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NFL Mock Draft: Round 1

Updated: 4/17/12

Terenna’s Mock:

No. 1: Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, Stanford, QB

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Andrew Luck seems to be the safest QB pick. He has the potential lead the team for the next 10 years.

No. 2: Washington Redskins – Robert Griffin III, Baylor, QB

Griffin has superb athleticism as well as a rocket arm. He can be an immediate high performer for the Redskins. Expect him to rack up plenty of rushing yards.

No. 3: Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil, USC, OT

Matt Kalil is the bets left tackle in the draft. The Vikings fill a need with a safe pick.

No. 4: Cleveland Browns – Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State, WR

I believe that Colt McCoy can get it done if he has an elite receiver to throw two. Justin Balckmon is his man. Another possibility would be draft Ryan Tannehill and draft a later WR. While there are good WRs you can get in the later rounds, Tannehill isn’t a pro ready prospect. McCoy has NFL experience and some success.

No. 5: Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Morris Claiborne, LSU, CB

Claiborne is the best CB in the draft and fills their most pressing need. Some people have the Bucs taking Trent Richardson, but I think it’s a mistake. Sure, Trent could be very good, but they already have LeGarrette Blount who is good in his own right. They can draft a speedy complement to LeGarrette later in the draft.

No. 6: St. Louis Rams – Riley Reiff, Iowa, OT

A WR is possible here or DT, but the Rams need help on their O-line the most. If they went DT I would go with Fletcher Cox. He’s going to be a steal.

No. 7: Jacksonville Jaguars – Luke Kuechly, Boston College, ILB

Kuechly was not only super productive in college, he tested well at the combine. I wasn’t always impressed with him on tape, in the run game, but he covers very well. This could be high for Kuechly, but I think he’s a safer bet than the other WRs and DEs available at this point.

No. 8: Miami Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M, QB

The Dolphins take a chance on a QB with potential. He doesn’t appear to be a pro ready prospect, but could develop nicely.

No. 9: Carolina Panthers – Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State, DT

DT isn’t the Panther’s biggest need but, Cox is a natural penetrator in the pass game . He is the most pro-ready DT prospect. He looks great on tape, has good production and good athleticism.

No. 10: Buffalo Bills – Courtney Upshaw, Alabama, OLB

Upshaw fits in nicely as a rush linebacker into the Bills 3-4 defensive system.

No. 11: Kansas City Chiefs – Trent Richardson, Alabama, RB

Richardson, is a steal at 11. The Chiefs need a running back due to injury. It’s a no brainer. They could also consider Dontari Poe, DT, but he scares me a bit. He has great size and good athleticism, but he doesn’t have much in the way of production. I would take the safer pick.

No. 12: Seattle Seahawks – Quinton Coples, North Carolina, DE

Coples will give the Seahawks a powerful one two punch from their DEs. My only concern with Coples is his average athleticism.

No. 13: Arizona Cardinals – David DeCastro, Stanford, G

DeCastro is the best guard and will greatly improve the Cardinals O-line.

No. 14: Dallas Cowboys – Mark Barron, Alabama, SS

Mark Barron is a productive, strong, SS with a good awareness. The Cowboys get the best player remaining on the board and a powerful defender.

No. 15: Philadelphia Eagles – Shea McClellin, Boise State, DE

McCellin has the size, speed, awareness and motor to be a dominant run stuffer and tough to block pass rusher. I would put him at ILB and move Demeco Ryans to the outside. I would have liked Cox, DT here, but it’s unlikely he will fall to 15.

No. 16: New York Jets – Whitney Mercilus, Illinois, DE

The Jets need linebacker and pass rush help, Mercilus gives them both. He was a one year wonder, but was very productive during that year. He has the size and athleticism to make an impact. I’ve seen some people put Dont’a Hightower here, but I’m not very impressed with him. He has a higher bust potential than Mercilus, with a lower upside.

No. 17: Cincinnati Bengals – Mike Adams, Ohio State, OT

Mike Adams gives them they help they desperately need on their O-line.

No. 18: San Diego Chargers – Cordy Glenn, Georgia, OT

Glenn (345lbs) is a powerful tackle that the Chargers could move to guard.

No. 19: Chicago Bears – Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina, CB

The bears desperately need help at CB. Gilmore gives them that help. While he’s not super productive, he is super athletic. He has high potential.

No. 20: Tennessee Titans – Peter Konz, Wisconsin, C

Would be a huge help for their run game. While they have other needs, Konz is going to make the biggest difference.

No. 21: Cincinnati Bengals – Melvin Ingram, South Carolina, DE

Ingram has high potential. He’s super athletic and still improving. He’ll play LB for the Bengals.

No. 22: Cleveland Browns – Josh Robinson, Central Florida, CB

While not from a big school Robinson is the real deal. He’ll become a probowl player next to Haden. Others have Dre Kirkpatrick above Robinson, but I disagree.

No. 23: Detroit Lions – Jonathan Martin, Stanford, OT

Give the Lions help at tackle for the oft injured Stafford.

No. 24: Pittsburgh Steelers – Dontari Poe, Memphis, DT

Gives the Steelers a young NT with a high potential. He could also be a bust without proper coaching or motivation.

No. 25: Denver Broncos – Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin, G

Gives the Broncos help on their weak O-line.

No. 26: Houston Texans -Michael Floyd, Notre Dame, WR

The Texans get a huge steal at a position of great need. He’ll play alongside Johnson when Johnson’s not injured and for him when he is.

No. 27: New England Patriots – Jerel Worthy, Michigan St., DT

While I”m not super high on him, he does fill a need if he pans out. I’m scared away by his average production.

No. 28: Green Bay Packers – Nick Perry, Southern Cal, OLB

The Packers need to increase their sack total from last year. Perry gives the Packers a good complement to Clay Matthews.

No. 29: Baltimore Ravens – Mychal Kendricks, Cal, ILB

Kendricks has the athleticism to eventually take over for Ray Lewis, who will help him reach his potential.

No. 30: San Francisco 49ers – Kendall Wright, Baylor, WR

Gives the 9ers a super productive receiver to train behind Moss.

No. 31: New England Patriots – Harrison Smith, Notre Dame, FS

Smith has good production and athleticism to be an early contributer.

No. 32: New York Giants – Coby Fleener, Stanford, TE

Gives the Giants a great receiving TE to work with on offense.

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Eagles vs. Lions Game Analysis

Game Notes

Another Eagles victory!  The Eagles beat the Jaguars 28-3 and move to 2-1 to lead the division.  There were many positives in the game but also several negatives.

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Positives

The Big play – The Offense put up points and looked very good at times.  The play calling was not very balanced at 31 passes to 21 rushes and we relied heavily on the big play, much like our offenses of old.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the big play, but we will also need to drive the ball down the field at times.  There were several games over the last few years where teams shut down our big play and then we couldn’t drive the ball to score.

The Defense was great overall.  We held the Jaguars to 3 points and 184 yards with a 2.7 yard per play average.  They also managed 6 sacks and an interception.  We pressured the quarterback, shut down the big play and shut down their run game.  Does Stewart Bradley’s return make that much of a difference?  I’m not sure if it was him, if the Jaguars offense is just terrible or if the Eagles D just stepped it up big time.  The Jaguars put up 24 and 13 points in the first two games, so I tend to think that the Eagles defense stepped it up.

Trent Cole – How many times do I have to talk about this guy?  He is just awesome.  He managed 8 tackles and 2 sacks.  He also tipped a ball.  He makes plays in every game.   I don’t know where we would be without him.

I wanted to mention how Juqua Parker has been playing great every week.  He doesn’t get a lot of playing time but he has 4 sacks in three games.  Keep up the good work Juqua.

Trever Laws has stepped it up big times this year.  He finished the game with 6 tackles, a sack and two passes defended.  He looks quicker and more powerful than he did in his first two years.  I’m very happy with him so far.

Michael Vick was impressive again.  He finished the game 17/31 for 291 yards and 3 TDs.  He also rushed 4 times for 30 yards and a TD.  Vick threw amazing deep balls even when under pressure.  I’ve been extremely impressed with his deep ball accuracy.  Some of his other passes were less accurate though and his completion percentage was down to 54.8 this week, which was much lower than his first two games.  To be fair to him, a few of those passes were dropped though and our offensive line is terrible.

Negatives

Mike Bell – He just always looks terrible.  He only had a 2.8 yard average on his 5 carries and couldn’t’ convert one yard in two plays.  He might have been ripped off by the call the second time, but I’m still not impressed with Bell.  I have no idea why they use him so much.

It’s kind of ridiculous to put a guy in the negative column who had 5 catches for 153 yards and a TD, but I’m going to do it anyway.  DeSean Jackson had great stats and for that he is a major positive.  At the same time he didn’t get both feet in bounds on one play and just looked like he was lazy.  On another play he dropped a ball that he should have caught because he was going to take a hit.  He also didn’t recognize where the first down marker was on a play and didn’t make the first down because he was trying for more.

Offensive line – Our offensive line is horrible.  They can simply not pass block.  The pocket seems to collapse on ever play giving Vick nothing to step up into.   He was  hit 10 times and sacked 3 times.  The only play that Vick had time to pass on was when we kept in two running backs to block.  We need to address the O-line.  They area also not great run blockers, but LeSean has had success on draw plays to minimize their weakness.

Ellis Hobbs got beat deep again this game and had to take a pass interference penalty.  I’m not complete sure about Hobbs yet.  Sometimes he looks pretty good and then other times he looks terrible.  He did nearly intercept a ball though.

Tips

The Eagles need to run LeSean McCoy more and get the ball to him on short passes.  He is much better than Mike Bell.  LeSean only had 11 runs.  He should be running about 20 times again.

Bench Mike Bell.

Draft offensive lineman in rounds one and two next year.  The Eagles have been trying to piece meal their O-line for a while now.  Just suck it up and draft some O-lineman like I’ve been saying for the last few years.  We need first round talent on our line.

Eagles vs. Lions Game Analysis

Game Notes

The Eagles won the game, but it was by no means an easy win.  During the first half the Lions run game lead by Jahvid Best, could not be stopped.  During the Lions’ second drive they ran six straight times for a touchdown.  The Eagles defense simply looked lost against the run until the second half when Omar Gaither stepped it up in a big way.  By the third quarter the Eagles had a comfortable lead or so I thought.  The Lions came back in a big way scoring 15 points and nearly tying up the game.  It was a nail bitter, but a win is a win.  There were also several positives to build off of.

LeSean steps it up!

LeSean McCoy looked great running the ball.  His cuts were crisp and he showed very good balance.  He ran mostly out of the shotgun formation on draws which I think helped him, but he really looks much better in his second year.  He finished the game with 16 rushes for 120 yards and 3 touchdowns.  McCoy should get the ball more and only should sit out of a play if he is tired.  Our other running backs are not very good, especially Mike Bell.  He also hauled in 4 passes for 8 yards.  He would have done better on the catches, but Vick didn’t place the ball in good position for LeSean to make the plays.  Vick was however much better on his deep routes.

The Offense looked good in general putting up 35 points with a balanced attack.  Michael Vick was the key to the offenses success.  He finished the game 21/34 for 284 yards and two touchdowns.  He also ran for 37 yards.  It was Vick’s play that opened up the run game for LeSean McCoy.  Vick made play after play.  I was particularly impressed when he flipped the ball on a deep pass while being hit to DeSean Jackson.  The ball was in perfect position and DeSean appeared to make the catch, but the referees didn’t give it to him.  In fact Vick made several accurate throws while being hit.  I wasn’t impressed by everyone of Vick’s throws though.  He wasn’t accurate on his short throws and by all rights should have had at least two interceptions.  The Lions didn’t make the plays though.

The Defense wasn’t nearly as impressive as the offense but did make a few plays.  Our linebackers simply couldn’t cover the TE just like last year or the running back Jahvid Best.  Best finished the game with 9 catches for 154 yards and a TD and Pettigrew had 7 catches for 108 yards.  They allowed the Lions to put up 32 points and 444 yards.  They also almost allowed a large comeback.  I was impressed with two short yardage stops fairly late in the game on a 3rd and 1 play and a 4th and 1 play.

I also was disappointed in the amount of penalties that the Eagles got which was 9 for 75 yards.  They need to clean up their play if they want to win more games.

The special teams kick and put return coverage was improved, which was a big relief since they were terrible in preseason and in week one.  Our return game wasn’t very impressive and I would consider putting in Jorrick Calvin the rookie CB to give it a spark.  Sav Rocca punted well and placed two punts within the 20 yard line.   I didn’t like when the Eagles couldn’t keep the ball out of the end zone on a punt.  One player tried to stop the ball but failed when he held it while walking into the end zone.

Dissapointments

Mike Bell – Looked terrible.  He was a lead blocker on a few plays and simply couldn’t block anyone.  He also ran 4 times for 0 yards and had a hand in injuring Jason Peters.  It’s not like the injury was really his fault, but it doesn’t make me like him any more.  I heard some rumors that the Eagles would be signing Joique Bell (I was impressed with Joique while looking at running backs to draft, click the link to see more).  It’s possible that Mike Bell will be cut to make room for Joique and I welcome the move.

Stand out players

Michael Vick – He had another very good game and sparked off a greater QB controversy.  I would like to see him work on his accuracy on his short passes, but was otherwise very impressed.

Trent Cole – He made two huge plays on 3rd downs.  On one he swatted down the ball and the other he pressured the QB to prevent the completion.  Trent Cole is a great player week in and week out.

DeSean Jackson – He finished the game with 4 catches for 135 yards and a TD.  DeSean made play after play.  He seems like he is always open and caught several deep balls.  He also nearly caught another huge catch, but it was called back by the officials.

QB situation for the next game

I understand why the Eagles want to start Kolb, but I wish that we could start Vick.  Reid wants Kolb to play because of his big long-term contract.  Vick’s contract is up after this year.  If we are going to start Vick, we would need to trade Kolb and after week one, who would want him.  Reid needs to see if Kolb can play before the end of the year.  If he can’t, we could resign Vick and trade/cut Kolb.  I personally think that our offense is going to take a step back with Kolb under center, but we don’t have too much of a choice.

Game Notes

What a terrible game and a terrible day.  Not only did the Eagles look horrible  until Vick took over and we lost several players to injury.  Here’s why I think the Eagles lost and some other thoughts about the game.

The Eagles simply looked out of sink when they took the field.  Kolb threw erratically until he went down with a concussion and finished the game 5/10 and 24 yards.  Kolb held the ball too long and then stared down his receivers when he threw it.  I also saw him force the ball several times.  He really needs to step it up.  I also think that if we are going to start Kolb, it’s important to let him get into a rhythm instead of putting Vick in every other play.   So either let Vick start or let Kolb play more snaps.  The solution to the Eagles erratic play, at least in part, would have been to let the starters play in the fourth preseason game.  If you know your starters looks bad in preseason game three, it’s not worth resting them in game four.

Also, along with being unprepared, the Eagles looked like they were not conditioned well, which could also come down to them not playing the starters in the fourth preseason game.  The Eagles had a lot of injuries and I wonder if in part it was because of their conditioning.  Kolb and Bradley are out with concussions and Weaver and Jamaal Jackson are out for the year.  Both losses are huge blows to our offense.  Jackson is much better than Mike McGlynn, who gets pushed around on every pass play.  Weaver was not only a great fullback, he was our only fullback.

Kolb’s other problem was that he didn’t get the ball to our play makers.  DeSean Jackson and Celek only finished the game with 6 catches combined and most were passes from Vick.  As I said in the keys to the game, it’s important to get your play makers the ball.  Another problem was that LeSean McCoy had only seven runs in the game and most were when Vick took over.  He did run well though and catch the ball well.

Vick looked much better running the offense than Kolb did.  Not only did he complete 16 of 24 passes he threw for 175 yards and a TD, he ran for 103 yards on only 11 carries.  Vick’s accuracy was certainly questionable at times, but he was a much better option than Kolb.

The Ealges’ were also very bad on special teams.  Just like all preseason we simply could not cover kick and put returns well.  On the other hand Akers kicked well making both of his field goals.  He is someone that we’ve been able to count on for a long time.

The best part about the Eagles was their defense.  They played very well and managed three sacks and two interceptions.  They also held the high powered Packer’s offense to 27 points.  The only reason that we were in the game at all was because of our defense.

Stand out players

Michael Vick – He was the star of the game.  He passed well and ran very well.  He gave a spark to our offense and nearly lead us to a comeback victory.

Trent Cole – ended the game with 6 tackles and a sack.  He was on fire.

Nate Allen – The rookie played exceptionally well making 5 tackles and picking the ball off once.  The interception was an easy one, but he still made the play.

Dissapointments

Kevin Kolb – Looked terrible.  There’s nothing else to say.

Eldra Buckley – He caught and fumbled the ball for a turnover and tackled the Packers return man who called for a fair catch, resulting in a large penalty.  He did nothing to contribute to the game.

Akeem Jordan – Missed a huge tackle which resulted in a first down and points, when the Eagles were trying to stage a comeback.

Ellis Hobbs – Didn’t look great all game and covered Greg Jennings extremely poorly on one play in particular to give up a touch down.

Key one:

The Eagles offensive line must give Kolb time to throw the ball – Kolb is much better when he has time to throw the ball even though he is a pretty good scrambler.  In preseason Kolb’s QB rating dropped to 39.3 from the mid eighties when he was sacked five times or more.  The offensive line did not look good in preseason, but Jamaal Jackson is returning to action at center against the Packers and will hopefully sure up the line.

Key Two:

Trent Cole: Sack Master!

Sack Aaron Rogers – The packers lost four out of five games when Rogers was sacked five or more times last year.  The Eagles are going to need Trent Cole at full strength and Brandon Graham to step it up.

Key Three:

DeSean Jackson and Brent Celek need to have a great games – Kolb relied heavily on the two play makers during his two starts in 2009.  Jackson and Celek combined for 26 catches, 458 yards and 3 TDs during those two games.