Archive for October, 2009

For your viewing pleasure, TFYDraft makes its first attempt to mock the draft system. Scout Brent Sobleski takes a peak at the first one hundred selections and what might be as the NFL season is now a fourth over.

Round 1

#

Team

Selection

Position/College

1

St. Louis

Jimmy Clausen*

QB/Notre Dame

Analysis: St. Louis accumulated a mere 82 total passing yards this past weekend. Bulger is done. Boller will never be “the” guy. Clausen has performed at a higher level than another other quarterback in the nation this season and can clearly make the necessary NFL throws even while struggling through a case of turf toe.

2

Cleveland

Gerald McCoy*

DT/Oklahoma

Analysis: The Browns have finished 27th or worse in total defense every year since 2006. They have been the worst team statistically on this side of the ball all throughout last season and into this season. This unit desperately needs playmakers on that side of the ball, and McCoy is an elite disruptive force. He is arguably the best overall player in this entire draft class.

3

Tampa Bay

Dez Bryant*

WR/Oklahoma State

Analysis: When investing in a franchise quarterback, as the Buccaneers did recently drafting Josh Freeman, a team needs to add talented pieces around said player in order to succeed. Dez Bryant is a monster target and a major threat to opposing defenses.

4

Kansas City

Eric Berry*

S/Tennessee

Analysis: General Manager Scott Pioli will likely be a position he was never in while working for the New England Patriots…drafting top five two years in a row. While the Chiefs already have two solid young safeties in place, a football player the caliber of Berry is too enticing to pass. Berry can potentially have the same type of impact on a defense as a Troy Polamalu or Ed Reed.

5

Tennessee

Jake Locker*

QB/Washington

Analysis: A lot could change within this franchise if current trends do not turn around quickly. This team needs a playmaker under center after the Vince Young debacle and Kerry Collins’ play dropping off precipitously. Locker has the best pure physical tools among the potential quarterback prospects.

6

San Francisco (from Carolina)

Ndamukong Suh

DT/Nebraska

Analysis: The Niners will enjoy their shrewd 2009 draft day trade by acquiring a legitimate 5 technique to bulk up an already improving defensive squad. Coach Singletary will also enjoy a player of Suh’s talent coupled with this prospect’s hustle and intelligence.

7

Detroit

Anthony Davis*

OT/Rutgers

Analysis: Veteran left tackle Jeff Backus has played slightly better than expected under a new coaching regime, but he can obviously be upgraded. The trenches were the one area this team failed to address effectively entering this season and will quickly do so with the most talented left tackle available.

8

Oakland

Sergio Kindle

DE/Texas

Analysis: Many are wondering when owner Al Davis will give up on their quarterback. While he decides, the team can add more speed and athleticism off the edge with Kindle to accentuate good play by Richard Seymour and its young linebacking corps.

9

Buffalo

Russell Okung

OT/Oklahoma State

Analysis: Although very young along their offensive line already, Buffalo would be hard pressed to pass on a potential franchise blindside protector in Okung. Especially when considering they cut their would be starter at left tackle just prior to the beginning of the regular season and are currently very thin at the position in general.

10

Seattle

Sam Bradford*

QB/Oklahoma

Analysis: Team leader and stalwart quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is still a solid player, but has now been injury plagued for two seasons. With two picks in the first round, this team has the opportunity to land a top quarterback prospect to groom for a year or two behind a hopefully healthy Hasselbeck while addressing other needs later.

11

Miami

Terrence Cody

NT/Alabama

12

Arizona

Trent Williams

OT/Oklahoma

13

Washington

Brandon Spikes

LB/Florida

14

San Diego

Rolando McClain*

LB/Alabama

15

Houston

Major Wright*

S/Florida

16

Pittsburgh

Brandon LaFell

WR/LSU

17

Green Bay

Gabe Carimi*

OT/Wisconsin

18

Jacksonville

Cameron Heyward*

DE/Ohio State

19

Dallas

Taylor Mays

S/USC

20

Atlanta

Trevard Lindley

CB/Kentucky

21

Philadelphia

Carlos Dunlap*

DE/Florida

22

Cincinnati

C.J. Spiller

RB/Clemson

23

New England

Jerry Hughes

LB/TCU

24

New York Jets

Damien Williams*

WR/USC

25

Denver (from Chicago)

Tony Pike

QB/Cincinnati

26

San Francisco

Donovan Warren*

CB/Michigan

27

Minnesota

Brandon Graham

DE/Michigan

28

New York Giants

Joe Haden*

CB/Florida

29

Baltimore

Greg Hardy

DE/Mississippi

30

Indianapolis

Jared Odrick

DT/Penn State

31

Seattle (from Denver)

Sam Young

OT/Notre Dame

32

New Orleans

Sean Weatherspoon

LB/Missouri

Round 2

#

Team

Selection

Position/College

33

St. Louis

Eric Norwood

LB/South Carolina

34

Cleveland

Colt McCoy

QB/Texas

35

Tampa Bay

Ricky Sapp

DE/Clemson

36

Kansas City

Mike Iupati

OG/Idaho

37

New England (from Tennessee)

Jermaine Gresham

TE/Oklahoma

38

Carolina

Arthur Jones

DT/Syracuse

39

Detroit

Marshawn Gilyard

WR/Cincinnati

40

Oakland

Tim Tebow

QB/Florida

41

Buffalo

D’Anthony Smith

DT/Louisiana Tech

42

Seattle

Charles Scott

RB/LSU

43

Arizona

Brandon Lang

DE/Troy

44

Miami

Corey Wootton

DE/Northwestern

45

Washington

Charles Brown

OT/USC

46

San Diego

Tyson Alualu

DE/California

47

Houston

Patrick Robinson

CB/Florida State

48

Pittsburgh

Tony Washington

OT/Abilene Christian

49

Green Bay

Syd’Quan Thompson

CB/California

50

New England (from Jacksonville)

Rodderick Muckleroy

LB/Texas

51

Dallas

Eric Decker

WR/Minnesota

52

Atlanta

Geno Atkins

DT/Georgia

53

Philadelphia

Ed Dickson

TE/Oregon

54

Cincinnati

T.J. Ward

S/Oregon

55

New England

Toby Gerhart

RB/Stanford

56

New York Jets

Brandon Deaderick

DE/Alabama

57

Chicago

Mike Williams

WR/Syracuse

58

San Francisco

Selvish Capers

OT/West Virginia

59

Minnesota

Jacoby Ford

WR/Clemson

60

New York Giants

Sean Lee

LB/Penn State

61

Baltimore

Ted Larsen

C/North Carolina State

62

Indianapolis

Garrett Graham

TE/Wisconsin

63

Denver

Vince Oghabaase

DT/Duke

64

New Orleans

Darrell Stuckey

S/Kansas

Round 3

#

Team

Selection

Position/College

65

St. Louis

Akwa Owusa-Ansah

CB/Indiana(PA)

66

Cleveland

Mike Johnson

OG/Alabama

67

Tampa Bay

Kyle Wilson

CB/Boise State

68

Kansas City

Jermaine Cunningham

DE/Florida

69

Tennessee

Javier Arenas

CB/Alabama

70

Carolina

Jeremy Williams

WR/Tulane

71

Detroit

Jeff Owens

DT/Georgia

72

Oakland

Jason Fox

OT/Miami

73

Buffalo

George Selvie

DE/South Florida

74

Philadelphia (from Seattle)

Mike McLaughlin

LB/Boston College

75

Arizona

Dennis Pitta

TE/BYU

76

Miami

Kam Chancellor

S/Virginia Tech

77

Washington

*Pick Forfeited*

(supplemental draft selection)

78

San Diego

Keiland Williams

RB/LSU

79

Houston

Anthony Dixon

RB/Mississippi State

80

Pittsburgh

Ekom Udofia

NT/Stanford

81

Green Bay

Matt Tennant

C/Boston College

82

Jacksonville

Jordan Shipley

WR/Texas

83

Dallas

Ciron Black

OT/LSU

84

Atlanta

Anthony McCoy

TE/USC

85

Philadelphia

Nate Allen

S/South Florida

86

Cincinnati

Boo Robinson

DT/Wake Forest

87

Oakland (from New England)

Walter Thurmond III

CB/Oregon

88

Cleveland (from New York Jets)

Michael Hoomanawanuii

TE/Illinois

89

Chicago

Rico McCoy

LB/Tennessee

90

San Francisco

Jarrett Brown

QB/West Virginia

91

Minnesota

Tim Hiller

QB/Western Michigan

92

New York Giants

Shawn Lauvao

OT/Arizona State

93

Baltimore

Brandon Ghee

CB/Wake Forest

94

Indianapolis

Zane Beadles

OT/Utah

95

Denver

Micah Johnson

LB/Kentucky

96

New Orleans

Auston English

DE/Oklahoma

Round 4

97

St. Louis

Chris McGaha

WR/Arizona State

98

Cleveland

Willie Young

DE/North Carolina State

99

Tampa Bay

Adam Ulatoski

OT/Texas

100

Kansas City

Javarris James

RB/Miami

* – Denotes Underclassmen (excluded past the opening round)

- Draft order is based off current standings with point differential separating like records

LafelllgOnce again the yearly battle between LSU and Florida will impact both the winner and loser in a major way. The victor will go down the stretch of the ’09 campaign a step ahead in the chase for the national title besides being the favorite to win the conference championship. The loser will likely have to avenge their loss in the SEC Championship game for an opportunity at a BCS bowl berth. One year ago Florida hammered LSU 51-21, then went on to be crowned National Champions. NFL scouts and league decision makers will be scouring this game as there are almost a dozen draft eligible players with top 60 potential. There are several great match-ups in this contest and Tony Pauline of TFYDRaft.com breaks it down for you.

Match-up: LSU’s defensive tackles vs the Pouncey twins

Charles Alexander turned down a chance to enter last April’s NFL draft after he was given another year of eligibility by the NCAA. In fact prior to his decision Alexander had received an invitation to the combine. Al Woods is a fourth year senior that’s been a consistent performer on the college level. Both are nice prospects with size and growth potential.

They have their work cut out for them as they face-off against the best brother-brother team in college football.

Center Maurkice Pouncey is turning into a dominant blocker on the pivot. In fact we’d go as far as saying the junior is the number one center prospect in the nation at this point. Maurkice is big, powerful yet also athletic and displays good movement skills. He can turn defenders off the line and create large running lanes in the middle of the field, or get out to the second level and annihilate linebackers. He has all the makings of a first round pick when he enters the draft.

Brother Michael Pouncey plays next to Maurkice at guard and is also a dominant blocker with a bright future at the next level.

This is an opportunity for Alexander and/or Woods to really impress scouts and elevate their draft stock. Productive performances against the impressive pair of blockers on the Gators line will leave a lasting impression.

Match-up: Brandon LaFell vs the UF secondary

Brandon LaFell is universally considered the top senior receiver available in next April’s draft. He gave serious consideration to entering the ’09 draft and there were reports of family members pressuring him to leave for the NFL. He’s a big, smooth pass catcher with a gliding style and very natural in all aspects of the position. LaFell constantly extends to make the reception away from his frame and displays both strong and soft hands. He offers potential as a number one at the next level and how early LaFell is selected in the first round will depend on how fast he runs prior to April and which underclassmen from the position enter the draft.

He goes up against a very tough Gator secondary on Saturday night.

Joe Haden is one of the brightest cornerback prospects from the junior class. There’s been much speculation as to whether or not he’ll enter April’s draft. Haden is physical and shows a lot of skill facing the action. Junior Ahmad Black is one of the most physical safeties in the nation. Black presently leads the Gators in tackles and is very effective up the field but does struggle with his ball skills. Safety Major Wright, another junior, is an underrated player who struggles to get playing time due to the depth of the Gators secondary. Wright is an adequately sized prospect with a complete game. He’s tough against the run and also displays solid skill in coverage.

LaFell’s courage will be tested as will his pass catching skills against the Gators dynamic secondary.

Match-up: LSU’s offensive tackles vs. Florida’s defensive ends

The breakdown of this match-up can be summed up by stating it features two of the most overrated players in the nation and a pair of underrated prospects.

When LSU tackle Ciron Black was a sophomore many anointed him as a first round pick. We never agreed with that opinion. Black is a well sized blocker and a better than average athlete. He also lacks balance, footwork and the strength to finish blocks. Now a senior, we presently grade Black as a late round pick and feel it may be necessary to move him inside to guard.

One the other hand his junior line-mate Joseph Barksdale is a legit mid-to-early round prospect. Barksdale is a big strong lineman with the ability to drive defenders off the ball run blocking. He plays with solid fundamentals and just needs to brush off the details of his game. He has a bright NFL future.

Florida has a pair of defensive ends, one who gets lots of hype and the other that gets the most from his ability.

Junior Carlos Dunlop passes the eyeball test and is an intimidating presence on the field. He flashes the ability to over-power opponents, bull rushing them off the line and creating a lot of pressure up the field. Dunlop is also a good athlete with the ability to string plays laterally out to the flanks. The problem for Dunlop is he does not make enough plays and his game is plagued with inconsistency. At his best Dunlop has top ten possibilities and can be used as a base end that lines up opposite right tackle or as a two-gap end. Right now he looks and plays like a boom or bust prospect.

Jermaine Cunningham does not have the size or the natural skills of his teammate yet gets a lot from his ability. Cunningham plays faster than his estimated 4.7 forty speed and bigger than his 248 pounds. He’s likely to be used as a 3-4 rush linebacker at the next level but may also get looks as a one-gap end.

The match-ups between these four players will be exceptional to watch and may go a long way in determining the outcome of this game.

Match-up: Brandon Spikes vs. Richard Dickson and Charles Scott

Brandon Spikes is the most dominant middle linebacker in the nation. He forces the action up the field, is stout defending the run and can be a nightmare on the blitz. Spikes plays with aggression, violence and his motor is always going full throttle.

He’s effective in the box and can chase down ball carriers to the sidelines. That said the middle linebacker struggles making plays in reverse and is not efficient in coverage.

The LSU offense will offer the power running of Charles Scott and tight end Richard Dickson, an efficient, overachieving tight end that produces as a pass catcher and blocker.

Scott has been slightly disappointing this season and NFL scouts are concerned he has not elevated his game. He showed signs of life last week against Georgia and a solid performance against the stout UF defense, and a tough run defender like Spikes, will get him back in the good graces of NFL scouts.

Dickson is a reliable pass catcher that comes through in the clutch. He’s by no means a true downfield threat but gets the job done when called upon. The few times Spikes is required to cover Dickson will be telling for the linebacker.

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The Sooners Trent Williams received the highest grade of any offensive tackle in the nation from NFL scouts.

The Sooners Trent Williams received the highest grade of any offensive tackle in the nation from NFL scouts.

Oklahoma and Miami both enjoyed early season rankings yet each team has already lost a game during the first month of the ’09 campaign. They still remain in the hunt for a BCS birth at least until this weekend. Oklahoma offers as many as five first round players but will be missing their two highest rated NFL prospects as quarterback Sam Bradford will join tight end Jermaine Gresham on the sideline. Lost in the preparation for this weeks game was the news that Gresham, who was injured before the season began, will not seek another year of eligibility and will definitely enter next April’s draft. Miami offers several solid prospects from the senior class and many more emerging underclassmen. This is the type of game that could help re-establish Miami as a dominant program and would be the type of victory they have not enjoyed in many seasons. Brent Foshee of TFY Draft Preview looks at the top match-ups for Saturday’s feature game.

Key Match Up: Miami tackle Jason Fox vs. Oklahoma defensive end Auston English

Auston English is an athletic and hard working defensive end that uses his speed and effort to make plays up field or in pursuit. English is more adept at rushing the passer than defending the run and tends to find most of his success with outside rushing techniques where he can use his superior speed. English is also effective pursuing from the backside and always hustles until the whistle blows. He fits only certain schemes yet is expected to be a first day selection in April.

Miami tackle Jason Fox is a highly underrated prospect at this time. A blocker with solid footwork and balance, Fox has the ability to protect the quarterback’s blind side. He could use some more strength but possesses all the skills needed to be a successful pro tackle.
Showing well against top competition like English will improve his standing in the eyes of scouts.

Key Match Up: Miami running backs Graig Cooper and Javarris James against the Oklahoma front seven

Graig Cooper is a terrific back who appears ready to play in the NFL right now. Comfortable catching passes out of the backfield or running between the tackles, Cooper will face his biggest challenge of the year this week against OU.
The Hurricanes other ball carrier, Javarris James, is a talented back that has battled injuries for most of his career. James must show consistency over the rest of his tenure as a Hurricane to have any chance of being a late rounder. Meanwhile Cooper could rise into the draft’s first round should he demonstrate that he can put up solid numbers against top competition.
The Sooner defensive front seven is built around tackle Gerald McCoy. An explosive force in the middle, McCoy is among the highest rated players in the nation and will be a top 10 selection if he enters the draft. Linemate Demarcus Granger could join him in the first round of next years draft should he be able to play injury free. Another explosive front line defender, Granger hustles and can frequently be seen making plays near the sidelines or downfield. Oklahoma has very little depth at linebacker, as was evident last season when Ryan Reynolds went down. Reynolds is back this year, playing as aggressive as ever and the Sooners defense is among the best in the nation. Keenan Clayton is an athletic linebacker that makes plays all over the field. Standing out in pass coverage, he looks like a prototypical strong side linebacker in a 4-3 defense and is a solid middle round prospect. The Sooners youngest linebacker is also potentially their best. Physical and nasty are the two words that describe Travis Lewis, an underclassmen with first round potential.

Key Match Up: Oklahoma tackle Trent Williams vs. Miami defensive end Eric Moncur

Yet another top tier NFL prospect on the Sooners roster, Trent Williams is a dominating college lineman that has the potential to develop into either a left tackle or a right tackle in the NFL. A massive lineman with good footwork and a wide wingspan, Williams gets his hands on defenders easily and pushes them around. Susceptible to players that are fast and relentless, Williams could have his hands full on Saturday if he is not careful.
Eric Moncur is an over aged player that will have to quickly make an impression if he is to have any chance of getting drafted. Quick to the outside, Moncur can be disruptive off the edge yet is also easily handled at the point of attack by larger blockers. Moncur played just three games last season before being sent to the sidelines with an injury. He’s still struggling to get back to full health and has only played in two games this season. Having a good showing against Williams could be just what the doctor ordered for Moncur.

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