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.
2011 NFL Draft E-mails - Random AFC Questions and Comments
No way Houston takes anyone but a secondary player. Did you even watch them play football once last year? Horrid.
--> You don't have to believe me, but I know for a fact that the Texans are worried about spending back-to-back first-round picks on cornerbacks.
How in the world do you have Pats taking Brady OT protector at #150? That protector will come in 1st 33 picks FOR SURE
--> Maybe. It depends if they think they can bring back Matt Light. If they're pessimistic, you'll be right.
Why is it crazy to think Peterson will fall to #7? Yes, he's the best DB prospect since Champ Baily, but it's been said he's not quite the CB Bailey was coming out, and HE went #7. I further don't think the Browns will invest another high draft pick in a cornerback. #7 last year, and #6 this year? That's too much money in one postion, IMO.
--> Champ Bailey went No. 7 because three quarterbacks went in the top three picks. After that, there was a ton of hype surrounding Ricky Williams and Edgerrin James since the league was more run-oriented back then.
Second of all, I don't look at it as one position because you need two cornerbacks. If you have two shutdown corners, where are quarterbacks going to throw? Cleveland would instantly have an elite pass defense in a pass-first league.
He says in round 6 that brian Dawkins can not be allowed to start with the broncos, which would mean they need to get a safety. Yet in round 3 the best safety is on the board (Rahim Moore) and he has the broncos taking some running back from Illinois (who isnt even as good as Ryan Williams from Va. Tech)where they already have knowshon moreno, lendale white, correl buckhalter, and laurence maroney...Then Rahim Moore goes like 3 picks later..If as you say the broncos shouldnt let dawkins start wouldnt it make sense to draft the best available safety instead of another running back who will probably just be average?
--> Rahim Moore plays free safety. Champ Bailey will be moving to free safety in a year or two. Brian Dawkins plays strong safety. That should answer your question.
I just can't see the Bills taking 3 offensive players w/ the first 3 picks. They burned a top pick last year on a player who generally sat on the bench. If they go QB early in round 1, the same thing will happen this year. With the #3 pick, you need an instant performer. (Also, there is not that much difference between the top and mid-QB's this year) I see them taking the top D player in Rd. 1, and grabbing Dalton or Ponder in Round 2, then the rest of your draft for the Bills looks fine.
--> I'm beginning to think all the Buffalo fans are right.
For 31 teams in the NFL, new regimes mean new quarterbacks. For the Bills, new regimes mean new cornerbacks, rush linebackers and "pass-catchin' runnin' backs."