I’ve never even attempted an NFL Mock draft, since that’s really not what we do, but our own Tom Simons (who’s contributed to our site since 1996), has been posting mock drafts on our MBs for weeks now, so I figured I’d highlight his final mock, which is below.
Let’s see how many picks he gets right!
The key to this draft will be how teams evaluate individual talent. Teams play head games leading up to the draft in order to produce smoke screens to hide their true intentions. Thus, there are plenty of surprises abound during the draft.
MOCK DRAFT – FIRST ROUND
1. St. Louis: SAM BRADFORD, QB – He did extremely well during his Pro Day and private workout for the Rams. He displayed extreme accuracy, especially with deeper intermediate throws. This remains a no-brainer for the Rams, but no pick is ever 100% a lock. If they have any last-second thoughts, Ndamukong Suh is their next choice.
2. Detroit: NDAMUKONG SUH, DT – If Detroit trades for Albert Haynesworth, who played under head coach Jim Schwartz and beside recently signed DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, then the Lions likely take Russell Okung. If they don’t make a trade, expect them to [...]
I’m wrong all the time on players, but if you can allow me to make a self-serving statement here on the QBs, I’d appreciate it.
Although I’ve certainly been wrong about some QBs in a particular season, over the long haul, I tend to be on target more often than not when it comes to this position. Like in 2001, I loved Trent Green, and I destroyed some people’s fantasy season because of that love. But Green went on to play in multiple Pro Bowls. I’ve been enamored with Matt Schaub for several years to give another example. Yeah, I was officially panicked about his ability to stay on the field heading into 2009, but my three-year affinity for Schaub did eventually prove to be something that was on the right track.
Of course there are some exceptions in which I’m kind if right and also kind of wrong. Like Jay Cutler. I’ve been a Cutler apologist from Day One, and that certainly didn’t work out too well in 2009. On the other hand, the guy was a train wreck for most of the year on a new team with a bad OL and a mediocre receiving corps – yet he still [...]
The Broncos today traded WR Brandon Marshall to the Dolphins for a 2nd round pick in next week’s draft, along with what is reportedly another 2nd round pick in 2011’s draft. Marshall was a restricted free agent until yesterday, when he signed his $2.521 million tender from the Broncos, which facilitated the trade. And today, he signed a massive 4-year, $47.5 million extension with Miami, which included $24 million guaranteed.
It’s always difficult to evaluate any acquisition involving a troubled player or anyone with issues off the field, but if we can assume the Dolphins did as much due diligence as possible and that Marshall’s going to make minimal waves for Bill Parcells and head coach Tony Sparano, this is an excellent move for Miami. Especially since their division rival in New York added wideout Santonio Holmes this week, the Dolphins simply had to find a way to add a legit #1 receiver for their offense, and they certainly did so by bringing Marshall into the fold.
Starting QB Chad Henne is a work in progress, but he has all the tools to be a nice NFL starter for years to come. He has a strong arm, showed the ability last year [...]
It’s been a pretty wild offseason, and it got wilder late Sunday night, when the Steelers traded troubled wideout Santonio Holmes to the Jets for a 5th round pick.
Clearly, the Jets got Holmes at a major discount (the 155th pick of the draft) for a reason. Actually, it’s a few reasons. He has myriad of off-the-field issues the last five years, is in the final year of his contract and the Steelers don’t want to pay him, and he’s facing a 4-game suspension to start the 2010 season.
For the Steelers, they now have a need at WR. Third-year wideout Limas Sweed has been a major disappointment, and if he makes the team it’ll probably be only because Holmes was moved. He cannot be counted on, but this move will probably extend his stay and give him another chance to make an impact. Hines Ward’s 34 years old, so the Steelers don’t have much for the future. Look for them to draft a wideout in one of the first three rounds, perhaps in the 1st round. It will be interesting to see which WR they take. Dez Bryant with the 18th pick would be extremely tempting if he slides that far, [...]
I need to announce today that we will not be publishing FantasyGuru.com Magazine this year. I’m not going to rule out bringing the magazine back, but for the past five years the publication’s been more of a luxury than a necessity, and for a variety of reasons it’s not nearly as viable now as it’s been in the past.
Rest assured, we’re as strong as ever as a company and this move has nothing to do with our future prospects in this industry.
The main issue is that the company we’ve worked with publishing the magazine was sold, and it’s been apparent to me for quite some time the company that is now running the show has little or no interest in continuing to work with us (they have not contacted me regarding the mag). That’s certainly their prerogative, and the fact is I haven’t been beating down their door to work with us again, either, nor have I taken the time to try to find another company to help us publish and get the magazine on the newsstand. Working with a company like we have is needed because, for one, it’s not exactly easy to publish a single title a year [...]