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April 27, 2011

The Ultimate Sports Comedy- Mocking the 2011 NFL Draft

This year i’ve seen more discussion on the draft than ever before. Barry Kamen and I will be crazy enough to take the challenge to mock the entire draft for our teams. The problem with this year’s draft is no one knows what anyone will do. They may have ideas, but simply put, this year depends much on what decisions teams will make. If the QB trend occurs than that allows a lot of skill players and defenders to fall into the second and late 1st round. There is no doubt in my mind that there will be several first and second round surprises. There will be reaches and falls all across the board as the teams play the ultimate game of Roulette Las Vegas style.

With all of this being the case our coveted DMV teams will be right in the thick of things making moves to affect the future of their francises. We’ll start with the Redskins because they are right in the thick of what is likely to be biggest draft changing section of picks in draft history. With pick number 10 they can go in several directions as far as moving up or down in the draft. In addition to that, they have several glaring needs. Expect the Redskins to chase one player or pick the best talent left at their spot. Let’s look at their needs:

Redskins 2011 glaring needs: QB, OL, WR, OLB, DL

The redskins are likely to go offense here; Mike Shanahan’s love for the offensive side of the ball will definately see a priority to add quality talent early here. Don’t be surprised however if they take a need at DE or OLB if the WRs don’t fall. Later in the draft defensive talent as well as OL talent will be available in the mid rounds. Watch for the redskins to trade into the 3rd round. Let’s take a look at round 1 of this draft.

ROUND 1

My pick: Julio Jones, WR– I’m going to jump on the bandwagon here. I think this is a safe pick for the skins. They cannot go QB this early unless Gabbert or Newton is on the board. Someone is going to come up to Dallas’s spot and take a QB or anyone that might slide to the skins. Teams aren’t going to take a WR this early with the talent at this position this year and I think that leaves the second best WR in the draft to fall to the redskins.

 

ROUND 2

My pick: Phil Taylor, DT– The Redskins have one glaring need on defense. Only one that will make or break their future next season. That is DL, particularly NT. This guy is one of those that will fall a few spots because of the weird draft. He could start day one and make a solid presence in this 3-4 defense. The Skins pass on Mallet here because he’s gone. Teams are going to go crazy as soon as Gabbert is off the board. Miami or the 49ers may take a look at Mallet and that’s the only guy Shanahan will pick up this late in the draft. The skins will be satisfied with Phil Taylor at this spot.

TRADE ALERT!!!– Watch out for the skins to use their plethora of mid and late round picks to trade into the third round. A lot of steals will be available in this round and the redskins have enough picks to trade in here. Look for them to take a OLB or OL in this round. (The mock draft will not reflect a trade, however, it is very possible it will happen.

Round 5

My picks: Kris O’Dowd C– With Stephen Wisniewski off the board before the redskins pick in round 2 they are going to want to start taking some prospects at the interior of their offensive line. Look for them to take the most talented OC left on the board.

Ricky Elmore DE– The skins are going to look to add some young talent to their line for the future. Look for them to take a DE or OLB here. I imagine their going to take Ricky Elmore as the best talent in these areas left on the board that will fit in their system.

Round 6

My picks: Akeem Dent ILB- The skins find a solid presence at middle linebacker in years future with this pick in round 6.

Round 7

My picks: Evan Royster RB– The Redskins go back to offense here. Mike Shanahan finds those late round RB’s because of his scheme he is no miracle worker. They’ll pick this guy up and add them to their young RB group. If they can build their line he’ll make a decent first year impact being 3rd string.

Andrew Jackson G– The Redskins are going to address their line here in hope to find a late round steal for the future. This is one of the possibilities at this position.

Caleb Schlauderaff, G– This kid has a lot of brains and the skins are hoping that helps to add depth or maybe a steal in round 7.

 

The Baltimore Ravens look to take their offense to the next level in this year’s draft with one or two peices for added depth. Defensively they still rank amongst the top the league but the age is slowly showing itself. If they Ravens don’t address that now they could find themselves figuring out their offense while their defense begins to fall apart at the seams.

Ravens 2011 glaring needs: CB, OC, DE, SS

 

1st Round (26th Pick) Muhammad Wilkerson, DE/DT, Temple
This 6-4, 305 lb has the versatility that new D-Coordinator Chuck Pagano will love. With the ability to play inside and outside on the 3-4 line, Wilkerson will be a threat to rush the passer from any down position. Wilkerson surprised scouts by leaving Temple early, and the Ravens would love to add him to their rotation.

2nd round (57) Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
Smith initially flew up draft boards with his blend of size and great speed. However, Smith has lost some of his value to the new kickoff rules, where he looked to offer some serious value as a returner. Nonetheless, the Ravens would be thrilled to get him here, providing Joe Flacco a legitimate deep threat who will benefit from being around Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason.

3rd round (90) Davon House, CB, New Mexico State
The little-known House has good size (6-0 ½, 195) and speed (4.50) that the Ravens secondary could desperately use. While there will be some necessary transition time, House has the makings of a starting cornerback in the near future. His ability to play physical press and man coverage has gone over well with scouts, and the Ravens have been known to take small-school cornerbacks in the third round. Here’s to hoping that House turns out more like Lardarius Webb than David Pittman.

Round 4 (123) Zach Hurd, OL, Connecticut
At a shade under 6-7 and weighing 325 lbs, Hurd has a great frame that will make him a prime commodity for teams looking for offensive line depth. He is comfortable playing both guard and tackle, and could get a long look in the preseason to determine his top backup position. If he winds up in Baltimore, Hurd’s run-blocking skills will push Chris Chester for the top backup guard position.

Round 5 (164) Josh Bynes, MLB, Auburn
As an Alabama guy, Ozzie Newsome may have trouble giving Joe Hortiz the green light on this pick. But all you have to do is put on film of Bynes to know why he is of great value at this selection. Bynes was a tackling machine for the national champions, leading the team with 73 total tackles, along with 3 interceptions. With an obvious mentor in Ray Lewis, Bynes could be the team’s middle linebacker of the future.

Round 5 (165) Ricky Elmore, OLB/DE, Arizona
Elmore fits the mold of a ‘tweener’ that the Ravens have been able to rely on over the years. With his size (6-4, 260) and pass-rushing abilities (11 sacks his senior season), Elmore has the great value teams look for in the mid to late rounds. While we cannot expect him to become the next Adalius Thomas, the former Wildcat has all the tools to rack up sacks as a complement to Terrell Suggs.

Round 6 (180) John Clay, RB, Wisconsin
This may be too high of a selection for someone like Clay, who is seen by many as a one-dimensional runner with very little NFL value. However, at 258 lbs, the Ravens have a need for a big back who could be the thunder to Ray Rice’s lightning. If he shows a willingness to line up at fullback and play special teams, Clay could turn out to be a pleasant surprise.

Round 6 (191) DeAndre Brown, WR, Southern Miss
By this point, the Ravens look for a low-risk, high-reward player in the former Golden Eagle. At 6-6, there is hope that a big-bodied receiver is just what Joe Flacco needs in the red zone. Despite running a 4.6 40-yard dash at his Pro Day, Brown still has value as a situational receiver.

Round 7 (225) Josh Portis, QB, California (PA)
Local sports fans may recall Portis, a former Terp who was forced to leave the university after getting caught cheating on an exam. At the Division II level, Portis thrived, setting school records in passing yards(3,421) and touchdowns (36). After receiving an invite to the Combine this year, it seems that Portis has been back on the radar for some teams looking for a backup quarterback. With some mobility to his credit, Portis seems like a solid seventh round selection who could help bring back the Suggs Package.