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Arrigo Packers Mock v.11.0

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Here it is, my Packers mock v.11.0. I added some resigning thoughts and I added some undrafted rookie free agent signings to round out my mock draft.

With the CBA situation still unsettled, I think Ted Thompson focuses on the Packers free agents and sticks with his normal modus operandi. But I do think a deal get done at the 11th hour and I expect the Packers to sign two level II free agent for decent offers.

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

I don’t think the Packers resign and/or release:  Daryn Colledge, 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 Singings: Nick Kaczur- OT- New England Patriots, Ryan Clark- SS- Pittsburgh Steelers. Both players fill needs and are considered “Level II” free agents.

As far as the draft, I think Thompson will look for and consider a “special kind of player” (or “difference maker”) in the first round. Thompson seems to stay “true” to his board and draft BPA, but his board always seems to have the BPA at a position of the Packers “need”. So in my mock, I tried to stay as true to my board as possible. 

I also believe that the Packers will receive a 5th round comp pick for Colin Cole.

I do think that CJ Spiller, Bruce Campbell and the other big 3 (offensive linemen) will be off the board when the Packers pick, but the guy that is quickly becoming one of my favorite players is still there at #23 and he would fill a “need” and may be the BPA. So with that being said, here is my mock!

Mock Draft V.11.0:

Round 1: Mike Iupati- OL- Idaho: Has this kid lit it up at the Senior Bowl! He is the best guard in the draft but has all the traits, size (6’6, 324), long arms and great footwork to be an outstanding tackle as well. I think he starts at left guard right away and then slides into the left tackle position in a few years and becomes a dominating player there for many years. Did anyone else see him covering kicks during the Senior Bowl practice? WOW!

Round 2: Perrish Cox- CB/KR- Oklahoma St.: I really liked Boise St.’s Kyle Wilson here, but I think he played himself into the 1st round.  Cox has what the Packers look for in a corner, good size (5’11/198) with really good speed (4.4ish)  a fiesty attitude but mostly he is a playmaker that can take a pick or a return to the house any time he touches the ball. Cox isn’t afraid to stick his nose in a make a hit either. He has great game speed and is an elite return specialist who would add some much needed speed to the Packers defensive backfield.

 Round 3: Dexter McCluster- RB/WR/KR- Ole Miss: McCluster is a kid I have liked for two years. He is a doing every thing football player that is tough, smart and instictive. 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. Here is a bit of info that is in the new O.T.S. I have heard the Packers have met with him a few times in Mobile and have a big time iterest in him.

 

Round 4: 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. He has great size and speed and would be a welcome addition the the Packers secondary. I see him as a 5th CB (until Al Harris is 100%), back up free safety and a returnman with McCluster or Cox on kick offs.

Round 5 ( a ): Myron Rolle- SS- Florida St.: He went to Oxford for a year to study as a Rhodes Scholar and came back looking like all he did was work out. He has good size (6’0/217), is smart and you know will “WOW” teams in the interview process. He did only have 1 interception during 3 years at FSU and he he is not really fast, but is a sure tackle and takes pretty good angles.

Round 5 ( b ): Cameron Sheffield- OLB- Troy: Sheffield is a perfect fit for a 3-4 scheme. He can get to the QB and has shown a good burst in post season workouts (@ the Senior Bowl). His primary job is to rush the passer and he should be able to do that in Dom Capers system. He’s not DeMarcus Ware, but not to many players are.

Round 6: Freddie Barnes- WR- Bowling Green: I love Barnes. He reminds me of a “poor man’s” Greg Jennings. I think this kid is a major sleeper in the draft. He isn’t fast, but this kid catches everything thrown his way, gets in and ut of his breaks quickly, quick hips and has good size (6’0/212). He understands how to play WR and would be an excellent 5th receiver for the Packers until he move up the depth chart. He also can return kicks and punts if needed.

Round 7: Jimmy Graham- TE- Miami: This kid has some nice tools, but at each Senior Bowl practice he just gets better. He isn’t a great blocker but could become one in time and is a better receiver right now. He is also a former basketball player and has very good leaping ability. He needs to fill out his 6’7 frame, but he would be another “green zone” threat  teaming with Jermichael Finley for Aaron Rodgers.

Undrafted Rookie Free Agents:

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.

Arthur Moats- OLB- James Madison: Another OLB that can get to the QB and in a hurry. He may sneal into the late rounds for a team running a 3-4, but I think he goes undrafted and Thompson snatches him up quickly.

Greg Middleton- DE- Indiana: Middleton is a guy that didn’t have the type of Senior year many thought he would and his draft stock has slipped quite a bit. He would be a very good 3-4 end  and has a decent burst. Another player that could sneak into the late rounds.

Brandon Deaderick- DE- Alabama: Another big body for the Packers defensive line. He would provide even more depth to a pretty deep defensive line group.

Zac Robinson- QB- Oklahoma St.: The Packers have a franchise and Pro Bowl quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, but after him it’s Matt Flynn and nobody. So the Packers take Robinson and try to develop him into a guy that can come in if need be and not lose the game. He is really athletic and has a decent arm.

Jeff Byers- OG/C- USC: Byers has had some injury problems and is older then most would like, but he is a guy that has the experience the Packers may be looking for. He isn’t strong, but he knows how to use his leverage well and knows how to block in a “zone” scheme.

Matt Dodge- P- East Carolina: I don’t see Thompson drafting a punter, but I do see him making it a priority to land a college guy to compete with Jeremy Kapinos, who is a liabilty.

Mock Draft v. 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

January 28, 2010 at 20:07

Ran-DUMB-Football-Thoughts (1-28-10)

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As the NFL’s season draws to a close there are a few things in the football world that I would love to touch on. So here are my “Ran-DUMB” football thoughts. 

NFL: 

When Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy and the Green Bay Packers brain trust decided to hand the team over to Aaron Rodgers, and eventually trade Brett Favre to the Jets, many Packers fans were worried. How could they turn the franchise over to an unproven player when the man who helped resurrect the franchise still wants to play? Will Rodgers be any good? Will he be able to play out of Brett Favre’s shadow? 

The answer is an unequivocal yes, and not only an unequivocal yes, but he may have exceeded all the expectations many Packers fans had for him. 

Rodgers became the first player in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in his first two seasons as a starting quarterback. He also has led an offense that had a 1,200 yard rusher (Ryan Grant) and two 1,000 yard receivers (Donald Driver and Greg Jennings) two straight years. Rodgers has shown the toughness and leadership needed to be a successful NFL signal caller. 

 

Rodgers has become the brightest star of the NFL’s young quarterbacks. He made the Pro Bowl in 2010 (and will start the game), but isn’t indicative to the type player he is destined to become. Rodgers is more Joe Montana then Brett Favre. He shows that “Joe Cool” attitude in time of duress.  Rodgers isn’t the risk taking, gun slinger Favre is,  he would rather use his “check downs” or throw the ball away then throw an interception.  

The NFL has their standard bearers as quarterbacks in Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, with Tom Brady and Phillip Rivers right behind them. But Aaron Rodgers name will soon be mentioned with them, if it isn’t already. The Green Bay Packers hierarchy made the right decision in letting Favre go and making Rodgers the Packers starter.   

As a life long Packers fan I was upset Brett Favre went to the Vikings. To me that would be like Magic Johnson playing for the Celtics, Michael Jordan for the Pistons or Derek Jeter in a Red Sox uniform. But I didn’t wish him harm nor do I hold any ill will towards Favre because after all, he was a free agent and had the desire to play (still). 

I didn’t like (and still don’t like) the way he has handled his retirement(s), but who am I to judge? I think both the Packers and the Favre camp handled his exit from Green Bay equally wrong, but for both sides, it was time to move on (especially if he wanted to continue to play and the Packers wanted to have Rodgers as the starter).  

Did it hurt to see him in a Viking uniform? Yes. But I understood that in pro sports players are a business inside a business and they have to do what they feel is best for them in the short and long-term. In pro sports there is no loyalty by the owners to players and vice versa. The fans of those teams are the only one with loyalty and expect players and teams to show that same loyalty to each other, and that rarely happens. 

 

That being said, I will admit that I was glad to see Favre have a very good year and only wanted him to not play his best when he and the Vikings played against the Packers. Sorry,  I can’t forget 16 years of service to the team I am dedicated to, but I didn’t want to see the Vikings have the team success they had either (my disdain for the Vikings runs deep, no matter who is on the team). I root for the name on the front of the jersey, not the back. So when they lost in the NFC title game it was bittersweet for me. 

But it is that time of the year again, will he or won’t he. The “Favre Watch” is in full swing (again). 

I won’t act like I know something nobody else knows, so I won’t try to predict what Favre will do. But I do know for nearly 20 years of my life I have had the pleasure of watching one of the most exciting quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. A player that has shown both physical and mental toughness never seen before by a pro athlete. 

If this was his last year, thanks Favre. Thanks for showing the fans one last time that the “good ole’ boy from Kiln” can still sling the pigskin. If it is not, then I wish you a healthy off-season and personal success in 2010 (except when you play the Packers). But either way it goes, please, for the sake of NFL fans everywhere, MAKE A DECISION AND STICK WITH IT NO MATTER HOW DIFFICULT IT IS! 

I am torn on the NFL Pro Bowl situation. I would rather see it in Hawaii, like it has been since 1980. I am not sure about when to play the game. I know I dislike the game being played the week before the Super Bowl leaving some of the best players out of the game (if the are playing in the Super Bowl). But I also disliked the game the week after since it was nothing more than a All-Star pre season game. I think that the NFL should make the Pro Bowl happen during the Hall Of Fame weekend. This way the greatest of the great are able to watch the past seasons greats. 

The two best and most consistent teams in the NFC and AFC are in the Super Bowl. I have no issues with either of these teams playing for the Lombardi Trophy since they both had the best records in their respective conferences. I don’t have my prediction ready yet (that will be in next weeks Ran-DUMB-Football-Thoughts) but I will share this thought. I fully expect it to be one of the highest scoring Super Bowls in history.  

During the NFC title game, in the 4th quarter with well under a minute left an interesting thing happened, the Vikings called a timeout. When they came out to huddle they had 12 men in the huddle, Favre noticed it and tried to call another timeout (but NFL rules state teams can not do that) so they were penalized 5 yards and were out of Ryan Longwell’s field goal range. So, on third down and 15 the Vikings were forced to try and throw for the 5 yards and we all know how that ended up. 

 

While Favre threw the pick, and that was his fault, make no mistake about it, it was head coach Brad Childress fault the Vikings were even in that situation. As the head coach you are responsible for your personnel, and who goes where and when, and he failed at that during the Vikings biggest moment (arguably) in franchise history.   

Childress is a desperate coach (just look at how he handled the Favre situation from the beginning). He parlayed his teams (and Favre’s) success in the regular season into a contract extension. He has (in critical games) choked. If I was Ziggy Wilf, the Vikings owner, I would keep a close eye on “Chilly”. With names like Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher still unemployed ( both also have Super Bowl rings) and questions at the quarterback position, I would expect him to have somewhat of a hot seat if the Vikings take a step back in 2010. 

The Oakland Raiders are a proud franchise with a great tradition. Al Davis is a major reason the Raiders have had so much success. He was a revolutionary, visionary and a maverick all at the same time. He was a keen talent evaluator and a person that loved to go against the NFL grain (and Pete Rozell). 

But that was a long time ago. 

Today the Raiders are one of the laughing stocks of the NFL and have a team full of team cancers and over paid players. I was told that current and former players (like Derrick Burgess) got into some of the younger, more talented players heads and have had a negative impact on them. It is also known in NFL circles that most of the players are in Oakland just to collect a check (JaMarcus Russell) and are unwilling to put forth any effort to become a “professional”.  

 

The drafting is another issue. While Mr. Davis has an eye for talent, I am afraid to say that until he hires a person to run the player personnel department and allows him to run the draft, the Raiders will be in also ran in the NFL.  

I respect Al Davis and admire him for many reasons (football and non-football). I love his loyalty and commitment to excellence. He is not afraid to go against the grain to get what he wants, another Super Bowl championship. But until he gets rid of the “bad apples” and hires a capable person to run the player personnel department, I am afraid the Raiders fans are in for a long wait until their next Super Bowl win.  

The NFL has been the best pro sport when it comes to labor relations but hard times maybe looming for the NFL. The owners elected to opt-out of the CBA making the NFL fans very nervous. The NFLPA says they will not accept a salary-cap or a rookie pay scale, two things that the owners want. The salary-cap is what makes the NFL great because it allows every team the opportunity to play on an “even field”. The rookie pay scale would also be good because there is no way JaMarcus Russell should ever make more money than Tom Brady or Drew Brees before even playing an NFL game. 

I have heard various things when it comes to the CBA, but most reports have the two sides far apart. I may be in the minority, but I think both sides know how important labor peace is and will get a deal done in the 11th hour. 

The 2010 NFL Draft process is in full swing with the Shrine game and the Senior Bowl. NFL teams are looking for their next star and player that will hopefully lead them to a Super Bowl victory. So as one friend put it “the meat market is open for business”! 

In the next two and a half months we will hear draft experts talk about verts, red flags and of course the players 40 times. But the thing that gets over looked every year (by non-NFL G.M.’s) is what a player does on film. As a “draftnik” I have learned that the film doesn’t lie. What you see a player do on film is what they will most likely do while playing for your favorite team on Sundays (and Mondays).  

We will see a player rise up the draft boards of Todd McShay, Mel Kiper Jr, Mike Mayock and others based on what they do at the combine. Those workout warriors will be drafted why to high and be way over paid. I will continue to do my Packers and NFL mock drafts up until the eve of the draft. 

But the draft is a time for teams and their fans to have a new sense of hope. Teams that draft well are normally contending for a Super Bowl within a few years and the ones who don’t are set back a few years. The NFL has made a change to the draft by making it a four-day event. Round 1 will take place in prime time on Thursday, April 22nd, rounds two and three Friday the 23rd, followed by Rounds 4-7 on Saturday, April 24. 

NCAA Football: 

In a week many of the nation’s top high school football players will make their decision on where they will play football (and get their educations) for the next three or four years. Their choices will be televised on ESPN, ESPNU, ESPNews and FOXSports T.V. stations. We already have seen two high school all-star games where some of those top prospects made their decisions. Even though I watch them and follow them, it is a shame we (as sports fans) make these high school kids “stars” before they even play a down in college. 

I am just as guilty as many others when it comes to following these young men and where they are being recruited. But the difference between me know and me ten years ago is I don’t get mad when they don’t choose the school I want them to go to. Instead I remind myself that these are 17, 18 and 19-year-old kids trying to make sure they have a bright future after their football days are over. 

I also dislike that the NCAA makes these same kids honor their contracts, excuse me, letter of intent, when they don’t make the college head coaches honor their own contracts. These same coaches come into living rooms across the country and make promises to the kids and their parents and then up and leave 10 months later for another college job. If a kid commits and the coach leaves, those same kids should be able to leave as well. 

But this is the NCAA, the same people who make billions of dollars off the NCAA Mens Basketball tournament but feel a NCAA playoff wouldn’t work. This is the same NCAA which was once led by the President of Indiana University who hired a basketball coach who broke NCAA rules more than once and when he did it at Indiana, gave themselves a slap on the wrist. 

Much is being said about Tim Tebow’s commercial during the Super Bowl. As a person that felt Tebow was over hyped, I commend him. He is a man who knows who is and stands by his convictions. He is a man who is not ashamed to say he is a Christian and proclaim his love for Jesus Christ as his lord and savior. 

Tebow may or may not be a bust as a pro player but what he did in college football may have him go down as the greatest college football player ever. Not only is he the type of player coaches love to coach, but he is the type of person that the NCAA loved to have represent them. A fierce competitor on the field and now a fierce competitor for Christianity. Tim Tebow may or may not be a first round pick in the NFL, but he seems to be a first round pick in character and class. 

CBS has the right to run ANY AD that they want regardless of what N.O.W. or any other organization has to say about it. The organization that paid for the ad has the right to speak about what they want in the ad. If N.O.W. or any other organization doesn’t like it, buy an ad to counter it. CBS can not (and will not according to FCC law) decline to run their ad. 

I am taken back by the audacity and pompous attitudes of the organizations that oppose the ad. We have the right to listen to ANY THING we want to, including their views on abortion. How dare they DEMAND to CBS that they not run the ad? Are they the heads of CBS? Who are they to say what we the public has a right to hear or not hear? Last time I checked we were living in a society that has freedom of speech. 

We have T.V. stations that report news far to the left and far to the right. We have news reports that are more like a news companies editorials. They don’t report the news, they report their version of the news. I commend CBS for not pulling the Tebow’s ad. I think that message needs to be heard and it may effect a person or two in a way that may have them rethink their own situation. 

As a person that works in radio and understands how “political rates” work, I know for sure that CBS has given N.O.W. and every other opposing group the right to pay for their own ad, if not they would be in violation of the FCC and would face a hefty fine. It’s time for them (the opposing groups) to put up or shut up.  

To Tim Tebow and his mother, thank you. Thank you for sharing your story and good luck in your crusade. 

Joe Arrigo 

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Written by Joe Arrigo

January 27, 2010 at 23:53

Arrigo’s NFL Mock v3.0

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It’s a new week and that means a new mock. This time I included all 32 NFL teams with the two Super Bowl participants selecting 31st and 32nd based on their regular season records.

I also included a second round pick as well. I wanted to do that to add more to the mock and to maybe give some type of explanation to the first round pick. 

1.  St. Louis: Ndamukong Suh-DT- Nebraska: Unless the Rams trade down for a chance to draft a QB, which I highly doubt, Suh has to be the pick. He is a beast and will be a force on the Rams defensive line for years.

Round 2- Rams:  Colt McCoy- QB- Texas

2.  Detroit: Gerald McCoy-DT-Oklahoma: McCoy fills a need for the Lions and would wreak havoc in opposing teams backfields for years. The offense has it’s corner stones in Stafford and Johnson, now the defense has one as well.

Round 2-Lions: Jerry Hughes-OLB-TCU

3.  Tampa Bay:  Eric Berry-S-Tennessee: The perfect fir 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.

Round 2-Bucaneers: Golden Tate-WR-Notre Dame

4.  Washington: Sam Bradford-QB-Oklahoma: The Redskins get their QB of the future and a player that Mike Shanahan covets. He would be a very good fit for his offense and what he likes to do with his quarterbacks.

Round 2- Redskins: Jason Fox-OT-Miami

5.  Kansas City: Russell Okung-OT-Oklahoma State: The Chiefs need to protect Matt Cassel and open holes for Jamaal Charles, Okung is that guy. He is a big, strong guy that plays with a nasty streak.

Round 2- Chiefs: Brandon Sikes-ILB-Florida

6.  Seattle:  Derrick Morgan-DE-Georgia Tech: The Seahawks need an offensive tackle, but they had no pass rush last year and he will fill that need. Carroll wants to get to the quarterback and Morgan can do just that.

Round 2- Seahawks: Damian Williams-WR-USC

7.  Cleveland: Joe Haden-CB-Florida: The Browns need alot, but Hayden would be a great building block for any defense. Mike Holmgren neess to address the quarterback position, but will not by 3 quarterbacks  big bucks.

Round 2- Browns: Tony Pike-QB-Cincinnatti

8.  Oakland: Anthony Davis-OT-Rutgers: The Raiders need an offensive tackle and Davis 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.

Round 2-Raiders: Mike Lupati-OG-Idaho

9.  Buffalo: Bruce Campbell-OT-Maryland: The Bills have a need at quarterback, but the need at offensove tackle is greater and they feel they can land the strong armed QB the covet in round 2.

Round 2-Bills: Jevon Snead-QB-Ole Miss

10.  Jacksonville: Rolando McClain-LB-Alabama: Quarterback is a bigger need, but McClain would be the perfect LB for Del Rio’s defense. Jimmay Clausen has to be considered here and it’s to early for Tim Tebow.

Round 2-Jaguars: Tim Tebow-QB-Florida

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

Round 2-Broncos: Corey Wootton-DE/DT-Northwestern

12.  Miami: 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 forst defensive lineman off the board.

Round 2: Demaryius Thomas-WR-Georgia Tech 

13.  San Francisco: 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.  Seattle (via Denver): Jimmy Clausen-QB-Notre Dame: The Seahawks need offenive line help, but their quarterback play has not been good for three straight years and Carroll has a personel history with Clausen.

15.  New York 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.

Round 2-Giants: Jeremy Beal-DE-Oklahoma

16.  Tennessee: Everson Griffen-DE-USC: Griffen can get to the QB, and Tennessee needs to do more of that.

17.  San Francisco (via Carolina): Carlos Dunlap-DE-Florida: Great value here for the 49ers. Dunlap his a high risk pick, but has huge upside. Mike Singletary will make sure this kid reaches his max ability. 

Round 2-49ers:  Devin McCourtney-CB-Rutgers

18.  Pittsburgh: Charles Brown-OT-USC: The Steelers need to make sure “Big Ben” stays upright and Brown will help with that.

 Round 2-Steelers: Trevard Lindley-CB-Kentucky

19.  Atlanta:  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.  Houston: Bryan Bulaga-OT-Iowa: The Texans offense was exciting but they need to keep Matt Schuab upright in order to win games, Bulaga will make sure that happens.

Round 2-Texans: Perrish Cox-CB-Oklahoma St.

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

Round 2-Bengals: Aaron Hernandez-TE-Florida

22.  New England: 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.

Round 2-Patriots: Dominique Franks-CB-Oklahoma

23.  Green Bay- CJ Spiller-RB-Clemson: I know, the Packers have bigger needs (OT, CB, S) then a RB/KR, but Spiller is to good  to pass up. He cures the Packers return needs and will be Ryan grants primary back-up.

Round 2-Packers: Chad Jones-S-LSU

24.  Philadelphia: Navorro Bowman-OLB-Penn St.: The Eagles need to get more athletic at OLB and Bowman is just that. He is a playmaking machine with a great motor.

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

Round 2-Ravens: Kareem Jackson-CB-Alabama

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

Round 2-Cardinals:  Kyle Calloway-OT-Iowa

27.  Dallas: Dan Williams-NT-Tennessee: The Cowboys need offensive line help, but Williams would add depth to the Cowboys line and make their defense even better up front.

Round 2-Cowboys: Marty Gilyard-WR/KR-Cincinnati

28.  San Diego: Jahvid Best-RB-Cal: Norv Turner wants to have a playmaker that can “hit the homerun” any time he touches the ball, and Best is just that.

Round 2-Chargers:  Morgan Burnett-FS-Georgia Tech

29.  New York Jets: Brian Price-DT-UCLA: He fills a need and would be a nice fit in Ryans defense.

Round 2-Jets: Sean Weatherspoon-OLB- Missouri

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

Round 2-Vikings: Dan LeFavour-QB-Central Michigan

31.  New Orleans: Taylor Mays-S-USC: Darren Sharper is getting older and the Saints have had success taking USC players. Mays is an enforcer that would bring a toughness to there secondary.

Round 2-Saints: Vince Oghobaase-DT-Duke

32. Indianapolis Colts: Greg Hardy-DE-Ole Miss: They have two DE free agents in Brock and Mathis next year. Polian is a smart GM and always thinks a head, and Hardy is to talented to pass up.

Round 2-Colts: Jerome Murphy-CB-South Florida

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January 26, 2010 at 17:20

1-22-10 Packers O.T.S.

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Well, I plan on doing the O.T.S. on a weekly basis but I felt the urge to knock another one out early. Again, these are things I hear from various sources and got the OK to blog (or post) them. There are things however that I am told and can’t comment on.

Again, this is a Packers only O.T.S. because their off-season is in full swing. In this O.T.S. I will touch on a trade rumor that has the Packers landing an All Pro corner back while giving up a former first round pick. I will also touch on some whispers I hear from the Shrine game, free agency and other Packers draft rumors!

RUMOR

n.

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

As I reported in the previous O.T.S. the Chargers have a couple players that they will have to make some tough decisions on, LT, Shawne Merriman and Antonio Cromartie to name a few. Well I heard at the end of training camp this year the Chargers and Packers talked about a possible deal that had the Packers sending AJ Hawk and a 1st rounder to the Chargers for Cromartie and the Chargers 2nd.

I am hearing that because Hawk is less likely to take a pay cut, the deal could happen. I am hearing the two teams again talked about a Hawk for Cromartie deal recently with the Packers sending a 2nd rounder to the Chargers and the Chargers sending a 3rd rounder to the Packers.

I am hearing unless Donald Lee takes a pay cut he will be traded or cut. The Packers don’t want to pay him $2 million to drop passes and block.

I heard a rumor that if Jahvid Best checks out ok (regarding his conclusion during the 2009 season) and has a great combine, he may be a player that Ted Thompson thinks about at the end of round 1 (if CJ Spiller is gone).  

I am also hearing that the Packers want to have the offensive tackle situation taken care of via free agency and will look to add a “level II” free agent. The two names that came (back) up were the two  Buccaneers offensive tackles, Donald Penn and Jeremy Trueblood. A few other names that came up were Alex Barron of the Rams and Jahri Evans of the Saints.

If they deal Hawk, the name I hear they would like to have as his replacement is the Raiders Kirk Morrison. They also like Thomas Howard of the Raiders and may look to him as the other outside backer opposite of Clay Matthews III. But remember this is Ted Thompson and it has to be at the right price.

Look for the Packers to give TJ Lang a shot at either tackle spot. He did very good in the action he saw and has some tools McCarthy likes in his tackles. Remember he didn’t get that much work their last training camp.

I have heard that the Packers were scouting tackle Rodger Saffold of Indiana, receiver Emmanuel Sanders of SMU, Barry Church of Toledo, corner backs Devin Ross of Arizona and UCLA’s Alterraun Verner pretty hard during the Shrine practices this week.

Thats it or the Weekend edition of the O.T.S. I hope you all have a great and safe weekend.

Joe Arrigo

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January 22, 2010 at 20:01

Arrigo’s NFL Mock Draft v2.0

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Well, as promised here is my mock draft version 2.0. I left out the “final four” until we know where they draft.

I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, but I went with who I thought fit each teams “needs” and if they picked the best player available.

Enjoy!

1. St. Louis:  Ndamukong Suh-DT- Nebraska: Unless the Rams trafe down for a chance to draft a QB, Suh has to be the pick.

2. Detroit: Gerald McCoy-DT-Oklahoma: McCoy fills a need for the Lions and would wreak havoc in opposing teams backfields for years.

3. Tampa Bay: Eric Berry-S-Tennessee: The perfect fir for the “Tampa 2” and the best playmaker in the draft.

4. Washington: Sam Bradford-QB-Oklahoma: The Redskins get their QB of the future and a player Mike Shanahan loves and can groom.

5. Kansas City: Russell Okung-OT-Oklahoma State: The Chiefs need to protect Matt Cassel and open holes for Jamaal Charles, Okung is that guy.

6. Seattle: Derrick Morgan-DE-Georgia Tech: The Seahawks need an offensive tackle, but they had no pass rush last year and he will fill that need.

7. Cleveland: Joe Haden-CB-Florida: The Browns need alot, but Hayden would be a great building block for any defense.

8. Oakland: Anthony Davis-OT-Rutgers: The Raiders need an offensive tackle and Davis may be the most gifted in the draft.

9. Buffalo: Jimmy Clausen-QB-Norte Dame: My good friend Jose Rivera (a huge Bills fan) seems to think Jimmy is the guy, i’ll go with his guy here.

10. Jacksonville: Rolando McClain-LB-Alabama: Quarterback is a bigger need, but McClain would be the perfect LB for Del Rio’s defense. 

11. Denver (via Chicago): Dez Bryant-WR-Oklahoma St.: Will Brandon Marshall be in Denver? Bryant will be the man in McDaniels offense.

12. Miami: 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. 

13. San Francisco: Trent Williams- OT- Oklahoma: Williams would be the 49ers RT of the present and future.

14. Seattle (via Denver): Charles Brown-OT-USC: Pete Carroll and Alex Gibbs has his LT of the future. Brown is the perfect fit for the zone blocking scheme.

15. New York Giants: Earl Thomas-S-Texas: Kenny Phillips went down and so did the Giants. Thomas is a playmaking S that the G-Men need.

16. Tennessee: Everson Griffen-DE-USC: Griffen can get to the Qb, and Tennessee needs to do more of that.

17. San Francisco (via Carolina): Carlos Dunlap-DE-Florida: Great value here for the 49ers. Dunlap his a high risk pick, but has huge upside.

18. Pittsburgh: Bryan Bulaga-OT-Iowa: They need to keep Big Ben upright in order to win games, Bulaga will make sure that happens.

19. Atlanta: Sergio Kindle-OLB-Texas: I love this kid. He can do it all, but he is a great pass rusher.

20. Houston: Brian Price-DT-UCLA: He fills a need and would help Mario Williams out by taking up double teams.

21. Cincinnati: Arrelious Benn-WR-Illinois: With the loss of Chris Henry, Chad Ocho Cinco & Carson Palmer get some help with Benn. 

22. New England: Ricky Sapp-OLB-Clemson: Ideal fit in the 3/4 as a rush backer and the Patriots need that.

23. Green Bay: Taylor Mays-S-USC: I almost went with CJ Spiller, but defense was the biggest need. Mays falls because of a poor senior year, but he is the type of player the Packers need at SS in Capers scheme.

24. Philadelphia: Navorro Bowman-OLB-Penn St.: The Eagles need to get more athletic at OLB and Bowman is just that.

25. Baltimore: Jermaine Gresham-TE-Oklahoma: Joe Flacco needs another target in the red zone and Todd Heap has his heir apprent.

26. Arizona: Dan Williams-DT-Tennessee: Big Dan will be the space eater needed in a 3/4 and free Dockett up as well.

27. Dallas: Bruce Campbell-OT-Maryland: The Cowboys need to address the offensive line and Campbell would be that guy.

28. San Diego: CJ Spiller-RB-Clemson: The Chargers get their replacement for LT in Spiller.

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January 21, 2010 at 23:50

Ran-DUMB Sports Thoughts (1-21-10)

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Good day to you on this rainy Southern California afternoon. I hope you are doing well and staying dry (for everyone in California). The sports world is still going full speed ahead and I have some ran-DUMB thoughts about it.

NFL Playoffs:

The “final four” are set. The Saints and Vikings will go at it to see who will represent the NFC, and they should. All year they have been the two best teams in the NFC and deserve to be there. Brett Favre has had a great year, and good for him. I did not like how he handled himself during his last days in green Bay (and I didn’t like how they treated him either), but it is nice to see him play at a high level at 40 years old.

Drew Brees is playing out of his mind. He has been for the last 4 years where he leads in all major quarterback categories (except TD’s where he is tied with Peyton Manning).  Is he a Hall of Famer? I think he has a better case then Kurt Warner, especially if the Saints win the Super Bowl.

I think the keys to the game will be Bernard Berrian for the Vikings and Pierre Thomas for the Saints. Both are players that get forgotten behind the “big names” like Reggie Bush, Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin and Marcus Colston. But have major roles in their teams offense. If Berrian can free up and get deep that will open the middle of the field for Harvin and if Thomas can run the ball effectively then that will Brees with their passing game.

My prediction is Saints will win in a shoot out. I think the Vikings secondary is not as good as the Saints receiver depth and passing attack. Favre will have a good game I suspect, but I also think this is the end of his career. I say 45-38 Saints.

In the AFC I caught hell for saying the Jets were going to be a 9 win team and battle for a playoff spot in my early predictions, but I was right on and they made it. Mark Sánchez (or the “Sanchize”) has done a very good job in the post season thus far, especially for a rookie. But the Jets will need Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene to have a big day and Braylon Edwards to not drops passes.

On the Colts side it all starts with Manning. If the Jets can’t get to him or knock him down, they will be in for a long day. But I think the Colts will have to be able to run the ball in order to make the Jets not “peel their ears back” and rush Manning. Darrelle Revis will be matched up on Reggie Wayne, and if he can take away one side of the field, Manning may have some trouble.

As far as the keys, I will go with the key match up. Revis vs Wayne.  Revis has played all world all year and if he can continue to have the success ha has had this post-season, then the Colts will be in trouble. On the other end, I think the it will be Sánchez vs the Colts pass rush. If they can force him into making some rookie decisions, which could be turnovers, then the Jets are in big trouble.

As much as I wasnt to pick the Jets, since they are the underdog and led by a USC guy, I can’t bet against Manning. I like the Colts in a close game, 27-24.

NFL:

Did anyone else notice that Aaron Rodgers may be the starter in the Pro Bowl? Favre normally doesn’t go and Brees may be in the Super Bowl leaving Rodgers to get the start!

Norv Turner did a great job with the Chargers this year, but I don’t think he is the guy to take them to a Super Bowl. He is “to nice” of a guy to enforce any rules. There is no way three players of the Packers, Patriots, Saints, Colts, Dolphins or Eagles would be out less than 48 hours before a playoff game, especially at a strip club. Those teams coaches would not tolerate it and those teams players know it. That is a sign of lack of respect by the Chargers players for the coach and more importantly the team. I know he just got a three-year extension, but if their isn’t a change in discipline by Turner, unless they win the Super Bowl, he would be out after the 2011 season.

The Chargers have some big questions to answer it comes to their own free agents. Darren Sproles, Vincent Jackson and Shawme Merriman are all free agents not to mention LaDainian Tomlison is due a roster bonus, but his play has not been up to par for the past three seasons, so he may have played his last game for the Chargers.

I may be in the minority here, but I think that a new CBA will be hashed out in the 11th hour by the NFL and NFLPA. Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith both know that a work stoppage would hurt the NFL in the short and long-term.

I like the staff Pete Carroll is putting together in Seattle. Pete has a direction he wants the Seahawks to go and he knows who he wants to be apart of making it happen. Besides bringing Jeremy Bates with him to Seattle from USC, the hiring of Alex Gibbs as offensive line coach was a huge hire for him. The Seahawks running game will be one of the best in 2010, watch.

NCAA Football:

I think USC has hired the right guy to replace Carroll in Lane Kiffin. He is brash, cocky and he brought a great staff with him, in particular Ed Orgeron and Monte Kiffin. “Coach O” brings that swagger and no-nonsense attitude to the Trojans and they need that. But more importantly they are great recruiters.

Ok, I get Tennessee being upset that Kiffin left after a year, but he was up front with the A.D. and said that USC would be the only place he would leave the Volunteers for. But to me, it shows they are upset they lost a guy who was doing a good job rebuilding their program and didn’t want him to leave. They do have a right to be upset, but I find it funny that all these things Kiffin did (like the car accident for example) are just now being brought to light. I say there is a lot of sour grapes on their end.

Brian Kelly is starting to recruit  University of Cincinnati recruits and there is no mention of it, but why are people upset that Kiffin and company are recruiting Tennessee recruits now that they are at USC? They want the best recruits wherever they are coaching, and that means the will be  recruiting the same players whether Kiffin was there or not. Recruits should choose a school for the school, not the coaches.

I will say this about the recruits that stuck with USC through the coaching change, they have character and did a great job of making sure that class stayed together. If that is the type of players that will be representing USC for the next 3 and 4 years, the Trojans will be in good shape.

I like what Jimbo Fisher is doing (as far as recruiting) down at Florida State. But as much a I like what he is doing, I will miss Bobby Bowden.

Let’s stay on Bowden for a second. I think the NCAA made a big time mistake by taking away those 14 wins. They should have let him keep them, in my opinion.

NBA:

The NBA has it all wrong if Tracy McGrady and Allen Iverson make it to the All Star game, none the less get starting nods. McGrady and Iverson would be wrong for accepting the invites, knowing that they don’t deserve it.

What happened “King” James? I thought you were all in for the dunk contest? It is a shame that LeBron’s not because even though he wouldn’t have won it (in my opinion), he would have made it interesting.

Keep an eye on Shannon Brown and DeMarr DeRozen as the two players that should be in the finals of the dunk contest.

The East has 4 really good teams, and the rest of the conference is weak, really weak, while the West is loaded. If your not an Orlando, Boston, Cleveland or Atlanta fan, sorry, you’re a mediocre team in a weak conference and wouldn’t even make the playoffs in the West.

 If the Lakers trade Andrew Bynum for Chris Bosh, Mitch Kupchak losses major points. He pulled off a steal in both the Gasol and Brown/Morrison trades, he would be on the other end if this deal were to go through.

Why is Mike Dunlevey still the Clippers head coach and GM? He is horrible and they need to hire a guy that can get the most out of that talent, and there is some on that team. Maybe Byron Scott would be interested in coaching the team that drafted him?

MLB:

I say it again, if I were Bud Selig I would make the McCourts sell the Dodgers. They are handicapping them by their divorce and it is a shame. They have some of the best young talent in the majors and should be a team that can go out and add free agents if they choose, not if the payroll (or lack there of) dictates.

What happened to the Angels being aggressive in free agency? They lost Chone Figgens and John Lackey and added 2 players that have major injury concerns (Joel Pineiro and Hideki Matsui).

I like the signing of Aroldis Chapman by the Reds. If he can put it together (like I think he can) the Reds will have a great young 1-2-3 punch with Chapman, Johnny Cueto and Edison Volquez. Just think if Homer Bailey can ever turn it around, the Reds will have a great young staff for a very long time.

Albert Pujols is everything that you would want your young kid to be on the field and off it. Pujols and Derek Jeter are the two classicist men in major league baseball.

NCAA Basketball:

Kentucky’s John Wall will be the number 1 pick in the NBA draft when he decides to come out (2010). He is lightning quick with great court vision, great leaping ability and he shows very good leadership. He is everything you would want in a point guard.

I like the way UNLV and Georgia Tech plays. But on the flip side I am disappointed in North Carolina so far.

What happened to UCLA? Time are tough all the way around over there. I am not a big UCLA fan, but I hate to see Coach Wooden’s school not playing the way UCLA is capable of playing.

Did anyone else hear about former Laker and current USC basketball commentator Michael Cooper say “F*** UCLA” during their live broadcast? The FCC will have a field day with that. Copper has since apologized and is looking to move past it.

Does anyone else miss Bobby Knight or am I alone on that one? I admire how he tells it like it is, and yes before anyone asks I would send my sons to play for him. He will teach them how to be a student athlete, but an athlete who is also a student.

Other Sports Thoughts:

Who care if Tiger Woods is in a sex rehab clinic? (Which happens to be down the road from Brett Favre’s house!!) Tiger feels he needs help and he is getting it, good for him. I think it is time for all the media to let him try to heal not only his life, but his marriage.

Glad to see that Brock Lesner is healthy again. I started to get into the UFC and MMA a few years ago thanks to a couple good friends and I have to admit, it is entertaining. Lesner is not the best in the business (Anderson “Spiderman” Silva is), but he maybe the most entertaining.

“Pretty Boy” Floyd Merryweather is not at fault for the cancellation of the “super bout” with Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao, this time I have to blame Pacquiao. Wanting to have a “clean fight” is something we deserve, and hell for $35-$40 million, I get my butt beat Floyd…call me! But I do know one thing, all boxing fans deserved to see this fight and it is a shame it is not going to happen.

Entertainment:

I currently am working for a good friend of mine, an R&B artist by the name of TQ. His new album is dropping March 23rd entitled “Kind Of Blue”. Here is his first single off it called ELECTRONIC featuring Tha Vill:

If you are a consultant, P.D./A.P.D./M.D. or DJ and want to add it, just email me at j.arrigo.hubmusic@gmail.com

 Have a great day and thanks for the support.

Joe Arrigo

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January 21, 2010 at 19:13

Joe’s Packers Mock v9.0

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Well, it is time for my Mock v9.0. The Packers have the 23rd pick in the draft and have four major needs, corner back, safety, offensive tackle and return specialist.

I have decided to do what I think Ted Thompson would do (except make a few trades on draft day). It may not make Packers fans happy, but when has Thompson ever made 110% of Packers fans happy?

I, again, have given the Packers a comp pick in round 5 for Colin Cole. I didn’t include any potential signings or trades because I didn’t want to try and guess what Thompson would do.

So here it is, my Packers mock, version 9.0. I will have a complete first round mock up either tonight or tomorrow here at Joe’s Lockerroom  and thanks again for the great feedback on the latest OTS!!

Joe
Round 1: Taylor Mays- S- USC: It may have been the high expectations for Mays, or the knee injury, but Mays’ senior year, like the Trojans 09′ campain, was nothing like he expected. He was the player Ted Thompson coveted in the 09′ draft when the Packers were picking 9th over all. Mays is still a freak with the size of a linebacker and the speed of a corner. Mays is a perfect fit for Dom Capers strong safety requirements and would be an upgrade over Atari Bigby and would give the Packers one of the best young safety tandems in the NFL. Remember, Mays was regarded as the top prospect coming into the season and to get him at 23 would be a steal.

Round 2: Donovan Warren- DB- Michigan: Warren is a play-making corner that the Packers need to have to add depth to the corner position. He has good size, 6’0/194, and decent speed (4.4 range), but his ball skills are his best assest. He would come in and compete for the nickle (or dime) role depending on how far along Al Harris is in his  recovery.

Round 3: Rodger Saffold- OT- Indiana: Rumors are Saffold was showing some very solid skills at the Shrine practices and Ted Thompson was there. Saffold has good size (6’5/312) and good mobility.

Round 4: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB- 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. This kid is the definition of “Packer People” (and I HATE that saying).

Round 5 ( a ): Joique Bell- RB- Wayne State (MI): Another player that can return kicks and punts as well. He won the Harlon Hill Award as the best player in DII after leading all NCAA divisions with rushing ypg (189.45), scoring pg (17.5) and all purpose yards per game (217.5).

Round 5 ( b ): Trindon Holliday- WR/KR- LSU: He is small, but man is he fast. His value is in the return game as one of the best return specialist in the draft.

Round 6: Arthur Moats- OLB- James Madison: A player that can get after the quarterback and is a perfect fit in a 3-4 as a linebacker. He made need some time to develop, but he can be a pass rush specialist right away.

Round 7: Stafon Johnson- RB- USC: Johnson nearly lost his life in a weight room accident and was forced to sit out the Trojans remaining games, and their running game suffered without him. Johnson is not a burner, but he is a grinder that can get the tough yard and has a knack for finding the end zone.

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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January 20, 2010 at 19:20