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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.

4/3/11

2011 NFL Draft E-mails - Crackhead Mail



  • From Ark:

    heres the top ten Top ten 2011 1 Carolina - Dareous 2 Denver - Petersen 3 Buffalo


    --> I think I speak for everyone when I say that's one hell of a top 10.



  • From Tbone:

    top ten mistakes in your draft 1 chris culiver at 198 how about gone at 94 2 denarius moore at 194 how about gone at 159 3 chimdi chekwa at 162 how about gone at 74 4 shareece wright at 146 how about gone at 94 5 joe lefeged at 142 how about gone at 124 6 niles paul at 131 how about gone at 94 7 kenrick ellis at 126 how about gone at 74 8 dontay moch at 96 how about gone at 74 9 demarco murray at 96 how about gone at 74 10 ras i dowling at 81 how about gone at 60


    --> You have four players "gone at 74" - Chimdi Chekwa, Kenrick Ellis, Dontay Moch and DeMarco Murray. Naturally, the Patriots are drafting at No. 74, so Bill Belichick must be using one hell of a camcorder to get all of those guys on his team.





  • From 1788:

    Dude your round 6 sucks!!!! Same for your OG rankings. UNLV guard Matt Murphy had an awesome pro day!! Do some research!!!!!!!


    --> Well, at least my Rounds 1-5 don't suck.

    And who the hell is Matt Murphy? I took your advice and did some research. CBS ranks Murphy as the 630th best player in this class. ESPN doesn't rank him at all. So there you go. I did some research!!!!!!!!!!!!



  • From SheepHearder:

    Baaaaaaaa. Keep on following Walt! And by that I mean keep up the good work of your cut-n-paste mocks! Isn't it nice to have a subscription to "IN" on ESPN.com? Makes your "job" a whole lot easier, huh?!


    --> What the hell is a "sheep hearder?" And for someone who makes fun of ESPN constantly, I'm very disgruntled that someone thinks I "cut-n-paste" from their site.





  • From John:

    the charges are going to draft julio jones.there not going for wilkerson.wilkerson will come in the second round.thats my opinion.


    --> What? How the hell are the "Charges" going to get Julio Jones? And saying "Wilkerson will come in the second round" sounds kinda dirty.



  • From Nunua:

    what are u talking about with the jags?


    --> Weh? What are you talking about about talking about with the Jags? Ouch, I just made my head hurt.



  • From TT:

    Could you possibly hate on the Titans any more than you do in this mock draft? Each of the first three picks, you mention something about how they don't care about character, if anybody will take this guy the Titans will, they don't care about the major red flags, etc. I just think you're being ignorant in acting like the Titans are the only team that has taken risks on players in the past. At the end of the day, talent trumps character the majority of the time. This strategy backfires sometimes, (see Talib from the Bucs getting arrested this week. Why no Buc hate?) but to act like Tennessee is the only team that is ever willing to take these risks is beyond narrow minded.


    --> Umm... here are some write-ups from my Bucs picks:

    "One team that will ignore Clayborn's character concerns is Tampa Bay."

    "Jabaal Sheard is a late first-round talent, but will probably fall into the middle of Round 2 because of a previous arrest. The Buccaneers, however, have a tendency of looking past these things."

    As our good friend 1788 would say, "Do some research!!!!!!!!!!!!"



    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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    bay area 02-15-2011 04:12 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.108 (total posts: 1)
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    Cocaine is a hell of a drug just ask Ryan Mallet. Peterson in the first and noddle arm(Ponder) in the the second for the niners please
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    chris graham 02-15-2011 04:04 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.198 (total posts: 1)
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    if The Cowboys release Roy Williams its Greg Little or Titus young
    Derek 02-15-2011 03:54 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.126 (total posts: 1)
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    Absolutely love the site and your smart a$$ way of telling the truth. I couldnt help but absolutely die laughing when the hogs fan was going on his rant. Anyways I wanted to basically get your thoughts from 08 when the Dolphins drafted Henne.
    Ryan Mallett 02-15-2011 03:51 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.204 (total posts: 1)
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    Duh... Tanks for ruining my entire life, Walt. Now I'm in some dive of a bar with Anthony Morelli and Derek Anderson, drowning my sorrows with the contents of DA's magic flask.
    Suffering Bengals Fan 02-15-2011 02:31 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.181 (total posts: 2)
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    Walt,

    As a long suffering Bengals fan who gets to read about how awful his team is every week in his local paper, I would appreciate it if you could stop harping on the fact that the Bengals seemingly take a poor character, high-talent selection with every pick. I come to your site for an honest opinion that isn't bought by one of the major networks, but when you attach a "this guy is a first round talent with character concerns, which the Bengals will certainly overlook" to every pick you project for them, it makes it hard to take them seriously. Was Andre "Fat miserable waste of a pick" Smith a poor choice? Yes. But every team screws up a pick every once in a while, and the guy was at one time the consensus not even close top pick, so if the Bengals didn't take a shot someone else would have soon afterwards. Look at their most recent draft, filled with high character players like Jermaine Gresham, Jordan Shipley, and Geno Atkins. I think the issue may be the confusion of on-field issues with off-field issues, and the Bengals have shown above-average talent at correcting on-field issues. Carlos Dunlap went in the 2nd round because he took plays off, not because of his one DUI. He had 9.5 sacks this year in the equivalent of half a season of game time. Michael Johnson fell to the 3rd round for a supposed lack of motivation, but he has been a solid contributor who most Bengals fans will tell you hasn't even scratched his surface of potential. So while its funny to make fun of the team and Mike Brown(who we all know is awful), try and perhaps take some of these things into account when predicting your picks, instead of taking your round by round shot at an organization and fan base that is cursed with losing. Or at least call out some of the other teams who do the same thing, like the Pittsburgh Steelers, who used poor character players to start the dynasty they currently enjoy. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=fleming/110127&sportCat=nfl .
    Ravens Fan 02-15-2011 02:01 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.198 (total posts: 2)
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    if i were aldon smith and i already had two knee injuries, i would declare now before another one derails the money train to the NFL.. maybe cuz of this injury it wont be top $, maybe he wont get hurt next season and becomes the top player at his position.. but as it sits now.. the knee injuries are going to be in question and its best to come out now and make something than to have that possibility of getting hurt in college and not make anything
    The only Jags fan 02-15-2011 12:49 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.245 (total posts: 1)
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    anyone who watched the College All Star Skills challenge, and if you did you were as bored as me that day, or only watching during commercials of the Celts/Heat game, either way, Jake Lockers inaccuracy was severely exposed. He couldn't hit the side of a barn, which is about how big those targets were. It was embarrassing for him.
    Cam Newton 02-15-2011 12:24 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.113 (total posts: 1)
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    p...p...p...pick m...m....m...me....w...w...w...walter
    Eric 02-15-2011 12:08 pm xxx.xxx.xxx32.5 (total posts: 1)
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    Yeah Walter, just because it's called Walterfootball.com does NOT mean you can just say anything you want.....OH, wait, it actually does mean you can say whatever you want. Also, re-read the Reed posting and do it with a LongDuck Dong impression from 16 Candles....It makes it even more hilarious
    Mike E. 02-15-2011 11:32 am xxx.xxx.xxx.162 (total posts: 1)
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    Walt,

    The Dolphins obviously want to trade back in the 1st round, because they have many holes to fill. I think their best move would be draft in the 1st the best OL available, whether it's Carimi, Castonzo or Pouncey. I'd love them to take Kaepernick in the 2nd, with the pick they get from the trade down. Do you think he makes it to the 2nd round?
    Potter 02-15-2011 08:28 am xxx.xxx.xxx5.73 (total posts: 1)
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    Nice Job. I'm not sure if Locker even falls to Round 2, I mean, teams draft players for upside all the time early and for Locker the sky's the limit.

    He just has to stop throwing a football with the same stride he throws a baseball with and get his release point down.

    As a coach I will tell you, ALL coaches have huge egos and think they can coach up ANYBODY, someone may see Locker as a guy early that they can prove their Genius through.
    Ian 02-15-2011 05:04 am xxx.xxx.xxx1.76 (total posts: 4)
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    At some level you have to admit that it's not Jeff Backus hurting Matt, it's Matthew Stafford being brittle. I hate to admit this, because I actually was lobbying for Detroit to move back (and they easily could have, with Suh there.) and take an OT.

    That, fortunately, didn't happen. I love Ndamukong Suh... but what we need is not a new starting LT. Jeff Backus was probably the best lineman in the entire NFC North last season. I don't care about pro bowl selections, they don't really prove a whole lot. What they need is new interior lineman to help run block to make the defense honest. That's what's hurting Stafford, not Jeff Backus.
    Ian 02-15-2011 04:57 am xxx.xxx.xxx1.76 (total posts: 4)
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    I'm not sold on Aldon Smith either. Why would you leave school as a Redshirt sophomore after playing hurt the entire season?

    It doesn't make sense to me why a guy at his level of talent would risk being drafted low instead of insuring a top 10 selection with another strong year in the Big 12.

    There has to be something missing here, right? Does Aldon desperately need the money?
    tommy k 02-15-2011 04:45 am xxx.xxx.xxx.250 (total posts: 1)
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    that Duck fan sure does use a lot of punctuation.

    I didnt believe him before but seeing as hes very (!!!) sincere it sems much more credible
    Nathan G 02-15-2011 03:22 am xxx.xxx.xxx.185 (total posts: 2)
    22     22

    lolololol ryan mallet 4eva!!







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