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King Of All Mocks (Gosselin) - Browns Will Take C. Johnson

Unread postby swerb » Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:48 am

Rick Gosselin, beat writer for the Dallas Morning News. Has consistently produced the most accurate mock drafts over the last decade.

Check this link, the proof is in the pudding:

http://www.thehuddlereport.com/top100/index.shtml

Every year he produces head scratching mocks. And every year they are the most accurate.

This is his first effort. Interesting ...

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent ... c3375.html

1. Oakland JaMarcus Russell QB LSU
2. Detroit Adrian Peterson RB Oklahoma
3. Cleveland Calvin Johnson WR Georgia Tech
4. Tampa Bay Brady Quinn QB Notre Dame
5. Arizona Joe Thomas OT Wisconsin
6. Washington Gaines Adams DE Clemson
7. Minnesota LaRon Landry S LSU
8. Atlanta Leon Hall CB Michigan
9. Miami Alan Branch DT Michigan
10. Houston Amobi Okoye DT Louisville
11. San Francisco Jamaal Anderson DE Arkansas
12. Buffalo Marshawn Lynch RB California
13. St. Louis Darrelle Revis CB Pittsburgh
14. Carolina Patrick Willis LB Mississippi
15. Pittsburgh Adam Carriker DE Nebraska
16. Green Bay Ted Ginn Jr. WR Ohio State
17. Jacksonville Jarvis Moss DE Florida
18. Cincinnati Reggie Nelson S Florida
19. Tennessee Robert Meachem WR Tennessee
20. N.Y. Giants Levi Brown OT Penn State
21. Denver Lawrence Timmons LB Florida State
22. Dallas Dwayne Bowe WR LSU
23. Kansas City Justin Harrell DT Tennessee
24. New England Jon Beason LB Miami
25. N.Y. Jets Aaron Ross CB Texas
26. Philadelphia Chris Houston CB Arkansas
27. New Orleans Dwayne Jarrett WR Southern California
28. New England Michael Griffin S Texas
29. Baltimore Joe Staley OT Central Michigan
30. San Diego Anthony Gonzalez WR Ohio State
31. Chicago Paul Posluszny LB Penn State
32. Indianapolis Greg Olsen TE Miami
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Unread postby jfiling » Sun Apr 15, 2007 10:12 am

Not sure where the Huddle Report gets their numbers, because Gosselin's final mock from last year looks pretty ugly:

1. Houston Reggie Bush HB Southern California
2. New Orleans Matt Leinart QB Southern California
3. Tennessee Jay Cutler QB Vanderbilt
4. N.Y. Jets Mario Williams DE North Carolina State
6. San Francisco Vernon Davis TE Maryland
7. Oakland Vince Young QB Texas
8. Buffalo D'Brickashaw Ferguson OT Virginia
9. Detroit Michael Huff CB/S Texas
10. Arizona Haloti Ngata DT Oregon
11. St. Louis Jimmy Williams CB Virginia Tech
12. Cleveland Brodrick Bunkley DT Florida State
13. Baltimore Jonathan Joseph CB South Carolina
14. Philadelphia Ernie Sims OLB Florida State
15. Denver Manny Lawson DE North Carolina State
16. Miami Winston Justice OT Southern California
17. Minnesota Chad Greenway OLB Iowa
18. Dallas Santonio Holmes WR Ohio State
19. San Diego Antonio Cromartie CB Florida State
20. Kansas City Tamba Hali DE Penn State
21. New England Bobby Carpenter OLB Ohio State
22. Denver Laurence Maroney HB Minnesota
23. Tampa Bay John McCargo DT North Carolina State
24. Cincinnati Donte Whitner S Ohio State
25. N.Y. Giants DeAngelo Williams HB Memphis
26. Chicago Tye Hill CB Clemson
27. Carolina LenDale White HB Southern California
28. Jacksonville Ashton Youboty CB Ohio State
29. N.Y. Jets Kamerion Wimbley DE Florida State
30. Indianapolis Joseph Addai HB LSU
31. Seattle Chris Chester G Oklahoma
32. Pittsburgh Jason Allen CB/S Tennessee

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Unread postby furls » Sun Apr 15, 2007 10:21 am

There scoring system sucks. They just find the number of top 100 picks from their mocks that actually go in the top 100. So the first 60 or 70 are just flat out givens. This is more a statement of their ability to correctly differentiant between guys going at the end of the third and the beginning of the fourth round. How accurate they are in placing players on teams is not measured (at all).
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Unread postby swerb » Sun Apr 15, 2007 10:30 am

Their scoring system gives one point for each player correctly predicted in the 1sr round. And two points for each player correctly matched with the correct team.

Pretty fair way to grade IMO ...
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Unread postby HoodooMan » Sun Apr 15, 2007 10:58 am

Not sure where the Huddle Report gets their numbers, because Gosselin's final mock from last year looks pretty ugly:

You sure that was his final mock from last year?

Usually Rick posts his final mock on the morning of draft day (a mock that's changed dramatically from his first--a fact that makes me want to slam my head into a wall everytime someone posts one of his earlier versions and defends it by saying he's the best out there), and last year that should have taken Houston's mind-blowingly idiotic decision into accont. Maybe he just didn't bother last year? Maybe he just didn't have the time to get back to his sources after the news was released (I believe Houston made the decision late in the afternoon on Friday)?

That said, he didn't do that bad without having updated it. IIRC, he has 5 matches there:

SF & Davis
MIN & Greenway
SD & Cromartie
KC & Hali
IND & Addai

And had he updated it after Houston decided to take Mario, you have to figure he'd have gotten at least 2 more picks right, with a very good shot at 3 if (like most) he'd have had the Jets taking D'Brick with Mario off the board.

That might not sound like much, but it's pretty good compared to what else is out there.
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Unread postby jfiling » Sun Apr 15, 2007 11:13 am

Hoodoo Man,

Well, that draft was dated the day before the draft, so I figured it had to be the final. I can't see how much it would have changed from Friday to Saturday, but maybe there was one more that I missed.
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Unread postby jfiling » Sun Apr 15, 2007 11:17 am

OK, there was one more mock draft the very next day (the morning of the draft) that was completely different from the Friday mock. I'd say that absolutely nothing can be read from this guy's early mocks, because he apparently either sandbags until the day of the draft or else he gets inside info at the last minute.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent ... 51f7a.html

EDIT: Apparently the mock draft I posted earlier was from about 2 weeks before the draft, although the date on the website said it was from the day before the draft. Still, that's a lot of change in just 2 weeks.
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Unread postby HoodooMan » Sun Apr 15, 2007 11:23 am

I'd say that absolutely nothing can be read from this guy's early mocks, because he apparently either sandbags until the day of the draft or else he gets inside info at the last minute.

Give that man a ceeeeegar.
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Unread postby HoodooMan » Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:00 am

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent ... 4c744.html

4 picks in common with his first.

Joe Thomas to ARZ
Patrick Willis to CAR
Levi Brown to NYG
Aaron Ross to NYJ

OK, this is the one we need to pay attention to. That last one was only practice.
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Unread postby furls » Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:25 am

Russell in the first, Yuck, but at least he doesnt have them committing suicide to draft him.
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Unread postby BadBecks » Sun Apr 22, 2007 11:32 pm

For the most part I consider this a draft PS can't screw up if he stays in the top-5 However, I'll jump off the Hilliard bridge if we take Johnson and keep him.
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Unread postby mattvan1 » Mon Apr 23, 2007 10:01 am

For the most part I consider this a draft PS can't screw up if he stays in the top-5 However, I'll jump off the Hilliard bridge if we take Johnson and keep him.


Why? Seriously, if it goes down as Gosselin mocks, what would you do? I'm not ready to bet the house on either Quinn or JRuss, so other than a trade down, what's the pick? CJ is, in the eyes of almost all, BPA.
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Unread postby Wolfy » Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:21 pm

I find it very weird that Browns fans are so stuck on not taking the best player available in the draft (CJ). On a team without one pro-bowler, why not draft the BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE? This is one sure way of telling if your front office is good or bad. Tell me your taking the best player and lets see how you do Phil. What’s so wrong about that? Is Braylon that good where we don’t need the best player? You get the players who are proven through free agency... Not the draft. Both QB's scare the shit out of me (Tim Couch) and the RB has injury problems. I would like to trade down for more picks because it just seems to risky to throw out the best player available and hope, wish and pray that one of the "other" picks is the answer. Either way it seem like a reach to me. As we’ve seen here in C-town or luck is not always the greatest so go for the safest...No? Hell, pick him and trade him I don’t care, but don’t just throw the BEST PLAYER in the draft off your board and not make it an option…It all seems a little weird to me! THE BEST PLAYER IN THE DRAFT. Thats all I ask... Please take the best player available...Period!
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Unread postby yogi » Tue Apr 24, 2007 1:00 pm

I find it very weird that Browns fans are so stuck on not taking the best player available in the draft (CJ). On a team without one pro-bowler, why not draft the BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE?


I could tell you wolfy, but you should already know.

CJ is a WR.

1. WR need a competant QB that can read defenses and recognize hot reads consistently. Not some dumb ass with the "deer in the headlights look" thats staring at salivating DL and LBs because we have....

2. OL that yell "OLAY" & "LOOKOUT" while watching defenders rush by them in an all out jailbreak-like dash to sack our QB.

3. Our present WR & TE receiving corp is actually the strongpoint of our team. They already do not get enough balls, how does it help the team by dividing the limited opportunities even more by adding CJ?

However, if we are fortunate enough to see CJ still available when selecting pick 3, I'd take him if Phil doesn't get a great trade down offer for the BPA by far in the draft.

THEN, I'd trade him for Quinn/AD and a second rounder.

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Unread postby Wolfy » Tue Apr 24, 2007 1:54 pm

You make my point. I said I would trade him or whatever. Taking a OL in the top three isn’t a very wise move so let everyone know you are in the BPA mode and therefore teams will be willing to trade...you move down and get your linemen. I said it before, I am of the opinion of trading down to get more picks and restocking the o-line with roughly 3 out of the first 4 picks on the line...O that is. Phil did this last year with the linebackers and I hope he has the same outlook this year for o-line. The worst case scenario is you get stuck with the best player in this draft because nobody wants to move for him...which wouldn’t happen anyway. Oh, did you say strength of this team? Last time I checked the two shredded knee brothers led there team to the 28th ranked offense in the league (28 is off the top of my head but I’m sure that I am very close to being on the $) plus, is KW2 even going to be ready? Worst-case scenario is you get the Best Player in the draft. Is that really so bad. Best case scenario is you retool your O-line with the extra draft picks you got from some sucka, cuz you weren’t going to need CJ anyway. I believe it was Pup who said it best when he said it doesn’t make any sense to draft a QB who will be running for his life or a RB who is running into a brick wall. We as an organization don’t have one superstar on our team and last time I checked everyone and their mother is saying CJ is the best…hands down. The Browns could use the best player in every draft from here to 2010 and like I said it will be a good barometer for how your GM is grading players. Which in this case is a cant miss type of player.
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Unread postby furls » Tue Apr 24, 2007 5:08 pm

3. Our present WR & TE receiving corp is actually the strongpoint of our team. They already do not get enough balls, how does it help the team by dividing the limited opportunities even more by adding CJ?


Are you serious?

KWII had microfracture surgery, therefore, he might be 80% for this next season (if not 80% for his career).

BE is not that good. He seems to have trouble with that "receiving" part of his game right now. As a matter of fact, I doubt highly if the Browns could even trade BE for a late first rounder at this point. Basically that means he is less valuable than 3 guys who will be entering the draft as rookies this year.

I do agree with your other points though. It is probably not a good idea to start building your team with receivers (like KWII or BE) before you have a decent line or QB. As a matter of fact, it doesn't make a lot of sense to build a team around a QB w/o an Oline.
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Unread postby pup » Tue Apr 24, 2007 6:11 pm

BE is not that good. He seems to have trouble with that "receiving" part of his game right now. As a matter of fact, I doubt highly if the Browns could even trade BE for a late first rounder at this point. Basically that means he is less valuable than 3 guys who will be entering the draft as rookies this year.


Furls, I know you ahve some leftover hate from the days he wore those hideous blue and urine color uniforms. But come on. Can this guy please get a chance. He has played all of 26 games in this league, that is notorious for WR's taking 3 years to come into their own. He came back EARLY from ACL surgery, because he worked his ass off to get back. This year he should be 100%, get the full work of a training camp, and youa re going to see a much different receiver.

As a matter of fact, it doesn't make a lot of sense to build a team around a QB w/o an Oline.


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Unread postby neoleo » Sat Apr 28, 2007 10:36 am

Here's today's updated mock.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent ... d4086.html

Rick Gosselin's final mock draft

07:14 AM CDT on Saturday, April 28, 2007
By RICK GOSSELIN / The Dallas Morning News
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1. OAKLAND RAIDERS

Selection: JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU
Needs: Quarterback, blockers, tacklers

Al Davis has never been a fan of dink-and-dunk football. He wants passers and receivers who can stretch the field. No one stretches it like Russell, who can throw the football 85 yards. The Raiders have started six different QBs in the last four seasons. This position needs to be stabilized.


2. DETROIT LIONS

Selection: Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech
Needs: Cornerback, safety, pass rushers

Embattled general manager Matt Millen has drafted three wide receivers in the Top 10 in the last four years. But the Lions have leverage here. Atlanta and Tampa Bay are eager to trade up for Johnson, so a Herschel Walker-type deal could be a possibility when the Lions go on the clock.


3. CLEVELAND BROWNS

Selection: Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin
Needs: Left OT, CB, DL

Charlie Frye has his doubters in Cleveland, and a belief exists the Browns are in desperate need of a quarterback. But if the Browns can't block for him, it doesn't matter who the quarterback is. Cleveland ranked 31st in the NFL in rushing and allowed 54 sacks, fifth most in the league. Fix the blocking, then evaluate the playmakers.


4. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Selection: Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson
Needs: Offensive playmakers, blockers, QB

The Buccaneers are still trying to win with defensive players inherited from Tony Dungy six years ago. Offensive whiz Jon Gruden has yet to use a first-round draft pick on defense – yet his offense stinks (29th in the NFL). Still, this defense needs to get younger and faster. The draft's best pass rusher also would make it better.


5. ARIZONA CARDINALS

Selection: Adrian Peterson, HB, Oklahoma
Needs: OT, DE, CB

The Cardinals signed aging Pro Bowler Edgerrin James last off-season and finished 30th in the NFL in rushing. The defense is slightly better, finishing 29th in the NFL last season. Arizona can draft at any position and improve this team. A running game takes the heat off your quarterback and defense.


6. WASHINGTON REDSKINS

Selection: LaRon Landry, S, LSU
Needs: DL, LB, secondary

The Redskins ranked 31st in the NFL in defense a year ago, in part because they whiffed in free agency on safety Adam Archuleta. He was a $35 million bust. He was benched and finally banished to Chicago this off-season. Landry has size (6-0, 213), speed (4.36 40-yard dash) and hitting ability (315 career tackles).


7. MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Selection: Leon Hall, CB, Michigan
Needs: CB, WR, safety

The Vikings finished 31st in the NFL in pass defense and whacked cornerback Fred Smoot after the season. Brady Quinn is the discussion in the room, but the Vikings took a quarterback (Travaris Jackson) hand-picked by head coach Brad Childress in the second round last April. Hall walks in as a starter.


8. ATLANTA FALCONS

Selection: Levi Brown, OT, Penn State
Needs: DE, CB, left OT

Incumbent left tackle Wayne Gandy is 36 years old. Brown started 45 games at left tackle for Penn State but has been projected by some as a right tackle in the NFL because of the power game he plays. That's fine with the Falcons – they have a left-handed quarterback, so Brown may have even more value to them on the right side.


9. MIAMI DOLPHINS

Selection: Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame
Needs: QB, WR, TE

Quarterback gurus need a quarterback. Sean Payton signed Drew Brees when he arrived at New Orleans, and Brad Childress drafted Travaris Jackson when he arrived at Minnesota. Miami coach Cam Cameron is a quarterback guru – and Quinn would be the first quarterback drafted by the Dolphins in the first round since Dan Marino in 1983.


10. HOUSTON TEXANS

Selection: Darrelle Revis, CB, Pitt
Needs: Left OT, pass rusher, safety

When you rank 24th in defense, 28th in offense and 29th on special teams, anyone you draft brings an automatic upgrade. Revis is a double upgrade on defense and special teams. A two-time All-Big East cornerback, Revis also averaged 10.2 yards on punt returns in his career with two touchdowns. But Denver may move up here on the clock.


11. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Selection: Patrick Willis, LB, Mississippi
Needs: DE, LB, WR

The 49ers have a franchise quarterback (Alex Smith) and running back (Frank Gore) in place. Now defensive-minded coach Mike Nolan needs to improve the NFL's 26th ranked defense for the 49ers to realize playoff aspirations. A linebacker with defensive back speed (4.37) such as Willis would be a great start.


12. BUFFALO BILLS

Selection: Marshawn Lynch, RB, Cal
Needs: RB, WR, CB

The Bills traded away disgruntled running back Willis McGahee to Baltimore this off-season. That leaves Anthony Thomas at the top of the depth chart – and the Bills are his fourth NFL team. Lynch was the Pacific 10's Offensive Player of the Year. So was O.J. Simpson when the Bills drafted him in 1969.


13. ST. LOUIS RAMS

Selection: Adam Carriker, DE, Nebraska
Needs: DT, WR, CB

The Rams are a punching bag up front on defense, finishing 31st in the NFL against the run. St. Louis needs to inject some size into an undersized line. A 296-pound defensive end such as Carriker would provide resistance in the NFC West against Pro Bowl backs Shaun Alexander and Frank Gore. He can slide inside to tackle on passing downs.


14. CAROLINA PANTHERS

Selection: Jamaal Anderson, DE, Arkansas
Needs: WR, DE, TE

The Panthers are in the process of overhauling what was once the best defensive line in the NFL. They cut DE Al Wallace and are trying to trade DT Kris Jenkins, and DE Mike Rucker is getting up in the years (32). Coach John Fox likes size up front. Anderson is a 288-pound DE coming off a 13 ½-sack season.


15. PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Selection: Lawrence Timmons, OLB, Florida State
Needs: Pass rushers, LB, G

The Steelers built their defense around the linebackers during the Bill Cowher era. Now Cowher is gone and so is Pro Bowler Joey Porter, who became a salary-cap casualty this off-season. James Farrior is getting older (32). Florida State linebackers are usually sure things (Derrick Brooks, Marvin Jones and Ernie Sims).


16. GREEN BAY PACKERS

Selection: Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee
Needs: WR, RB, CB

Green Bay's only reliable weapon down the field is Donald Driver, who is coming off a 1,295-yard season in 2006. He's also coming off his 32nd birthday in February. The Packers need to give Brett Favre a few more weapons in the waning years of his career to give him one last shot at glory. Meachem, an All-American, has 4.39 speed.


17. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Selection: Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Ohio State
Needs: Safety, DE, slot WR

Ginn projects as the Devin Hester of this draft. He may not catch 40 balls as a rookie wide receiver, but he may get 120 touches during the course of the season on kickoff and punt returns, reverses and receptions. With his speed, that's 120 chances to break games open. Ginn is a big-play maker.


18. CINCINNATI BENGALS

Selection: Reggie Nelson, S, Florida
Needs: DE, CB, safety

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis won a Super Bowl as defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. So he knows what a ballhawk like Ed Reed means at the back end of a defense. Nelson has been compared to Reed. The NFL's 31st ranked pass defense could use someone with Nelson's ball skills(six interceptions in 2006).


19. TENNESSEE TITANS

Selection: Dwayne Bowe, WR, LSU
Needs: DE, WR, CB

The Titans found their big-time quarterback in the 2006 draft when they stole Vince Young with the third overall pick. Now they need a big-time receiver to accelerate Young's development into a franchise quarterback. The Titans also need to replace leading receiver Drew Bennett, who left in free agency.


20. NEW YORK GIANTS

Selection: Joe Staley, OT, Central Michigan
Needs: Left OT, CB, LB

Luke Petitgout became a salary-cap casualty this off-season and Bob Whitfield retired. So the Giants don't have a left tackle – the most important position on the offensive line. There are three elite left tackles in this draft, and the Giants get the third and final one in Staley. He's also the most athletic of the tackles.


21. DENVER BRONCOS

Selection: Jarvis Moss, DE, Florida
Needs: Pass rusher, LB, CB

The Broncos have a mediocre pass rush, with 35 sacks last season. The team Denver is chasing in the AFC West – San Diego – had 61 sacks. Moss, a Denton Ryan product, would dial up the pressure dramatically. After Gaines Adams, he's the most natural pass rusher in this draft.


22. DALLAS COWBOYS


Selection: Aaron Ross, CB, Texas
Needs: WR, kick returner, safety

The Cowboys need depth at cornerback, and Ross gives it to them. He won the Thorpe Award as college football's top defensive back in 2006. The Cowboys also need help on special teams, finishing 21st in the NFL in punt returns. Ross has an 11.8-yard career punt return average with three touchdowns.


23. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Selection: Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville
Needs: DT, WR, blockers

If you can't stop the run, you can't win out West. Denver and San Diego perennially field top 10 rushing attacks. The Chiefs have been soft against the run – witness the 188 yards the Colts slapped on them in the playoffs. One good player seems to slide in every draft, and the 300-pound Okoye would be a steal here.


24. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Selection: David Harris, LB, Michigan
Needs: Defensive depth, punter, DB

Bill Belichick won three Super Bowls as defensive coordinator of the Giants and three more as head coach of the Patriots. He has always built his success on a big, physical, intimidating defensive front seven. Harris grew up stuffing the run in the Big Ten. He goes 6-2, 243 with 4.59 speed.


25. NEW YORK JETS

Selection: Greg Olsen, TE, Miami, Fla.
Needs: CB, pass rusher, offensive playmakers

Chad Pennington doesn't have a big arm, so the Jets have to fill receiving lanes with reliable hands in the short and intermediate routes. Trading for running back Thomas Jones helps – as does drafting Olsen, the best pass-catching tight end in this draft. He could give the Jets what Dallas Clark gives the Colts.


26. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Selection: Paul Posluszny, LB, Penn State
Needs: LB, CB, safety

Finishing 26th against the run was uncharacteristic of a Jim Johnson defense. The problem was linebacker, and the Eagles need to replace two of them. Posluszny would be a terrific starting point. He won a Butkus Award and two Bednarik Awards for his sterling play at Penn State.


27. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Selection: Justin Harrell, DT, Tennessee
Needs: DT, WR, LB

The Saints are another playoff team that struggled against the run, finishing 23rd in the NFL. The Bears lit them up for 196 yards rushing in the NFC title game. Harrell missed the bulk of the 2006 season with a ruptured biceps, so the Saints would be adding a big (6-4, 300), fresh run stuffer inside in Harrell.


28. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Selection: Brandon Meriweather, S, Miami, Fla.
Needs: DL, LB, secondary

Meriweather may not be the best of the four safeties in the first round, but he's easily the most versatile. He can cover a slot receiver and also get you through a game at corner. He's the best cover safety in this draft. He also had 289 career tackles.


29. BALTIMORE RAVENS

Selection: Ben Grubbs, G, Auburn
Needs: OT, LB, slot WR

If you could pick five guys in this first round with the best chance of becoming Pro Bowlers, Grubbs would be one of them. He slides because of the position he plays, not because of ability. Pro Bowlers Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Todd Heap all fell to the Ravens late in the first round of drafts. Now it's Grubbs.


30. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

Selection: Jon Beason, LB, Miami, Fla.
Needs: Slot WR, safety, LB

Beason played strong, weak and middle linebacker in college. He can move inside for the Chargers, replacing salary-cap casualty Donnie Edwards. In Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips, the Chargers have pass rushers. They need a run stopper – and that's Beason's forte.


31. CHICAGO BEARS

Selection: Dwayne Jarrett, WR, Southern Cal
Needs: CB, TE, RB

Jarrett isn't as fast as the NFL would like. But when it's 10-below and the wind is howling off Lake Michigan in January in Chicago, who needs speed? Jarrett is a big (6-4) target with long arms (35 inches). He's a playmaker, evidenced by his staggering 41 touchdowns in college. And he's skipping his senior season.


32. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Selection: Michael Griffin, S, Texas
Needs: LB, slot WR, CB

The Colts lost starting cornerbacks Jason David and Nick Harper in free agency. Griffin would allow the Colts to move starting safety Marlon Jackson back to his true cornerback position. Colts coach Tony Dungy likes DBs who hit – and Griffin leaves Texas with 364 career tackles.
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Unread postby jfiling » Sun Apr 29, 2007 7:54 am

When it came down to it, Gosselin's final mock draft looked about as pedestrian as all the others I've seen. Looks like the guru has lost his mojo.
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