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Saturday, April 14, 2012

SKOHRboard's 2012 Mock Draft Picks 13-16


Round 1 Pick 13 Arizona Cardinals select Jonathan Martin , OT, Stanford 
At the same time football fans watched Kevin Kolb struggle behind a patchwork line, they watched Andrew Luck sling the rock behind one of the more talented lines in college football. Going a few picks after his teammate, Martin steps into Arizona as a strong pass blocker with high intelligence to pair with somewhat of a mean streak. Martin is a big upgrade, and should be the first in a series of draft picks that will let the Cardinals truly evaluate just what they have in Kevin Kolb. (Spoiler alert- they have an inaccurate pansy). - Jeremy

Round 1 Pick 14 Dallas Cowboys select Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama 
The Cowboys have been busy in free agency, signing CB Brandon Carr to help out a sieve-like secondary, two guards, and of course the indomitable Kyle Orton. This team is able to compete for a playoff spot, so this pick gives them the option to choose whether they should draft based on best-player-available or to specifically address a team need. Defensive end wasn't exactly a strong point for this team, so that is certainly an option to consider. Dontari Poe was another prospect, but I for one don't think his talents in shorts should make up for his shortcomings on tape. Safety is another position that needs to be considered here. Ultimately, this decision came down to two players that were in the same college secondary: Dre Kirkpatrick and Mark Barron. At the end of the day, the Cowboys need to fix that secondary, and a big physical corner like Kirkpatrick will be able to help defend the pass and he'll be even better when he has to step up and stop the run; his play has been compared to Quentin Jammer. There probably won't be a better tackling corner in this draft. He had that pot arrest, but since when does Dallas care about anything like that?  - Justin!!!


Round 1 Pick 15: Philadelphia Eagles select Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M 
Oh boy. Some Eagles fans are going to hate this one. The beat writers will love it because of all the drama and endless storylines it creates, which as an Eagles fan myself, will bother me to no end. However, smart people will see that it's the perfect pick. Tannehill is described as having all the physical tools, the football intelligence, and work ethic to be a good QB but he just doesn't have the experience. Yes it's tough to get real experience in the NFL if you aren't the starting QB but in this scenario he'll have at least two years to learn under Andy Reid and behind Vick (probably with a game or three sprinkled in here and there) before being handed the QB1 title. Tannehill is also a mobile threat similar to McNabb (fast and agile but not Vick fast and agile). If anyone is capable of pulling this off successfully it's Andy Reid. I don't buy that Andy must win a Super Bowl this year or he's out (and therefore needs to pick immediate impact players), they have to make a playoff run and I think they'll do that this season even if they use their 1st Round pick on a guy they don't expect to see the field until 2014. - SKOHR

Round 1 Pick 16: New York Jets select Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis 
The Jets thought long about Riley Reiff as they currently have the worst right tackle in the NFL, as well as a defensive end for rushing the QB. Instead, the Jets go with the guy that most reminds them of Kris Jenkins, and their defense has not been the same since he got hurt. The Jets used to be able to shut down the run inside, which combined with Revis Island, could create blitz schemes that scared opposing offenses. Poe can play the nose, is a freak athlete, and needs a defensive guy to get the most out of him and Rex Ryan feels he can make that happen better than anyone. - Jim Mut




So far we've had


1 - Colts - Jim - Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford 
2 - Redskins - Jeremy - Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor 
3 - Vikings - Justin - Matt Kalil, OT, USC 
4 - Browns - Jim - 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 
9 - Panthers - Jim Mut - Michael Brockers, DT, LSU 
10 - Bills - Joe-l - Malcolm Floyd, WR, Notre Dame 
11 - Chiefs - Justin!!! - Quinton Coples, DE, UNC 
12 - Seahawks - Jim Mut - Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College 
13 - Cardinals - Jeremy - Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford 
14 - Cowboys - Justin!!! - Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama 
15 - Eagles - SKOHR - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M 
16 - Jets - Jim Mut - Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis 

Coming tomorrow:

17 - Bengals - SKOHR 
18 - Chargers - Steve-O
19 - Bears - Jim 
20 - Titans - Steve-O 





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Rutgers Hard Knocks Documentary Coming in May


Coming in May, Rutgers Football will be featured in a Hard Knocks style documentary giving everyone an inside look at the first spring practices run by new Head Coach Kyle Flood.  The dates are still TBA but the program will be available on SNY, Comcast, MASN, and Sun Sports.  This is going to be great for people who've had an interest in Rutgers Football over the years to get a first hand look at what is going on with the program.  Due to the locations this is set to air in, it's also safe to say that Flood and most likely AD Tim Pernetti realize that there are potential recruits living in Florida, the Carolinas, Virginia, Washington DC, Baltimore, and throughout the NJ/New York City/Philadelphia region who are now going to be able to see the program on TV and ponder just how cool it would be to suit up in Scarlet themselves one day.  Great move.  

Can't wait to see the full thing but here is a first look at the opening sequence from ScarletKnights.com.


Friday, April 13, 2012

SKOHRboard's 2012 Mock Draft Picks 9-12

Guess which one is being drafted with the 9th overall pick?
Today we'll run down the 9th through 12th picks.  

Round 1 Pick 9: Carolina Panthers select Michael Brockers, DT, LSU 
Carolina has needs on the offensive line, but they were still very explosive last year and go with the best defensive tackle instead. Brockers is young and raw, but he has the size, smarts and willingness to work hard to be a great d-tackle. He came to college as an inside linebacker and just kept putting on weight, thus he has the smarts and ability to find the ball carrier like a LB, but strong and quick enough to be a lineman. Carolina considered a slew of players as they could upgrade their secondary, but like Brockers upside the most. - Jim Mut

Round 1 Pick 10: Buffalo Bills select Malcolm Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
The Bills have spent a lot of money this off-season, including making Mario Williams the richest defensive player in league history. In this division it's all about beating the Pariots and now that they have loaded up their defense to try and stop Brady and company they that need the Ammo on offense to try and out gun them. ND Wr Malcom Flyod is just the kind they are looking for. - Joe-l

Land Shark - Quinton Coples
Round 1 Pick 11: Kansas City Chiefs select Quinton Coples, DE, UNC 
The Chiefs war room was split on whether Ryan Tannehill would be an improvement over Matt Cassel. Cassel was uninspiring as a starter, but we ultimately don't view Tannehill as being much better. The selection of DeCastro dashed the Chiefs hopes at solidifying the interior offensive line, so as GM we are forced to address the pressing need along the defensive line as well. This defense only produced 29 sacks last year, 12 of which came from Tamba Hali. A solid nose tackle is desperately needed for this 3-4 to succeed, but we don't like Dontari Poe, and this seems a bit early for Alameda Ta'amu; likewise, Fletcher Cox probably isn't beefy enough to hack it as a nose. Ideally the Chiefs would trade down after missing out on DeCastro, but with that option off the table, the Chiefs must choose the best pass rusher available, and Quinton Coples looks like a protypical pass-rushing defensive end. - Justin!!!

Round 1 Pick 12 Seattle Seahawks select Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College 
As a Seattle fan, I am excited as there are no HUGE holes to fill right now, but certainly a few positions that can be upgraded on defense, and that is where Seattle decides to go with this pick. Seattle did re-sign Red Bryant, their run stuffer and also signed Jason Jones to a 1 yr deal on the d-line, which is an upgrade. They lost ILB David Hawthorne but signed veteran Barrett Ruud as a stop-gap. After addressing the o-line last year, I expect them to take either a pass-rushing DE or a LB of the future to team up with KJ Wright to solidify the defense for years to come. Kuechly is a great tackler and Seattle sees him as their larger version of Zach Thomas of the future. - Jim Mut






So far we have:

1 - Colts - Jim - Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford 
2 - Redskins - Jeremy - Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor 
3 - Vikings - Justin - Matt Kalil, OT, USC 
4 - Browns - Jim - 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 
9 - Panthers - Jim Mut - Michael Brockers, DT, LSU 
10 - Bills - Joe-l - Malcolm Floyd, WR, Notre Dame 
11 - Chiefs - Justin!!! - Quinton Coples, DE, UNC 
12 - Seahawks - Jim Mut - Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College 

Picking tomorrow will be:
13 - Cardinals - Jeremy 
14 - Cowboys - Justin!!! 
15 - Eagles - SKOHR 
16 - Jets - Jim Mut 




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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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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

SKOHRboard's 2012 NFL Mock Draft Picks 1-4


In just over two weeks from today the 2012 NFL Draft will get started but first SKOHRboard.com and some of my compatriots will give you our take on how the Draft might play out this season if we were the GMs in charge.  We'll unveil about four picks each day in order to cover the first two rounds just in time for the NFL's own first round which kicks off Thursday night April 26th.

Meet the GMs:
Drafting for the Eagles, Rams, Packers, Raiders, Dolphins, Bengals
SKOHR - an Eagles fan based in NYC who is both pragmatic and filled with lofty ideas.

Drafting for the Vikings, Cowboys, Texans, Chiefs, Ravens
Justin!!! - winner of Cutest Smile of his high school class, a diehard Vikings fan after a messy divorce with the Bears.  He now conveniently lives in Minnesota and enjoys high-fiving his dog in his spare time.

Drafting for the Seahawks, Panthers, Bears, Colts, Browns, Jets
Jim Mut - an overly confident fan of weird teams like the Seahawks, Blue Jays, and Nuggets, a self-titled big time hater, who likes to think of himself as "continuously peaking."

Drafting for the Steelers, Falcons, Cardinals, Redskins, Jaguars, Patriots
Jeremy - a beach lover held captive in Texas who compensates with generous helpings of avocado.  He supports the Steelers but would not let Roethlisberger near any of his female family members.

Drafting for the Saints, Lions, Chargers, Buccaneers, Titans
Steve-O - a lifelong Eagles fan living in NOLA, locally famous for his penchant for high risk high reward moves, a proud member of the cool brother club.

Drafting for the Giants, Broncos, Bills, 49ers
Joe-l Candel - a Giants fan, likes to think of himself as a legend among men.  He feels his powers of amazing are due to his Dominican descent.  All in all he just loves himself.

Now that the GMs and their unique personalities are out there why don't we get on with the picking!?  


Round 1 Pick 1: Indianapolis Colts select Andrew Luck, QB, StanfordThe Colts made this decision a long time ago when they signed Kerry Collins in the preseason and never had a viable backup for Peyton Manning. The Colts are Luck-y enough to go from Manning to the best prospect since well, Manning. Luck can do it all and the Colts are banking on him to lead them back to contention. I'd personally take Luck over RG3 due to RG3's injury concerns as the man tore his ACL already once and I could see his scrambling leading to future injury. - Jim Mut



Round 1 Pick 2: Washington Redskins select Robert Griffin III 
No use wasting the clock on this selection. The second that Luck became a Colt, RGIII became a Redskin. Washington has long been looking for a franchise quarterback to compete in a division that has (supposedly) some of the best signal callers the conference has to offer. The Heisman winner brings leadership and athleticism to a position that has derailed this team since the invention of the iPod. - Jeremy

Round 1 Pick 3: Minnesota Vikings select Matt Kalil, OT, USC 
The Vikings are in rebuilding mode, and with needs at virtually every position, there's a lot that we can do with this pick. There are pressing needs at WR, CB, S, and all along the offensive line. Widely regarded as the top offensive prospect at left tackle, the Vikings will snatch up Kalil to address the gaping holes along the offensive line. This move allows last year's left tackle, Charlie Johnson, to slide down to his natural guard position, filling two holes in the offensive line. The hope of this pick is that Ponder will have more than 2 seconds to drop back and read the field this year.  - Justin!!!

Round 1 Pick 4: Cleveland Browns select Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU                                          So this may be the first surprise of the draft, but as an NFL GM, I have a tough time picking an RB in the top 5, even with Trent Richardson looking like a very good talent. Knowing Mike Holmgren, they will definitely not take Blackmon here, as he has seen 1st round WR's like Koren Robinson burn him in the past and will take sure thing at cornerback or Richardson over him. I could see them trading down a few picks to select a WR and get more picks, but if they stay at 4, they go with Claiborne. Why not pick the best CB, pair him up with another sure thing in Haden, and have the best cornerback duo in the league going forward? They will shut down opposing offenses, and in a passing league having two great corners will give Cleveland an advantage and something they can build a team around. It will allow them to blitz more and get more creative defensively. Right now, former Eagles Sheldon Brown and Dmitri Patterson are the 2nd and 3rd corners, so clearly they have to upgrade the position. Richardson would be the pick otherwise as Holmgren likes a workhorse RB, but they like Hardesty and will look to pick a RB with their picks later in the 1st round or early 2nd round pick. Most analysts are saying offense here, but defense wins championships. - Jim Mut


Tomorrow we'll have:
5 - Buccaneers - Steve-O 
6 - Rams - SKOHR 
7 - Jaguars - Jeremy
8 - Dolphins - SKOHR



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