Good read. Lots of talk on LB’s, DT’s, and WR.
Meanwhile, Tony Siragusa will continue to add absolutely nothing, Dick Stockton will continue to not even know the players’ names, Jon Gruden will continue to say that everyone and everything is awesome, and Brian Billick will continue to be just generally awful. Who needs a guy like Jaworski to actually point out some relevant X’s and O’s on occasion? The dumbing down of football analysis forges ahead.
Tommy guesses on the Eagles’ picks. More color here than a typical mock draft with a one line comment like, “The Eagles’ LB’s suck. Luke Keuchly is good. They’ll draft him.” Good read if for no other reason than to hear a little bit about a few prospects not previously discussed all that much and how they might fit in with the Eagles.
Love the game of chicken analogy.
In case you missed my rant yesterday on Anthony Spencer and the franchise tag, here it is. Timmy Mac adds another point here that even if the Cowboys use the tag on Spencer (a move that I’ll reiterate would be absurdly stupid), it might be wise to draft another pass rusher anyway.
I was going to post my offseason team needs for the Cowboys today, but now I’m thinking I’ll hold off on that for a week or so since everyone else is did it yesterday.
“You probably have the opportunity to move up and get him if you want him,” Mayock said. “To me that’s a pretty exciting proposition. (Griffin) might be most exciting offensive player in this draft.”
Mayock thought Cleveland’s two first-round picks (fourth and 22nd) should be enough to get them to No. 2.
“If I were the Rams, I would be ecstatic with that deal,” he said. “If you’re moving down two slots and picking up the 22nd pick, I’d be happy with that. I would be very happy with that deal.”
One caveat (ours, not Mayock’s): never underestimate what the Redskins would be willing to give up to get a guy they’ve fallen in love with. Assuming Peyton Manning is suddenly off everyone’s board given the most recent news, and the ‘Skins aren’t interested in any of the other free-agent offerings, RG3 could be a distinct possibility.
“[If I’m the Browns,] I want to go get RG3,” Mayock continued. “I’m going to examine free agency also, but in draft I’m looking to move up to No. 2 as opposed to No. 3. … I’d rather not give up No. 22 also, but I think that’s shortsighted when you talk about securing your future at the most important position in all of sports.”
I gotta admit… 7,939,899 Dog Snuggies sounds very attractive.
Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
The Super Bowl will provide plenty of good memories for Giants fans, but from a personnel standpoint, people should also remember the injuries they suffered at tight end, and Allen is the best one in this draft. He’s a fantastic athlete, can create matchup problems and further diversify the Giants’ offense as they maximize this window of exceptional quarterback play. The Giants could also look for help on the offensive line, or target a linebacker here, but I expect Allen’s profile to rise during the workout process, and he should represent a lot of value here.
With Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum both likely out to start the season next year, Kiper goes the obvious route and drafts a TE for the G Men. Makes sense, but drafting for need isn’t really the Giants’ M.O.
Oh, you want to see the rest of Kiper’s picks for the rest of the NFCE? Hang on… let me ask Mel if it’s OK…
(talking to him)…
OK, he said he’s cool with it:
Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU: The Redskins are a team I could certainly see moving off this pick, but if the draft broke this way, the pick makes a lot of sense on both need and value. And obviously, what the Skins could do in free agency for their offense is something I’m considering. Tyrann Mathieu got the headlines at LSU, but the best cornerback on the team was Claiborne. He’s the top corner in the draft, and while the Skins have offensive needs, they should also be willing to draft best available when possible because the roster needs more talent, period. While not quite the athlete, Claiborne is actually a better pure cover corner than Patrick Peterson, the No. 5 overall pick from last year.
Mark Barron, S, Alabama: Dallas got shredded far too often with the passing game in 2011, and while Barron might be a very slight reach here in terms of his current grade, he’s a perfect fit for the Cowboys. I have “defensive back” on my sheet as a big need in Big D, meaning they can’t go wrong with either the top safety or the top cornerback here, and Barron offers the most value. Better in run support right now than he is in coverage, Barron could get better against the pass, but he’s an upgrade for the Cowboys.
Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St: No team was softer up the middle than Philly in 2011, and while linebacker is a bigger need, it wouldn’t be a very good value here if the board lines up like this. In Cox, you get a player who should be great in the 3-4, a powerful bull-rusher who can collapse the pocket, but also a guy who does a good job against the run and plays with a really high motor. I have wide receiver as another potential need, but the Philly defense needs to be a bigger priority in the draft. The Eagles can target a linebacker in the next round.