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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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    Phil 04-04-2011 06:00 am xxx.xxx.xxx0.75 (total posts: 1)
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    Williams went up against better Ends than Okung !!
    spurzo 04-04-2011 12:31 am xxx.xxx.xxx3.88 (total posts: 2)
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    When Mallett speaks I want to slap him, he sounds like an incredibly arrogant wigger. I do think he'll be a good qb for somebody though, especially if he gets picked between the 2nd and 3rd round as that should put him in his place and humble him a bit. Also, whenever Sanchez opens his mouth I want to slap him too, I bet Claussen wishes he had B Edwards and Holmes to throw to.
    trisoman 04-03-2011 11:26 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.35 (total posts: 1)
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    I laughed / felt sad simultaenously at the April Fools' mock when Qalt gave us a Tight End. Because it's true, and it's almost a joke now.

    Haters gon' hate heh
    Jshblessing 04-03-2011 08:44 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.90 (total posts: 1)
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    Who are these pole smokers(not that there's anything wrong with that). The April fools mock was funny as sh!t. There is no proof to show that Mallet isn't dumb as sh!t. And I have no clue who Chris Hope is but if Walter says he sucks then he must be sh!t
    John 04-03-2011 08:38 pm xxx.xxx.xxx88.9 (total posts: 2)
    25     28

    Haha wonderlic scores. Mallet got a 26, which means he'll be incredibly better than Marino, Bradshaw, or Jim Kelly who all had 15s. BETTER PICK MALLET FAST!
    Neil 04-03-2011 02:30 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.53 (total posts: 2)
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    The haters on here are one more sign of the world going to hell in a hand basket. ...And the sad thing is that they can most likely breed.

    Walt provides a great FREE (yes free) service here...Loved the April Fools' draft. Had many lolz.
    Brady 04-03-2011 01:39 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.102 (total posts: 1)
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    Hey TT one name for you. PACMAN JONES, he's the DB that Tennessee drafted 6th overall in 2005. He also spent the equivalent of three years (Slight Exaggeration) either suspended or in jail. He is also the reason why a Las Vegas bouncer can't walk. You want to compare Pacman to Talib. Really if thats what you want knock yourself?
    dcljx15 04-03-2011 01:14 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.32 (total posts: 1)
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    that first one by ark is hilarious hahahaha
    lol 04-03-2011 12:22 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.28 (total posts: 1)
    26     25

    the april fool's mock draft was hilarious if anyone tells you it isn't they can suck a fat one

    and yes there is something wrong with that
    Jake, 04-03-2011 10:06 am xxx.xxx.xxx.123 (total posts: 1)
    26     29

    I actually liked the april fools mock, but thats probably because A) Im not a homer, and B) I can take a joke.

    But kudos to them for loving their team that much.
    Wharthog 04-03-2011 09:41 am xxx.xxx.xxx.150 (total posts: 3)
    24     29

    Wow. It never ceases to amaze me how many looneys are out there that would take something like the April Fools Mock so bloody serious. It was all for fun. Holy crap guys with all the serious analysts out there arguing strenuously over each mocked pick it's nice to throw a little humor in there every now & again. I look forward to jerks of the week and I'm proud to say I've been following the site long enough to have been here since the first jerk of the week.

    Therefore you angry people who hate on Walter for his site and his humor, you're my jerks of the week.
    Matt S. 04-03-2011 09:17 am xxx.xxx.xxx.116 (total posts: 1)
    27     26

    WOW, we have a whole bunch of hypocritical haters here. "no one thinks your cute" your calling Walt a coward yet you don't have the balls to post your real name, WHY? because your a spineless creeper who likes to hide behind screen names and computer screens, and its trolls like you who people hate not "second-rate" bloggers like Walt.
    Young 04-03-2011 08:45 am xxx.xxx.xxx.126 (total posts: 1)
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    OMG.. are these people serious? This is like the best site for NFL draft info and people want to criticize? they are the idiots.. If you don't like the site, keep that TO YOURSELF!!!
    Tosh 04-03-2011 07:40 am xxx.xxx.xxx0.78 (total posts: 2)
    31     25

    What's with people bashing Walter all the time for his mocks? I mean really? really? It's a freaking mock draft, who cares, if his that bad why do all of you keep coming back? Isn't like anyone, and I mean anyone is going 32 for 32 this April.
    No one thinks your cute STFU 03-31-2011 11:26 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.251 (total posts: 2)
    29     28

    Im sorry I made a mistake, you're just precious made sense unlike No one thinks your cute. I meant the previous comment to No One Thinks Your Cute







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