June 25, 2013
Alright Miami, that’s enough celebrating. It’s time to start getting ready for next season…starting with Thursday’s draft. Many of the league experts are saying that this draft class is pretty weak and there aren’t any franchise altering players available. Maybe not. But some teams will get better. I just hope it’s mine.
The Cavs must improve their defense if they are to make the playoffs next season. At 7-1 and 255lbs, Len will help clog up the middle and improve their rebounding as well. Unless of course the Cavs are able to pull off the trade that has been rumored since they won the lottery.
What do you do when you need help at every position? Take whoever you think has the best shot to become a star.
Porter fits the biggest hole on the roster and should be a good fit to play with John Wall.
After having the most balls in the draft lottery, the Bobcats dropped to the fourth pick but they still get Noel – they guy they would have picked at No. 1.
Oladipo will be a solid all-around player for Phoenix, especially defensively, where the Suns have been awful.
I still can’t wrap my head around the switch to the Pelicans. I don’t like it. Maybe Bennett will like it. Pelicans? Really? Really?
Burke is probably my favorite player in this draft. The Kings get a steal here.
Here’s another guy I really like. Detroit looks to be set inside with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond so they go with a guard who will be able to score.
10. Portland Trail Blazers – Cody Zeller, PF, Indiana
LaMarcus Aldridge needs some help inside. Aldridge gets what he wants.
Why not? Muhammad is one of those guys who could go just about anywhere in this draft. He is a risk/reward pick and the Sixers take a shot.
What the Thunder really need is a fully healed Russell Westbrook, so they take the best player available to give Westbrook some assistance.
Everyone knows the Mavs are looking to use this pick to acquire more cap space. We’ll say they draft pick Olynky and ship him somewhere.
Both of Utah’s starting guards are free agents. Larkin fills one of those holes.
15. Milwaukee Bucks – Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany
There are countless ways this roster could wind up by the time the season starts. Assuming Kevin Garnett isn’t back, the Celtics will need a big defender.
17. Atlanta Hawks – Giannis Adetokunbo, SF, Greece
I’m not going to pretend like I know much about foreign players, but from what I’ve read it seems like the Hawks are interested.
18. Atlanta Hawks – Allen Crabbe, SG, California
You can never have too many shooters and the Hawks are getting one here.
19. Cleveland Cavaliers – Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh
In a couple years Adams and Len could be a force inside for Cleveland. But the Cavs could use this pick in a trade for a veteran player to help them win now.
20. Chicago Bulls – Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Michigan
The Bulls should have a healthy Derrick Rose back and someone like Hardaway could provide some scoring to make Rose’s life easier.
21. Utah Jazz – Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas
22. Brooklyn Nets – Jeff Withey, C, Kansas
Another big man behind Brook Lopez.
23. Indiana Pacers – Rudy Gobert, C, France
After giving the Heat all they wanted in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Pacers should look to add depth to an already strong roster.
With Jason Kidd moving on to the coaching ranks, the Knicks get a lot younger in the backcourt.
The only thing the Clippers should worry about is getting Chris Paul back. If that doesn’t happen Canaan will take his place.
26. Minnesota Timberwolves – Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia
Andrei Kirilenko may leave so they replace a Russian with a Russian.
27. Denver Nuggets – Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil
A big man who can run and block shots would fit right in with the high-tempo Nuggets.
This could be the guy to replace Manu Ginobili.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder – Ricky Ledo, SG, Providence
Here’s an inexperienced kid that would be able to develop behind a solid roster.
30. Phoenix Suns – Mike Muscala, C, Bucknell
The Suns walk away from the first round with help in the front and back courts.
April 26, 2012
NFL Mock Drafts are never accurate, but they are incredibly fun to make and tear apart after 10 picks. Here is my mock draft attempt:
The pick is already in. The Colts will rebuild around their new franchise QB.
Mike Shanahan hopes RGIII is what the Redskins need to get them into the playoffs.
The first pick that hasn’t already been made, the Vikings give Ponder a LT to grow with.
The Browns cannot pass on a stud RB to help control clock in the AFC North.
The Bucs get the top CB in the draft, and the eventual replacement of Ronde Barber.
Sam Bradford gets his #1 receiver for years to come.
Jacksonville could go in a lot of directions, but I really like what Gilmore brings to their defense.
Miami is desperate for a QB, and I think they reach to get one with the 8th pick.
Panthers need help up front and Fletcher Cox is a safe player with Pro Bowl potential.
Kuechly would be another great addition to the Bills re-stocked defense.
11. Kansas City Chiefs – David DeCastro, G, Stanford
Guards don’t normally go this high in the draft, but DeCastro isn’t a normal guard.
Seattle needs to be able to get to the QB and Coples can provide just that.
14. Dallas Cowboys – Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Barron immediately upgrades their Secondary and starts Day 1.
15. Philadelphia Eagles – Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Andy Reid loves to build depth on his lines in the Draft. Brockers would be great in rotation.
16. New York Jets – Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina
Rex Ryan would love having teams guess where Ingram will be lining up each play.
17. Cincinnati Bengals – Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
Corner is a big need for the Bengals, and they get a stud in Kirkpatrick.
Mercilus can be the rush OLB the Chargers have been missing since Shawne Merriman.
Could go WR, but with Reiff still on the board I think they try to keep Jay Cutler upright.
The Titans need help at Guard and Tackle. Glenn can play either spot.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin
The Bengals are back on the clock, and fortify the interior line for Andy Dalton.
22. Cleveland Browns – Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
With Trent Richardson already selected, the Browns continue to upgrade their offensive weapons.
23. Detroit Lions – Jonathon Martin, OT, Stanford
The Lions may look to trade down with no corners of value here. If not they have to get a Tackle.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama
With no offensive lineman to pick, the Steelers would love to add Hightower to their linebacker corps.
Denver has a HUGE need at DT. They get a HUGE DT in Poe.
A big WR opposite Andre Johnson could be too good to pass up.
The Patriots need a pass rushing OLB and McClellin would be a great fit.
28. Green Bay Packers – Doug Martin, RB, Boise St.
The Packers could easily go with either Upshaw or McClellin, but getting the #2 RB would help as well.
29. Baltimore Ravens – Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
With Hightower gone, Konz could be the pick, but an OLB opposite Terrell Suggs could be lethal.
30. San Francisco 49ers – Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Harbaugh likes tough, smash-mouth football. Konz could fortify the line for the 49ers.
31. New England Patriots – Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame
No one thinks the Patriots make both 1st round picks, but Smith fits a need.
32. New York Giants – Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
The Giants always go best player available. Fleener is that guy in this draft.
April 17, 2012
The NFL Draft is getting close and it seems like everyone is doing a mock draft these days. Why not me? It’s not like it would be the first time I went 4-for-32. Here’s my shot in the dark.
2. Washington Redskins — Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Mike Shanahan gave up a lot to move up four spots. You know he’s after a quarterback. If Washington is un-Lucky, they will be very happy with RGIII.
4. Cleveland Browns — Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
They tried to move up and get Luck or Griffin but couldn’t pull it off. So if you can’t upgrade your quarterback, you get your quarterback some help.
Tampa desperately wants both Richardson and Morris Claiborne but can only pick one so it comes down to a coin toss. Richardson it is.
Blackmon is who they really need, but the Rams end up settling for a cornerback who is not a bad consolation prize.
Here’s another team that would have loved to get Blackmon. Instead they are already looking for someone to harass Andrew Luck for the next decade.
No other quarterbacks wanted to play in Miami but Tannehill won’t get to choose where he goes.
Floyd and Cam Newton could be a dangerous combination for opposing defenses for a long time.
Bills fans have got to be excited about the moves Buffalo has made so far. This one probably won’t get the fans pumped up, but they will be happy if Fitzpatrick has time to find his receivers. Reiff will help with that.
This fills the biggest need for a team who was a blocked field goal away from winning the division last year and has several important players coming back after getting hurt in 2011.
Matt Flynn is the new quarterback. Now they need someone to get to the opposing quarterback.
13. Arizona Cardinals – David DeCastro, G, Stanford
If you followed the Peyton Manning situation, you would have heard all about how bad the offensive line is in Arizona. It just got better.
14. Dallas Cowboys — Mark Barron S, Alabama
This seems to be an obvious pick for the Cowboys.
15. Philadelphia Eagles — Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
Looks like Asante Samuel is heading out of town so Philly drafts a replacement.
16. New York Jets – Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
Mark Sanchez needs to play well from the opening snap to keep Tebowmania from taking over New York. The more weapons he has the better he will be.
17. Cincinnati Bengals – Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
The secondary is getting older and Leon Hall may not be healthy.
18. San Diego Chargers – Courtney Upshaw, DE, Alabama
Just one Charger had more than four sacks in 2011. That must improve in 2012 if they are going to win the AFC West.
Chicago won’t think twice about taking the top linebacker in the draft if he falls to them.
20. Tennessee Titans – Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Titans decide to beef up the defensive line and give Jurrell Casey some help up front.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia
Cincy needs a starter at guard and they could move Glenn to fill that hole.
22. Cleveland Browns – Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
Colt McCoy will be a happy man if the Browns give him a new receiver and running back in the first round.
23. Detroit Lions – Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
When Stafford is healthy, Detroit is dangerous. This pick should help keep Stafford on the field.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama
Seems like everyone else is picking someone from Alabama and we all know the NFL is a copycat league. He’ll provide some youth to an aging defense.
As nice as it would be to give Manning more options on offense, the Broncos can’t pass up Poe if he is available.
27. New England Patriots – Nick Perry, DE, USC
What are the chances Bill Belichick picks in this spot? Not good. He is always moving up and down the draft board. But if he does stay, Perry will increase the pass rush.
28. Green Bay Packers – Shea Mcclellin, OLB, Boise State
Packers are rumored to be in love with him and need help getting after the quarterback.
30. San Fransisco 49ers – Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
New England adds another first round defensive end. If they hit on both picks, lookout AFC East.
The defending world champs can’t be in too bad of shape, but there is a hole on the offensive line that needs to be addressed.