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: Marshon Brooks Rising Up Draft Boards - May 26
He was second in the nation in scoring which is a quite the feat considering Providence's Marshon Brooks played in the Big East; arguably the nation's toughest conference. However not until recently has Brooks began to emerge as a true first-round prospect in the 2011 NBA Draft. After a solid showing at the NBA Draft Combine, Brooks' stock is on the rise. I had a chance to talk with Brooks at the combine and he had some interesting comments about his time at Providence, playing for a bad team, and even dissed on ESPN's draft expert Chad Ford a bit.
Up until the NBA Draft Combine, Brooks was widely regarded as an early second-round, possible late first-round prospect. After a solid showing at the combine, there is little chance Brooks drops to the second round and could possibly be taken as high as the late teens.
At Providence, the 6-5 Brooks had a breakout senior season, raising his scoring average from 14.2 points per game as a junior, to 24.6 ppg highlighted by a Big East record 52-point performance against Notre Dame. To it bluntly, Brooks had to score that much to give the Friars a chance since his team was pretty awful this past season. That is a factor Brooks hopes NBA teams take into consideration when evaluating him.
"A lot of people don't understand that," Brooks told me at the 2011 NBA Draft Combine. "They're like 'he's a volume shooter, he shoots too much.' You ask my coach, he'll probably say different that I didn't shoot enough. With me being the only scorer on the team and with me carrying the load of a young team, I felt like it was my job to try and take the game over, being the only senior on the team and playing major minutes."
Another question surrounding Brooks is whether or not he is a winner since Providence posted a 8-28 mark the last two seasons in conference play. "I understand why people had concerns about me because I was on a losing team," Brooks admitted. "Most of the time, guys didn't even see me play. Most of the guys doing these mock drafts like Chad Ford, they never seen me play before. We had one ESPN game compared to guys who played at Kansas, the Ohio States, they had a lot chances to prove themselves. They were seen a lot more than me. I think that's why I am just trying to prove myself ... That I can play on a winning team, make winning plays."
One thing Brooks does not have to prove is his ability to get to the basket. His quickness, ball handling and body control in the lane make him dangerous off the bounce and especially in transition. Having a crazy 7-1 wingspan doesn't hurt either. "It just helps me in so many different ways," Brooks said of his length. "I'm not the most athletic guy, but with my long arms and my ball-handling ability, I'm able to get to the rim a little easier."
While Brooks is extremely effective when attacking the basket, his outside shot does need some work as he only hit 34 percent of his triple tries last season. Brooks said at the combine that he feels like he could shoot at an elite level but that is something he will have to prove to teams that work him out over the next month.
Brooks said he had anywhere from 7-10 interviews scheduled for the combine and listed the Mavs, Lakers and Kings as teams he knew he was meeting with. Any team in need of a slasher drafting in the second half of the first round will have to take a look at Brooks. Teams like the Wizards (18th pick), Timberwolves (20th), Nuggets (22nd), Celtics (25th), Mavs (26th), Nets (27th), and Bulls (28th and 30th) would all be possible landing spots since they could use a scorer on the wing.