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Mike D’s Early Look at the Top Prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft
Monday, July 22, 2011
 

1. Andrew Luck-Quarterback - Stanford
Luck is my highest rated college quarterback prospect for the pros since Troy Aikman was at UCLA.
 
2. Quinton Coples-Defensive End -  North Carolina
Quinton has skills similar to former Tar Heel Robert Quinn, who the St. Louis Rams took in the opening round in April. Long, very lean pass rush ace who can turn the corner in a flash. Quinton racked up 15 ½ tackles for losses, 10 quarterback sacks and 10 pressures in 2010.
 
3. Landry Jones-Quarterback -  Oklahoma
Landry is not as athletic as former Sooner QB. Sam Bradford, but he is an accurate downfield passer, who possesses excellent size and very good arm strength. He also is a student of the game. In two seasons as a starter Jones has completed 62.5% of his throws for 7,916 yards, 64 touchdown passes and 26 pass interceptions.
 
4. Alshon Jeffery-Wide Receiver -  South Carolina

Alshon looks a lot like what Arizona Cardinals All-Pro end Larry Fitzgerald did at the University of Pittsburgh. Big, strong, very physical end, who has deceiving openfield moves and speed.
 
5. Matt Kalil-Offensive Tackle

USC

Matt has some strong football genes running through him. His dad, Frank, played in the USFL in the 1980's and his brother, Ryan, is an All-Pro center with the Carolina Panthers. Matt started at left tackle for the Trojans, keeping Tyron Smith-the 9th overall selection in the 2011 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys- at right offensive tackle. Matt, a 6-6, 300 pounder, has quick feet, excellent lateral movement skills and he does a very good job tying up the quick pass rushers coming off the edge.
 
6. Jonathan Martin-Offensive Tackle - Stanford

The 6-6, 310 pound two-year starter at left tackle was instrumental in giving QB. Andrew Luck plenty enough time to lead the PAC-10 in passing efficiency. Martin has great size, quick feet, long arms and he is a 1st rate technician.
 
7. Matt Barkley-Quarterback -  USC

On the verge of being an elite quarterback at the college level. Smart, efficient, accurate and a great leader, but he has been a bit streaky as a passer.
 
8. Justin Blackmon-Wide Receiver - Oklahoma State

The former prep basketball standout reminds me so much of former Alabama standout and 2011 Atlanta Falcons No.1 pick Julio Jones. The 6-1 ½, 220 pound end is physical, not intimidated running the inside pass routes, has excellent hands and he is dangerous out in space. Last season Blackmon caught 111 passes for 1,782 yards, averaged 16.1 yards per catch and scored 20 TD's.
 
9. Donte Paige-Moss-Defensive End/Outside Linebacker -  North Carolina

Another UNC top defensive line prospect who is starting to live up to his high school press clippings. Paige-Moss has tremendous edge quickness and pass rush potential. He racked up 13 ½ tackles for losses and 7 quarterback sacks in 2010. Could play defensive end or as a standup outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment in the pros.
 
10. Brandon Jenkins-Defensive End/Outside Linebacker -  Florida State

Brandon looks an awfully lot like Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith, who the San Francisco 49ers selected in Round 1. Jenkins is super quick off the snap, very flexible to bend the edge and he has excellent closing speed to the QB.
 
11. Zach Brown-Outside Linebacker - North Carolina

Zach is a tremendous all-around athlete who excelled as a running back in high school, he was a tremendous prep wrestler and was also a sprint champion in track. Brown has tremendous foot speed and lateral quickness, and he also excels dropping back in coverage. Zach was in on 72 tackles and had 3 pass interceptions in 2010.
 
12. Alfonzo Dennard-Cornerback -  Nebraska

Alfonzo was somewhat lost in the shadow of Prince Amukamara last season, but this 5-10, 205 pound cover-man has been well schooled at Nebraska, he has excellent foot speed, very good recovery ability and he finds the ball quickly in flight. Dennard intercepted 4 passes and had 7 pass break-ups last season for the Cornhuskers.
 
13. Jerel Worthy-Defensive Tackle - Michigan State

Worthy is a very disruptive force in the middle. The 6-2 ¾, 310 pounder is strong at the point of attack, he has very quick reaction skills and he does an excellent job pushing the inside pocket. Jerel recorded 40 tackles, 8 tackles for losses and 4 QB. sacks in 2010.
 
14. Riley Reiff-Offensive Tackle - Iowa

The 6-5 ½, 300 pound left tackle has flashed some dominating traits as a run blocker and pass protector for the Hawkeyes. Riley has quick feet, long arms and he has been well trained at Iowa. The three-time South Dakota state wrestling champion has excellent tie-up skills and 1st rate body balance ability.
 
15. Travis Lewis-Outside Linebacker -  Oklahoma

Lewis is always in the thick of the action. Lewis has led the Sooners in tackles each of the past three seasons and he has recorded 360 tackles, 47 ½ tackles for losses and 8 pass interceptions during his college career. One of the most instinctive college players I have graded over the last five college seasons.
 
16. Chase Minnifield -  Cornerback Virginia

Chase's dad, Frank, was one of the top cover men in the NFL in the 1980's. Chase has good size, outstanding ball reaction skills and excellent recovery speed. Chase intercepted 6 passes in 2010 and his trackdown skills with the ball in flight are 1st rate.
 
17. Courtney Upshaw-Outside Linebacker - Alabama

This young man has great size, (6-2, 260), he is very physical at the point of attack and he can accelerate quickly when heading up the field. He led Alabama in tackles for losses with 14 ½ and quarterback sacks with 7 in 2010. His foot speed and pursuit skills are outstanding for a big man.
 
18. Michael Floyd-Wide Receiver -  Notre Dame

Floyd has had multiple run-ins with the law due to alcohol, but if he can straighten out his life the 6-3, 222 pound end is one of the most intimidating offensive players in college football. Floyd has great size, he knows how to block out smaller defenders with his big body and he has deceiving foot speed. He holds the Irish record for touchdown catches with 28 and he is 2nd in school history with 171 catches.
 
19. Jared Crick-Defensive Tackle/End - Nebraska

The 6-4 ¾, 288 pound interior defensive lineman has been a dominant player for the Cornhuskers over the past two seasons. Very good overall athlete who runs the field effectively from sideline to sideline. Crick is quick off the snap and he does a good job pushing the inside pocket. Crick has recorded 143 tackles, 32 tackles for losses and 19 quarterback sacks over the last two seasons.
 
20. Devin Taylor-Defensive End -  South Carolina

Taylor, a 6-6 ½, 255 pound All-SEC performer in 2010 looks as though he is on the verge of developing into a star college player. The former South Carolina state champion in the triple jump as a prepster has long arms, a very quick initial step off the snap and 1st rate closing speed in attacking the ballcarrier. Taylor registered 13 tackles for losses, 7 ½ QB. sacks and 8 pass break-ups in 2010.
 
21. Dre Kirkpatrick-Cornerback -  Alabama

The 6-2, 195 pound junior is starting to develop into the elite cover man everyone thought he would turn out to be when he came out of Gadsden City High School in Alabama. The former Parade Magazine and USA Today newspaper All-American has great size for a cornerback, a huge wingspan to knock away potential completions and very good recovery skills. He also is being coached by the one of the very best defensive backs mentors in college football in Nick Saban.,
 
22. Cliff Harris-Cornerback/Punt Returner -  Oregon

Harris is a dynamite performer as a one-on-one cover cornerback and as a punt returner. Harris has had some off the field problems with speeding tickets, but he has shutdown skills as a cover man and 1st rate ball reaction skills. The 5-10 ½, 170 pound "blanket" cover man intercepted 6 passes and had 17 pass deflections in 2010. Harris is also a tremendous punt return artist with great speed and elusive openfield moves. Averaged 18.8 yards per runback in 2010 and he brought 4 punts back for scores.
 
23. Trent Richardson-Halfback -  Alabama

With Mark Ingram off to the New Orleans Saints, Richardson is now the bellcow runner for the Tide. The former high school All-American running back from Escambia High School in Florida has the running skills, foot speed, elusiveness and the ability to gain extra yardage after initial contact, to be in the running for the Heisman Trophy in 2011. The 5-10 ½, 222 pounder runs low to the ground, he has another gear to kick into out in the openfield and he averaged 6.2 yards per rush in 2010. Trent is also a good receiver coming out of the backfield.
 
24. Vontaze Burfict-Inside Linebacker - Arizona State

Tough, very powerful "Mike" linebacker who is physical at the point of attack and he has no let up on the throttle when on the field. The 6-2, 252 pound inside linebacker has recorded 159 tackles, 15 ½ tackles for losses and caused 4 forced fumbles over the past two seasons for the Sun Devils. Burfict reminds me a lot of current New York Jets standout inside linebacker David Harris.
 
25. Jeff Fuller-Wide Receiver -  Texas A&M

Jeff's dad, Jeff Fuller, was an intimidating hitter playing safety for the San Francisco 49ers and the young Fuller is an intimidating force on offense. The 6-3, 220 pound end has excellent size, sure hands, outstanding box-out skills keeping defenders away from the football, he is fearless running the crossing patterns and he has 1st rate eye-hand coordination. Fuller caught 72 passes for 1,066 yards and a new school record 12 TD's in 2010.
 
26. Brandon Lindsey-Outside Linebacker/Defensive End -  Pittsburgh

Lindsey, a 6-1 ¾, 252 pounder from Aliquippa High School in Pennsylvania, has quickly developed into one of the top edge rushers in the country. Brandon has a very quick initial burst upfield and he has outstanding lateral foot speed. Lindsey recorded 51 tackles, 17 ½ tackles for losses and 10 QB. sacks in 2010. Brandon comes from an athletic family. His dad, John, played basketball at Memphis State and his brother, Willie, played football for Northwestern.
 
27. Kirk Cousins-Quarterback -  Michigan State

The 6-2 ½, 210 pound senior has recorded three straight seasons of completing over 60% of his throws. Super smart, very accurate passer, who has a quick release and he is a tremendous leader on and off the field. Reminds me a lot of Andy Dalton from TCU. Kirk has thrown for 5,815 yards and 41 touchdowns for the Spartans.
 
28. Ray Ray Armstrong-Strong Safety  - Miami (Fla.)
Armstrong, a former prep quarterback, has developed into an intimidating hitter and physical presence in the Hurricane secondary. Ray Ray has great size at 6-3 ½, 215 pounds, he is rangy and the former signal-caller matches up very well in one-on-one coverage situations. Armstrong recorded 79 tackles, 4 ½ tackles for losses and he intercepted 3 passes in 2010.
 
29. Morris Claiborne-Cornerback - LSU
The former high school quarterback turned cornerback in college more than held his own last season starting opposite Patrick Peterson. The 5-11 ½, 180 pound speedster has very good ball reaction skills, quick feet, excellent recovery speed and he really upgraded his technical skills as a sophomore. Has a shot to be a huge breakout performer in 2011.
 
30. Brandon Thompson-Defensive Tackle - Clemson
The 6-2, 315 pound noseguard has been a major inside defensive force for Clemson the past two seasons. Thompson is built low to the ground, he is very strong in the upper-body and he is stout when holding his ground against multiple blockers. The big man in the middle recorded 56 tackles, 7 ½ tackles for losses and had 15 QB. pressures as a junior. He could well emerge in 2011 like Phil Taylor did at Baylor in 2010.
 
31. Manti Te'o-Inside Linebacker - Notre Dame

Teo, a two time recipient of the Gatorade Prep Player of the Year in Hawaii, has developed into one of the top defensive forces in college football. Last season the very physical and active inside linebacker recorded 133 tackles, 9 ½ tackles for losses and he had 3 pass break-ups. The 6-2, 250 pounder really runs the field well for a big "Mike" linebacker.
 
32. Stephon Gilmore-Cornerback -  South Carolina

Another standout prep cornerback turned cornerback in college. The 6-0, 192 pound cornerback has excellent one-on-one coverage skills, quick feet, outstanding ball reaction skills and 1st rate recovery speed. Stephon is also double-tough in run support. Last season Gilmore led South Carolina in tackles with 79 and the 1st team All-SEC cornerback also picked off 3 passes. Stephon is a real defensive playmaker for the Gamecocks.


 

 


Mike's Top 28 “Senior Only” Players for the 2010 NFL Draft
Monday, January 11th, 2010

 

Name Position School
1. Ndamukong Suh Defensive Tackle Nebraska
2. C. J. Spiller Halfback Clemson
3. Russell Okung Offensive Tackle Oklahoma State
4. Taylor Mays Safety/Outside Linebacker USC
5. Trent Williams Offensive Tackle Oklahoma
6. Sergio Kindle Outside Linebacker Texas
7. Patrick Robinson Cornerback Florida State
8. Vladimir Ducasse Offensive Tackle/Guard Massachusetts
9. Perrish Cox Cornerback Oklahoma State
10. Ricky Sapp Outside Linebacker Clemson
11. Terrence Cody Defensive Tackle Alabama
12. Jared Odrick Defensive Tackle Penn State
13. Dan Williams Defensive Tackle Tennessee
14. Tim Tebow Quarterback Florida
15. Mike Iupati Offensive Guard Idaho
16. Brandon LaFell Wide Receiver LSU
17. Jerry Hughes DE/OLB TCU
18. Corey Wootton Defensive End Northwestern
19. Sean Weatherspoon OLB/ILB Missouri
20. Brandon Spikes Inside Linebacker Florida
21. Daryl Washington Outside/Inside Linebacker TCU
22. Arthur Jones Defensive Tackle Syracuse
23. Eric Norwood Outside Linebacker South Carolina
24. Colt McCoy Quarterback Texas
25. Kyle Wilson Cornerback Boise State
26. Greg Hardy Defensive End Ole Miss
27. Jermaine Cunningham DE/OLB Florida
28. Charles Brown Offensive Tackle USC



Ratings of Junior Eligible Players that have declared their intentions to come out early for the 2010 NFL draft, as of Saturday January 9, 2010:


Top 6 Pick in 1st Round:

Name  Position  School
Eric Berry Safety Tennessee
Gerald McCoy Defensive Tackle Oklahoma




Top 12 Pick in 1st Round:
 

Name  Position  School
Sam Bradford Quarterback Oklahoma
Joe Haden Cornerback Florida



Mid 1st Round Projections:

Name  Position  School
Dez Bryant Wide Receiver Oklahoma State
Jason Pierre Paul Defensive End South Florida
Jimmy Clausen Quarterback Notre Dame
Earl Thomas Safety Texas
Anthony Davis  Offensive Tackle Rutgers
Brian Price Defensive Tackle UCLA
Golden Tate Wide Receiver Notre Dame
Brian Bulaga Offensive Tackle Iowa


Late 1st Round /early 2nd Round Projections:

Name  Position  School
Navorro Bowman Outside Linebacker Penn State
Jermaine Gresham Tight End Oklahoma
Jahvid Best Halfback California
Bruce Campbell Offensive Tackle Maryland



2nd Round Projections:

Name  Position  School
Arrelious Benn Wide Receiver Illinois
Everson Griffen Defensive End USC
Aaron Hernandez Tight End Florida
Demaryius Wright Wide Receiver Georgia Tech
Ryan Mathews Halfback Fresno State
Damian Williams Wide Receiver USC
Joe McKnight Halfback USC



3rd Round Projections:

Name  Position  School
Thaddeus Gibson Defensive DE/OLB Ohio State
Dominique Franks Cornerback Oklahoma
Reshad Jones Safety Georgia
Jevan Snead Quarterback Mississippi
Donovan Warren Cornerback Michigan
Dezmon Briscoe Wide Receiver Kansas
Antonio Brown Wide Receiver Central Michigan



4th Round Projections:

Name  Position  School
Jason Worilds Defensive End Virginia Tech
Mike Williams Wide Receiver Syracuse



6th/7th Round Projections:

Name  Position  School
Toney Baker Halfback North Carolina State




April 19, 2009

Mike's 2 Round Mock Draft

1st Round Projections


1. Detroit Lions…..Matthew Stafford, Quarterback, Georgia
2. St. Louis Rams…..Jason Smith, Offensive Tackle, Baylor
3. Kansas City Chiefs…..Aaron Curry, Outside Linebacker, Wake Forest
4. Seattle Seahawks…..Mark Sanchez, Quarterback, USC
5. Cleveland Browns…..Michael Crabtree, Wide Receiver, Texas Tech
6. Cincinnati Bengals…..Eugene Monroe, Offensive Tackle, Virginia
7. Oakland Raiders…..Jeremy Maclin, Wide Receiver, Missouri
8. Jacksonville Jaguars…..Andre Smith, Offensive Tackle, Alabama
9. Green Bay Packers…..Tyson Jackson, Defensive End, LSU
10. San Francisco 49ers…..Brian Orakpo, Defensive End, Texas
11. Buffalo Bills…..Aaron Maybin, Defensive End, Penn State
12. Denver Broncos…..B.J. Raji, Defensive Tackle, Boston College
13. Washington Redskins…..Michael Oher, Offensive Tackle, Mississippi
14. New Orleans Saints…..Malcolm Jenkins, Cornerback, Ohio State
15. Houston Texans…..Brian Cushing, Outside Linebacker, USC
16. San Diego Chargers…..Rey Maualuga, Inside Linebacker, USC
17. New York Jets…..Josh Freeman, Quarterback, Kansas State
18. Denver Broncos (from Chicago Bears)…..Robert Ayers, Defensive End, Tennessee
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers…..Darius Heyward-Bey, Wide Receiver, Maryland
20. Detroit Lions (from Dallas Cowboys)…..Peria Jerry, Defensive Tackle, Mississippi
21. Philadelphia Eagles…..Knowshon Moreno, Halfback, Georgia
22. Minnesota Vikings…..Everette Brown, Defensive End, Florida State
23. New England Patriots…..Clay Matthews, Jr., Outside Linebacker, USC
24. Atlanta Falcons…..Brandon Pettigrew, Tight End, Oklahoma State
25. Miami Dolphins…..Darius Butler, Cornerback, Connecticut
26. Baltimore Ravens…..Vontae Davis, Cornerback, Illinois
27. Indianapolis Colts…..Evander “Ziggy” Hood, Defensive Tackle, Missouri
28. Buffalo Bills (from Carolina via Philadelphia)…..Eben Britton, Offensive Tackle Arizona
29. New York Giants…..Percy Harvin, Wide Receiver, Florida
30. Tennessee Titans…..James Laurinaitis, Middle/Outside Linebacker, Ohio State
31. Arizona Cardinals…..Chris “Beanie” Wells, Halfback, Ohio State
32. Pittsburgh Steelers…..Eric Wood, Offensive Center/Guard, Louisville


2nd Round Projections


33. Detroit Lions…..William Beatty, Offensive Tackle, Connecticut
34. New England Patriots (from K.C. Chiefs)…..Alphonso Smith, Cornerback, Wake Forest
35. St. Louis Rams…..Hakeem Nicks, Wide Receiver, North Carolina
36. Cleveland Browns…..Clint Sintim, Outside Linebacker, Virginia
37. Seattle Seahawks…..Connor Barwin, Outside Linebacker, Cincinnati
38. Cincinnati Bengals…..Kenny Britt, Wide Receiver, Rutgers
39. Jacksonville Jaguars…..Brian Robiskie, Wide Receiver, Ohio State
40. Oakland Raiders…..Alex Mack, Offensive Center, California
41. Green Bay Packers…..Larry English, Defensive End/Outside LB, Northern Illinois
42. Buffalo Bills…..Shawn Nelson, Tight End, Southern Mississippi
43. San Francisco 49ers…..Phil Loadholt, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma
44. Miami Dolphins (from Washington)…..Ron Brace, Defensive Tackle, Boston College
45. New York Giants (from N.O. Saints)…..Donald Brown, Halfback, Connecticut
46. Houston Texans…..Louis Delmas, Free Safety, Western Michigan
47. New England Patriots (from S.D. Chargers)…..Patrick Chung, Strong Safety, Oregon
48. Denver Broncos…..LeSean McCoy, Halfback, Pittsburgh
49. Chicago Bears…..Jamon Meredith, Offensive Tackle, South Carolina
50. Cleveland Browns (from T.B. Bucs)…..William Moore, Strong Safety, Missouri
51. Dallas Cowboys…..Michael Johnson, Defensive End, Georgia Tech
52. New York Jets…..Derrick Williams, Wide Receiver, Penn State
53. Philadelphia Eagles…..Mohamed Massaquoi, Wide Receiver, Georgia
54. Minnesota Vikings…..D.J. Moore, Cornerback, Vanderbilt
55. Atlanta Falcons…..Marcus Freeman, Outside Linebacker, Ohio State
56. Miami Dolphins…..Max Unger, Offensive Center/Guard, Oregon
57. Baltimore Ravens…..James Casey, Tight End, Rice
58. New England Patriots…..Jared Cook, Tight End, South Carolina
59. Carolina Panthers…..Lawrence Sidbury, Jr., Defensive End, Richmond
60. New York Giants…..Gerald Cadogan, Offensive Tackle, Penn State
61. Indianapolis Colts…..Juaquin Inglesias, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma
62. Tennessee Titans…..Jarron Gilbert, Defensive Tackle, San Jose State
63. Arizona Cardinals…..Cody Brown, Outside Linebacker/DE, Connecticut
64. Pittsburgh Steelers…..Jairus Byrd, Cornerback, Oregon
 


Jan. 13, 2009


Mike Detiliier's 1st Mock Draft for 2009


1. Detroit Lions, Matt Stafford, QB, Georgia
2. St. Louis Rams, Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
3. Kansas City Chiefs, Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
4. Seattle Seahawks, Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
5. Cleveland Browns, Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
6. Cincinnati Bengals, Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
7. Oakland Raiders, Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
8. Jacksonville Jaguars, Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest
9. Green Bay Packers, B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
10. San Francisco 49ers- Everette Brown-DE/OLB, Florida State
11. Buffalo Bills, Aaron Maybin, DE/OLB, Penn State
12. Denver Broncos, Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC
13. Washington Redskins, Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
14. New Orleans Saints, James Laurinaitis, OLB/ILB, Ohio State
15. Houston Texans, Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi
16. San Diego Chargers, Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
17. New York Jets, Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois
18. Chicago Bears, Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chris “Beanie” Wells, HB, Ohio State
20. Detroit Lions (from Dallas), Brian Cushing, OLB, USC
21. Philadelphia Eagles, Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia
22. Minnesota Vikings, Percy Harvin, WR, Florida
23. New England Patriots, Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest
24. Atlanta Falcons, Brandon Pettigrew,TE, Oklahoma State
25. Miami Dolphins, Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina
26. Baltimore Ravens, D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt
27. Indianapolis Colts, Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland
28. Philadelphia Eagles (from Carolina), Larry English, DE, Northern Illinois
29. New York Giants, Eben Britton, OT, Arizona
30. Tennessee Titans, Clay Matthews, OLB, USC
31. Arizona Cardinals, LeSean McCoy, HB, Pittsburgh
32. Pittsburgh Steelers, Alex Mack, C/G, California

 

Dec. 14, 2008

Mike D’s Top 66 Prospects for the 2009 NFL Draft

1. Andre Smith, Offensive Tackle, Alabama *
2. Sam Bradford, Quarterback, Oklahoma **
3. Michael Crabtree, Wide Receiver, Texas Tech **
4. Matt Stafford, Quarterback, Georgia *
5. Michael Oher, Offensive Tackle, Mississippi
6. Malcolm Jenkins, Cornerback, Ohio State
7. Aaron Curry, Outside Linebacker, Wake Forest
8. Chris “Beanie” Wells, Halfback, Ohio State *
9. James Laurinaitis, Inside Linebacker, Ohio State
10. Rey Maualuga, Inside Linebacker, USC
11. Eugene Monroe, Offensive Tackle, Virginia
12. Taylor Mays, Free Safety, USC *
13. Brandon Spikes, Inside Linebacker, Florida *
14. Jermaine Gresham, Tight End, Oklahoma *
15. Knowshon Moreno, Halfback, Georgia **
16. D.J. Moore, Cornerback, Vanderbilt *
17. Jeremy Maclin, Wide Receiver, Missouri **
18. Brian Cushing, Outside Linebacker, USC
19. Gerald McCoy, Defensive Tackle, Oklahoma **
20. Percy Harvin, Wide Receiver, Florida *
21. Brian Orakpo, Defensive End, Texas
22. Everette Brown, Defensive End/OLB, Florida State *
23. William Moore, Free Safety, Missouri
24. Jason Smith, Offensive Tackle, Baylor
25. B.J. Raji, Defensive Tackle, Boston College
26. Eben Britton, Offensive Tackle, Arizona *
27. Russell Okung, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma State *
28. Peria Jerry, Defensive Tackle, Ole Miss
29. Brandon Pettigrew, Tight End, Oklahoma State
30. Vontae Davis, Cornerback, Illinois *
31. Tyson Jackson, Defensive End, LSU
32. Clint Sintim, Outside Linebacker, Virginia
33. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Wide Receiver, Maryland *
34. Colt McCoy, Quarterback, Texas *
35. George Selvie, Defensive End, South Florida *
36. Greg Hardy, Defensive End, Ole Miss *
37. Duke Robinson, Offensive Guard, Oklahoma
38. Louis Delmas, Free Safety, Western Michigan
39. Derrick Williams, Wide Receiver, Penn State
40. Terrence Cody, Defensive Tackle, Alabama *
41. Michael Johnson, Defensive End, Georgia Tech
42. Jared Cook, Tight End, South Carolina *
43. Jerry Hughes, Defensive End/OLB, TCU *
44. Alphonso Smith, Cornerback, Wake Forest
45. Max Unger, Center/G/OT, Oregon
46. Clay Matthews, Outside Linebacker, USC
47. Brandon LaFell, Wide Receiver, LSU *
48. Sen’Derrick Marks, Defensive Tackle, Auburn *
49. Juaquin Inglesias, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma
50. Mohamed Massaquoi, Wide Receiver, Georgia
51. C.J. Spiller, Halfback, Clemson *
52. Chase Coffman, Tight End, Missouri
53. Alex Mack, Offensive Center, California
54. Louis Murphy, Wide Receiver, Florida
55. Rashad Johnson, Free Safety, Alabama
56. James Davis, Halfback, Clemson
57. Jamon Meredith, Tackle/Guard, South Carolina
58. DeAngelo Smith, Cornerback, Cincinnati
59. Victor “Macho” Harris, Cornerback, Virginia Tech
60. Antonio Coleman, Defensive End/OLB, Auburn *
61. Fili Moala, Defensive Tackle, USC
62. Pat White, Quarterback/WR, West Virginia
63. Patrick Chung, Strong Safety, Oregon
64. Michael Hamlin, Strong Safety, Clemson
65. Phil Loadholt, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma
66. Cornelius Ingram, Tight End, Florida

* Junior
** Third year sophomore


 


August 4, 2008
By Mike Detillier


Brett Favre Saga finally comes to an end.. well at least I think it did


Very few of us get to end our professional careers in storybook fashion, but Brett Favre is now facing the reality that most athletes and regular Joe’s of the working world face day to day.


There is plenty of blame to go around in the Brett Favre/Green Bay Packers story over the past few months, but ending up being dealt to the New York Jets was not really how Favre wanted this “slow moving carwreck of a story to end.”


Brett wanted to maneuver his way first and foremost back to the Green Bay Packers as the proclaimed starter, but the personal animosity between himself and Packers general manager Ted Thompson could not be fixed.

If that could not be done, Favre wanted out to play for either the Minnesota Vikings (his preferred team) or the Chicago Bears.


Favre wanted to stick it to his old boss and what better than to face off against the Packers twice a season.


Hey, let’s face it, GM Ted Thompson isn’t stupid and the Packers weren’t going to deal him away or release him so they would have to play him twice a season and possibly confront a fan-base that isn’t exactly sold on Aaron Rodgers.


The best option for the Packers was to deal him to an AFC team and not have him always looking over their shoulders in the NFC and that is exactly what they were able to do.


The two schoolgirl crushes on Favre came from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the team that ended up with him, the New York Jets.


Anyone who knows Jon Gruden knows how highly he talks of Brett and admires his talents, but unless he came up with a deal far greater than one put on the table by the New York Jets, Favre was headed to an AFC club.


Both individuals respect and like one another, and both have a similar passion for the sport. Brett has not lost his passion for the game, but he lost his passion for playing for some people in the Packers’ organization.


The Gruden-Favre marriage would have worked in Tampa Bay. Both individuals know how to adjust to the present and if you have worked and flourished under Mike Holmgren, which Favre did in Green Bay earlier in his career, he could work with Gruden.


No coach is as tough on quarterbacks as Holmgren has been in both Green Bay and Seattle.


The non-trade of Favre to Tampa had nothing to do with Jon Gruden’s personal style of dealing with quarterbacks, but the trade had everything to do with the Pack sticking Favre in the AFC and not have him stomp around football fields in the NFC.


Gruden knows that Favre is a better football player than Jeff Garcia.


This is no knock on Jeff, but it is the reality of the football world and Jeff’s style of play, which is buying time with his quick feet and elusiveness, will also make him more susceptible to injury at 38 years old.


Garcia had back problems in 2007 and he missed three games.


Watching him down the stretch of the 07 season it was obvious Jeff Garcia was still smarting from that back injury and the New York Giants exposed the Buccaneers’ offense in the 1st round of the 07 playoffs.


The Giants shut down the Bucs’ solid running game and due to their tremendous pass rush pressure and double-team coverage on WR. Joey Galloway, the Bucs offense was stuck in neutral in their 24-14 defeat by the eventual Super Bowl champions.


Jeff Garcia is a good football player, but Gruden is well aware that this film has been studied and broken down by every defensive coordinator that will face the Bucs in 2008.

You have an off-season to adjust your schemes and talent and if you don’t, they get exposed the following year.


I am fully convinced that some of the problems the 2007 version of the New Orleans Saints had on offense and defense were exposed in the Saints two playoff games against the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears.


Big games also showcase big problem areas.


But a deal involving the Packers and the Buccaneers wasn’t going to happen unless the Bucs were the only suitors for Favre or they paid a price above and beyond what the Jets would have offered.


Just think about the Jeremy Shockey deal to New Orleans.


If the New York Giants had a better offer from an AFC team, do you think they would have dealt the talented Mr. Shockey to New Orleans?


The answer is no…


It would have had everything to do with getting him out of the NFC and not having to face him, but no such deal was on the table.


It will be interesting to see just how fast Brett Favre gets some passing rhythm and timing down with his receivers in New York.


The Jets have a strong offensive line, a solid running attack with Thomas Jones and Leon Washington and a pretty good receiver unit with Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery along with 2008 1st round TE. selection Dustin Keller.


I have to be honest and say I think there is better offensive talent on the New York Jets than the Tampa Bay Bucs have right now.


The ingredients of a very good offense are there, but football is no light-switch and it just can’t be turned on and off.


The bottom line is that Brett got his wish and he was able to extend his career with another team, but not with the team of his choice.


He is now with a team that had a bigger crush on him that any other and a team that wants to do whatever they have to do to catch a hated rival in the New England Patriots.


The good news for New Orleans Saints fans is that the Green Bay Packers are not nearly as good a football team without Favre in the lineup and I can safely say the same for the team that really tried to acquire him in Tampa Bay.


The Bucs will now deny they had any interest in trading for Favre, but we all know better.


Jon Gruden and the Tampa Bay Bucs’ infatuation with Favre was taken over by the New York Jets obsession and hatred to catch the gold standard team in the NFL today, the New England Patriots.


Saints fans continue to smile. New Orleans has the best QB. in the NFC in Drew Brees and a player that would have been the MVP in the NFL last season if QB. Tom Brady didn’t have such a sensational 2007 season, is now playing in the AFC for the New York Jets.


Brett Favre loves Green Bay and the members of the Packer-Nation, he has told me this numerous times, but he now knows that storybook endings rarely happen in sports.


Brett Favre Saga finally comes to an end.. well at least I think it did


Very few of us get to end our professional careers in storybook fashion, but Brett Favre is now facing the reality that most athletes and regular Joe’s of the working world face day to day.


There is plenty of blame to go around in the Brett Favre/Green Bay Packers story over the past few months, but ending up being dealt to the New York Jets was not really how Favre wanted this “slow moving carwreck of a story to end.”


Brett wanted to maneuver his way first and foremost back to the Green Bay Packers as the proclaimed starter, but the personal animosity between himself and Packers general manager Ted Thompson could not be fixed.


If that could not be done, Favre wanted out to play for either the Minnesota Vikings (his preferred team) or the Chicago Bears.


Favre wanted to stick it to his old boss and what better than to face off against the Packers twice a season.


Hey, let’s face it, GM Ted Thompson isn’t stupid and the Packers weren’t going to deal him away or release him so they would have to play him twice a season and possibly confront a fan-base that isn’t exactly sold on Aaron Rodgers.


The best option for the Packers was to deal him to an AFC team and not have him always looking over their shoulders in the NFC and that is exactly what they were able to do.


The two schoolgirl crushes on Favre came from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the team that ended up with him, the New York Jets.


Anyone who knows Jon Gruden knows how highly he talks of Brett and admires his talents, but unless he came up with a deal far greater than one put on the table by the New York Jets, Favre was headed to an AFC club.


Both individuals respect and like one another, and both have a similar passion for the sport. Brett has not lost his passion for the game, but he lost his passion for playing for some people in the Packers’ organization.


The Gruden-Favre marriage would have worked in Tampa Bay. Both individuals know how to adjust to the present and if you have worked and flourished under Mike Holmgren, which Favre did in Green Bay earlier in his career, he could work with Gruden.


No coach is as tough on quarterbacks as Holmgren has been in both Green Bay and Seattle.


The non-trade of Favre to Tampa had nothing to do with Jon Gruden’s personal style of dealing with quarterbacks, but the trade had everything to do with the Pack sticking Favre in the AFC and not have him stomp around football fields in the NFC.


Gruden knows that Favre is a better football player than Jeff Garcia.


This is no knock on Jeff, but it is the reality of the football world and Jeff’s style of play, which is buying time with his quick feet and elusiveness, will also make him more susceptible to injury at 38 years old.


Garcia had back problems in 2007 and he missed three games.


Watching him down the stretch of the 07 season it was obvious Jeff Garcia was still smarting from that back injury and the New York Giants exposed the Buccaneers’ offense in the 1st round of the 07 playoffs.


The Giants shut down the Bucs’ solid running game and due to their tremendous pass rush pressure and double-team coverage on WR. Joey Galloway, the Bucs offense was stuck in neutral in their 24-14 defeat by the eventual Super Bowl champions.


Jeff Garcia is a good football player, but Gruden is well aware that this film has been studied and broken down by every defensive coordinator that will face the Bucs in 2008.


You have an off-season to adjust your schemes and talent and if you don’t, they get exposed the following year.


I am fully convinced that some of the problems the 2007 version of the New Orleans Saints had on offense and defense were exposed in the Saints two playoff games against the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears.


Big games also showcase big problem areas.


But a deal involving the Packers and the Buccaneers wasn’t going to happen unless the Bucs were the only suitors for Favre or they paid a price above and beyond what the Jets would have offered.


Just think about the Jeremy Shockey deal to New Orleans.


If the New York Giants had a better offer from an AFC team, do you think they would have dealt the talented Mr. Shockey to New Orleans?


The answer is no…


It would have had everything to do with getting him out of the NFC and not having to face him, but no such deal was on the table.


It will be interesting to see just how fast Brett Favre gets some passing rhythm and timing down with his receivers in New York.


The Jets have a strong offensive line, a solid running attack with Thomas Jones and Leon Washington and a pretty good receiver unit with Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery along with 2008 1st round TE. selection Dustin Keller.


I have to be honest and say I think there is better offensive talent on the New York Jets than the Tampa Bay Bucs have right now.


The ingredients of a very good offense are there, but football is no light-switch and it just can’t be turned on and off.


The bottom line is that Brett got his wish and he was able to extend his career with another team, but not with the team of his choice.


He is now with a team that had a bigger crush on him that any other and a team that wants to do whatever they have to do to catch a hated rival in the New England Patriots.


The good news for New Orleans Saints fans is that the Green Bay Packers are not nearly as good a football team without Favre in the lineup and I can safely say the same for the team that really tried to acquire him in Tampa Bay.


The Bucs will now deny they had any interest in trading for Favre, but we all know better.


Jon Gruden and the Tampa Bay Bucs’ infatuation with Favre was taken over by the New York Jets obsession and hatred to catch the gold standard team in the NFL today, the New England Patriots.


Saints fans continue to smile. New Orleans has the best QB. in the NFC in Drew Brees and a player that would have been the MVP in the NFL last season if QB. Tom Brady didn’t have such a sensational 2007 season, is now playing in the AFC for the New York Jets.


Brett Favre loves Green Bay and the members of the Packer-Nation, he has told me this numerous times, but he now knows that storybook endings rarely happen in sports.

 

August 4, 2008
By Mike Detillier

Top 22 Senior Players for the 2008 NFL Draft..

1. James Laurinaitis-Middle Linebacker Ohio State
2. Rey Maualuga-Middle Linebacker USC
3. Michael Oher-Offensive Tackle Ole Miss
4. Malcolm Jenkins-Cornerback Ohio State
5. Michael Johnson-Defensive End Georgia Tech
6. Eugene Monroe-Offensive Tackle Virginia
7. Brian Cushing-Outside Linebacker USC
8. Tyson Jackson-Defensive End LSU
9. Fili Moala-Defensive Tackle USC
10. Duke Robinson-Offensive Guard Oklahoma
11. William Moore- Free Safety Missouri
12. James Davis-Halfback Clemson
13. Darry Beckwith-Middle Linebacker LSU
14. Phil Loadholt-Offensive Tackle Oklahoma
15. Brandon Pettigrew-Tight End Oklahoma State
16. Cullen Harper-Quarterback Clemson
17. Jeff Owens-Defensive Tackle Georgia
18. Demetrius Byrd-Wide Receiver LSU
19. Jamon Meredith-Offensive Tackle South Carolina
20. Michael Mickens-Cornerback Cincinnati
21. Travis Beckum-Tight End Wisconsin
22. Brian Orakpo- Defensive End/OLB. Texas
 
Right on the Cusp….
Darius Butler-Cornerback (Connecticut)
Courtney Greene-Free Safety (Rutgers)
Dannell Ellerbe-Middle Linebacker (Georgia)
Curtis Painter-Quarterback (Purdue)

Before the 2008 New Orleans Saints training camp sessions started defensive line coach Ed Orgeron talked about wanting to set the defensive tempo with getting more pressure on the quarterback.

“ If it has been at Miami (Fla.) under Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Erickson or at Syracuse under Paul Pasqualoni and then with Pete (Carroll) at USC the tempo of those defenses started with putting pressure on the passer, “ Orgeron said. “We have good talent here in New Orleans and I was brought in to just give a twist or two different technically to maximize the talent. Charles Grant, Will Smith, Hollis Thomas, Antwan Lake, Kendrick Clancy and Brian Young know how to play the game, but sometimes you can do something just a little different to give them the best shot to disrupt a play. My motto is “Get up the field” and cause problems.”

In the early part of training camp Orgeron’s front-line group has set the tempo very well and as he pointed out before Jackson, “ If we can get a good push in practice against this offensive line, which is one of the best in the league protecting the quarterback, we can do it against the other teams. I think sometimes fans and even some of the media-types don't really understand how impressive this offensive line is and the depth here is very good also. That (Jermon) Bushrod kid is a heck of a player and (Carl) Nicks is a man out on the field and they are not the starters. We got to earn our keep here first and then take it to another level when the season starts for real.”

I am sure Orgeron would have wanted to have defensive tackles Hollis Thomas and Brian Young healthier for the early camp sessions, but both look to be ready to roll in Week #1 of the regular season.

What has gotten the Saints defensive squad and Orgeron excited about getting consistent pressure on the quarterback has been the free agent addition of defensive end Bobby McCray and defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis.

McCray is talented, but he seems to be someone who constantly needs to be pushed and Orgeron is the right guy to push his buttons. The former Jacksonville Jaguar defensive end has the football skills to be a difference-maker in 2008.

Sedrick Ellis has lived up to his lofty resume from USC. The guy is strong, quick and constantly working hard to get up the field. Orgeron, who coached Sedrick early in his college career, says that Ellis has similar skills to that of another former Orgeron-coached defensive lineman, Cortez Kennedy, who went on to star with the Seattle Seahawks.

In obvious passing situations the foursome of Will Smith, Bobby McCray, Charles Grant and Brian Young will be hard to keep off opposing QB’s.

Watch how the Saints defensive line gets off the ball in pre-season, it is a big difference from what you have seen the past couple of seasons.

Pressure breaks the pipe in the NFL and the Saints want to put that type of strain on opposing quarterbacks.

I know there has been great debate about just how many WR’s will end up on this roster, but I have a strong feeling that it will end up being 6.

If the Saints carry just 2 quarterbacks, Drew Brees and Mark Brunell and one of the kickers pull away from the other in the pre-season games, then why not.

Marques Colston, David Patten, Lance Moore, Robert Meachem, Adrian Arrington and Terrance Copper would seem to be the right group to be included on the Saints 53-man squad barring an injury.

Moore and Copper are very good special teams performers and I just can’t see any way that Adrian Arrington will not make this squad. It will be interesting to see Meachem and Arrington on the special team units also and how they perform.

If this is the case then Devery Henderson is the odd man out.

But injuries have more influence on a 53-man squad than any other factor.

On the kicking front the pre-season games and how the kickers perform will determine if the Saints carry one kicker or two.

Ideally the Saints would love for rookie Taylor Mehlhaff to take over the kicking spot and do for them what Nick Folk did for the Dallas Cowboys last season.

Folk did a marvelous job as a rookie kicker with the Dallas Cowboys last season hitting on 26 of his 31 field goal attempts and the Saints hope that Mehlhaff can show that type of consistency in pre-season.

If not, then the door is open for Martin Gramatica.

In a strange twist of fate it was Folk who beat out Gramatica in the pre-season last year in Dallas for the placekicker spot in Big D.


One free agent player I want to watch closely in the pre-season games is TCU safety David Roach. Roach quickly passes the eyeball test and while he was a good player in the college ranks he always left you feeling that he was just a step away from being a front-line performer.

Roach was my 16th rated safety for the 2008 NFL draft, but question marks about his top-line football instincts left him go undrafted.

From an athletic standpoint ( 6-0 ¼, 210 and he runs the 40-yard dash in (4.51), Roach has the tools to develop into a solid NFL player, but he must show a more aggressive nature and gain quicker diagnostic skills to play in the big leagues.

The rangy safety has talent and he has pretty good coverage skills, so let’s see if he can turn the dial up high on the football field in pre-season.

Former Boston College linebacker Jolonn Dunbar has gotten a lot of attention due to his play in the early practice sessions and earned it, but Roach might be someone who can make this team with a breakout pre-season. He certainly has looked good in the practice sessions.

I have gotten a lot of emails concerning my list of the top senior players for 2008. Below are my top 22 senior players early on in the evaluation process.

** Just a note to add, but I have a strong feeling that this will end up being the largest junior class of eligible players ever for the 2009 NFL draft. These young men know there is an impending new salary scale for rookies coming right around the corner and they will want to cash in now.***


Mike Detillier