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21. CINCINNATI BENGALS – David DeCastro – Stanford Cardinal
Needing to solidify the interior of their offensive line the Bengals select 6’5″ 310lb 2010 1st Team All-PAC 10 OG, 2011 1st Team consensus All-American OG, David DeCastro was Rivals No.11 ranked O-Lineman recruit and No. 6 recruit in the state of Washington. 2007 1st Team High School All-American, King County WA Lineman of the Year from Bellevue HS. Bellevue,WA
22. CLEVELAND BROWNS – Kendall Wright – WR – Baylor Bears
With the Browns second pick, they select a wide receiver to play opposite of Greg Little. Speedy, deep threat, and familiar partner to the Browns number 4 pick RGIII. 5’10” 190lb Kendall Wright, who is expected to turn in a sub 4.4 /40 yard dash. Kendall lead the Bears all four of his years in receptions. He set the school record in 2010 with 78 rec, then shattered his own record with 108 rec in 2011. A 2nd Team All-Big 12 selection his Jr. year. He received 1st Team All-Big 12 WR honors along with Justin Blackmon and Ryan Broyles of Oklahoma. Both Wright and Broyles are 2011 2nd Team All-American Wide Receivers.
23. DETROIT LIONS – Mike Adams – OT – Ohio State Buckeyes
The Lions have 3 key free agents, LT Jeff Backus, DE Cliff Avril, and CB Eric Wright. The Lions will draft the position they can’t or wont sign. In this scenario I selected Backus to not be resigned. That makes their draft selection 6’8″ 320lb OT Mike Adams. Adams was 1st Team All-Big 10 OT as a Jr. and selected 2nd Team All-Big 10 OT as a Sr. Mike started 25 games in his 4 year collegiate career, he never missed a start his final 2 years. A 5 star high school recruit from Dublin Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio. Rated by Rivals as the No. 1 offensive tackle recruit in the Nation.
24. PITTSBURGH STEELERS – Stephon Gilmore – CB – South Carolina Gamecocks
Their NFC North rivals each added 6 foot plus WRs weighing over 200lbs and all running sub 4.4/40’s. Was it coincidence or did each team see a chink in the Pittsburgh armor? I’m guessing chink. A.J. Green is 6’4″ 211lbs, Torry Smith is 6’1″ 204lbs, Greg Little is 6’2″ 231 lbs, and for good measure Cleveland also drafted in 2010 6’4″ 212 lb WR Carlton Mitchell. Pittsburgh’s starting CB’s William Gay 5’10” 183 lbs, and Ike Taylor 6’1″ 191 lbs. will become the prey to these beast WR. Stephon Gilmore is 6’1″ 193 lbs and runs a sub 4.5. Gilmore is a hard-working filmroom guy who will have his teammates and himself ready for the opponent. Started all 40 games in his career, never injured. In his Soph year he was voted 1st Team All-SEC and lead the team in tackles with 79 he also had 3 INTs. Jr. year didn’t come with the accolades but had 4 INT and 7 PBU As a quarterback in high school where he won the Sout Carolina AAAA state Div II Title. He was also a Parade All-American, SC 1st Team All-State, and voted South Carolina’s “Mr.Football” Rivals rated Gilmore as South Carolinas No. 2 recruit. Stephon has started CB at S. Carolina since his freshman year. Not the end all pick for the Steelers, but it’s a good start.
25. DENVER BRONCOS – Devon Still – DT – Penn State Nittany Lions
Von Miller was the 2011 Defensive Rookie of the Year, he also made, as a Defensive player for Denver, the Pro Bowl along with Elvis Dumervil, Brian Dawkins, and Champ Bailey. The Broncos also went 8-8, won the AFC West Division, as well as, bet Pittsburgh in the playoffs. The Denver defense was ranked 20th in the league, and was 31st in passing offense. They won with a phenomenon that has become a verb. They Tebowed their way to wins. Brodrick Bunkley likely won’t be resigned. The 2nd, 1st pick of the John Elway, John Fox era will be spent on a defensive lineman. 6’5″ 303 lb 1st Team consensus All-American, 1st Team All- Big 10, Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year, and last Big 10 Defensive Lineman of the Year. Devon Still.Foxy is going to play this team like , the branch from the tree he’s off of. A 1986 Bill Parcells coached NY Giants team. Great Defense and a lot of running the clock out 3.5 yards at a time. Still was injured often early in Happy Valley, Tore his MCL and ACL in his 1st week into his Freshman year, then broke his ankle the next pre season camp, was almost stabbed by dismissed team-mate Chris Bell. Still finished his Senior season with, 55 tkl 17 tfl 4.5 sacks,in controversy and tragedy with Sandusky, along with the firing and ultimately death of Joe Paterno.
26. HOUSTON TEXANS – Vinny Curry – OLB – Marshall Thundering Herd
If the Texans are unable to re-sign Mario Williams. The landscape of the Texans draft will change. When asked what positions and players the Texans were looking at Kubiak explained” We have to bring in players that JJ Watt, DeMecco Rayns, and Brian Cushing will respect and want to play with.” In a scope that narrow, very few qualify. High motor , relentless, with second and third effort pushes. Ability to case a ball carrier, on the opposite side from the point of impact six to eight yards down the field to make the tackle. He had an outstanding Senior Bowl with a sack, FF and a pressure causing an INT. Out performing everyone on the South Defensive squad. Vinny Curry 6’3″ 266 lb 2nd Team All-American, 1st Team All- C-USA, and C-USA Defensive Player of the Year. He was unanimous vote as team Captain by players and coaches. Barwin, Reed, Cushing, Ryans, Watt, and Mario were all 1st Team All-Conference in college. In his two years at Marshall Curry had 171 tkl, 40 tfl, and 23 sacks. None of the Pass Rushers ahead of Vinny on the draft boards had better stats, I know what your thinking….ya he beat that guy! Found this story while I was do research on Vinny http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/messages/chrono/33616762/0/0/33616762#ID33616762
27. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – Alshon Jeffery – WR – South Carolina Gamecocks
Needing to get a vertical threat, and a receiver with some size. Bilichick will stay in his favorite conference and select wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. A 2010 Biletnikoff Award Finalist, and 1st team All-American in a season Jeffery broke both South Carolina single season receiving records, and SEC single season receiving records. 88 Rec, 1517 yds, 9 TD. His Jr year 49 rec, 762 yds, 8 TD. Some say Jeffery got lazy and sloppy, and others say defenses were designed to stop him, and still others say the dismissal of Stephon Garcia slowed his production. probably a little of all 3. Jeffery isn’t the best route runner, doesn’t have the sharpest cuts, which doesn’t matter either cause he can’t explode out of it anyway. Not blessed with élite speed. What does he have? Strength and power, press him, he’ll break your arms off, lean on him and he’ll drop you mid-air. Like a power forward jumping for a rebound. Positioning, leverage, timing, and desire. Alshon makes little openings, Giant caverns. He did this while in the SEC, against. Patrick Peterson, Karem Jackson, Marcus Gilcrest, Janoris Jennings, Mo Claiborne, Tyrone Matthew, Dre Kirkpatrick, Brandon Boykin…….Alshon Jeffery was ejected along with Alfonzo Dennard for fighting in the Capital One Bowl. SC won 30-13 Alshon was named the games MVP. Jeffery was an Under Armor All-American in High School. Rivals No. 13 WR in the Nation, 99th on their top 100, and No. 4 prospect in the state of South Carolina.
28. GREEN BAY PACKERS – Fletcher Cox – DT – Mississippi State Bulldogs
2010 the Packers had the 5th rated Defense in the NFL, 47 sacks on the season, 13.5 by OLB Clay Matthews Jr. 2011 the Packers had the 32nd ranked Defense in the NFL, 29 sacks and only 6 by Clay Matthews Jr. They only lost two games all season. It was the last one that hurt.With an Offense like Green Bay has, they can general over come any deficiencies on Defense. The Packers need a replacement for DT Cullen Jenkins. 6’4″ 298 lb Fletcher Cox happens to fit that bill. A 2nd Team All-SEC DT. Cox had a productive 2011 49 tkl, 12.5 tfl, and 4 sacks. Fletcher would finish his career at Miss St. with 107 tkl, 22.5 tfl, and 7.5 sacks. Rivals listed Cox No. 5 DE in the Nation his Senior year of High School, No. 2 prospect for the Mississippi. 1st Team All-State DE in Miss. Voted to Miss “Dandy Dozen” for the top 12 High School players in the state.
29. BALTIMORE RAVENS – Vontaze Burfict – MLB – Arizona State Sun Devils
This may likely be Ray Lewi’s final season. With the hopes for Raven’s fans Ozzie Newsome get’s a deal done with Ray Rice or their draft will look very different. Having an intense pupil will fire Ray up. Vontaze Burfict has never been questioned about his talent. He has been almost written of for his lack of discipline, self-control, and all out disregard for the rules in which the game is regulated. Ray Lewis, who has met Vontaze and spoken to him about his behavior, will know how to get that rage sharpened into focus. The anger will find rest in film study, and weight training, while the insanity will be released on the field between the whistles that Ray shows him to listen for. Burfict has respect Ray Lewis he is his idol. Vontaze Burfict is ,6’3″ 250 lbs, was the highest rated High School recruit to ever play at Arizona State. He finished his career at ASU with 228 tkl, 22.5 tfl, 7 sacks, 11 pbu, and an INT. From Corona, CA Burfict played at Centennial High School ,the No. 2 team in the Nation, his Senior year. Rivals ranked him the No. 9 prospect in the nation regardless of position. No. 2 in the state of CA, ’09 US Army All- American. Vontaze was the Golden State Def Player of the Year, and All Golden State, he was also Southern Cal Def Player of the Year , and All Southern California.
30. SAN FRANSISCO 49ERS – Mohammed Sanu – WR – Rutgers Scarlet Knight
With the unlikelihood of Ted Ginn Jr. being resigned, Josh Morgan is also a free agent, but Alex Smith will be the priority. That will leave over hyped and under achieving Michael Crabtree to carry the load for 2011’s 29th ranked passing offense. Mohammed Sanu is 6’2″ 215lbs. He started 37 of 38 games in his career and is Rutgers and the Big East ‘s all time leader in receptions with 210. His 2011 season 115 receptions is a Rutgers and Big East single season record . Sanu had 1206 yds and 7 TDs. His Soph year 44 rec, 418 yds, 2TD. Sanu is a strong, big wide out that runs good routes and has exceptional hands. Mohammed can play both split end, and in the slot,fearless and is a very good blocker. Greg Schiano called him, all everything, a selfless player. Was 1st Team All- Big East. Played at South Brunswick High School as a QB, couldn’t play his Senior year do to age ineligability. Named All Middlesex County, and lead South Brunswick to its first playoff in 30 years.
31. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – Andre Branch – DE – Clemson Tigers
The Patriots had the 31st ranked defense in the league, New england had 40 sacks on the season, 20 of them leave if they don’t resign free agent D-Ends Mark Anderson or Andre Carter. With WR Wes Welker, WR Deion Branch, C Dan Kopen, and RB BJG-E (the lawfirm) all needing to be resigned I’m gonna guess Mark Anderson and his 10 sacks will be traveling. 6’ 4″ 259 lb Andre Branch had 10.5 sacks his Sr.year to go along with 85 tkl, and 17 tfl. Branch won 1st Team All-ACC -DE , 3rd Team All-American-DE for his efforts. He finished his career at Clemson with 186 tkl, 33 tfl, and 18.5 sacks. Andre Branch was a TE and OLB in High School, as well as, a Power Forward for his Varina High School in Richmond, Virginia. Branch is a speed rusher, similar to Dwight Freeny or Jared Allen. Unlike both of them he has limited pass rushing techniques, trouble splitting a double team, holding the point of attack, and setting the edge. He can come down the line and meet a running back and collapse the hole. He can destroy big mauler type O-Tackles. Andre Branch, lined up opposite from Da’Quan Bowers in 2010, playing second fiddle. He was supposed to be in the shadow of Brandon Thompson this year. In each season Branch emerged. His potential is tremendous, with coaching and developement of additional techniques, he should be able to develop into a true speed pass rusher.
32. NEW YORK GIANTS – Dontari Poe – DT – Memphis Tigers
The M.O. of the NY Giants has been, best available regardless of position. With a extremely pedestrian running game maybe RB David Wilson, or RB Lamar Miller might seem appealing. TE D’Wayne Allen, or TE Coby Fleener. SS Mark Brown, OLB Zach Brown, C David Kuntz, WR Juron Criner, CB Chase Minnifield.. Dontari Poe may be the biggest feast or famine player in the late part of the 1st round. Raw, has never needed to develop additional techniques. What he’s got works for him. 6’4″ 346 lbs. 101 tkl, 21.5 tfl ,and 6 sacks in his career at Memphis. 2nd Team All C-USA , DT.