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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

SKOHRboard & Stangs League 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 23-26

Today is the sixth day of the SKOHRboard & Stangs League 2011 NFL Mock Draft.  Yesterday we saw the first group of lineman start being taken.  On tap for today, we have picks from everyone's favorite Philadelphia Eagles, America's Team the New Orleans Saints, Jim Malamut's team, the Seattle Seahawks, and Omar's team the Baltimore Ravens.  

We have highly qualified NFL experts who have each been assigned the role of temporary GM for several NFL teams and we will go through the first two rounds selecting the best players for our respective teams.  While you follow along, I'd like to urge you to give us your feedback and please feel free to lobby for your respective team's GM to pick whatever player you feel is best suited to them.

Here are the GMs for each team.

Dikembe Mutombo - Seattle, Carolina, Cleveland, Detroit, San Diego, Atlanta, Green Bay
Justin! - Minnesota, Denver, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, New Orleans
Joel - New York (G), Buffalo, Tennessee, Miami, Kansas City, Chicago, Oakland
Jeremy - Pittsburgh, Houston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, 
SKOHR -  Philadelphia, Arizona, Washington, Baltimore, New England, New York (J)



>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Philadelphia Eagles 
Pick #23, Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA<< 
by SKOHR 

Ideally the Eagles could trade back if they fell into this situation. Teams will be looking to leap the Seahawks in order to get Dalton or Ponder before Seattle can grab their guy so a trade back is definitely possible. Lots of writers have the Eagles taking either CB Jimmy Smith or one of the OTs with this pick. I'd agree with taking Smith at #23 but the Eagles don't need a 1st Round OT this year. Jason Peters had his best year yet and Winston Justice played fine until he got hurt last year. Solder and Sherrod are the best two OTs left and unless Andy thinks one of them can effectively slide into the "up for competition" Right Guard spot, I don't see the Eagles taking an OT here. 

Ayers is easily the 2nd best LB in this draft behind the 3rd overall pick Von Miller. Ayers is big at 6'3" and 255lbs and fast.  His widely reported Combine numbers were disappointing but he came back and ran in the 4.6s at his Pro Day and tested much better in the other measurables, so he should be fine playing Strong Side LB for the Eagles pretty much from Day 1. Ayers just makes plays too, in his college career he had 29.5 tackles for a loss, 12 sacks, 7 pass breakups, 6 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, and 3 touchdowns. 

This move would give the Eagles a nice young LB group that can all get after the ball and make plays. The addition of Ayers moves this group from a weakness to a strength. Keenan Clayton and Moises Fokou will battle for the Will spot. Stew Bradley and Jamar Chaney will battle for the Mike. Ayers and Akeem Jordan will compete for the Sam position. Despite the talent and depth this would give them, I'd still like to see them go after another LB later on who has slightly better instincts and speed.


>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, New Orleans Saints 
Pick #24, Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama<< 
by Justin!
The Saints have a trio of useful running backs in Pierre Thomas, Reggie Bush, and the undrafted rookie Chris Ivory. Why add another RB to the mix when they have needs at cornerback and along the defensive line? This just comes down to value. Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush seem to spend more time in the training room than they spend on the football field, and Thomas was in Coach Payton's doghouse all last year with his slow recovery. Ingram, the 2009 Heisman winner, has very soft hands and can be a key part in the running game. He's also earned the reputation as a tough, determined, competitive runner in the vein of Adrian Peterson. He doesn't have great top-end speed but has outstanding vision and patience, drawing comparisons to Emmitt Smith. Notice the names he is being compared to? While New Orleans is likely to bring back Thomas, Bush, and Ivory next year, Ingram will let them get away from at least the first two.


>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Seattle Seahawks 
Pick #25, Nate Solder, OT, Colorado<< 
by Dikembe 
Seattle can go a bunch of different ways with this pick as they have a lot of positions to address, especially with the inability to re-sign current free agents. There is a glaring need at Right Tackle, Cornerback, D-Tackle (if Mebane leaves as most expect), D-End, Strong Safety, and of course, a QB for the future. I’d like to see them re-sign Hasselbeck and grab Ryan Mallet, but Mallet is already taken in our mock draft. I’d also like to see them take Jimmy Smith, but he jumped up the board to the Lions at 13. 

Based on the way this draft has gone, I see them taking Nate Solder here. I could definitely see them going DL and thinking about Wilkerson from Temple or Cameron Hayward from Ohio State. But in the end of the day, they will want to really protect Hasselbeck for the next 1-2 years and Solder will immediately start at right Tackle. By re-signing Hasselbeck, Whitehurst can still be the backup and Seattle can compete with anyone in the NFC West. Solder is a big, physically gifted tackle who can play the left side, but is more suited for the right. He has a ton of upside and with Okung already on the left side, Solder will be able to maul defenders on the right and will give Seattle 2 book-ends for the next decade. Seattle will need to develop its run game with Lynch/Forsett/Washington, and Solder will help that significantly. Once Seattle can give a dual threat of run and pass, they will be much more dangerous on offense. As the Bears game showed, without a run game to control clock, Seattle became too pass-reliant so the Bears didn't have to worry about the run game and could blitz accordingly. A run game is a QB's best friend and ever since Hutchinson left Seattle, the run game has been non-existent.


>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Baltimore Ravens 
Pick #26, Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia<< 
by SKOHR

This pick took a lot of figuring to finally figure out. I'm not sold on it because it could have gone a lot of different ways but that's probably a good thing for the Ravens. None of their needs are absolute MUST START NOW kind of needs so that's good. There has been a lot of talk about the Ravens needing a CB but it sounds like their would-be Free Agent CBs will probably sign extensions or new contracts to stay with the team. While they might not have big names, they played well for the most part last season. My guess is that it's tough to become a standout player on a defense with Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and Haloti Ngata. 

After CB, their two most pressing needs in my opinion are WR and OLB. The Ravens have a very solid defensive front three and while I considered Martez Wilson for his versatility, he just didn't seem like a good fit/value here. The other considerations were speedy WRs Baldwin, Young, Hankerson, and Smith. While I think any of them would be good additions to the Ravens aging and often banged up WR group, I think because there are so many available here they can afford to wait it out until the next frame. 

In light of all that, this pick came down to getting after the QB and Justin Houston gives them the best chance at doing that. He is a relentless edge rusher with a very powerful bull rush and a great ability to bend around the corner. While he is at his best getting after the QB, he is more athletic than given credit for so he should be able to drop into coverage some and can play the run well.  Houston will bring his consistent SEC production to a very solid defense and with any time in that system he'll figure out his role and really flourish.



So far the SKOHRboard & Stangs League 2011 NFL Mock Draft looks like this

#1 Carolina - Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
#2 Denver - Marcel Dareus, DT, Alabama
#3 Buffalo - Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
#4 Cincinnati - AJ Green, WR, Georgia
#5 Arizona - Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
#6 Cleveland - Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
#7 San Francisco - Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
#8 Tennessee - Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
#9 Dallas - Tyron Smith, OT, USC
#10 Washington - Jake Locker, QB, Washington 
#11 Houtson - Cameron Jordan, DE, California
#12 Minnesota - Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
#13 Detroit - Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
#14 St. Louis - Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
#15 Miami - Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
#16 Jacksonville - Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
#17 New England - JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin
#18 San Diego - Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
#19 New York Giants - Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida
#20 Tampa Bay - Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri
#21 Kansas City - Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
#22 Indianapolis - Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin 
#23 Philadelphia - Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
#24 New Orleans - Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
#25 Seattle - Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
#26 Baltimore - Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia

Tomorrow we'll have

#27 Atlanta - Dikembe
#28 New England - SKOHR
#29 Chicago - Joel
#30 New York Jets - SKOHR 

Stay tuned to SKOHRboard for more mock draft action every day until the NFL Draft kicks off on April 28th.   



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5 comments:

Justin! said...

I'm stilll kind of iffy on my selection of Mark Ingram for New Orleans, but I just don't see a meaningful future in New Orleans for Pierre Thomas. Reggie Bush obviously has his won dynamic skill-set, but the offense can't do certain things with him in there. I don't think Ingram can do things that Bush can do, but the guy is absolutely lethal off of screen passes thanks to his vision. Bush can stretch the field and move into the slot to create mismatches, but couldn't a fast slot receiver do that, too? Ditto for return duties. I see Ingram being taken at 24 and allowed to come on slowly while still recovering from his hip injury. After this season, I see Thomas and maybe even Bush being shown the door. Plus, who knows if Ivory can improve on or even repeat his impressive rookie season

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