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    FINAL Rick Gosselin Draft

    He is considered the tru-gu-ru.

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont...k.3cacf47.html

    By RICK GOSSELIN / The Dallas Morning News
    rgosselin@dallasnews.com

    1. ST. LOUIS RAMS
    Sam Bradford, Quarterback, Oklahoma

    The Rams have passed on potential franchise quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Mark Sanchez in the last two drafts. Both have started NFL playoff games. St. Louis must stop ignoring the quarterback position.

    Other needs: QB, Pass rush, WR, DT

    2. DETROIT LIONS

    Ndamukong Suh, Defensive tackle, Nebraska
    The Lions need defensive size to tackle Adrian Peterson, plus an inside pass rush to pressure Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler in the division. Suh fills both bills for the NFL's 32nd-ranked defense.

    Other needs: RB, CB, DL, OL

    3. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

    Gerald McCoy, Defensive tackle, Oklahoma
    The Buccaneers were one of the NFL's best teams throughout the 2000 decade on the strength of a dominating defensive front. Tampa Bay is no longer dominant up front. Time to reload.

    Other needs: DE, DT, LB, WR

    4. WASHINGTON REDSKINS

    Russell Okung, Offensive tackle, Oklahoma State
    If the Redskins can't protect Donovan McNabb, he will suffer the same fate as Jason Campbell (46 sacks and a loss of confidence). Incumbent Chris Samuels has retired at left tackle, so this pick becomes a walk-in starter.

    Other needs: LT, QB, NT, RB

    5. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
    Eric Berry, Safety, Tennessee

    The Chiefs brought in Mike Vrabel for leadership a year ago. But he's 35 this season. Berry will be running the KC defense inside of a year. He's never not started in his football career and also offers corner cover skills.

    Other needs: DT, LB, S, WR

    6. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
    Trent Williams, Offensive tackle, Oklahoma
    Like the Redskins, the Seahawks also need to find a blindside pass protector for their veteran quarterback. Seattle QBs were sacked 41 times last season, and Matt Hasselbeck couldn't stay healthy under that assault.

    Other needs: OT, QB, RB, DE

    7. CLEVELAND BROWNS
    Derrick Morgan, Outside linebacker, Georgia Tech
    The Browns need help across the board on defense. They traded their top pass rusher (OLB Kamerion Wimbley) to Oakland this off-season. Morgan is coming off a 12 -sack season at Georgia Tech.

    Other needs: QB, S, CB, DE

    8. OAKLAND RAIDERS
    Anthony Davis, Offensive tackle, Rutgers
    No quarterback not JaMarcus Russell, Bruce Gradkowski or Charlie Frye has a chance until the Raiders start protecting him. Oakland allowed 49 sacks in 2009. Davis is the best athlete of any left tackle on the board.

    Other needs: LT, QB, LB, DE

    9. BUFFALO BILLS
    Dan Williams, Defensive tackle, Tennessee
    The Bills are switching to a 3-4 defense in 2010, and that scheme starts with a nose tackle who can attract double- and triple-teams. Williams is that guy. At 327, he's a space-eater who makes plays.

    Other needs: QB, NT, OT, WR

    10. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
    Brandon Graham, Defensive end, Michigan
    Graham is the most polished pass rusher in this draft. He'll have the quickest impact and a Jacksonville defense that ranked last in the NFL in sacks is in dire need of someone who can have an instant impact.

    Other needs: Pass rush, LB, S, DT

    11. DENVER BRONCOS
    Rolando McClain, Middle linebacker, Alabama
    The Broncos cut starting inside middle linebacker Andra Davis at season's end. McClain is a walk-in starter. He won the Butkus Award as the best linebacker in college football last season.

    Other needs: MLB, DT, WR, Power RB

    12. MIAMI DOLPHINS
    Demaryius Thomas, Wide receiver, Georgia Tech
    The Dolphins have a young quarterback in Chad Henne. The way to accelerate his development is to surround him with playmakers. With the arrival of Brandon Marshall and Thomas, Henne could be a Pro Bowler very soon.

    Other needs: NT, RB, S, CB

    13. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
    Joe Haden, Cornerback, Florida
    The 49ers will look at RB C.J. Spiller but he'd arrive as a backup to Frank Gore. Haden walks in as a starter and fills a void in an area of need. You can't win the NFC West unless you can cover Larry Fitzgerald.

    Other needs: OT, CB, S, WR

    14. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
    Ryan Mathews, Halfback, Fresno State
    Mathews is better suited to be an every-down back than C.J. Spiller because he has the bulk at 220 pounds. Spiller is a Reggie Bush clone at 198 pounds. The Seahawks need an every-down back to improve the NFL's 26th-ranked rushing attack.

    Other needs: OT, QB, RB, DE

    15. NEW YORK GIANTS
    Jason Pierre-Paul, Defensive end, South Florida
    Pierre-Paul played only one season of college football but has the most upside of any pass rusher in this draft at 6-5, 270 with 4.64 speed. Osi Umenyiora (Troy) was supposed to be a project, too, and he became a Pro Bowler.

    Other needs: MLB, Pass rush, CB, TE

    16. TENNESSEE TITANS
    Kyle Wilson, Cornerback, Boise State
    The Titans need to improve the front and back end of their defense. But the D-line quality has vanished by this point of the draft. So the focus shifts to a very talented first-round cornerback board.

    Other needs: DE, CB, S, KR

    17. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
    Bryan Bulaga, Offensive tackle, Iowa
    The 49ers need a right tackle to bookend Joe Staley on the left side, and the best right tackle in the draft slides to them at 17. They'd look again at C.J. Spiller, but quality tackles are harder to find than running backs.

    Other needs: OT, CB, S, WR

    18. PITTSBURGH STEELERS
    Maurkice Pouncey, Center, Florida
    With Ben Roethlisberger's future in flux, the Steelers are likely to revert to the power offense that won Super Bowls in the 1970s. But you need blockers, and Pouncey gives them flexibility at center and guard.

    Other needs: Int. OL, CB, S, QB

    19. ATLANTA FALCONS
    Mike Iupati, Guard, Idaho
    Like the Steelers, the Falcons need to get their run game back on track. They fell from first in the NFL in 2008 to 15th in 2009. Better blockers produce better runners. Iupati is the best drive-blocker in the draft.

    Other needs: CB, S, Int. OL

    20. HOUSTON TEXANS
    C.J. Spiller, Halfback, Clemson
    The Texans can't have another season from Steve Slaton like 2009. Maybe it was a sophomore slump. Spiller gives them insurance against that. He's also a fine complementary piece if Slaton does bounce back.

    Other needs: RB, CB, Int. OL, S

    21. CINCINNATI BENGALS
    Jermaine Gresham, Tight end, Oklahoma
    The Bengals need to give QB Carson Palmer a reliable safety-valve option. Cincinnati got fewer than 50 catches from its tight ends last season. Gresham can be to Palmer what Jason Witten is to Tony Romo.

    Other needs: TE, DE, Int.OL, S

    22. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
    Earl Thomas, Safety, Texas
    The Patriots have defensive needs in this draft but also the luxury of taking the best player on the board. It's Thomas, who gives them a combination of a cover safety and ballhawk. He had eight interceptions last fall.

    Other needs: TE, DL, Pass rush, CB

    23. GREEN BAY PACKERS
    Jerry Hughes, Outside linebacker, TCU
    Dom Capers would like to give the Packers a version of the Blitzburgh scheme he ran in Pittsburgh in the 1990s. He has one elite pass rusher in Clay Matthews, and Hughes would give Capers pressure from the other side.

    Other needs: Pass rush, OT, CB

    24. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
    Devin McCourty, Cornerback, Rutgers
    Not only is McCourty an elite cover cornerback, he may be the best special teams player in this draft. He blocked seven kicks and returned a kickoff for a touchdown in his career. He replaces Sheldon Brown.

    Other needs: OL, DL, CB, TE

    25. BALTIMORE RAVENS
    Kareem Jackson, Cornerback, Alabama
    The Ravens have always won with a physical brand of defense, and Jackson is the most physical corner in this draft. He goes from the No. 2-ranked defense in college to the No. 3-ranked defense in the NFL.

    Other needs: DT, TE, CB, Pass rush

    26. ARIZONA CARDINALS
    Sean Weatherspoon, Outside linebacker, Missouri
    The Cardinals have two huge holes in their defense with the departures this off-season of OLB Karlos Dansby and FS Antrel Rolle. Weatherspoon gives Arizona a linebacker with the same physical and athletic traits as Dansby.

    Other needs: OLB, S, WR, TE

    27. DALLAS COWBOYS
    Dez Bryant, Wide receiver, Oklahoma State
    Bryant won't slide to the Cowboys at 27, so look for Jerry Jones to move up if Bryant tumbles deep into the teens. Bryant has immaturity issues that are scaring teams off. Jones still regrets passing on Randy Moss.

    Other needs: LT, S, WR, Youth on OL

    28. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
    Jared Odrick, Defensive end, Penn State
    The Chargers need help up front, and Odrick falls into the category of best player available. The Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year brings 304 pounds of run defense excellence to NFL's 20th-ranked run defense.

    Other needs: RB, NT, Blocking TE, CB

    29. NEW YORK JETS
    Patrick Robinson, Cornerback, Florida State
    There's a flat spot on this board from Nos. 29-32 where first-round talent runs out, and teams will be drafting what they consider second-round players. Look for the Jets to try to trade out. Failing there, give them Robinson.

    Other needs: C, CB, Pass rush, RB

    30. MINNESOTA VIKINGS
    Jimmy Clausen, Quarterback, Notre Dame
    The Vikings were hoping a cornerback would slide to them but instead hit the jackpot with the slide of Clausen. He gives them their QB of the future when Brett Favre finally does retire, probably in 2011.

    Other needs: CB, S, DT, RB

    31. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
    Rodger Saffold, Offensive tackle, Indiana
    The Colts released a starting guard (Ryan Lilja) this off-season, so there's an immediate opening on the AFC champions. Saffold has value in his versatility. Scouts think he can play center, guard or tackle.

    Other needs: OL, DL, 2 CB

    32. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
    Brian Price, Defensive tackle, UCLA
    If the Saints want to repeat as NFC South champions, they must bulk up the defensive front to slow down the elite running backs at Atlanta and Carolina. Price was the Pac-10's Defensive Player of the Year.

    Other needs: OLB, S, DT, Pass rusher

    Note: Carolina and Chicago, which follow, do not have first-round picks

    48. CAROLINA PANTHERS
    Chris Cook, Cornerback/Safety, Virginia
    The Panthers don't pick until the second round. Cook is the biggest corner in the draft at 6-2, 212 pounds. Some teams project him as a safety. He can give the Panthers a physical presence at corner or as a cover safety.

    Other needs: WR, QB, DE, TE

    75. CHICAGO BEARS
    Major Wright, Safety, Florida
    The Bears don't pick until the third round. The offensive line, running back, quarterback and linebacker boards will be picked clean by then. So the Bears take the best player on the board a playmaking safety.

    Other needs: CB, S, WR, Int. OL

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    Earl Thomas lasts until #22? No f-in way.

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    That being said, I tend to think that trading back is the way to go this year. Somebody is going to be looking to trade into the back end of the round - probably for Colt McCoy - and we can pick up a 3rd rounder in what is one of the deepest drafts in recent memory.

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    I left a comment for Gosselin asking why he thinks Center is a need position for the Jets. Granted, a good backup center would be nice to have for Mangold, but as for it being a need, I don't think so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mario8723 View Post
    That being said, I tend to think that trading back is the way to go this year. Somebody is going to be looking to trade into the back end of the round - probably for Colt McCoy - and we can pick up a 3rd rounder in what is one of the deepest drafts in recent memory.
    Or how about for Clausen? That would be the best thing that could come out of the way that board fell.....if Clausen falls to #29, how abouts we swing a trade with our old boy Mangini?

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    Patrick Robinson aint a bad prize.

    had him in ham s name your 29 pick.

    gosselin is very good in choosing who goes in the first round. maybe not the order but defintely the round.

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    if it fell this way, and I were the Jets GM my list would look like this:

    Taylor Mays
    Terrence Cody
    Everson Griffen

    all before Patrick Robinston.

    force me to choose it might just be Griffen.

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    Unless I overlooked it, it seems like Sergio Kindle would be the no-brainer pick there, no?

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    even Nole fans don't like Patrick Robinson. He would be a terrible selection.


    and yes, Earl Thomas will not be on the board at #22

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ven0m View Post
    Unless I overlooked it, it seems like Sergio Kindle would be the no-brainer pick there, no?
    No.

    I'd take Griffen over Kindle, plus there's still Cody and Mays.

    Question for the board that might get it's own thread:

    Why is everyone so scared to gamble on Cody and Mays here? We're picking 29th and we have the best team ever or something...if these guys have a shot to be something in the league it's with a team like this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SenorGato View Post
    Why is everyone so scared to gamble on Cody and Mays here? We're picking 29th and we have the best team ever or something...if these guys have a shot to be something in the league it's with a team like this one.

    Senor: 2 words. Vernon Gholston

    I don't (and expect the Jets don't) want to have two Round 1 BUST selections, in 3 years.

    that said, maybe he would fit into the system. It may work if you move Jim Leonard to the back, and let Mayes play up front. Otherwise, i don't see a fit. Mayes lack of pass coverage support is well documented.


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    Gholston was a top 6 pick in his draft...this is the 29th pick in the draft. You couldn't even trade the 29th pick straight up for the 6th pick, so why would I value the two picks the same?

    Also, Gholston is a poor excuse to not draft someone....it's like the Anthony Becht zomg! thing everyone was doing a couple years ago.

    Also, Mays' well documented issues are that he doesn't make plays. As far as playing deep goes, he'd outplay Leonhard fairly easily.
    Last edited by SenorGato; 04-22-2010 at 10:52 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ven0m View Post
    Unless I overlooked it, it seems like Sergio Kindle would be the no-brainer pick there, no?
    Not a fan of Kindle... Think Hughes and Griffen are both going to be better players.

    Kindle lacks in some areas... He's not especially strong and he doesn't love getting the nose dirty. Also doesn't show that unbelievable speed around the edge.

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