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Monday Morning Draft - Week 19




Here is the 19th edition of the Monday Morning Draft - a column that delves into the past weekend's action from an NFL Draft perspective. As the season goes on, the draft picture and slotting will become more clear, but every Sunday will provide a few hints for next April.

By Charlie Campbell.
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Let's Play Matchmaker:

This section will look at some of the top talent in college football and match those prospects up with the losing teams from the divisional round.

New Orleans Saints: Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska
The Saints' linebackers were shaky throughout 2011, and the 49ers abused them on Saturday with tight end Vernon Davis. The big tight end caught seven passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns, including a 49-yarder and the game-winning score from 14 yards out. New Orleans linebackers had no answer for Davis while running back Frank Gore averaged 6.8 yards per carry. Drafting a linebacker who can help defend tight ends and stop the run would be a good addition for the Saints' defense.

David is excellent at covering tight ends in routes downfield. He has special speed and agility to blanket them in and out of breaks. Nebraska often had David cover tight ends one-on-one, and he excelled at not allowing separation. In the ground game, David is a tackling machine who recorded 133 tackles in 2011 and 152 tackles as a junior. He also produces game-changing splash plays. As a senior, David had 12 tackles for a loss, two interceptions, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. The Saints could target him in the second round.



Denver Broncos: Devon Still, DT, Penn State
The interior of the Broncos' defensive line was completely ineffective against the Patriots. Tom Brady saw little pressure up the middle and was able to step up in the pocket when he needed. Adding a playmaker on the inside of Denver's line would make edge rushers Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller even more effective. A presence to push straight ahead would take away the room to step up and avoid Dumervil or Miller.

Still would be the best option in the 2012 draft to fill that role for the Broncos. In 2011, he totaled 55 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks and one forced fumble. Still was a load at the line of scrimmage who beat offensive linemen with power and speed. Denver may have to trade up in the first round to land him.



Houston Texans: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
The Texans played the Ravens tough, and were just a little bit of offense away from defeating Baltimore. Outside of Andre Johnson, no Houston receiver had more than two receptions. The Texans could use another receiver to take advantage of defenses bringing safeties up to defend the run and double-team Johnson. This year, he turns 31, so adding a young receiver would be a good idea.

In order for Houston to land Sanu, the team would have to use its first-round pick on him. In 2011, he caught 115 passes for 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Sanu has a special combination of speed and size. He has reliable hands with excellent body control. Sanu is a tough receiver who picks up good yards after the catch. He would be a nice fit in the Texans offense and an ideal complement to Johnson.



Green Bay Packers: Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC
The Packers were torched by Giants quarterback Eli Manning, and one of the biggest reasons was Green Bay's lack of pass rush. In the fourth quarter, Manning had a clean jersey as he rifled the ball down the field and into openings in the Packers secondary. Green Bay needs help at safety and corner, but the lack of pass rush has been a killer all season. Finding an edge rusher with the team's first-round pick could be a necessity in the offseason.

In 2011, Perry was a pass-rushing force for the Trojans. The redshirt junior recorded 9.5 sacks with 13 tackles for a loss. Perry has a nice repertoire of pass-rushing moves with the athleticism to be a 3-4 outside linebacker. He also is a quality run defender with 54 tackles on the season. In his freshman and sophomore season, Perry totaled 12 sacks. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder could be an immediate upgrade to the Packers' pass rush.




Let's Play Coaching Matchmaker:

This section will look at some of the available head coaching and coordinator positions and who could be a good fit for a given position.

St. Louis Rams: Brian Schottenheimer
New head coach Jeff Fisher will have a critical hire to make at offensive coordinator. The Rams need a coordinator who can develop franchise quarterback Sam Bradford. A coach who has a lot of experience in protecting a young quarterback is Schottenheimer. For years, he has had to guard Mark Sanchez from himself. While Schottenheimer didn't set the league on fire, he got enough out of Sanchez to make some post-season runs. Bradford would execute the offense better than Sanchez, and Schottenheimer would bring a solid ground scheme for running back Steven Jackson.

Kansas City Chiefs: Hue Jackson
Kansas City needs to find an offensive coordinator who can handle a murky quarterback situation. The Chiefs will have veteran Matt Cassel returning next season, and allegedly would like to re-sign Kyle Orton. In Oakland, the Raiders improved with Jackson from where they were previously. Jason Campbell and Carson Palmer weren't All-Pro quarterbacks by any means, but the Raiders had more success under Jackson than before he arrived. Jackson knows the division's defenses well from coaching in Oakland, so that would give him a schematic head start over other coordinator candidates. Jackson will be highly motivated to get Kansas City's offense humming after getting fired by Oakland.



Oakland Raiders: Joe Philbin
The Packers' offensive coordinator Philbin is a veteran coach who has helped scheme one of the top scoring machines in the NFL. The Green Bay offensive system would looks good in Oakland with its stable of running backs and receivers. Darren McFadden, Darius Heyward-Bey, Michael Bush and Denarius Moore would all benefit from playing in that system. Philbin would have some veteran quarterbacks to work with, and would be a good coach to develop Terrelle Pryor. Philbin is ready to be a head coach.

Miami Dolphins: Todd Bowles
With Fisher in St. Louis, Miami is probably better off going with Bowles. Mike Zimmer could be a good choice, but he may not be an improvement over Bowles, who is extremely popular in the locker room. The Dolphins responded to him when he was made the head coach to finish out the season. Bowles is a young, promising coach who has already earned the respect of the of his veterans. If Miami is looking for a young Don Shula, Bowles would be closer to that than the older Zimmer. Making a decision on a head coach soon would be in the best interest of the Dolphins as other teams with new coaches have a head start on landing the top coordinator candidates.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Zimmer
Like Miami, the longer Tampa Bay takes to hire a head coach the greater the odds of the teams missing out on top assistant coaches. Zimmer is ready to be a head coach. He has done an excellent job as the defensive coordinator with Cincinnati, and has gotten young defenders to play well quickly. That skill set is a dire need for the Buccaneers as their defense features a lot of high-draft picks, but remains one of the worst units in the NFL. Zimmer has been around the coaching community long enough to know some good offensive coordinator candidates to help rectify Josh Freeman. Zimmer is a disciplinarian, and that stringency is needed in Tampa Bay's locker room.



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Aj 10-07-2011 01:13 pm xxx.xxx.xxx41.2 (total posts: 1)
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It's a wideout heavy draft, we all know that.


I think that Ryan Broyles will be drafted by the Titans anywhere from the 18 - 24 range. They're 3 and 1, and tied second in the division. Beating the Texans would give them a great shot for the division. Broyles would give Jake Locker a weapon across from the idle Kenny Brit
Satan 10-03-2011 09:51 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.126 (total posts: 1)
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Wow, movin on up, huh Walt? Kudos on gettin a Julio Jones interview.
Inside-Out 10-03-2011 05:42 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.213 (total posts: 1)
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Forget Suck for Luck. I'd like to propose a 'Kollapse for Kalil' campaign!
Nostratota 10-03-2011 03:57 pm xxx.xxx.xxx3.75 (total posts: 1)
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Great work man, Luck is great and all but you remember Jake Locker last year who was a LOCK to go #1 before anyone knew who Cam Newton was. If anyone of these "Suck For Luck" contenders doesn't come up with the #1 pick, I would strongly consider Russell Wilson even though he's still eligible next year & drafted(Colorado Rockies). He's a special kid, he throws one of the most catchable balls I've ever seen & he scrambles. The BIG10 is on a down year, but I think this guy can make the Badgers score 30+ on LSU, Bama & Oklahoma. Any thoughts am I crazy ?
Ian 10-03-2011 03:57 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.76 (total posts: 2)
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Can the Lions just draft the Stanford Offensive Line?
Zach 09-26-2011 10:00 am xxx.xxx.xxx.238 (total posts: 1)
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It is dre kirpatrick, not fitzpatrick.
Jordan 09-19-2011 11:24 pm xxx.xxx.xxx5.12 (total posts: 1)
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Not to mention Floyd is from MN, so that'd be a nice fit for him to go home as well.
PB 09-19-2011 08:15 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.172 (total posts: 1)
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Great call on Claiborn; ive got my eye on him for the 2nd round. Jeffrey and Claiborn and id be in heaven.
Leslie Frazier 09-19-2011 03:45 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.131 (total posts: 1)
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Why aren't we listed as a team to Suck 4 Luck? We choked against the bucs in a tremendous fashion to try and get Luck!
Derrick 09-19-2011 01:25 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.159 (total posts: 1)
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Andrew Luck is ok I guess...but if I was the GM of the team with the 1st overall pick, I would select Ryan Lindley from SD State. He is the QB of the future that teams early in the draft should be looking at.
Brad 09-19-2011 11:14 am xxx.xxx.xxx3.10 (total posts: 1)
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Reiff Riley and Lindsey didn't line up against each other one time in that entire game from what I could tell. that being Said Reiff Riley did remind me of Robert Gallery in that he consistently was bulldozing his man into the second level
Doc 09-13-2011 11:20 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.83 (total posts: 1)
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Indy is all in on the Luck bandwagon. Pollan even was in attendance in Stanford's game with Duke. It sounds like a perfect fit. Hopefully Manning is able to return next year, which gives Luck a few years apprenticeship. Only problem, getting the good folks in Indy to be good sports, and not lose their minds as the losses mount up.

Should another team edge out Indy, then maybe Barkley is plan B. Not all that big a drop off. Sounds like the crew here is big on Blackmon. We'll see.
Lions fan 1 09-13-2011 03:11 pm xxx.xxx.xxx3.44 (total posts: 1)
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I do like this addition. Blackmon is a stud....Martin and DeCasto will be rock solid. Another great match Michael Brewster-Detroit Lions. Would love to see a rock solid center in front of Matthew Stafford.
John 09-12-2011 04:21 pm xxx.xxx.xxx88.9 (total posts: 1)
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@OKAYmeanwhile the only reason why Blackmon could help more teams than Luck is because a good WR is more replaceable than a good QB. QB is much more important to teams who don't have one. As for the mock, I'm fairly certain that our top 4 picks are going to be some form of RT, DE, MLB, CB, and WR. I'm not ready to throw McCoy under the bus. Yet.
Dan S. 09-12-2011 03:22 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.244 (total posts: 1)
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I like this segment. It's a good addition to the site. I sure hope the Chiefs got a good wake up call from sundays ass kicking. I think you are right about coach Haley. He has no idea what he is doing. Run the stinking ball you moron...




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