It's no secret that the Seahawks have struggled to find a consistent guy at the RB position in the wake of letting go Shaun Alexander. Well here's a guy that they would hope could fill the void. He rushed for 1,212 yards & 12 TD's for Clemson last season, very nice numbers. I just think his versatillity out of the backfield would help Seattle a lot. They really don't have anything special at the RB position otherwise.
Some people may ask why didn't I go with an OL here..well, I wasn't in love with any of the OL prospects avaliable for this spot in the draft. Hoping to upgrade in Round 2.
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NY Giants draft their #1 need with the #1 prospect at the position, oh glorious!
Our team philosophy is aggressive defense, we NEED to draft some big time players on D.... most importantly LB and D-Line. Some think secondary is a problem, but I think that's more due to the fact that our pass rush has been sucking and Phillips was out. With Pierce gone, our biggest glaring need by FAR is the LB and with McClain, we bring our powerhouse D closer to what it was.
McClain isn't much of a "highlight-reel" kind of guy, but gets the job done.
Titans need major help at defensive end and this guy is an athletic freak. He's a bit raw, but you can't teach his athleticism and upside. Major boom or bust pick but good value at the 16th pick in the draft.
With the 16th pick of the 2010 NFL mock draft the San Fransico 49ers select:
Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Height: 6-4⅝ | Weight: 315 | 40-Time: 4.88
Ideal bulk --- Fantastic athlete --- Quick --- Agile --- Nimble feet --- Good balance --- Natural knee bender --- Moves well laterally --- Mobile with range to get to the second level --- Can hit a moving target --- Great strength --- Stout at the point of attack --- Gets a good push in the run game --- Able to adjust and recover when beat --- Understands positioning and excels at sealing off defenders --- Solid instincts and awareness --- Violent initial punch --- Tough --- Nasty with a killer instinct --- Has a lot of experience against top competition --- Versatile.
A tad shorter than you'd prefer --- Doesn't have real long arms --- Has leverage and pad level lapses --- Motor and concentration wane at times --- Battled some minor injuries --- Work ethic's been question
This was a very simple pick, no hesitation at all. Kindle or Mays could of been realistic picks here but Williams is a top 5-10 talent in this draft and it's shocking that he is the 4th OT taken. The 49ers biggest need right now is probably RT.. They have struggled at RT/OL for the past couple of years, Adam Snyder who started at RT this past season is just awful and has given up the most sacks for a OT I believe. The 49ers need to give Alex Smith some time in the pocket something he never had in his career and not to mention give Frank Gore another blocker. The 49ers would have two young studs at tackle with Joe Staley at LT, and Williams at RT and could form a great young tandem for years to go. This was the niners biggest need and there is possibilities they will trade for Gaither but that seems dead.
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The Texans took a big hit to their secondary when Dunta Robinson decided to leave via free agency. You want to know how bad their safety situation is? They have 1 safety on their roster who had over 33 tackles last year, Bernard Pollard. That's it. Thomas is a ball hawk who ranked 2nd in college football in interceptions last year and will instantly win the starting job next to Pollard. The only other immediate need other than the secondary is running back, which can be picked up later in the draft especially with Spiller gone.
Thomas has a solid build, lean with a small waist and long limbs. He plays a FS at Texas but is asked to do a little of everything. And trust me, he does it all. Only a redshirt sophomore but his coverage skills are very good. He has great anticipation and does an excellent job of reading and diagnosing the making the big play on the ball. He's one of the most physical safetys in the draft, and has no qualms about sacrificing his body for a play. Some think that he's better suited to play a very physical CB in the NFL, to maximize his coverage skills, and try and keep his body in tact. The only real negatives to Thomas' game are the fact that he plays more physical than his frame will hold and it could shorten his NFL career and that he does at times play a little out of control and forgets his assignments.
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With the 19th pick in the draft the Atlanta Falcons select Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri
The Falcons addressed what was by far their most pressing need by signing cornerback Dunta Robinson as a free agent, which frees them up to look elsewhere with this pick. One problem area is outside linebacker, where Mike Peterson is going to be 34-years-old and there is little or no depth to speak of. A fantastic all-around player, Missouriís Sean Weatherspoon really is the total package. In addition to his impressive measurables and top-notch intangibles Weatherspoon is constantly around the action and just seems to have a knack for making the big play. Atlanta could also be in the market for a defensive end after ranking 26th in the league in sacks in 2009. Despite his advancing age John Abraham is still a feared pass rusher but former #8 overall pick Jamaal Anderson has been a colossal bust while guys like Laurence Sidbury, Chauncey Davis and Kroy Biermann are all appear to be best suited for backup duty. If they wanted to go that direction a guy like Brandon Graham from Michigan would be a good fit. Donít completely rule out a cornerback like Boise Stateís Kyle Wilson either because even though they added Robinson the Falcons subsequently traded away their other starter Chris Houston. As a potential sleeper pick keep an eye on Floridaís Maurkice Pouncey, who could help at either center or guard.
Bengals select safety Taylor Mays, safety from USC
Read & React: Good key-and-diagnose skills. Aggressive in run support, but disciplined and rarely out of position. Understands his role as the last line of defense and generally takes good angles to minimize big gains by opponents, but struggled some as a senior in this area. Mistakes typically occur when he overruns the play and doesn't account for the runner's cutback agility.
Man Coverage: Faster in a straight line than he is quick in a short area. Struggles laterally and loses a step in his transition due to tight hips. Rare recovery speed. Is a rangy defender and can blanket most deep receivers.
Zone Coverage: Controlled aggression in coverage makes him well suited for a zone scheme. Sees the action and reacts quickly. Loses a step in transition, but accelerates smoothly. Good change-of-direction skills. Reliable open-field tackler. Intimidating hitter over the middle.
Closing/Recovery: Rare straight-line speed for a man his size. Reads the action quickly and has great burst to close. Times his leaps well and uses his long arms to bat away passes. Would rather go for the big hit than compete for the ball. Has just five career interceptions -- three as a freshman -- despite 49 career starts.
Run Support: Has played deep in a zone scheme in the past, but flashes outstanding ability in run support. Good key-and-diagnose skills. Can elude blocks, but is willing to take them on and can discard due to his upper-body strength and long arms. Big hitter who runs downhill toward the line of scrimmage.
Tackling: Reliable open-field tackler. Breaks down well to make the secure stop. Explosive hitter who loves to intimidate opponents. Lowers his shoulder into the ballcarrier and can separate the football from the man. Leads with his shoulder on big hits, failing to wrap up securely.
Intangibles: Physically imposing athlete with good overall musculature. Freakish combination of size and straight-line speed. Carroll has publicly characterized Mays as USC's fastest player; has reportedly timed in the 4.2s at 230 pounds. Good bloodlines. Father, Stafford Mays, was a defensive lineman in the NFL (St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings) from 1980-1988.
Tough decision here, I really like Brandon Graham...but Kindle from Texas is still available. I know Kindle is much higher on pretty much every mock draft, but I gotta go with my gut here and pick Graham for the Packers.
While picking a LB would make sense for the Cardinals here, they can grab one in the 2nd round and I also have faith in Cody Brown next year. So instead the Cardinals "reach" and grab one of the highest potential guys if he can keep his weight down.
Cardinals select, Terrance Cody, NT, Alabama.
Cody considered leaving Alabama after an impressive junior season in 2008, but he probably made a wise move in returning to school. After all, his junior year was his first in Tuscaloosa, as he spent 2007 at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where he recorded 31 tackles and 3.5 sacks to help his team post an 11-0 regular season record. Cody also missed time in 2008 with a sprained MCL, but he gained valuable experience as a senior. Despite seeing a ton of double-teams from offensive guards, he still recorded six sacks while starting all 14 of Alabama's games en route to the National Title. Cody's signature play was a blocked field goal as time expired against Tennessee to preserve the Crimson Tide's undefeated record.
"Mount" Cody, stands at 6'5'' although he registered at 370 pounds at the Senior Bowl, he was down to 354 by the NFL combine (pro scouts generally want to see him at 350, so he is almost there). While his 40-yard dash time is nothing to write home about (around 5.6 on an average day), he is actually quite agile and his lateral movement makes him a beast against the run. Cody will be an ideal fit at nose tackle for an NFL team that runs a 3-4 defense.
Cody's stock had been slipping a bit, but the weight loss is a positive development and he should be back on the rise in the near future. Cody was previously considered a Top 5 pick before recent projections said he could fall all the way to the second round. Now, however, Cody should be a sure thing first-round and even a Top 10 selection is not completely out of the question.
with the 27th pick in the NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys select Nate Allen, S, South Florida
Height: 6-0Ĺ | Weight: 207 | 40-Time: 4.50
The Cowboys did a good job plucking Mike Jenkins from USF a couple years ago, and they hope to strike it rich again. Allen is a playmaker in the secondary, but isnít afraid to get physical either. Shoring up the FS spot for the Cowboys has to be one of their primary concerns at this point.
With the 28th pick, the San Diego Chargers select...
Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State.
Acceleration/Burst/Quickness: Tremendous quickness and change of direction ability. Consistently balance allows him to get full force on his cuts. Can get to top speed as he hits the second level of the defense. Lacks the top notch speed in the open field but the short area burst makes him appear to be faster than he is.
Ball Protection: Holds the ball high and tight to his body. Strong grip, ball is rarely away from his body even when evading tacklers in space. Has 3 career fumbles despite 535 carries.
Elusiveness/Feet/Agility: Makes defenders miss in traffic. Makes himself small despite possessing a big frame. Very loose hips and light feet before the burst is turned on. Can run through a defender but prefers to make them miss with the short area quickness.
Power: Easily runs his way through arm tackles. Consistently gains yards after contact. Runs with great pad level and gets each one of his 220 pounds behind the inside runs. Can lower his shoulder and push a pile of 4-5 defenders backward, tremendous leg drive.
Speed: Lacks the top tier speed in the open field, but has the extra gear to run away from most defenders. One of those guys that will play faster than he times. If he has the initial angle advantage, he almost always beats the defender to the intersection.
Size/Length/Hand Size: Has the ideal body for a back that carries the ball 20+ times per game. Has balanced strength from head to toe, but enough flexibility to remain agile and quick throughout all levels of the defense. Legs are muscular and stout.
Vision/Balance/Running Instincts: A natural runner with the ball in his hands. Anticipates running lanes before they open up. Top tier balance that spends very little time gathering himself after a broken tackle. Constantly moving forward with plenty of force.