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Saturday, January 22, 2011

NFC Championship Preview: Packers vs. Bears

Just because they get together a lot doesn't mean they're friends.
The early game tomorrow is an NFC North battle between arch-rivals the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.  These are two of the oldest and most proud franchises in the NFL and have played more games against each other than any other 2 teams in league history.  Tomorrow is going to be the 182nd meeting and it might also be the most important game of all of them.  After all the winner is going to the Super Bowl.  

Despite being the 6th seed in the NFC, the Packers have looked like the best team after defeating the high flying Eagles and the top seeded Falcons in consecutive playoff games.  They rather handily beat Atlanta too.  While the Bears also had an easy time with the Seahawks last week they haven't looked nearly as good as the Packers in the run up to this game which is why they are favored by 3.5 pts despite playing in Chicago.

Aaron Rodgers looked more like Tom Brady than Tom Brady did last weekend when he connected on 31 of 36 passes for 366 yards and three TDs against the Falcons.  In fact he has a passer rating of 125 over the last nine games with 22 TDs against just 2 Interceptions over that time.  Bears Cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings are going to have their work cut out for them.  Both play an especially physical style and although they were successful at shutting down Big Mike Williams last week they will face Green Bay's core of big and fast WRs this week.  Rodgers likes to distribute the ball almost equally to his group of 4 outstanding WRs; Greg Jennings, James Jones, Donald Driver, and Jordy Nelson.
The Bears are going to rely on their big free agency acquisition Defensive End Julius Peppers to get after Rodgers and limit his time to throw.  If the Packers Left Tackle Chad Clifton can keep Peppers away from his QB tomorrow, the Packers are going to be very tough to stop.  The Bears also have a resurgent Brian Urlacher this year who will be keying on rookie Running Back James Starks.

When Chicago has the ball they'll be relying on their big free agency acquisition from last year, QB Jay Cutler.   Cutler is a rocket armed hot-head who has looked rather controlled over the past few weeks.  His recent composure probably has a lot to do with the cohesion of the Bears offensive line which was giving him absolutely no time early this season and in fact led the league in sacks allowed this season.  They'll have their hands full with the Packers pass rush which includes defensive demon Clay Matthews III and over-active Defensive Tackle BJ Raji.  When Cutler drops back to pass he'll be looking for targets Devin Hester, Johnny Knox, and Greg Olsen who will be covered by a tandem of great Cornerbacks Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams.  The improvement of the Bears Offensive Line has also sparked new life into former rookie sensation Running Back Matt Forte.  He has been really exploding through holes lately and is always a great safety option for Cutler coming out of the backfield.

When all is said and done, the Bears are going to have a very tough time getting after Aaron Rodgers enough to stop him from getting the ball to all his talented play-makers.  I expect Cutler to succeed on a few big plays but really lack the ability to put together long drives with any consistency.  The Packers are going to win in a great game 34-27.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Shrine Game Preview

It's a colorful game.
This year's first College Football All-Star game comes tomorrow, Saturday the 22nd at 4pm on the NFL Network.  For those of you without the NFL Network look at where there is usually a live stream of all the day's sporting events.   Although the Shrine game is the oldest of the bunch it has recently become the second tier game to the Senior Bowl.  The game tomorrow is going to feature a lot more of the mid-round picks than it will the 1st round guys featured in next Saturday's Senior Bowl game.  However, it's still worth your while because this is the game that allows a lot of Senior guys to showcase themselves and become this year's Draft steals.

Marvin Austin jumps Tyrod Taylor
Here is a short list of who you should keep an eye on.
  • Marvin Austin DT, UNC 6'3" 300 lbs.  Austin was suspended for the entire 2010 season due to improper contact with an agent.  Take that for what it's worth, but it doesn't mean that he can't play football.  Austin had a lot to prove going into this season so it's a shame he was banned by the NCAA.  His athleticism for a guy his size is outstanding.  Austin needed to show that he plays with the "non-stop" motor that scouts like so much and it's going to be very hard for him to show that tomorrow having not played football all year.  He should be a terror against a limited offensive line in this game and more than likely fly up draft boards.  If he plays like a complete monster he could go as early as the late 1st round.  SKOHR's grade: 2nd Round
  • Pat Devlin QB, Delaware 6'3" 225 lbs.  This Blue Hen transfered from Penn State after the 2008 season to become the next great Happy Vally to Delaware QB hope, after Joe Flacco did the same thing a few years before him.  Devlin has ideal size for a QB and an above average arm.  He led the Blue Hens to the NCAA FCS COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS Championship game where they lost to the #1 seed Eastern Washington.  Devlin had only 3 interceptions on the season.  He'll need to show his pocket presence and accuracy in tomorrow's game.  Right now it seems like the top 4 QBs are set for April's draft but behind them it's a toss up right now for who is the 5th.  Tomorrow's game will really help out Devlin if he looks impressive.  Fortunately for him he'll be throwing to the Shrine game's best WR in Toliver.  SKOHR's grade: 3rd Round
  • Terrence Toliver WR, LSU 6'3" 208 lbs.  Toliver seems like he has been the #1 WR at LSU for the last 5 years.  He was widely expected to break out this season but his production really slipped.  Toliver had only 2 games that he scored TDs in this season and not coincidentally those games were also the only 2 in which he had more than 3 catches or 50 yards receiving.  This could have been more of a QB problem though, LSU was 107th in the country in passing offense. He has been plagued by drops before so he'll really need to show strong hands and the ability to consistently catch the ball away from his body tomorrow.  With his size and speed, if he can prove his hands, Toliver could end up in the 2nd round.  SKOHR's grade: 3rd Round
  • Graig Cooper RB, Miami 6' 208 lbs. Cooper has fallen victim to injuries throughout his very promising collegiate career.  Cooper has excellent speed, agility, vision and he has showcased his ability to run hard until a very serious knee injury in last year's Bowl game which he is only now recovering from.  Cooper will have to prove that he is fully back in order to get drafted in the earlier rounds of the draft.  He has all of the physical ability to be a great back in the NFL and with some added bulk could even be a featured RB but scouts will have a hard time forgetting about that knee injury.  SKOHR's grade: 4th round
  • Jah Reid OT, USF 6'7" 320 lbs.  Reid is a three year starter at Right Tackle for the Central Florida Knights.  He is a huge guy with great quickness for a man his size.  Reid will have to prove that he is strong enough to stuff the bull rush from more powerful Defensive Ends.  Unfortunately for him, he is going to face off against his UCF teammate Bruce Miller tomorrow.  Miller is a smaller speed rushing DE who Reid should have no problem stopping but doesn't really help answer any questions.  Reid will need to be solid tomorrow then have a very good combine to bump himself up into the 2nd tier of Offensive Tackles.  SKOHR's grade: 3rd Round
Pat Devlin slings one

There has been some great coverage on the Shrine game practices done by the CBS guys and ESPN's Scouts Inc. team headed by Todd McShay.  The Scouts Inc guys just wrote up a great piece detailing the more exciting matchups to watch in tomorrow's game right here, so check that out before the game but I'll give you a quick breakdown.
  • Big Clemson OT, Chris Hairston vs. Speed Rushing Nevada DE, Dontay Moch
  • Size speed combo FAU WR, Lester Jean vs. Aggressive lanky Citadel CB, Cortez Allen
  • Solid small school Lehigh OG, William Rackley vs. Explosive UCLA DT, David Carter
  • Hoops transfer USC TE, Jordan Cameron vs. Physical Ohio State S, Jermale Hines
  • Smooth speedster SMU WR, Aldrick Robinson vs. Smart tough Richmond CB, Justin Rogers
So go watch the game tomorrow and let me know what you think.  Does anyone here have a chance to be this year's steal of the draft?

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Hockey Started!

Sidney Crosby and Chris Pronger have both missed time this year
No the NHL didn't just start but it did just start getting my attention.  Usually I like to check in on hockey sometime around June when the Playoffs are into their 3rd month or so.  However, I came across this spectacular brawl (video below) between the Flyers and Senators that happened last night and figured that I would check on the favorite sport of America's Hat.

Well who could have possibly known it but we are already past the half way point of the season!  Yeah.  There are 82 regular season games and teams have played between 46 and 50 games now.  The Flyers have the best record at 37-11 but are followed closely by Vancouver, Detroit, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Tampa, and Washington.  Which sets up some pretty fun to watch contests over the second half of the season between the Flyers and Penguins in the Atlantic Division as well as between the Lightning and Capitals in the Southeast Division.

The Penguins have been without All-Star Sidney Crosby for the last 7 games with a concussion, which is a real shame because he had one of the hottest starts to an NHL season ever.  He is still leading the league in Points despite missing roughly 15% of the season. Fortunately it sounds like Crosby will be back after the All-Star break because just yesterday they announced that Evgeni Malkin is out indefinitely (rumored to be up to a month) with an injured knee.  The Flyers Chris Pronger has been out since December 13th with a broken foot he suffered while blocking a shot.  Everyone's favorite possible Russian Spy, Alex Ovechkin has been having an off year when he is uncharacteristically 10th in Points and 39th in Goals.

The NHL All-Star Game is actually next weekend and I think they are really on to something fun this year.  Although the League has had a tough time drawing fans over the last decade, you have to admit that their management is willing to innovate and try things to grow the fanbase.  Well this year's All-Star game is nothing short of revolutionary.  On Friday night, opposing Captains Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom and Carolina's Eric Staal will Captain will get to Draft their rosters from the pool of All-Stars on live TV.  This is going to be a lot of fun to watch because it's something that everyone has done before going all the way back to their playground days but this time it's the best players in the sport doing it.  Do they pick their current teammates, their friends, or their real Brothers?  

This is something I'm going to come back to for other sports.  There is so much potential for All-Star weekends and I salute the NHL for trying their best to do something innovative with what can often be a boring celebration of talent and skill.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

2011 Early Declaration NFL Mock Draft

Now that we know who is eligible to be drafted, it only makes sense to do a new mock draft.  With Andrew Luck going back to school the top of the draft gets a serious shake up which you'll see reflected here.
There are a lot of OT, DE, and CB prospects in this draft who have yet to separate themselves from one another.  It's going to be interesting to watch who leaps who over the next three months in all star games, the combine, and pro days.
Please take a look at the scenario that I've created with below and let me know what you think.  I'm always interested to hear what fans of a particular team think their team is going to do on draft day.  Just put your thoughts in the comments!



Patrick Peterson   from LSU 
The Panthers will take Peterson because he is a truly elite talent.  The complexity a lockdown Cornerback affords a defense is something that their new DC, Sean McDermott, will love when they start using his blitz packages that he ran with the Eagles. A shutdown CB helps in 2 areas of the field, first by stopping a team's top WR and second because he makes the QB hold on to the ball too long and then the pass rush can get to him. Peterson is being talked about like he is one of the best in a long time.  

Fairley and Bowers will certainly get consideration here but it's much easier to find highly talented DTs and DEs later in the draft than it is to find once in a generation CBs.  


Nick Fairley   from Auburn 
People say that Fairley is a one hit wonder and he takes plays off so that will hurt his stock.  I'm not buying it.  Fairley was dominant in every game that I saw him play and he even played multiple positions along the D Line.  That versatility is going to be huge for him on draft day and compel the Broncos to take him 2nd overall.  He'll pair nicely with Dumervil and be flexible enough to move to either the NT or DE spots depending on what front they are using.  


A.J. Green   from Georgia 
Buffalo could go with a D Line guy here or even take their top QB prospect.  But unless they love one of those guys I think they give Fitzpatrick another year because he did look pretty capable this past season.  The problem was that he didn't have good options or time to get them the ball.  Buffalo's biggest need is help along the O Line but they'd be foolish to take one here when they can get someone of similar quality at the top of the 2nd Round.  They should take Green with this pick and let him complete their WR group along with Lee Evans and Stevie Johnson.

I think they would really like Nick Fairley for his ability to stuff the run and to get after the QB.  Bowers might be good against the run but it's his pass rush skills that people like.  


DaQuan Bowers   from Clemson 
Carson Palmer has one more year left to prove himself before he is out.  Which works perfectly because Marvin Lewis just signed up for another year.  If Marvin had signed for a few years or they went and got a new coach this pick would be Blaine Gabbert.  They are in win now mode and you don't take a QB you'd have to groom when you are trying to turn things around immediately.  

Unfortunately they would have loved to take Green but in this setup he is gone.  They do run a 4-3 which is perfectly suited to Bowers and placing him opposite Dunlap would be a great move.  If they can get Michael Johnson going that would be a very formidable group of DE's.


Prince Amukamara   CB from Nebraska
The Cardinals really need to find someone to play CB opposite DRC and Amukamura is an elite prospect.  The two of them will immediately help out their defense by giving their pass rush time to reach the QB which will force teams to become one dimensional by just running.  


Julio Jones   from Alabama 
It might be impossible for the Browns to have worse receiving options.  This could be a little high for Jones but he will step in and be the #1 WR for Colt McCoy right away.  He has the speed, the size, and play-making ability to be a very good WR in the NFL as long as he continues to improve his hands this is a good pick for Cleveland.


Blaine Gabbert   from Missouri 
New Head Coach Harbough is familiar with good QBs and has a knack for developing talent.  Gabbert has the ability to be a great QB in the NFL and Harbough would be a great coach to bring it out of him.  Hopefully they don't make the same mistake of so many top QBs before him and put him in there too soon.  Fortunately the 49ers revamped their OLine last year so he should be relatively protected when they do put him in.  He'll also have good targets in Morgan, Crabtree, Davis, and Gore.


Marcell Dareus   from Alabama 
The Titans really wanted to get Albert Haynesworth back this year when all his shenanigans probably reduced his open market value but the Titans weren't able to pull off a deal.  They'll have an opportunity to land another play-making force on the D Line here with Dareus.  He didn' t have the kind of year most people thought he would, but he is still an incredible talent worthy of a Top 10 pick.

Lots of people have Cam Newton going here but I don't know if I can see Fischer going for another young "mobile" Quarterback with off-field concerns after the nasty split with Vince Young.  Yes they are different but they might not be different enough for Fischer.  I could see him going for an established veteran guy like McNabb and taking a younger prospect later in the draft.


Nate Solder   OT from Colorado 
The 9th pick is probably a little too high for an offensive lineman but barring a trade down, the Cowboys really need to upgrade their Tackles and Solder seems like a great fit.  Dallas has always gone after the BIG guys and Solder is just that at a solid 6'9."  He has to refine his pass blocking but he is enough of an athlete to be able to step in and start right away.  


Cam Newton   from Auburn 
The Redskins will be taking a QB high in this draft especially after their failed experiment to sign McNabb last year.  Right now I think that QB is going to be Cam Newton.  Snyder loves "star" players and they don't get any bigger than Newton.  He has a lot of work to do before he becomes NFL ready but Shanahan has been successful turning strong armed athletes into very good QBs with Elway and Cutler on his resume.


Von Miller   OLB from Texas A&M 
Von Miller is the perfect OLB for the league's newest 3-4 defense.  He is athletic enough to drop into coverage, strong enough to stuff the run, and fast enough to get to the QB.  Miller will be a tremendous asset to the Texans as they figure out how to move around their existing 4-3 guys.


Tyron Smith   OT from USC
While the Vikings really need help at the QB position I'm not sure if Mallett or Locker deserve to go this high.  To be honest I'm of the philosophy that a team needs to have some semblance of an Offensive Line before picking and paying a highly drafted QB.  Rather than the other way around which results in the QB getting injured and losing his mojo when he gets sacked 80 times in his first season.
In order to get something going along their offensive front, not only for the benefit of their future QB, but also to help Adrian Petersen, the Vikings take one of the top OTs available.  In this scenario it's Tyron Smith who is probably going to solidify himself as #1 or #2 OTs in this draft.  


Brandon Harris   from Miami (Fla.) 
The Lions have done a fantastic job rebuilding this team through the draft lately but there are definitely still some holes to fill.  Although Cornerback is one of the most difficult positions to project into the NFL, the Lions really need some help there.  If Harris is able to separate himself as the 3rd best CB after Peterson and Amukamura watch for the Lions to take him.  
If they opt to take another position I could easily see them going DE or OT here depending on who is available.  All three positions have somewhat of a logjam right now and hopefully over the next three months we see these prospects at CB, DE, and OT start to separate themselves.


Robert Quinn   from North Carolina
Robert Quinn is an interesting prospect because he missed this entire season due to improper contact with an agent last offseason when he was widely considered to be a candidate for the top pick in the draft.  Quinn's size, speed, and athleticism will be very compelling to teams higher up but I think he goes somewhere in the mid first round due to some lingering though mild character concerns.  
This is all clearly a benefit to the Rams.  Despite missing last year, he is still an extremely talented prospect who will be able to play in a number of positions for the Rams and allow Spagnulo to get creative with his blitzes.  The Rams would love to take a WR too but there just isn't one good enough to take at this point especially with Quinn still on the board.


Mark Ingram   RB from Alabama 
This might be the most commonly mocked pick right now.  Just about everyone I've seen or spoken with has Ingram to the Dolphins and it's just because it makes so much sense.  Ingram is definitely the top RB in this class with only LeShoure coming anywhere close and the Dolphins definitely need to overhaul that position which had been a strong suit for them.  Both Brown and Williams are getting older and their contracts are up.


Ryan Kerrigan   DE from Purdue 
Kerrigan could finally be that pass rushing DE that the Jaguars have been trying to draft for the past decade.  He is a hard working, high motor beast.  Kerrigan isn't as big or athletic as some of the other 1st round DEs, but he has good pass moves and he never stops.  That kind of energy will pair fantastically with last year's top pick DT Alualu.

Cameron Heyward  DE from Ohio State
This pick is going to be a DE.  I give the nod to Heyward instead of Jordan or Watt because of his continued dominant play and versatility.  Heyward is also more athletic than the other two.  The Pats need help at the Defensive End position and the Offensive Tackle position.  Fortunately they have 900 picks in the first three rounds this year and 3 picks in the top 33 overall.  I'm pretty sure they'll be able to fill whatever holes they have with this year's bounty.


Jonathan Baldwin  WR from Pittsburgh 
Could there be a better candidate for the next Charger WR?  The Chargers entire WR group is on the verge or free agency right now.  Based on the all the injuries and holdouts last year it's clear that the Chargers need to add another WR anyway and Baldwin absolutely fits their mold of big and fast.  
The Chargers could also go DE/OLB here.  They have been trying to find Merriman's lost production for the past few seasons and haven't been able to do so.  I bet they hold out hope for English to turn it on this year and go for WR in the 1st round though.


Akeem Ayers   OLB from UCLA 
Akeem Ayers is a very fast and very productive Linebacker.  After losing a starter at Linebacker in each of the last 2 seasons they have been patching things together but Ayers could come in and be a play-maker right away.  
The Giants are probably also going to consider an OT here so it really depends who is available but I think Ayers is a much better prospect at OLB than any of the available Lineman are at their respective positions.  They may even consider going with Pouncey here due to his ability to play any interior line position.


Aldon Smith   DE from Missouri
Aldon Smith is a 3-4 OLB or a 4-3 DE.  He is 6'5" and 260 pounds.  The Bucs likely take him here as a pass rush specialist and get him to bulk up a bit to be better against the run.  However it's his explosiveness and length that have people excited about this guy.  He is very athletic for a big guy and an extra 20 lbs might just make him an even better pass rusher.
The Bucs could also consider going O Line here but pass on some guys in order to take a special player in Smith.


Derek Sherrod   OT from Mississippi State
The Chiefs had a tremendous draft last year which means they can focus on the most glaring needs and for Kansas City, that's the Offensive Line.  Poor Matt Cassel was under pressure all season long and if he had to do anything more than just toss the ball up to Bowe they were in trouble.  The should take Derek Sherrod and move Brandon Albert back to Guard or slide him over to the Right Tackle position.  Sherrod will help give Cassel more time and help Charles get a few more yards before he has to start bouncing off of guys.


Mike Pouncey   OG from Florida 
The Colts finally get the help along the offensive front that they've needed.  Pouncey can essentially apprentice at Guard next to the aging star Jeff Saturday until he is ready to retire.  If Pouncey is anything like his brother, this is going to be a great pickup for the Colts.  
They will also consider Defensive Tackle here, but when you are about to hand the richest contract in the history of football to Peyton Manning you want to make sure that he stays upright.  They will take the best offensive lineman here and that's Pouncey.


Jimmy Smith   CB from Colorado 
Jimmy Smith is a Cornerback with a great combination of length, athleticism, and speed.  If he were a bit stronger and attacked the run like Amukamura was he would be going much higher.  The Eagles really need help opposite Samuel, this need was showcased last season when Kenny Britt burned the Eagles for 3 TDs.  Smith is the kind of CB that won't be laying anyone out in the run game but he can definitely hang with the size/speed freak WRs like Britt.
The Eagles will also be considering O Line help here and if any of those top DEs fall here because teams are looking for 3-4 help, I wouldn't be surprise if the Eagles think about another 1st round DE.


Mikel LeShoure   RB from Illinois 
LeShoure really put on a show this year and it's no surprise that he declared early.  LeShoure has great vision, power, and agility with good speed and hands.  After the Saints woes at RB last year I can definitely see them targeting a top RB in this draft.  Bush might get a new deal because the Saints are paying him $11 million next year and Pierre had a pretty big falling out with the team.  Rookie Chris Ivory was very good this year but I still think they'll pull the trigger on another great RB.

Ryan Mallett   QB from Arkansas 
Seattle might be rethinking it's QB future after seeing how good Matt Hasselbeck played in the playoffs this season.  However, just because they spent a 3rd round pick on Charlie Whitehurst last year doesn't mean they won't look for QB here.  Hasselbeck does have another few years left in him so this could be a great place for a developmental QB prospect like Mallett to end up.  Mallett obviously has all the physical tools but he needs to be trained how to play QB in the NFL and by going later in the 1st round he should have some time to develop behind a veteran QB.  
The Seahawks need real help in a few places and they could look for a more immediate need like the Offensive Line, DT, or DE.

26. Cameron Jordan   DE from California 
Cameron Jordan will be a great fit in Baltimore as a tough, versatile, high effort DE.  He can play just about any position in the line except for NT and can stuff the run just as well as he can get after the passer.  Jordan doesn't have elite athleticism but he does have solid technique.  
Baltimore will probably also be looking to add a CB along with depth at O Line and WR.


Kyle Rudolph   TE from Notre Dame 
After watching Atlanta get eliminated from the playoffs this year Tony Gonzalez looked like a very tired man.  He's discussed retirement before and I think he has at best one year left.  In order to get a jump on finding their next Tight End I think the Falcons will go after the best prospect in this year's draft, Kyle Rudolph.  Rudolph is more of a pass catcher right now but he is not a bad blocker either.  If he gets to learn behind Gonzalez for any time at all it would be very beneficial for Rudolph.
The Falcons are also going to pick up some help at Safety in this draft but I think they'll wait until the 2nd round to do that when they'll get more value for their pick.

J.J. Watt   DE from Wisconsin
Watt is listed as a DE but can also play DT if need be and from what I've seen, he can even bump out into zone coverage at times.  His size, athleticism, and versatility make him a great pick for the Patriots here.  They'll be able to really continue their defensive youth movement by taking Watt and Heyward with their 2 first round picks.  Both are smart, versatile, and played at a high level in college which is just what the Patriots like to draft.


Gabe Carimi   OT from Wisconsin 
The Bears surrendered the most sacks of any NFL franchise this season and while some of the blame is Cutler, I think a lot of that has to condemn the offensive line.  Carimi would be a great pickup for the Bears.  He can start immediately at Right Tackle and eventually move over to Left Tackle.  This will free them up to move their talent to where it works best.  If Offensive Line Coach, Mike Tice sticks around for another year, this could become a very good group.


Anthony Castonzo   OT from Boston College
For two teams that made it this far in the Playoffs it's surprising that both of them so desperately need help along their offensive front.  Fortunately for both, there are a lot of OTs in this class who should be on the board through the end of the first round.  The Steelers pick up Anthony Castonzo here.  Castonzo has a all the size, agility, and skill to be a tremendous Offensive Tackle in the NFL.  He doesn't have all the strength right now but I'm sure with some time dedicated to being an OT rather than a college student athlete he can put the muscle needed to excel at the next level.  Big Ben is going to be very happy about this pick.

Stephen Paea   DT from Oregon State

Paea probably won't last this long but if he did, the Jets wouldn't waste any time making this selection.  They have lost their starting Nose Tackle Kris Jenkins to season ending knee injuries the last 2 years so they'll be looking to solidify that position and what do you know, the best NT in the draft falls right into their lap.  Paea is stronger than he is fast, but he gets off the ball quickly and never stops pursuing the ball.  He'll be able to disrupt offenses straight up the middle while the Jet's edge rusher funnel all the action back to him.


Adrian Clayborn   DE from Iowa

Clayborn along with Raji and Matthews will be a very potent pass attack in Green Bay.  The Packers have a great defense in place now but teams are always looking for pass rushers.  Clayborn is very quick for his size and was able to give Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi a hard time when they played by getting around him on a pure speed rush.  Clayborn didn't look as dominant as teams thought he would this season so he slips to the end of the first round here but he is a very good player and will love the tenacity of the Packer defense.
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