It's Day 8 of the SKOHRboard & Stangs 2011 NFL Mock Draft. That means we that we are only one week away from actual draft goodness. It also means that we'll be getting into Round 2 today! Teams will start getting their second selections and really building out their teams. Somehow it will also contain the third pick for the Patriots.
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)
With the penultimate pick of the first round, the Steelers choose to do anything they can to get William Gay off of the field. Williams has a good mix of power and speed and is likely to start fairly soon. He can help in rush defense and take advantage of opportunities created by the other play-makers on defense. They could also quite easily select a lineman, but choosing between the top corners left is something that will fill a hole much needed. Williams is also rated as a top safety prospect, so his versatility should put him in action in some capacity in LeBeau's gameplan.
by Dikembe Mutombo
Like I stated in Round 1, the Bills need a Qb that will be the face of the franchise. This is where they are going to address that need. I know most people have Ponder ahead of Colin Kaepernick, as do most west coast teams, but Buffalo is not one of them. They run an offense tailor made for Kaepernick’s skill set. He has that big arm needed to throw those deep routes to Steve Johnson and Lee Evans, along with speed in the 4.4 range to create more time for those routes to develop and let's face it run for his life on most plays. Trainer Chip Smith recently said that Kaepernick is more athletic than Cam Newton, has the most velocity of any QB in the draft, and is the most NFL ready. That is high praise coming from a trainer of Chip Smith’s caliber.
This scenario is the ideal situation for the Bills. They get a much-needed premier pass rusher, the signal caller of the future, and face of the franchise. Not even Buffalo’s poorest front office can botch this one up. But then again it is the Bills.
SKOHR! The Bengals are absolutely thrilled to get the Quarterback they wanted to start the second round. The Bengals chose to select AJ Green rather than a QB in Round 1, and in the second they get a skilled QB that they've worked out at least five times already before the draft. Dalton is responsible for TCU's rise to the BCS Bowls, having started all four-years of and re-written every QB stat in his school's record book. Along the way, he amassed 41 wins- third on the NCAA's list- and numerous conference awards. His strengths will show the most in a West Coast offense, which is what the Bengals are proposing a move towards. He should find a good rapport with first round pick AJ Green, even if he has to sit a year or two behind the Palmer family.
Some scouts doubt if Dalton will ever become a full-time starter, but he at the very worst serves as a nice band-aid while the Bengals deal with the Palmer situation. The franchise needs a few winners to turn around the atmosphere of losing.
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