Posted on: March 12, 2010 1:45 am
Edited on: March 12, 2010 1:48 am
BleacherReport.com continues their series of team-by-team mock drafts, projecting the best-case, most realistic and worst-case scenarios for each team. As we move forward we'll combine these mocks in to three-team packages for easier consumption.
Take a look!
Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers are one of the hottest teams in the NFL going into the 2010 season. And going into the draft they will look to add to an already explosive offense by giving quarterback Aaron Rodgers a few more weapons to play with.
Their defense is strong since there has been a focus on drafting on that side of the ball for the past few seasons. The only pressing needs are in the secondary.
The following is the best-case, worst-case, and most likely scenario for the first four rounds of the draft, plus a shot-in-the-dark guess at the Packers fifth-round selection.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the second year of their rebuilding process, and are sitting pretty at the top of the first round of the 2010 draft. But, if they don't choose wisely they could get burnt and take a step backwards.
In 2009, the Bucs found their franchise quarterback in Josh Freeman, but there are still plenty of roster holes that need to be filled come April.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have done a great job filling in some needs so far this offseason. Bringing back Ryan Clark was a huge decision, and he has proven himself to be a very good safety paired with Troy Polamalu.
The Steelers then went out and signed safety Will Allen and receivers Antwaan Randle El and Arnaz Battle. These moves filled in some holes in the reserve positions, and will surely help the Steelers come April. They can now pick the best players available, and continue to build for the future.
Posted on: February 28, 2010 4:13 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2010 4:26 pm
By Chad Reuter , NFLDraftScout.com
INDIANAPOLIS -- It's rare that a pair of defensive tackles get as much attention at the combine as the elite quarterbacks. Then again, Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh and Oklahoma's Gerald McCoy are rare talents.
Suh and McCoy are likely rated higher on many teams' boards than quarterbacks Sam Bradford (Oklahoma) and Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame), a rarity in today's of fense-happy NFL.
The St. Louis Rams and Detroit Lions have the top two picks, and could use McCoy and Suh on their porous defenses. But two questions remain: Who is better? And is either worth taking in the top two selections?
Neither question is easily answered. Suh said on Saturday that he would be happy for his "good friend" McCoy if he went No. 1. But he added that he'd "definitely be disappointed with myself not getting it. I'm a competitor. I want to be No. 1. So that's what I'm going to strive for."
That attitude is just one of the reason teams like his game. But despite Suh finishing fourth in the Heisman voting (85 tackles, 24 for loss, 12 sacks) while riding the wave of a dominant performance against Texas in the Big 12 Championship Game, McCoy will be ranked higher on some boards because of his ability to explode into the backfield as a three-technique.
Because he redshirted, McCoy could have entered the draft after the 2008 season and been a first-round pick. But there was little doubt after an All-American junior year (15.5 tackles for loss, six sacks) that he would take his game to the NFL. After McCoy made his decision to leave school early, Sooners head coach Bob Stoops said: "I've never been associated with a young man who was any more impressive than Gerald."
Posted on: January 20, 2010 4:40 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2010 6:08 pm
If you're the Cleveland Browns, this year promises to be a year of "change for the better".
With a new front office in place, a clear Super Bowl roadmap is being formulated, and the Browns have their best chance of making the postseason since the return to Cleveland in 1999.
The Browns have 11 draft picks to use this season due to trades made in the last year. While most of the picks come in the later rounds, any chance to increase your draft haul is a bonus for a struggling team.
The only predictable thing about the NFL draft is that it is unpredictable. Last-minute trades can still be made, and the teams picking ahead can always make a surprise move. Basically... this is an inexact science.
So, with that said, here's the best-case scenario, worst-case scenario, and a "realistic" look at who the Browns might get in this year's draft class.
With the seventh pick in the draft, the Browns are out of the Ndamukong Suh sweepstakes. But the next best thing might be Gerald McCoy...