@Mr.Bamboozaul Are you drunk? Do you honestly believe Dallas — or anyone — can possibly believe they can find a rookie to play QB any better than Prescott has over the past 2 months? As rookie's go, he's lights out. Peyton Manning threw EIGHT interceptions over his first three games. Prescott has yet to throw one.
This is my first mock draft following the conclusion of the first week of college football. Obviously teams are expected to change positions and a lot of players you see now might not be here later. Please feel free to tell me you're opinion and where you think certain players should go. I hope you enjoy. I am using Charlie Campbell's Draft to determine draft order.
Marcus Cannon, G, TCU
Marcus Cannon weighed in at 6-5, 358. Based on his size, you'd expect him to be fat, slow and lethargic. On the contrary, Cannon did not appear as though he was anything close to 358. He ran a 5.20 40 and looked very fluid in all the drills. Cannon seems to have cemented his Round 2 status. He may even be selected at the end of Round 1 if a team believes he can play right tackle.
Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
Anthony Castonzo ran just a 5.21 40, but was phenomenal in the drills, showing great athleticism and technique. He could be the second tackle off the board behind Tyron Smith.
Marcell Dareus, DE/DT, Alabama ???
I really don't know what to make of Marcell Dareus' new weight of 319 pounds. BuffaloBills.com wrote that Dareus is "built like a tree." The added mass may make Dareus more versatile. It could, however, limit his pass-rushing ability. I'm really interested to see how Dareus looks on Monday.
Virgil Green, TE, Nevada
Virgil Green showed off his great athleticism at the Combine. He notched a 42.5-inch vertical and a 10-10 broad jump. He also ran a 4.54 40. Don't think he's going to be selected in the top three rounds, however. Green is extremely raw and doesn't know how to run routes. He's a project, but could turn into a good player in a couple of years.
Rob Housler, TE, Florida Atlantic
While Virgil Green stole the show on Saturday afternoon, Rob Housler was just as impressive. He had a 4.51 40 and a 37-inch vertical, and unlike Green, Housler looked like he knew what he was doing in the drills.
Rodney Hudson, G, Florida State
Rodney Hudson may not carry 299 pounds very well, but his weight gain didn't seem to affect him in the drills. In fact, Hudson's footwork is still as good as ever.
Justin Houston, DE, Georgia
Justin Houston has constantly been mocked to 3-4 teams. That may change. Houston weighed in at 270 pounds Saturday, up 13 pounds from his listing during the season. His ability to drop into coverage is now a big question mark.
Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
Corey Liuget measured in at 6-2, which would pretty much eliminate him from 3-4 contention. Lots of teams run the 3-4 now, so it's possible that Liuget will slip into the bottom of Round 1 if the Rams aren't interested.
DeMarcus Love, G, Arkansas
DeMarcus Love is a guard only. After watching him in the drills at the Combine, I'm further convinced that he can't play right tackle.
Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
In one media session, Ryan Mallett refused to deny drug use; lashed out at the reporters; accused someone of setting him up to take a fall; said wise words like "Some people don't like my confidence. I can't do nothing about it;" and stormed off the podium.
The consensus from everyone there is that Mallett is very unlikable. In fact, Wes Bunting tweeted, "Don't trust Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett... end of story, guy rubs me the wrong way and he wouldn't be on my draft board. Period."
Mallett won't be on many draft boards. In fact, he'd be a late-round flier if it weren't for teams like the Bengals, Raiders, Eagles, etc.
Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
While Ryan Mallett destroyed his draft stock Saturday, Cam Newton increased his chances of becoming the top pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
The consensus was that Newton was very likable in the press conference. When asked to explain his "icon" and "entertainer" comments, Newton said the quote was misunderstood and taken out of context. He also explained the stolen laptop at Florida. Whereas Mallett barked at reporters for asking tough questions, Newton addressed everything, calmly and confidently.
Mike Klis of the Denver Post called Newton "respectful, intelligent and engaging." Klis added, "[Newton] is no JaMarcus Russell or Vince Young, another athletic quarterback who was a poor interview."
Derek Newton, OT, Arkansas State
"Derek... Newton... is a... great... playa..." This is what I wrote when Derek Newton ran his 40 time. Despite his 6-5, 311-pound frame, Newton ran a 4.99 on Saturday. Expect Al Davis to target him early on Day 3.
Weslye Saunders, TE, South Carolina
Weslye Saunders couldn't do anything at the Combine because of a broken foot. With red flags popping up everywhere, Saunders will probably go undrafted.
Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
I was concerned about Derek Sherrod's sudden weight gain to 321 pounds. Well, Sherrod carried the 321 well and maintained his solid athleticism. He ran a 5.20 40 and looked good in the drills. He could go as high as No. 23 to Philadelphia, but will probably be selected in the 28-35 range.
Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
Nate Solder sucked on the bench press and still has some bad tape to answer for, but he really stood out at the Combine. At 6-8, 319, Solder ran a 4.97 and displayed incredible athleticism in the drills.
Julius Thomas, TE, Portland State
The next basketball player turned stud tight end? Julius Thomas looked very natural at the Combine, making receptions with ease during the drills. Thomas (6-5, 246) ran a 4.63 40 and notched a 35.5-inch vertical.
Isaiah Thompson, G, Houston
I didn't have Isaiah Thompson in my rankings entering the Combine, so I'll be nice. I'll just point out that Thompson ran a 6.01 40 and barely managed six feet in the broad jump. The broad jump was really pathetic; imagine playing a video game, and instead of pressing the jump button, you accidentally barely tap it, leading your character to do a half-hearted jump into a pit of lava. That's what Thompson looked like.
Shane Vereen, RB, California
The 210-pound Shane Vereen benched 225 pounds a whopping 31 times. That's more than most of the offensive linemen! Vereen clearly put a ton of work into bulking up for the 2011 NFL Draft. I can't wait to see what he looks like on Sunday.