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Friday, April 29, 2011

It's SKOHRboard's 1st Birthday!


YAY!  It's SKOHRboard's 1st Birthday!  Well technically it was yesterday but I didn't want to have the party until the weekend.  The site started out innocently enough (as a normal blog no less!) but now it's grown into the international multimedia behemoth you see before you today.  The very first article was a boring intro post where I talked about writing on topics such not sports.  CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!? LOL.  Actually the second post ever was a 2010 NFL Draft recap, which I encourage you to read as we move into Days 2 and 3 of this year's draft.

It's pretty clear that this is now a one stop shop for everything you desire in the sports world.  In fact, we're working on a new motto and right now we have one kicking around that goes something like, "ESPN who?"  It's catchy right?

It's been a great year and SKOHRboard has really grown.  From the meager beginnings when a 100 visitor month was noteworthy, we've averaged roughly 3,000 Unique Users a month over the last four months and April 2011 has been our best month ever in terms of page views with over 10,000!  There have been 212 posts over the past 12 months, over 30,000 page views, over 15,000 visitors, and there are now 84 Fans of the SKOHRboard Facebook page!  What a wonderful audience!   

Big thanks to those that have helped me with SKOHRboard by doing things like coming up with the name (Lauren), writing (Justin and John), promoting (Erin), or floating great ideas for stories my way (the Stangs League plus Everyone, oh and keep those ideas coming!).  There have been some memorable posts over the last year and you can find them all in the SKOHRboard's Most Popular Articles gadget on the right side of the page.  Go check them out if you're haven't seen them yet.  Those are some great articles but the SKOHRboard & Stangs Leauge Mock Draft Series (results here!) that ran leading up to the NFL Draft this weekend really takes the cake.  Seriously if I had cake or if that football birthday cake in the picture was real I would totally give each of the GMs a slice.

I'd also like to thank everyone who comes here to read what I've written.  It seriously makes my day when people become a fan of the SKOHRboard Facebook page, share articles with friends, or even just like one of the posts.  Keep it up and don't be afraid of it if you haven't tried it yet!  I love reading every single one of the comments and will continue to do my best to respond to all of them.  Thanks again for reading and don't forget to tell your friends to check the SKOHRboard!

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Best Players Available for Day 2 of the 2011 NFL Draft

The Draft got off to a great start last night.  Lots of exciting picks, some reaches, some boring selections but it was a great time to see teams taking new players and fans hoping for better seasons to come.  While SKOHRboard didn't get every pick, it sure seemed like we were close with almost all of them.  The biggest misses were probably Prince Amukamara falling to the Giants and Da'Quan Bowers sliding out of the entire First Round!  We managed to correctly pick 26 of 32 First Rounders in the Final Official Mock Draft.  But the Big Board nailed 27 of the 32 top picks as First Round talent!  

Help! I'm slipping!
In order to bring you some of the same awesome talent evaluation, we're back today with an updated Big Board for Day 2 of the 2011 NFL Draft.  There are going to be 65 players chosen tonight so I've extended the original Big Board out to 100 picks which will cover the entire first three rounds.  I've culled the list of players already chosen and included all new prospects for you to keep an eye out for in Round Three.


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Thursday, April 28, 2011

SKOHRboard & Stangs League 2011 NFL Mock Draft Results


The stage is set and everyone is ready to go.  While the NFL "League Year" won't start today, the Draft isn't waiting for anything.  Just this morning the SKOHRboard & Stangs League 2011 NFL Draft came to a close and although the GMs and I are sad to see it go, I think we all learned a little something (it would be awesome to be an NFL GM with no consequences except for random internet criticism).  Anyway, here are the final results with links to every write-up!  I've included the 1st round write-ups for each GMs favorite team in this post too.  Let us know how we did in the comments.

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)


Von Miller showing some good bend around the edge
ROUND 1
#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 - 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. 

#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

Brooks Reed doing his best Jumpman

#17 New England - JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin
#18 San Diego - Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
#19 New York Giants - Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida - by Joel

The Giants could have gone in a number of different directions with this pick. They could use a strong side LB to complement a good run defender in Goff and pass defender in Boley. Former second round pick, Clint Sintim, has been a disappointment and Keith Bulluck is headed for free agency. Defensive tackle may also be viewed as a position of need with Barry Cofield also headed to free agency. But a combination of injuries and age has made the O-line New York’s top priority in this year’s draft. The Giants did a great job of shuffling bodies up and down the O-line last year but they can’t hope for that kind of luck again. With their starting center Shaun O’Hara coming off two off-season surgeries and their starting guard Rich Seubert trying to recover from knee surgery nothing makes more sense than to draft a guy like Pouncey who can play both positions. Pouncey can add great depth to a banged up line or be plugged in as a starter from day one. The Giants love versatile guys and it doesn’t get anymore versatile in this year's OL class than Pouncey.

#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 - by SKOHR

Ideally the Eagles could trade back if they fell into this situation. Teams will be looking to leap the Seahawks in order to get Dalton or Ponder before Seattle can grab their guy so a trade back is definitely possible. Lots of writers have the Eagles taking either CB Jimmy Smith or one of the OTs with this pick. I'd agree with taking Smith at #23 but the Eagles don't need a 1st Round OT this year. Jason Peters had his best year yet and Winston Justice played fine until he got hurt last year. Solder and Sherrod are the best two OTs left and unless Andy thinks one of them can effectively slide into the "up for competition" Right Guard spot, I don't see the Eagles taking an OT here. 


Ayers is easily the 2nd best LB in this draft behind the 3rd overall pick Von Miller. Ayers is big at 6'3" and 255lbs and fast.  His widely reported Combine numbers were disappointing but he came back and ran in the 4.6s at his Pro Day and tested much better in the other measurables, so he should be fine playing Strong Side LB for the Eagles pretty much from Day 1. Ayers just makes plays too, in his college career he had 29.5 tackles for a loss, 12 sacks, 7 pass breakups, 6 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, and 3 touchdowns. 

This move would give the Eagles a nice young LB group that can all get after the ball and make plays. The addition of Ayers moves this group from a weakness to a strength. Keenan Clayton and Moises Fokou will battle for the Will spot. Stew Bradley and Jamar Chaney will battle for the Mike. Ayers and Akeem Jordan will compete for the Sam position. Despite the talent and depth this would give them, I'd still like to see them go after another LB later on who has slightly better instincts and speed.

#24 New Orleans - Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
#25 Seattle - Nate Solder, OT, Colorado - by Dikembe Mutombo

Seattle can go a bunch of different ways with this pick as they have a lot of positions to address, especially with the inability to re-sign current free agents. There is a glaring need at Right Tackle, Cornerback, D-Tackle (if Mebane leaves as most expect), D-End, Strong Safety, and of course, a QB for the future. I’d like to see them re-sign Hasselbeck and grab Ryan Mallet, but Mallet is already taken in our mock draft. I’d also like to see them take Jimmy Smith, but he jumped up the board to the Lions at 13. 


Based on the way this draft has gone, I see them taking Nate Solder here. I could definitely see them going DL and thinking about Wilkerson from Temple or Cameron Hayward from Ohio State. But in the end of the day, they will want to really protect Hasselbeck for the next 1-2 years and Solder will immediately start at right Tackle. By re-signing Hasselbeck, Whitehurst can still be the backup and Seattle can compete with anyone in the NFC West. Solder is a big, physically gifted tackle who can play the left side, but is more suited for the right. He has a ton of upside and with Okung already on the left side, Solder will be able to maul defenders on the right and will give Seattle 2 book-ends for the next decade. Seattle will need to develop its run game with Lynch/Forsett/Washington, and Solder will help that significantly. Once Seattle can give a dual threat of run and pass, they will be much more dangerous on offense. As the Bears game showed, without a run game to control clock, Seattle became too pass-reliant so the Bears didn't have to worry about the run game and could blitz accordingly. A run game is a QB's best friend and ever since Hutchinson left Seattle, the run game has been non-existent.

#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 - by Jeremy

With the penultimate pick of the first round, the Steelers choose to do anything they can to get William Gay off of the field. Williams has a good mix of power and speed and is likely to start fairly soon. He can help in rush defense and take advantage of opportunities created by the other play-makers on defense. They could also quite easily select a lineman, but choosing between the top corners left is something that will fill a hole much needed. Williams is also rated as a top safety prospect, so his versatility should put him in action in some capacity in LeBeau's gameplan.





#32 Green Bay - Brooks Reed, OLB, Arizona

Stephen Paea chases down next year's #1 Andrew Luck


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
#9(41) Washington - Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
#10(42) Houston - Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
#11(43) Minnesota - Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
#12(44) Detroit - Ben Ijalana, OT, Villanova
#13(45) San Francisco -Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor
#14(46) Denver - Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh
#15(47) St. Louis - Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky
#16(48) Oakland - Stefan Wisniewski, OC, Penn State

Leonard Hankerson makes a ridiculous grab against the 'Noles
#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 Giants - 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
#29(61) Chicago - Drake Nevis, DT, LSU
#30(62) San Diego - Casey Matthews, LB, Oregon
#31(63) Pittsburgh - Marcus Cannon, OT, TCU
#32(64) Green Bay - Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State

Bruce Carter looking like a freak



Huge thanks to all of our GMs for such terrific write ups and well thought out picks.  Now it's your turn to let us know what you think of the job we did representing your team.  Have at it in the comments.  Oh and if you'll be watching the draft tonight, I'll be on twitter the whole time so shoot me a note @SKOHR!


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SKOHRboard & Stangs League 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 61-64

It's Day 15 of the SKOHRboard & Stangs League 2011 NFL Mock Draft and it also just happens to be Day 1 of the real NFL Draft.  Let's see what the S&S GMs have in store for the final four selections of Round 2.

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, Chicago Bears 
Round 2 Pick #29 (61), Drake Nevis, DT, LSU<<
by Joel 


Nevis is a 6-1 300 lbs one gap penetrator who fits in perfectly as an up the field inside rush in the Bears cover 2 system. Nevis was very productive in college leading a very good LSU defense in tackles for loss. The Bears are hoping Nevis can fill the void left by Tommy Harris.











>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, San Diego Chargers 
Round 2 Pick #30 (62), Casey Matthews, ILB, Oregon<<
by Dikembe Mutombo 


The Chargers have 3 picks in the first 2 rounds, so a move up in any of the rounds would not surprise me. However, assuming they stay, and based on picking Bowers and Hankerson with the previous 2 picks, the Chargers address another need and look for a middle linebacker for the future. Casey Matthews, is famous for being the younger brother of All Pro Clay Matthews. Casey does not have physical talents like Clay, but Casey is intelligent and plays with a motor, gives 100% on every play, and is still very athletic. Analysts question his ability to stay in on 3rd downs in the NFL, and some think he may only be fit for a 3-4 defense, but San Diego likes what they have seen on film and believe in his leadership abilities to anchor their defense








>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Pittsburgh Steelers 
Round 2 Pick #31 (63), Marcus Cannon, OT, TCU<<
by Jeremy 

There are a few things you can truly count on in life, but one of them is that the Steelers will be in desperate need for help on the offensive line. Rather than manufacturing steel, the war room for the Steelers ended up striking gold last year when they took Maurkice Pouncey. While the Steelers got production out of Flozell Adams, Max Starks, and Willie Colon last year, they need to be serious about protecting Big Ben, who gets hit more often than a tetherball. Sorry, that's the best analogy I could come up with... But seriously, the offensive line in Pittsburgh is always hurting somewhere and this guy can be the long-term answer at right tackle once Adams finally breaks down for good. Cannon was a four-year starter at TCU and missed only two games in his entire career because of injury. He is absolutely gigantic at 6'5, 358 pounds, was the tops in bench press for all offensive tackles at 33 reps and the broad jump at 105 inches, and he actually made All Mountain West Conference in Track and Field at the shot put to go along with his 3-time MWC conference football honors and third-team All-American recognition.


>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Green Bay Packers 
Round 2 Pick #32 (64), Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State<< 
by Dikembe Mutombo

 It seems as though the Packers will let Nick Barnett walk away in free agency after he was injured for most of last season and the defense may have improved without him. When I think of Greg Jones, he reminds me of Nick Barnett, in that they were both great linebackers in college that flew to the football and always in on every play, but not physically as gifted as other top 'talent.' Jones is a bit undersized for an ILB at only 6'1, but is intelligent and finds the ball extremely well. His college production will lead to NFL success and Green Bay will flourish with Jones on defense in the next few years.



So far the SKOHRboard & Stangs League 2011 NFL Mock Draft looks like this

ROUND 1
#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
#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
#29(61) Chicago - Drake Nevis, DT, LSU
#30(62) San Diego - Casey Matthews, LB, Oregon
#31(63) Pittsburgh - Marcus Cannon, OT, TCU
#32(64) Green Bay - Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State



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SKOHRboard's Final 2011 NFL Mock Draft

Well it's finally here.  Today is Day 1 of the 2011 NFL Draft which means that all the mocking and prognosticating is over.  All the player info and team needs have been processed and there is nothing more to do but sit back and see what happens.  This is my final attempt to sort out what I think will happen in the 1st Round tonight.  Enjoy!

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1. Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton, QB - Auburn

The Panthers are going to take Cam Newton because they think he has unlimited potential at the most important position in the game.  If that's how they feel then they have to make this pick.  Personally I think they should take Dareus or Peterson, reinforce the O-Line later to uncover their running game, and stick with Clausen for another year.
2. Denver Broncos - Marcel Dareus, DT - Alabama
Dareus is probably the safest pick in the whole draft and I know that is usually the best way to jinx a guy, I'm pretty sure that Marcel isn't going to read this.  He had great production for three years at one one of the best defensive programs in the country and against some of the best talent in the country.  He will absolutely help Denver's defense immediately.
3. Buffalo Bills - Von Miller, OLB - Texas A&M
The Bills didn't have any pass rush whatsoever last season and they need to improve that immediately.  Aaron Maybin is all but written off by now and the Bills hope that Von Miller's superior production, athleticism, and character mean that is NFL stats are also the opposite of Maybin's.
4. Cincinnati Bengals - AJ Green, WR - Georgia
The Bengals refuse to believe that Carson Palmer is actually done playing for them.  AJ Green has to be the pick here even if they subconsciously think Palmer is gone.  While Gabbert has been really hyped up over this process, it's likely that the Bengals will be able to find a QB at the top of Round 2 who is highly valued while there definitely won't be any more elite WRs hanging around in that area.  Chad Ochocinco is almost definitely gone too, so they really have a need at WR anyway.
5. Arizona Cardinals - Blaine Gabbert, QB - Missouri
Plenty of talk has been given to Larry Fitzgerald's desire for better QB play NOW.  Well unfortunately Fitz isn't the GM of the Cardinals.  Gabbert could absolutely improve their QB play but it's not going to happen immediately.  He is going to have to learn the NFL game and work on some things.  That could take a few months or even a year.  Either way, the Cardinals are going to have to find a veteran QB to come in and start for them to at least begin the season.  I guess Fitz kind of get his wish afterall.
6. Cleveland Browns - Julio Jones, WR - Alabama
The Browns are totally jazzed that Julio Jones fell to them here.  They literally have no receiving threats.  Zero.    Not many rookie WRs are able to step in and really contribute in their first year, but when Colt McCoy looks up and the only person who is open is rookie WR Julio Jones, I think things might be different.
7. San Francisco 49ers - Patrick Peterson, CB - LSU
Peterson along with everyone else is stunned that he fell this far despite being the best player on the SKOHRbaord Top 80.  However, Coach Harbaugh couldn't be happier that he is able to get the kind of dynamic playmaker who can step in and significantly improve his defense.  
8. Tennessee Titans - Nick Fairley, DT - Auburn
Nick Fairley is probably the most explosive and disruptive Defensive Lineman in this year's draft class.  The only reason he has "fallen" this far is because some people have been questioning is motor and his desire to do the consistent hard work that is necessary to be a star in the NFL.  His attacking style is perfect for Tennessee who has always been a team that drives their DL upfield.
9. Dallas Cowboys - Tyron Smith, OT - USC
Dallas needs help in a few areas but none as much as OT.  They are able to select the OT with the highest ceiling in this year's draft.  Tyron Smith is super athletic for a man his size.  He is a bit raw and might not be able to play immediately but he should be able to work his way onto the field soon enough.  Jerry needs to protect his fragile little Romo and Smith looks like the best man for the job.
10. Washington Redskins - Jake Locker, QB - Washington
The Redskins would love to trade back and grab more picks but they need a QB and despite how many QBs there are that could go in the 1st in this class, none of the rest have the upside that Locker does.  If they move back, they'd risk letting Locker slip by.  He could very well develop into the best QB in this class but the key word here is develop.  
11. Houston Texans - Prince Amukamara, CB - Nebraska
The Prince has fallen!  The general consensus seems to think that Prince is a top ten lock, but he has fallen all the way to 11 and the Texans couldn't be happier.  Their pass defense last season was just about as poor as a pass defense could possibly be.  Playing against the likes of Peyton Manning twice a year doesn't help that but at some point they have to get better, right?  Well Amukamara is going to go a long way to helping that.  He and last year's 1st Rd pick, Jackson, should be a great pair of CBs for years to come.  
12. Minnesota Vikings - Ryan Mallett, QB - Arkansas
Mallett is really going to surprise people when he is taken this high, but with his arm it shouldn't be a surprise.  His lack of mobility is troubling but if you watch his throws you can't help but come away impressed.  It's not just how far or how hard he can throw it but Mallet can also put great touch on the ball.  Plenty of negative rumors have spread about him during the draft process and while I have to think some of them are real, I also think that the Vikings understand how to deal with that, just look at how well Harvin has turned out for them.  
13. Detroit Lions - Robert Quinn, DE - UNC
Quinn is a top ten talent but he slips here because teams have needs other than a 4-3 DE.  Fortunately for Detroit, they are able to snap him up here and immediately improve their pass rush.  Quinn isn't the best against the run but he probably better than people give him credit for.  His speed and athleticism are terrific and he should play right away for the Lions.
14. St. Louis Rams - Da'Quan Bowers, DE - Clemson
Bowers knee has gotten a real bum rap over the past few months and if the Rams think he'll be alright, Bowers is a steal at #14.  He is a perfect 4-3 DE because he can play the run and get after the passer equally well.  Unfortunately for the Rams, they'd much rather have gotten their hands on one of those top WRs to help Bradford out.  With those guys both off the board, they could also try to trade back to a team who thinks Miami might be taking their QB.

15. Miami Dolphins - Christian Ponder, QB - Florida State
The Dolphins haven't quite given up on Chad Henne yet but let's just say that with this pick, his leash is very short.  Ponder has all the makings of a great NFL QB.  He has dropped in rankings because of injury fears and some inconsistent play but he is smart, he is hard-working, he is athletic, and he can be very accurate.  Now Miami just has to improve their Offensive Line who happens to be really good at getting their QBs injured which is obviously not ideal for anyone but especially Ponder.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars - Aldon Smith, DE - Missouri
Smith is a super long and athletic DE who has room to grow and room to improve.  He could develop into a very dangerous DE in Jacksonville.  The Jaguars seem to always been searching for a pass rush and Smith has the ability to really help them out.  
17. New England Patriots - JJ Watt, DE - Wisconsin
We all knew JJ Watt was a good football player, but at 6'5" and 290lbs who knew he was that athletic.  Watt really impressed me at the Combine and I think proved his ability to succesfully play either DE or DT at the next level.  The Patroits are a team that loves hard working versatile guys on their defense and eagerly scoop him up here.
18. San Diego Chargers - Cameron Jordan, DE - California
The Chargers have been trying to find the pass rush that they lost ever since Shawn Merriman stopped taking steroids.  While Jordan isn't a pass rushing specialist, he is a force to be reckoned with and if he isn't getting QB pressures someone else should be free to do so.  Jordan will be able to start right away for San Diego.
19. New York Giants - Anthony Castonzo, OT - Boston College
The Giants need some help across their Offensive Line.  Eli is only good when he has a clean pocket or his WRs  make the greatest coach of all time.  In order to make those things happen they need to improve the talent along their O-Line and keep watching replays of David Tyree exploding Patriots fan's minds with his helmet catch.  Castonzo is in the running for that elusive "Best OT in the class" title and the Giants don't hesitate to grab him.  He showed at the Senior Bowl that he can actually slide in and play Guard too.  His consistent production and versatility make this an easy pick for NY.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Ryan Kerrigan, DE - Purdue
After bulking up their DT position last season with 1st and 2nd Rd picks of McCoy and Price, the Bucs add to that young and talented D-Line with the Ryan Kerrigan who was 1st team all-hustle last season.  Kerrigan is a non-stop QB attack machine.  He isn't the fastest or the strongest but he is always in the right place at the right time and has racked up dozens of sacks and forced fumbles over his career at Purdue.  The Bucs will love his enthusiasm, high character, and love of the game.
21. Kansas City Chiefs - Phil Taylor, DT - Baylor
Taylor isn't without is personal problems but he is mammoth and you can't teach mammoth.  He easily weighs over 340lbs and that has the makings of immovable Nose Tackle written all over it.  The Chiefs have gotten much better play out of their DEs and their LBs as last year went on but a NT like Taylor would just soak up potential blockers and let all those other players more freedom to make plays.
22. Indianapolis Colts - Gabe Carimi, OT - Wisconsin
I keep thinking about the Colts taking defense here but then I remember that the key to the Colts is Peyton Manning not being injured.  Their Line play was spotty at times last season and they need to get better if they are going to give Peyton the biggest contract in the NFL soon because you really don't want to pay him to be hurt.  Carimi could step in and play RT immediately or he could probably play Guard if need be.  
23. Philadelphia Eagles - Jimmy Smith, CB - Colorado
The Eagles really need help opposite Asante Samuel and they find it here in Smith.  Lots of talk has been devoted to his "character issues" but I don't think whatever he's done is that troubling.  I don't remember hearing about him acquiring stolen laptops, cheating on exams, or demanding money to sign a scholarship offer.  Smith has just as much CB talent as Amukamara or Peterson but those concerns let him slide all the way to the Eagles who couldn't be happier that he experimented with pot and substantially increased the value of their 23rd pick.
24. New Orleans Saints - Muhammad Wilkerson, DE - Temple
The Saints are a team that could use some help getting after the passer.  Wilkerson absolutely dominated as a DT at Temple and by moving him to more of a DE position in the Saints 3-4, he should continue attacking upfield and penetrating into opponents backfield's.
25. Seattle Seahawks - Andy Dalton, QB - TCU
The Seahawks QB position has been in doubt since the end of the season.  While it isn't readily obvious that they'll try to resign Hasselbeck, they probably should.  However, even if they resign him, they'll need to find someone to replace him and Andy Dalton can absolutely be that person.  Dalton is accurate, he wins, and he is a leader.  He will hopefully be able to learn under Hasselbeck for at least a year before taking the reigns.
26.  Baltimore Ravens - Nate Solder, OT - Colorado
The Ravens have a big question at OT going into next season and they can very easily choose to draft one of these very good OTs.  In this scenario Nate Solder is the best available and would form a terrific bookend protector for Joe Flacco with Michael Oher.  Flacco is probably the only QB in the league who would be able to see over 6'7" Solder, and good luck finding Ray Rice behind him.
27. Atlanta Falcons - Leonard Hankerson, WR - Miami
The Falcons badly need help for Matt Ryan and Roddy White.  They could easily go with TE, Kyle Rudolph here but I think they want to lock up the best available WR and that is Leonard Hankerson.  He is big, fast, and has great hands which are really critical components to the makings of a good WR and the entire Falcons Offense is going to be happy about this pick.
28. New England - Derek Sherrod, OT - Mississippi State
The Pats use their second pick of the first round to help shore up Tom Brady's protection.  Much like the Colts, the Patriots realize they must keep their valuable QB upright if they want to compete.  They do that by adding the athletic big man, Derek Sherrod who can play both OG and OT.  His versatility gives the Pats some flexibility with regard to re-signing some of their free agents along the O-Line.
29. Chicago Bears - Corey Liuget, DT - Illinois
The Bears really wanted one of those top OTs to fall to them here and it's somewhat surprising that they haven't but they are more than happy to take hometown DT stud Liuget.  He is a non-stop attacking DT much like Wilkerson who can play multiple fronts along the D-Line.  The Bears will try to grab a solid OT prospect in the next frame.
30. New York Jets - Justin Houston, DE - Georgia
Initially I thought they'd go with Cameron Heyward but then I remembered how everyone would die if they chose another Buckeye DE with a questionable motor in the first round.  They'd really like to take Phil Taylor but he isn't available here.  Houston makes the most sense because they need help at OLB and it's generally pretty risky to take college DEs with the intention of converting them to 3-4 OLBs however, Houston already converted to OLB last season so he has at least a year playing the position under his belt.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers - Aaron Williams, CB - Texas
The Steelers absolutely need help in their Secondary and Aaron Williams size and versatility make him the choice here.  This choice will cover them for at least one position and will give them greater flexibility in Free Agency.  Williams was highly productive at Texas and does a good job coming up against the run, which is something the Steelers will really appreciate.
32. Green Bay Packers - Cameron Heyward, DE - Ohio State
The Packers love big DEs in their 3-4 and in Heyward they get a 6'4" 295lb athletic monster.  Heyward has shown the ability to absolutely dominate games but he doesn't do it all the time.  On a team coming off the Super Bowl Championship, I have to imagine that there are some leaders on that team who will know how to get the most out of Ironhead's progeny.



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