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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 - Hate Mail



  • From Corey Miller:

    Don't you guys find it a little funny that as soon as Mel Kiper mocks Cam Newton to the Bills, Walt scrambles to make a new mock that has the Bills drafting Newton? There's no viable source or any evidence that justifies Walt changing his pick suddenly to Newton other than Kiper's mock.


    --> I actually released my mock about 12 hours before Mel Kiper, so if you want to be technical, Kiper copied me :-). Maybe you should send him some hate mail instead.

    The pick makes sense. The Bills need a quarterback. Newton's stock is on the rise after his private workout. Reports indicate that the Bills like Newton. It seems like it's bound to happen.



  • From MikeHawk:

    Nobody knows what character concerns he is referring to about Ryan Mallett. This guy thinks he has inside information that he cannot reveal, thus making him feel special when people ask about his character concerns.


    --> I don't need to do that to make myself feel special. My mommy says I'm special, so I know I'm special.

    Oh, and here's an e-mail from Tom P. who actually agrees with me about Mallett:

    I am a current UArk student and as such love the Hogs, so that will get rid of the haters. If you want Mallett character issues, see if you can find information on Scantron gate, his reaction to it (it would make a 2-year-old blush), his locker room conduct at UMich and his tardy policy to classes. Also, the Hog offense did not miss a beat with Wilson under center, as he almost beat two top ranked teams while Mallett was out with a concussion.

    Mallett is this year's Ryan Leaf, Jamarcus Russell: a huge physical talent without the brains or drive to put it together. He feels entitled (more so than Clausen, we remember his reaction to the number issue UnderArmour Bowl back in 2007) and does not do the work needed to be elite. Mallett is not popular on a campus that loves its football. That should be the biggest sign.






  • From Vikingsfan28:

    your retarted.....the vikings will get a quaterback first round...


    --> Even if Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert are off the board? That's smart. I can just hear the Vikings brass thinking, "Let's take a crappy quarterback we could just draft in Round 2 with the No. 12 pick! That'll make us awesome!"



  • From Aaron:

    OK WTF Ben Chppel should go in the 2nd round he is the 5th best QB in the draft (also ahead of cam newton) and Doss was the best WR in the big ten how is he not at 3rd round pick at least


    --> My advice is to drop the crack pipe and check into a drug rehab facility.





  • From PBSKids4000:

    Leonard Hankerson to the Colts is not going to happen guarenteed. Extremely stupid


    --> So, let me get this straight. The Colts need a receiver. Leonard Hankerson, if he's still on the board, would be the best player available in the middle of Round 2. Yep, no chance that happens. Extremely stupid indeed.



  • From Mel Kiper:

    I DRAFT GENIUS MAKE PIKE RITE NIQQA. I BEST IN BUSENESS AT MOCK DRAFT. HER MY PANTER PIKE ROUND 1. NICK FAIRLEY ROUND 2. AFTER TRADING STEVE SMTIH WE GRAB AJ GREEN ROUND 3. MARCEL DAREUS TO STRENGTHEN D LINE ROUND 4. CAM NEWTON HE SUCK ROUND 5. ROBERT QUINN DAMN NIQQA THATS A GOOD MOCK


    --> Wow, my site is so awesome. I even have Mel Kiper commenting on my mock draft!



    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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