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Thursday, April 12, 2012

SKOHRboard's 2012 Mock Draft Picks 5-8


Today we're going to unveil picks 5-8 of the SKOHRboard 2012 Mock Draft.  Better hold on to your butts.

Round 1 Pick 5: Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
New head coach Greg Schiano could not have been happier when the Cleveland browns selected Claiborne with the 4th pick. In Richardson he gets an intelligent, dominant and physical rusher that can play all 3 downs. This guy is the real deal and is the best RB prospect since Adrian Peterson. Schiano can't be happy with his current starter Lagarette Blount, who fumbles as often as he scores ( 5 fumbles and 5 tds in 2011). Young QB Josh Freeman got a huge upgrade at WR when the Bucs signed Vincent Jackson, with the addition of Richardson this offense could have some great weapons for the next 5-10 years.

Round 1 Pick 6: St. Louis Rams select Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State 
The Rams starting WRs according to their own website are Brandon Gibson and Brandon Lloyd. One currently plays for the Patriots and the other is a pretty good WR#3. Justin Blackmon gets knocked for lack of top speed but he regularly blew by DBs in college and there isn't a more competitive WR in the entire draft. Blackmon attacks the ball similar to Steve Smith (the good one). He can be an asset to Sam Bradford especially if the Rams are able to add a few more assets in this draft, or maybe someone to block for him. 


Round 1 Pick 7: Jacksonville Jaguars select Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina 
The Jags lost out on the shutdown corner that would save their secondary, watched the Rams steal the receiver they'd hoped Gabbert could grow old with, and were somehow unable to convince the Dolphins to trade up to acquire Tannehill. With all those negatives, they still were able to get a positive out of this selection. Some of the other GM's expected a receiver here, but there is plenty of good talent available later without reaching for the ND or USC Wr's, plus they are hoping for a nice return on Laurent Robinson. With so many needs for this squad, it really just became the choice of which one to address first for long-time value. Iowa's Reiff might have started immediately, but Gene Smith needs more playmakers getting to the quarterback. Ingram is a the kind of high-effort defensive player that Smith loves, and he is arguably the best player available at this pick. He is a versatile defender that performed extremely well during his senior season, and accumulated 19 sacks in the last two years. The Jags have whiffed on first-round DE's before, so they need this pick to work.

Round 1 Pick 8: Miami Dolphins select David DeCastro, OG, Stanford 
Sure people want Ryan Tannehill but if the Dolphins are going to hold on to any vestigial Bill Parcells characteristics, they'll want to see a more proven commodity at QB before using the 8th overall pick on one. Parcells is famous for saying he wants 40 collegiate starts out of QBs he drafts. Tannehill's lack of starts and inconsistent performances worry me enough that I'd rather build the franchise around a dominant offensive line and wait for what looks like a great QB class in next year's draft. With Long, Pouncey, Incognito, and now DeCastro they would have just that. Besides even Matt Moore should be able to throw accurate passes if they can give him enough time to throw them.

So far we've had:
1 - Colts - Jim Mut - Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford 
2 - Redskins - Jeremy - Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor 
3 - Vikings - Justin!!! - Matt Kalil, OT, USC 
4 - Browns - Jim Mut - Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU 
5 - Buccaneers - Steve-O - Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama 
6 - Rams - SKOHR - Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State 
7 - Jaguars - Jeremy - Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina 
8 - Dolphins - SKOHR - David DeCastro, OG, Stanford 


Tomorrow we'll be back with:
9 - Panthers - Jim 
10 - Bills - Joel 
11 - Chiefs - Justin 
12 - Seahawks - Jim 






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