Thursday, April 28, 2011

NFL Mock Draft 2011

I haven't had much time lately to research or do multiple versions this year.  Regardless, here is this years crack at mayhem.  Note: Trades were not factored in this year, given the mess the NFL is in.  That being said, there is a good chance the Texans trade up and, of course, the Pats and Bears trade down.

1.  Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton
2.  Denver Broncos- Marcell Dareus - huge boost for a porous defense
3.  Buffalo Bills - Von Miller
4.  Cincinnati Bengals- Julio Jones - hopeful a stud WR might keep Carson around
5.   Arizona Cardinals- Patrick Peterson - great athlete for a terrible pass defense
6.  Cleveland Browns- AJ Green - could go for DE (Quinn) but needs WR
7.  San Francisco Niners- Blaine Gabbert
8.  Tennessee Titans- Nick Fairley
9.  Dallas Cowboys - Tyron Smith
10. Washington Redskins  - Robert Quinn - nice pair with O-Sack-Po
11.  Houston  Texans- JJ Watt - Quinn and Watt could flip flop
12. Minnesota Vikings- Jake Locker - unless he is this years' Leinart, Quinn, Clausen
13. Detroit Lions - Prince Amukamara
14. St. Louis Rams - Corey Liuget
15. Miami Dolphins - Mike Pouncey
16. Jacksonville Jaguars- Ryan Kerrigan - Jags are to DE's what Lions are to WR in draft
17. New England Patriots- Anthony Castonzo
18. San Diego Chargers- Cameron Jordan
19. NY Giants - Nate Solder - would love Castonzo
20. Tampa Bay Bucs - Da'Quan Bowers
21. Kansas City Chiefs - Gabe Carimi
22. Indianapolis Colts - Phil Taylor
23. Philadelphia Eagles - Adrian Clayborn
24. New Orleans Saints - Akeem Ayers (might also grab Ingram if Pats don't at 17)
25. Seattle Seahawks- Danny Watkins
26. Baltimore Ravens- Jimmy Smith
27. Atlanta Falcons- Kyle Rudolph - perfect replacement for Gonzo and big target for Matty Ice
28. New England Patriots- Mark Ingram
29. Chicago Bears - Derek Sherod
30. NY Jets - Muhammad Wilkerson
31. Pittsburgh Steelers - Aaron Williams
32. Green Bay Packers- Cam Heyward - Justin Houston also possible

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Cubs pitchers report to camp

Cubs pitchers have reported to camp and there is already a mess.  Carlos Silva thinks he has a spot hands-down but is willing to fight for it.  Randy Wells is blaming everyone but himself for an average and disappointing season.  The young arms that made the second half surge from a strong bullpen are getting a shot at starting.  I think the top three should be solid.  Big Z is always a big Q but he seems to have finally turned the curve on being a pitcher and not just a thrower. 

I think Silva gets a spot and would prefer Looper or Wellemeyer actually get the 5th, assuming either of them can still throw a ball.  Cashner and Samardzija are better off in the bullpen.  Same for Russell.  If the year goes better than expected, you look for another arm.  If it doesn't you give the young guys a shot and say sayonara to the veterans.

I have to say the Marmol deal, bringing back Kerry Wood and the Matt Garza deal give me a small sense of hope.  I know where that will lead but all three are good, underrated moves to improve a pitching staff.  The biggest problem for the Cubs is how much better the Brewers got this offseason.