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TQ’s Latest Album “Kind Of Blue” Out On March 23rd. GO BUY IT!

For those of you that don’t know, I work (on the side) for a close friend, R&B singer TQ and his label HUB Music. On Tuesday March 23rd, 2010 his latest album will drop entitled “Kind Of Blue”. I strongly urge you to go buy it at your local Best Buy, Target or online. (I’ll even try to add a link here for you to purchase it if you’d like.)

TQ is an artist that has written songs (and music) for some of the biggest and best acts in the music business, but is an even better person. He is my youngest son’s god father and a close friend of mine and my family. His music touches on the reality of what is going on in society today. An eclectic man blessed with a great voice and keen business sense, TQ harmonizes a soulful sound mixed with the reality of street life. He sound is global as he is well known around the world and extremely popular in Europe.

Here is more on TQ:

Singer/songwriter/producer TQ hit the music scene in 1998 with a style that made him different than any other R&B singer on the market. They called his style “Reality R&B” and that style has been repeatedly imitated since then.

A native of Compton, California, his swagger and delivery made some fans regard him with the same appeal as a rapper. In fact, in most music stores TQ’s albums can probably be found in the rap section.

Realistic lyrics in songs that deal with real life issues is what TQ says makes for this confusion. “It’s just not your average R&B”, TQ says. Now with a solid 15 years in the business to his credit, TQ will debut his new album Kind of Blue in January 2010 around the world. While most R&B artists sing about mainly about love, TQ set himself apart with cutting edge songwriting, branding his own type of “Reality R&B”.

He started his professional music career in ’93 with a young B-Boy group Coming of Age. His own 1998 debut solo album “They Never Saw Me Coming”, which included the hits “Westside” and “Bye Bye Baby”,made him an instant worldwide success.

The single “Westside” debuted in the Top Ten in many countries, and in some countries at 1 the first week. The song stayed on top of the charts for weeks, collectively selling in excess of 1.5 million singles worldwide. TQ had fans from all over the world “throwing their dubs in the air” with the four-fingered Westside symbol, including many fans who didn’t speak a lick of English. TQ then followed up with a second album

The Second Coming with the classic hit “Daily”, which was exclusively distributed in Europe. For his third album, TQ returned to the U.S. market with “Listen…”, which offered a perfect rendition of Prince’s hit ballad “Adore.” Many fans and critics stated it was one of the best Prince cover tunes that had ever heard. The album also included production Mannie Fresh, formerly of Cash Money Records.

While he has had both major label and independent success, TQ stayed the independent route in a partnership with EMI Records America for his last album “Paradise” and his brand new soon to be released Album “Kind of Blue”.

“The New Album is crazy! I’m really flying on this one. The older I get, the less I give a f*ck about the norm. Music is completely fun right now and there doesn’t seem to be any pressure. I’m just writing about my life and all it’s experiences. There will be something on this album to satisfy a lot of different kinds of listeners… It reminds me of when I first started…”

TQ states that the freedom to create is equally as important as being able to control his business. “I guess for me the biggest thing now is ownership of the biggest slice of pie”, explains TQ. “Due to the state of the music business, in order to be successful I have to make the highest dollar amount per unit. In order to do that you have to cut out a lot of the middle men. Being Independent allows me to get straight to the consumer, and that’s exactly where I want to be.”

After having such a phenomenal success with his first single “Westside”, it appeared that some of TQ’s songwriting talents got lost in the shuffle of his promotion. He is now in a position to let the world experience his full discography, which is still growing by the day.

Throughout his career, TQ’s die-hard fans from all walks of life respected his true talent. “After Westside was an established hit, the damnest person would come up to me in the streets and give me props on my pen”, recalls TQ. “Like some guy wearing a suit in the elevator, or some old lady that you’d never expect. I think the most satisfying part of my work comes from the fans who write me and quote some of my lyrics in past songs. Now that’s hot!”

TQ has written, produced and collaborated with some of the top artists in the music industry from all genres including N-Sync, Lil Wayne, R.Kelly, Whitney Houston, Dru Hill, Jagged Edge, Ron Isley, Swizz Beatz, Petey Pablo, Another Level, LFO, Donny Osmond, Juvenile, Krazyie Bone, Layzie Bone, E40, Too Short, The Outlawz, Sarah Conner, The Game, Jim Jones, Jagged Edge and countless others. Needless to say, he loves staying in the studio making music.

A man of many talents, TQ also branched off into an acting career. TQ landed four film roles in a short time, and plays the main character in two of them. Richard III, a Shakespeare film; The Devil’s Grind, a hardcore urban film; and Rockin Meera, an internationally action-packed love story, are all due to release sometime in the near future.

TQ’s latest project will be a gritty, urban Romeo and Juliet modern day drama entitled “One Love” which is in pre-production at the moment. TQís mission is do more albums, more films, modeling, commercial endorsements and a heavy dose of touring.

Stay tuned for TQ’s “The BLUE Tour” Coming Soon to a city near you. At the same time, he takes pleasure in remaining true to himself as Mr. Westside “I’m just really determined”, asserts TQ. “I set goals for myself at an early age, and I refuse to not reach them all. There have been times when I’ve been knocked down, but I just get the f*ck back up. The next time I’ll see that punch coming and slip it. It’s all a learning experience, but you gotta keep that fight in you. If you don’t, then it just ain’t worth it.”

For more on TQ or to hear his music please go to his web site: thugpoetry.com

Joe

Written by Joe Arrigo

March 19, 2010 at 09:08

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Arrigo Packers Mock v.15.0

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Don’t forget that my new site is up and will be home to the O.T.S. the Packers mocks, sports forums and the future pod-cast. Go to Joe’s Locker Room.com

Arrigo’s Mock v.15.0

ROUND 1: Packers trade pick #23 to Dallas for the Cowboys 1st (#27) and 3rd round selection. The Packers then trade down with the Cleveland Browns. Packers sen pick #27 (round 1) for pick 38 (2nd round) and a pick in round 3 that the Browns own (pick 92 via the Jets).

ROUND 2 (PICK 38):Charles Brown-OT-USC: Brown is athletic and a perfect fit for a zone blocking scheme. He isn’t overly strong and will need to improve his run blocking, put he has a high ceiling. He would benefit from a year of being a back-up and learning the Packers offensive system. He could go late in round 1, but I hear he is more likely an early 2nd round guy.

ROUND 2 (PICK 56): Dexter McCluster-RB/WR/KR- Ole Miss: I know McCluster wont slip to #56 right? But I think he does. He didn’t run the 40 time he expected to run at the combine. McCluster is a doing every thing football player that is tough, smart and instinctive. He fills multiple “needs” for the Packers including a 3rd running back, a 5th wide receiver and a kick returner. He can also line up as a QB in a “Wild Pack” formation. I have heard the Packers have met with him a few times in Mobile and have a big time interest in him. This kids’ personality is out of this world.

ROUND 3 (PICK 86): Morgan Burnett-SS/FS-Georgia Tech: A very solid football player who can play deep or play the strong side equally well. Very alert and instinctive. Great football IQ and his level of play goes up in big games. Good athleticism and agility with good hip rotation ability.

ROUND 3 (PICK 92): Akwasi Owusu-Ansah-CB/KR-IUP: The Packers seem to think Will Blackmon can be more than a dime back and still have high hopes for Pat Lee. With Owusu-Ansah he can be a special teams standout and contribute as a dime or 6th defensive back year 1. He has the skill set to be special, but some question his level of competition. He can also play a little safety as well.

ROUND 3 (PICK ???): Eric Norwood-OLB-South Carolina: With Aaron Kampman in Jacksonville and Brad Jones coming off a strong rookie year, Norwood would add depth to a position that could use some.

ROUND 4 (PICK 119) : Mike Johnson, G, Alabama: The Packers have Jason Spitz and Darryn Colledge at left guard, but neither set the world on fire (for a variety of reasons) in 2009. Johnson would be a very good fit for the Packers.

ROUND 5 (PICK ???) Jevan Snead-QB-Ole Miss: Snead was considered a lock for the first round going into his senior season, but he played poorly and his stock slipped. He surprised everyone by coming out early. He has a big time arm and ability but needs to be coached up.

ROUND 5 (comp pick): Zoltan Mesko-P-Michigan: The Packers have a need at Punter and Mesko will solve that. He can kick in the elements and has a very strong leg.


ROUND 6 (PICK ???) Walter Thurmond-CB-Oregon: A nasty knee injury ruined his 2009 season. Until then Thurmond was a high draft pick. I would select him and either PUP or IR him.

ROUND 7 (PICK ???) : Trindon Holliday-KR/WR-LSU: The 5’5 speed demon would be another return specialist. He is lightning in a  bottle and a player that could team with McCluster to form a lethal return duo.

Undrafted Rookie FA’s:

Joe Pawelek-ILB-Baylor
Mike Newton-FS-Buffalo
Eric Cook-C-New Mexico
Kelton Tindal-WR-Newberry
Stafon Johnson-RB-USC

Written by Joe Arrigo

March 11, 2010 at 12:29

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O.T.S. Weekend F.A. Edition & Announcement

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With free agency started and the Packers re-signing Chad Clifton, I figured I’d do a quick O.T.S. Weekend Edition.

First, let me make an announcement. I finally built it (even though I have no clue what I am doing). Joe’s Locker Room is proud to announce that I have the web-site up. Joe’s Locker Room.com up and running and it will be the official home of Ran-DUMB-Thoughts, the O.T.S. and many other features I am unable to do here. I will continue to post things here until after the NFL draft, then it will be 110% over on the website.

We have also secured Joe Pacheco from the blog Joe’s Clubhouse to come aboard as a moderator and contribute his insightful and intelligent thoughts on the world of sports. Joe is an avid sports fan and brings a lot to the table.

So feel free to click on the Joe’s Locker Room name and come on over. In the Locker Room we have fan forums to discuss anything in the world of sports (and yes there is a specific thread just for the Packers and O.T.S.). We also will be adding the much talked about Pod-Cast and possibly Video-Cast in the very near future as well.

Thank you all for the support and I hope to see you on the website.

Now to the O.T.S. (3-6-10)


RUMOR:

n.

A piece of unverified information of uncertain origin usually spread by word of mouth.
Unverified information received from another; hearsay.


Word is spreading that the Packers have an interest in Ravens defensive end Dwan Edwards. He fit’s Ted Thompson’s type of player, underrated, hard working and tenacious. He would also come at a reasonable price.

Other than the Edwards rumor, all is quite inside 1265. Although I did hear the Packers may be a “mystery team” when it comes to Ryan Clark. But, I also heard his asking price is more than what Thompson wants to pay.

With Chad Clifton re-singed and Mark Taucsher very likely to also be re-signed, I hear the Packers will work on taking care of Nick Collins.

I heard a rumor that Clifton never wanted to leave Green Bay and that even when the Redskins made him an offer, he told his agent that his heart is in Green Bay and he doesn’t want to play any where else. The deal Clifton signed may be 3 years in length, but I also heard it is more like a 1 year deal (unless he stays healthy).

When Donovan Warren ran a slow 40 time at the combine last week, many thought his stock may slip or the Packers would be “turned off”, but the latter isn’t the case. The Packers really are more intrigued with his 3 cone drill technique and view Warren as a safety and not a corner back.

I also heard the Packers requested “everything” on Perrish Cox, Tommy Hughes and Jason Fox.

Two offensive tackles that the Packers are looking hard at are Ciron Black (LSU) and Rodger Saffold (Indiana). Some think that the Packers would use Saffold as a left guard and Black as a right tackle, moving T.J. Lang to the left side in a year or two.

I heard from a source that he thinks 11-13 corner backs will be taken in the first three rounds of the draft.

I also heard the Packers spoke to Ricky Sapp, Jason Fox, Major Wright, Colin Peek, Kevin Thomas, Chad Jones, Jamar Chaney and Kam Chancellor at the combine.

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Written by Joe Arrigo

March 6, 2010 at 12:07

O.T.S. March 4th 2010

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Today is March 4th, 2010, the eve of  free agency for the NFL and a few days after the scouting combine. At the combine many rumors were floating around, and beleive it or not, the Packers were involved in a few of them.

RUMOR:

n.

A piece of unverified information of uncertain origin usually spread by word of mouth.
Unverified information received from another; hearsay.

I heard that Steelers safety Ryan Clark is near the top of the Packers short list when it comes to free agency. He is a safety that has experience in the 3-4 scheme and a very underrated player. Henis also a perfect fit for the defense. Ted Thompson, as we all know, won’t over pay for a player, but at the right price Clark could be in play.

I was also told to “expect a normal free agency mode” by Ted Thompson. Which will make Packers fans upset, sicne he doens’t like to “set the bar” when it comes to free agents.

Because of the Rams low tender on him, keep an eye on safety Oshiomogho Atogwe. The Rams tendered him the lowest tender making him a restricted free agent who is limited only by a right of first refusal is not entitled to a one-year salary that equates to 110 percent of his 2009 pay.

The Packers talked to the Raiders briefly at the combine about a couple possible trade scenarios. Names that were discussed were Darren McFadden, Kirk Morrison, Thomas Howard and Nnamdi Asomugha. The asking price for Asomugha was pretty high I was told and talks didn’t get to far.

 I was told that the Packers will not get involved in the Julius Peppers sweepstakes. His asking price is to high and the Packers will not meet his price “requirements”.

Antonio Cromartie is available. The Packers have a “need” at conerback and it would seem that there would be a match there, right? Well I was told that his “off the filed activities” and work ethic have turned the Packers off. I’m not saying that a deal won’t happen, but it is unlikely.

With Antrel Rolle wanting a salary making more than $8 million a year, which is more than Ed Reed, don’t look for the Packers to get to involved, I was told.

The Packers are working hard to re-sign Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher before free agency starts. They don’t want to lose either, and the two fixtures at each tackle spot for the Packers may be the best two tackles on the free agent market.

At the combine, the Packers and Nick Collins (agent) made some progress and think that a deal could be reached before training camp.

Keep this in mind when you read the list of players the Packers spoke with at the combine, they rarely speak to their first round targets at the combine. The normally target rounds 3-7 prospects there and speak to the first round targets at their pro days.

I heard that the Packers have spoke to the following players @ the combine:
Perrish Cox (CB/KR Oklahoma St.), Larry Asante (S, Nebraska), Dexter McCluster (RB/WR/KR Ole Miss),  Bruce Campbell (OT, Maryland), O’Brien Schofield (OLB, Wisconsin), Golden Tate (RB, Notre Dame), Trindon Holliday (WR/KR, LSU), Matt Dodge (P, East Carolina), Ciron Black (OT, LSU), Zoltan Mesko (P, Michigan), Jared Veldheer (OT, Hillsdale), Nate Allen (S, Ohio St.), Tim Hiller (QB, W. Michigan), Danovan Warren (CB, Michigan), Mike Tepper (OT, Cal).

I heard Darren Colledge is hot. He is upset on two fronts. One because the Packers didn’t try to resign him to a long term deal during the season or off-season. Secondly becasue he was only tendered at a second rounder. He wants out of Green Bay.

Written by Joe Arrigo

March 4, 2010 at 10:23

Arrigo’s Packers Mock v14.0

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Hello Packers fans. It’s time my Packers mock draft v14.0. You can review the 13 other mocks I have done below this version.

As I have stated in the past, I try not to speculate on who the Packers keep, trade, sign or cut/release. But this time I will. I am writing this with no “inside knowledge” or based off anything that I have heard through any of my sources. This is a mock based off my opinion and the current CBA situation (which looks as if there will not be a new deal by the March 5th deadline) . I also feel that the Packers will receive a 5th round comp pick for Colin Cole.

This mock I will not add any free agents. It’s a straight mock with draft day trades.

I think the Packers resign/tender: Nick Collins, Ryan Pickett, Tramon Williams,  Jason Spitz, Chad Clifton, Mark Tausher, Desmond Bishop, Derrick Martin, Will Blackmon, Anthony Toribio, Daryn Colledge, Donald Lee, Atari Bigby, Jeremy Kapinos and Johnny Jolly.

I don’t think the Packers resign and/or release: Aaron Kampman,  Patrick Williams, Jarrett Bush, Josh Bell, Trevor Ford, Matt Giordano,  Brady Poppinga, Deshawn Wynn, Devin Frischknecht and Mike Montgomery.

Round 1 (#23)- Pick traded to Dallas for their 2010 1st, 2nd and 3rd round picks. (Dallas selects Mike Iupati)

Round 1 (#27)- Pick traded to Seattle for their 2010 2nd, 3rd, and 2011 first round pick. (Seattle selects Taylor Mays)

Round 3- Packers trade 2011 2nd round pick to Bills for 2010 3rd round pick.

Round 2 ( A )- Jerry Hughes- OLB- TCU: Hughes is the pass rush specialist that would be the perfect complement to Clay Matthews III. The former running back has the size, speed and quickness to be a force in the Packers 3-4 defense. The pass rush should not be a problem for the Packers in 2010 and beyond.

 

Round 2 ( B )- Dexter McCluster- RB/WR/KR- Ole Miss: McCluster is a doing every thing football player that is tough, smart and instinctive. He fills multiple “needs” for the Packers including a 3rd running back, a 5th wide receiver and a kick returner. He can also line up as a QB in a “Wild Pack” formation. I have heard the Packers have met with him a few times in Mobile and have a big time interest in him. This kids’ personality is out of this world.

Round 2 ( C )- Perrish Cox- CB/KR/ Oklahoma St.:  Cox is one of the best, if not the best  playmaker at the cornerback position in this draft. He plays with flair and confidence. There are whispers that he is cocky, but he would be the dime back (until Al Harris is ready) and main return specialist for the Packers. He has star potential.  

Round 3 ( A )-Vladimir Dycasse- OT- Massachusetts: Ducasse is a big, strong, raw player that some scouts feel has first or second round ability, but doesn’t always show it. The Packers land him in hope that he protects Aaron Rodgers blind-side for many years to come.

Round 3 ( B )- Morgan Burrnett- SS- Georgia Tech:  Burnett is a player that I feel could be a starter down the road, if not year 1. He has nice tools and fits the mold of what Capers look for in his strong safety. Good size & speed and makes plays. Not afraid to stick his nose in and hit someone either. 

Round 3 ( C )- Jared Veldheer- OT- Hillsdale: Mike McCarthy announced that T.J. Lang will move to right tackel, but some feel  he is better suited for left gaurd, so Veldheer has the chance to be the Packers right tackle of the future.


Round 4- Andrew Quarless- TE- Penn St.:  The Packers have a need for a very good blocking tight end, and Quarless is that with decent hands. He will push Donald Lee for playing time and could develop into a very good number two behind Jermichael Finley.

 

Round 5 ( A )- O’Brien Schofiled- OLB- Wisconsin: Tore his ACL at the Senior Bowl after a steller Shrine week. He is a really good pass rusher and could get better dropping into pass coverage. Great motor and a great kid overall. Met with Winston Moss at the combine and the two seemed to hit it off.

Round 5 ( B )- Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB/FS- Indiana (PA): A playmaker that has it all and is an outstanding return man. He is a ball hawk that may rise up draft boards after the combine but is coming off an injury. He has great size and speed and would be a welcome addition the Packers secondary. I see him as a 5th CB, back up free safety and a returnman.

Round 6- Zoltan Mesko- P- Michigan: The Packers have a “need” for a punter and even though Kapinos has been tendered, they will upgrade the punting position. Mesko knows how to kick in the elements and that is something the Packers like. He would be a major upgrade over Kapinos.

Round 7- Zac Robinson- QB- Oklahoma St.: Robinson is a raw prospects with some nice tools. He ran a “spread offense” at OSU but flashed enough to have the Packers liking him a lot. He would benefit by learning under Mike McCarthy and Tom Clements.

Mock Draft v13.0

Round 1: Bruce Campbell- OT- Maryland

Round 2: Perrish Cox- CB/KR- Oklahoma St

Round 3: Dexter McCluster-RB/WR/KR- Ole Miss

Round 4: Morgan Burnett- S- Georgia Tech

Round 5 : Cameron Sheffield- OLB- Troy

Round 6 ( A ): Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB/FS- Indiana (PA)

Round 6 ( B ): Nathan Overbay- TE- Eastern Washington

Round 7: Zac Robinson- QB- Oklahoma St

Mock Draft 12.0

Round 1: Kyle Wilson- CB- Bosie St.

Round 2: Chad Jones- S- LSU

Round 3: Dexter McCluster-RB/WR/KR- Ole Miss

Round 4: Rodger Saffold- OT- Indiana

Round 5 ( a ): Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB/FS- Indiana (PA)

Round 5 (  b ): Cameron Sheffield- OLB- Troy

Round 6: Freddie Barnes- WR- Bowling Green

Round 7: Michael Hoomanawanui- TE- Illinois

Mock Draft 11.0

Round 1: Mike Iupati- OL- Idaho

Round 2: Perrish Cox- CB/KR- Oklahoma St.

Round 3: Dexter McCluster- RB/WR/KR- Ole Miss

Round 4:  Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB/FS- Indiana (PA)

Round 5 ( a ): Myron Rolle- SS- Florida St.

Round 5 ( b ): Cameron Sheffield- OLB- Troy

Round 6: Freddie Barnes- WR- Bowling Green

Round 7: Jimmy Graham- TE- Miami

Mock Draft 10.0

Round 1: Jahvid Best- RB- Cal

Round 2: Chad Jones- S- LSU

Round 3: Rodger Saffold- LT- Indiana

Round 4: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 5 ( a ): O”Brien Schofield- OLB- Wisconsin

Round 5 ( b ): Freddie Barnes- WR- Bowling Green

Round 6: Joique Bell- RB- Wayne State (MI)

Round 7: John Skelton- QB- Fordham

Recap of Mock  9.0

Round 1: Taylor Mays- S- USC

Round 2: Donovan Warren- DB- Michigan

Round 3: Rodger Saffold- OT- Indiana

Round 4: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 5 ( a ): Joique Bell- RB- Wayne State (MI)

Round 5 ( b ): Trindon Holliday- WR/KR- LSU

Round 6: Arthur Moats- OLB- James Madison

Round 7: Stafon Johnson- RB- USC

Recap of Mock 8.0

Round 1: Jahvid Best- RB- Cal

Round 2: Selvish Capers- RT- W. Virginia

Round 3: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 4: Barry Church- SS- Toledo

Round 5 ( A ): Vince Oghobaase- DE/DT- Duke

Round 5 ( B ): Zoltan Mesko- P- Michigan

Round 6: Arthur Moats- OLB- James Madison

Round 7: Trindon Holliday- WR/KR- LSU

Recap of Mock 7.0

Round 1: Bruce Campbell- OT- Maryland

Round 2: Chad Jones- S- LSU

Round 3: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 4: LeGarrette Blount- RB- Oregon

Round 5 ( A ): Matt Dodge- P- East Carolina

Round 5 ( B ): Arthur Moats- OLB- James Madison

Round 6: Kelton Tindal- WR- Newberry

Round 7: Greg Middleton- DE- Indiana

Recap of Mock 6.0

Round 1: CJ Spiller- RB- Clemson

Round 2: Charles Brown- OT- USC

Round 3: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 4: Barry Church- SS- Toledo

Round 5 ( A ): Matt Dodge- P- East Carolina

Round 5 ( B ): Arthur Moats- OLB- James Madison

Round 6: Kelton Tindal- WR- Newberry

Round 7: Greg Middleton- DE- Indiana

Recap of Mock 5.0

Round 1: C.J. Spiller- RB- Clemson

Round 2 ( A ): Jerry Hughes- OLB- TCU

Round 2 ( B ): Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 3: Kurt Coleman- SS- Ohio St.

Round 4: LeGarrette Blount- RB- Oregon

Round 5 ( A ): Rodger Safford- OT- Indiana

Round 5 ( B ): Matt Dodge- P- East Carolina

Round 6: Brandon Deaderick- DE- Alabama

Round 7: Zac Robinson- QB- Oklahoma St

Recap of my Mock 4.0:

Round 1: Taylor Mays- SS- USC

Round 2 ( A ): Jonathan Dwyer- RB- Georgia Tech

Round 2 ( B ) : Mike Johnson- OL- Alabama

Round 3: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 4 ( A ): Cameron Sheffield- OLB- Troy

Round 4 ( B ): Alex Carrington- DE- Arkansas St.

Round 5: Taylor Price- WR- Ohio

Round 6: Michael Smith- RB- Arkansas

Round 7: Zac Robinson- QB- Oklahoma St

Recap of my Mock 3.0:

Round 1: Taylor Mays- S- USC

Round 2: Jonathan Dwyer- RB- Georgia Tech

Round 3: Bruce Campbell- OT- Maryland

Round 4: Chris Scott- OT- Tennessee

Round 5: Cameron Sheffield- OLB- Troy

Round 6: LeGarrette Blount- RB- Oregon

Round 7: Brandon Banks- WR/KR/PR- Kansas St

Recap of my Mock 2.0:

Round 1 (mid/late): Chad Jones- S- LSU

Round 2: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA):

Round 3: Joe McKnight- RB- USC

Round 4: Kyle Calloway- OT- Iowa

Round 5: Eric Decker- WR- Minnesota

Round 6: LeGarrette Blount- RB- Oregon:

Round 7: Isiah “Juice” Williams- QB- Illinois

Recap of my Mock 1.0:

Round 1: (mid/late round ): Joe McKnight- RB- USC

Round 2: Ciron Black- OT- LSU

Round 3: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 4: Myron Rolle- S- FSU

Round 5: Davis Gettis- WR- Baylor:

Round 6: Ryan Perrilloux- QB- Jacksonville St.

Round 7: Allen Bradford- RB- USC

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Written by Joe Arrigo

March 3, 2010 at 10:13

Arrigo’s NFL Mock v4.0

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Well, the combine is over and the pro days are set to begin, so that means the mock draft season is in full swing. As NFL scouts, beat writers and front office men make their trip back to their cities, I will attempt to do my mock version 4.0.

Now that draft order is now set (barring any trades) and I will play the role of 32 GM’s/Owners by selecting their teams picks.

Here we go:

ROUND 1

1. Rams: Gerald McCoy-DT-Oklahoma: McCoy fills a need for the Rams and would wreak havoc in opposing teams backfield for years. He fits the Rams scheme.

 

2. Lions: Ndamukong Suh-DT- Nebraska: Unless the Lions trade down for a chance to draft a LT,  Suh has to be the pick. He is a beast and will anchor the Lions defensive line for years.

 

3. Buccaneers:  Eric Berry-S-Tennessee: The perfect fit for the “Tampa 2″ and the best playmaker in the draft.  He is built in the “Ed Reed” mold and is the ideal safety for the “Tampa 2″ defense.

 

4. Redskins: Russell Okung-OT-Oklahoma St.: The Redskins need a LT to protect their QB, who ever that is, Okung is that guy. He is a big, strong guy that plays with a nasty streak.

 

5. Chiefs: Brian Buluga-OT-Iowa: With Okung gone, Buluga is the next best.  He is well coached and a tough guy that will help protect Matt Cassel.

 

6. Seahawks: Jimmy Clausen-QB-Notre Dame: Pete Carroll knows Clausen well and the Seahawks need a QB for the future. Clausen played in a pro-style offense at Notre Dame and should be a good fit for Seattle.

 

7. Browns: Joe Haden-CB-Florida: The Browns need a lot, but Hayden would be a great building block for any defense. Mike Holmgren needs to address the quarterback position, but will not by 3 quarterbacks  big bucks. He ran “slow” at the combine, but the film doesn’t lie, Haden can flat-out play.

 

8. Raiders: Bruce Campbell-OT-Maryland: The Raiders need an offensive tackle and Campbell may be the most gifted in the draft. With Hue Jackson as the new offensive coordinator look for him to make sure JaMarcus Russell stays upright and McFadden has hole to run through.

 

9. Bills- Sam Bradford-QB-Oklahoma: The Bills finally get their QB of the future.

 

10. Jaguars: Rolando McClain-LB-Alabama: Quarterback is a bigger need, but McClain would be the perfect LB for Del Rio’s defense. Clausen or Bradford has to be considered here (if he is available) and it’s to early for Tim Tebow.

 

11. Broncos (via Chicago): Dez Bryant-WR-Oklahoma St.: Will Brandon Marshall be in Denver? Bryant will be the man in McDaniel’s offense. If the Broncos keep Brandon Marshall they will have on hell of a duo.

 

12. Dolphins: Jason Pierre-Paul-DE-South Florida: The Dolphins defense isn’t bad, but Pierre-Paul would add that speed rusher Jason Taylor used to be. He may be the first defensive lineman off the board.

 

13. 49ers: Trent Williams- OT- Oklahoma: Williams would be the 49ers RT of the present and future. If Alex Smith is the starter there, they need to protect him.

 

14. Seahawks: Charles Brown-OT-USC: Brown is the perfect LT in a zone blocking scheme, and the Seahawks have hired Alex Gibbs as their offensive line coach.

 

15. Giants: Earl Thomas-S-Texas: Kenny Phillips went down and so did the Giants. Thomas is a playmaking S that the G-Men need. He is another playmaking safety that is not afraid to hit.

 

16. Titans: Derrick Morgan-DE-Georgia Tech: Morgan can get to the QB, and Tennessee needs to do more of that from their DE’s.

17. 49ers (via Carolina): CJ Spiller-RB-Clemson: Spiller is to good  to pass up. He cures the 49ers return needs and will be Frank Gore’s primary back-up and match-up problem for NFC West teams.

 

18. Steelers: Dan Williams-DT-Tennessee: Casey Hampton is franchised, but Williams could play DE until Hampton hangs them up. This kid is a beast.

 

19. Falcons: Sergio Kindle-OLB-Texas: I love this kid. He can do it all, but he is a great pass rusher and the Falcons will welcome his ability.

 

20. Texans: Anthony Davis-OT-Rutgers: The Texans need to keep their Pro-Bowl MVP up to complete passes to Andre Davis. Anthony Davis can be that guy. 

 

21. Bengals: Arrelious Benn-WR-Illinois: With the loss of Chris Henry, Chad Ocho Cinco & Carson Palmer get some offensive help with Benn.  He can go over the middle or go deep on any play, a really nice fit in the “natti”.

22. Patriots: Ricky Sapp-OLB-Clemson: Ideal fit in the 3/4 as a rush backer and the Patriots need that. Their defense is young, but they are talented.

23. Packers: Taylor Mays-S-USC:  At this point there isn’t an OL that is worth a 1st round grade so Mays is the pick. Mays has his flaws, but Dom Capers will put him in a position to succeed.  Mays is an enforcer that would bring a toughness to there secondary and a force in the middle of the field.

 

24. Eagles: Sean Weatherspoon-OLB- Mizzou: The Eagles need to get more athletic at OLB and Weatherspoon is just that. He is a playmaking machine with a great motor and an expert trash talker.

25. Ravens: Jermaine Gresham-TE-Oklahoma: Joe Flacco needs another target in the red zone and Todd Heap has his heir apparent. Nobody is noticing that the Ravens are becoming a pretty good offensive team.

 

26. Kyle Wilson-CB-Boise St.: ANother great young corner to play along side “DRC” and gives the Cardinals a really good young secondary.

27. Cowboys: Mike Iupati-OG-Idaho: Iupati fills the Cowboys biggest need and Dallas adds another massive offensive lineman to their line.

 

28. Chargers: Jonathan Dwyer-RB-Georgia Tech: Chan Gailey coached him at GT and also worked with Norv Turner in Dallas. Dwyer is a big, physical RB that is sneaky fast with decent hands.

 

29. Jets: Brian Price-DT-UCLA: He fills a need and would be a nice fit in Ryan’s defense. Could be a back-up to Kris Jenkins and also play some end.

 

30. Vikings: Patrick Robinson-CB-Florida St.: The Vikings lost Cedric Griffin with an ACL sprain and made an already thin secondary even thinner.

 

31. Colts: Maurkice Pouncey-C/G-Florida: The Colts offensive line is being watched closely by Bill Polian after a lackluster 2009 season. Pouncey fills a “need”.

 

32. Saints: Jared Odrick-DE/DT-Penn State: The Saints get even deeper by adding the versatile Odrick.

Written by Joe Arrigo

March 2, 2010 at 18:18

Packers Mock Draft v13.0

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Hello Packers fans. It’s time my Packers mock draft v13.0. You can review the 12 other mocks I have done below this version.

As I have stated in the past, I try not to speculate on who the Packers keep, trade, sign or cut/release. But this time I will. I am writing this with no “inside knowledge” or based off anything that I have heard through any of my sources. This is a mock based off my opinion and the current CBA situation (which looks as if there will not be a new deal by the March 5th deadline) . I also feel that the Packers will receive a 6th round comp pick for Colin Cole.

I think the Packers resign/tender: Nick Collins, Ryan Pickett, Tramon Williams, Aaron Kampman, Jason Spitz, Chad Clifton, Mark Tausher, Desmond Bishop, Derrick Martin, Will Blackmon, Anthony Toribio, Daryn Colledge and Johnny Jolly.

I don’t think the Packers resign and/or release: Donald Lee,  Jeremy Kapinos, Patrick Williams, Jarrett Bush, Josh Bell, Trevor Ford, Matt Giordano,  Brady Poppinga, Atari Bigby, Deshawn Wynn, Devin Frischknecht and Mike Montgomery.

Free Agent Signings:

Dunta Robinson-CB: Word is that Robinson doesn’t like the cold, but he knows Capers and his system (since Capers was his 1st head coach in Houston). Robinson is a player that would start opposite of Charles Woodson and allow Tramon Williams back into his nickle role, in which he thrives.

Antrel Rolle-SS: The Packers have a huge need at safety because Atari Bigby is often injured and a liability in coverage. Rolle is a safety with decent coverage skills and a playmaker to team with Nick Collins. He is a perfect fit for the Packers defense.

Mock Draft v13.0

Round 1: Bruce Campbell- OT- Maryland: Campbell has the skill set to be the best offensive tackle in this draft, but many think he came out a year to early. He would be a perfect player to replace Chad Clifton after he retires or gets injured. Campbell fills a huge “need” for the Packers.

Round 2: Perrish Cox- CB/KR- Oklahoma St.: Cox is one of the best, if not the best  playmaker at the cornerback position in this draft. He plays with flair and confidence. There are whispers that he is cocky, but he would be the dime back (until Al Harris is ready) and main return specialist for the Packers. He has star potential.

Round 3: Dexter McCluster-RB/WR/KR- Ole Miss: McCluster is a doing every thing football player that is tough, smart and instinctive. He fills multiple “needs” for the Packers including a 3rd running back, a 5th wide receiver and a kick returner. He can also line up as a QB in a “Wild Pack” formation. I have heard the Packers have met with him a few times in Mobile and have a big time interest in him. This kids’ personality is out of this world.

Round 4: Morgan Burnett- S- Georgia Tech: I know, still no linebacker, but Burnett is a player that I feel could be a starter down the road and to good to pass up. He has nice tools and could start down the road but for the time being, he would be an excellent special teams player.

Round 5: Cameron Sheffield- OLB- Troy: Sheffield projects as a perfect 3-4 rush linebacker. He still needs to work on some things, but he has a great first step and just makes plays. He could be another starter in a couple years.

Round 6 ( A ): Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB/FS- Indiana (PA): A playmaker that has it all and is an outstanding return man. He is a ball hawk that may rise up draft boards after the combine but is coming off an injury. He has great size and speed and would be a welcome addition the Packers secondary. I see him as a 5th CB, back up free safety and a returnman.

Round 6 ( B ):  Nathan Overbay- TE- Eastern Washington: A kid who’s game is well-rounded and could be a find late in the draft. He would be the 3rd tight end on the Packers, but a player that could develop into a decent number 2 down the road.

Round 7: Zac Robinson- QB- Oklahoma St.: Robinson is a raw prospects with some nice tools. He ran a “spread offense” at OSU but flashed enough to have the Packers liking him a lot. He would benefit by learning under Mike McCarthy and Tom Clements.

Mock Draft 12.0

Round 1: Kyle Wilson- CB- Bosie St.

Round 2: Chad Jones- S- LSU

Round 3: Dexter McCluster-RB/WR/KR- Ole Miss

Round 4: Rodger Saffold- OT- Indiana

Round 5 ( a ): Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB/FS- Indiana (PA)

Round 5 (  b ): Cameron Sheffield- OLB- Troy

Round 6: Freddie Barnes- WR- Bowling Green

Round 7: Michael Hoomanawanui- TE- Illinois

Mock Draft 11.0

Round 1: Mike Iupati- OL- Idaho

Round 2: Perrish Cox- CB/KR- Oklahoma St.

Round 3: Dexter McCluster- RB/WR/KR- Ole Miss

Round 4:  Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB/FS- Indiana (PA)

Round 5 ( a ): Myron Rolle- SS- Florida St.

Round 5 ( b ): Cameron Sheffield- OLB- Troy

Round 6: Freddie Barnes- WR- Bowling Green

Round 7: Jimmy Graham- TE- Miami

Mock Draft 10.0

Round 1: Jahvid Best- RB- Cal

Round 2: Chad Jones- S- LSU

Round 3: Rodger Saffold- LT- Indiana

Round 4: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 5 ( a ): O”Brien Schofield- OLB- Wisconsin

Round 5 ( b ): Freddie Barnes- WR- Bowling Green

Round 6: Joique Bell- RB- Wayne State (MI)

Round 7: John Skelton- QB- Fordham

Recap of Mock  9.0

Round 1: Taylor Mays- S- USC

Round 2: Donovan Warren- DB- Michigan

Round 3: Rodger Saffold- OT- Indiana

Round 4: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 5 ( a ): Joique Bell- RB- Wayne State (MI)

Round 5 ( b ): Trindon Holliday- WR/KR- LSU

Round 6: Arthur Moats- OLB- James Madison

Round 7: Stafon Johnson- RB- USC

Recap of Mock 8.0

Round 1: Jahvid Best- RB- Cal

Round 2: Selvish Capers- RT- W. Virginia

Round 3: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 4: Barry Church- SS- Toledo

Round 5 ( A ): Vince Oghobaase- DE/DT- Duke

Round 5 ( B ): Zoltan Mesko- P- Michigan

Round 6: Arthur Moats- OLB- James Madison

Round 7: Trindon Holliday- WR/KR- LSU

Recap of Mock 7.0

Round 1: Bruce Campbell- OT- Maryland

Round 2: Chad Jones- S- LSU

Round 3: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 4: LeGarrette Blount- RB- Oregon

Round 5 ( A ): Matt Dodge- P- East Carolina

Round 5 ( B ): Arthur Moats- OLB- James Madison

Round 6: Kelton Tindal- WR- Newberry

Round 7: Greg Middleton- DE- Indiana

Recap of Mock 6.0

Round 1: CJ Spiller- RB- Clemson

Round 2: Charles Brown- OT- USC

Round 3: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 4: Barry Church- SS- Toledo

Round 5 ( A ): Matt Dodge- P- East Carolina

Round 5 ( B ): Arthur Moats- OLB- James Madison

Round 6: Kelton Tindal- WR- Newberry

Round 7: Greg Middleton- DE- Indiana

Recap of Mock 5.0

Round 1: C.J. Spiller- RB- Clemson

Round 2 ( A ): Jerry Hughes- OLB- TCU

Round 2 ( B ): Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 3: Kurt Coleman- SS- Ohio St.

Round 4: LeGarrette Blount- RB- Oregon

Round 5 ( A ): Rodger Safford- OT- Indiana

Round 5 ( B ): Matt Dodge- P- East Carolina

Round 6: Brandon Deaderick- DE- Alabama

Round 7: Zac Robinson- QB- Oklahoma St

Recap of my Mock 4.0:

Round 1: Taylor Mays- SS- USC

Round 2 ( A ): Jonathan Dwyer- RB- Georgia Tech

Round 2 ( B ) : Mike Johnson- OL- Alabama

Round 3: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 4 ( A ): Cameron Sheffield- OLB- Troy

Round 4 ( B ): Alex Carrington- DE- Arkansas St.

Round 5: Taylor Price- WR- Ohio

Round 6: Michael Smith- RB- Arkansas

Round 7: Zac Robinson- QB- Oklahoma St

Recap of my Mock 3.0:

Round 1: Taylor Mays- S- USC

Round 2: Jonathan Dwyer- RB- Georgia Tech

Round 3: Bruce Campbell- OT- Maryland

Round 4: Chris Scott- OT- Tennessee

Round 5: Cameron Sheffield- OLB- Troy

Round 6: LeGarrette Blount- RB- Oregon

Round 7: Brandon Banks- WR/KR/PR- Kansas St

Recap of my Mock 2.0:

Round 1 (mid/late): Chad Jones- S- LSU

Round 2: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA):

Round 3: Joe McKnight- RB- USC

Round 4: Kyle Calloway- OT- Iowa

Round 5: Eric Decker- WR- Minnesota

Round 6: LeGarrette Blount- RB- Oregon:

Round 7: Isiah “Juice” Williams- QB- Illinois

Recap of my Mock 1.0:

Round 1: (mid/late round ): Joe McKnight- RB- USC

Round 2: Ciron Black- OT- LSU

Round 3: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- Indiana (PA)

Round 4: Myron Rolle- S- FSU

Round 5: Davis Gettis- WR- Baylor:

Round 6: Ryan Perrilloux- QB- Jacksonville St.

Round 7: Allen Bradford- RB- USC

Written by Joe Arrigo

February 24, 2010 at 23:37

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