A Fairley obvious top ten selection?

A Fairley obvious top ten selection?

Just in time for the weekend’ s games, the Uncanny Mock makes its return as the NFL season has been marked as halfway complete.

Head Scout Brent Sobleski attempts to wade through the vast changes made in this his second regular season attempts.  Those changes can clearly be chronicled by clicking HERE .

Without further adieu, let the critiques commence…


– Order is current based off each team’s records and their corresponding opponent’s winning percentage.

– An asterisk denotes an underclassman. No underclassmen are included past the first round.

Round 1

# Team Selection Position/College
1 Buffalo Andrew Luck* QB/Stanford
Analysis: The Bill have come so close to their first victory in recent weeks, but they still remain at the top of the draft heap. Ryan Fitzpatrick has stepped behind center and performed admirably. His talents do not preclude the worst team in the NFL from selecting the clear-cut top quarterback in the upcoming draft class, Andrew Luck.
2 Dallas Marcell Dareus* DE/Alabama
Analysis: It is odd to have such an all around talented team selecting second overall. Dallas’ team chemistry is tearing them apart. They are still paper champions. As a result, they are allotted the opportunity to select the best player on the board which happens to be the man-child, Marcell Dareus.
3 Carolina A.J. Green* WR/Georgia
Analysis: David Gettis and Brandon LaFell may be quickly improving as rookies, but the same logic which applied to Buffalo taking Luck applies here. Those respective talents simply do not stack up to the elite ability of an A.J. Green. Green added to an aging, yet still dangerous, Steve Smith would form one of the most terrifying duo’s in the NFL for opposing defenses.
4 San Francisco Prince Amukamara CB/Nebraska
Analysis: Quarterback may or may not be the main question for the Niners entering the off season. Troy Smith has lit a spark for some fans. It can be argued no quarterback is worthy of this selection once Luck is off the board, which leaves San Francisco added a top talent elsewhere. Amukamara would step in immediately and start as the team’s top cover man.
5 Denver Patrick Peterson* CB/LSU
Analysis: The age of Denver’s secondary entering next season has been previously noted. So the concern will persist until addressed. Peterson is a huge physical talent worthy of learning under Champ Bailey for a season or two.  He can also provide a dynamic presence as a return man for the struggling Broncos.
6 Minnesota Nick Fairley* DT/Auburn
Analysis: A couple of weeks ago, someone on this site (not naming names) mentioned Fairley as an underclassman of note. That may have been the understatement of the season. Fairley is deserving and has received attention worthy of his talent. Meanwhile, Minnesota will have to return to what they do best next season after being stricken Favre-less. They can run the football and dominate along the front line. Fairley seems as good a replacement for Pat Williams as a Vikings’ fan could hope.
7 Detroit Aldon Smith* DE/Missouri
Analysis: Smith has been slowed due to a leg injury and still he has made plays, just watch his tape against Oklahoma. Detroit is slowly building a fantastic core of young players, starting along their defensive line.  Smith’s freakish athleticism coming off the edge would pair with Ndamukong Suh’s ferocious strong in the middle to give opposing quarterbacks nightmares for the next decade.
8 Cincinnati Robert Quinn* DE/North Carolina
Analysis: Is there a more logical place for a talented prospect with off-the-field problems to land? Quinn is supremely talented and would have been considered the draft’s number one overall prospect if he could have found his way back on the field this season. He didn’t. And now he will tumble in the draft. To what degree becomes the question. The Bengals capitalize adding to an already improved defense by getting the best pure pass rusher in the nation, despite not seeing his talents in 2010.
9 Cleveland Julio Jones* WR/Alabama
Analysis: Jones proved a lot recently playing through a broken hand while setting ‘Bama’s all time receiving record in a single game. Any questions of attitude and effort were squashed (to a degree). Cleveland is a program which places the heaviest of emphasis on character. Jones could slide in this spot now as a result, while addressing the Browns’ biggest need by far. 
10 San Diego Cameron Heyward DE/Ohio State
Analysis: The Chargers possess the league’s best offense and defense (statistically), yet they are still currently selecting 10th overall. It’s an odd conundrum, wrapped in a riddle, and slathered with confusion. The team itself can be construed as quite talented. They do have some issues along their defensive line. A prospect, such as Heyward, should slide seamlessly into their 34 front.
11 Arizona Nick Foles* QB/Arizona
Analysis: Currently, ruminations circulating out of Mike Stoops’ program place Foles back in uniform for the Wildcats next season. The quarterback does have areas needing of  improvement, but he just may be the second best prospect at his position in the nation. A position which receives the highest of value. As such it is hard to write Foles off the list at this juncture, despite his recent injury and a backup who performed well in his absence.
12 St. Louis Janoris Jenkins* CB/Florida
Analysis: The Rams are in contention as the best turnaround story in the NFL. They have gone about their business in the draft and improved their roster tremendously over the past three seasons. They currently have a franchise quarterback in place and talented offensive tackles. The two cornerstone pieces they currently lack? A pass rusher and a cornerback. Jenkins is flying up boards and his performance against top receiver prospect, A.J. Green, recently only solidifies his standing.
13 New England (from Oakland) Mark Ingram* RB/Alabama
Analysis: The Patriots have run the gamut of backs in recent years, with none stepping up to solidify the position. Ingram is a natural runner with a great anticipation for opening holes. The ‘Bama back may not be flashy, but he is an outstanding football player.
14 Washington Justin Blackmon* WR/Oklahoma State
Analysis: Blackmon’s recent issues off the field may not be as disconcerting as Washington’s multitude of sins on the field this season. It’s hard to compare the two, but the talent of a receiver the caliber of Blackmon may be too hard to resist for a team struggling in  every facet of offense.
15 Jacksonville Michael Floyd* WR/Notre Dame
Analysis: It is hard to foretell who, what, and where the Jaguars will stand in upcoming years. They have played much better of late, particularly at quarterback. Their offense does lack explosiveness. Adding a talent like Floyd opposite Mike Sims-Walker, with Maurice Jones-Drew still in the backfield, gives the team many more options. And offense sells tickets.
16 Chicago Tyron Smith* OT/USC
Analysis: Whether it is a lack of talent up front or just bad game planning; Chicago is atrocious along their offensive line. The combination of both aforementioned issues has created a running joke in the league as quarterback Jay Cutler will be lucky to make it out of the season alive. Smith is the most athletic offensive lineman in the nation and could step in immediately and upgrade the team’s right or left tackle position.
17 Philadelphia Allen Bailey DT/Miami
Analysis: The Eagles are talented all over.  They are also very young as a team. Andy Reid loves to build through the trenches and has the opportunity to take the best available. Bailey can provide pressure from both the interior and the edge along the team’s ferocious front line. A combination of Cole, Graham, Bunkley, Patterson, Laws, and Bailey make a formidable foe.
18 Miami Da’Quan Bowers* DE/Clemson
Analysis: One of the more tantalizing, yet inconsistent, talent in the nation is Clemson’s Da’Quan Bowers. He can dominate for stretches and then disappear on a whim. His junior campaign has been his best to date, and the defensive end is developing into a premiere pass rusher. He may not be a traditional 34 outside linebacker, but coaches off the Bill Parcells’ tree love the bigger more physical edge setters.
19 Houston Brandon Harris* CB/Miami
Analysis: Kareem Jackson was a nice start at cornerback, but the Texans defense is still struggling in certain areas, particularly against the pass. Houston currently ranks dead last in the league when opponents choose to attack through the air. Houston can and should bookend Jackson with another comparable talent such as Brandon Harris.
20 Tennessee Akeem Ayers* LB/UCLA
Analysis: Already one of the best defenses in the league, the Titans could get more athletic by adding Ayers into the mix. Currently, their linebackers are solid and fundamentally sound but lack playmakers. Ayers is as good as any in the country running sideline-to-sideline, as well as providing some pass rush presence.
21 Seattle Jake Locker QB/Washington
Analysis: Few know Jake Locker as well as Seattle’s head coach Pete Carroll. Carroll was on the receiving end of Locker’s talents last year while still at USC. If the coach is true to his word and looks to add competition at every position, Locker’s arrival should spurn improvement at quarterback.  Matt Hasselbeck’s career is coming to a close, and the Seahawks have the rest of the season to see if their acquisition of Charlie Whitehurst pans out.
22 Green Bay Aaron Williams* CB/Texas
Analysis: The Pack needs depth along an aging secondary, plain and simple. Statistically, the unit is not on the same level as last season.  Injuries have beat up their back line. Charles Woodson can only play at a high level for so long. Williams is gaining steam among scouting circles and may be just what Green Bay doctors have ordered.
23 New Orleans Bruce Carter LB/North Carolina
Analysis: This is not the same Saints team of a year ago. The team is finding out just how hard it is to repeat after one Super Bowl victory. Issues and injuries have arisen along multiple facets of their roster. New Orleans is still talented enough to draft best player available. Carter is an athletic demon along a second line of defense. His speed at linebacker could become a boon for a fast unit playing within the friendly confines of a dome.
24 Kansas City Ryan Mallett* QB/Arkansas
Analysis: Kansas City currently ranks last in the NFL regarding passing offense. Matt Cassell’s efficiency has been impressive this season, but the quarterback has not shown the type of talent for which the Chiefs paid a hefty price two off seasons ago. Mallett’s pure passing ability makes him too tempting to pass for a team with questions still surrounding the position. Questions have arisen around Mallett by some scouts, but one team will take a chance if he slides.
25 Pittsburgh Gabe Carimi OT/Wisconsin
Trending up Analysis: The acquisition of Maurkice Pouncey in this year’s draft was a step in the right direction along Pittsburgh’s underwhelming offensive line. Tackle continues to be an issue with Max Starks manning the blindside, and Willie Colon out for the season due to injury. Carimi is already a better pass blocker than both and comes out of a run dominated offense, a perfect fit for blue collar Steeler fans.
26 NY Jets Cameron Jordan DE/California
Analysis: Jordan’s talent is intriguing. He is more explosive than teammate Tyson Alualu, who was recently drafted 10th overall. He is not as polished or as strong at the point of attack. It makes for an interesting conversation whether he deserves to be drafted higher or not. In a class much deeper along the defensive line, the Jets gladly snatch up the 5 technique to add to their lackluster group.
27 Tampa Bay Adrian Clayborn DE/Iowa
Analysis: Clayborn has been a disappointment this season. It had to be said. But the Iowa product has previously shown in his career that he can be a tremendous pass rusher and presence off the edge. Part of his struggles this season may have come as opposing offenses concentrate on his play. They will not be able to do so at the NFL level with Gerald McCoy and Brian Price already in place along Tampa Bay’s interior.
28 Baltimore Jonathan Baldwin* WR/Pittsburgh
Analysis: Anquan Boldin has been a tremendous addition to the Ravens. Veterans Derrick Mason, T.J. Houshmanzadeh, and Donte Stallworth have struggled or been injured. Baltimore always seems to be in position to land a very talented prospect. In this instance, Baldwin falls in their laps and only adds to an improving offense.
29 Atlanta Ryan Broyles* WR/Oklahoma
Analysis: Roddy White is a one man show for Atlanta in their passing attack. He is spectacular but could be even better with a legitimate running mate, of which neither Brian Finneran or Michael Jenkins are. Broyles is an elusive receiver who excels in gaining yardage after the catch. His underneath presence would provide a perfect compliment to White’s down field dominance.
30 Indianapolis Jurrell Casey* DT/USC
Analysis: The Colts have found a way to build the middle of their defense through street free agents and cast-offs. If the unit is to play at a high level on a consistent basis, they must add talent which takes the pressure from an oft-injured Bob Sanders and place the onus on other talent. Casey has the size, quickness, and experience in a Cover 2 scheme to provide a push up the middle. His presence could only help the Colts’ athletic ends get to the quarterback.
31 NY Giants LaMichael James* RB/Oregon
Analysis:As arguably the best team in the NFC, the Giants are afforded the luxury of selecting an explosive complimentary piece to add to an already dangerous offense. Brandon Jacobs has played better in recent weeks, but his fate may already be sealed. This is a run first offense and James provides something different as a true home run threat on every down thus complimenting Ahmad Bradshaw.
32 New England Christian Ballard DE/Iowa
Analysis:When it is all said and done, Ballard could very well be drafted higher than teammate Adrian Clayborn. In this scenario Clayborn is selected slightly higher, but the Patriots would gladly select the better fit for their two gap defense in Ballard.

Round 2

# Team Selection Position/College
33 Buffalo Ryan Kerrigan DE/Purdue
34 Dallas Derek Sherrod OT/Mississippi State
35 New England (from Carolina) Leonard Hankerson WR/Miami
36 San Francisco DeMarco Murray RB/Oklahoma
37 Denver Jeremy Beal DE/Oklahoma
38 Minnesota Pat Devlin QB/Delaware
39 Detroit Jimmy Smith CB/Colorado
40 Cincinnati DeAndre McDaniel S/Clemson
41 Cleveland Kelvin Sheppard LB/LSU
42 San Diego Jerrell Powe NT/Mississippi
43 Arizona Von Miller LB/Texas A&M
44 St. Louis Stephen Paea DT/Oregon State
45 Oakland Ras-I Dowling CB/Virginia
46 Washington Jarvis Jenkins DT/Clemson
47 Jacksonville Pernell McPhee DE/Mississippi State
48 Chicago Drake Nevis DT/LSU
49 Philadelphia Anthony Castonzo OT/Boston College
50 Denver (from Miami) Kendall Hunter RB/Oklahoma State
51 Houston Ronald Johnson WR/USC
52 Tennessee Davon House CB/New Mexico State
53 Seattle
Daniel Thomas RB/Kansas State
54 Green Bay Jabaal Sheard DE/Pittsburgh
55 New Orleans Noel Devine RB/West Virginia
56 Kansas City Stefen Wisniewski C/Penn State
57 Pittsburgh Curtis Brown CB/Texas
58 NY Jets Chris Carter LB/Fresno State
59 Tampa Bay
Michael Pouncey OG/Florida
60 Baltimore Quinton Carter S/Oklahoma
61 Atlanta Sam Acho DE/Texas
62 Indianapolis Nate Solder OT/Colorado
63 NY Giants DeMarcus Love OT/Arkansas
64 New England Mark Herzlich LB/Boston College