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Phil Steele’s Final Mock Draft

April 26th, 2012 No comments

This will be the final version of our Mock Draft. Also there is a trade between Philadelphia and Jacksonville in the first round and no doubt there will be other trades as well but we did not include any others as the timing of the trades would be nearly impossible to forecast. Enjoy the draft and check back here to see how we fared with our picks as we did go against the grain with several picks!

A word of caution, remember these are not necessarily the order of the top players (check my updated top position by position breakdown for that info) but where they fit into that organization’s needs.

Team Player and Position School
1. Indianapolis Andrew Luck, QB Stanford
2. Washington (from STL) Robert Griffin III, QB Baylor
3. Minnesota Matt Kalil, OT USC
4. Cleveland Trent Richardson, RB Alabama
5. Tampa Bay Morris Claiborne, CB LSU
6. St Louis (from Wash) Justin Blackmon, WR Oklahoma St
7. Philadelphia (from JAX) Fletcher Cox, DT Mississippi St
8. Miami Ryan Tannehill, QB Texas A&M
9. Carolina Luke Kuechly, ILB Boston College
10. Buffalo Michael Floyd, WR Notre Dame
11. Kansas City David DeCastro, OG Stanford
12. Seattle Quinton Coples, DE Seattle
13. Arizona Riley Reiff, OT Iowa
14. Dallas Mark Barron, S Alabama
15. Jacksonville (from PHI) Melvin Ingram, DE South Carolina
16. NY Jets Chandler Jones, DE Syracuse
17. Cincinnati Stephon Gilmore, CB South Carolina
18. San Diego Cordy Glenn, OG Georgia
19. Chicago Whitney Mercilus, DE Illinois
20. Tennessee Dre Kirkpatrick, CB Alabama
21. Cincinnati Dontari Poe, DT Memphis
22. Cleveland Kendall Wright, WR Baylor
23. Detroit Jonathan Martin, OT Stanford
24. Pittsburgh Dont’a Hightower, ILB Alabama
25. Denver Michael Brockers, DT LSU
26. Houston Stephen Hill, WR Georgia Tech
27. New England Nick Perry, DE USC
28. Green Bay Shea McClellin Boise St
29. Baltimore Courtney Upshaw, OLB Alabama
30. San Francisco Kevin Zeitler, OG Wisconsin
31. New England Harrison Smith, S Notre Dame
32. NY Giants Coby Fleener, TE Stanford

Phil Steele’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft Version 2.0 and Top 50 Overall Players

March 10th, 2012 No comments

Welcome to my second mock draft of the football season. I usually wait until after the combine and some of the pro days are complete to get a better grasp of where players will be going in the upcoming NFL Draft, which is just six weeks away.

A word of caution, remember these are not necessarily the order of the top players (check my updated top position by position breakdown for that info) but where they fit into that organization’s needs. I will have at least two more mock drafts in the upcoming weeks before the draft and naturally with trades impossible to predict, these do not take them into consideration, which could effect the entire draft but like I predicted in my first mock draft, it looks like the Redskins will trade with St. Louis and get the #2 pick.

Rk Team Player and Position School
1. Indianapolis Andrew Luck, QB Stanford
2. Washington (from STL) Robert Griffin III, QB Baylor
3. Minnesota Matt Kalil, OT USC
4. Cleveland Trent Richardson, RB Alabama
5. Tampa Bay Morris Claiborne, CB LSU
6. St Louis (from Wash) Justin Blackmon, WR Oklahoma St
7. Jacksonville Quinton Coples, DE North Carolina
8. Miami Riley Reiff, OT Iowa
9. Carolina Dontari Poe, DT Memphis
10. Buffalo Courtney Upshaw, OLB Alabama
11. Kansas City Jonathan Martin, OT Stanford
12. Seattle Melvin Ingram, DE South Carolina
13. Arizona David DeCastro, OG Stanford
14. Dallas Mark Barron, S Alabama
15. Philadelphia Fletcher Cox, DT Mississippi St
16. NY Jets Luke Kuechly, ILB Boston College
17. Cincinnati Dre Kirkpatrick, CB Alabama
18. San Diego Nick Perry, OLB USC
19. Chicago Michael Floyd, WR Notre Dame
20. Tennessee Whitney Mercilus Illinois
21. Cincinnati Cordy Glenn, OG Georgia
22. Cleveland Kendall Wright, WR Baylor
23. Detroit Janoris Jenkins, CB North Alabama
24. Pittsburgh Dont’a Hightower, ILB Alabama
25. Denver Michael Brockers, DT LSU
26. Houston Rueben Randle, WR LSU
27. New England Andre Branch, OLB/DE Clemson
28. Green Bay Peter Konz, C Wisconsin
29. Baltimore Mike Adams, OT Ohio St
30. San Francisco Stephen Hill, WR Georgia Tech
31. New England Devon Still, DT Penn St
32. NY Giants Coby Fleener, TE Stanford

 

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Guest Editorial: Andrew Luck and the NFL

October 27th, 2011 No comments

Shockingly, we are nearing the midpoint of the 2011-2012 NFL season, which means that division races are starting to take shape, and contenders are emerging. If you have been missing out on the fantastic action thus far this season, you may want to check out tv by direct offerings, so that you can tune in to what has truly been an entertaining spectacle. This season has been full of surprising teams, phenomenal performances, and tight games, and the action should only get better as we near the playoffs. Interestingly enough, however, one of the season biggest storylines may end up revolving around a college superstar. Indeed, with two teams in particular ‚the Indianapolis Colts and the Miami Dolphins, off to absolutely miserable starts this year, there may actually be something of a race to underachieve in order to pick up Stanford’s extremely highly touted quarterback, Andrew Luck. Read more…

Daily Blog for August 2nd

August 2nd, 2011 No comments

We seem to be having some technical difficulties getting today’s interactive blog on the site. Don’t miss it though: NFL Key Additions/Deletions From Last Year – Plus NFL Draft

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Final Mock Draft Version 3.0!

April 28th, 2011 2 comments

This will be the final version of our Mock Draft and for this one we decided to expand it to include the 2nd round. Also there is a trade between Seattle and Cincinnati in the first round and no doubt there will be other trades as well but we did not include any others as the timing of the trades would be nearly impossible to forecast. Enjoy the draft and check back here to see how we fared with our picks as we did go against the grain with several picks including the #1 overall pick! Read more…

2011 Mock Draft Version 2.0!

April 1st, 2011 No comments

The Pro Days have just about wrapped up & NFL teams are locked inside scouring game tape on the prospects. Its important to note that even though the players & the league will be going to court on April 6th, that the earliest a decision will come on free agency will be just before the draft with an appeal expected. There are some estimates that a new agreement won’t happen until late-July/early-August, which would essentially nullify FA this year. No trades are forecasted in this mock however, we do fully anticipate some especially in the Top 10 this year, as rookies will be under a new cap structure when they sign minimizing the risk to teams.

# Team Pos Player School
1.         Carolina                  DT                   Marcel Dareus                       Alabama

When teams approach a draft especially those in the Top 10 they also look ahead to the next years projected talent to make their evaluations. The Panthers are not going to be a good team in 2011 with a new coach, scheme, roster & are very likely to be picking in the top 5 next year. Rather than take a chance on a QB with question marks the Panthers fill a big need on the DL with Dareus to start the rebuilding process & wait another year for Andrew Luck. Read more…

Mock Draft Version 1.0!

March 18th, 2011 1 comment

Welcome to my first mock draft of the football season. I usually wait until after the combine and some of the pro days are complete to get a better grasp of where players will be going in the upcoming NFL Draft, which is just six weeks away.

A word of caution, remember these are not necessarily the order of the top players (check my updated top position by position breakdown for that info) but where they fit into that organization’s needs. I will have at least two more mock drafts in the upcoming weeks before the draft and naturally with trades impossible to predict, these do not take them into consideration, which could effect the entire draft. Read more…

Top Players with 1st-2nd Rd Draft Potential

March 12th, 2011 No comments

Even with the lockout the NFL will be holding their annual Draft this year on April 28-30. Today’s blog takes a look at the top 60 or so players that have great shot of being drafted in the 1st-2nd round of this year’s upcoming draft. With the NFL Combine now complete many schools are having their Pro Days which gives many prospects a second chance to improve their draft stock. You’ll see players rise and fall and in an upcoming blog I will analyze the biggest risers/fallers from the Combine and the Pro Days.

Also make sure you are checking out my updated 2011 Draft Preview with a Top 10 position by position outlook and the top performers at each position during each drill at the combine. Also you’ll get up to date notes on each and every player.

Don’t forget to check out our Spring Central section to get 2011 schedules, coaching changes, who’s back/who’s not and all the NFL Draft early entrants. Have a great weekend! Read more…

NFL Draft Early Entries: Good Move/Bad Move

January 20th, 2011 2 comments

Last Saturday was the final date that underclassmen could declare for the 2011 NFL Draft. The NFL labor agreement seem to have no effect as a record 56 players declared for early entry for this year’s NFL draft, that number released yesterday by the NFL was higher than most projections.

Here are the number of players declaring early for the Draft the past 10 years.

Players that left ealry in 2011: 56
Players that left early in 2010: 53
Players that left early in 2009: 46
Players that left early in 2008: 53
Players that left early in 2007: 40
Players that left early in 2006: 52
Players that left early in 2005: 51
Players that left early in 2004: 43
Players that left early in 2003: 47
Players that left early in 2002: 38
Players that left early in 2001: 35

Out of the 56 players, 13 were DL, 12 RBs, 10 DB’s, 10 WR’s, 4 LBs, 3 QBs, 2 OL, 1 FB and 1 TE. Read more…

NFL Draft Early Entries: Teams Hit Hardest

January 17th, 2011 4 comments

Last Saturday was the final date that underclassmen could declare for the 2011 NFL Draft. In total 53 players declared early and while some teams were hit hard by the early entries others were more lucky with several players deciding to return for another year. Today I will break which teams were hit hardest and which teams have the best returnees that turned down the NFL.

In Wednesday’s Blog I will give my analysis of whether or not it was a good move/bad move for each player.

Teams Hit Hardest:

Alabama lost three of his best players as expected with DT Marcell Dareus, WR Julio Jones and  RB Mark Ingram announcing they would forego their senior seasons. Naturally Ingram’s replacement will be Richardson who has ran for more than 1,400 yds the last two years  and Nick Saban’s defenses seem to reload each year so finding a replacement for Dareus might not be a huge obstacle. The biggest loss might be WR Jones who had more rec (78) than the next two players combined. Read more…