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2011 NFL Draft Mailbag


NFL Draft Mailbag Notes: These are not actually e-mails. They are comments left on the comment board in my 2011 NFL Mock Draft. I've included some of these comments and my responses to them.

2/22/11

2011 NFL Draft E-mails - Random AFC Questions and Comments



  • From Mike Arr:

    Bills draft prediction. They will move down 1 or 2 spots to get more picks, Cam Newton is more of a project than people think + he is a spoiled athlete AND an attitude problem waiting to happen. The Bills have a small but talented group, upon which they need to build. They can ill afford to take a player that is going to sit for 1-3 years. Plus, Fitzy CAN win in this league. Given the opportunity to go to camp as the started + 1 more year in the system can only make him better. Fitzy throws for 30+ TD's next year. Fo Sho !


    --> I disagree with everything. First, no team can win consistently with Ryan Fitzpatrick. He's a very good backup in the NFL, but he's nothing more than that.

    Second, I don't see why Cam Newton is an "attitude problem waiting to happen." Newton's a great leader. His biggest issue is transitioning to an NFL offense and making multiple reads.

    And third, no team's going to trade up to the No. 3 overall pick unless there's a rookie salary scale. No owner wants to pay that much guaranteed money to an unknown commodity.



  • From Invisibulman:

    Go ahead and pencil in Tyler Sash to the Colts in the second round. Bob Sanders was finally released this afternoon. Strong safety just became their #2 need behind left tackle and the Colts do love their Hawkeyes.


    --> I like this suggestion. The Colts do have a tendency to draft Iowa players, and strong safety is now a huge need.





  • From ChiefFan101:

    Walt. Last year your #1 pick for the Chiefs was an offensive tackle at #5 and I did agree. So how is it after 8 picks in 2010 for the Chiefs, how's it take 5 picks into the 2011 draft #148 to take an OT?


    --> I'm not saying the Chiefs don't need a left tackle. I think they definitely need help there. But Branden Albert is a marginal player, and replacing him with another marginal player (the tackle class is thin after all the first-round guys) doesn't really make much sense to me. If Kansas City loves Anthony Castonzo, Gabe Carimi, etc. enough at No. 21, they should take one of the those players. But I don't think they will.



  • From Gonzo:

    I'm tired of always seeing Mark Ingram in every Mock going to Miami... it's a little boring and I want some diversity... I don't think we'll get him. We're going to trade back, acquire a 2nd-round with a 1st-rounder and get Pouncey in the 1st and get Titus Young in the 2nd. Then Kendall Hunter in 3rd. Casey Matthews in the 4th. Then I don't know anything about players after the 4th round.


    --> Sometimes the consensus pick is the one that happens. For instance, everyone mocked Malcolm Jenkins to the Saints two years ago. New Orleans took him at No. 14.

    If Mark Ingram is available, the Dolphins will probably select him. If he's off the board, they'll trade down or reach. However, I don't predict trades in my mock drafts, which is why I've frequently mocked Ingram to Miami.





  • From Abcdefgh:

    I like that you have the Steelers taking a DB. ESPN insists that they'll take an OT, but they have a good line, just a lot of injuries. They need help in the defensive backfield so Troy Polamalu doesn't have to take as many guesses.


    --> I think there's a good chance the Steelers take a tackle or guard. Willie Colon is a free agent and Max Starks is coming off injury. Derek Sherrod, Ben Ijalana and Mike Pouncey are all viable options at No. 31. But then again, so is a cornerback like Brandon Harris or Aaron Williams.



  • From Adam:

    Why do you give the Steelers an ILB in every mock draft? IN case you don't know, the Steelers found James Farrior's replacement in the 5th round last year. His name is Stevenson Sylvester. Why do you give the Steelers 2 OL with no DL? We need to find a NT of the future. How about Kendrick Ellis in the 4th round? With 2 years of development he will be a stud. I loved your first 2 rounds for the Steelers but it went down hill after that.


    --> Fair enough about Stevenson Sylvester, but I don't see the Steelers taking Kenrick Ellis because of his character concerns.



    2011 NFL Draft Mailbag Archive:

    2011 NFL Draft Mailbag Home
    Post-Round 1 E-mail - April 29
    Hate Mail Volume 7 - April 10
    Crackhead Mail Volume 2 - April 10
    Random AFC Questions and Comments Volume 5 - April 10
    Random NFC Questions and Comments Volume 5 - April 10
    Hate Mail Volume 6 - April 3
    Crackhead Mail - April 3
    Trade and Prospect Speculation - April 3
    Hate Mail Volume 5 - March 28
    Cam Newton Mailbag - March 28
    Random AFC Questions and Comments Volume 4 - March 28
    Random NFC Questions and Comments Volume 4 - March 28
    Hate Mail Volume 4 - March 13
    Random AFC Questions and Comments Volume 3 - March 13
    Random NFC Questions and Comments Volume 3 - March 13
    Random Questions and Comments - March 7
    Hate Mail Volume 3 - March 7
    Combine Questions and Comments - March 7
    Combine Hate Mail - March 7
    Hate Mail Volume 2 - Feb. 22
    Random AFC Questions and Comments Volume 2 - Feb. 22
    Random NFC Questions and Comments Volume 2 - Feb. 22
    Quarterbacks - Feb. 15
    Hate Mail - Feb. 15
    Random AFC Questions and Comments - Feb. 15
    Random NFC Questions and Comments - Feb. 15

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    Phil 04-04-2011 06:00 am xxx.xxx.xxx0.75 (total posts: 1)
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    Williams went up against better Ends than Okung !!
    spurzo 04-04-2011 12:31 am xxx.xxx.xxx3.88 (total posts: 2)
    28     25

    When Mallett speaks I want to slap him, he sounds like an incredibly arrogant wigger. I do think he'll be a good qb for somebody though, especially if he gets picked between the 2nd and 3rd round as that should put him in his place and humble him a bit. Also, whenever Sanchez opens his mouth I want to slap him too, I bet Claussen wishes he had B Edwards and Holmes to throw to.
    trisoman 04-03-2011 11:26 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.35 (total posts: 1)
    24     29

    I laughed / felt sad simultaenously at the April Fools' mock when Qalt gave us a Tight End. Because it's true, and it's almost a joke now.

    Haters gon' hate heh
    Jshblessing 04-03-2011 08:44 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.90 (total posts: 1)
    27     25

    Who are these pole smokers(not that there's anything wrong with that). The April fools mock was funny as sh!t. There is no proof to show that Mallet isn't dumb as sh!t. And I have no clue who Chris Hope is but if Walter says he sucks then he must be sh!t
    John 04-03-2011 08:38 pm xxx.xxx.xxx88.9 (total posts: 2)
    25     28

    Haha wonderlic scores. Mallet got a 26, which means he'll be incredibly better than Marino, Bradshaw, or Jim Kelly who all had 15s. BETTER PICK MALLET FAST!
    Neil 04-03-2011 02:30 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.53 (total posts: 2)
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    The haters on here are one more sign of the world going to hell in a hand basket. ...And the sad thing is that they can most likely breed.

    Walt provides a great FREE (yes free) service here...Loved the April Fools' draft. Had many lolz.
    Brady 04-03-2011 01:39 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.102 (total posts: 1)
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    Hey TT one name for you. PACMAN JONES, he's the DB that Tennessee drafted 6th overall in 2005. He also spent the equivalent of three years (Slight Exaggeration) either suspended or in jail. He is also the reason why a Las Vegas bouncer can't walk. You want to compare Pacman to Talib. Really if thats what you want knock yourself?
    dcljx15 04-03-2011 01:14 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.32 (total posts: 1)
    31     27

    that first one by ark is hilarious hahahaha
    lol 04-03-2011 12:22 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.28 (total posts: 1)
    26     25

    the april fool's mock draft was hilarious if anyone tells you it isn't they can suck a fat one

    and yes there is something wrong with that
    Jake, 04-03-2011 10:06 am xxx.xxx.xxx.123 (total posts: 1)
    26     29

    I actually liked the april fools mock, but thats probably because A) Im not a homer, and B) I can take a joke.

    But kudos to them for loving their team that much.
    Wharthog 04-03-2011 09:41 am xxx.xxx.xxx.150 (total posts: 3)
    24     29

    Wow. It never ceases to amaze me how many looneys are out there that would take something like the April Fools Mock so bloody serious. It was all for fun. Holy crap guys with all the serious analysts out there arguing strenuously over each mocked pick it's nice to throw a little humor in there every now & again. I look forward to jerks of the week and I'm proud to say I've been following the site long enough to have been here since the first jerk of the week.

    Therefore you angry people who hate on Walter for his site and his humor, you're my jerks of the week.
    Matt S. 04-03-2011 09:17 am xxx.xxx.xxx.116 (total posts: 1)
    27     26

    WOW, we have a whole bunch of hypocritical haters here. "no one thinks your cute" your calling Walt a coward yet you don't have the balls to post your real name, WHY? because your a spineless creeper who likes to hide behind screen names and computer screens, and its trolls like you who people hate not "second-rate" bloggers like Walt.
    Young 04-03-2011 08:45 am xxx.xxx.xxx.126 (total posts: 1)
    29     27

    OMG.. are these people serious? This is like the best site for NFL draft info and people want to criticize? they are the idiots.. If you don't like the site, keep that TO YOURSELF!!!
    Tosh 04-03-2011 07:40 am xxx.xxx.xxx0.78 (total posts: 2)
    31     25

    What's with people bashing Walter all the time for his mocks? I mean really? really? It's a freaking mock draft, who cares, if his that bad why do all of you keep coming back? Isn't like anyone, and I mean anyone is going 32 for 32 this April.
    No one thinks your cute STFU 03-31-2011 11:26 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.251 (total posts: 2)
    29     28

    Im sorry I made a mistake, you're just precious made sense unlike No one thinks your cute. I meant the previous comment to No One Thinks Your Cute







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