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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

SKOHRboard & Stangs League 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 57-60

It's Day 14 of the SKOHRboard & Stangs 2011 NFL Mock Draft and we are on the Eve of the actual Draft!  Today we'll get picks from Seattle, Baltimore, Atlanta and New England as we go back and forth between GMs SKOHR and Dikembe Mutombo.

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, Seattle Seahawks 
Round 2 Pick #25 (57), Jason Pinkston, OG, Pitt<<
by Dikembe Mutombo 
With all the QBs gone and no 3rd Round pick, this becomes an even bigger pick for Seattle. I really don't know what they will do with this one, as there are several big needs that could be addressed. They could go after the best strong safety in the draft, Deunta Williams from UNC, they could go defensive line like Jurrell Casey, who Carroll recruited at USC, or even a CB like Curtis Brown from Texas. However, I think Seattle will again address the offensive line and get the OG from Pitt. He played some tackle at Pitt, but is better suited for OG and I think Carroll would love to beef up the O-Line after watching how bad it was last year and by drafting 3 linemen in the 1st 2 rounds this year and last year, then you have a solid foundation for the future, even without addressing the QB situation. Anyone can throw when they have protection.

>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Baltimore Ravens 
Round 2 Pick #26 (58), Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland<<

While I'm never one who feels an overwhelming need to take the local kid, I think the Ravens are in a great place to fill a position of need with a great talent who also happens to be that local kid. Torrey Smith has all the potential in the world. He is a speed receiver with great size and above average hands. While still raw in his route running, working with a technicians like Anquan Boldin and Coach Harbaugh, will help Smith progress quickly. 

At 6'1" and 205lbs, Smith has great size for the speed WR position where we'd usually find guys sub 6' and sub 190lbs. This means that he'll have an easier time avoiding jams and fighting for jump balls, not to mention using his body to box out CBs on quick slants. But really, fans will just want to see him fly by slow footed DBs and catch 80 yard passes from Flacco. This combo could be lethal especially in conjunction with great underneath pass catchers like Boldin, Heap, and Rice.

>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Atlanta Falcons 
Round 2 Pick #27 (59), Quan Sturdivant, OLB, UNC<<
by Dikembe Mutombo 

Atlanta already got Kyle Rudolph earlier in the draft and is now looking to improve its LB group. Sturdivant had a good career at UNC and played with a bunch of talented players on the defensive side. Sturdivant seems to prefer the outside to the inside and has ability to cover backs coming out of the backfield. Analysts question his desire to play 100% every play and he doesnt seem to do well shedding blocks. But Sturdivant can be an excellent LB if he learns how to use his talents at the next level.

>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, New England Patriots 
Round 2 Pick #28 (60), Christian Ballard, DT, Iowa<<

With their 4th pick of the first two rounds, the Pats take another big, athletic, DE in Iowa's Christian Ballard. He is 6'4," weighs 285," and finished in the top 10 for DTs in every measurable test at the Combine. Ballard actually recorded the top score in the 40 and the vertical jump for all DTs. While he predominantly lined up at LDE during his 4 years playing for Iowa he was often seen playing DT as well. 

His high measurables just help make it easier to see him transitioning well to the NFL. While his productivity numbers don't jump off the charts, it's very clear that he is making an impact for that defense when you watch him on tape. People might be concerned that he just jumps off the tape because he played opposite oft double teamed Adrian Clayborn. Well I think he'll be just fine playing alongside Vince Wilfork and JJ Watt. Pats fans should be pretty excited about this pick. 

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
#27 Atlanta - Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
#28 New England - Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
#29 Chicago - Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor
#30 New York Jets - Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple

#31 Pittsburgh - Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
#32 Green Bay - Brooks Reed, OLB, Arizona

#1(33) New England - Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
#2(34) Buffalo - Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
#3(35) Cincinnati - Andy Dalton, QB, TCU
#4(36) Denver - Corey Liuget, DT, Illnois
#5(37) Cleveland - Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
#6(38) Arizona - Martez Wilson, OLB, Illnois
#7(39) Tennessee - Christian Ponder, QB, Florida St.
#8(40) Dallas - Rahim Moore, S, UCLA
#8(41) Washington - Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
#9(42) Houston - Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
#10(43) Minnesota - Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
#11(44) Detroit - Ben Ijalana, OT, Villanova
#12(45) San Francisco -Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor
#13(46) Denver - Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh
#14(47) St. Louis - Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky
#15(48) Oakland - Stefan Wisniewski, OC, Penn State
#17(49) Jacksonville - Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
#18(50) San Diego - Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami
#19(51) Tampa Bay - Bruce Carter, LB, UNC
#20(52) New York (G) - Mason Foster, LB, Washington
#21(53) Indianapolis - Rodney Hudson, OG, Florida State
#22(54) Philadelphia - Marvin Austin, DT, UNC
#23(55) Kansas City - Mikel LeShoure, RB, Illinois
#24(56) New Orleans - Allen Bailey, DE, Miami
#25(57) Seattle - Jason Pinkston, OG, Pittsburgh
#26(58) Baltimore - Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
#27(59) Atlanta - Quan Sturdivant, LB, UNC
#28(60) New England - Christian Ballard, DT, Iowa

Tomorrow we'll have

#29(61) Chicago - Joel
#30(62) San Diego - Dikembe Mutombo
#31(63) Pittsburgh - Jeremy
#32(64) Green Bay - Dikembe Mutombo 

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

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