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Saturday, April 23, 2011

SKOHRboard & Stangs League 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 41-44

We're 10 days into the SKOHRboard & Stangs League 2011 NFL Mock Draft and have another great set of picks for today.  You'll get to see the 2nd Round picks for the Redskins, Texans, Vikings and Lions.  All of whom pretty much lucked out in the 1st Round by nabbing some great players.  


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, Washington Redskins 
Round 2 Pick #9 (41), Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh << 
by SKOHR 

The Redskins haven't had a good WR option aside from Chris Cooley for years. Yes I know who Santana Moss is and he has never scared anyone. Imagine how angry Clinton Portis must have been during every game knowing that the only thing defenses had to stop was him. Adding a big (at 6'5" 235lbs) and fast (4.5 in the 40) WR will not only help Moss, it will help whoever plays QB now and eventually Locker, and whoever they pick up at RB because Portis won't be back next season either.

As you can tell from that last sentence, this is a team with some serious needs. There were a number of ways we could have gone here but WR has been an almost black hole for years and the ability to grab a guy who could turn into a real star is too good to pass up.

>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Houston Texans 
Round 2 Pick #10 (42), Brandon Harris, CB, Miami<<
by Jeremy

Few high school quarterbacks in the Houston area (Cy Creeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek) would have had much trouble getting yards against the Texans secondary. Were they a better team, the Texans might select a DT that would fit their new 3-4 defense (Phil Taylor), but the Texans have a lot of improvements to make if they want to stop losing the division, and the selection of a first-round talent at CB makes for a great second pick. 

Harris has excellent speed and is physical enough to jam and cover receivers in a 3-4 defense. He has some trouble against more physical wideouts, but no one in-division really should cause him that much worry. He started three years for the Hurricanes and brings some classic "U" swagger to a miserable defense. He doesn't have a lot of interceptions but he is still a good defender around the ball. He will have to develop a few skills, but his football IQ is high enough that he will still make some strong plays, as he did when thrown into the fire as a Freshman for Miami. No one one the field will be able to blow past him down the line, so unless he is unfortunate enough to draw the big receiver instead of the speed receiver, the Texans should find good use of Mr. Harris. He showed good technique at the combine, and the Texans are willing to bet that he helps them keep that passing average below 300 this year.

>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Minnesota Vikings 
Round 2 Pick #11 (43), Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State<<
by Justin! 


The Vikings targeted a QB in round one expecting that there wouldn't be any worthy candidates still waiting at this pick in round two, and that seems to be the case. With a signal-caller finally addressed, the Vikings find they have many more needs that still must be addressed. There are needs along the offensive line and in the secondary, but with a defensive-minded coach stepping in, we think defense is a necessity at this pick. While Jabaal Sheard, the defensive end out of Pitt, was our expected target here, we can't pass up the opportunity to grab Pat Williams's replacement at DT in the Pacific Islander from Oregon State. 

Paea started his college career at a tiny Ju-Co school, but once he started packing on weight and dominating, he drew the attention of D-I (or FBS if you are a dick) schools, ultimately becoming a consensus All-American at Oregon State. He also became famous for setting the Combine bench-press record, with 49 reps at 225 pounds. That upper-body strength will translate well to the NFL, as he has a pretty devastating forearm shiver and club that he uses in his pass rush. As far as toughness goes, the guy grew up Tongan, was born in New Zealand, and played rugby as a kid: you aren't going to find a tougher, more determined defensive line prospect than this guy.

It was surprising to see Paea still available at this spot, but this draft seems to be heavy on defensive end selections and light on defensive tackle selections up to this point. If Paea were unavailable, I would think that the Vikings would immediately target Jabaal Sheard, a first-round talent out of Pitt who, on the one hand, saved an old woman from a burning building, but on the other hand was involved in a huge street fight that ended with him getting pepper sprayed after tossing the other guy through a glass door.

>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Detroit Lions 
Round 2 Pick #12 (44), Benjamin Ijalana, OT, Villanova<<
by Dikembe Mutombo 

Ijalana is rising up draft boards and he actually fell here in our mock draft and the Lions are ecstatic. Lions needed an OL to help protect their former #1 pick Matthew Stafford and Ijalana looks like a great fit. Ijalana is 6'4, 320 but very quick for his size. He is a raw talent coming out of Villanova and will need some teaching in the NFL to reach his potential, but he has the ability to be a long term starter for the Lions. He may play OG in his first few years while he develops but he very well may be starting from Day 1 for Detroit.

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

ROUND 2
#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

Tomorrow we'll have

#12(45) San Francisco - Justin!
#13(46) Denver - Justin!
#14(47) St. Louis - Justin!
#15(48) Oakland - Joel

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



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Friday, April 22, 2011

SKOHRboard & Stangs League 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 36-40


We have less than a week to go and the SKOHRboard & Stangs League 2011 NFL Mock Draft is right on pace to finish up on April 28th.  It's Day 9 of our draft and we are just getting into the 2nd Round.  This is where teams will have the ability to start showing their draft expertise by taking valuable players who may have slipped or grabbing hidden gems others might not see the greatness in.  Today we have five picks from Denver, Cleveland, Arizona, Tennessee, and Dallas.

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, Denver Broncos 
Round 2 Pick #4 (36), Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois<< 
by Justin!


The Broncos front seven was absolutely dreadful last year, and the Broncos decide to follow up their Marcell Dareus selection with another versatile defensive lineman in Corey Liuget. His ability to get consistent pass rush from the three-technique and nose spots will excite teams using four-man fronts. His experience at the five-technique and nose tackle positions makes him a great fit for 3-4 teams, as well. As previously mentioned, John Fox plans on shifting his squad over to a 4-3 defense while occassionally mixing in a 3-4 front. This guy can do everything that Dareus, our #2 overall selection, can do. In a base 4-3 front, the Broncos will now have the ability to move these young athletes all over the line. 



A few mocks have been talking about the possibility of Denver grabbing a QB in this draft, and while I understand that the new staff has nothing to do with Orton, Tebow, or Quinn, it would be outrageous to not address this pitiful excuse for a defense. Liuget is an absolute STEAL at this position. He has the legit skills - get it? his surname is pronounced "legit" - to be a starter from day one. He and Dareus can completely remake this defense. Corner and safety could have been addressed here, but not with a guy like Liuget available.


>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Cleveland Browns 
Round 2 Pick #5 (37), Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa<< 
by Dikembe Mutombo


The Browns already took Patrick Peterson earlier in the draft to help take care of the back end of the defense, now they must address the defensive line. Clayborn has 1st round talent, but had a down year as a Senior and questions regarding his health (Erb's Palsy) plus a weak display of strength on the bench press have pushed him down to the 2nd round. Clayborn is very big for a defensive end, he isn't that explosive, but has a strong lower half and great balance that make him a great pass rusher. Clayborn is the kind of player that the Browns know will help right away on defense, and will have something to prove to all the franchises that passed on him in Round 1. 


>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Arizona Cardinals 
Round 2 Pick #6 (38), Martez Wilson, LB, Illinois<< 
by SKOHR

The Cardinals have a lot of solid options with this pick and I considered them all. Jon Baldwin to pair with Fitzgerald, Titus Young to really open up the offense, Brandon Harris to solidify the CB position opposite DRC, Phil Taylor to be the unmovable rock in the middle, Stephen Paea to do the same, and finally Ben Ijalana to help protect their shiny new QB. 

However, at the end of the day Martez Wilson presents a value too great to pass up. The Cardinals need real help at OLB and Wilson can be that help. He will able to get after the QB and play the run equally well. Wilson has the size to play OLB now and can even move inside if need be. If he consistently plays as well in the NFL as he showed that he can at Illinois, Wilson could be a huge steal.


>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Tennessee Titans 
Round 2 Pick #7 (39), Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State<< 
by Joel


The Titans are desperate for a signal caller and they have Ponder fall into their lap in round 2. He is an NFL ready QB with a good arm and a good head on his shoulders. He has had perhaps the finest off-season of all the draft eligible QBs. Ponder’s NFL readiness is a huge plus for the Titans who are desperately in need of a signal caller. With a good training camp, he could step in on day one and be a productive starter in a run first offense like the Titans. The only question about Ponder is his health with three arm surgeries in two years. 


>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Dallas Cowboys 
Round 2 Pick #8 (40), Rahim Moore, S, UCLA<<
by Jeremy 


The Cowboys have not had anything that could be called a strength at safety in years. Moore is the highest rated true safety in a fairly weak class, and he is likely to start for the 'Boys immediately. A team (that thinks it is) this close to the Super Bowl can afford to select need players before they reach their "draft value". Moore had a better Sophomore than Junior year, but his play as a three-year starter is impressive. He was a second-team All-American last year, and should parlay that talent into a respectable rookie year at the free safety position. He is a team captain and natural leader that will prove to be more mature than most others in this draft. 



The Cowboys could have picked a defensive end at this point, but talent exists in the later rounds to find a few prospects. Moore can cover a lot of ground. If his talents around the ball improve to beyond what he showed in his second year, he can make this secondary a strength rather than a weakness.



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

ROUND 2
#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

Tomorrow we'll have

#8(41) Washington - SKOHR
#9(42) Houston - Jeremy
#10(43) Minnesota - Justin!
#11(44) Detroit - 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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Thursday, April 21, 2011

SKOHRboard One Week to Go NFL Mock Draft

With only one week to go, let's take another look at the NFL draft with a final mock of our own.  Yes, I'll probably do one more late next week because I can't resist but this is what you've got for now.  While the S&S League Mock Draft is also going on, I needed to let you all know how I think things will unfold in a week.  To help give you a better picture of how your favorite team is going to look going forward, I included the second round here. As always let me know what you think in the comments.

You can find more mock drafts, though none as good as this one, at Walter Football and DC Pro Sports.


ROUND 1

1

Panthers



Cam Newton
QB
Auburn

2

Broncos



Marcel Dareus
DT
Alabama

3

Bills



Von Miller
OLB
Texas A&M

4

Bengals



AJ Green
WR
Georgia



5

Cardinals



Blaine Gabbert
QB
Missouri

6

Browns



Julio Jones
WR
Alabama

7

49ers




Patrick Peterson
CB
LSU

8

Titans


Nick Fairley
DT
Auburn

9

Cowboys


Tyron Smith
OT
USC

10

Redskins


Jake Locker
QB
Washington

11

Texans


JJ Watt
DE
Wisconsin

12

Vikings


Da'Quan Bowers
DE
Clemson

13

Lions


Prince Amukamara
CB
Nebraska

14

Rams


Robert Quinn
DE
North Carolina

15

Dolphins


Ryan Mallett
QB
Arkansas

16

Jaguars


Aldon Smith
DE
Missouri

17

Patriots


Cameron Jordan
DE
California

18

Chargers

 Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple 

19

Giants


Mike Pouncey
OG/C
Florida

20

Buccaneers


Ryan Kerrigan
DE
Purdue

21

 Chiefs

     Phil Taylor

     DT
     Baylor



22  Colts

   


Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois



 




23

Eagles


Jimmy Smith
CB
Colorado

24

Saints


Adrian Clayborn
DE
Iowa

25

Seahawks


Andy Dalton
QB
TCU

26

Ravens


Nate Solder
OT
Colorado

27

Falcons


Justin Houston
DE
Georgia

28

Patriots


Gabe Carimi
OT
Wisconsin

29

Bears


Anthony Castonzo
OT
Boston College



30 Jets

               

    

Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State       




31

Steelers


Aaron Williams
CB
Texas

32

Packers


Derek Sherrod
OT
Mississippi State

ROUND 2


1

Patriots


Mark Ingram
RB
Alabama

2

Bills


Christian Ponder
QB
Florida State

3

Bengals


Colin Kaepernick
QB
Nevada

4

Broncos


Brandon Harris
CB
Miami

5

Browns


Akeem Ayers
OLB
UCLA

6

Cardinals


Martez Wilson
OLB
Illinois

7

Titans


Jabaal Sheard
DE
Pittsburgh

8

Cowboys


Curtis Brown
CB
Texas

9

Redskins


Jonathan Baldwin
WR
Pittsburgh

10

Texans


Brooks Reed
OLB
Arizona

11

Vikings


Stephen Paea
DT
Oregon State

12

Lions


Sam Acho
DE
Texas

13

49ers


Marvin Austin
DT
North Carolina

14

Broncos


Rahim Moore
S
UCLA

15

Rams


Leonard Hankerson
WR
Miami

16

Raiders


Marcus Cannon
OT
TCU

17

Jaguars


Ben Ijalana
OT
Villanova

18

Chargers


Titus Young
WR
Boise State

19

Buccaneers


Mikel LeShoure
RB
Illinois

20

Giants


Quan Sturdivant
ILB
North Carolina

21

Colts


Quinton Carter
S
Oklahoma

22

Eagles


Rodney Hudson
OG
Florida State

23

Chiefs


Torrey Smith
WR
Maryland

24

Saints


Ryan Williams
RB
Virginia Tech

25

Seahawks


Marcus Gilbert
OT
Florida

26

Falcons


Kyle Rudolph
TE
Notre Dame

27

Patriots


Clint Boling
OG
Georgia

28

Bears


Drake Nevis
DT
LSU

29

Chargers


Kelvin Shepard
ILB
LSU

30

Steelers


John Moffit
OG
Wisconsin

31

Packers


Randall Cobb
WR
Kentucky





Seriously, leave some comments and let me know what you are thinking.  I always try to use your comments in the next iteration of the official SKOHRboard Mock Draft.  Oh and if you suggest a pick going a different way than me and you end up being right on draft day... well... maybe you should have your own sports website.



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