Thursday, April 29, 2010

NFC East Draft Grades


I already briefly covered a couple NFC East teams and my thoughts on their drafts, but I wanted to step back and take a look at what many consider to be the best division in the NFL. Sorry, Old Man, but I'll put the NFC East as a whole up against your AFC South any day.

DALLAS COWBOYS - B

As much as it pains me to admit it, the Cowboys actually did a solid job in this year's draft. They stole WR Dez Bryant (a top-15 talent) at #24 because of character concerns, and he should be a nice fit to start opposite Miles Austin right away. I think we can all assume that Roy Williams is on his way out in Dallas. They got a nice inside linebacker in Sean Lee in the 2nd round, and he might be able to contribute with a little work. Probably a backup and special teamer right now. I'm not too familiar with the rest of their thin draft class, but I know that OT Sam Young spent a long time protecting the blind side of Notre Dame quarterbacks, and he could end up paying off as a 6th round pick. Dallas went for value over position and it should help out in the long run.

NEW YORK GIANTS - C+

The Giants went back to the well again in this draft and chose defensive line help with their first two selections with Jason Pierre-Paul and Linval Joseph. I'm not too high on these guys, and I think the G-Men could have done more by trading back for someone like LB Sean Weatherspoon in the 1st round. I also think DE Derrick Morgan will have a better career than Pierre-Paul, who has all the makings of a guy who can either explode or implode in the NFL. I do like the middle of their draft, as they nabbed safety/relief pitcher extraordinaire Chad Jones in the 3rd, LB Phillip Dillard in the 4th and OG Mitch Petrus in the 5th. Dillard is the guy who could make the biggest impact in this group of guys, Petrus can probably lift a truck, and Jones has a wicked slider on the hill. That last one might not be important to Giants fans, but I'm a baseball guy too.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES - A-

As I said in my original recap of the draft, I really like what the Eagles did. They racked up 13 picks, drafted quality players, and gave the Redskins Donovan McNabb (I like that one from a more biased point of view). Earl Thomas would have been great at #13, but DE/LB Brandon Graham should be a stud too and a nice pass rushing complement to Trent Cole. 2nd round pick Nate Allen has a lot of potential at safety and projects as a starter very soon. But my favorite part of this draft was the bulk of solid players that were taken in late rounds, such as CB Trevard Lindley, DE/LB Ricky Sapp, RB Charles Scott, WR Riley Cooper, DT Jeff Owens and SS Kurt Coleman. All of these players had success in college, and it's easy to take chances when you have 13 picks. Only thing that doesn't seem right was the Mike Kafka pick. That one was a little odd. Maybe Eagles fans already tried to kick Kevin Kolb outta town.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS - B

Like I said before, there's not much to talk about here. OT Trent Williams was a solid pick and a good fit, but I can't help but thinking that the 'Skins passed on the best O-Lineman in the draft. No picks after that until the 4th round because of the McNabb trade and the Jeremy Jarmon pick in last year's supplemental draft, but I count those as two wins. LB Perry Riley (4th round) can help out with depth in the middle of the new 3-4 defense, and Adam Carriker (who was acquired from the Rams for a 5th rounder) might start at defensive end. A lot of depth guys were taken this year, and my favorite is OT Selvish Capers. This guy should not have been available in the 7th round, and projects as an athletic right tackle who can develop into a starter (especially on this O-Line). I think the 'Skins did a solid job with the limited picks that they had.

BEST DRAFTEE -
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES R:1 P:13 Brandon Graham, DE/LB Michigan

Graham was my top-rated linebacker on the board but functions just as well as a defensive end. He should be as good as former teammate Lamarr Woodley in Pittsburgh.

BIGGEST STEAL -
WASHINGTON REDSKINS R:7 P:231 Selvish Capers, OT West Virginia

The guy can play and has limited experience on the offensive line (converted tight end), but spent a couple years paving the way for Pat White, Steve Slaton and Noel Devine. If he makes the team and learns a few things about zone blocking, he has the potential to be a good starter in the NFL.

FUTURE BUST -
NEW YORK GIANTS R:1 P:15 Jason Pierre-Paul, DE South Florida

It's not easy to call a 1st round pick a bust so quickly and I'm not totally convinced about it, but there are so many things about this guy that worry me. Limited experience (as opposed to Capers who won't start right away), iffy technique, too much reliance on pure athleticism. If he gets lost and doesn't have the mindset to be patient, he won't make it far in this league.

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AFC North Draft Grades


Do you miss the days of hard-nosed football? Do you miss those days where there were no pass interference calls until the ball was in the air, those days where the way to win a game was to run the ball and stop the run, or those days where, basically, being a pussy was not allowed? Unfortunately I wasn't even born when that was the way football was played. In fact, the Baltimore Ravens weren't even a team. Regardless, these teams have been trying to keep that tradition going, and they held strong in the draft. Here is my draft grade of the AFC North.

Baltimore Ravens: A-

I really think the personnel department for the Baltimore Ravens did their job. The Ravens didn't have a first round pick (their first pick came in at 43 in the second round), yet they were still able to get a lot of talent. Their first three choices were stellar. I am surprised they were able to get all three. Sergio Kindle (baffling to me) fell all the way into the second round. Kindle will provide excellent rush off the edge. Terrence Cody, probably the best value pick out of the AFC North will help control the trenches so those dominant Raven linebackers will be able to run freely. Then, with the third pick, the Ravens draft Ed Dickson, the tight end out of Oregon. He adds much needed firepower to help Flacco to reach his potential. This could be Baltimore's breakout season if these draftees play well, which they should.

Cincinnati Bengals: B-

A lot of people complained about the pick the Jaguars made in taking Tyson Alualu at the 10 spot. However, how can you draft Jermaine Gresham with the #21 pick? He did not play a down of football last season. I know Palmer needs some more weapons in the passing game, but that is all Gresham provides. He is definitely a talent, but being a one-dimensional tight end who hasn't played in over a year should not warrant a first round pick. However, the rest of the draft class looks really strong. The value is tremendous with their pair of third round picks in Jordan Shipley and Brandon Ghee. Shipley can become an immediate starter with a fairly weak wide receiver corps. Looks like Palmer got the weapons he needed, but that first round pick bothers me. There were so many better players on the board.

Cleveland Browns: B

Drafting the best corner prospect out of an immensely deep defensive draft will surely help you. Joe Haden will be an instant starter and be one of the top corners in the league by the year's end. TJ Ward out of Oregon should also help that defense. Although most see Colt McCoy as the Brown's future, I ain't buying it. He can win. So can Tebow. But if you can't make the throws, you can't play quarterback in the NFL. McCoy doesn't have the strongest of arms, and (unlike Tebow) isn't something you can really work on. You're either blessed with a strong arm or not. McCoy doesn't have it. The short game can only work for so long. However, Montario Hardesty and Larry Asante were great picks. Hardesty is the typical cold-weather type back. Hardesty may not be the fastest, but he can run. Asante, even though a fifth rounder, will help in that porous secondary. He may not be an immediate starter, but will be a contributor nonetheless. Cleveland is collecting talent, and look to be one good draft and a (serious) quarterback away from playoff contenders.

Pittsburgh Steelers: C+

The Steelers' need some type of pick-me-up after the off-field shenanigans of Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes. Well, free-agency didn't help and the draft surely didn't do it either. They were able to get some big name guys, like Maurkice Pouncey, but none are definitely flashy. Not that that is a bad thing, there's just no "wow" to the Steelers' draft class. If you know anything about Pittsburgh, though, it's that they can maximize their player's potential. They are probably one of the best teams to be able to do that. Unfortunately, the Steelers have lost that edge since they lost Cowher.

Steal of the Draft: Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
Bust of the Draft: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida

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AFC East Draft Grades: His Hoodedness Baffles the World...Again


Successfully predicting a New England Patriot draft class is about as easy as knowing what the !*@# is ever going on in Lost. Literally impossible. They defy the conventional, trade down about a bazillion times, and draft players that make Todd McShay and Mel Kiper crap bricks.

But for a Patriot fan like myself, even though sitting through a Belichick draft is more entertaining than watching that acid trip excuse of a TV Show (Seriously what the crap happened since season 2?), it's still nerve-racking as hell. Why? Because the Pats never draft the position they need the most, and trade further and further down as each draft progresses. Sure they load up on picks. And sure they supposedly draft "the best player available". But neither strategy has paid dividends the past 3 years, as New England has seen countless veteran pieces of the dynasty days (2001-04, and 07 too) disappear.

Yet despite all the strange happenings come every draft day in New England, in "Big Balls Bill" we still (blindly) trust year after year. Here's hoping that the newest Patriots pay dividends down the road.

Rant aside, here are my AFC East Draft Grades.

BUFFALO BILLS - D+

After another crappy draft, the Bills once again proved that EVERYONE circles the wagons better than their sorry asses. When your team has no offensive line and a pathetic quarterback, taking a running back like C.J. Spiller (no matter how good) is mind boggling. Especially when you already have two capable running backs in Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch. Even more so when there's like 200 capable first round linemen/Qbs, and whatever the hell else this pathetic franchise needs (still a lot). There's a reason the Bills are always in the toilet...and once again they proved it draft day. Steve Tasker is not walking through that door children.

MIAMI DOLPHINS - C+

A couple weeks ago, I said this is the draft that would win or lose the 2010 AFC East Crown for the Miami Dolphins. But unfortunately for them I don't think they got the job done. Jared Odrick was actually a pretty good pick round 1 as a DE in the 3-4 scheme of the 'Phins, but passing up on a pass rushing OLB like Sergio Kindle out of Texas will come to haunt them in 2010 (especially after losing Jason Taylor and the man once known as Joey Porter). Utah's Koa Misi (taken 40th overall) may be the guy, but Miami will regret no taking Kindle.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS - B


I wasn't that thrilled with New England's first day selection of Rutgers CB Devin McCourty. Sure he's an athletic corner and special teams ace, but the Patriots had more holes than the Iraqi Navy entering the draft and CB was not a priority. However, the Pats more than made up for it Day 2 and 3. 2nd round Tight End Rob Gronkowski out of Arizona is an absolute monster...6-5 260 with Jason Witten like skills...the only problem is if he can stay healthy (he missed all of 2009 after back surgery). Then the Pats started loading up on Florida Gators. SMART. OLB Jermaine Cunningham, ILB Brandon Spikes, and TE Aaron Hernandez (round 4) gave New England some much, much needed depth and serious talent. GATOR BALL BABY. All in all, after bringing home 12 picks...the Pats got tons of bodies. The question is whether any of these guys can step up and bring them back to the promised land.

NEW YORK JETS - B


As much as I hate the "Clown Car", the J-E-T-S did a pretty good job draft day considering the late (and few) picks they had. Landing Boise State corner Kyle Wilson was an absolute steal at 29, and with Darrell Revis there to mentor him, Wilson will have himself a hell of a career. Well, as long as Antonio Cromartie teaches Kyle that interceptions are a more important stat than having 200 kids (and counting). Versatile (and underrated) lineman Vladimir Ducasse (out of UMass round 2) can play tackle or guard for the Jets. I didn't really get the draft day trade of Leon Washington (why is everyone getting shipped off for 5th rounders?), but USC's Joe McKnight in round 4 (a guy who maybe underachieved in college but still has tremendous talent) was a good pickup. He'll need to step up big for New York.

BEST DRAFTEE -
BUFFALO BILLS R1 P9 - C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson


When you have a top 10 pick, it's hard to NOT land the best player possible in your division. C.J. Spiller was not a big need for the Bills (with Fred Jackson and possibly traded Marshawn Lynch on board) but he's fast as hell and can pretty much do everything (run, catch, return). Except cover the gaping holes Buffalo has at pretty much every position.

BIGGEST STEAL -
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS R2 P42 - Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona


This guy was low on a lot of draft boards after missing all of 2009 due to back surgery. But when you're 6'5, 260 and have been compared to Jason Witten, you just might have a little bit of upside. Gronkowski will become one of Brady's go to guys by the end of 2010.

FUTURE BUST -
BUFFALO BILLS R2 P41 - Torrell Troup, DT, Central Florida


Hard to call a 2nd round pick a bust, but I have no idea what the hell the Bills saw in this guy, especially when entire-field clogging monster Terrence "Mount" Cody was still on the board. Horrible pick.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

AFC South Draft Grades


Arguably the best division in the NFL over the past few years, this draft was especially important. Both the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans are in decline. Don't let the Super Bowl appearance fool you. The Colts were barely winning games, and the majority of their wins came from the other teams' lack of ability to finish a game. The other two teams, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans, are on the rise. Houston finally got over the .500 hump last season, and this season the Texans are poised to be my division favorites. The Jaguars underwent a huge youth movement, solidifying a core of young talent that will be productive for years to come.
The depth of defensive players in this draft is staggering. Out of the 32 picks the AFC South had, only 9 were offensive players. Here are my draft grades:

Indianapolis Colts: B

Bill Polian has been the reason the Colts have been so dominate (I just died a little) this past decade. Polian knows exactly what he is doing, and has been able to get the perfect personnel to adapt to the changing NFL. He has been able to accrue players that exemplify the finesse style that the NFL has been barreling towards. That's just one more reason why I hate the Colts. Jerry Hughes out of TCU is another one of those players. Fast, athletic, quick, this guy is a serious presence coming off the edge. Polian took an Iowa LB with their 2nd pick. He's a solid 235lbs, and should beef up the middle of that defense somewhat. They're going to need it with two of the best run games in the NFL in the Jaguars (Maurice Jones-Drew) and Titans (Chris Johnson). With the Texan's acquisition of Ben Tate, the Colts are going to start needing some big guys to slow down these rushing attacks.

Jacksonville Jaguars: B+

At first, I was pretty disappointed with our draft class. Then I remembered Gene Smith's first draft last year. Jacksonville probably had the best draft last year. Smith is an ardent believer in BAP (Best Available Player), and he stayed true. No team drafting need is going to take four defensive linemen in their first four picks. The only reason people might think that the #10 pick was a "reach" is the neither Kiper nor McShay had him on their boards. Tyson Alualu will be a disruptive force for years to come, and I am really excited to see him play. There have been reports coming out that there were several teams trying desperately to move up to take him. Miami was also ready to pick him up at the 12 spot. Before I criticize a draft class, I want to seem them play. Unfortunately, I need to give my grade now. The reports on some of these guys, including the trade Smith made to bring over veteran LB Kirk Morrison from Oakland, are getting a lot of praise. The other lineman, like Larry Hart and Austin Lane, look to provide a lot of depth. 3rd round pick, D'Anthony Smith, looks to be the third long term fixture in the interior line (along with Alualu and Terrance "Potroast" Knighton from last year).

Houston Texans: A-

The Houston Texans have been on the brink of the playoffs for the past few years. It looks like they were on their way in, but having been swept by the Jaguars and failing to close against the Colts twice, they were unable to get their first playoff berth in team history. Fortunately, they seemed to have been in the best position when it came to the 201 NFL Draft. I feel they had the best draft out of a solid divisional draft. Having picked up Kareem Jackson to replace Dunta Robinson was a great move. They could have gone with corner Kyle Wilson, but they were able to properly evaluate a top corner in the powerhouse conference, the SEC. Ben Tate is another great addition to the Texan's offensive firepower. I believe they finally found a back that can take over late in a game and finish for them. Steve Slaton will be able to move to a more fitting role, as a third down/specialty back, while Tate steps in as the feature back. Their offense is as complete as there is in the NFL. They were also able to add some much needed depth to their defense with the majority of their draft picks. The biggest surprise was how late they were able to get Trindon Holliday out of LSU. This guy will be a premier kick returner for years to come. Getting a starting role filled in like that with only a 6th round pick is very impressive.

Tennessee Titans: B

The Titans haven't been the same since Albert Haynesworth left. They
re defense was just not as dominant and intimidating. With Kyle Vanden Bosch gone as well, they needed some help in their front seven to put that intimidation factor back. Unfortunately, I don't think Derrick Morgan is going to help that much, but he will be a solid anchor on that line. A dependable, blue-collar type defensive end, the Titans are going to be able to start relaxing (somewhat). Tennessee was also able to solidify their secondary with some talented players like Myron Rolle. I think the most interesting pick of the draft in the AFC South is their drafting of Rusty Smith out of FAU in the 6th round. It might not seem like much, as he is not a big, household name. However, I do feel it's a statement to their situation at quarterback. Everyone knows Collins is done, but I think this is putting a deadline on Vince Young. Smith will be a developmental guy, but could see some significant playing time in the pre-season. He'll probably sit on the bench for a year or two, and step in as the starter. Jeff Fisher knows Young isn't the answer, and is looking for his franchise guy. At 6'5" and 230lbs with a strong arm, this guy could grow into something worth to watch. He'll be no Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, but you won't need one when you have a back like Chris Johnson running the ball.

Steal of the Draft: Trindon Holliday, KR, LSU
Bust of the Draft: Damian Williams, WR, USC

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Draft Day Redemption in D.C.


With the PG Train starting up some chaos in Vegas and me playing some ball down in Connecticut, the Loudmouth staff couldn't come up with a timely recap of the 2010 NFL Draft. We'll try to make up for it.

I still haven't had a chance to do a complete analysis of every pick from Sam Bradford to Tim Toone/Gutter from PCU, but I do have some quick thoughts before I get to the boys from D.C.

While I couldn't look at every team's performance this weekend, I was very impressed by the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles. The Seahawks had top tackle Russell Okung fall into their lap at #6 after the Redskins and Chiefs both passed on him (more on that later), and probably filled their huge hole on at left tackle after Walter Jones retired. Then they waited patiently at #14 while teams made trades and risky picks (looking at you, Jags), and snagged the guy they had apparently been waiting for in safety Earl Thomas. Both players can start right away and provide an upgrade at two key positions.

The 'Hawks also stole WR Golden Tate in the 2nd round (who I think will turn out to be the #2 receiver in this draft class), and added some depth in later rounds (including reuniting TE Anthony McCoy with Pete Carroll).

The Eagles maintained their usual strategy by loading up on picks (13...wow), and I think they used them to their advantage for the most part. I have no problem with DE/LB Brandon Graham in the 1st round (even though Earl Thomas seemed like a lock there) and he should be able to contribute right away opposite Trent Cole. With the possible exception of QB Mike Kafka in the 4th round, the Iggles herded in a bunch of productive college players that could develop into decent pros. These include guys like CB Trevard Lindley, RB Charles Scott, DE/LB Ricky Sapp, WR Riley Cooper and SS Kurt Coleman. Solid job all around from the front office.

Now, on to the Redskins. Not much to talk about here in the way of draft picks, but that doesn't mean this weekend wasn't a success for Snyder and company. The Trent "Silverback" Williams pick might seem a little suspicious right now, but everyone seems to believe that he's a great fit for our blocking scheme and you know Shanahan is the guy that can eliminate those "work ethic" issues. I don't have a problem with it.

The 'Skins essentially used the 2nd round pick on Donovan McNabb, so I'm gonna go ahead and call that a winner too. No picks until the third day of the draft because of the Jeremy Jarmon pick in the supplemental draft last year, but some wheeling and dealing by GM Bruce Allen turned out pretty well in the later rounds. The 'Skins took LB Perry Riley to add some 3-4 inside linebacker depth, and added some O-Line depth with Eric Cook and Selvish Capers (a 7th round steal). Add Adam Carriker to that and there's a good crop of players coming to D.C. this year.

But the biggest story of the last day of the draft was Jason Campbell, who we banished to Oakland in exchange for a 4th rounder in 2012. This deal was a foregone conclusion when McNabb came to town, and I'm actually glad that Campbell has a real chance to start this year for the Raiders. He's a class act and was never treated fairly with the Redskins, so I hope he does well over there and shows those guys what a real QB looks like (not like this).

Did we get too little back for a guy with a career 82.3 QB rating and 17 more TDs than interceptions? I'll let you know in 2012.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Guess where I am....


Vegas for the weekend bitches...TIME TO DOMINATE ROULETTE. Meanwhile, enjoy the NFL Draft. Complete Recap of the whole damn thing Monday when I'm back.



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Thursday, April 22, 2010

NFL Draft 1st Round Live Chat


You ready for the Draft Bitches? AMEN.




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Saving the Best For Last...2010 NFL Mock Draft


Since I was just a wee boy, I've dominated in everything I've ever done. When babies were learning how to walk, I was running 4.2 40s. When tots were "playing" legos, i was building big ass buildings like some kind of genius architect. When kids were "playing" Pokemon, I caught like 200,000 of those friggin things. Straight up Domination. Winners win. Losers lose. I'm a born winner bro.

So Footsteps you dare to challenge me? The very man who concussioned your fool self on the gridiron? (Sorry about that btw) Child please. I ain't no replacement player like Shane Falco. THIS IS MY HOUSE.

Anyways, here's my Mock Draft. 32 for 32 Baby.

1.) St. Louis Rams - Sam Bradford, QB Oklahoma

QB's are so completely overvalued in NFL Drafts its not even funny. Football's a team game, and the Rams have more holes than the Iraqi Navy so they should probably look elsewhere. But you gotta start somewhere, (I guess). I'm not the biggest Bradford guy but apparently he looked good at Sooner pro day after that shoulder injury. Whatever.

2.) Detroit Lions - Ndamukong Suh, DT Nebraska

This guy's just a complete animal on the football field. His performance against Texas in the Big 12 Championship Game (4.5 sacks) was just complete domination on the field. He can get to the passer, stop the run, whatever. He's the best prospect in this class.

3.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Gerald McCoy, DT Oklahoma

Suh's better all around, but McCoy is perfect for the Buccaneer system. Doesn't have the strength Suh has (Suh had 32 bench reps v 23 for McCoy at combine) but makes up for it with speed an the ability to get to the QB.

4.) Washington Redskins - Trent Williams, OT Oklahoma

Was originally going with Russell Okung here until I read a report from Washington's beat writer that Williams is the better fit for D.C.'s zone blocking scheme. Whatever the case, they desperately need someone to protect McNabb. Who would've thought that 3 of the first 4 picks would be sooners?

5.) Kansas City Chiefs - Russell Okung, OT Oklahoma State

QB Matt Cassel's name may sound like castle, but the Chief's craptastic offensive line was anything but that in 2009. Luckily for this mess of a team, Okung slips to 5 to fill in a gaping hole on the O-Line. This pick would allow LT Brandon Albert to move back to his natural position at guard. 4 out of 5 picks from the state of Oklahoma...where the hell are my Gators?

6.) Seattle Seahawks - C.J. Spiller, RB Clemson

Most explosive offensive talent in this draft. Kid can run, catch, and probably is the closest thing to the greatest football movie character of all time.

7.) Cleveland Browns - Eric Berry, S Tennessee

Cleveland will be chomping at the bits to land Berry if he falls this far. According to scouting reports, he's a combination of Ed Reed's ball hawking skills (and ability to take a pick for 6) and Sean Taylor's big hits. Frightening.

8.) Oakland Raiders - Bruce Campbell, OT Maryland

What the hell did you expect? Campbell is 6'7, runs a 4.85 40, and did 2 more bench reps than Ndamukong Suh. Seeing as this buy is basically The Hulk, and given Raider history, Oakland will probably take the most physically gifted player available. Then again, Al Davis is more crazy than this guy. For all we know he'll draft a vending machine and stick him at tackle (and still won't know the difference). How the hell did this man get accepted into my school?

9.) Buffalo Bills - Jimmy Clausen, QB Notre Dame

Again, QB's are completely over-valued. Clausen and Bradford were mid to late first round picks at the beginning of April, but as teams began to panic realizing that their quarterbacks are all garbage their stock went insanely high. But the Bills do need a QB. May as well take one.

10.) Jacksonville Jaguars - Jason Pierre-Paul, DE South Florida

Jacksonville's pass rush was completely pathetic last year. Ends Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves were pathetic (Groves has since been shipped off) and the Jags could generate absolutely no pressure whatsoever (14 sacks). Meanwhile, Jason Pierre Paul is practically a clone of the "Superfreak" Jevon Kearse. He's 6'6 260 but runs a 4.64 40 and has unlimited upside. DRAFT THIS MAN.

11.) Denver Broncos - Rolando McClain, MLB Alabama

The Giants might try to move up and snag McClain. And they should damn well try. McClain was the best player on Alabama's 2009 National Title team, with killer speed, instincts, and absurd hitting power.

12.) Miami Dolphins - Sergio Kindle, OLB Texas

Bill Parcells loves pass-rushing OLBs in the mold of Lawrence Taylor. Kindle isn't quite that talented, but he'll be a damn good replacement after the Fish got rid of Jason Taylor and Joey Porter.

13.) San Francisco 49ers - Joe Haden, CB Florida

Don't let the awful pro day fool you. Joe Haden is a beast at corner, and will be an immediate contributor for a craptastic secondary.

14.) Seattle Seahawks - Taylor Mays, S Southern California

I'm not sure if his draft stock is that high, but how often do pro coaches have the chance to draft a first round caliber player who played in their system that very same year? Pete Carroll would love to reunite with his old safety.

15.) New York Giants - Derrick Morgan, DE Georgia Tech

They may not get McClain, but the pass rush is something Big Blue absolutely must address unless they want to get their asses handed to them like they were for the entire 2nd half of 2009. Where Jason Pierre Paul is mostly upside, Morgan is a guy who can step in right away for the G-Men and contribute at end.

16.) Tennessee Titans - Earl Thomas, CB/S Texas

Thomas has top 10 talent, not to mention uber-valuable versatility as a hybrid safety/corner, and would be a fantastic addition to a pass defense that went to crap immediately after I said the Titan secondary would be the NFL's best in 2009.

17.) San Francisco 49ers - Bryan Bulaga, OT Iowa

The Niner are apparently content with the pathetic Alex Smith at QB, so San Fran may as well protect his loser ass. Bryan Bulaga is top 10 talent to many, (Not Me) and with him still on the board they better well take him.

18.) Pittsburgh Steelers - Mike Iupati, G Idaho

Pittsburgh's offensive line is notorious for giving up 50 sacks a season the past few years. While that may have been Ben Roethlisberger's fault for holding the ball too long, the Steel City needs help on the interior line, and Iupati is the best guard in the draft.

19.) Atlanta Falcons - Jerry Hughes, DE Texas Christian

Hotlanta needs an outside linebacker. Hotlanta needs a defensive end. Jerry Hughes is both, and his versatility will give some weaponry to a weak Falcon D.

20.) Houston Texans - Ryan Matthews, RB Fresno State

Steve Slaton was a revelation for the Texans in 2008, but injuries and fumble problems sent him back to earth in 2009. In my opinion, Slaton is more of a change of pace guy, so spelling him with a workhorse back like Matthews would make Houston's offense even better than it already is.

21.) Cincinnati Bengals - Dez Bryant, WR Oklahoma State

The Bengals need a receiver. Half the Bengals have character issues. HELLO DEZ BRYANT. Honestly, I think the Bengals would land a great talent if they took Bryant because his supposed "character issues" were ridiculously overblown.

22.) New England Patriots - Jared Odrick, DT Penn State

The Pats need a lot of help in this years draft. They need an outside linebacker, tight end, wide receiver...ugh it's just sickening to list all the help that they need. But the key to the Pats defense, the root of their problems in 2009, is the defensive line. They have 2 outstanding anchors in place with Vince Wilfork and Ty Warren, but there's a huge hole in the spot where Richard Seymour once stood, a hole that was exploited to death in 2009. Jared Odrick, a tackle who can play end in the Pats 3-4 scheme would be the best pick for New England to revamp their front. ONWARD TO VICTORY.

23.) Green Bay Packers - Anthony Davis, OT Rutgers

Considering how good a season Aaron Rodgers had in 2009, he was getting massacred in the backfield play after play after play to the tune of 51 sacks, the most allowed in the NFL. Give this man a freaking line! Anthony Davis can fill in at left tackle, and at least try to hold off Vikings end Jared Allen.

24.) Philadelphia Eagles - Maurkice Pouncey, G/C Florida

Philly needs some interior linemen to protect new starting QB Kevin Kolb, and Pouncey's versatility gives the birds some much needed depth on the line.

25.) Baltimore Ravens - Kyle Wilson, CB Boise State

Baltimore may have Ed Reed patrolling the deep, but their corners aren't very good. Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb don't scare anyone, and seeing as they may be on the physically unable to perform list to start off the season, they should address this position in the draft. Kyle Wilson drew rave reviews at the Senior Bowl and would be a good snag here.

26.) Arizona Cardinals - Brandon Graham, DE/OLB Michigan

After getting completely crapped on by free agency during the off-season, the Cardinals need everything. Literally everything. And with Graham available this late, the Cardinals would be smart to pick an OLB in their 3-4 set to improve their depth. They did sign Joey Porter over the off-season, but they need depth seeing as the position was ravaged by injury in 2009.

27.) Dallas Cowboys - Rodger Saffold, T/G Indiana

Saffold isn't a guy that many of heard of. He played on a crappy team at Indiana, where his versatility on the line was the only thing almost worth watching for the Hoosiers. But he had a great Senior Bowl, could play left tackle to replace the now gone Flozell Adams, or sit in at guard. A great value pick to bolster the line for Boy Nation.

28.) San Diego Chargers - Dan Williams, DT Tennessee

Williams could go, way, way higher than this if a team values his skills as a 3-4 nose tackle enough. But should he fall all the way to 28, San Diego will swipe him immediately. The Chargers need a mammoth nose tackle like this guy after releasing Jamal Williams during the off-season.

29.) New York Jets - Everson Griffen, DE/OLB Southern California

Vernon Gholston was a bust, and newly signed Jason Taylor wasn't very effective as a pass rushing OLB in the Dolphins 3-4 system last year. So basically, the one thing the Jets do need on defense is another pass rusher on the edge. Griffen struggled with consistency at USC, but he was talented enough to get playing time there, so you know he has talent.

30.) Minnesota Vikings - Sean Witherspoon, OLB Missouri

The Vikings have needs at corner, and maybe at QB seeing as Brett Favre is once again being a complete jackass and holding off announcing his comeback (which he will) so he can sit on his ass sporting his wranglers instead of going to Training Camp. Regardless, the Vikings could use depth at OLB and Witherspoon is the best player left at this point on my board.

31.) Indianapolis Colts - Terrence Cody, DT Alabama

NEWSFLASH: The Colts defensive line is about as intimidating as a bunch of rainbow colored fairies. Wow, they have two defensive ends that can't do anything but run 10 yards up field and leave huge gaps for the run game. Enter Terrence Cody. This 6'5 360 pound load could play a big role in making Indy's pathetic run defense into a real unit. And he probably would never have to even move.

32.) New Orleans Saints - Carlos Dunlap, DE Florida

"DUI" Dunlap has exceptional athletic talent for such a big man at DE (6'6 290lbs). But in case you didn't know, he's a complete idiot, as evidenced by his DUI the week of the SEC Championship Game which resulted in his suspension. He's either gonna be a gem or a coach killer his entire career. I'm thinking landing with N'Orleans is the best case scenario for him.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Who Needs Research When You Have Biased Opinions? A 2010 Mock Draft



I don't like research, so this is probably not going to be the best mock draft according to research, and time, and all that crap. It will end up being correct though, don't you worry.

With the 2010 Draft tomorrow, here is my mock draft:

1) St. Louis Rams - Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

Spagnulo's background is defense, so how can anyone consider him passing on the best defensive prospect in a deep defensive draft? To be completely honest, I think the Redskins are going to try and trade up to snatch Bradford. Plus, how cool is the name Ndamukong Suh?

2) Detroit Lions - Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

The Lions already have their franchise quarterback...not a very good one, but they still have him. The Lions are going to need some help on defense, and McCoy looks like their best bet.

3) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

Three defensive linemen for the first three picks? Sure, why the hell not? Tampa Bay is anemic on the line, and the game is won in the trenches, so they're going to go for the best available defensive lineman. Williams can be a long term anchor for a rebuilding Tampa Bay.

4) Washington Redskins - Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

The Redskins won't need to trade up since Bradford will fall. Shanahan needs a young quarterback. McNabb isn't going to play forever. Russell Okung is a serious contender for this pick since next year's draft is going to be loaded with talent at the quarterback position.

5) Kansas City Chiefs - Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State

You got to get the big guys early, and this is the best offensive big buy. Best pure pass-blocker. How can you pass on this guy? The answer is, you can't.

6) Seattle Seahawks - C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

The most explosive player in this draft is staring you right in the face. Seattle has two picks in the first round and are in desperate need to find a young left tackle. They are going to get Spiller now, in hopes that one of the less flashy offensive lineman will still be around come pick 14.

7) Cleveland Browns - Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

Cleveland needs a lot of help in their secondary. This pick is going to come down between Berry and Joe Haden from Florida.

8) Oakland Raiders - Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

It's Al Davis. What could you possibly expect?

9) Buffalo Bills - Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

The Bills have talent at the quarterback level with Trent Edwards. He's definitely a talent, he just needs a line, and Buffalo is going to address that concern with the number nine pick.

10) Jacksonville Jaguars - Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

My beloved Jaguars are going to stick to the BAP philosophy of Gene Smith, and I got a feeling Clausen is high up on his value board. They're going to look to trade down, but if they do make the pick, Clausen is a guy who has all the tools with the attitude needed to play the quarterback position in the NFL.

11) Denver Broncos - Joe Haden, CB, Florida

With Bryant off the table (why would you trade Marshall only to draft Bryant), the Broncos are going to look for a new corner to apprentice aging Champ Bailey. Rolando McClain could also be a high possibility here.

12) Miami Dolphins - Brandon Graham, LB/DE, Michigan

The Dolphins have a chance at becoming the team to beat in the AFC East, and they only need a solid pass-rusher at LB. Jason Taylor will be missed, but not for long since Graham will prove to be a worthy replacement.

13) San Francisco 49ers - Earl Thomas, S, Texas

Some consider Thomas to be the best safety in the draft, and even if he isn't, picking him at 13 is a steal for his value and talent.

14) Seattle Seahawks - Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

Here's the big guy they were waiting for, and it was definitely worth the risk to draft Spiller first. Seattle has a young group of players to build the future on with Charlie Whitehurst at QB. Don't forget Pete Carroll is back in the NFL, so all this talent will most likely go to waste.

15) New York Giants - Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida

The talent is just ridiculous to pass up on, and Coughlin won't let that happen. Pierre-Paul is a developmental guy that should be worth the patience. Not to mention he can fit in both as a rushing back in the 3-4 scheme or a RE in a 4-3.

16) Tennessee Titans - Tim Tebow, QB, Florida

This is my surprise, wild card, whatever-you-wanna-call-it pick. The Titans need a new quarterback, and they definitely have the balls to make this pick. It would make sense. I hated Tebow all through college, so it would make sense he would go to another team I hate (probably be just as successful)

17) San Francisco 49ers - Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama

McClain dropped really far. Especially for being such an incredible athlete and leader of the National Champions last year. However, McClain will be an excellent compliment to Patrick Willis.

18) Pittsburgh Steelers - Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State

I like this fit. The Steelers' secondary was more than atrocious last year, and this guy could be the beginning of fixing that. I wouldn't be surprised if the Steelers try to trade up into the top 10 to get a new quarterback though.

19) Atlanta Falcons - Mike Iupati, G, Idaho

Even though the Falcons' greatest concerns are on defense, their best option is to draft Iupati. Plus, you want a guy thats proven to be a masher. He'll be leading the way for Michael Turner for a long time to come.

20) Houston Texans - Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers

They are almost there. In fact, I think they are there. The Texans, as much as I hate to say it, are going to be AFC South champs this coming year. With a solid addition on defense, they could become very close to the complete package.

21) Cincinnati Bengals - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech

The Bengals lack any consistent offensive fire power. This could take a lot of pressure off of Ochoc...Chad Johnson.

22) New England Patriots - Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State

I don't know what PG Train thinks about this one, but it looks like their best fit with the players given. They need a traditional back. Laurence Maroney is on his way out ,and Matthews will be a good compliment to Kevin Faulk.

23) Green Bay Packers - Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State

I've watched Robinson play, and I truly believe he is one of the best corners in this draft. The Packers need somone to become their new hallmark player in the secondary.

24) Philadelphia Eagles - Maurkice Pouncey, C/G, Florida

The Eagles are in a youth movement having got rid of both McNabb and Westbrook. A solid interior lineman would be a great building black for a successful team.

25) Baltimore Ravens - Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama

The Ravens are looking to fill the gap in their interior defensive line after a brutal loss in free agency. If Cody can control his weight, he'll be a long-term fixture. If not...does Gilbert Brown ring a bell for anyone?

26) Arizona Cardinals - Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida

Dunlap is another solid defensive end in a highly touted defensive draft. This guy isn't going to get 15+ sacks a season, but he will be a reliable defender.

27) Dallas Cowboys - Charles Brown, OT, Souther California

If there was a C.J. Spiller or Ryan Matthews on the board, you can be sure Jerry Jones would go for him. Fortunately, there is not, so Jones will have to select a less flashy player, and Brown will be a good fit.

28) San Diego Chargers - Taylor Mays, S, Southern California

I'm not saying this is a good pick because it's not. The Chargers need to stay true to who they are, and I think Mays keeps that image going.

29) New York Jets - Jared Odrick, DE, Penn State

This guy can hold the point of attack so Rex Ryan's linebackers can easily pursue the quarterback. This Jets team should be scary next year, and Odrick will only add to that level of percieved intimidation.

30) Minnesota Vikings Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama

What they absolutely need is a quarterback that isn't Brett Favre. Unfortunately none of the remaining quarterbacks seem to have the value to be picked in the 1st round. So, the Vikings will look to Jackson, who had an outstanding season helping 'Bama to the National Championship.

31) Indianapolis Colts - Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri

Weatherspoon will fit in perfectly with the finesse, athletic defense of Indianapolis. Unfortunately, this pick will be removed since the Colts will finally be punished for all the crowd noise they've been pumping into their stadium. In fact, the Colts don't get any draft picks this year.

32) New Orleans Saints - Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

A solid and more than reliable defensive end will help solidify an average defense. Morgan will bring depth and stability to a much needed position in today's NFL.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Mock Draft Worthy of Emmitt Smith



As pointless as it may be to try to predict what's going to happen in the NFL Draft (even though we all know it's fun), my hours of research do have a purpose. I need to beat the PG Train.

Here at Loudmouth Football, we have a little contest to see how many picks we can get right, and safe to say it's more than a little friendly game. So without any more rambling (I don't think you'd get that guarantee from the Train), here's my best guess at how the first round is gonna play out on Thursday.

1. St. Louis Rams - Sam Bradford, QB Oklahoma
The popular rebuilding strategy today seems to be to pick up a talented left tackle first, then draft your franchise quarterback. The Rams snagged Jason Smith last year with an eye on the future, and the future seems to be Bradford. There's usually some buzz about alternatives at this spot, but the Rams haven't shown any indication that they'll take anyone other than the Sooners QB.

2. Detroit Lions - Ndamukong Suh, DT Nebraska

After all of this franchise's bad luck over the years, it looks like the best defensive prospect since Julius Peppers (or Mario Williams) will fall into the Lions' lap at #2. Suh is a beast. Everyone knows this. He's also a class act, and I don't think Jim Schwartz and the Lions could live with themselves if they passed him up.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Gerald McCoy, DT Oklahoma
The top 3 seems to be locked in at this point, and even though the Bucs really want 'Runaround' Suh, you won't hear any complaining when they end up with McCoy. Not as strong as Suh, but maybe just as explosive, experts see McCoy as a future All-Pro. Like I said on my Big Board, let the career-long comparisons begin.

4. Washington Redskins - Trent Williams, OT Oklahoma
From the time that my 'Skins traded for McNabb until now, this pick looked to me like it would be lineman Russell Okung. But with Shanny's zone blocking scheme, Redskins insiders believe that Williams is the better fit, and have heard that Snyder and Co. prefer the giant Sooners left tackle. I think I'm OK with this, but I can't help thinking that we're passing up the best offensive lineman in the draft.

5. Kansas City Chiefs - Eric Berry, FS Tennessee
There's gonna be a lot of temptation to take an offensive lineman with this pick, especially since (in my mind) Okung will be available. But talents like Berry don't come around very often, and probably not since the Miami days of Sean Taylor (R.I.P.) and Ed Reed. Kansas City was pretty awful against the pass last season, and Berry can help fix that right away.

6. Seattle Seahawks - Russell Okung, OT Oklahoma State
Okung is the top O-lineman on many draft boards, and is probably the best all-around blocker available. Seattle would love him to drop down to #6, especially with Berry and Williams off the board at this point. He would be an ideal candidate to step in for Walter Jones and learn the blocking scheme from one of the NFL's best.

7. Cleveland Browns - Joe Haden, CB Florida
With Berry gone, the Browns will look to another incredible athlete to anchor their future secondary. People might say this is too high, but I say that's ridiculous. This is where Haden was supposed to go before his 40-time at the Combine, which we know was a fluke (he ran a low 4.4 at his Pro Day). He's a gifted athlete with ball skills and potential, and should be a big help in Cleveland. Keep an eye out for someone like C.J. Spiller here too, or maybe a rising 3-4 pass rusher.

8. Oakland Raiders - Bruce Campbell, OT Maryland
I really wanted to put Jason Pierre-Paul here, mainly because I don't want to see another Terp get banished to Oakland. I just don't see it happening. The Raiders love their size and speed, and really need help on the offensive line. It makes too much sense, even if it doesn't.

9. Buffalo Bills - Jimmy Clausen, QB Notre Dame
Don't worry, I'm not concerned about being unoriginal. The Bills need a lot of help at quarterback, and there's really no good reason why the Bills wouldn't take a chance on an NFL-ready talent like him to reboot their franchise. Unless of course they trade for "Everybody's Favorite QB" Jason Campbell.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars - Derrick Morgan, DE Georgia Tech
Here's the problem with the Jags' position: they pretty much need Tim Tebow. And since that clearly isn't an option here, they might need to make some moves (either down from here or up from the 2nd round) to land him. But if they do keep this pick, expect them to snag the top pass rusher available. Morgan is a consistent all-around stud, and the Jags should be happy to land him even if he won't bring fans to their games.

11. Denver Broncos - Rolando McClain, LB Alabama
Like I said in my Big Board, McClain has the intelligence to quarterback a complex defense, combined with Ray Lewis-type athleticism. He should scare people. He seems like a perfect fit in Denver's 3-4 defense, and should be as succesful as a guy like the Pats' Jerod Mayo in his rookie season.

12. Miami Dolphins - Dan Williams, DT Tennessee
With the addition of Brandon Marshall, wideout Dez Bryant is no longer the best option here. Instead, PG's pick to win the AFC East should look to either a pass rushing linebacker or a top nose tackle. I think Williams is the best fit. He's a monster inside that should be an upgrade for the Dolphins, and productive 3-4 tackles are rare this year.

13. San Francisco 49ers - Brian Bulaga, OT Iowa
Offensive line is a priority for the Niners and they'd love it if one of the top 3 tackles fell to this spot. Bulaga is solid and probably ready to step in right away at right tackle. Guys like C.J. Spiller as a complement to Gore or a dark horse like Kyle Wilson are possiblities, but look for the Niners to go safe for the first of their two picks.

14. Seattle Seahawks - C.J. Spiller, RB Clemson
With their top need filled earlier, the Seahawks should look to improve their struggling run game with pick #2. Look no further than Spiller. The guy is ridiculous, and can boost the return game as well. He has potential to be a top runner in the NFL, and that would take some pressure off of the unsure QB situation. D-Line is a strong possibility as well.

15. New York Giants - Sean Weatherspoon, LB Missouri
Yeah, this is a reach. Maybe the Giants are more likely to go D-Line here or trade down with a team looking for a certain Texas safety. But with McClain, Spiller, and Dan Williams gone, the Giants would have to take 'Spoon if they want to draft for position need. He fits the defensive scheme, and could contribute right away.

16. Tennessee Titans - Jason Pierre-Paul, DE/LB South Florida
Upside. Specimen. Freak. All words to describe Pierre-Paul...and Jevon Kearse. A premier pass rusher is a need for the Titans after losing Kyle Vanden Bosch, and the inexperienced Pierre-Paul can provide that boost. Maybe not right now, but like I said, the guy's got potential.

17. San Francisco 49ers - Kyle Wilson, CB Boise State
With their need at offensive tackle filled, the Niners nab Wilson to improve the secondary. The Boise State star is the consensus #2 corner, and this would be about the right spot for him to come off the board. Certain things could happen that could make Haden available, and he would be impossible to pass on here too.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers - Mike Iupati, OT/OG Idaho
If the Steelers are drafting for position, Iupati makes a lot of sense to help protect Big Ben and add some youth to the offensive line. If they're drafting for best available...Iupati would still make sense if they don't want to overload the defensive backfield. The guy is is huge, versatile, and has good mechanics, and my unofficial Steelers authority is a big fan.

19. Atlanta Falcons - Jerry Hughes, DE/LB TCU
I originally had another hybrid-type guy going here, but Hughes is rising up draft boards at just the right time. He is an exceptional pass rusher and is another freak athlete, and he can be used all around the field.

20. Houston Texans - Earl Thomas, FS Texas
Houston goes homegrown with this pick, and the stud (redshirt) sophomore is finally off the board. Thomas is capable of making huge plays for a defense that needs someone like that. Keep an eye out for running back (and goal-line threat) Ryan Mathews with this pick too.

21. Cincinnati Bengals- Dez Bryant, WR Oklahoma State
Andre Caldwell stepped up last year and the team signed Antonio Bryant, but the top wideout in this draft class (by a long shot) is too tempting to pass up here. Character issues (however trumped up they might be for Dez) are not exactly new to Cincy, so they take a chance on a potential Pro Bowler.

22. New England Patriots - Jared Odrick, DT/DE Penn State
Rumor is that PG Train's boys love this guy, and it's no surprise. Odrick is a great fit as a 5-technique in the 3-4 system. A pass rushing linebacker is a possibility even though Belichick doesn't have much of a history taking those guys.

23. Green Bay Packers - Brandon Graham, DE/LB Michigan
The Packers started to build their 3-4 defense through the draft last year, taking B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews. With Aaron Kampman gone, they could return to the well and take the best available player in Graham. I really like this guy as a prospect, and he could be as successful as former teammate Lamarr Woodley in Pittsburgh.

24. Philadelphia Eagles - Maurkice Pouncey, OG/C Florida
The Eagles love linemen, and taking Pouncey makes sense since he'd be one of the best players available here. He'd also inject some youth into a line that has to protect a young, inexperienced quarterback. Secondary help is another option, but anyone there would likely be a reach.

25. Baltimore Ravens - Jermaine Gresham, TE Oklahoma
Todd Heap hasn't been Todd Heap in a while. Truth is, Jermaine Gresham hasn't been Jermaine Gresham in a while either, but the Ravens would love to add another receiving threat to help Flacco out. If he can stay healthy, Gresham is a top talent at tight end.

26. Arizona Cardinals - Sergio Kindle, DE/LB Texas
Yeah Joey Porter's in town, but I don't think anyone believes he can last for more than a couple years at most. Kindle has Orakpo-type potential and if he follows suit, he could be a rookie Pro Bowler too.

27. Dallas Cowboys - Anthony Davis, OT Rutgers
There is no team I hate more than the Cowboys, but this would be a very smart pick if Davis was still available. Flozell is finally gone, and a top offensive tackle is now a priority for a team that doesn't have many needs. If they can overlook the questions surrounding Davis, he can be this team's starter for a long time.

28. San Diego Chargers - Terrence Cody, DT Alabama
Remember before when I said that top defensive tackles were a rarity this year? Cody probably counts for two or three of those. The "Mount" is large, and would be a nice replacement for Jamal Williams in San Diego. Plus, if they wanted to switch back to the 4-3, he could play both DT spots by himself. Ryan Mathews is an option here too.

29. New York Jets - Linval Joseph, ECU
Jason Taylor's a Jet, so the 3-4 hybrid is not a priority anymore. Rex Ryan seems to care a lot about getting a solid 5-technique, and Joseph's the guy if that's the case. At about 6-4, 330, Joseph has ideal size and athleticism to fit into the Jets' already strong defense.

30. Minnesota Vikings - Devin McCourty, CB Rutgers
This one seems pretty simple. The Vikings are thin at corner and McCourty is one of the top available players. Plus he's really fast (even though I think that's a little overrated for corners). A guy like Brian Price is an option if the Favres want to get younger on the defensive line.

31. Indianapolis Colts - Charles Brown, OT USC
If you watched any football last year, you'd know that the Colts don't have many weaknesses (other than last-minute interceptions in the Super Bowl). They can afford to draft for the future like they did with Donald Brown last year, so a guy like Brown makes sense. He has a lot of potential and can take over this season if someone like Tony Ugoh struggles.

32. New Orleans Saints - Everson Griffen, DE USC
The Saints need to get better on defense, and their biggest needs are probably defensive end and linebacker. With no realistic choices at LB right here, the Saints would likely snag a a guy with a lot of upside like Griffen or Carlos Dunlap. If Sean Payton's staff can get the most out of either, they have the talent to be outstanding NFL ends.

* Some guys on the 1st round fringe are: Ryan Mathews, Demaryius Thomas, Taylor Mays, Brian Price, Kareem Jackson, Patrick Robinson, Carlos Dunlap, Colt McCoy, and unfortunately, Tim Tebow.

Best of luck PG Train. You got no chance.

And if you were wondering about the title of this post, check this out. It's the funniest thing I've read in a while.

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More wheelin and dealin in the AFC East...


Is it just me, or has every major trade and free agency signing come out of the AFC East in the past few weeks? Pretty much...and it's been a major pain the ass to keep track of all the movement.

First off, the Pats signed free-agent WR Torry Holt to a 1 year, $1.7 million deal. Holt is best known for his 10 seasons with the Rams (7 pro-bowls), but spent last year with Jacksonville where he posted career lows in receptions (51) yards (733) and TDs (0). Despite the lack of production, I like this move for the Pats. Mainly due to the fact that without Wes Welker likely rehabbing his injury til mid-season, the Patriot receiving corps are about as deep as a kiddie pool. Let's just hope he doesn't pull a Joey Galloway.

Second, the Jets keep on snagging big names, this time signing former Dolphin DE now 3-4 edge rushing linebacker Jason Taylor. Taylor agreed to a two year deal with Jersey B. Kind of an awkward signing, seeing as Taylor called Jets fans classless. But just another big name jumping aboard the Clown-mobile in Jersey.

Poor Buffalo. While the Pats, Jets, and Phish continue to make moves, Buffalo is freezing its ass off in late April. IT'S THE CURSE OF DOUG FLUTIE.




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Rumor Mill: McNabb and T.O. back together?


According to multiple sources, Redskins QB Donovan McNabb has been pushing the Washington Brass to sign former Eagle teammate Terrell Owens. Yes, the same Terrell Owens who said Brett Favre is better than McNabb while the two were playing together. (Yes Brett Favre). All I can think is "WHAT THE $@#!?".

But if when I thought a little more, I remembered that when McNabb had his best year (2004-2005 where he made it all the way to Super Bowl 39) he and T.O. were lighting up the NFL like a chainsmoker. I know it's been 5 years, and I think that even T.O.s mama knows that Terrell Owens is the epitome of a douchebag. Yet I think this potential move would be a damn good one for the 'Skins.



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3 Team Trade between Eagles, Broncos, Lions


NOT-SO-BREAKING NEWS: In a three team trade between Philly, Detroit, and Denver, the Eagles acquired LB Ernie Sims. Meanwhile, the Lions acquired TE Tony Scheffler and a seventh round pick from the Broncos, who received Philly's 5th round pick.

Pretty good trade all around here. The Eagles get some much needed depth at linebacker with Sims, a former first round pick, while Detroit gets more depth at Tight End to share the workload with injured rookie Brandon Pettigrew. Meanwhile, the Broncos stock up on yet another draft pick. Maybe they'll use that as leverage to move up a few spots in the draft. We shall see...




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Mini-Draft Boards are stupid...so naturally I'm making my own

 
As a buddy of mine just pointed out, predicting the NFL Draft is one of the most stupid and pointless things that anyone who covers sports can do.

A. It takes hours and hours of work
B. What I say will have less than zero outcome on the draft
C. Bonzo the Idiot Monkey will probably have more correct picks than me
D. I don't have Mel Kiper's hair.

But seeing as I have absolutely no desire to write a research paper on sports talk radio, I'd rather put out a half-assed mini board then a half-assed essay. Here are my top 10 players and top positional players...MY HALF-ASSED WORD IS LAW.

TOP 10 PLAYERS OVERALL

1.) Ndamukong Suh - DT, Nebraska

You know this guys an absolute monster if he was a Heisman finalist as A FREAKING DEFENSIVE TACKLE. He can stop the run, stop the pass, and eats QBs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you saw the Big 12 Championship, you'd know how dominating this man can be.

2.) Gerald McCoy - DT, Oklahoma

McCoy may not have the brute strength of Suh (23 bench reps at the combine versus Suh's 32) but he more than makes up for it with his quickness and acceleration at the snap. McCoy's ability to penetrate the offensive line and get to the QB will make him quite the pro.

3.) Eric Berry - S, Tennessee

Berry is the best safety prospect the NFL has seen since Sean Taylor. Comparable to Ed Reed for his ability to play center-field and ball hawking skills, Berry has first overall talent. He runs a 4.47 40 yard dash and sports a 43 inch vertical. In layman's terms, he can cover the whole damn field.

4.) Russell Okung - T, Oklahoma State

Strong, quick, athletic, and bigger than most refrigerators (6-5, 300lb). Pretty much the complete package at left tackle.

5.) C.J. Spiller - RB, Clemson

Spiller is the definition of a game-breaking back. Lightning-quick, fantastic hands, and a home-run threat every time he touches the ball. Sounds an awful lot like the PG-Train dominating the playgrounds back in his prime doesn't he? While he no doubt will always live in my shadow, he'd be quite the pick for EVERY NFL team.

6.) Rolando McClain - LB, Alabama

This guy's a freak in the middle of the field. Arguably the best player on the Tide's national title team in 2010, McClain is huge at 6'4 256lbs and runs a 4.6 40. Just a little bit scary.

7.) Trent Williams - T, Oklahoma

A guy who's blocked for fantastic offenses at Oklahoma, some consider Williams to have the most potential at offensive tackle in this year's draft. According to Washington Post Redskins beat reporter Rick Maese, Williams is the likely pick at number 4 because he would be effective in a zone-blocking scheme...interesting.

8.) Jason Pierre-Paul - DE, South Florida

If a 6-6 260lb monster like Jason can do this many backflips, imagine what he'll do against NFL quarterbacks. What a freak of nature!

9.) Joe Haden - CB, Florida

Who cares if he had a crappy combine? That dog-show is completely irrelevant to determining NFL talent (unless your Al Davis). All Joe did was dominate at corner in college football's most talented conference (SEC).

10.) Dez Bryant - WR, Oklahoma State

Despite clearly being the most talented receiver in the draft, teams are shying away from this guy because of "character issues" stemming from going out to lunch with former pro Deion Sanders.  No arrests.  No crimes.  Just this.  Just another example of people being idiots.  Why are character issues so important to the draft?  I'm pretty sure that all 20 teams that passed on Randy Moss for "character issues" in 1998 regretted their decision.  In an even more noteworthy case, I was once flagged for having character issues by intramural flag football draft pundits.  I was pissed after being passed up in the first and second round.  But all I ever did was become the PG Train...the greatest thing ever to happen to the game of flag football.  Talent don't lie bro.

* Honorable Mention:
Bruce Campbell OT Maryland
Sam Bradford QB Oklahoma
Derrick Morgan DE Georgia Tech
Bryan Bulaga OT Iowa

TOP PLAYERS BY POSITION

QB- Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
RB- C.J. Spiller, Clemson
WR- Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
TE- Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
T- Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
G- Mike Iupati, Idaho
C- Maurkice Pouncey, Florida
DE- Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida
DT- Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
ILB- Rolando McClain, Alabma
OLB- Sergio Kindle, Texas
CB- Joe Haden, Florida
S- Eric Berry, Tennessee

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Miami Dolphins Number 1?

With all the moves they've made, Jersey B has clearly made the biggest splash in the AFC East this off-season. Tomlinson. Cromartie. Holmes. And from all the praise they've gotten from NFL pundits and Jet-lovers on blogs and message boards, they apparently won not only the division, but the damn Super Bowl.

But unlike about 99% of the universe who thinks the New York Clown Car will roll through the AFC East in 2010, I thought (and still think) otherwise. And due to extreme laziness and certain alcohol induced comas, I'd yet to publicly give a reason. Thus, Loudmouth haters claimed the following reasons for me not jumping on the Jets Bandwagon.

A. The PG Train under-estimates the Jet defense (false)
B. The PG Train is an unabashed notorious New York hater (semi-false)
C. The PG Train's man-crush on the New England Patriots is so great that he's completely blind to all reason and factual evidence. Also he dreams about Tom Brady at night. (...)

Yet even though C is probably true, that is NOT the reason that I'm underwhelmed by the Jets. Even I can admit that the Pats have a lot of work cut out for them in 2010. The real reason lies in down South in Miami...THE DOLPHINS OWN THE JETS.

Did anyone watch the games last year?

-Ownage Exhibit A
October 12, 2009 Miami 31 - New York 27

Miami ripped the Jets apart with a balanced offensive attack. The wildcat gouged Jersey B as Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams ran for a combined 142 yards, and Chad Henne had a coming out party throwing 20-26 for 241 yards and 2 scores.

-Ownage Exhibit B
November 1, 2009 Miami 30 - New York 25

New York completely stopped the Dolphin offense. They did almost everything right when they had the ball, out-gaining the fish 378-104. But they still lost due to idiotic mental lapses with 2 kickoff returns for TDs and a fumble that was taken to the house.

Yes, the Clown Car did improve significantly this off-season. Holmes and Cromartie may have some red flags, but they certainly are talented (Tomlinson is still a coward). But the Fish were able to match them with 2 quick moves of their own.

First off Miami landed WR Brandon Marshall from the Broncos in exchange for 2 2nd round picks. I think this was a steal, because Marshall's production over the past three seasons has arguably been the best in the NFL. 307 catches for 3700+ yards and 23 TDs. Frightening.

Yet also frightening for Miami is the prima-donna factor: whether Marshall will behave like a Randy Moss in New England or a Terrell Owens in Philadelphia. A very real risk. But giving a young and developing QB a weapon like this guy is just unfair. Marshall is a monster on the field, and whether pouting like a baby or being slightly less immature he always produces. He gives the Miami offense a balance it hasn't known since the 1970s. Power running with Brown and Williams plus an aerial assault with Marshall? As a Pats fan, I'm just a little concerned.

Just a few days later, the Dolphins made an addition by subtraction, trading Ted "Hands of Stone" Ginn (a nominee for our 2010 hall of shame class) to the San Francisco 49ers for a 5th round pick. Dolphins fans (and Chad Henne) can finally relax knowing they won't have to see their wide outs find a new way to drop a pass every single Sunday. Miami's looking mighty fine right about now.

I know it's still the off-season. I know the draft is still yet to come. But with Miami sitting pretty at pick 12, Brandon Marshall in the bag, the league's best rushing attack, plus a young up and coming defense, the Fish are now the class of the AFC East.

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Duhhhhhh


SEMI-BREAKING NEWS: Commissioner Roger Goodell ruled that the recent actions Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger did indeed violate the NFL's personal conduct policy. Said Goodell: "The issue here is in respect to a pattern of behavior...bad judgments." Goodell also said that disciplinary action will come "When I am prepared to do so".

Wow Roger. I had no idea that getting a girl 200 drinks beyond wasted, dragging her annihilated ass into a bar bathroom, "doing it" in that same bathroom after she said no, and then paying off a security guard to cover up the story was a violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy [all allegedly]. Guess I have to straighten up my act.




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Friday, April 16, 2010

My Big Board


Almost two weeks ago, the Old Man posted his value board of the top 10 NFL Draft prospects and the best player at each position. I'm gonna do the same right now, and I'm sure PG Train will follow up when he gets a chance. Keep in mind that I'm not Mel Kiper or Todd McShay...I actually do other things with my life.

OVERALL BIG BOARD

1. Ndamukong Suh - DT, Nebraska
Few players have been as dominant as 'Runaround' Suh in recent college history, and everyone was finally clued in during the Big 12 Championship game. He has been called the best defensive talent since Mario Williams, and would be the #1 pick if the Rams weren't so desperate for a quarterback.

2. Gerald McCoy - DT, Oklahoma
If Suh weren't around, people would be talking about McCoy as the next big lineman and a future All-Pro. He's very versatile, if not as strong as Suh, and has an explosive motor. Let the career-long comparisons begin.

3. Eric Berry - FS, Tennessee
This draft might have the best Top 3 prospects in a long time, though you won't see any of them in a Rams uniform. Berry has constantly been compared to Ed Reed, and there's no reason to think that he won't be as good. He has the complete package: speed, athleticism, instincts, ball skills...and the dude can hit. Another likely All-Pro.

4. C.J. Spiller - RB, Clemson
This might seem a little high, but I've seen the guy play all through college and he has ridiculous talent. Ridiculous. Strong, heady, and incredibly fast, Spiller is a game-changer in the backfield and in the return game.

5. Russell Okung - OT, Oklahoma State
As a Redskins fan, I like this guy a lot. Very athletic for a guy his size (though not as much as Bruce Campbell), Okung seems like a lock to start at left tackle for the next 10 or so years. But that's what they said about Mike Williams, and look where he ended up...with the Redskins.

6. Rolando McClain - MLB, Alabama
Draft experts always look at linebackers and look primarily at athleticism, while undervaluing intelligence and the ability to lead a defense. I saw that intelligence in shunned LB James Laurinaitis last year, and he proved me right with 120 tackles and 2 sacks. The scary thing about McClain is that he has that intelligence, combined with Ray Lewis-type athleticism. Watch out.

7. Dez Bryant - WR, Oklahoma State
Look, I know about his problems. Seems to be a pattern with incredibly talented receivers. Bryant has great hands, great ball skills and solid route-running, and his speed is decent (I don't value that as highly for WRs). If he stays out of trouble, he can be as good as the parade of troubled receivers who came before him.

8. Joe Haden - CB, Florida
Haden's 40 time was a fluke, but that shouldn't have been enough to knock him down the board anyway. He's quick and athletic (He was D.C. All-Met Player of the Year as a high school quarterback), and can still get better. If he cleans up his technique, he's a top-notch corner.

9. Derrick Morgan - DE, Georgia Tech
A lot of people like Pierre-Paul for his upside, which is undeniable, but Morgan is a proven all-around stud. He's not "the best" at any one thing, but he's very consistent and hasn't given us a reason why he won't be a good NFL player.

10. Jimmy Clausen - QB, Notre Dame
Yeah, he might be arrogant and selfish, but he's also the most ready on-the-field quarterback prospect that we have in this class. He's a polished passer with good accuracy and arm strength. The reason why Bradford's not here is because the Sooners QB hasn't shown me that he can read defenses without the help of the Oklahoma coaching staff, and if that's true, it'll be a really difficult jump to the NFL.

Just Off the Board: Sam Bradford, Jason Pierre-Paul, Brian Bulaga, Anthony Davis, Brandon Graham

TOP PLAYERS BY POSITION

QB: Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
RB: C.J. Spiller, Clemson
WR: Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
TE: Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
OT: Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
OG: Mike Iupati, Idaho
DE: Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech
DT: Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
OLB: Brandon Graham, Michigan
MLB: Rolando McClain, Alabama
CB: Joe Haden, Florida
S: Eric Berry, Tennessee

* Honorable mention to my top under-appreciated players, K Brett Swenson (Michigan State) and P Zoltan Mesko (Michigan).

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Steelers stay classy...Jets stay classless


After finally crawling out of my alcohol induced 2 week coma, one of the first things I have to address are the dramatic shakeups in my own AFC East the past few days. To be honest, they've been quite huge.

So I'll start with the Jets. Jersey B continued its off-season policy of acquiring question marks for a bargain. Early this week, they traded only a 5th round pick in exchange for Super Bowl 43 MVP Santonio Holmes. A bargain sure...but a cliche that applies to 99% of NFL wide receivers applies to him too...talented but troubled.

I've said it before with the Jets and I'll say it again: They love to take on losers.

Santonio Holmes is a damn talented receiver. His performance in Super Bowl 43 was one of the best ever from a wide receiver, and his 2009-10 campaign saw outstanding productivity. 79 receptions for 1,248 yards and 5 touchdowns...wow.

But this guy is like Robert Downey Jr. Rob's a brilliant actor but an idiot off-camera. Holmes is an outstanding wide receiver that does some of the stupidest things possible off the field.

Police Report Time:

-Holmes acknowledged selling drugs on the street corner of his hometown of Belle Glade, Florida as a teenager
-Holmes was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida on May 27, 2006 for disorderly conduct
-Holmes was arrested on June 18, 2006 for domestic violence and assault in Columbus, Ohio.
-On October 23, 2008, Holmes was arrested in Pittsburgh and cited by officers for possession of marijuana.

And of course...a couple weeks ago:

"On March 24, 2010, Anshonae Mills filed a lawsuit against Holmes over a March 7 incident in which she alleges Holmes threw a glass at her in an Orlando nightclub, resulting in a cut above her eye. Initially, Mills did not pursue charges, claiming Holmes and the police intimidated her into it, but the case has been reopened. Subsequently, after a Twitter comment criticizing the nightclub incident, Holmes told the follower to "kill urself." He later Tweeted it was time to "wake n bake," a reference to marijuana."

Class act. But talented none the less.

But can the Jets handle another idiot? They're crawling with 'em! There's Rex Ryan. There's everyone on the defense who has ever talked trash (which would be the entire squad, except Darrelle Revis, who ironically is the only guy that should ever be allowed to talk). They already have a primadonna at WR in Braylon Edwards. Can they handle 2?

I give the Jets all the credit in the world for making it all the way to the AFC Championship (even though it was an act of god). And as much as I hate on Mark Sanchez, he wasn't that bad for Jersey B last year. But I don't think that Markey Mark will be able to handle this crowd in 2010.

We've seen plenty of rookie QB's play well recently. Unfortunately, just about all of those rookies took a step back in their second season. Last year we saw it with Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco (who really faded down the stretch). Sanchez has plenty of talent to dole the ball out to next year. But when Braylon and Santonio each write their own "Gimme the Damn Ball", I think Mark's gonna have a tough one in 2010.

Or maybe I hope.

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Ginn's Gone


Breaking news from ESPN.com...After acquiring Brandon Marshall, the Miami Dolphins have traded away lightning-fast wide receiver Ted Ginn to the San Francisco (San Francicso?) 49ers for a 5th round draft pick. No thoughts on the deal yet, but it's a little hard to believe that two former first round draft picks (Ginn and Santonio Holmes) were dealt for picks that late. I have the NFL Draft to follow up on, so maybe you'll hear more about this from my Loudmouth colleagues.



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Thursday, April 15, 2010

What goes around comes around


Yeah I know this story is quite old. I also know this story has probably sickened the hell out of every 'Iggle fan. But the fact of the matter is this: I don't care what you think. I'm the greatest rant-artist in the history of man-kind, and I know that you can't get enough of me. Thus, I'll write whatever I damn well please. OBEY

Regardless, unless you never saw the video above, I think it goes without saying that we all knew the day would eventually come where Philadelphia would run Donovan McNabb out of town. And in case you've been living under a rock, it finally happened, as he was traded to division rival Washington a few weeks ago.

The fact that the man lasted 12 years in the "City of Brotherly Love" (despite haters, injuries, and the complete lack of a supporting cast), and played damn well throughout his time, speaks volumes about the man's talent.

But wherever you find greatness, you'll find losers close by. And you couldn't have picked a worse sports town for McNabb to land.

Let's get this straight right off the bat. Eagles fans are born losers. I'm sorry Philly...but you know its true. When a town prides itself on having a fanbase littered with total jackasses instead of the success of its sports teams, you know something is horribly wrong.

A brief list of the things that Iggle fans pride themselves on:
- Having the first jail for fans in their old stadium : the Vet
- Cheering when Michael Irvin suffered a career ending injury
- Booing Santa
...and plenty more.

I know most Philadelphians are raised to be tough (especially on their sports teams). I also know that this town has had very little to cheer about in sports for quite a long stretch (except for the Phillies two years ago). And I know the Eagles, a franchise with one of the biggest histories in the NFL, have never won a Super Bowl. Maybe there is a reason to always be a little pissed.

But the way this town treated Donovan McNabb, a likable quarterback, who despite injuries and horrible supporting casts (Freddy Mitchell anyone?) was far and away the best quarterback to ever play for the franchise. EVER. Stats don't lie. 216 touchdowns over 12 seasons (and only 100 interceptions). 8 playoff appearances. 5 division titles. 5 NFC Championship Games. 1 NFC Champion and 1 Super Bowl. No other quarterback in Eagle history is even remotely close.

Yet the fans got spoiled. Whenever McNabb won, he got little praise, but whenever he faltered, all of Philadelphia was after his head. They called him a loser, a coward, and someone you could never rely on in the clutch. Apparently everyone forgot about 4th and 26.

As a Syracuse fan, I will defend McNabb to the death. But I find it funny that a city so in love with its football team never once stood up for Donovan McNabb (despite his constant praise and love of the city). Sure he never won a Super Bowl in his 12 year stint, but you could say the same about plenty of the best quarterbacks of all-time. Dan Marino made it his first season, and never came close again. John Elway lost 3 Super Bowls before winning his first at the ripe old age of 37. It can still be done.

But apparently the Eagles don't think so. In a move of COMPLETE disrespect, Philadelphia traded McNabb within division to Washington, to let Kevin Kolb take over as starter. This reminds me a lot of when New England traded Drew Bledsoe in division to Buffalo...except that Bledsoe was over the hill (barely played the year before and Tom Brady won a Super Bowl), and McNabb only threw for 3500+ yards in 14 games, while Kevin Kolb started two games, going 1 and 1. Huge Difference.

If there's one thing I've learned in life, its this: What goes around comes around. And after 12 years of disrespect from Philly's fans and management, you know that Donovan wants nothing more than to stomp out the Eagles for the rest of his career. In my mind, this new motivation is going to push McNabb to a level he's never played before.

And that's bad news Philly. Because with just one trade, you've gone from the most complete team in the NFC East to the middle of the pack. And when Kolb falters, the Boo Birds will be out in full force for yet another QB's head. You don't know what you've got till it's gone Philadelphia. And in 2010, you're about to find out just how good you had it.

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