Same rules as years past. Everyone is free to submit ONE full first-round mock. Post your official mocks in this thread. You may edit as often as you like up until 12:00 NOON EDT on draft day (4/25) at which time mods will lock the thread.
[U]Former winners include posters David Harris and Kerry Rhodes.[/U] Try to join them in immortality.
The official updated template is below, copy or quote it for your mocks.
I will score the mocks in the days immediately after the draft. The winner wins respect in the Draft Forum (worth its weight in gold, note this is just a title and is weightless) plus exclusive signature rights proclaiming you are the 2009 JI Mock Champ.
Good luck, mock it up!!
(Lets use the example poster X predicted Detriot Lions--Matt Stafford.
[COLOR="DarkOrange"]2 points[/COLOR]--Right Team, Right player, Right slot
(Official Detroit selects Stafford 1.1)
[COLOR="DarkOrange"]1 point[/COLOR]---Right team, Right player, WRONG SLOT
(Official Detroit lets say trades down to 3 and takes Stafford there.)
[COLOR="DarkOrange"]1 point[/COLOR]---WRONG TEAM, Right player, Right slot
(Official Detroit trades with Seattle, and Seattle selects Stafford first overall).
Supposing the Chiefs were to Pick Sanchez and then trade him, lets say to the 49ers for arguments sake, how does this get scored?
What happens if the trade is consummated before the 49ers pick, and what happens if the deal would be made by the teams after both pick.
If that happens the whole contest is null and void. :P
Eli/Phillip trades are rare but it's a good question. I say we make it so that whoever is on the clock i.e. whatever team the commish says made the selection i.e. submitted the card is the team that is counted for our purposes. I really don't care how we score it so if anyone has a better idea feel free to offer it. We could just award points all around for both teams/slots for that pick.
1. DET: M. STAFFORD, QB. GEORGIA
DET can take stafford, not feel rushed to start him in september (maybe not '09 at all) and still possess enough early picks to address other needs. And lets be honest, they're probably picking in the top 10 next year too. The chances of them getting a great OT next year are probably better than having a shot at Bradford or whomever else might surface.
2. STL: J. SMITH, OT. BAYLOR
Pace is out, and STL is drafting his replacement. Maybe it's Monroe maybe it's not. Everyone in stl thinks it's Smith
3. KC: E. MUNROE, OT. VIRGINIA
Some say Raji, some say Jackson, some say curry, but for #3 money, there's only one position on the board that you can bank on. OT. kick albert in to LG, have monroe at LT and proceed to have the greatest weakside running game and pass protection in the AFC west.
4. SEA: M. SANCHEZ, QB. USC:
though trade or new era for Mora, Sanchez will go here/
5. CLE: A. CURRY, LB. WAKE FOREST
I had Crabtree going here, and I still think if my Raji guess goes south, this where he goes. Obviously though if curry is here, CLE will take him no questions asked
6. CIN: A. SMITH, OT. ALABAMA:
Protect Palmer = maybe winning 8 games. Seems like the best case scenario for CIN his year
7. OAK: J. MACLIN, WR. MIZZOU
Thought long and hard about this, and I think after the last few disastrous years of FA and draft picks, maybe they’ll just take the best WR that has the measurables.
8. JAX: M. CRABTREE, WR. TEX TECH
Kind of obligatory pick if he's there...but JAX might just say eff this and go Raji.. Raji is a beast.
9. GB: B.J. RAJI, DT, BC.
My gut tells me Raji will never make it this far. lets see.
10. SF: M. OHER, OT. OLE MISS
Singletary wants a smashmouth defense and a smash mouth offense. If one of the 4 OTs is still there, mark it down.
11. BUF: B. ORAKPO, DE. TEXAS:
With all the elite OTs off the board, back to drafting a pass rusher
12. DEN: T. JACKSON, DE. LSU
I don't think Jackson is the hottest product on the market, but DEN needs big bodies on that D-line, and the LB'er selection won't change much in the next few picks. Also, trade partners CLE, JAX or SF whom DEN make talk to about Raji (or Sanchez i guess but i doubt it) will like Jackson here as well.
13. WSH: A. MAYBIN, DE/OLB. PENN ST.
Even if they trade with SEA, I could see SEA taking this guy. Otherwise WSH would like to get that strong side OLB filled Maybin has tons of potential.
14. NO: C. MATTHEWS, OLB. USC
These guys are all over the board. Some think they're foolish enough to take another RB, others say it's a lock to take Jenkins. While Corner is a need, there is some reasonable depth and OLB is right up there. I think Matthews is the sleeper hit of the USC bunch
17. HOU: M. JENKINS, CB. OH ST.
With Matthews off the board, Jenkins is the BPA for them.
16. SD: K. MORENO, RB. GEORGIA
SD needs O-Line and some help on the inside linebacking position, and had Moreno not been there, probably would have opted for Maualuga. But while we all have blind faith in LT, if he was to get injured next year and miss time, SD will suffer a much worse collapse than the one seen by loosing Merriman. Moreno can be LT's Turner for the next year and half.
17. NYJ: B. PETTIGREW, TE. OKLA ST
The Jets will be devastated to see and Moreno go off the board before them. Wells is still on the board, but consensus is he does not represent a massive upgrade over the RBs available in the later rounds. I imagine the Jets will try to trade out, namely with the NYG but I don't think they'll find alot of partners. The Jets need at TE is much more significant than most think. For a team looking to field a young QB and hammer the rock 35+ times a game, having a TE who can block for you RBs, and catch for your QB is a perfect fit. Won't be the popular pick by any means.
18: DEN: E. BROWN, OLB/DE. FLORIDA STATE.
They continue to beef up the defense.
19. TB: J. FREEMAN, QB. KANSAS ST.
I flirted with a pass rusher here, still could be the case, but that just could be to lessen the interest in the guy the really want and know will take a year to develop.
20: DET: E. BRITTON, OT. ARZ.
The Lions aren't expecting to make the playoffs this year. Makes more sense to take an O-lineman now and give him a year to work on his craft as Stafford is transitioned in slowly. They can work on DEF next year.
21. PHI: R. AYERS, DE. TENN
If PHI doesn’t get involved in a trade, they’ll be ticked off they missed on Moreno and Pettigrew but will wait for a RB as they need to keep that D-line packed with talent to stay alive in the NFC east.
22. W. BEATTY, OT. CONNECTICUT
Not the sexiest pick, but it sure will make one of the QBs look a little sexier (they hope).
23. NE: B. CUSHING, OLB. USC
With a need at LB this is just too good to be true.
24. ATL: P. JERRY, DT. OLE MISS
Nothing special to report here. ATL will fill one of it's big needs. Cushing is the other possibility.
25. MIA: D. BUTLER, CB. CONNECTICUT.
Probably should be taking Davis, but given the recent test result scandal, Butler is the next best thing.
26. BLT: R. MAUALUGA, ILB. USC.
It's Baltimore and as much as we all would like to credit Flacco and his eyebrows for that surprise run last year, without a stout Defense the ravens no flock worth taking seriously. Scott's flown away to the Jets, and Ray was around when the ark of the covenant was lost, so what better way to replace Ray than with Rey? (say that last whole part out loud). Mark it down. Rey over Heyward-Bey.
27. IND: E. HOOD. MIZZOU
Defensive tackle is certainly a need for this team. Manning isn't gonna be throwing anymore 40+ TD seasons. A Defense is necessary to keep IND competitive.
28. BUF: M. UNGER, C/OT. OREG.
No Pettigrew, no Beatty and took a pass rusher with their first picks leaves them taking Unger who played 2 years of LT before moving to center. Versatile and will help the O-line immediately.
29. NYG: D. HEYWARD-BEY, WR. MARYLAND.
If by some force NY hasn't traded up, or for Edwards, they will certainly look at WR, namely DHB if he's there.
30. TEN: V. DAVIS, CB. ILLINOIS
Definitely a need they will try to address in round 1. Can't really think of a way to elaborate on it. They're thin and they want to keep their defensive identity in tact.
31. ARZ: C. WELLS, RB. OHIO ST
Hard to believe Wells fell this far, but ARZ won’t be disappointed at all.
32. PIT: A. MACK, C. CAL.
The Steelers will be more than happy to take Mack off the board, filling a major need and helping the QB Big Ben to save a couple of his 9 lives for down the road.
NEW YORK JETS FULL DRAFT:
1st rnd: B. Pettigrew -TE, OKLA ST.
2nd rnd: F. Moala -DT, USC
3rd rnd: A. Brown -RB, N.C. ST.
4th rnd: P. Turner -WR, USC
6th rnd: H. Milton -DE/OLB, TEXAS
7th rnd: C. Clemons -S, Clemson
IF THEY MANAGE TO TRADE BACK (late first/early 2nd)
1st rnd: R. Brace -DT, BC
2nd rnd: K. Britt -WR, Rutgers
2nd rnd: J. Gilbert -DE, SJ ST.
3rd rnd: A. Brown -RB, N.C. ST
4th rnd: A. Hill -TE, N.C. ST.
4th rnd: M. Mickens -CB, CIN
6th rnd: G. Isdaner -OT/OG, W. VIRG
7th rnd: C. Clemons -S, Clemson