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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.

3/7/11

2011 NFL Draft E-mails - Random Questions and Comments



  • From Brawley:

    Cam Newton the first overall pick???? C'mon your ribbing me here. This is some kind of gag right?


    --> Cam Newton is one of three players being considered for the No. 1 overall pick. The other two are Da'Quan Bowers and Marcell Dareus. If Blaine Gabbert has an incredible Pro Day, he'll be the fourth. The great Adam Schefter predicted that the top pick would be a quarterback. I dare not go against the great Schefter.

    I'll discuss all of Carolina's possibilities in a detailed article tomorrow.



  • From Stevo:

    I just cant see the Browns taking a WR at number 6. They need D line man. I am not sold on Quinn. I think Patrick Peterson falls to the Browns at 6. Maybe Maybe Bowers drops to the Browns at 6.


    --> Really? I was under the impression that all Browns fans wanted a receiver. I know they need a defensive lineman, but they also desperately have to get a No. 1 receiver, and A.J. Green is the best player available at that juncture.





  • From Nathan:

    As reasonable as I can, I'm gonna have to disagree with you as far as the Seahawks go, not because of their picks, but who they're NOT picking. The Seahawks biggest need may be Offensive Line. Yet, you have them taking a CB, DE, FB, WR, QB, and SS???


    --> Consider this an oversight. I really need to give the Seahawks an offensive lineman at some point in my mock. I'll do that in the next update.



  • From VikesRules:

    vikings should get a QB in 1st rd a de in 2nd a cb in 4th a ot and wr in 5th and fs in 6


    --> Teams don't think this way. If they settled on a particular position in each round, they might miss out on a much better player that would also satisfy some sort of need. Teams have a big board and go off of that.





  • From Wes:

    I like thie Julio Jones pick for washington but the locker pick makes no sense. Washington is not going to select two offensive players with their first two picks the front seven is too much of a need to ignore


    --> So you want your quarterback to be Rex Grossman next year? The Redskins have so many needs, one of which is the quarterback position. Why would they pass on a quarterback just to take a defensive player?



  • From Go Pack:

    What I don't get is why the heck you are putting Cameron Heyward in the second round. He is too beastly!


    --> I had major problems fitting Cameron Heyward into the recent version of my 2011 NFL Mock Draft, but there was just no room for him in the back end of my first round.



  • From Go Eliot:

    Question regarding Pats pick at #17...Why would you write "Other five-techniques not named J.J. Watt are options as well." I've seen a lot of mocks that have Watt going to the Pats at exactly this spot. Thanks, Eliot


    --> J.J. Watt's agent is Tom Condon. The Patriots have a policy not to deal with any of Condon's clients because of an ugly incident that occurred with Ben Watson several years ago. New England has not drafted a Condon player since.



    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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