007, 12:35 AM
Moved this to the draft section.

Do we really need two DL in the first two rounds? I think our o-line needs the most help. Not saying take two OL but was thinking we would take one of each depending on who was where.

well one is a guy that can switch back and forth, and the other is just a DE.....kinda like what dallas did drafting ware and spears.....that worked out pretty good, both players are badass.......

Steelersfan
02-01-2007, 12:37 AM
I'm not saying I don't like both players. I just think our OL needs the most help this year.

BlitzburghRockCity
02-01-2007, 12:39 AM
The draft on Day 1 will give us a real good indication of how much they will incorporate Tomlin's scheme into our defense this year IMO. If we would go and get 2 DE's , you can bet we'll be doing alot of Tampa 2 this season. If we go OL, DE, and somewhere else it may indicate our D might not change much atleast early on.

Nobody really knows anyways, but I could us maybe going 2 DE/LB and 1 OL on day 1.

Koopa
02-01-2007, 12:39 AM
i don't think one needs more help then the other..... it would be cool to get a levi brown type player.......i used to want blalock a lot, but i heard bad things about him at the senior bowl......and great things about levi................ either way we go will be great, just as long as we ain't reaching with these players......like essex a couple of years ago.........

K Train
02-01-2007, 12:41 AM
would sam baker go in the second?

BlitzburghRockCity
02-01-2007, 12:49 AM
Im not ready to say Essex is a bust just yet. The guy hasn't got much playing time to make an effective decision just yet on him.

However we do need OL depth because if Okobi or Simmons were to take over at Center that's going to affect our depth. Ignoring the OL is a definite No No. With the Steelers the safe boring picks like OL usually work out pretty good for us.

Koopa
02-01-2007, 12:52 AM
Im not ready to say Essex is a bust just yet. The guy hasn't got much playing time to make an effective decision just yet on him.

However we do need OL depth because if Okobi or Simmons were to take over at Center that's going to affect our depth. Ignoring the OL is a definite No No. With the Steelers the safe boring picks like OL usually work out pretty good for us.

i didn't say he was a bust, i said a reach, we could've got him later in the draft..........

damn i hate this draft, i don't know who i want, the last few years i knew who i wanted.....i wanted a wr, we got it.....i wanted heath, we got him, i wanted ben, we got him.........but this year there's so many good players that could be around when we pick it's hard to decide lol

Black@Gold Forever32
02-01-2007, 01:00 AM
i didn't say he was a bust, i said a reach, we could've got him later in the draft..........

damn i hate this draft, i don't know who i want, the last few years i knew who i wanted.....i wanted a wr, we got it.....i wanted heath, we got him, i wanted ben, we got him.........but this year there's so many good players that could be around when we pick it's hard to decide lol

I know the last three drafts the Steelers have drafted the player I really wanted in the first round.

04-Big Ben
05-Heath Miller
06-Santonio Holmes

I want Amobi Okoye or Anthony Spencer in the first round.

Koopa
02-01-2007, 01:02 AM
I know the last three drafts the Steelers have drafted the player I really wanted in the first round.

04-Big Ben
05-Heath Miller
06-Santonio Holmes

I want Amobi Okoye or Anthony Spencer in the first round.

i wouldn't mind okoye now that i know we will be doing a lot of 4-3...... him and my boy casey side by side would be beastly........ what's scary about okoye is that he's only 19, the dude still has a lot of growing to do..... in a few years when his body fills out it's gonna be crazy........

Black@Gold Forever32
02-01-2007, 01:03 AM
i wouldn't mind okoye now that i know we will be doing a lot of 4-3...... him and my boy casey side by side would be beastly........

Hell yea, plus those two DT's could free up Keisel to put heat on the QB.

BlackGold4vr
02-01-2007, 01:21 AM
1. Tampa Bay has either the 3rd or 4th pick (cointoss) and Jon Gruden absolutely loved this guy. Don't think Okoye goes that high but Tampa could trade down for an additional pick and still grab Okoye.

2. Bobby Petrino coached Okoye for 4 years and has seen what this kid can do. Atlanta picks 10th and I believe he could go that high.

DIESELMAN
02-01-2007, 05:47 AM
I want Amobi Okoye or Anthony Spencer in the first round.

either one of those cats would be sweet. I started something up last week, I'll finish it and post it. Its who has the same needs as us and where they draft before us. I think I got it down to about 9 teams needing OLB help but only 2-3 draft before us. I'll try and finish it up later.....

StlCrtn
02-01-2007, 10:10 AM
I'm new and this is my first mock draft so here it goes:

1. OAK Calvin Johnson (Need help everywhere, but will probably lose Moss and Porter)

2. DET Jamarcus Rusell (Take the best QB on the board)

3. CLE Adrian Peterson (Need immediate help with the run game)

4. TB Gaines Adams (That D isn't getting any younger)

5. ARZ Joe Thomas (They land the best player in the draft at a position the need halp at the most)

6. WAS Leon Hall (CB is their biggest concern)

7. MIN Brady Quinn (Vikings are happy he fell this far, Johnson and Jackson aren't their future)

8. HOU Marshawn Lynch (They would have liked Peterson, but Lynch is just as good)

9. MIA Alan Branch (They are gonna need a young stud to help out Jason Taylor for next season)

10. ATL LaRon Landry (That secondary minus Hall is bad, real bad)

11. SF Dwayne Jarett (A huge target for Alex Smith to throw to)

12. BUF Gaines Adams (They need a stout rusher off the end)

13. STL Ted Ginn (They are evenmtually gonna need somebody else other than Torry Holt to throw too)

14. CAR Quinten Moses (The D-line is starting to get up there in age and a solid DE is what they need oppisite of Julius Peppers)

15. PIT Lamar Woodley (The Steelers need help at LB and DE which is what they get help with, with Woodley)

16. GB Justin Blalock (The O-line was suspect at times this year and Blalock makes for the logical pick)

17. JAX Paul Pozluzny (A bigtime LB is exactly what they need)

18. CIN Jamaal Anderson (A very underrated palyer who is quickly climbing)

19. TEN Darrell Revies (Help on D is the key to there sucess next season)

20. NYG Amobi Akoye (Another underrated player who is quickly climbing the
draft boards)

21. DEN Marcus McCauley (They need a CB to replace Darrent Williams)

22. DAL Levi Brown (Would likely start immediately for an aging O-line)

23. KC Reggie Nelson (That pass defense still isn't good)

24. NE (from SEA) Sidney Rice (A very underrated WR who will make some
noise at the combine)

25. NYJ Fred Bennett (With the lackluster passing D, the Jets go DB to shore it up)

26. PHI Patrick Willis (A playmaker on defense that may start on Day 1)

27. NO Zach Miller (They need a solid TE to catch the ball and Miller is the best one this year)

28. NE Michael Griffin (With Harrison aging and being injured constantly, they have no other choice)

29. BAL Joe Staley (An intimadating T who can be an immediate impact at the next level)

30. SD H. B. Blades (The LB corp i sgetting old, and getting him to team up with Merriman could be exciting)

31. CHI Greg Olsen (Hoping to land Miller, they settle for the more athletic Olsen)

32. IND Rufus Alexander (There D is much better with Bob Sanders but they could still use some help at LB)