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    Sports writers from first-round cities make their picks

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports...979,full.story

    Interesting mock here. Not all that impossible really. Imagine if this is how the first round played out!

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    By Sam Farmer Tribune newspapers
    1:07 p.m. CDT, April 10, 2010

    To piece together my mock draft version 2.0, I simulated a draft by calling, in order, newspaper writers who cover the first-round teams on a daily basis.

    Some results were surprising. Center Maurkice Pouncey went earlier than I expected, USC's Taylor Mays and Everson Griffen fell out of the first round and Dez Bryant was the only receiver chosen.

    Scribes, you are on the clock:

    1. Rams: QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma. (pick by Jim Thomas, St. Louis Post-Dispatch) "They're doing everything but stitching his name on his jersey."

    2. Lions: DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska. (Nick Cotsonika, Detroit Free Press) "Suh is the smart, multidimensional and productive player the Lions want."

    3. Buccaneers: DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma. (Rick Stroud, St. Petersburg Times) "If McCoy or Suh is there, the Buccaneers will run to the commissioner with the card."

    4. Redskins: OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State. (Rick Maese, Washington Post) " Donovan McNabb will have someone to protect his blind side, a luxury Jason Campbell didn't often have."

    5. Chiefs: S Eric Berry, Tennessee. (Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star) "It's been close to 10 years since the Chiefs have had a playmaking safety in the secondary."

    6. Seahawks: OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma. (Danny O'Neil, Seattle Times) "His athleticism makes him a better fit than Iowa's Brian Bulaga for Alex Gibbs' zone-blocking scheme."

    7. Browns: QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame. (Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland Plain Dealer) "The Browns could try to trade the pick, draft Clausen and trade him or draft him and keep him. They also like Colt McCoy."

    8. Raiders: OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland. (Jerry McDonald, Oakland Tribune) "There's a 50-50 shot they take Campbell, but they'd probably take Trent Williams over him."

    9. Bills: OT Brian Bulaga, Iowa. (Mark Gaughan, Buffalo News) "The left tackle position torpedoed the entire team last year. The Bills would be happy to get any of the top guys."

    10. Jaguars: ILB Rolando McClain, Alabama. (Vito Stellino, Florida Times-Union) "The Jaguars are short on linebackers. Question is, is McClain better than the best defensive end on the board?"

    11. Broncos: C Maurkice Pouncey, Florida. (Lindsay Jones, Denver Post) "This is a bit high for a center, but the Broncos don't have one. If they were to line up today, they'd have nobody to snap the ball."

    12. Dolphins: WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State. (Omar Kelly, South Florida Sun Sentinel) "Dez Bryant is looking for a father figure, and Bill Parcells wouldn't mind being one. The Dolphins need a difference maker at receiver."

    13. 49ers: CB Joe Haden, Florida. (Matt Maiocco, Santa Rosa Press Democrat) "The 49ers need help in the secondary, and their corners aren't great. Haden would be a good pick at a high-profile position of need."

    14. Seahawks: RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson. (O'Neil) "Seattle is one of four teams not to have a 1,000-yard rusher in any of the past four seasons. Spiller would be an instant upgrade at the position."

    15. Giants: DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida. (Ralph Vacchiano, New York Daily News) "He's a freakish athlete, and the Giants have some uncertainty at the position, especially with Osi Umenyiora unhappy."

    16. Titans: DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech. (Jim Wyatt, The Tennessean) "The Titans are in desperate need of an impact player at the position after losing Kyle Vanden Bosch in free agency."

    17. 49ers: OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers. ( Dan Brown, San Jose Mercury News) "The 49ers sorely need offensive line help, and Mike Singletary's presence will help allay concerns about Davis' character."

    18. Steelers: G Mike Iupati, Idaho. (Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) "The Steelers need to start getting some studs on their offensive line, and Iupati certainly is that. He's a safe pick for them."

    19. Falcons: OLB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri. (D. Orlando Ledbetter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution) "With Mike Peterson turning 34, the Falcons need a run-and-hit linebacker who's adept in coverage."

    20. Texans: S Earl Thomas, Texas. (Jerome Solomon, Houston Chronicle) "The Texans really need some help in the secondary, and Thomas has the type of ballhawking skills they could use."

    21. Bengals: TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma. (Joe Reedy, Cincinnati Enquirer) "Tight end is a real weakness for the Bengals. They need a guy who can both block and stretch the field."

    22. Patriots: OLB Sergio Kindle, Texas. (Karen Guregian, Boston Herald) "Kindle fits the physical prototype the Patriots like for an OLB/DE. They also like Michigan's Brandon Graham."

    23. Packers: CB Patrick Robinson, Florida State. (Bob McGinn, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) " Al Harris is 35 and coming off reconstructive knee surgery; Charles Woodson is 33. Robinson fills a real need."

    24. Eagles: CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State. (Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer) "With Sheldon Brown gone to Cleveland, the Eagles need a cornerback who can step right into the starting lineup."

    25. Ravens: DT Jared Odrick, Penn State. (Jamison Hensley, Baltimore Sun) "The Ravens need youth on the defensive line, and Odrick would fit right into their 3-4 scheme."

    26. Cardinals: DT Dan Williams, Tennessee. (Kent Somers, Arizona Republic) "The Cardinals have been searching for a 3-4 nose tackle ever since Ken Whisenhunt arrived. They need somebody who can hold the middle."

    27. Cowboys: OT Charles Brown, USC. (Clarence Hill, Fort Worth Star-Telegram) "With Flozell Adams gone, the Cowboys have a hole at the position. Brown not only fills an area of need, but he fits in that draft slot."

    28. Chargers: RB Ryan Mathews, Fresno State. (Jay Paris, North County Times) "LaDainian Tomlinson is gone, and the Chargers have a void at running back. They'll hope to get Alabama DT Terrence Cody in the second."

    29. Jets: DE Brandon Graham, Michigan. (Rich Cimini, New York Daily News) "One of the problems the Jets had on defense was they had to blitz a lot of guys to get pressure. They need a pass rusher."

    30. Vikings: CB Devin McCourty, Rutgers. (Judd Zulgad, Minneapolis Star Tribune) "Depth at corner is a problem for the Vikings, who have had health problems at the position. They really like McCourty."

    31. Colts: DT Brian Price, UCLA. (Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star) "The Colts failed in their attempt to get better on the defensive line last offseason. The bid continues this year."

    32. Saints: OLB Jerry Hughes, TCU. (Mike Triplett, New Orleans Times-Picayune) "Hughes might be a 'tweener for a 4-3 defense, but defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will find a way to fit him in."

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    I'd be a fan of that. I'm still rooting that somehow Dan Williams falls to us, but I am a fan of Graham and think he'll be a player. Excellent strength at the point and good speed knowing how to get a pass rush.

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    I just don't think graham will be there. I would be excited to have him and that would be an excellent value pick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkyMarkSanchez View Post
    I just don't think graham will be there. I would be excited to have him and that would be an excellent value pick.
    How dare you not trust a draft made by teams writers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkyMarkSanchez View Post
    I just don't think graham will be there. I would be excited to have him and that would be an excellent value pick.
    Quote Originally Posted by C Mart View Post
    How dare you not trust a draft made by teams writers...
    I don't think he'll be there either, but it's not crazy to predict that he'll be available.

    There's a lot of scenarios where he'll be there, especially if the 3 top QBs and/or the 3 top CBs go in the top 28.
    Last edited by SMC; 04-10-2010 at 11:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C Mart View Post
    How dare you not trust a draft made by teams writers...
    Of which most have never played a snap of football at any level (pop-warner to NFL.....probably the Madden video game series as well).

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    I keep hearing how Brandon Graham won't be around for our pick, but unless someone falls in with him before us it's more possible than it's treated as. Teams use the early rounds to find their prototypes...and Graham at "only" 6'2 with 30" arms isn't falling under anyone's idea of prototype.
    Last edited by SenorGato; 04-10-2010 at 11:50 PM.

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    You might need to have someone check on me to make sure I hadn't died and gone to heaven if that's the way it pans out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SenorGato View Post
    I keep hearing how Brandon Graham won't be around for our pick, but unless someone falls in with him before us it's more possible than it's treated as. Teams use the early rounds to find their prototypes...and Graham at "only" 6'2 with 30" arms isn't falling under anyone's idea of prototype.
    Exactly.

    Graham is the type of player who would be there at 29.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMC View Post
    Exactly.

    Graham is the type of player who would be there at 29.
    I remember thinking the same thing about Dwight Freeney . . . until he went 11th overall.

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    There's something seriously wrong with this mock...Cimini making a good pick for the Jets? He must have been having an off-day.

    Graham at #29 would be a great pick IMO.

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    hard choice with Taylor Mays still on the board, adding Mays would complete a super unit at DB

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    I also did an intersite mock draft and Graham was there at 29

    http://draftdaddy.com/MD/draft2010intersite.htm

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    Graham falls into the not likely, but possible category. These guys got teams like ARZ getting Dan Williams, GB taking robinson... not gonna happen. These guys are beat writers, not scouts and just drafting based on team need and ignoring too much of the politics involved.

    I give graham about 25% chance at best. Its' contigent on ATL taking Weatherspoon, not the Giants, and where Sergio Kindle goes. Kindle goes to CIN, NE takes Graham. I also think the titans and Cowboys are sleepers to take Graham.

    Graham is easily #1 now on my wish list though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paradis View Post
    Graham falls into the not likely, but possible category. These guys got teams like ARZ getting Dan Williams, GB taking robinson... not gonna happen. These guys are beat writers, not scouts and just drafting based on team need and ignoring too much of the politics involved.

    I give graham about 25% chance at best. Its' contigent on ATL taking Weatherspoon, not the Giants, and where Sergio Kindle goes. Kindle goes to CIN, NE takes Graham. I also think the titans and Cowboys are sleepers to take Graham.

    Graham is easily #1 now on my wish list though.
    But they at least know as much as fans on message boards.

    That said, it definitely is a domino effect if Graham is there. But that's how it always happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetsfaneh View Post
    7. Browns: QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame. (Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland Plain Dealer) "The Browns could try to trade the pick, draft Clausen and trade him or draft him and keep him. They also like Colt McCoy."
    The Browns may want to stop drafting QBs.

    Especially the ones from Notre Dame.

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    ^ i think we have a better handle on affairs than they do. Better league wide perspective

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paradis View Post
    ^ i think we have a better handle on affairs than they do. Better league wide perspective
    What does "league wide" perspective have to do with a beat writer for a specific team opining on who the team he covers will pick?

    Yes, the draftniks may know more league wide stuff, but that is totally irrelevant to the mock in this thread.

    The mock was made by 32 beat writers who know their respective teams. This is not a single beat writer or collection of beat writers making a mock based on other team's needs. This is based on their own teams.

    For instance, all Cimini is doing is looking who's off the board at 29 and then deciding who the Jets would take based on what he knows. Cimini doesn't need to know what other teams would take.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paradis View Post
    ^ i think we have a better handle on affairs than they do. Better league wide perspective
    we are all high on Graham because he fits Jets system... in another draft he's long gone but he doesn't fit the 4-3 and this draft class is literally deepest for 30 years. there's a decent and very real chance he's there.

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    oh ok, i guess i'm completely wrong and an idiot. Those picks are totally realistic. my bad.

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