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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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    ham 04-11-2011 09:52 am xxx.xxx.xxx.186 (total posts: 1)
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    u have to be an idiot to pass on mallett
    waynerdk 04-10-2011 09:58 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.233 (total posts: 2)
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    Hey Walt, I have the feeling that there will be more trading in the first 2 rounds than ever before since QB's will be at a premium and better teams may be willing to trade back because of the depth at other positions. Do you see many of the early second round teams trading into the back of the 1st round such as the 49ers or Texans trading up for Ponder or Dalton?
    waynerdk 04-10-2011 09:41 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.233 (total posts: 2)
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    Hey Walt- I always love your stuff and trying to mock a 7 round draft is like herding cats. As a packer fan my only issue is when I see huge reaches like noel devine in the 4th round. I feel the pack organization is 1 of the few that usually doesnt reach for need but takes players that unexpectedly fall such as Bulaga last year or Finley a few years back. They may take a rb like Vereen, Murray, Hunter, Green, in the 4th but I doubt Devine. Keep up the great work because soon we'll all be wrong.
    Ian 04-10-2011 07:25 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.76 (total posts: 4)
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    Hey Jay, a typo would easily explain a missing letter; that's not necessarily a grammar issue.

    Also, SomeFrenchGuy, I'll draw up a mock for last year. I'll let you suck my dick.
    Jay 04-10-2011 03:07 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.227 (total posts: 1)
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    Walt, you make fun of people who make grammar mistakes but you made one yourself in this article. You stated that Stephen Paea is "the prototype of what Wade Phillips look for." Unless somebody cloned him and there are now multiple Wade Phillips, it should say "what Wade Phillips looks for."
    SomeFrenchGuy 04-10-2011 02:15 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.46 (total posts: 1)
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    I would like to say to anyone who wants to post some hate comment to try to write something clever. Walt's mocks always make sense, some comments don't...

    If someone find a mock draft which will be 100% right, i will s*ck his c*ck. (PS for stupid haters : that was ironic dumb b*stard, like many of Walt's comments)

    Thank you.

    PS' : I apologize for some hypotetical writing mistakes because of my name.
    JP 04-10-2011 01:22 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.11 (total posts: 1)
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    Walt, do you think it is possible for the Broncos to trade Tim Tebow to the Panthers for Jimmy Clausen and the Panthers 2012 second round pick?
    mitch 04-10-2011 03:41 am xxx.xxx.xxx5.62 (total posts: 3)
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    come on man chris hope is at least a top 10-15 saftey. my brother's a titans fan and i watch every one of their games.
    hahahah 04-10-2011 03:36 am xxx.xxx.xxx5.62 (total posts: 3)
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    whew 2bits is ridiculous
    Mitch 04-10-2011 03:30 am xxx.xxx.xxx5.62 (total posts: 3)
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    I wouldnt sweat it walt these guys are just aggro b/c you didn't drop their favorite player to their favorite team
    TheU 04-08-2011 06:24 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.21 (total posts: 1)
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    When i get mindlessly hated on a build a fortress to keep the haters out.
    Lol 04-07-2011 02:35 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.130 (total posts: 2)
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    That guy's mad.








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    Lol 04-07-2011 02:35 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.130 (total posts: 2)
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    That guy's mad.








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    I posted my real name the first time I posted my questions 04-06-2011 03:49 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.53 (total posts: 1)
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    Walter refused to answer them. My real name was posted 3 times. I didn't feel like putting it again, so I condensed my 3 posts into one long one.

    For which I still have gotten no response.

    Hilarious that you combat Mallett's wonderlic score which clearly proves you wrong about his intelligence with "well Chris Mortensen was wrong about Gabbert's score so he's probably wrong about this too. I heard he got a 9".

    Seems like a 9 would have been stated already by a media dog who wants to bring him down more, or it seems like you of all people would have loved to break that news.

    You refuse to admit you're wrong
    The Kid 04-06-2011 10:56 am xxx.xxx.xxx.200 (total posts: 1)
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    Okay man, you need to get your facts straight about Ryan Mallet. He's from texarkana, arkansas. if you know people from there they all take like rednecks with a ghetto accent. its just how he talks who cares? chris johnson talks like a dummy (read his tweets) and no one ever questioned his ability? and also everyone smokes weed now. EVERYONE.







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