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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 NFC Questions and Comments



  • From NFL Scout:

    No way OG Danny Watkins goes at very end of 2nd round. He's projected as a top 40 player.


    --> Danny Watkins is the most polarizing non-quarterback in this class. Some e-mailers/commenters think he's a top-40 player; others, including Blue in the forums, believe that there's no way he'll be taken in the first two rounds. I believe his true spot will be at the bottom of Round 2 to a team ready to win now. Watkins is 27 and can start right away. And contrary to popular belief, he has upside; he hasn't played football for very long, so he's still learning.



  • From Lions Fan:

    If the Lions take a friggin LT with their first pick or anyone on offense the Lions Fans in Detroit will collectively vomit all over themselves. Sacks weren't the problem last year, the defense still was. Hell, they won with Hill and Stanton... who needs Stafford?


    --> I'd say the No. 1 problem was Matthew Stafford's injury. Detroit won six games last year. It would have won nine or 10 games with Matthew Stafford. The Lions have to protect their quarterback. I don't know if they'll go left tackle at No. 13, but if they like a blind-side protector enough to take him that high, they better draft him.

    And please, Lions fans, don't vomit all over yourselves.





  • From Fitz:

    The Falcons should draft these guys in rounds 1-5. Walt PLEASE give me some feedback. I would be forever grateful. 1. Torrey Smith or Titus Young if Smith is gone. 2. Sam Acho 3. Jerrell Jernigan (may have to trade up a few spots to get him) 4. Shane Vereen 5. Kris O'Dowd or best OT available


    --> Looks like a great draft to me. The Falcons get offensive play-makers and a pass-rusher without reaching. I'd give that draft class an A+.



  • From G:

    The Eagles "desperately need a corner." True. Why would they wait until pick #103 to draft one? They tried that last year with Trevard Lindley. They will either sign a FA or draft a CB in round 1 or 2.


    --> I believe they'll go after Nnamdi Asomugha. But aside from Jimmy Smith in Round 1, I couldn't give the Eagles a corner without having them reach or pass up a better prospect at another position of need. That'll likely change, however, in a future update.





  • From 27titan:

    Why don't scouts have Colin Kaepernick ranked higher? I think he has better mechanics than Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker and Cam Newton; and he's more athletic than Ryan Mallett. Plus, he has good intangibles and has beaten top ranked teams like Boise State.


    --> Colin Kaepernick's raw because he didn't play in an NFL offense, so he may not be ready to start right away. Blaine Gabbert played in a pro system in high school, while Jake Locker was in a West Coast offense in Washington. However, it shouldn't surprise anyone if Kaepernick emerges as the top quarterback in this class.



  • From Tyler:

    Pretty good mock, but some QB issues. First, the Cards are in desperate need of a QB (Hall and Skelton wont cut it) and no way the Dolphins would even think of a QB they already said they would committ to Henne.


    --> The Dolphins never said they were going to commit to Chad Henne. And even if they did, that doesn't mean much. If anything, that would be a ruse to mislead other teams. Why would they reveal their cards like that? As for Arizona, if they draft a quarterback at No. 5, they may as well clean out Larry Fitzgerald's locker. They need a veteran signal-caller. That's what Fitzgerald wants anyway.



    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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    jack sprat 05-05-2011 04:35 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.194 (total posts: 2)
    36     41

    " I'm concerned about Fairley's work ethic and the fact that he's a one-year wonder. I'm not concerned he'll try hard all the time, so I'm not a fan of taking a guy like that and not filling a need. The Lions were fine at DT. "

    Walter, the Lions are already mixing in the 34 and standing Suh up on the odd down. Within two years, I expect them to follow the Steelers lead, playing the 2-4-5; then, maybe, the 4-1-6. That'll work much more effectively with NoFair there with him. Plus, who DO they block (in the 43)?

    Maybe he DOES fail; then again, maybe the Prince ISN'T the bee's knees in the Tampa-2, either. (It's hindsight, but illustrative, that they made the big move to go up and get Peterson, no? Their needs; their grades. They can miss, like anybody, but I'd rather they were shot for chicken thieves than poultry.)


    jack sprat 05-05-2011 04:18 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.194 (total posts: 2)
    34     28

    "From Baba Hanz: Your p3nis can do much more!"

    I worked with a guy who bought that hook, line, and sinker. Thirty-four years old, beautiful wife, three kids at that impressionable age.

    A year later, he's living (more or less) alone, chains through his nipples and belly button, rings in his ears, tongue, nugget, and chicken skin, and body-tight mesh shirt.

    Thank you, Baba, but mine already does quite enough. Move along, you freak.


    Johnny Blue 04-30-2011 06:20 am xxx.xxx.xxx0.78 (total posts: 2)
    33     35

    It's clear to me that Walter to a racist towards white people.
    JohnnyBlood 04-29-2011 11:18 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.181 (total posts: 1)
    38     36

    Clearly, Walt has a problem with white OLinemen. If Danny Watkins was Samoan, Chinese or black player, he would celebrating the 26-year old as a great story and praising Andy Reid for his gutsy pick.

    It cetainly isn't an "F" pick. If Reid gets 5 years out of the low-mileage Watkins it's a win. He's probably the top guard prospect.
    jklmnop 04-29-2011 10:00 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.222 (total posts: 1)
    39     33

    Who's Andre Peterson? And Jake Cutler?
    Ramones fan 04-29-2011 08:47 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.102 (total posts: 1)
    36     40

    Is it just me or is Gruden becoming more insufferable with each passing minute? Throw Scheffter in there as well.
    Stan in Tennessee 04-26-2011 10:29 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.188 (total posts: 1)
    33     32

    Being a Vol fan I don't really have a dog in this fight, but to find it hard to understand what issues Mallett has hanging over him. Reading what his Arkansas team-mates and coaches say about him makes him sound like the best team-mate possible. Coach Petrino is quoted as saying as much. Now Cam Newton is another issue I'm puzzled by. I see a theft, a cheat and a hooker who was pimped by the preacher dad. Now I need to hush before you remind me of out problems in Knoxville.
    Rick 04-23-2011 09:33 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.95 (total posts: 1)
    33     38

    Ryan Mallett has got to be the pick of the litter.
    There are a few teams that know this and are keeping very quiet. This guy is like no others of recent times that can do what he does with a football. Give him some protection, scramble a little and he possess the abilty to make any and all throws in the NFL+.

    Any team in need of a "to be future brilliant NFL quarterback" should make Ryan their first choice.

    I hope Miami takes him in the first round at 15th
    I see another Marino in the making.
    Ninersfan 04-22-2011 01:52 pm xxx.xxx.xxx2.96 (total posts: 1)
    30     37

    I don't see us getting gabbert due to it reminds too much of Alex Smith. Both are very similar in style of play when coming out of the collegiate level. Difference Alex was more polish and had a better season and stats, while gabbert is bigger, w/a better arm. but both one read and throw, gabbert takes more chances with his throws from what i have seen to where he put his WRs in harms way more than he should. Next he don't show up on a consistent basis for big games only one this past season was OU. But was man-handled by Neb and OU was a better squad than Neb. It what skip bayless and ryan clark stated earlier this week about gabbert on espn fist take, there's nothing that amazing he do to be a top 10 pick, giving he never really did anything bad. But to be a top ten pick gotta have that 'IT' factor and many analysts state this is the weakest draft to where if none of these QBs are in a good environment are back up QBs at best. All need to get retooled to the game and also a learning curve is more steep for any QB coming out especially a spread offense. You put jim brother john took flacco, well that made sense since he came from a prostyle offense, had the strongest arm coming out of the draft, and on top of that was going to a team that had everything in place just needed a competent QB to do the job. When getting a rookie QB in the top half of the first round everything need to be in place to be successful for him. I don't think gabbert is all that great to me, and see us getting prince if peterson and von miller is gone.
    chris 04-18-2011 06:33 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.24 (total posts: 1)
    40     29

    Your a douche bag, and yo dont know anything about football
    Adrian 04-18-2011 11:15 am xxx.xxx.xxx6.57 (total posts: 1)
    31     34

    What do you think are the chances of the Raiders trading back into the 1st round? If so, who do you think they'll reach for.
    ANTHONY 04-14-2011 02:25 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.25 (total posts: 1)
    39     37

    i took a big dump on my keyboard and called it a comment
    Badger Man 04-12-2011 11:15 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.29 (total posts: 1)
    40     36

    I don't think he will even get to #5, but if Von Miller slips to them, you say it is an automatic selection for the cards. I say do not forget about Badger stud O'Brian Schofield who was selected last year. Defensive MVP of the Senior Bowl Practices until he tore up his knee. I look for him to make an impact next year, and if Miller and Peterson are available, PP is the choice in my eyes due to the presence of OB.
    Zeke 04-12-2011 01:41 am xxx.xxx.xxx3.28 (total posts: 1)
    33     39

    "When he was throwing the ball, Ryan Mallett was one of the most impressive quarterbacks at the Combine. When he was speaking, Mallett turned people off and convinced teams to completely remove him from their draft boards.

    Mallett has major red flags. Consider the drug allegations that he refused to deny. Consider the infamous Scantron-gate. Consider his sense of entitlement that makes many think of Matt Leinart, Ryan Leaf and Jimmy Clausen."

    I'm an Arkansas alum. You're DEAD ON with Mallett.
    Joe 04-11-2011 03:13 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.255 (total posts: 1)
    34     33

    I love it when idiots argue with an idiot over whose the biggest idiot quarterback in the draft.
    First off mocks are impossible so grading on accuracy is pointless, we our forced to grade on entertainment, and while that stupid dingleberry comment was crazy, entertaining it was. Keep up those idiot comments everyone south of ohio!! Keeps us yanks entertained like all the idiot youtube videos.







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