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    KIRWAN'S MOCK DRAFT: GET READY FOR A GRIFFIN TRADE NEAR THE TOP

    "There are so many variables that go into the draft process that a mock draft
    before the combine and the start of free agency can be a stretch.


    Putting together a first round is a good exercise in identifying the early
    talent and the needs of the teams. </p>


    Here are three factors going in: </p>


    Quarterbacks always drive a draft. After looking at the top three
    quarterbacks in this draft and knowing only one team can acquire Packers free
    agent Matt Flynn there should be a decent amount of action at the top of this
    year's draft. </p>


    It may feel like this is an AFC North draft because those teams have six
    picks in the first round. </p>


    There's lots of talk of a guard (Stanford's David DeCastro) and a center
    (Wisconsin's Peter Konz) going high in the first round. There have been six
    centers taken in the first round since 2000 and they average going at No. 24.
    Since 2000 there have been two true guards taken in the first round and you have
    to go all the way back to 1997 to find a top 10 guard. </p>


    1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB
    Stanford
    -- This is a no brainer as the Colts transition from the Manning
    era to the Luck era without missing a beat. The Dolphins are still looking for
    the replacement for Dan Marino. Maybe it's Peyton Manning if he is healthy. </p>


    2. Washington Redskins (trade with St. Louis Rams): <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1620788">Robert Griffin
    III</a>, QB, Baylor
    -- The Redskins are in a division with Eli Manning,
    Michael Vick and Tony Romo, and unless they close the gap at quarterback they
    will never lead the division. Griffin is a dynamic player. He is not Cam Newton,
    because of his size, but he is a playmaker. Redskin GM Bruce Allen is a
    deal-maker and can get this move done. </p>


    3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT,
    USC
    -- Matt is a very athletic left tackle with a gigantic upside. He plugs
    in at left tackle and you forget about the position for ten years. He may
    struggle early with power rushers but you can always help him with a chip block
    or tight end.
    </p>4. Cleveland Browns: <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1695604/justin-blackmon">Justin
    Blackmon</a>, WR, Oklahoma State
    -- The Browns don't have playmakers on
    offense, making it is difficult to truly evaluate Colt McCoy. From top to bottom
    the people in Cleveland are pure west coast offense guys. So they may not be
    able to convince themselves Griffin fits what they want or shell out the
    compensation to move up and get him.


    5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Trent Richardson,
    RB, Alabama
    -- Trent is the best running back in the draft and a very
    popular figure in the South. Bucs fans will love this selection and the club can
    part ways with LeGarrette Blount, who had some previous issues off the field.
    </p>


    6. St. Louis Rams (trade with Washington Redskins): Morris Claiborne,
    CB, LSU
    -- New coach Jeff Fisher is defensive minded and the Rams secondary
    was bad last year -- in addition to being all beat up. Claiborne is the best
    corner in the country. The Rams can find receivers with the extra picks they'll
    get in the Washington deal. </p>


    7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Quinton Coples,
    DE, North Carolina
    -- There were times at Senior Bowl practices that Coples
    looked like Julius Peppers. When he wants to he can dominate an opponent. There
    really aren't many players -- if any -- in this draft who have his size and
    versatility. </p>


    8. Carolina Panthers: Devon Still, DT,
    Penn State
    -- The Panthers could easily move down or look at DT Michael
    Brockers or a wide receiver. Still is a solid player who would fit right into
    the defensive tackle rotation. </p>


    9. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill,
    QB, Texas A&amp;M
    -- New Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman coached
    him in college and knows him well. I just watched two of his game tapes and it
    is amazing how poised and lively his arm is for a guy who was a college wide
    receiver until halfway through 2010. There's still a chance the Dolphins could
    go after Peyton Manning if he is deemed healthy, and Tannehill could learn from
    the bench for a few years. It didn't hurt Aaron Rodgers to develop that way. Of
    course if the Dolphins get Matt Flynn in free agency this whole scenario goes
    away. </p>


    10. Buffalo Bills: Courtney Upshaw,
    DE/OLB, Alabama
    -- Upshaw is a very versatile player who can play the run as
    well as rush the passer. </p>


    11. Kansas City Chiefs: Reilly Reiff, OT,
    Iowa
    -- Chiefs GM Scott Pioli has great respect for players from Iowa,
    especially offensive linemen, because of coach Kirk Ferentz. He can line up on
    either side for the Chiefs. </p>


    12. Seattle Seahawks: Nick Perry,
    DE/OLB, USC
    -- The Seahawks may be moving around in the first round if
    quarterback is still an issue. If they settle it in free agency with the likes
    of Matt Flynn they can stay put and take a versatile pass rusher like Perry.
    Pete Carroll knows him well and his measurable at the combine will shoot him up
    draft boards, </p>


    13. Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Martin,
    OT, Stanford
    -- Martin is a plug in left tackle for the Cardinal offense.
    They need help on the offensive line and Martin may be graded higher than Reiff
    on some draft boards. </p>


    14. Dallas Cowboys: Melvin Ingram,
    OLB, South Carolina
    -- The Cowboys need secondary help and may consider Mark
    Barron or Dre Kirkpatrick. But it all starts up front, and Ingram opposite
    DeMarcus Ware would give the Cowboys the same one-two punch the Steelers have
    with Harrison and Woodley. </p>


    15. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Kuechly, MLB,
    Boston College
    -- It's a little high in the draft for a middle linebacker,
    but unless the Eagles secure a player like Stephen Tulloch in free agency, this
    kid is too good to pass up. </p>


    16. New York Jets: Mark Barron, S,
    Alabama
    -- Barron is recovering from an injury right now but he is the best
    safety in the country. After watching his game tapes against LSU he is just what
    Rex Ryan is looking for in a safety. He can blitz, play in the box and cover a
    half-field or deep middle.
    </p>


    </p><div class=" hasByline">17. Cincinnati Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick,
    CB, Alabama
    -- When the Bengals lost Jonathan Joseph in free agency and Leon
    Hall went down because of an injury, one of the best CB tandems in the league
    was lost. Every team in the NFL is looking for big corners to match up with the
    receivers coming into the NFL. He has some off-field issues but Mike Brown has
    taken that risk before.



    18. San Diego Chargers: Michael Brockers,
    DT/DE, LSU
    -- The talented redshirt sophomore and it may all still be ahead
    of him. In a few games I watched he was subbed out more than I would like to see
    but when he turned it on he was a major force. </p>


    19. Chicago Bears: Michael Floyd, WR,
    Notre Dame
    -- The Bears need receiver help and Floyd is a Day 1 starter for
    this team. I would look long and hard at Baylor's Kendall Wright in this spot
    but Floyd's size is the tiebreaker. </p>


    20. Tennessee Titans: <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1630321/zach-brown">Zach
    Brown</a>, OLB, North Carolina
    -- Zach is a run-and-hit Will linebacker who
    can go sideline to sideline. He has blitz skills and can cover a back out of the
    backfield. He had an impressive Senior Bowl week. </p>


    21. Cincinnati Bengals: David DeCastro, G,
    Stanford
    -- It is early to take a guard but if the Bengals want to protect
    Andy Dalton and run the ball better this is a wise choice. </p>


    22. Cleveland Browns: Mike Adams, OT,
    Ohio State
    -- I thought Adams struggled on the left side in pass-rush
    situations at the Senior Bowl. Put him on the right side and watch him road
    grade the run game. </p>


    23. Detroit Lions: Cordy Glenn, G/OT,
    Georgia
    -- He could play tackle or guard. I like him better at guard, much
    like Carl Nicks of the Saints. He is perfect for the Lions, who have a few
    offensive line issues and some age. Everyone is thinking back seven on defense
    for Detroit, but this is too good to pass up. </p>


    24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dontari Poe, NT,
    Memphis
    -- The Steelers would love to keep Ziggy Hood at the DE spot. With
    an aging Casey Hampton (plus a big contract) and the retirement of backup NT
    Chris Hoke, it is time they get the NT of the future. Poe is athletic and
    massive. </p>


    25. Denver Broncos: Fletcher Cox, DT,
    Mississippi State
    -- Cox can play in any scheme and has the size and
    athletic ability to be a force. The Broncos need help inside and Cox can be
    disruptive against the pass as well as plug the run game. </p>


    26. Houston Texans: Kendall Wright,
    WR, Baylor
    -- I will be shocked if Wright actually lasts this long. I have
    watched six games from this past season and he has everything DeSean Jackson has
    and maybe more. Opposite a guy like Andre Johnson, Wright could be big trouble
    for opposing teams. </p>


    27. New England Patriots: Whitney Mercilus,
    DE, Illinois
    -- The Patriots need pass rush help and this youngster had 16
    sacks last year. Mark Anderson and Andre Carter are both unsigned and Mercilus
    would provide pressure on opposing passers. </p>


    28. Green Bay Packers: Jerel Worthy, DT,
    Michigan State
    -- The Packers weren't the same after they lost Cullen
    Jenkins in free agency last year. Ryan Pickett is past his prime and a guy like
    Worthy has the agility and quickness to be featured in the Dom Capers defense.
    </p>


    29. Baltimore Ravens: Peter Konz, C,
    Wisconsin
    -- Konz is the best center in the draft and it is late enough in
    the first round to consider the replacement for Matt Birk. </p>


    30: San Francisco 49ers: Janoris Jenkins,
    CB, North Alabama
    -- Jenkins went to North Alabama after off-field issues at
    Florida. He will fall a bit in the first round and would be a value pick here.
    He had a solid week at the Senior Bowl but got caught on a double move in the
    game. At 5-foot-9 he may wind up being a slot corner. If he doesn't run well at
    the combine and convince GMs that his off the field issues are behind him he
    could slip out of the first round. </p>


    31. New England Patriots: <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1664646/mohamed-sanu">Mohammed
    Sanu</a>, WR, Rutgers
    -- The Patriots have tapped into the Rutgers program
    before and may do it again. Sanu is a big outside receiver who would complement
    big inside passing game that features two tight ends and Wes Welker. Sanu had
    115 receptions last year. </p>


    32. New York Giants: Dwayne Allen, TE,
    Clemson
    -- The Giants' passing attack is tough to stop but could really use
    a big tight end splitting the safeties. Allen (6-4, 255) had 142 receptions and
    20 touchdowns in his college career."</p></div>
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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    Re: KIRWAN'S MOCK DRAFT: GET READY FOR A GRIFFIN TRADE NEAR THE TOP

    When Pat Kirwan was with the Jets 1989-1997 did he draft anybody that was agame changer? THE RECORD FOR THE JETS DURING HIS STAY THEY REALLY SUCKED!!

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      Re: KIRWAN'S MOCK DRAFT: GET READY FOR A GRIFFIN TRADE NEAR THE TOP

      Highly doubtful the Redskins have anything interesting for the Rams to give up Blackmon at the 2nd pick with a rookie salary cap. The Rams find a great WR for QB Bradford, who cost them a whopping $22.179 million of cap money in the 2011 season. lol ouch!

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        Re: KIRWAN'S MOCK DRAFT: GET READY FOR A GRIFFIN TRADE NEAR THE TOP

        This is the 2nd mock I've seen that has the G-Men taking Allen.... interesting.
        my beer drinking team has a football problem

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          Re: KIRWAN'S MOCK DRAFT: GET READY FOR A GRIFFIN TRADE NEAR THE TOP

          D. Allen looks promising.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0wZlaJGW4M

          Can he block? Rarely see highlight clips of college TE's delivering good blocks...

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            Re: KIRWAN'S MOCK DRAFT: GET READY FOR A GRIFFIN TRADE NEAR THE TOP

            [quote user="NYGRealityCheck"]D. Allen looks promising.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0wZlaJGW4M

            Can he block? Rarely see highlight clips of college TE's delivering good blocks...[/quote]the guy is a player,but Jerry will pick the BPA.

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            • #7
              Re: KIRWAN'S MOCK DRAFT: GET READY FOR A GRIFFIN TRADE NEAR THE TOP

              [quote user="Voldamort"]When Pat Kirwan was with the Jets 1989-1997 did he draft anybody that was agame changer? THE RECORD FOR THE JETS DURING HIS STAY THEY REALLY SUCKED!![/quote]

              It's just an opinion
              “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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                Re: KIRWAN'S MOCK DRAFT: GET READY FOR A GRIFFIN TRADE NEAR THE TOP

                [quote user="Voldamort"][quote user="NYGRealityCheck"]D. Allen looks promising.

                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0wZlaJGW4M

                Can he block? Rarely see highlight clips of college TE's delivering good blocks...[/quote]the guy is a player,but Jerry will pick the BPA.[/quote]

                I agree with this because that's what he has been doing.

                I would not be surprised at a rookie-capped QB pick to back up Manning for the 3-5th round pick. Obviously, Luck and RG3 are going to be gone early, but they're not the only QBs in the draft.. Carr is definitely on the back-end of the re-sign priority list if he's even on it.

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