3 Round Mock Draft at Football Jabber

 Here is the Top Ten.  The Rest of it can be found HERE

Round One
#1 DolphinsChris Long, DE, Virginia

Long becomes the anchor end for the Tuna’s new 3-4 defense. Although many may argue that Dorsey was the more worthy 1.01 choice, Dorsey would not make a good 3-4 NT. Thus the choice is Long.

#2 RamsGlenn Dorsey, DT, LSU

The Rams happily snap up Dorsey facilitating last year’s 1st round pick Adam Carriker to play more end. The Rams defensive line will be feared if Dorsey is the choice and Leonard Little can stay healthy.

#3 FalconsDarren McFadden, RB, Arkansas

The Falcons take the best player available and gamble that they will be able to grab a decent signal-caller later in the draft. With an aging Warrick Dunn and unproven Jerious Norwood as the components of a lackluster RBBC, Atlanta needs more of a power back than rookie Jason Snelling can provide. McFadden gives them a solid thunder and lightning running attack.

#4 RaidersSedrick Ellis, DT, USC

The Raiders take Sedrick Ellis to shore up their poor run defense. Ellis have been skyrocketing up the top 100 charts lately and one needs look no farther than his performance at the Senior bowl to find out why. Ellis will make an impact on a heavily regressing Raider defense.

#5 Chiefs Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College

Word on the street is that Carl Peterson is feeling a bit of man-love for the BC pivot. Dwayne Bowe proved to be a pleasant surprise for the Chiefs last year and Peterson make look to grab a first round QB to get him the ball more often.

#6 JetsJake Long, OT, Michigan

The Jets grab Jake Long, the best offensive tackle prospect in the draft to bookend D’Brickashaw Ferguson. If Long pans out, the Jets may have one of the better offensive lines in the league for years to come.

#7 PatriotsVernon Gholston, DE/OLB, Ohio State

The Pats select Gholston to infuse some youth into their aging linebacker corps. Gholston will likely be moved to WOLB and I am betting that Adalius Thomas moves inside more often. Not that the Pats LB are ever stagnant anyways. This move is made in anticipation for the eventual retirement of Junior Seau and Tedi Bruschi.

#8 RavensRyan Clady, OT, Boise State

Rumor has it that Johnathan Ogden will call it a career after this year. If that is the case, expect the Ravens to select Ryan Clady here. Clady has all of the makings of a franchise tackle and will be able to step in and take over for the former pro bowler, Ogden.

#9 Bengals – Keith Rivers, OLB, USC

The Bengals hand is forced to select a linebacker as injuries, suspensions and poor play had them signing guys off of the street last year. With lone bright spot Landon Johnson likely to leave via free agency and Odell Thurman expected to return to the team, the Bengals go with Keith Rivers as a more natural OLB fit to Lewis’ defensive scheme.

#10 SaintsKenny Phillips, FS, Miami

The Saints are forced to upgrade a terrible secondary that was repeated torched throughout the season. It’s too early to cut bait with Jason David despite his poor play at CB last year so the Saints select Kenny Phillips to replace Josh Bullocks. Phillips’ good coverage skills will allow Roman Harper to play more in the box.


Remember Magazines?

Remember holding magazines in your hands to read up on sports? I’m sure there are still many people that do, I’m just not really one of them. In the days of these here inhernets I find myself (and my shortened attention span) browsing RSS readers and sports sites online.

My wife got me a subscription to Sports Illustrated with the “points” she collected drinking cases of Diet Coke. I have not been a fan of the magazine since I read one that had 40 plus pages devoted to Golf. It was the best option for me on the list available though. Thumbing through the latest issue it made me think about what I have been missing.

SI has always been a leader in sports photography. Of course there is that swimsuit issue thingy. A few pages in I came across this awesome, two page photo of the Bills and Browns game played last weekend in the downpour of snow flakes. Jamal Lewis struggling for another yard surrounded by three Bills defenders. A fallen Brown and Bill face down in the snow. Photos online just don’t grab me like that. Two pages further in there was an even more powerful photo. One that reminded me just how powerful sports photography can be.

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NFL Jabber 10/18/07

https://i1.wp.com/www.tino-offseason.com/forum/myth/finsgif.gif The whole Chris Chambers trade.  First thing that comes to mind is the what I hate most about baseball.  Not getting off to a fast start so a team throws in the towel for prospects.  Not that I think the Dolphins have any kind of a chance this season.   I just don’t like the “We’ll get’em next year” attitude.  There are sixteen games in a regular season, I like to think they are all as competitive as possible.  I know it’s business but I don’t like it.  I’m sure many of the players are pissed off as well.  They can say how they will miss Chambers as a person and teammate but you won’t hear much about how it pisses them off that their team is pretty much throwing in the towel…yet.  The media is already digging at Jason Taylor and Joey Porter.  Wait until they lose a couple close games the D played well but the passing game sputtered even more.

Porter was asked if he would have come to the Dolphins as a free agent if he knew this was the direction they would be taking. He refused to go into ”would’ve, could’ve, all that kind of stuff,” but did say:

“There’s a whole lot of things I could’ve done if I knew we were going to be 0-6. That wasn’t my plan. I thought I was coming to a situation that was already a good situation and trying to win. My focus on that still hasn’t changed. We’re off to a bad start. We’re not in the position I thought we would be in. Nobody thought we would be in this position. But, this is the hand we’re dealt. How are you going to play it?”

Taylor said of the rather clear message that the short-term now gets trumped by long-term, “That’s not good news. That’s not something I like. But we also know what we are right now. We’re 0-6. We’re not a real good team right now. So I don’t like it. But you can use whatever word you want to call it. Retooling. Reloading. Whatever you want to call it. But it is what it is. We’re rebuilding.”

The image “https://i1.wp.com/www.tino-offseason.com/forum/myth/hawksgif.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. The Big Show is pissed in Seattle.  I have to admit that I was annoyed by the delay with the fallen camera in the Saints-Seahawks game.  I’m sure I enjoy some of the shots the overhead provides without even thinking about it but I’m also sure that I enjoyed watching football before they used them and don’t need a delay for a malfunction in my busy starring at a box schedule.

Apparently the camera almost hit a couple of players.  On top of that, the TV cameras picked up a little more off Holmgren’s play card than he would have liked…like zooming in to where we could all read it at home.

“I don’t even know how they do that,” Holmgren said this week, sounding incredulous. “Was that the camera that almost hit Matt and killed him?

“There are not a lot of secrets. But those things they should probably tell you they’re going to try do that, or ask you. … I would rather they wouldn’t do that.”

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