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    Nick's "Only Three Weeks to Go" Early April Three-Round Mock Draft

    ROUND ONE

    1. Houston Texans
    Reggie Bush, RB, USC
    5'10" - 201 lbs - Junior

    After Bush's workout during the USC Pro Day, the Houston Texans should have just begun their negotiations right then and there. If the Texans stay at this position, there's no way they can pass on a talent like Reggie Bush.

    2. New Orleans Saints
    D'Brickashaw Ferguson, OT, Virginia
    6'6" - 312 lbs - Senior

    Wayne Gandy wasnt' exactly an elite left tackle to begin with, but trading him away only furthers the hole at that position. Don't believe the smoke about Jammal Brown moving from the right side, either.

    3. Tennessee Titans
    Matt Leinart, QB, USC
    6'4" - 225 lbs - Senior

    Quarterback is a big need with the Steve McNair situation in Tennessee. Word is the coaching staff prefers Leinart to Young, and I think their opinion will certainly win out over any preference the front office may have.

    4. New York Jets
    Mario Williams, DE, NC State
    6'7" - 295 lbs - Junior

    In a choice between Williams and Hawk, Super Mario is likely the better overall talent of the two. Plus, he has the size and ability to play as an end in the 3-4, where he could be Mangini's Richard Seymour.

    5. Green Bay Packers
    A.J. Hawk, LB, Ohio State
    6'1" - 248 lbs - Senior

    Packers will be thrilled to add a great defensive player like Hawk to their weak linebacker unit. He could really play at any position for the Packers, and should make an immediate impact in the NFC North.

    6. San Fransisco *****
    Vernon Davis, TE, Maryland
    6'3" - 263 lbs - Junior

    With Hawk off the table, the pick is clear. Vernon Davis is the kind of player that would benefit a team that doesn't have a strong group of wide receivers, and will give Alex Smith an instant target in the passing game.

    7. Oakland Raiders
    Vince Young, QB, Texas
    6'5" - 229 lbs - Junior

    Will the Raiders spend a high draft pick on a quarterback? I think they will, since they scared off Josh McCown by saying they were planning on looking at quarterback prospects. Young is too good to pass up here.

    8. Buffalo Bills
    Brodrick Bunkley, DT, Florida State
    6'2" - 306 lbs - Senior

    If the Bills want to run the Tampa 2 defense, then they're going to need fast athletic defensive lineman who can move around. Bunkley's stock has been shooting through the roof recently, and he'd be a great fit here.

    9. Detroit Lions
    Winston Justice, OT, USC
    6'6" - 319 lbs - Junior

    An amazing workout at USC's pro day has caused Justice's stock to skyrocket. The Lions need help at tackle, where they have no one on the right side and no long-term security with franchise player Jeff Backus.

    10. Arizona Cardinals
    Jay Cutler, QB, Vanderbilt
    6'3" - 226 lbs - Senior

    Kurt Warner is an adequate starter, but is definitely not the long-term answer at quarterback. The Cardinals really don't have much of anything behind him, which makes Jay Cutler a no-brainer pick for the future of Arizona.

    11. St. Louis Rams
    Michael Huff, DB, Texas
    6'0" - 204 lbs - Senior

    Injuries and inexperience have created some questions for the Rams at cornerback and free safety, so the selection of Michael Huff makes perfect since due to Huff's ability to play any position in the secondary.

    12. Cleveland Browns
    Haloti Ngata, DT, Oregon
    6'4" - 338 lbs - Junior

    Cleveland signed Ted Washington as a short-term defensive line answer. But Ngata is the perfect nose tackle for the 3-4 defense, and if the Browns have the chance to grab him here, they should sprint to the podium to turn their card in.

    13. Baltimore Ravens
    Jimmy Williams, DB, Virginia Tech
    6'2" - 213 lbs - Senior

    Williams' stock has been falling recently, but Baltimore isn't a team that shys away from players with potential character issues. With a need for another safety as well as depth at corner, Williams' talent is too good to pass up.

    14. Philadelphia Eagles
    Chad Greenway, OLB, Iowa
    6'2" - 242 lbs - Senior

    The Eagles really need to add an impact linebacker to their defense if they want to once again be one of the elite teams in the NFC. Iowa's Chad Greenway will make plays for the Eagles all over the field.

    15. Denver Broncos (f/ATL)
    Chad Jackson, WR, Florida
    6'0" - 213 lbs - Junior

    With virtually no stand-out players behind the aging Rod Smith and Ashley Lelie, Chad Jackson should be the target here. Jackson has everything you look for in a number one receiver, and should contribute immediately.

    16. Miami Dolphins
    Jason Allen, FS, Tennessee
    6'0" - 209 lbs - Senior

    If anyone's stock has been soaring in recent weeks, it's been Jason Allen. Considered a top pick until his hip injury, Allen has shown that he's recovered and is back to playmaking form, making him a good selection for Miami.

    17. Minnesota Vikings
    Ernie Sims, OLB, Florida State
    5'11" - 231 lbs - Senior

    It's no secret the Vikings want a quarterback, but barring a trade up, they're unlikely to get one in the first round. Ernie Sims could be the second best linebacker in this class and will strengthen one of Minnesota's biggest need areas.

    18. Dallas Cowboys
    Kamerion Wimbley, DE/OLB, Florida State
    6'3" - 248 lbs - Senior

    The signing of Akin Ayodele means the Cowboys have added a starter for the inside position in their 3-4, but need someone to start opposite of Demarcus Ware on the outside. Enter Kamerion Wimbley, who should be a top 20 pick.

    19. San Diego Chargers
    Santonio Holmes, WR, Ohio State
    5'10" - 179 lbs - Junior

    It would be hard for a team like San Diego, now dependent on the young inexperienced Philip Rivers, to pass on a very good wide receiver prospect like Santonio Holmes, who will give Rivers another talented target to throw to.

    20. Kansas City Chiefs
    Antonio Cromartie, CB, Florida State
    6'2" - 208 lbs - Junior

    Cromartie would have been a top prospect had he returned to school in 2007, but the Chiefs will be happy to take him here in the hopes that at 6'2" he'll be able to keep Oakland's Randy Moss in check twice a year.

    21. New England Patriots
    Tye Hill, CB, Clemson
    5'9" - 185 lbs - Senior

    Cornerback is not the biggest need for the Patriots, but Tye Hill is too good to pass up at this point in the draft. Hill is arguably the best cover corner in the draft, and should compete for time in nickel packages immediately.

    22. Denver Broncos (f/WAS)
    Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Boston College
    6'5" - 256 lbs - Senior

    Some are speculating that Denver has already promised LenDale White that he'd be the pick here. I'm not sure I'm buying it. The Broncos could use more youth and talent at defensive end, and Mathias Kiwanuka would be a good fit.

    23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Donte Whitner, DB, Ohio State
    5'10" - 204 lbs - Junior

    Donte Whitner has the speed, athleticism, and physicality to play any position in the secondary. The Buccaneers would be wise to try him at corner, where he'd have two great mentors in Ronde Barber and Brian Kelly.

    24. Cincinnati Bengals
    Tamba Hali, DE, Penn State
    6'3" - 275 lbs - Senior

    The addition of Sam Adams in free agency should really improve the play of the defensive line. Adding a quality player like Tamba Hali will take the improvements one step further with his relentless motor and high energy attitude.

    25. New York Giants
    Bobby Carpenter, LB, Ohio State
    6'2" - 256 lbs - Senior

    Is anyone shocked that the Poston brothers are asking for too much money for their client LaVar Arrington? I'm not. If the Giants can't land the stud free agent, expect them to addresss the linebacker position here.

    26. Chicago Bears
    Jonathan Joseph, CB, South Carolina
    5'11" - 193 lbs - Junior

    Charles Tillman was embarassed against the Carolina Panthers in the playoffs, and Jerry Azumah has decided to retire. Cornerback now appears to be the top need for the Bears, and they'd be getting a good one if they select Joseph.

    27. Carolina Panthers
    DeAngelo Williams, RB, Memphis
    5'9" - 201 lbs - Senior

    The Panthers will find it hard to believe that DeAngelo Williams is still available this late into the first round, and will be quick to snatch him up in an effort to help secure a better rotation at running back.

    28. Jacksonville Jaguars
    DeMeco Ryans, OLB, Alabama
    6'1" - 236 lbs - Senior

    Losing Akin Ayodele in free agency hurt the Jaguar defense, and they don't have much depth at the position either. Ryans is an incredibly intelligent and instinctual player whom the Jaguars would love to see on their roster.

    29. New York Jets (f/ATL via DEN)
    Manny Lawson, OLB, NC State
    6'5" - 241 lbs - Senior

    Eric Mangini seems to be intent on running the 3-4 in the Big Apple next season. If he goes ahead with that plan, he's going to need an impact outside rush backer. Manny Lawson is just the guy for the job.

    30. Indianapolis Colts
    Laurence Maroney, RB, Minnesota
    5'11" - 217 lbs - Junior

    The Colts have made their decision, allowing Edgerrin James to walk in free agency. He didn't last long on the market, and now the Colts hope that Minnesota's Laurence Maroney will be just the kind of replacement they're looking for.

    31. Seattle Seahawks
    Richard Marshall, CB, Fresno State
    5'11" - 189 lbs - Junior

    Seattle is working hard to bring in veteran cornerback Ty Law, but there's no guarantee the numbers will add up for both parties. Marshall, who is quickly rising up draft boards, would be an excellent option for the Hawks.

    32. Pittsburgh Steelers
    LenDale White, RB, USC
    6'0" - 238 lbs - Junior

    White's poor physical appearance at both the combine and his pro day as well as his refusal to run for scouts has his stock falling, but the Steelers are a team that will recognize what White can bring to the table.



    ROUND TWO

    33. Houston Texans
    Marcus McNeill, OT, Auburn
    The Texans need to improve their offensive line if they expect Carr or Bush to be successful, and McNeill is a potential first rounder.

    34. New Orleans Saints
    Nick Mangold, C, Ohio State
    The Saints will be more than happy to replace LeCharles Bentley with a highly-rated prospect like Nick Mangold.

    35. New York Jets
    Eric Winston, OT, Miami
    Third pick in the second round, third offensive lineman taken. Jets clearly need some help at tackle.

    36. Green Bay Packers
    Joseph Addai, RB, LSU
    The Packers will be hard pressed to pass on a talent like Addai, especially since both Green and Davenport are working under one year deals.

    37. Oakland Raiders
    Darnell Bing, S, USC
    The Raiders could definitely upgrade the strong safety position, becayse Derrick Gibson and Jarrod Cooper are not ideal talent.

    38. San Fransisco *****
    Kelly Jennings, CB, Miami
    A potential first round corner would be a great selection here for the ***** and their weak secondary.

    39. Tennessee Titans
    D'Qwell Jackson, LB, Maryland
    The Titans have already brought Jackson in for a visit, and with a hole at MLB, would pull the trigger on this selection quickly.

    40. Detroit Lions
    Daniel Bullocks, S, Nebraska
    The Lions need a playmaking safety like Bullocks to round out their secondary at the free safety position.

    41. Arizona Cardinals
    Leonard Pope, TE, Georgia
    Nabbing a huge tight end prospect for Warner (and eventually Cutler) to throw to will make Arizona's offense even more dangerous.

    42. Buffalo Bills
    Ryan O'Callaghan, OT, California
    Having passed on Winston Justice in the first round, the Bills will pick up the talented O'Callaghan here.

    43. Cleveland Browns
    Rodrique Wright, DL, Texas
    Cleveland found their nose tackle in round one, and now will take Rod Wright as an upgrade at defensive end.

    44. Baltimore Ravens
    Davin Joseph, G, Oklahoma
    The offensive line for the Baltimore Ravens needs some work, and Joseph is the best lineman on the board at this point.

    45. Philadelphia Eagles
    Gabe Watson, DT, Michigan
    The Eagles will find a stud in Gabe Watson, if Jim Johnson can get him to play to his potential.

    46. St. Louis Rams
    Thomas Howard, OLB, UTEP
    Good combination of size and speed could allow Howard to be an opening-day starter beside Will Witherspoon and Pisa Tinoisamoa.

    47. Atlanta Falcons
    Ko Simpson, S, South Carolina
    Trading away Bryan Scott means the Falcons once again could use safety help in their secondary.

    48. Minnesota Vikings
    Ashton Youboty, CB, Ohio State
    The Vikings have very little behind Antoine Winfield and the disappointing Fred Smooth; Youboty is great value here.

    49. Dallas Cowboys
    Sinorice Moss, WR, Miami
    Despite adding Terrell Owens, the Cowboys would still benefit from adding another dangerous receiver in Sinorice Moss.

    50. San Diego Chargers
    Abdul Hodge, LB, Iowa
    Hodge is an undersized yet tough force in the middle that would add good youth to the Chargers' linebackers.

    51. Minnesota Vikings (f/MIA)
    Omar Jacobs, QB, Bowling Green
    Brad Johnson's tank is running out of gas, and without Culpepper, the future needs to be found.

    52. New England Patriots
    Brian Calhoun, RB, Wisconsin
    The Pats show why they passed on a running back in the first by taking Brian Calhoun here in the second round.

    53. Washington Redskins
    Cedric Griffin, CB, Texas
    Griffin is an oustanding cornerback and would be a welcome addition to a unit that lacks nickel and dime depth.

    54. Kansas City Chiefs
    Derek Hagan, WR, Arizona State
    The Chiefs desperately need to add some solid youth to their receiving corps, and Hagan would fill that role.

    55. Cincinnati Bengals
    Marcedes Lewis, TE, UCLA
    Maybe the one weapon missing from the up-and-coming Bengals offense is a legit tight end.

    56. New York Giants
    John McCargo, DT, NC State
    Losing defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy in free agency means the Giants have holes to fill on the line.

    57. Chicago Bears
    Max Jean-Gilles, G, Georgia
    Guard is not the Bears' biggest need, but Jean-Gilles is too good a talent to turn down in the late second.

    58. Carolina Panthers
    Roger McIntosh, OLB, Miami
    The Panthers need to find someone to start beside Dan Morgan and former safety Thomas Davis.

    59. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Jon Scott, OT, Texas
    How can fans feel totally comfortable with Torrin Tucker, Kenyatta Walker, and Anthony Davis manning the edges?

    60. Jacksonville Jaguars
    Chris Chester, OL, Oklahoma
    The Jaguars really don't have a lot of great depth on the offensive line; Chester could play either guard or center.

    61. Denver Broncos
    Joe Klopfenstein, TE, Colorado
    After releasing Jeb Putzier, the Broncos need someone to compete with Stephen Alexander for that starting job.

    62. Indianapolis Colts
    Jon Alston, OLB, Stanford
    In a similar mold as current Colts linebacker Cato June, Alston could excel in Tony Dungy's Tampa 2 defense

    63. Seattle Seahawks
    Charles Spencer, G, Pittsburgh
    The Seahawks have options at left guard, but Chris Gray won't play forever on the other side.

    64. Pittsburgh Steelers
    Devin Hester, ATH, Miami
    Hester should immediately fill Randle El's hole on special teams, and can develop into a solid receiver for the Steelers.



    ROUND THREE

    65. Houston Texans
    Pat Watkins, S, Florida State
    The Texans can't honestly depend on CC Brown and Glen Earl as starting safeties, can they?

    66. Houston Texans (f/NO)
    Ray Edwards, DE, Purdue
    A switch to the 4-3 defense means finding defensive line prospects who can play it.

    67. Green Bay Packers
    Demetrius Williams, WR, Oregon
    It looks like the Packers will part ways with Javon Walker, which means an influx of talent is needed.

    68. San Fransisco *****
    Spencer Havner, LB, UCLA
    Havner is a versatile hard working linebacker who has the size to contribute on their defense.

    69. Oakland Raiders
    Claude Wroten, DT, LSU
    Raiders need to add defensive line talent after parting ways with Ted Washington.

    70. Buffalo Bills (f/TEN)
    Daryl Tapp, DE, Virginia Tech
    You can never have too many pass-rushing ends in the Cover 2 defensive scheme.

    71. New York Jets
    DeMario Minter, CB, Georgia
    The Jets lost their best corner in Ty Law, and Mangini can get the best out of a guy like Minter.

    72. Arizona Cardinals
    Daryn Colledge, OT, Boise State
    Someone is going to have to protect Arizona's first round pick long enough for him to get the ball to their second round pick.

    73. Buffalo Bills
    Daniel Manning, DB, Abilene Christian
    Small-school defensive back capable of playing multiple positions in the secondary.

    74. Detroit Lions
    Gerris Wilkinson, LB, Georgia Tech
    The versatile Wilkinson can play whatever linebacker position Teddy Lehman doesn't.

    75. New England Patriots (f/BAL)
    Maurice Stovall, WR, Notre Dame
    The Patriots need more receiver depth after losing David Givens in free agency.

    76. Philadelphia Eagles
    Greg Jennings, WR, Western Michigan
    May not be the elite player the Eagles need at receiver, but will certainly strengthen this unit.

    77. St. Louis Rams
    Anthony Fasano, TE, Notre Dame
    Good all-around tight end that will fit perfectly with what Scott Linehan wants from this position.

    78. Cleveland Browns
    Mark Anderson, DE/OLB, Alabama
    Alabama's Mark Anderson will thrive as a rushing outside linebacker in Romeo's 3-4 alignment.

    79. Atlanta Falcons
    Maurice Drew, RB, UCLA
    Drew is on Atlanta's radar, and for good reason - he could be a steal this late on the first day.

    80. Dallas Cowboys
    Roman Harper, S, Alabama
    Harper has the skills to play either safety position, but will be a nice compliment to Roy Williams at free safety.

    81. San Diego Chargers
    Jeremy Trueblood, OT, Boston College
    The Chargers will be fortunate to find solid youth at the tackle position this deep in the first day.

    82. Miami Dolphins
    Martin Nance, WR, Miami (OH)
    Grabbing Nance late in the third will give the Dolphins much needed depth at wide receiver.

    83. Minnesota Vikings
    Taitusi Lutui, G, USC
    Good value spot for a massive run-blocking guard that could help open holes for Chester Taylor in Minnesota.

    84. San Francisco ***** (f/WAS)
    Jason Avant, WR, Michigan
    Avant ran a disappointing forty time, but remains the best player available at a position of need.

    85. Kansas City Chiefs
    Jonathan Lewis, DT, Virginia Tech
    More talented youth is needed on that Kansas City defensive line, and Lewis will provide just that.

    86. New England Patriots
    Stanley McClover, OLB, Auburn
    McClover can be groomed to replace Willie McGinest as a pass rushing outside linebacker in the Patriots' 3-4 scheme.

    87. New York Giants
    Travis Wilson, WR, Oklahoma
    If he's healthy, there's no reason why Wilson can't compete with Jamaar Taylor and David Tyree for the third receiver spot.

    88. Chicago Bears
    Terna Nande, OLB, Miami (OH)
    Nande should certainly provide better depth at outside linebacker than Leon Joe and Joe Odom.

    89. Carolina Panthers
    Dominique Byrd, TE, USC
    The Panthers' tight ends are decent enough to allow Byrd to take his time developing for the next level.

    90. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Greg Blue, OLB/S, Georgia
    Blue could benefit from a shift to outside linebacker in Tampa's Cover Two defense.

    91. Cincinnati Bengals
    Orien Harris, DT, Miami
    Signing Sam Adams is great, but more depth at defensive tackle would not be a bad idea.

    92. Jacksonville Jaguars
    Anthony Smith, FS, Syracuse
    Starters seem fine, but the Jags are in trouble if Nick Sorensen has to get on the field outside of special teams.

    93. Atlanta Falcons (f/DEN)
    Dee Webb, CB, Florida
    Falcons have a pressing need at cornerback and Dee Webb has the physical skills to develop into a quality defender.

    94. Indianapolis Colts
    Greg Eslinger, C, Minnesota
    Colts get great value on a solid interior lineman like Eslinger late in the third.

    95. Minnesota Vikings (f/SEA)
    Jerious Norwood, RB, Mississippi State
    Norwood has the speed and hands to be a solid receiving option out of the backfield in Brad Childress' offense.

    96. Pittsburgh Steelers
    Parys Haralson, OLB, Tennessee
    Has great speed off the edge as a pass rusher, and would be a nice fit as an outside linebacker in Blitzburg.

    97. New York Jets (comp)
    Brodie Croyle, QB, Alabama
    Injury history may scare the Jets a bit, but Croyle is clearly the best quarterback on the board at this point.


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    Re: Nick's "Only Three Weeks to Go" Early April Three-Round Mock Draft

    Nick you are a god. That is a great draft for us! Except I'd like to see Mark Anderson, Roman Harper or Devin Hester in Round 3. Overall Great Rams drafT!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RamsFan16
    Nick you are a god. That is a great draft for us! Except I'd like to see Mark Anderson, Roman Harper or Devin Hester in Round 3. Overall Great Rams drafT!
    Hester went bottom of round two. Anderson was an option but I felt TE was a bigger need area. Harper wasn't really a consideration after landing Huff.

    Needless to say, there's a certain amount of luck involved in how things ended up for the Rams, but I don't think the situation is at all implausible.
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    Re: Nick's "Only Three Weeks to Go" Early April Three-Round Mock Draft

    I like this draft a lot, but like RF16 said; I think Anderson would be a great pickup in the third. With Little aging and Hargrove still being young, he would be a great addition especially with his ability to play LB. I would probably select him and then target David Thomas later on.

    Also, whats the story on Claude Wroten? Coming into the offseason I thought that he was one of the better DTs available and was almost certain that he would be gone in the second. He seems to have dissapeared though. Whats the story there?
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    Re: Nick's "Only Three Weeks to Go" Early April Three-Round Mock Draft

    Good draft for us. I thought Thomas Howard was a weakside LB but if we did pick him we would probably have one of the fastest linebacker corps in the league.Btw claude wroten has serious off the field issues (drugs i believe).
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    Re: Nick's "Only Three Weeks to Go" Early April Three-Round Mock Draft

    I like it. Huff and Howard in the first two rounds would really strengthen the defense. That third round is a tough call. I'd like Fasano or any of the three you have going right after him (Mark Anderson, Maurice Drew, Roman Harper).

    I hadn't heard about the off the field issues with Wroten. If that's true, I wouldn't be surprised if he falls even further; otherwise I'd have him going before McCargo.

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    Re: Nick's "Only Three Weeks to Go" Early April Three-Round Mock Draft

    i can't see denny green passing up on huff or ngata at the #10 spot, mainly because he's on the hot chair there in 'zona...i think he'll want a player that can fill a starters spot immediately to contribute this season...

    having said that, i'd really love to see huff drop to us...

    in the 2nd rd., i'd rather we pick john mccargo DT, abdul hodge MLB or marcedes lewis TE...

    howard is a physical specimen...with blinders on...he showed it in the senior bowl practices and the game itself...his lack of instincts and ball skills negate the straight line speed he is endowed with...

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    Re: Nick's "Only Three Weeks to Go" Early April Three-Round Mock Draft

    Quote Originally Posted by rampete
    howard is a physical specimen...with blinders on...he showed it in the senior bowl practices and the game itself...his lack of instincts and ball skills negate the straight line speed he is endowed with...
    Instincts and ball skills can be taught and can improve with experience. Speed, ability, and athleticism are harder to acquire. Howard, who I believe has the size to potentially play at SAM linebacker but would have to get stronger, would develop well under Haslett in our defense.
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    Re: Nick's "Only Three Weeks to Go" Early April Three-Round Mock Draft

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick
    Instincts and ball skills can be taught and can improve with experience. Speed, ability, and athleticism are harder to acquire. Howard, who I believe has the size to potentially play at SAM linebacker but would have to get stronger, would develop well under Haslett in our defense.
    you may very well be correct, considering that's what the pundits said about witherspoon when he was drafted...although i tend to think that instincts is the one variable that can't be taught...but can improve with experience...

    i do like his size at 6'3" and 240...kinda reminds me of arrington...

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    Re: Nick's "Only Three Weeks to Go" Early April Three-Round Mock Draft

    Quote Originally Posted by rampete
    you may very well be correct, considering that's what the pundits said about witherspoon when he was drafted...although i tend to think that instincts is the one variable that can't be taught...but can improve with experience...

    i do like his size at 6'3" and 240...kinda reminds me of arrington...
    I really wrestled between Howard and Hodge, to be honest with you. Due to the talent that was still available in the early second, Howard was dropping, and I started to wonder who I'd pick if I had the choice between he and Hodge.

    But it seems to me that the Rams sound pretty committed to using Witherspoon at MLB, and that essentially gave Howard the edge. Not that Hodge couldn't play strong side (that's an enitrely different discussion), but it'd be a transition for him that we could avoid with a guy like Howard.

    Also, I tried to at least acknowledge Howard's inexperience against top level competition by saying that he could be an opening-day starter rather than he will be one.

    As for the Cutler to Arizona issue, it comes down to value. If the Cardinals have Cutler valued as a top five pick, whereas Huff and Ngata are ranked in the 6-10 area, then value may win out, especially with nothing really behind Warner. Yes, Green will want to start accumulating wins and could seek a player who will get on the field faster, but after signing Kendrick Clancy at DT and with a Pro Bowl caliber safety already in the backfield, I just thought Cutler was too good for them to pass up.
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    Re: Nick's "Only Three Weeks to Go" Early April Three-Round Mock Draft

    Hey Nick, I wasn't on this board last year during the draft. Just wondering what players did you think the rams were going to select in last year's draft.

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    Re: Nick's "Only Three Weeks to Go" Early April Three-Round Mock Draft

    Quote Originally Posted by Rampage39
    Hey Nick, I wasn't on this board last year during the draft. Just wondering what players did you think the rams were going to select in last year's draft.
    I was really hoping for RT Jammal Brown for the Rams in round one to shore up their offensive line. Barron was a more than welcomed substitution. I don't recall what other first round options I had pegged as possibilities, so perhaps someone with a better memory can assist me. I liked CB Justin Miller out of Clemson as well, and I was rather surprised to see him fall that far. I actually at the time would have liked to see the Rams take him over Bartell in the second. Not sure if I still feel that way.

    In the second round, I liked LB Kevin Burnett, OG David Baas, S Brodney Pool, and S Josh Bullocks. In fact, I remember being jealous of the Saints for having the exact first two rounds I wanted (Jammal Brown and Josh Bullocks). But I also had SS Ernest Shazor and CB Brandon Browner pegged as second or at worst third round guys. I'd prefer to forget about those claims, heh...

    In 2004, I was very high on TE Ben Watson (moreso than TE Ben Troupe) and OG Justin Smiley. I wasn't a big proponent of taking a RB in the first (that was all Av, as I can remember), but I also didn't expect to see Steven Jackson available where he was. I also liked S Sean Joens out of Georgia, who went to the Browns and hasn't done much there, DB Matt Ware out of UCLA, drafted by the Eagles, and FS Will Allen of Ohio State, selected by Tampa Bay. And I remember being disappointed that FB Mike Karney went only a few picks ahead of us in the fifth round (ironically, to New Orleans I believe), because he was a guy I thought could be a solid player in the running game.
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    Re: Nick's "Only Three Weeks to Go" Early April Three-Round Mock Draft

    Mmmm. I also like it. Very lucky, imo for huff to fall in the first. But, if you say so.

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    Re: Nick's "Only Three Weeks to Go" Early April Three-Round Mock Draft

    id be more than happy for us to get them 3 with our first day picks and like a 5 year old on christmas morning if we then picked up mike degory in the fourth!!!

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    Re: Nick's "Only Three Weeks to Go" Early April Three-Round Mock Draft

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsFan16
    Nick you are a god. That is a great draft for us! Except I'd like to see Mark Anderson, Roman Harper or Devin Hester in Round 3. Overall Great Rams drafT!

    i made mock drafts the other day and i had FS harper, DE anderson, CB hester too......... i wish we got two extra 3rd rounds, 2nd, or 1st round picks instead of 2 extra 7th rounds

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