if the Saints would pass on home town once in a lifetime type of player in Leonard Fournette I would DIE!! Mark Ingram hasn't shown to be all that great. We will likely have a new young QB in a few years and a BEAST back would do him wonders. Hell he may help Brees last a little longer in that he won't have to pass 100 times a game. Delvin Breaux, PJ Williams, DeVante Harris, Ken Crawley, Damian Swann, and Kyle Wilson will be plenty enough depth at corner. The 2 UDFA corners have played good considering they are undrafted. I think PJ was gonna have a good year before the devastating concussion. We are missing Sheldon Rankins right now and our top 3 corners. This D isn't as bad as most think, but the devastating injuries to all our corners have killed us, which would happen to every team out there. Plus I'm scared of Bama corners BIG TIME!! They seem to bust or take forever to produce!!
Yeah the Patriots are just clamoring for an interior offensive lineman. After all they have Thuney and Mason as starters at guard with Jonathan Cooper and Ted Karras as back-ups and have a very good center in David Andrews. What the Patriots need is an offensive tackle because Sebastian Vollmer ain't getting any younger and hasn't really been fully healthy the last two seasons. If there's a great prospect at OT at the end of the first round the Patriots should take him. You're out of your tree if you think the Patriot's greatest need is an interior offensive lineman.
Yet again, I will follow Walt's lead for this draft order outside the fact that the Bears land the top pick over the 49ers or Browns, I have more faith in Cutler running into wins before I do with Kessler or Gabbert. Also, there are still some players not in the system such as the Illini DEs, Justin Evans and Malik Hooker at safety. Until they are in I will mock without them.
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Alec Burks Connected to Bobcats - May 24
Colorado's Alec Burks is the best in a weak crop of shooting guard prospects in the 2011 NBA Draft. He is a lottery lock and due to a relationship he built in Boulder, has a connection to the Charlotte Bobcats who hold the ninth overall pick.
During his two years at Colorado, Alec Burks often shared the court with fellow shooting guard Cory Higgins. The tandem served as the Buffaloes' dynamic duo accounting for nearly half of the team's points last season. It was because of that, that Burks built a relationship with Cory's dad, former NBA player and current Charlotte Bobcats general manager, Rod Higgins.
"I know his dad a lot because he came to a lot of games," Burks said at the 2011 NBA Draft Combine. "I've got a great relationship with both of them."
Burks acknowledged that he had a meeting scheduled with the Bobcats during his stay in Chicago for the combine. Having prior knowledge of Burks' game and personality off the court might entice Higgins to use Charlotte's ninth pick on the lengthy two guard who measured 6-6 in shoes with a 6-10 wingspan. One source at the Combine confirmed Charlotte's interest in Burks, telling me that he heard Burks would not get past the Bobcats if he was still on the board when they were picking.
Burks does not exactly fit a need for Charlotte who already has decent depth at the two with Stephen Jackson and Gerald Henderson. Plus, the Bobcats have a huge hole at small forward and center, though Burks could possibly play the three at the next level even though he thinks he is more of a combo guard. So selecting Burks would certainly fit into the "best available player" theory rather than filling a need. However, the Bobcats hold a second first-round pick, 19th overall, and could look to fill a need with that selection if they land Burks early on.
Burks displayed his athleticism and versatility at Colorado, using ability to get to the rim and average a Big 12-best 20.5 points per game during his sophomore season. The biggest knock on his games comes with his jump shot as he only connected on 29.2 percent of his attempts from three.
"I feel like I was always a shooter," Burks stated with confidence. "I just went to the rack a lot more than I shot it. I'm just showing people I can shoot it."
Playing at Colorado, Burks did not get the national exposure that most of the other prospects at the combine received. "It didn't really hurt me but it didn't help me either. I feel like if you're talented enough, they'll come find you and that happened in my case."
That has certainly been the situation for Burks who was not a major recruit coming out of high school. Still, Burks has put himself in a great spot heading into the draft and admitted having a long list of teams wanting to meet with him at the combine.
"Coming from two years ago, nobody knew me so it's great to be in this position," Burks said. "Keeping that chip on my shoulder, staying hungry, wanting to get better, and prove to everybody that I can play at this level."
That type of attitude combined with his skill has a lot of people enamored with Burks' potential at the NBA level. With Bobcats GM Rod Higgins almost certainly part of that group, do not be surprised if Charlotte snags Burks with the ninth overall pick.