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03-25-2010, 01:49 PM
2nd round mock

1. St. Louis Rams: Golden Tate*, WR, Notre Dame. If the Rams grab Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford in the first round, the overhaul of the offense can continue with Tate. He has the ability to make big plays running after the catch.

2. Detroit Lions: Earl Thomas*, S, Texas. The Lions want to add speed to their secondary/defense and Thomas has the explosiveness and play-making ability to upgrade the back end of their secondary quickly.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jon Asamoah, G, Illinois. The Bucs' OL has struggled with consistency in recent seasons and they need to upgrade. Asamoah brings the athleticism to be a good NFL guard and possibly even a tackle.

4. Kansas City Chiefs: Arrelious Benn* , WR, Illinois. The Chiefs need offensive weapons and Benn is a well-built and very athletic receiver who has the talent to be a big-time player in the NFL if he can play up to his ability more consistently.

5. Washington Redskins: Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati. While many expect them to take Clausen in the first round, Pike is the tall, strong-armed QB that Mike Shanahan seems to prefer.

6. Cleveland Browns: Perrish Cox, CB, Oklahoma State. Cox is a first-round talent who will likely slide due to off-field concerns. But the Browns need to improve their secondary and here he is too good of a value for the Cleveland to pass up.

7. Oakland Raiders: Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida. The Raiders need to replace Kirk Morrison and Spikes is the type of tough, hard-nosed middle linebacker the Raiders have won with over the years.

8. San Diego Chargers (from Seattle)

Jeff Owens, DT, Georgia. After losing Jamal Williams, the Chargers desperately need a nose tackle. Owens is the best true NT in this year's draft and could start as a rookie.

9. Buffalo Bills: Corey Wootton, DE , Northwestern. With the Bills switching to a 3-4 scheme, they need to get big, tall, long-armed DE's to fit their scheme; Wooten fits that perfectly.

10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Chicago): Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida. The Bucs want to upgrade their pass rush and while Dunlap's lack of consistency is a real concern, his size, strength and athleticism are too good to pass up right now.

11. Miami Dolphins: D'Anthony Smith, DT, Louisiana Tech. The Dolphins are still trying to bring in big, strong defensive linemen to play DE in their 3-4 scheme. Smith, who played DT in college, fits the bill perfectly.

12. New England Patriots (from Jacksonville): Damian Williams* , WR, USC. With Wes Welker's 2010 season up in the air and Brandon Tate an unknown, the Pats need some help at receiver, and Williams is a smart route runner who has excellent hands and good run after catch ability.

13. Denver Broncos: Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati. The Broncos are going to get rid of Brandon Marshall (at least that is what I keep hearing), so they grab the explosive playmaker Gilyard.

14. New York Giants: Lamarr Houston, DT, Texas. After losing Fred Robbins in free agency, the Giants need to add some young talent at DT. Houston has the strength, athleticism and competitiveness to be a very good backup as a rookie and eventually a starter.

15. New England Patriots (from Tennessee): Arthur Jones, DT, Syracuse. The Patriots' D-line is not getting any younger and they have little line depth, so they grab Jones who played DT in college, but is a good fit at DE in their 3-4 scheme.

16. Carolina Panthers: Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU. The Panthers have been trying to find a big receiver to play opposite Smith for a number of years and with Dwayne Jarrett having flopped, they jump at the chance to grab Lafell, who would have likely been a first-rounder a year ago.

17. San Francisco 49ers: Jahvid Best*, RB, Cal. The 49ers need a change of pace to take the pressure off Gore and a big-play returner to help them win field position battles, and Best has the talent to be a big time playmaker in the NFL.

18. Kansas City Chiefs (from Atlanta): John Jerry, G, Ole Miss. The Chiefs need offensive line help and Jerry has the athleticism, size and strength to be a left tackle in the NFL if he can keep his weight under control and play as well as he did in 2009 for the rest of his career.

19. Houston Texans: Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford. The Texans want to get a big back who can carry the load and make big plays. Gerhart has shown the ability to be that type of back and will also be a big asset in their passing attack.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama. The Steelers must add youth to their defensive line and Cody has the bulk and strength to anchor their 3-4 scheme at nose tackle.

21. New England Patriots: Montario Hardesty, RB, Tennessee. The Pats have been disappointed in Laurence Maroney and Hardesty brings the tough, physical and aggressive running style to their offense that Bill Belichick likes.

22. Cincinnati Bengals: Donald Butler, ILB, Washington. The Bengals want to bring in speed and athleticism to their defense, and Butler is a very fast and physical player.

23. Philadelphia Eagles: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma. The Eagles have a good tight end in Brent Celek, but they have a history of drafting elite players that slip in the draft and Gresham is a very talented tight end with a lot of upside.

24. Green Bay Packers: Rodger Saffold, T, Indiana. The Packers want to get some youth at OT as Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher are nearing the end of their careers, so they grab the very athletic Saffold, who could be their left tackle of the future given a season or two to learn as a backup.

25. Baltimore Ravens: Jerome Murphy, CB, South Florida. The Ravens do not pass up the chance to grab Murphy, who has the athleticism, instincts and playmaking skills to be a very good cornerback in the NFL.

26. Arizona Cardinals: Anthony McCoy, TE, USC. The Cardinals want a tight end who can make plays as a receiver, but also has the size, strength and competitiveness to be a very good blocking tight end, which is vital in their offensive scheme.

27. Dallas Cowboys: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State. They have two good starters, but Wilson is a playmaker who should upgrade the Cowboys at nickel cornerback and could become a starter if Terence Newman leaves in free agency in a season or two.

28. Seattle Seahawks (from San Diego): Charles Brown, T, USC. The Seahawks need a young left tackle and Brown was played the position under Pete Carroll at USC, so it makes sense for the Seahawks to grab him here.

29. New York Jets: Devin Ross, CB, Arizona. The Jets have an elite CB in Darrelle Revis and a very talented one in Antonio Cromartie, but Cromartie needs to step up his play and Ross brings the toughness, aggressiveness and playmaking skills that fit the Jets' scheme well.

30. Minnesota Vikings: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers. They have Antoine Winfield who is a sure thing, and Benny Sapp and Asher Allen who are still developing, so the chance to add another young CB with very good athleticism makes a lot of sense.

31. Indianapolis Colts: Nate Allen, S, South Florida. Bob Sanders cannot stay healthy and they want to have young talent for the future, so they grab the well-built and athletic Allen, who should become a starter down the road.

32. New Orleans Saints: Aaron Hernandez*, TE, Florida. Jeremy Shockey is definitely closer to the end of his career than the beginning and Hernandez is a young, athletic tight end with excellent receiving skills.

03-25-2010, 01:52 PM
2nd round

03-25-2010, 01:56 PM
That's rd 2, doesn't seem all that crazy to me. Earl Thomas does seem low.

VT Dolphan
03-25-2010, 02:38 PM
The Sporting News always makes bold (read:stupid), predictions like this because they've realized that they've lost most of their readers to SI and ESPN and are desperate for the attention.

03-25-2010, 02:42 PM
Sorry was meant to put up the first round, but even still Benn, Earl Thomas, Brown Wilson, Gresham and even McCourtney do not fall that far

03-25-2010, 02:47 PM
I was going to say that has to be a 2nd round mock...names like Suh aren't even on there. I still don't like most of the picks even in round two. The Sporting News should focus on baseball. A lot of the draft magazines are out and I am seeing CJ Spiller as our 1st round pick by a lot of publications.

03-25-2010, 02:51 PM
Here is a link to the Sporting News FIRST round mock (first 16 picks).


The Phins are taking DeMaryius Thomas according to this mock.

03-25-2010, 05:30 PM
The Sporting News always makes bold (read:stupid), predictions like this because they've realized that they've lost most of their readers to SI and ESPN and are desperate for the attention.

In terms of analysis and actual journalism, TSN IMO is light years ahead of the aforementioned bird cage liners.

VT Dolphan
03-25-2010, 05:48 PM
In terms of analysis and actual journalism, TSN IMO is light years ahead of the aforementioned bird cage liners.

They used to be my favorite sports magazine, but they've changed so much the past couple of years in order to mimic SI and ESPN. They used to have a lot more coverage of every team, but they've ditched it instead for cover stories and a shiny presentation.

Admittedly I've stopped reading any of their analyses, instead just skimming over their mock drafts, season previews and predictions. Generally, they seem to be woefully inaccurate and different, just for the sake of being different.