ESPN's Bottom Line - Version 2.0

Saturday, April 16, 2011

SKOHRboard & Stangs League 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 11-14


It's Day Three of the SKOHRboard & Stangs League Mock Draft here and we'll be bringing you four more picks this morning.  Could we see even more QBs taken this early?  Are there even any more left?

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.

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, Houston Texans
Pick #11, Cameron Jordan, DE, California<<
by Jeremy 

The Texans brain-trust is ready to jump off the ledge of a tall building after watching both of their coveted prospects at corner go off the board at picks 6 and 7. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be another corner worthy enough to take at 11; the Texans are furious at themselves for being unable to trade up with the Browns or Bengals. It'll have to be a bit longer before they get someone capable of helping out in the secondary, so the target is thus the man from Cal capable of playing the 3-4 two-gap defensive end or the five-technique defensive lineman in the 4-3. It couldn't hurt that the blood of an NFL player already pumps through his veins, as his father was a Pro Bowl for the Vikings in the early '80s. Jordan makes the most sense here due to his experience in the 3-4, as he will be stepping into a similar role in Wade Philip's new defense. 


Jordan is an absolute brick wall in the running game. His versatility will be a major reason he stays on the field in the beginning of his career, as he'll be able to shuttle along the line. Likewise, his extremely long arms and massive hands, excellent speed, and prototypical size make him an ideal candidate for a shameful defensive unit. His biggest strength, however, is his nonstop motor. He goes hard every down, and that should help invigorate a crummy defense. It's easy to point to the dreadful secondary and make them the scapegoat, but this defense was terrible all over: they were fourth worst in points allowed, third worst in yards allowed, and tied for ninth worst in sacks. Jordan isn't as big of a threat at a pass rusher as some of his peers, but they don't have his pursuit skills, his gap integrity, or his pedigree. It's too bad he isn't versatile enough to play corner though.


>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Minnesota Vikings
Pick #12, Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas<<
by Justin!

The Minnesota Vikings have a ton of needs. QB is top priority, and while we were expecting Gabbert and Newton to both be gone, we were really hoping that Jake Locker would fall to the 12th spot. Coach Leslie Frasier is already on record saying that the Vikings will be looking into a QB in the first two rounds. With pressing needs along the offensive and defensive line as well as cornerback, the Vikings have a lot of directions that they can look to and get great value. Most mock drafts have them targeting a rush end to help out Jared Allen in light of Ray Edward’s impending free agency. It’s considered the safe pick to target someone like JJ Watt of Wisconsin, Da’Quan Bowers of Clemson, or Robert Quinn of UNC, to name a few. And while I admit that those guys would all look fantastic in purple – and really, who doesn’t? – this draft is absolutely loaded with defensive ends. As John Clayton pointed out in an excellent article for ESPN, in the last four drafts, 17 defensive ends have been taken in the first round, and only 1 has been a Pro Bowler: not exactly the greatest return on investment. Guys with first-round talent but second-round grades like Jabaal Sheard of Pittsburgh will be available at this need position in time for the Vikings second pick. Another pressing need is at the offensive tackle position. As far as how I feel about taking a tackle here, let me just refer to the 2008 NFL Draft. Miami selected Jake Long, a three-time Pro Bowler who has had an excellent career so far. Then again, so has Matt Ryan, the guy that went two picks after him. The Dolphins are another team that could be trying to address the quarterback position this April. With six teams in need of a quarterback before the next pick, the Vikings cannot afford to risk letting a potential franchise guy slip by, so they have to take the best quarterback available. 


Ryan Mallett has not had the greatest offseason as far as public relations are concerned. Rumors abound about drug abuse, and he certainly botched his media session at the Combine. Whether deserved or not, several flags have been attached to Mallett’s draft profile. Now I have never had a conversation with the kid and maybe he is the immature drug abuser that they say he is, but let me just say that this wouldn’t be the first time and won’t be the last that teams have floated out stories about bad character or lingering injuries so that a player’s draft stock will slip, followed by those same teams who were privately decrying the player’s attitude to snatch him up in an instant. Mallett does have some established areas of concern. At 6’7 and with a 5.37 forty time, Mallett makes for a big, slow target. A lot of times tend to shy away from QBs that they consider too tall, and with the Vikings offensive line trending downward last season, Mallett could be in line for receiving a lot of punishment if he can’t get the ball out in time. Then again, at 6’5 and no noticeable agility, Peyton Manning has never been troubled by his frame; likewise, Tom Brady’s 5.23 forty time didn’t hinder his NFL career. Mallett doesn’t have the speed or athleticism of guys in this draft class like Cam Newton, Jake Locker, or Colin Kaepernick: he just has that rocket arm. Doug Farrar of Football Outsiders recently described Mallett as "a statue with a cannon attached." Mallett will come in and be one of the strongest-armed QBs in the league, which is great news for those receivers streaking down the field and even better for Adrian Peterson: teams will have to respect the deep ball with Mallett under center. Mallett’s height will also be an advantage to his teammates because with his over-the-top release, the ball comes out 8 feet from the ground. He also has hands the size of Yao Ming’s (12 inches across), so ball control shouldn’t be too much of a concern. 

There’s a lot not to like about Mallett, but he could be the savior of this offense. Locker might be a better fit and we would almost certainly take Locker over him, but Mallett has an arm that his fellow draftmates would kill to have. That being said, if I were truly the Vikings GM I would be on the phone with the Patriots right now, trying to get their 1st round pick (#17) and see if I could get that 3rd round pick (#74) that was surrendered in the Randy Moss trade. 

>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Detroit Lions
Pick #13, Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado<<
by Mutombo


I know this pick will surprise some people as most have Smith dropping to the 20's, but with Amukamara already taken, Detroit has to take the best player at their biggest need position, which is Cornerback. In 5 years, Jimmy Smith may be the biggest steal in this draft, as off field concerns have dragged his name thru the mud. However, Smith is the most pure shut down corner in the draft and Detroit needs a shut down corner desperately. 

Detroit finally showed some flashes last year that it is a team on the rise, and I was pretty shocked to see them picking all the way at 13th overall, as they probably picked in the top 10 for the past decade. Matthew Stafford's health is key to the continued success in Detroit, and the O-Line will have to improve in order to protect him, which is why they must consider Castonzo here. However, they have bigger needs in the interior of their line than at tackle, and can address that in the 2nd round hopefully. Detroit will pick the best player available whether its Prince Amukamara dropping down to them or Jimmy Smith as selected here by Dikembe, a defensive end like Cameron Jordan or Robert Quinn, or even a O-Tackle like Anthony Castonzo.


>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, St, Louis Rams
Pick #14, Julio Jones, WR, Alabama<<
by Justin! 

As the Lions put in the 13th pick of the draft, the GM of the St. Louis Rams has to pinch himself. Is this really happening? In a burst of speed that would make the scouts in the room take notice, the St. Louis war room sprints as one to the podium, selecting the dynamic physical specimen that Sam Bradford so desperately needs: Alabama WR Julio Jones. 


Jones was a monster in the SEC, starting off as the SEC Freshman of the Year and second-team All-SEC in 2008, All-SEC first team in 2009 and helped his team win the national championship, and All-SEC first team in 2010. He had a great college career, but he was absolutely FANTASTIC at the combine. His measurables were absolutely through the roof, running a 4.39 and leaping an 11-foot-3 broad jump while being nearly two inches taller and 18 pounds heavier than the average WR at last three combines. He is a big, strong, fast receiver that has drawn comparisons to Terrell Owens and Michael Irvin. His elite size and speed make him impossible to press at the line. Jones will be an immediate contributor the second he signs his contract. Sam Bradford finally has a weapon after suffering through a season-ending loss featuring Danario Alexander, Laurent Robinson, Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson (with Mark Clayton on IR). Jones will also allow the Rams to be a real passing threat, and he and Bradford should become BFFs right away. On top of that, his presence will allow Steven Jackson to play without 8 in the box for the first time in his professional career.



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

Tomorrow we'll have

#15 Miami - Joel
#16 Jacksonville - Jeremy
#17 New England - SKOHR
#18 San Diego - 
Mutombo 

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



Don't forget to "like" SKOHRboard's Facebook page, follow @SKOHR on Twitter, and if you enjoyed this article please Bookmark and Share it with your friends.  You can easily do all three with the links included here, the buttons just below this, and the gadgets to the right of the page!


Friday, April 15, 2011

SKOHRboard & Stangs League 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 6-10

Day two of the SKOHRboard & Stangs League Mock Draft is here!  Today we'll be going through the five picks from the Cleveland Browns at number six to the Washington Redskins at number ten.  

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.

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, Cleveland Browns 
Pick #6, Patrick Peterson, LSU, CB<< 
by Mutombo

Assuming the Browns stay put, they will take the best player in this draft, Patrick Peterson, with the 6th overall pick. Knowing Mike Holmgren well, he will look to trade backwards a few picks in order to gain a few extra later round picks, while still trying to pick the best player available for their biggest need, which is probably a defensive end who can pressure the QB (something they have lacked/wanted since Courtney Brown). However, if they cannot find a trade partner, they will take Peterson. Peterson offers Cleveland the ability to start right away and be a dominant defensive back. Some have questioned his ability to be a true cover corner the way Darrelle Revis is, but Peterson is a play maker and will try to prove those that question him wrong. Yes, this will be the second consecutive draft where the Browns have taken a Cornerback in the 1st as they took Joe Haden last year. But having two great defensive backs will allow for more exotic blitzing schemes and Cleveland can focus on taking a defensive end/linebacker that would focus on the pass rush in the 2nd round. Peterson is too talented to pass up at this pick.



>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, San Francisco 49ers
Pick #7, Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska<<
by Justin!

The 49ers had a pretty rough season in 2010. They were the trendy pick to win the NFC West and they ended up starting 0-5 before ultimately scrapping together six wins and costing Samurai Mike Singletary his head coaching job. They have a new coach in Harbaugh and a ton of holes to fill. There is an absolutely glaring hole at QB after the ineptitude displayed by Alex Smith and Troy Smith, and I don't believe even the most dedicated of Fresno State alumni living in the Bay Area is calling for David Carr to take the reins. Despite all the play on tape, however, it sounds like Harbaugh is trying to bring Alex Smith back into the fold for one last go-around. With so many holes to fill on this team and with both Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert off the board, the 49ers are going to look to take best player available and catch one of the top QBs falling into the 2nd round instead, and will take their much-needed shutdown corner.

Amukamara was the 2010 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and was team captain of the "Blackshirts." He has good size at 6'0 and 206 pounds, ran a 4.43 forty, is tremendous in run support, and has great awareness in both man and zone coverage. He could be the top in his position in this draft with Peterson. Amukamara had zero interceptions last year, but that is because opposing offenses only dared to throw his way 52 times, completing only 35% (18) of those attempts.

San Francisco could certainly make a play at some other dynamic athletes like Quinn from UNC, Fairley from Auburn, and other rush end guys that will litter the first round. This just seemed like too early a spot to grab a QB that might not work out, and I see this team picking up a stop-gap QB in free agency rather than finding one in the first round of the draft. As I said before, there may still be guys like Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick, and Christian Ponder waiting to be picked up in the second round, and San Fran would be foolish to let a stud in a need position pass them by.

>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Tennessee Titans 
Pick #8, Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn<< 
by Joel

I was very tempted to go a different direction with this pick. Although there are no questions on Fairley’s talent, there are a ton of questions on his motor and passion on every play. He has been known to take plays off and turn it on when he wants. Although he was able to get away with it in college the pros is a whole different animal. One play can mean the difference between a 1-yard gain and an 80-yard TD. People are also concerned that Fairley might have just been a one-year wonder on a very good team. Yes the concerns are great with Fairley but the upside out weighs them all. This guy could be the next Warren Sapp, another guy that a lot of people wrote off because of character concerns and we all know how that turned out. The Titans have stated that they intend to get big, faster, and stronger up the middle and that is exactly what Fairley brings. Talent trumps everything on this one and the Titans find Fairley too hard to pass up.


>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Dallas Cowboys 
Pick #9, Tyron Smith, OT, USC<< 
by Jeremy

Jerry Jones believes this is a team that has all of the offensive weapons needed to make a run to the Super Bowl, and while we strongly considered Wisconsin's Watt as a solution to some key defensive ends headed to free agency, America's Team selects a 20-year old lineman that has drawn comparisons to D'Brickashaw Ferguson. Mr Jones believes that the addition of a Ryan at the D-Coordinator position can make some key differences in the product he gets from his front seven, so it is time to take the top offensive tackle in the draft. 


Scouts seem to love Smith as a future talent at left tackle, but most of his collegiate experience was played on the right side of the field. This is a very smart pick for the Cowboys, provided they give him some playing time on the right side of the line before moving him to the blind side: let him get acclimated to the size/speed of defensive ends and linebackers before you make him look as fellow alumnus Winston Justice did against the NY Giants. 



Jones likes to gamble, and if anyone is going to become the first first-round OL selected by Jones, it is more likely to be the raw talent than a more polished player like Castonzo.


>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Washington Redskins 
Pick #10, Jake Locker, QB, Washington<< 
by SKOHR


 The Redskins have nailed their last two first round picks with Orakpo and Williams but they still have major needs across the board and the biggest of which is probably at QB. Unfortunately this Draft's top two rated signal callers are already off the board, so while it might make some sense for them to try to trade back and grab another QB later they would run the risk of moving too far to still get one of the guys they want. After Newton and Gabbert, Jake Locker is almost unquestionably the most talented guy out there. Yes, he will need time to develop his game to play at a high level or even competent level in the NFL but so will every other QB in this draft. The thing with Locker is that his ceiling is much higher than any of the other guys available in this class so the Redskins make the prudent move and grab him here. 


While we also considered Mallett, his intangibles just don't mesh with our organization. We need a guy who is a hard worker and a good person and for some reason Ryan Mallett just doesn't come across that way. After the Haynseworth flap last year, that isn't the kind of character we can afford in a leader on our team, ideally what this QB pick will become. 

As you might have noticed we also need a top tier WR after badly missing on our Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly experiment a few years back. Julio Jones was hard to pass up, however we think that there will be some WRs in later rounds whose value is closer to Julio's than there are any other QBs with value close to Locker's. That is really what this pick came down to. 


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 

Tomorrow we'll have

#11 Houston - Jeremy
#12 Minnesota - Justin!
#13 Detroit - Mutombo
#14 St. Louis - Justin!
 


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

Don't forget to "like" SKOHRboard's Facebook page, follow @SKOHR on Twitter, and if you enjoyed this article please Bookmark and Share it with your friends.  You can easily do all three with the links included here, the buttons just below this, and the gadgets to the right of the page!


Thursday, April 14, 2011

SKOHRboard & Stangs League 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 1 - 5

Last year's #1 overall pick Sam Bradford was a huge rookie success.  Will our GMs be so lucky?
The first ever SKOHRboard & Stangs League NFL Mock Draft kicks off right now!  As I said yesterday, we have 5 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 to pick whatever player you feel is best suited to them.

Here are the GMs for each team.

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, Carolina Panthers 
Pick #1, Cam Newton, QB, Auburn<< 
by Mutombo

As the GM of the Panthers, I realize I have a lot of core needs in order to improve the franchise. If given the option to trade down and gain multiple picks, I would more than likely pull the trigger. However, it does not seem that any franchise is attempting to move up, so I am forced to pick the player who will help this team the most. And that player is QB Cam Newton from Auburn. 


I am hesitant on this pick because I believe Newton is more of a project than an immediately ready QB and have given Patrick Peterson very high consideration as well. Nevertheless, the #1 pick has to transcend the franchise and Cam Newton has more upside than anyone in this draft. With such a rare skill set of height, speed, mobility and arm strength, Newton has the ability to set the NFL ablaze if taught how to play the QB position correctly. Newton dominated the best competition in college football last season, and the hope would be that he’d do the same in the NFL. 



However, I am skeptical of Newton once he gets his big paycheck (like Jamarcus Russell) , he will not want to work as hard to become the best at his position. In order to be a successful QB, you have to watch hours of video and analyze yourself along with opposing defense. While watching Newton in college, he did not seem to grasp how to read defenses and instead relied heavily on his athletic ability to make big plays in big situations. In the NFL, this will not be the case, as defenses are much more athletic than the SEC. Also, his accuracy has come in to question as he is moving many times when he makes his throws down field. Like Mike Vick, who has recently improved on his accuracy with Philadelphia, Cam will have to work on being a better pocket passer. There is no player in the draft that has Cam’s upside, and that is the reason he is picked here (along with selling tickets), but having 3 QB’s in Claussen, Pike and now Newton in the past 2 drafts is a lot of dedication to improving one position. I think Newton reminds me most of Daunte Culpepper, a big, strong, fast QB with a cannon arm, but suffered a big injury that sidelined his career and was never able to get back to his prime young days in Minnesota. I'm not saying Newton will get hurt in Carolina, but Newton reminds me of Culpepper and can see his career suffering the same fate. 

>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Denver Broncos
Pick #2, Marcel Dareus, DT, Alabama<< 
by Justin!

The Denver Broncos would absolutely love to trade this pick to one of the more DT-needy squads. They have a lot of holes to fill in this draft after the Josh McDaniels reign of terror. Some of the holes, such as running back, just don't make sense at this position. What does make sense is drafting the best overall player and that just so happens to fill a MAJOR need for a team. While Patrick Peterson would fill a major hole at CB, we just couldn't pass up a major talent like Marcel Dareus to shore up the defensive line. 


Dareus is a legitimate five-technique defensive lineman, capable of moving to the outside in the 3-4 and back inside in the 4-3. The Broncos have to love that, because John Fox has already stated that he is changing the defensive scheme to a 4-3. Fox also said that while they will be committing to the 4-3 defense, they will occassionally be a multi-front defense that utilizes the 3-4 like the team did under McDaniels. Moving to the 4-3 will allow the Broncos to move Elvis Dumervil and Robert Ayers (and maybe even Mario Haggan) back to their natural defensive end positions where they can keep their hands on the ground and not worry about anything but getting to the quarterback. Additionally, on top of being a 5-technique defensive lineman, Dareus is capable of being a two-gap defensive tackle when he is inside. This will be especially important when the speedy but undersized defensive ends are on the field.


This selection was only between Dareus and Peterson; Nick Fairley had only one year of solid play and several instances of dirty play, and we don't need that in Denver. 

>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Buffalo Bills
Pick #3, Von Miller, OLB, Texas Tech<<
 by Joel 


The Buffalo Bills have consistently been the worst drafting team year in and year out for the last 10 years. They constantly reach for players based on need with no regard for talent and it has showed on the field. They did the complete opposite last year drafting CJ Spiller at #9 when they already had 2 very good RBs on the roster. This year the Bills have the #3 pick and a number of positions that need addressing, with QB being the most glaring of them all. They need a face for the franchise and more times than not that means a QB. The problem with this year’s class is that there are no clear cut sure fire studs at QB. There aren’t even any top-flight offensive tackles to fall back on. With Cam Newton off the board and Gabbert’s stock falling, I think this year the Bills get it right and take OLB Von Miller. He might be the most explosive pass rusher to come out in years. With 33 career sacks at Texas Tech, he could be a force on the field for a team that is in desperate need of one. Demarcus Ware and Clay Mathews have shown the league how much of an impact a great pass rusher can have on a defense and Miller is in the same mold. His upside is just too high for even a notoriously poor drafting team like the Bills to pass up.

>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Cincinnati Bengals 
Pick #4, A.J. Green , WR, Georgia<< 
by Jeremy 


Though the management of the once-proud Bengals would love to start stocking up on players that could help protect our quarterback or help rush theirs, the elephant in the room is the unpleasant situation with Carson Palmer. If we really want to be serious in this division and this league, we have to field a quarterback that can at least reach the same skill-level as Roethlisberger and Flacco. While it is likely that we will be bad enough to make a play for Luck next year, we have to find someone new to build upon. That being said, neither Mallett nor Gabbert strikes us as someone we want to use as a foundation. We can stand to pick the next best QB with our 35th pick (Dalton or Kaepernik?), so the real question is: edge rusher, pass blocker, or wide receiver? 

None of the top OL or DEs (Pouncey and Bowers) reach the value that we have at this pick, so we will have to find talent at those positions later on.

At receiver, we have our choice between the two best receivers in the draft- AJ Green and Julio Jones. Both are stellar athletes and could change the way we pass the ball. As a general manager, I want to pick the best guy that fits our system, not who the scouts say is the best. We hired Gruden to run a West Coast offense, and Julio Jones has the edge there. Both of these guys are three year starters with National accollades. Green could easily be the better of the two, but we might need some... you know what, the more I try to rationalize it, the more I realize that Green is the guy we want. He has been a star in the SEC for some time, and he is physical enough to block on the line, run across the middle, or go deep down the field. I know we will run that West Coast, but you don't want to be the team that passed up the next Calvin Johnson, which is what Green has a good chance of becoming. I
n the end, Jones' inconsistency with the ball and his issues of self-control (a culture we are putting an END to in Cincinnati) outweigh his physical play at the line and his fit into the system. Let's just get a passing TE later on to catch those balls in the middle.


>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Arizona Cardinals
Pick #5, Blaine Gabbert, QB , Missouri << 
by SKOHR

The Cardinals could go in a number of ways with this pick, but the biggest weakness in their team is clearly QB. The good news is that Gabbert might have the most pro potential of any QB in this years draft class. The bad news is that he is going to take some time to reach that potential because he comes from a shotgun spread offense. Having WR Larry Fitzgerald to throw to will certainly help him but as we saw with the Cards last year, you can't have just anyone throwing the football in his vicinity to make the offense work.

Gabbert has a lot of promise and could very likely turn into a great pro QB, however he won't be one in September. The Cards will also have to pick up a veteran for at least this season to both help Gabbert's progression and lead the team through the 2011 season.
Arizona will probably also take a hard look at CB Patrick Peterson but the ability to upgrade QB with a potential franchise player is too great an opportunity to turn down.  This is a big slide for Peterson who is my pick for first choice overall if the Panthers don't take Newton.  


Stay tuned because we will be rolling out 4-5 new picks every day until the NFL Draft begins on April 28th, just two weeks from today!

Tomorrow we'll see:

#6 Cleveland - Mutombo
#7 San Francisco - Justin!
#8 Tennessee - Joel
#9 Dallas - Jeremy
#10 Washington - SKOHR



Don't forget to "like" SKOHRboard's Facebook page, follow @SKOHR on Twitter, and if you enjoyed this article please Bookmark and Share it with your friends.  You can easily do all three with the links included here, the buttons just below this, and the gadgets to the right of the page!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

SKOHRboard & Stangs League 2011 NFL Mock Draft

Tomorrow marks the start of the first ever SKOHRboard & Stangs League NFL Mock Draft.  Several knowledgeable guys from the Stangs Fantasy Football League and I will be representing a few teams each and going through the upcoming NFL draft as though we were the GM of those teams.  We'll kick things off tomorrow with the first four picks and proceed with two more picks each day with the final two selections being announced on April 28th, the first day of the draft.  

Here is a breakout of the guest GMs and the teams they'll be representing.

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
Jeremy - Pittsburgh, Houston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, 
SKOHR -  Philadelphia, Arizona, Washington, Baltimore, New England, New York (J)

If you want to try to lobby the respective GM of your favorite team to select a certain player, your best bet is to respond to this post on the SKOHRboard Facebook page right here.


Don't forget to "like" SKOHRboard's Facebook page, follow @SKOHR on Twitter, and if you enjoyed this article please Bookmark and Share it with your friends.  You can easily do all three with the links included here, the buttons just below this, and the gadgets to the right of the page!


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Charl in Charge: Schwartzel Wins the Masters

Charl Schwartzel came out of nowhere to win the 2011 Masters on Sunday.  He started the day tied with Tiger Woods at five shots off the lead.  However, after Tiger's dominant start and Leader Rory McIlroy's play beginning to falter Schwartzel just kept hanging around.  As Tiger missed a few critical puts on the back nine and McIlroy missed just about everything, Schwartzel couldn't miss.  It was his day as he hit five Birdies and one Eagle to only one Bogey.  That includes his incredible stretch run of birdieing each of the final four holes to seal the victory and claim the first Green Jacket for the South African.  

While Schwartzel's play was superior his story inevitably only comes in at third place after the resurgent weekend by Tiger Woods and the heartbreaking collapse of Rory McIlroy.  Tiger looked like he was 90% of his former self on Sunday.  He kept putting himself in great position to take strokes back.  Unfortunately he didn't exactly have Tiger Vision working all the time and he ended up missing a few very close puts that would have gone a long way to pushing the leaders all the way through the final holes.  Now most people are wondering if that was just an "all-in" move from one of the most talented golfers on the planet and his play will fall back to where it has been or is this the return to dominance that so many golf fans have been hoping for?  Remains to be seen.

McIlroy from between two homes
McIlroy looked untouchable for 3.5 rounds in Augusta this year but unfortunately for him, that final nine really wasn't kind to his Green Jacket dreams.  The likable 21 year old struggled early and that seemed to rattle him as he completely fell apart and finished the day with an 80 on his scorecard.  (not SKOHRcard)  While he should have plenty of opportunities to win in Augusta over the next 60 years it was definitely a little sad to see him lose it so dramatically on Sunday.  

Good for Charl, good for Tiger, and better luck next time to Rory.  Oh and Adam Scott, this guy wants his putter back.



Don't forget to "like" SKOHRboard's Facebook page, follow @SKOHR on Twitter, and if you enjoyed this article please Bookmark and Share it with your friends.  You can easily do all three with the links included here, the buttons just below this, and the gadgets to the right of the page!


Related Articles

Recent Articles

There was an error in this gadget