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The 75th NFL Draft

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11:03 PM: With the last three picks of the first round of the draft, the Detroit Lions (who traded with the Minnesota Vikings) selected Jahvid Best, the running back from California. The Indianapolis Colts choose Jerry Hughes, the defensive end from Texas Christian. To close out the first round, the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints took Patrick Robinson, a cornerback out of Florida State.
In a brief recap, what a great night. I knew the NFL Draft in primetime would work out well, but, this well? This was by far the most entertaining the NFL has given its fans in years. Tonight was a huge night for the NFL in respect to getting the story back onto the positives of the NFL instead of the negatives.
Thank you all so much for following New York State of Sports in our NFL Draft coverage. Be sure to check back in tomorrow night. The updates won’t be as frequent, but they will be there for all of your Giants and Jets picks. Also, expect many articles in the next few days breaking down the winners, losers, and impact players.

10:37 PM: The New York football Jets select… Kyle Wilson, the cornerback from Boise State. Wilson is another local product out of Piscataway, NJ, and he will be a huge impact on special teams. I would have liked to see them grab Sergio Kindle or Taylor Mays, but still, I can’t wait to see the Jets’ defense next year.
In a side note, Piscataway High School in Piscataway, NJ has had three first rounders in the past two years (Anthony Davis, Kyle Wilson, and Malcolm Jenkins)

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I decided to keep the NFL Draft theme that we’ve had here at NYSOS with my picks of the day. There are a few interesting props that caught my eye when I evaluated the selections.

Brian Bulaga, OT, Iowa

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Written By: Adam Poedubicky

Here we are with the second official New York State of Sports Mock Draft. There will be many more to come, but I waited until now to get one done so the combine and first week of free agency would be reflected.

1.     St. Louis (1-15) – Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska. He’s too good to pass up at this point. We’ll closely watch the financial situation, as well as Bradford’s OU Pro Day Performance.

2.     Detroit (2-14) – Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma. Check out the Lions current depth chart listing for the DT position. They would love to get Suh, but McCoy isn’t too bad of a consolation prize.

3.     Tampa Bay (3-13) – Eric Berry, S, Tennessee. Berry had a great combine, showing he is the next big thing at safety.

4.     Washington (4-12) – Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma. Look for coach Mike Shanahan to pick up a new QB to lead his team for many years.

5.     Kansas City (4-12) – Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State. The pieces are starting to fall into place for the Kansas City Chiefs. However, they will need an OT to protect Matt Cassel, who was sacked 42 times last year.

6.     Seattle (5-11) – Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame. Pete Carroll fell in love with Jimmy Clausen when he was a senior in high school (like every other college coach). Expect Matt Hasselbeck to have a year to show Jimmy Clausen how to run an offense.

7.     Cleveland (5-11) – Joe Haden, CB, Florida. Although he had a bad combine, the Browns are still in desperate need of a corner to start opposite Eric Wright.

8.     Oakland (5-11) – Jason Pierre-Paul, DE/OLB, South Florida. Sure, the Raiders need an offensive tackle. But once you check out the size and athleticism, you’ll understand why Al Davis won’t be able to pass him up.

9.     Buffalo (6-10) – Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers. Trading Jason Peters last year and the early retirement of Brad Butler makes a huge hole even bigger.

10.  Jacksonville (7-9) – Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech. The Jags managed to sack the opposing team’s QB only 14 times last year.

11.  Denver – from Chicago (7-9) – Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State. With the looming departure of Brandon Marshall, they’re going to need someone to fill the huge void that he will leave.

12.  Miami (7-9) – Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee. Jason Ferguson isn’t getting any younger, and Dan Williams is the second best DT, after 1a Suh and 1b McCoy.

13.  San Francisco (8-8) – Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa. This is Alex Smith’s final year to prove himself, so if not, expect a quarterback to go early for them next year.

14.  Seattle – from Denver (8-8) – C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson. Consider this draft a boost of “instant offense” for the Seahawks, who averaged 97.9 rushing yards per game last year.

15.  New York Giants (8-8) – Rolando McClain, LB, Giants. The pieces are starting to fall back into place to give the G-Men a respectable defense.

16.  Tennessee (8-8) – Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas. Kindle has the skills, savvy, and athleticism to play DE or OLB in the NFL.

17.  San Francisco – from Carolina (8-8) – Earl Thomas, S, Texas. Thomas follows his teammate from Texas off the board, as Coach Singletary looks for a safety upgrade, and gets great value.

18.  Pittsburgh (9-7) – Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho. The Steelers need to seriously consider taking Iupati, as Big Ben continuously gets beat up year after year.

19.  Atlanta (9-7) – Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida. Character issues are a major concern here, but hey, it’s Atlanta, it can’t get much worse than the Vick debacle.

20.  Houston (9-7) – Brian Price, DT, UCLA. Houston is out of positions of offense to draft weapons. Time for the defense to start pulling its weight.

21.  Cincinnati (10-6) – Taylor Mays, S, Southern Cal. Safety is a huge need for the Bengals, so expect him to follow the recent Trojans’ exodus to Cincinnati.

22.  New England (10-6) – Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan. Graham is the perfect, do-everything player that the New England defense loves.

23.  Green Bay (11-5) – Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland. Campbell’s monster combine shoots him up draft boards, as the Packers are in need for a right tackle.

24.  Philadelphia (11-5) – Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri. The Eagles defense last year was nothing compared to it of year’s past. The best pure outside linebacker is a good fit.

25.  Baltimore (9-7) – Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma. Todd Heap is not getting any younger or healthier. If Gresham can assure his knees are fine, look for him to be another playmaker in the Ravens offense.

26.  Arizona (10-6) – Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State. Losing Antrel Rolle to the Giants isn’t going to be easy to get over without picking up some secondary help.

27.  Dallas (11-5) – Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma. Dallas is starting to look like the real deal. Nothing a stud tackle from nearby Oklahoma won’t fix.

28.  San Diego (13-3) – Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State. He showed great size and speed at the combine. I’m not saying he’s the next LT, but he’s the best available replacement

29.  New York Jets (9-7) – Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame. An eventual replacement for Jericho Cotchery, he’ll provide a spark to a good, but unimpressive Jets’ offense.

30.  Minnesota (12-4) – Devin McCourty, DB, Rutgers. McCourty had a great combine, and the Vikings are going to need help at DB if they plan on catching up to the Saints.

31.  Indianapolis (14-2) – Kyle Wilson, DB, Boise State. An athletic playmaker at Boise that can help on defense and on special teams.

32. New Orleans (13-3) – Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama. He had embarrassing combine numbers, but he’s a playmaker. Let’s hope the World Champs can keep him off Bourbon Street

Written by: Adam Poedubicky

This NFL Draft, as many of you already know, is very deep, but especially deep at two positions: defensive tackle and safety. Let’s see how players fared at those positions and others in our combine wrap-up, pre NFL Draft. This is our 3rd installment of NFL Draft Previews.

NFL Combine: Best DE Performance:

Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida. This was expected, as Pierre-Paul has the numbers to be a top defensive end in the NFL (6’4, 270, 4.69 40, and 19 reps on the bench). If he can play like he measures up, expect him to be one of the top 10 selections this April at worst in the NFL Draft.

Honorable Mention: Derrick Morgan (Georgia Tech), Everson Griffin (Southern California)

Worst DE Performance: Greg Hardy, Ole Miss. Hardy is listed on some sites as high as the #5 defensive end prospect. Being the fifth best prospect at a position and running a 4.94 40 and ten pounds overweight doesn’t cut it, unless you’re a guard or a punter. Look for him to go later in the NFL Draft.

NFL Combine: Best DT Performance:

Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska and Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma. I know, I know, it was a cop-out to choose arguably the best two players as the two best performers, but these two, with literally nothing left to prove, came out and performed. Both ran in the 5.0s, both performed on the bench, and both measured out well. Most players in their circumstances simply would have had a “strained hamstring” this week, but they brought it. Be prepared for a two-month long debate over which of the two is better, and expect both to be gone by the time the 5th selection rolls around in the NFL Draft.

Honorable Mention: LaMarr Houston (Texas), Brian Price (UCLA), Linval Joseph (Eastern Carolina), Jeff Owens (Georgia). Yes, the defensive tackles this year are very, very good.

NFL Combine: Best OLB/Tweener Performance:

Brandon Graham, Michigan. Graham ran a respectable 4.7 at 6’1, 270 pounds before tweaking a hamstring. His performance at the Senior Bowl and on a terrible Michigan defense shows that the tape matches up with the numbers. If he can perform well as a linebacker at Michigan’s Pro Day, he will be a top 20 pick in the NFL Draft.

Honorable Mention: Sergio Kindle (Texas), Sean Weatherspoon (Missouri)

NFL Combine: Best ILB Performance:

Jamar Cheney, Mississippi State. Another player put on the map by his performance in the Senior Bowl, Cheney turned in a 4.54 40, the fastest of any linebacker. He led his team in tackles in 2009 despite it being his first year as a starter. Considering linebacker is by far the weakest position in the draft, expect Cheney to move up NFL draft boards.

Honorable Mention: Pat Angerer (Iowa)

Worst ILB Performance: Brandon Spikes, Florida and Rolando McClain, Alabama. Considering these two are the most recognizable players at the weak position, it would have been nice to see either of them run this weekend. However, that was not the case. The only excuse for not running a 40 while participating in other drills is that it is a concern, so teams looking for linebacker help (looking at you, New York Giants), be careful whom you draft in the NFL Draft.

NFL Combine: Best DB Performance:

Eric Berry, Tennessee. This was close, considering Taylor Mays’ alleged 4.24 40 kept him as a first round pick. However, Berry’s overall performance locked him up as the “can’t miss” defensive back, running a 4.45, getting 19 reps on the bench, and measuring in at a solid 5’11, 215, so look forward to him taking on NFL running backs the way he took on Tim Tebow. He is a definite top 5 pick in the NFL Draft.

Honorable Mention: Taylor Mays (Southern Cal), Earl Thomas (Texas), Chris Cook (Virginia)

Worst DB Performance: Joe Haden, Florida. A 4.58 40 isn’t the time you think of when you think of top 10 defensive back, and best overall corner. When I watched Haden play for the Gators this year, I didn’t believe he was any slower than 4.45, but apparently I, and many other analysts, were wrong. His game-tape simply doesn’t matchup with a 4.58 40, so I still wouldn’t expect him to fall out of the top 10 in the NFL Draft.

The NFL Draft will be extremely interesting this year.

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**Pictured Above: ‘Man In Black’, Sam Bradford**

Written By: Brian Place

This is our site’s first NFL mock draft, completed by our associate contributor, Brian Place. This is an extensive, quality NFL mock draft. Feel free to comment on it below. View it, debate it, be cool NFL fans.


NFL Draft Round 1

1. Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma – St. Louis Rams
2. Ndamukong Suh, DL, Nebraska – Detroit Lions
3. Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame – San Francisco 49ers (via trade with TB)
4. Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State – Washington Redskins
5. Gerald McCoy, DL, Oklahoma – Kansas City Chiefs
6. Eric Berry, DB, Tennessee – Cleveland Browns (via trade with SEA)
7. Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech – Seattle Seahawks (via trade with CLE)
8. Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland – Oakland Raiders
9. Brian Bulaga, OT, Iowa – Buffalo Bills
10. Joe Haden, CB, Florida – Jacksonville Jaguars
11. Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama – New York Giants (via trade with DEN)
12. Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State – Miami Dolphins
13. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via trade with SF)
14. C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson – Seattle Seahawks
15. Earl Thomas, S, Texas – Denver Broncos (via trade with NYG)
16. Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee – Tennessee Titans
17. Brian Price, DT, UCLA – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via trade with SF)
18. Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State – New England Patriots (via trade with PIT)
19. Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma – Atlanta Falcons
20. Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho – Houston Texans
21. Arrelius Benn, WR, Illinois – Cincinnati Bengals
22. Jared Odrick, DL, Penn State – Pittsburgh Steelers (via trade with NE)
23. Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers – Green Bay Packers
24. Taylor Mays, ROV, USC – Philadelphia Eagles
25. Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame – Baltimore Ravens
26. Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan – Arizona Cardinals
27. Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama – Dallas Cowboys
28. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida – Washington Redskins (via trade with SD)
29. Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida – New York Jets
30. Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia – St. Louis Rams (via trade with MIN)
31. Everson Griffen, DE, USC – Indianapolis Colts
32. Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri – New Orleans Saints

NFL Draft Trade Notes

1. SF sends #13 and #17 to use TB’s third overall selection for their franchise QB. TB uses the two NFL Draft selections to help rebuild the league’s worst run defense. It’s even according to the selection chart. The pick chart helps NFL teams determine selection value.

2. SEA selects Eric Berry 6th then ships him to CLE for Derrick Morgan (7th pick) and a selection in the middle rounds. SEA would be justified in drafting Walter Jones’ replacement at #6 if and only if Okung is still available. If he isn’t, they should either take a tackle with pick 14 (if and only if Spiller is not available), or wait until round 2, when Pete Carroll’s USC tackle Charles Brown may still be there. This is common practice in the NFL Draft.

3. DEN selects Rolando McClain at #11 and NYG selects Earl Thomas at #15. They swap players and DEN gains two late round selections. Giants Fans would love to grab McClain in the NFL Draft.

4. NE moves up into PIT’s 18th spot to grab Ryan Mathews before the Texans can get to him. PIT receives 22nd pick in the NFL Draft, a 2011 NFL Draft late round selection.

5. With Tate and Cody leaving the board at 25 and 27, SD moves down from 28 to 36 and WAS selects Tim Tebow after missing out on Bradford and Clausen. SD also gets WAS’s 3rd round selection in the NFL Draft. (And hopefully takes Nate Allen, Darryl Washington, Jacoby Ford, and Dexter McCluster with their four 2nd-3rd round picks.)

6. With Suh, McCoy, Dan Williams, Price, Odrick, Cody, and Dunlap gone, STL moves up 3 selections from 33 to 30 to get Geno Atkins, the last high-quality 285+ pounder left, before IND can get to him. IND responds by selecting Everson Griffen, a true 4-3 DE. In total, I have 11 D-linemen going in round 1, and 6 offensive linemen. 17/32 means that, probably for the first time ever, more linemen than skill players will be drafted in the 1st round of the NFL Draft.

What do you think about this NFL mock draft? Should Bradford go #1?

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