2013 NFL Mock Draft: Hello, is it me you’re looking for?

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The annual guessing game of NFL mock drafts will finally end once Roger Goodell is welcomed to a mixed chorus of boo’s and cheers at Radio City Music Hall. Lives of hundreds of young men and their families will change once they receive a call from an NFL franchise, telling them they’ve been selected.
I’ve often wondered what each party is saying to one another when a team contacts a player, notifying them their name is being written down on an index card, then handed to the NFL Commish.  Live TV coverage has given us a little bit of a glimpse over the past few years.  The green room has hopefuls nervously waiting and once you see a player put a cell phone to his ear, a range of emotions starts to overcome the entire table.  Smiles, tears, hugs and handshakes ensue while each prospect steps onto the stage for his first close-up as an NFL player.
While not only trying to guess what player will land where, I’ve also taken a stab at what some draftee’s are possibly hearing and discussing with his new employer.
These picks have been made by the off-chance there aren’t any trades in the first round.

1. Kansas City Chiefs – OT Luke Joeckel – Texas A&M

The Chiefs take the safe pick with Andy Reid making the call: Hello Luke, so just like we have already discussed, the barbecue here is pretty good and Chiefs fans can’t wait to see you play each Sunday for the next 10 plus years. Welcome aboard young man. Try not to feel too awkward if Goodell goes in for a hug.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – OT Eric Fisher – Central Michigan

Gus Bradley is passed the phone: Hey Eric, can’t wait for you to hit the ground here in Jax.  We’re going to bring a new attitude to this Jaguar team with your help.  Also, once you get here, please don’t make Maurice Jones-Drew any angrier than he already is.  We want to try and a few games this year.

3. Oakland Raiders – DT Shariff Floyd – Florida

Reggie McKenzie while speaking with Shariff Floyd: Hello Mr. Floyd, are you ready to be an Oakland Raider?  I’ve seen you terrorize my alma mater of Tennessee the past couple of years and can’t wait to see rile up the Black Hole here in Oakland.  You have potential to become the next Warren Sapp.

4. Philadelphia Eagles – OT Lane Johnson – Oklahoma

With camera’s focused on Lane Johnson nodding his head several times, on the other end Chip Kelly is convincing him of the same high tempo offense both are used to in college.  Lane, we are going to bear witness to the over-sized defensive fronts in the NFC East having their tongues hanging out of their mouth’s, each week before the halftime whistle.

5. Detroit Lions – DE Dion Jordan – Oregon

Head Coach Jim Schwartz and GM Martin Mayhew with Dion on speaker: Dion, we will really need you to come in and hopefully match the production we lost with the departure of Cliff Avril.  Our jobs may depend on it.  Please make an impact so we’re both not looking for new jobs next season.

6. Cleveland Browns – QB Geno Smith – West Virginia

I’m pretty certain Rob Chudzinski will have Geno Smith’s attention by simply mentioning Smith can become the next Cam Newton in his offense.  I realize Geno was a different college player in a sense that he doesn’t run as much, so the read-option won’t highlight the weekly game-plan, but some concepts would translate.

7. Arizona Cardinals – QB Matt Barkley – USC

I’m a firm believer all of the talk of quarterbacks not going high in the first round is all smoke and mirrors.  Last year alone, Ryan Tannehill was selected 8th and Brandon Weeden, who was 29 years old when he was drafted, selected 22nd overall.  In 2011, Jake Locker went 8th and Blaine Gabbert selected 10th.  A higher premium is placed on quarterbacks.  I’ll guess at least three go in this years top ten.

8. Buffalo Bills – QB Ryan Nassib – Syracuse

Thus leading to Buffalo selecting Ryan Nassib.  Coach Doug Marrone to Nassib: Together again kid, but now the stakes are a little bit higher.  We will have to add more looks offensively so division teams who see us twice a year aren’t producing highlight reels of pick-sixes all day long.

9. NY Jets – CB Dee Milliner – Alabama

At this point does Rex Ryan even care? He’s probably only in the draft war room to see how badly John Idzik and Woody Johnson further run this team into the ground.  Rex simply tunes-out all of those around him and excuses himself for a bathroom break immediately after this pick is made.

10. Tennessee Titans – OL Jonathan Cooper – UNC

Mike Munchak can hardly hold back his smile while speaking with Jonathan Cooper. I can’t wait to make you a pro-bowl guard, oh wait I have Chris Johnson sending me a text … it says thanks to all of  us here in the war room for drafting a pulling-guard.  Sounds like Chris Johnson can’t wait to share the field with you.

11. San Diego Chargers – CB Xavier Rhodes – Florida St.

First year coach Mike McCoy while greeting Rhodes by phone: Mr. Rhodes, we are going to need some production out of you from day one.  We have this guy in Denver for the next couple of years still who hopefully won’t torch San Diego they he did last year as his coach.  Andy Reid is also pass happy, so get ready to use your speed and quickness in helping cover these fast receivers in the AFC West.

12. Miami Dolphins – OT Menelik Watson – Florida St.

Joe Philbin to Watson: I’ve watched some Downtown Abbey, so our lines of communication should come without many hitches.  Were you for Manchester United or Manchester City while growing-up in England?

13. NY Jets – OLB Barkevious Mingo – LSU

Once the phone is passed to Rex Ryan after this pick, I hope he doesn’t say what he’s truly thinking. Congrats kid, welcome aboard the train-wreck … we only took you with this pick because the new guy in charge traded my favorite player from the team and received a first round pick in a draft where nobody wants a top 15 pick.

14. Carolina Panthers – DL Sheldon Richardson – Missouri

Jerry Richardson hops on the line after receiving nothing more other than a blank stare from Ron Rivera. Hey Shelly, you mind if I call you Shelly?  We already share something in common young man with our last name, how ’bout that?  You want to talk with Ron?  He barely looks like he wants to be hear right now.

15. New Orleans Saints – OT DJ Fluker – Alabama

Sean Payton briefing D.J. Fluker on his intentions for a revenge tour this year:  … and remember to gently raise Drew in the air when he points you out for a massive block, giving him more than enough time to hang another six points on the board.

16. St. Louis Rams – OL Chance Warmack – Alabama

Jeff Fisher already creating fear for a first year player: I can’t wait to see if you are half as good as all of these draftniks say you are.  If you thought Coach Saban was demanding, wait until you have spent a year with me.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers – OLB Jarvis Jones – Georgia

Jarvis Jones will not be one of players hanging out in the green room, even though he’s already in New York, promoting Subway sandwiches.  Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert hope this pick doesn’t turn into chicken salad.

18. Dallas Cowboys – S Kenny Vaccaro – Texas

For as long-winded as Jerry Jones is, no matter who the draft pick is, they will have to cut the call short to walk on stage.

19. NY Giants – TE Tyler Eifert – Notre Dame

Eli Manning adds a new weapon to his arsenal and warns Eifert by text message to not be late to the Giants press conference on Friday because Coach Coughlin is already watching.

20. Chicago Bears – WR Tavon Austin – West Virginia

Tavon Austin finally gets to flash a smile after chewing off his nails for about an hour straight, waiting for a phone call.  Coach Marc Trestman to Austin: Get ready for lots of motion and multiple sets.  There are some weak secondary defenses on the NFC North.

21. Cincinnati Bengals – RB Eddie Lacy – Alabama

Confusion on Lacy’s face as he listens to the voice on the other line: Hey Eddie, it’s Coach Lewis.  Listen, Mike Brown has you confused a little with Mark Ingram, so that’s why he congratulated you on the Heisman trophy.  Don’t worry, he rarely sticks his head in the meeting rooms or offices once the season starts.

22. St. Louis – WR Deandre Hopkins – Clemson

The Rams grab ‘Nuke” with their last of two first round picks.

23. Minnesota – DE Ezekial Ansah – BYU

A sigh of relief accompanies an exhausted looking face of Ansah’s while finally getting the call.

24. Indianapolis Colts – OLB Bjoern Werner – Florida St.

Chuck Pagano gets a valuable pass rusher and barely has enough time to say hello to his first round pick: Hey Bjoern, Jim Irsay wants to say something else … I’ll just talk with you further once you fly into town.

25. Minnesota Vikings – WR Cordarrelle Patterson – Tennessee

Adrian Peterson will have someone to provide relief on the outside, giving him less in the box.  Peterson might break the rushing record next year if they find any production from a receiver who can successfully run a go-route.

26. Green Bay Packers – DT Star Lotulelei – Utah

Green Bay receives a gift to help a defense with question marks.

27. Houston Texans – CB Jamar Taylor – Boise St.

Wade Phillips gets a solid corner in a secondary now led by Ed Reed.

28. Denver Broncos – DE Margus Hunt – SMU

Denver gets an athlete who can pair with Derek Wolfe to strengthen the defensive line.

29. New England Patriots – WR Robert Woods – USC

Although this may sound a little weird, but Brady needs weapons.

30. Atlanta Falcons – DE Datone Jones – UCLA

Atlanta upgrades their defensive line under the recent tutelage of a former head coach, Jim Mora.

31. San Francisco 49ers – DT Sylvester Williams – UNC

San Francisco lands a player who projects as good nose tackle.

32. Baltimore Ravens – LB Alec Ogletree – Georgia

Baltimore fills a major void in the linebacker corps by drafting Ogletree.

NFL Draft Hype Machine 2013: Jarvis Jones

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Uncertainty has followed Jarvis Jones the past few years and will continue after his name is called in this years draft.  Many questions ranging from if his spine is healthy or whether his pro-day workout was an aberration compared to his game film.

Georgia Bulldog fans already have a special place reserved in football lore for Jones.  Even though he only played two seasons before declaring for the draft this year, some consider him the best UGA linebacker in school history.

As much as Georgia fans will miss him, other schools and their fans have sighed relief after the exasperation Jones caused opponents.  Ask Florida fans if they’re glad he’s gone and they will most likely add thankfully.

Jones has proved he can make plays within the premier conference of college football.  Nobody will argue stats and facts.  There are observers at the next level though questioning if he can truly play as an outside linebacker, specifically in a 3-4 base defense.  Is he quick enough based on his 40 time of record leading towards the draft?  Majority of responses are no, but there’s also a caveat from nearly every person, coming to his defense stating game film shows he truly is quick enough to rush the quarterback from the outside.  Others may mention the workout took place outdoors without the luxury of NFL draft combine 40 yard dash guru Mark Gorscak at his side.

If a team believes Jones cannot play outside, they will want to know if he’s versatile.  When Jones was sitting out his transfer year in 2010, newly hired defensive coordinator, Todd Grantham, started Jarvis outside, but also worked him inside as well.  Jones settled into a spot on the outside once the 2011 season started with his versatility showing he can rush from either the left or right side.

NFL teams have for the most part gathered as much information and reviewed countless minutes of game film, determining if Jones is worthy of their pick.  If a team wants a player who plays relentless with a magnet towards the quarterback, then Jones is their man.

Where will Jarvis Jones land?

Draft-day prediction for one of the first round mysteries in this years draft.

13. New York Jets – Rex Ryan now has two picks in the top 13 and his trademark havoc defense is lacking play-makers in the front seven.  Workout comparisons to Terrell Suggs based on 40 yard dash times.  Coach Ryan could create another pass-rushing menace in Jones, much like his days in Baltimore.

15. New Orleans Saints – The other Ryan brother, Rob, could also use help on the outside, down in New Orleans as the Saints transform to a 3-4 defense.  Victor Butler signed this off-season to offer some stability as a true 3-4 outside linebacker.  Jones would provide more help as well.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers – A void left by James Harrison’s departure will most likely see Pittsburgh address the glaring need within the first couple of rounds this year.  If Jones slips this far, GM Kevin Colbert and Coach Mike Tomlin could potentially replace a linebacker who left with a chip on his shoulder for someone who is seemingly developing one these past couple of months.

24. Indianapolis Colts – Indianapolis were buyers once free agency started, but the biggest fish landed in terms of an outside linebacker was Erik Walden.  Robert Mathis is on the wrong side of 30 and has a couple of huge roster bonuses due after this season on a contract signed March of last year.

Look Who’s Back

Rest assured race fans, Jimmie Johnson isn’t hard to find.  Especially when sporting his new rainbow wig for the Madagascar 3 movie promotion.

The first part of the 2012 season heard whispers of the five-time Cup champion looking less than spectacular.  A carry over from last year where questions of team chemistry were asked aloud after the five-time champ collected a career low two wins for the season.

His competitors are now seeing the familiar numeral 48 atop of the scoring pylon in recent weeks.

Now those same whispers are asking if Johnson and Knaus are back to their winning ways.

Johnson continued to deliver his Dover dominance, winning for the seventh time this past weekend on the concrete oval.  The closest threat to spoiling his dominant run on Sunday was his teammate, Jeff Gordon.

Hendrick Motorsports in-fact have actually collected a victory in the last six NASCAR events, beginning with Johnson’s win in Darlington.  His team also won the Pit Crew Challenge along with the Sprint All-Star Race.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Sprint Showdown and Kasey Kahne took home the trophy from the Coca-Cola 600.

Other owners in the garage will now wonder if the entire Hendrick organization will continue their run until the season ending race in Homestead.  Momentum has certainly spread since the 200 win milestone culminated less than a month ago.  Gordon and Kahne will need to continue building on some recent momentum and collect wins to see Mr. Hendrick earn a chase spot for all four of his teams.

Each of the Hendrick teams seem to have the right combination between drivers, crew chiefs, and crew members.  The thought of seeing each driver make the chase doesn’t seem far-fetched.

One group already has the look of mid-season championship form.

The Lowes 48 team was looking very cohesive in victory lane at Dover, all wearing multicolored wigs while posing for the cameras.

Sighs and deep breaths from the competition because it looks like they’re indeed back again for another run.

Driven With Diversity

It’s time for your close-up, Darrell Wallace Jr.

NASCAR fans tuning in to the Nationwide series race this weekend will see a new name on the television crawler.  Darrell Wallace Jr. is set to make his Nationwide début for Joe Gibbs Racing at Iowa Speedway.

No, this isn’t a relative of Rusty or Kenny Wallace, but his name lends credence to a mix-and-match of famous NASCAR names.  The Wallace name has entrenched itself in racing for years and Darrell is synonymous with three-time Cup champion, Darrell Waltrip.  Goes without saying who the most popular Jr. in all of sports is, especially in NASCAR.

Once the green flag waves, “Bubba” will look to make a name for himself.  He has already proven he can win in the NASCAR K&N East series.  He now wants to show everyone he can run towards the front with the Nationwide stars in a 250 mile race.

Wallace Jr. should have plenty of car underneath him.  The no. 20 Gibbs Racing Nationwide team are frequent visitors of victory lane.

For fans watching the race on Sunday who are not familiar with Wallace Jr., they may use a double-take.  Yes, Wallace Jr. is African-American.  An African-American driver in NASCAR is about as rare as Kurt Busch leading a public service announcement on the topic of good sportsmanship.

If Wallace Jr. has a good run in his first Nationwide start it shouldn’t come as a surprise.  Success and winning has already accompanied the 18-year-old young man with multiple wins in the K&N East series.  He has also finished top three in the standings the past two years.

Iowa Speedway will witness history as Darrell Wallace Jr. looks to further his journey through the ranks of NASCAR.

Get ready for the cameras Mr. Wallace Jr.  It’s your time to shine.

Beware Future NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award Winners

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News of Terrell Suggs suffering a torn Achilles injury will most likely shelf his 2012 NFL season.  Recovery time for such an injury doesn’t take place over a couple of months time.  Suggs claims he will make a return to the field at some point this season.  Consider him super-human if he can, or cursed if he can’t.

The odd part about the injury suffered by Suggs is there have been many players before him who have also received the same NFL Defensive Player of the Year award and then experienced an injury within the next season or two.

Ed Reed won the award in 2004 and was limited to only 10 regular season games in 2005.  In the games Reed did dress, he wasn’t very effective, grabbing only one interception.  Ray Lewis has won the award twice, in 2000 and ’03 and was able to escape without serious injury the following year.  Lewis was not as lucky though in the second year after winning each award.  A shoulder injury in ’02 caused Lewis to miss 11 games and 10 games in ’05 after tearing his hamstring.

Baltimore Ravens award winners aren’t the only ones susceptible to a later injury.  Their bitter division rival Steelers have also seen former DPOY winners miss time the following year.  Joe Greene won the award in 1974 and a shoulder injury sidelined him for almost half the season in 1975, without fully recovering until 1976.  Jack Lambert only missed six games in the first 10 years of career.  He missed four total in 1977, a year after winning his only DPOY award.

Rod Woodson received the honor in 1993 and was able to stay healthy the following season.  In the first game of the 2005 season Woodson suffered a knee injury requiring reconstructive surgery.

Other defensive backs have also seen spectacular seasons followed by injury-nagging campaigns.  Kenny Easley played for the Seattle Seahawks and won the award in 1984 at the age of 25.  His highlights in 1984 included 10 interceptions with two returned for touchdowns.  He wasn’t able to play a full season the following two seasons because of ankle and knee ailments.  The strike-shortened season of 1987 was Easley’s last due to a severe kidney disease diagnosis.

Bob Sanders won the award in 2007 and has become a recent poster child for season ending injuries each year since.  The reckless abandon Sanders played with on the field may have contributed to each of his injury shortened seasons.  Football fans may never witness another near-full season played by Sanders again.

One of the NFL’s highest-profiled defensive back’s to ever play was not immune to the injury bug.  Deion Sanders was voted the 1994 winner and needed ankle surgery before joining the Dallas Cowboys in 1995.  He missed seven regular season games before helping lead Dallas to a Super Bowl win.

The only other 49er to win the award was Dana Stubblefield in 1997.  His transition to a new team after being recognized as the most dominant defensive player wasn’t as successful compared to Deion Sanders.  He joined the Washington Redskins with a big money six-year contract, eventually returning to San Francisco after a few seasons.  A knee injury in 1998 required him inactive for nine games.  The success Stubblefield experienced in 1997 wasn’t ever matched for the rest of his playing career.  His last six seasons seen a total of 14.0 sacks compared to the 15.0 he accumulated in ’97.

Keith Millard also enjoyed a dominant season from his defensive line position in 1989 with the Minnesota Vikings.  Millard registered 18.0 sacks in what turned-out as basically the end of a promising football career.  The next season Millard tore his ACL attempting to sack Vinny Testaverde during the fourth game of the season.  Millard worked hard towards his comeback before seeing his playing days end after the 1993 season.

Another quarterback devouring defensive lineman was placed on injured-reserve a year after he was given the award.  Bruce Smith tallied 19.0 sacks during the Buffalo’s 1990 season en route to their first Super Bowl appearance.  The 1990 award was the first of two for Smith who eventually returned to his dominant self after a 1991 knee injury.  When Smith won again in 1996 he did not fall victim to a major injury again until a dislocated shoulder in 2001.  Smith in-fact was fortunate enough to play another 12 seasons after enduring the season-ending knee surgery in 1991.  Between Smith’s two awarded seasons, his teammate, Bryce Paup, also earned his own recognition in 1995.  Paup injured his groin in the third game of the following season without fully recovering to his effective play from the year before.

The most feared of them all also experienced an injury setback.  Lawrence Taylor won the DPOY three times in his career.  The most phenomenal season of his 13 years in the NFL was 1986 when he had quarterbacks running for their life to the tune of 20.5 sacks.  In 1987 Taylor was forced to miss his first football game(s) at any level including high school and college with a hamstring injury.

Suggs has all the confidence in the world he can return from his injury, albeit over-confidence by vowing he will return to action this year.  Compared to the great defensive players before him, he could return as a dominant player.

Future NFL Defensive Player of the Year award winners are now warned.  When collecting hardware as most-outstanding defender, please proceed with caution.

Not Everyone’s Cursed

Here is the complete list of NFL defensive players who have won the award as recognized by the Associated Press.

Year Player Team
1971 Alan Page Minnesota
1972 Joe Greene Pittsburgh
1973 Dick Anderson Miami
1974 Joe Greene Pittsburgh
1975 Mel Blount Pittsburgh
1976 Jack Lambert Pittsburgh
1977 Harvey Martin Dallas
1978 Randy Gradishar Denver
1979 Lee Roy Selmon Tampa Bay
1980 Lester Hayes Oakland
1981 Lawrence Taylor NY Giants
1982 Lawrence Taylor NY Giants
1983 Doug Betters Miami
1984 Kenny Easley Seattle
1985 Mike Singletary Chicago
1986 Lawrence Taylor NY Giants
1987 Reggie White Philadelphia
1988 Mike Singletary Chicago
1989 Keith Millard Minnesota
1990 Bruce Smith Buffalo
1991 Pat Swilling New Orleans
1992 Cortez Kennedy Seattle
1993 Rod Woodson Pittsburgh
1994 Deion Sanders San Francisco
1995 Bryce Paup Buffalo
1996 Bruce Smith Buffalo
1997 Dana Stubblefield San Francisco
1998 Reggie White Green Bay
1999 Warren Sapp Tampa Bay
2000 Ray Lewis Baltimore
2001 Michael Strahan NY Giants
2002 Derrick Brooks Tampa Bay
2003 Ray Lewis Baltimore
2004 Ed Reed Baltimore
2005 Brian Urlacher Chicago
2006 Jason Taylor Miami
2007 Bob Sanders Indianapolis
2008 James Harrison Pittsburgh
2009 Charles Woodson Green Bay
2010 Troy Polamalu Pittsburgh
2011 Terrell Suggs Baltimore

Kudos, Greg Schiano

Tampa Bay continues adding to their 2012 draft class success with the signing of an undrafted free-agent, Eric LeGrand.

LeGrand is the former Rutgers player who suffered a severe and heart-breaking injury in 2010.  He has fought a tough battle since the injury while providing inspiration to many as well.

The former high school linebacker verbally committed to Greg Schiano and Rutgers during the early spring of 2007, before entering his senior season at Colonia High School in New Jersey.  LeGrand also received offers from Temple and Maryland, but he did not waver between the three, by taking only one official visit during the recruiting process to his in-state, soon to be alma mater.  His official visit also took place months after his verbal commitment and once his senior season of high school football had finished.  His dedication to Coach Schiano would return

Eric LeGrand didn’t experience a senior season on a college football field though.  The well documented injury in which he broke two vertebrae during a game against Army ended his football career.  Or so he thought.

The new Tampa Bay Buccaneers boss reached-out in a way indescribable by words.  Tampa Bay signed LeGrand and his name will forever show as a transaction under their team history.  Officially a member of the team even if for only one day.

Graduation is on the near horizon as he is due to finish his degree in late 2012.  His rehabilitation process may never end but he will continue to believe forever.

Greg Schiano hasn’t coached an NFL game yet, but he has already accomplished a win.

Best of the Rest For Day Three

There are a few guys who slipped big time in the draft so far.  There have also been several surprises including how under-valued the running back position has become in the NFL.  Only seven rushers have heard their name called through the first three rounds. Just as many quarterbacks have been selected.  The wide receiver position has almost doubled the amount of running backs selected, showing which direction the league has definitely moved to.

Guys at multiple positions are still holding out hope they are drafted as one of the 158 remaining new hires during day three of the NFL draft.

Here’s a look at some potential landing spots of unclaimed applicants.

QB Kirk Cousins – Michigan State

Philadelphia was a possible landing spot for Cousins.  Denver would have been a good match as well.  Buffalo needs a backup and Kansas City needs a young arm as well.

Best guess

105 – Buffalo Bills  107 – Kansas City Chiefs  110 – San Diego Chargers

RB Lamar Miller – Miami (FL)

I’m a little shocked Miller is still on the board.  For a back who has speed and balance, I would have thought he wouldn’t last until Saturday of the draft.  Whoever decides to select Miller will get someone who can carry effectively at least 240 times a year the next few seasons.

Best guess

102 or 109 – Washington Redskins  116 – Cincinnati Bengals  119 – Pittsburgh Steelers  123 – Green Bay Packers

RB Chris Polk – Washington

Another under-appreciated back so far.  If a team is shopping for a running back in the fourth round and pass on Lamar Miller, Chris Polk should get the call.

Best guess

102 or 109 – Washington Redskins  116 – Cincinnati Bengals  119 – Pittsburgh Steelers  123 – Green Bay Packers

WR Chris Givens – Wake Forest

A speedy record-setting receiver who should go early on Saturday.  Would look good in Minnesota if he lasts that long.

Best guess

98 – Baltimore Ravens  101 – Denver Broncos  103 – Miami Dolphins  118 – Minnesota Vikings

WR Greg Childs – Arkansas

All three of the Hogs wide receivers are still on the board.  Childs may translate to the best pro, but could be the third Arkansas receiver taken this year.  If someone doesn’t roll the dice on Childs in the fourth, I think he’s gone somewhere in the fifth.

Best guess

143 – Carolina Panthers  149 – San Diego Chargers  159 – Pittsburgh Steelers

TE Orson Charles – Georgia

Charles could fit the mold of a former tight end in a Peyton Manning offense.  Would also look good in a Gary Kubiak offense.

Best guess

99 – Houston Texans  101 – Denver Broncos  111 – Chicago Bears

OT Bobby Massie – Ole Miss

Massie must have interviewed worse than Brennan and Dale in Step Brothers.  If you recall the scene with Seth Rogen there is a team symbol of an NFL franchise in the background.  If he continues to fall, why not?

Best guess

96 – St. Louis Rams  99 – Houston Texans  129 – Oakland Raiders

DT Alameda Ta’amu – Washington

Ta’amu almost has to go in the fourth.  Could start next year.

Best guess

102 – Washington Redskins  104 – Carolina Panthers  118 – Minnesota Vikings  119 – Pittsburgh Steelers

OLB Ronnell Lewis – Oklahoma

Lewis can pass-rush and judging by where Bruce Irvin was drafted, one would have thought outside linebackers would have went in a hurry.

Best guess

105 – Buffalo Bills  112 – Arizona Cardinals  117 – Detroit Lions


CB Brandon Boykin – Georgia

Possibly the best cover-corner left on the board who can also return kicks.

Best guess

100 – Cleveland Browns  101 – Denver Broncos  111 – Chicago Bears

CB Ron Brooks – LSU

The other LSU corner can play and has speed at his disposal.

Best guess

99 – Houston Texans  106 – Seattle Seahawks  111 – Chicago Bears  115 – Tennessee Titans