Archive for March, 2010

26
Mar
10

The McDilemma- What Should The Eagles Do With Donovan?

So I’ve been asked to write about my thoughts on the Eagles shopping McNabb. What do I think? What could some potential landing spots be? Who will be the Eagles’ starting QB next year? Let’s dive in:

So, do I think that the Eagles should trade McNabb for a draft pick? In a word, yes. Here’s why:

First,  McNabb has one year left on his contract before he becomes unrestricted in 2011, an already shaky year for players. So does Kevin Kolb, heir apparent. The Eagles are not going to renew both contracts. So, who do they sign long-term? The long-toothed veteran who hasn’t won a championship with the birds, or the ready-in-wait backup who has shown flashes that he’s more than capable? I’m injecting some youth into this spot now if I’m the GM- even if it means sacrificing the face of the franchise.

Second, if I’m Andy Reid, I’m kicking myself right now for opening my big walrus mouth about being open to entertain trade offers for McRibb. What happens if they don’t trade him before training camp breaks? God, that’s gonna be a media swarm nightmare. I can just see a disgruntled Donovan in the locker room and around the organization, and an angry Kevin Kolb waiting in the wings (another year) to get the chance to play. I haven’t even mentioned Michael Vick yet. You have to trade McNabb now, and pick a QB to lead the team, NOW.

That being said, there are still questions. Can Kevin Kolb really produce those McNabb-esque numbers that we saw for a couple of weeks, for an entire season? Don’t forget about 2008 when McNabb got benched in the 2nd half of a game vs the Ravens, when Kolb came in and got absolutely rocked. Granted, he got caught off-guard and wasn’t expecting to play. But shouldn’t any quarterback, backup or not, prepare as if he was the starter no matter what?

Now that the Eagles think they have all of the pieces in place to make another run, do you dump your franchise QB off? The one guy who knows the offense better than any player on the field? side note: anyone that watched the pro bowl witnessed desean jackson looking mighty confused with the play calling while the NFC was on the field- on more than one occasion he had to ask what route to run, and where to line up. That scares me a little bit about him being the real deal or not. But that just hammers home my point about McNabb being the go-to guy on offense.

The next question is: how do the Eagles want to draft this year? Do they want more picks or not? I believe that the answer is yes. They want as many picks as possible. They’ve got a couple holes to fill, (Guard, Linebacker) and need those extra picks. The Eagles say that they won’t budge on a trade unless it’s in the top 42 picks.  I like the word picks. A top-42 pick is going to land McNabb’s value to the Eagles in the late 1st-early 2nd round area, and I’m leaning towards the latter. After the thursday night 1st round, there will be an entire day of wheeling and dealing picks to jockey for the 2nd round the following night. So, one of those teams with a top-10 pick in the 2nd round is a possibility. Let’s take a look at some potential trades:

pick 33: Rams. This is a possible landing spot, if the Rams do not draft Bradford in the 1st round. I would like to see the Rams rebuild through the draft, however, and I don’t see this trade happening.

pick 39: Raiders. This could make sense here. Not an ideal situation for McNabb, but the Raiders are definitely in flux with the QB position, and as much as I hate to say it, McNabb could be the missing piece in Oakland. The Eagles would be really happy with a low 2nd-round pick also.

pick 41: Bills. I think that the Bills have more holes than swiss cheese in their lineup. The only solid position is RB, with Jackson and Lynch back there. But QB is a huge need, and Chan Gailey is  QB guy.

Of these three, the Raiders seems like the most logical choice of a landing spot. However, I don’t believe that McNabb would want to sign a long-term contract there, which could potentially be a stopping point.

If none of these trades works out, then the Eagles may have to look beyond the top 42. If some team offered a late 2nd pick and maybe a couple other picks, that could sweeten the deal for sure. A couple of teams that come to mind are the Cardinals, 49ers and Vikings. Of these three, the Cardinals make the most sense. Because McNabb to Fitz is much sexier than Derek Anderson to Fitz.

Ultimately, I think McNabb has to go now. It’s too bad that the Eagles had to open their mouths about it, because I think it was the wrong choice. I think Kolb and Vick need to be traded out of Philly, and then you draft your QB in the 2nd round this year. Whatever happens, I’m worried about the Eagles’ continuity in the locker room this year. If McNabb can be put out there on the block, then anyone can be. You don’t want to be in a locker room with that kind of fear, it does nothing but bad things for morale. Too bad it seems inevitable that a Donovan-less Philly is in the near future. Eagles fans hated him anyway.

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10
Mar
10

SORRY

Sorry the Draft blog order is backwards (3/3 is first), just make do with it and read the posts backwards, or just do whatever you want

10
Mar
10

Trust The Tris Mock Draft 1.0 (with guest mock) PT3/3

  • #22 pick: New England Patriots

Team Needs: Defense

Tris’ Pick: Brandon Graham, DE/OLB Michigan

Comment: If you’re New England, you have to see that old defense of yours falling apart at the seams. Youth in 2008 with Jerod Mayo and now some more youth in the LB-Hybrid Graham should spark this D. OLB Sergio Kindle also makes sense here.

Breck’s Pick: Jered Odrick, DL Penn State

Comment: Odrick fits the Richard Seymour mold which the Patriots obviously missed the second half of last season. A DE/OLB to replace Adalious Thomas/Tully Banta-Cain is also possible.

  • #23 pick: Green Bay Packers

Team Needs: OL,DB

Tris’ Pick: Bruce Campbell, OT Maryland

Comment: Even though the Pack resigned Chad Clifton, they can use all the help they can get to try to shore up that O-Line, which ironically resembles swiss cheese. Campbell was the combine workhorse, so he may end up going sooner. Either way, draft an O-Lineman!

Breck’s Pick: Kyle Wilson, CB/KR Boise State

Comment: The Packers CB aren’t getting any younger and the return game could use a boost. Wilson is the clear cut #2 CB in the draft and a difference maker in the return game.

  • #24 pick: Philadelphia Eagles

Team Needs: LB,OL

Tris’ Pick: Sean Witherspoon, OLB Missouri

Comment: It’s a toss-up here between Witherspoon and Sergio Kindle, but I think Witherspoon’s pro day has elevated his stock.

Breck’s Pick: Mike Iupati, OG Idaho

Comment: Andy Reid loves drafting lineman, and this draft is loaded with them. Iupati is a nasty, physical player that would easily slid into RG for the Eagles. Let’s face it the Andrews brothers are finished and I think the Birds sign a DE to help Trent Cole. DT, DB are also possibilities.

  • #25 pick: Baltimore Ravens

Team Needs: CB,WR

Tris’ Pick: Jermaine Gresham, TE Oklahoma

Comment: Now that the Ravens have traded for Boldin, the need at WR is a lot less. But look for Ozzie Newsome to add one more weapon for Joe Cool. Gresham will be the best player available anyway. Other consideration- Patrick Robinson, CB

Breck’s Pick: Jermaine Gresham, TE Oklahoma

Comment: WR was the top concern for this team, but after trading for Anquan Boldin and signing Donte Stallworth, the Ravens can focus their attention elsewhere. Why not keep adding weapons for QB Joe Flacco in Gresham. Heap is aging and L.J. Smith is not the answer.

  • #26 pick: Arizona Cardinals

Team Needs: LB,S,QB

Tris’ Pick: Sergio Kindle, LB Texas

Comment: Interesting draft this year for ARI, who will be rebuilding. They could take a QB here but I think there will be a few ‘project’ QBs laying around late in the 2nd round and the need to plug the holes left by Dansby and Rolle are greater.

Breck’s Pick: Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB Texas

Comment: With no premiere OT left, the Cardinals will turn their attention to their defense which faded late last season and has lost two major pieces in S Antrel Rolle and ILB Karlos Dansby. Kindle gives the teams an edge pass-rusher which should take some pressure off the secondary.

  • #27 pick: Dallas Cowboys

Team Needs: Not much

Tris’ Pick: Charles Brown, OT

Comment: Flozell Adams isn’t getting any younger and there’s no glaring holes elsewhere in Dallas. They could always keep adding depth at LB or DT.

Breck’s Pick: Sean Weatherspoon, OLB Missouri

Comment: The Cowboys could use some O-line help, but they have NEVER drafted an offensive lineman in the first round since Jerry Jones has been owner. LBs Ketih Brooking and Bradie James are rapidly aging and LB Bobby Carpenter could be released.

  • #28 pick: San Diego Chargers

Team Needs: RB, DB

Tris’ Pick: Jhavid Best, RB Cal

Comment: With LT gone, it’s the ‘Best’ fit for the Chargers. Could also draft a solid CB here to replace Antonio Cromartie

Breck’s Pick: Jonathan Dwyer, RB Georgia Tech

Comment: LaDanian Tomlinson is gone. Dwyer is a physical runner and fits nicely into the Chargers system complimenting Darren Sproles’ speed, should the Chargers keep him. RB should be the Bolt’s only concern with this pick.

  • #29 pick: New York Jets

Team Needs: DL,WR

Tris’ Pick: Jared Odrick, DT Penn State

Comment: Jets can go best available here, and Rex Ryan is a defensive-minded guy. I like the intensity of this guy and so will Rex and the Jets

Breck’s Pick: Golden Tate, WR Notre Dame

Comment: After trading for CB Antonio Cromartie, the Jets can turn their attention to adding more explosiveness on offense. Tate is the clear #2 WR in the draft and should help stretch the field with Braylon Edwards and Jerrico Cotchery.

  • #30 pick: Minnesota Vikings

Team Needs: LB,DB

Tris’ Pick: Patrick Robinson, CB

Comment: Vikes would like another big guy at DT but they have bigger needs here at CB, and Robinson fits the bill as one of the top CBs this year.

Breck’s Pick: Brian Price, DT UCLA

Comment: Price is a steal at this point in the draft. He is at time unblockable and with DT Pat Williams nearing retirement there is no better time to bring in his successor. The secondary is also of concern.

  • #31 pick: Indianapolis Colts

Team needs: OL

Tris’ Pick: Maurkice Pouncey, C/G Florida

Comment: Colts can go get the best available youth for their front line.

Breck’s Pick: Maurkice Pouncey, C/OG Florida

Comment: It’s no secret the Colts could use offensive line upgrades. Pouncey would start at RG right away and eventually replace C Jeff Saturday. DT is also a possibility.

  • #32 pick: NO Saints

Team Needs:  DB,LB

Tris’ Pick: Kyle Wilson, CB

Comment: If Sharper can’t be resigned, then the Saints run away with a steal at #32. Kyle Wilson. This kid had his own picture on the side of the Boise State team bus. Enough Said.

Breck’s Pick: Mark Herzlich, OLB Boston College

Comment: With LB Scott Fujita possibly going to Cleveland, the Saints will need a solid linebacker to replace him. Herzlich is a tackling machine. DE is also a possibility.

10
Mar
10

Trust The Tris Mock Draft 1.0 (with guest mock) PT2/3

  • #11 pick: Denver Broncos

Team Needs:  DL

Tris’ Pick: Dan Williams, DT Tennessee

Comment: DTs are huge in this draft, which is good for Denver because they need a big 3-4 tackle in there.  They could also draft Rolando McClain to give Denver another 3-4 Linebacker.

Breck’s Pick: Dez Bryant, WR Oklahoma State

Comment: Brandon Marshall may be traded, but even if he isn’t the Broncos need offensive weapons and explosiveness. Bryant can provide big play making ability as well as help stretch the field. If there is a knock on this pick, it’s that Bryant is a “diva” in the Terrell Owens-Brandon Marshall mold. A defensive lineman may also strike Denver’s fancy as they look to build their 3-4 defense. Possible – Dan Williams, Rolando McClain

  • #12 pick: Miami Dolphins

Team Needs: DL,DB,WR

Tris’ Pick: Taylor Mays, S, USC

Comment: Hard to pass him up, as hard as he’s worked after college and at the combine to elevate his play. I think this might be a small reach, but it could also be a huge payoff. Since S Gibril Wilson is dumped, the Safety position is in flux and this makes the most sense for the Dolphins this year. Other possibilities include Golden Tate, WR.

Breck’s Pick: Dan Williams, DT Tennessee

Comment: This pick was a slam dunk a few weeks ago with Rolando McClain being the selection. Miami went another direction and signed ILB Karlos Dansby to pair with Channing Crowder. This frees the Dolphins to pick the best 3-4 NT in the draft in Dan Williams. He is perfect for the 3-4 and many teams would love to draft him. Incumbent NT Jason Ferguson is old and could mentor Williams to help dominate Parcell’s system.

  • #13 pick: San Fransisco 49ers

Team Needs: DB, OL

Tris’ Pick: Trent Williams, OT Oklahoma

Comment: Give Alex Smith an extra 0.5 seconds to throw, and the 49ers are going to win the division. Simple as that.

Breck’s Pick: Trent Williams, OT Oklahoma

Comment: The 49ers need offensive line help, and luckily at this point they find a guy who can easily step in at RT, moving Joe Staley to LT, helping to solidify a line constantly in flux. Williams will bring a consistent effort day in day out. A play maker in the defensive backfield or on offense could also fit here, but the O-line is the main concern.

  • #14 pick: Seattle Seahawks

Team Needs: RB,QB

Tris’ Pick: Jimmy Clausen, QB Notre Dame

Comment: If they trade out the #6 pick, look for the hawks to pluck their QB of the future right here to pair with Marshall down the road. They could also draft CJ Spiller here for some offensive explosion.

Breck’s Pick: Brian Bulaga, OT Iowa

Comment: After passing on OT with their first selection, the Seahawks get their replacement for LT Walter Jones. Big and physical with a solid mean streak, Bulaga should fit well with the zone-blocking scheme in place in Seattle. Pete Carroll starts his Seattle career off with 2 solid picks.

  • #15 pick: New York Giants

Team Needs: LB

Tris’ Pick: Rolando McClain, ILB Alabama

Comment:  Yes, the Giants dropped Antonio Pierce and Giants Nation was sad. But McClain is a beast. It won’t take long for fans to forget Pierce and this defense gets some much-needed youth.

Breck’s Pick:Rolando McClain, ILB Alabama

Comment: Releasing MLB Antonio Pierce left a gaping hole in the middle of their defense. The Dolphins beat them to Dansby, so why not go with the best inside linebacker in the draft.

  • #16 pick: Tennessee Titans

Team Needs: DL,DB

Tris’ Pick: Derrick Morgan, DE Georgia Tech

Comment: There’s a big hole here in Nashville now that Vanden-Bosch is gone. Derrick Morgan will help make that transition a lot better. Other possible selections include Carlos Dunlap and Jared Odrick.

Breck’s Pick: Derrick Morgan, DE Georgia Tech

Comment: The Titans are great at finding defensive line talent and Morgan is no exception. Jeff Fisher is going to love Morgan’s high motor and physical gifts. Makes losing Kyle Vanden Bosch much easier.

  • #17 Pick: San Fransisco 49ers

Team Needs: DB,OL

Tris’ Pick: CJ Spiller, RB Clemson

Comment: What a steal here if Spiller doesn’t get scooped up before this pick. He can provide a great change-of-pace for the grinder Frank Gore. CB Kyle Wilson could also land here, and that would be a solid value pick as well.

Breck’s Pick: C.J. Spiller, RB Clemson

Comment: A safety like Taylor Mays or Earl Thomas might be better, but having an explosive RB to compliment Frank Gore may be just as important. Don’t forget the 49ers have always had a dreadful return game and Spiller is electric in that area.

  • #18 pick: Pittsburgh Steelers

Team Needs: CB, OL

Tris’ Pick: Mike Iupati, G/T Idaho

Comment: OL problems for the Steelers all year led to Big Ben on his back half of the time. The other half of the time Ben was out partying.

Breck’s Pick: Taylor Mays, S Southern California

Comment: Show me a team more dependant on one defensive player than the Steelers are with Troy Polamalu. They need another play maker in the secondary to alleviate the pressure on Polamalu. With Ryan Clark most likely leaving, Mays is a perfect fit of size and speed.

disclaimer: same as before, this was before steelers signed 2 safeties

  • #19 pick: Atlanta Flacons

Team Needs: DE,OLB

Tris’ Pick: Carlos Dunlap, DE Florida

Comment: With the signing of CB Dunta Robinson, look for the Flacons to help out their pass rush. This will become a young defense with nowhere to go but up.

Breck’s Pick: Brandon Graham, DE Michigan

Comment: The Falcons had 2 major needs going into the draft, DE and CB. They were able to sign CB Dunta Robinson through FA, so finding an edge rusher becomes the prime concern. Graham was incredibly productive at Michigan and will learn from DE John Abraham as he gets older.

  • #20 pick: Houston Texans

Team Needs: DB

Tris’ Pick: Earl Thomas, S Texas

Comment: Bye, bye Dunta Robinson, hello Earl Thomas. Texas sure knows how to take care of their own, don’t they? Thomas fits right into what the Texans need- a playmaker.

Breck’s Pick: Earl Thomas, S Texas

Comment: Lineman are more likely of a pick here, but I cannot dismiss the Texans need for a ball hawking play maker in the secondary. Thomas showed a nose for the ball at Texas and is an immediate upgrade in Houston.

  • #21 pick: Cincinnati Bengals

Team Needs: WR,DL

Tris’ Pick: Golden Tate, WR Notre Dame

Comment: Scary potential here to give the Bengals a young, hot receiver who does it all. Could be this year’s Percy Harvin.

Breck’s Pick: Carlos Dunlap, DE Florida

Comment: There are so many directions the Bengals could go with this pick, but after only registering 17 sacks last season, they need more of a pass rush. Dunlap is talented, but he has character flags, but since when has that ever stopped the Bengals.

10
Mar
10

Trust The Tris Mock Draft 1.0 (with guest mock) PT1/3

In my last blog, I predicted that a lot of teams will be trimming their rosters of high-salary players in this uncapped year. I was right. So far, big salary guys such as QB Jake Delhomme, CB Lito Sheppard, DT Jamal Williams, DE Charles Grant, and the Redskins’ B-team have been cut. Who knows where and when any other big names will get the axe coming up, but my bet is this phenomenon will continue well into Free Agency.

I like what the Bears have been doing so far  in Free Agency. They have no 1st or 2nd round picks, so they needed to open up the wallet. So far, they have signed DE Julius Peppers to a 6-year deal, RB Chester Taylor (there goes my LT prediction), and TE Brandon Manumaleuna. More to come, I’m sure. The next few weeks in Free Agency will certainly re-shape the Draft projections, so this will definitely be interesting to watch.

On Thursday, April 22 at 7:30pm, I will be sitting in front of a tv somewhere, beer(s) in hand and wings in belly, to witness possibly the most exciting spectacle of the NFL offseason. No, I’m not talking about the Brett Favre retirement press conference. I’m talking about the NFL Draft baby!! It’s as intense as a playoff game. It’s where teams can create a dynasty or destroy themselves. It’s a war zone. I love the NFL Draft.

Now that the NFL Combine has come and gone, I think it’s an appropriate time to post a mock draft. There were a lot of guys who helped their draft stock at the combine. USC Safety Taylor Mays solidified himself as a workhorse speedy 1st round pick. CJ Spiller looks like the next Chris Johnson, and Golden Tate became a top-2 wideout pick. I am so excited about the Draft that I even enjoyed watching the combine itself. I’ve asked Breck to do a side-by-side mock draft with me (complete with commentary). I’d like to think that we’re kind of like Kiper and McShay. I’m Kiper though.

After Free Agency cools down and after all of the Pro Days leading up to the Draft, I’ll do another mock and have a clearer picture of everything. But for now, I give you the TrustTheTris Mock 1.0:

  • #1 pick: St. Louis Rams

Team Needs:  Everything

Tris’ Pick: Sam Bradford, QB Oklahoma

Comment: Get the franchise guy now, build around him later (an exception to my usual rule here).  Suh and McCoy would also provide a huge stop-gap in the Rams porous run-D, and they could look for a QB with the first pick in the 2nd round. They also have 18 hours or so to wheel and deal that 2nd pick (hello, Donovan McNabb!!)

Breck’s Pick: Sam Bradford, QB Oklahoma

Comment: Here is the #1 rule of the NFL Draft, If you do not have a franchise quarterback and one is available, you take it, period….The sexier picks are the 2 top defensive tackles in Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy, but winning
starts with the quarterback position. Questions about Bradford’s
shoulder will follow him around until he proves he is healthy.
Possible – Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy

  • #2 pick: Detroit Lions

Team Needs: OL, DL, DB

Tris’ Pick: Ndamukong Suh, DT Nebraska

Comment: High-character player who will be a wrecking ball in the NFL. Jim Shwartz loves his defense- look at him pulling a Rex Ryan and getting KVB at midnight friday.. Put big boy Suh on the line, and the Lions are gonna move out of the top 10 in the 2011 Draft

Breck’s Pick: Gerald McCoy, DT Oklahoma

Comment: The Lions made an early splash in free agency signing DE Kyle VandenBosch and trading for DT Corey Williams. The 2 primary needs of this team are D-line and Offensive tackle. OT Russell Okung would be a solid fit here, allowing current OT Jeff Backus to slide to OG. However, coach Jim Schwartz is a defensive guy and the Lions were one of the worst defensive teams last season. Possible – Ndamukong Suh, Russell Okung

  • #3 pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Needs: Everything except QB

Tris’ Pick: Gerald McCoy, DT Oklahoma

Comment: Flip of coin here with McCoy and Suh, either way Bucs will take best available between two

Breck’s Pick: Ndamukong Suh, DT Nebraska

Comment: The Bucs are dancing in the streets as they get their first dominate DL since Warren Sapp. Suh is a big, strong physical DT with a nose for the ball. Their needs are DL and DB so S Eric Berry may also be a fit, but you don’t pass up a chance at a run-stuffing DT. Possible –  Eric Berry

  • #4 pick: Washington Redskins

Needs: OL, RB, WR

Tris’ Pick: Russel Okung, OT

Comment: I don’t think that Shannahan is going to pick a QB here when he can have the best OT in the draft and they recently re-signed J. Campbell to a 3-year extension. It will also be hard to pass up on Eric Berry.

Breck’s Pick: Jimmy Clausen, QB Notre Dame

Comment: Mike Shannahan is an offensive minded guy, and I believe he doesn’t see Jason Campbell as his future QB. Clausen probably has the best intangibles of any QB in this draft. He is tall, strong armed and accurate. His last season at Notre Dame Clausen carried his team since he didn’t have a running game or a solid defense. OT Russell Okung should also be considered for this spot since the Redskins offensive line lost LT Chris Samuels, but like I said Shannahan is an offensive coach. Possible – Russell Okung, Eric Berry

  • #5 pick: Kansas City Chiefs

Team Needs: OL, DB, TE

Tris’ Pick: Brian Bulaga, OT Iowa

Comment: GM Paoli knows he needs to build his trenches to help out Cassel. OT is just what the Chiefs need in the 1st round.

Breck’s Pick: Russell Okung, OT Oklahoma State

Comment:Prototypical LT, strong, quick feet, intelligent. Okung will bring a mean streak to the Chiefs that’s been missing since LT Willie Roaf retired. Essentially the Chiefs knock out 2 holes on the offensive line with this pick as Okung’s pick allows OT Branden Albert to move back to OG where he excelled at Virginia. The only other conceivable pick for them at this point is S Eric Berry or OT Anthony Davis if Okung is already taken. Possible – Eric Berry

  • #6 pick: Seatlle Seahawks

Team Needs: RB,QB

Tris’ Pick: TRADE with DEN for Brandon Marshall. DEN selects Dez Bryant, WR Oklahoma State

Comment: I believe that Seattle is going to make an offer to Brandon Marshall, and in doing so, Denver will more than likely let him go, especially if they can go get Dez Bryant, a Marshall-type receiver without the bad blood that has brooded in Denver. If Seattle retains this pick, I believe they will draft CJ Spiller, RB Clemson.

Breck’s Pick:Eric Berry, S Tennessee

Comment: This pick could possibly be moved to Denver in a Brandon Marshall trade, but assuming the Seahawks keep it they will need a replacement for longtime stud LT Walter Jones. However, with OT being fairly deep, they could get one with thier next pick at #14. A game changing safety is hard to find. That is what Berry is, the next Ed Reed. Possible – Brian Bulaga, Anthony Davis

  • #7 pick: Cleveland Browns

Team Needs: DB,WR

Tris’ Pick: Eric Berry, S Tennessee

Comment: Holmgren & Co will be licking their chops if Berry falls this far. An NFL-ready Safety, Berry brings a physicality and gameplay style similar to Ed Reed. And to be competitive in the AFC North, you need to bring your D.

Breck’s Pick: Joe Haden, CB Florida

Comment: Cleveland is still looking for a QB, but Bradford and Clausen will both be gone by this pick. The Browns secondary gives up too many big plays, so a solid DB should fit their needs. Too much is being said about Haden’s poor 40-dash time, but most experts agree tape does not lie and Haden showed a ton of talent and play making ability at Florida. Possible – Dez Bryant

  • #8 pick: Oakland Raiders

Team Needs: OL,WR,QB

Tris’ Pick: Anthony Davis, OT Rutgers

Comment: For the love of god, Al Davis, please read this and do not take Dez Bryant if he’s still there! The Raiders are a team who’s philosophy is stretching the field with speed. Well, you need to give the QB some more time to throw if you want to stretch the field. Unless that QB is Jamarcus Russell and then it doesn’t matter what you do. The Raiders are the worst run organization in professional sports. Move to LA already!

Breck’s Pick: Bruce Campbell, OT Maryland

Comment: Al Davis does it again. The biggest freak athlete at the combine, Campbell is a physical specimen and that’s all Davis seems to care about. On the bright side it fits Oakland’s need for an OT, but there are far more polished and ready OT still available like Anthony Davis and Brian Bulaga. The Raiders value speed and athleticism, so another “work-out warrior” in DE Jason Pierre-Paul may also appeal to them. Possible – Jason Pierre-Paul, Anthony Davis

  • #9 pick: Buffalo Bills

Team Needs: Everything

Tris’ Pick: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE South Florida

Comment: Solid, athletic, all-around DE should help Bills poor run-D. They could also go with OT Trent Williams. The Bills have a lot of holes to fill, and they will probably be drafting from the front of the pack for a few more years. They can go a lot of different ways with this pick, and trading back for more picks might also be a good strategy here.

Breck’s Pick: Anthony Davis, OT Rutgers

Comment:Let’s face it, the Bills offensive line was decimated by injury and could never gel long enough to keep the pressure off whoever the teams quarterback was. The O-line is a major concern and Davis can easily step in and play either tackle position. It helps that he is a local guy from New Jersey. I wouldn’t overlook a defensive player with this pick because of Buffalo’s switch to the 3-4 defense, but in order to win, you must protect your quarterback. Possible – Brian Bulaga, Dan Williams

  • #10 Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars

Team Needs: DB,WR,OL

Tris’ Pick: Joe Haden, CB Florida

Comment: The Florida boy should come in and excite the fans. He can also start his rookie season and make an immediate impact on defense. With the signing of Aaron Kampman at DE, the Jags can focus on beefing up their D-backs even more. Let’s not forget who they have to play twice a year.. Pass Defense is a must to be competitive in the AFC South.

Breck’s Pick: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE South Florida

disclaimer: Breck sent me this before Kampman was signed

Comment: The Jaguars need a lot of help. They rank near the bottom of the league in sacks the last few seasons so a pass rusher is of prime concern. Pierre-Paul is a freak athlete, but is incredibly raw and his production at South Florida was inconsistent. Even so, the Jags need someone who is fast of the line and can get to the quarterback. Possible – Derrick Morgan